Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

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Wheaton awards first scholarship for refugees

The college has awarded the Wheaton Refugee Scholarship to a high school senior whose family fled civil war to resettle in the United States.

The award culminated an international effort that began when President Dennis M. Hanno announced on January 31 that the college would extend a full, four-year scholarship to a refugee fleeing conflict.

“Wheaton is a global institution that is dedicated to improving the world by advancing knowledge and sharing it,” said Hanno in an announcement that was covered by scores of major news media, including CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Daily Mail (U.K.), and generated a flood of social media posts. Overall, online analytics estimated that the story was viewed more than 850 million times worldwide.

The new scholarship was inspired by the signing of an executive order that temporarily banned emigration from seven nations—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The executive order was initially issued on January 27 and later revised, although it has yet to take force due to court challenges. [Read more...]

Global views from campus

Global Students

Pictured from left, Nefeli Batistatou, Rodney Rugamba, Kexin Zhen, Tom Fenu, Yaohang Fan, Lucia Verdejo, Tamaki Nagai and Caroline Kennedy (all Class of 2019)

The Global Leadership Development Group (GLD), a student organization, is shedding light on international issues for the benefit of the larger Wheaton community.

Each year, under the advisement of President Dennis M. Hanno and dedicated faculty, a new GLD class is formed. This past academic year students hailed from Bahrain, China, France, Greece, India, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Switzerland, Turkey and the U.S.

“The GLD’s goal is raising awareness of global issues, and sensitizing the community so they take action,” said Nefeli Batistatou ’19, a biochemistry major from Greece.

The group engages the rising number of international students attending Wheaton, said Gail Sahar, professor of psychology and advisor to the group. “Bringing international students to campus isn’t enough; you must help the general population understand their issues. Also, it helps international students to see our commitment to global issues.” [Read more...]

A minute with… Daniel Alexandre ’20

Daniel Alexandre '20

Daniel Alexandre, a music major with a business and management minor, is the drummer in a campus band called dojob; the pianist for Voices United to Jam; a career peer advisor in the Filene Center; and a member of the Jazz Ensemble and the World Music Ensemble. This fall he plans to intern in the Office of Admission. He has clearly found his groove at Wheaton, successfully balancing his academics workload and a deep dive into extracurricular involvement.

Perfect timing: “I actually haven’t been playing drums very long. My principal instrument is piano but since being at Wheaton I’ve wanted to stretch myself musically and pick up a new instrument. I chose to play drums because I noticed that a few of the bands on campus were looking for dynamic drummers with good time, so I took it as a challenge to develop those skills.”  [Read more...]

Opportunity close to home

Neuroscience major spends break interning at local hospital

Justin Gallagher ’19 completed a winter internship at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Mass. (Photo by Keith Nordstrom)

Justin Gallagher ’19, a neuroscience major, plans to pursue becoming a neurosurgeon in medical school, and is also interested in biology and psychology.

During winter break, he got an opportunity to combine all of his interests and start building the foundation of experience for his career plans by interning at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Mass.

During his internship, he helped care for patients within the nursing units and labeled medical records for the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center.

“Aiding in patient care requires a skill set that is a valuable asset to have within the medical field because it requires a high degree of interaction—especially when one becomes a doctor,” he said. “My biggest challenge was simply opening myself up to the patients and having the confidence to aid them in whatever they needed. I overcame it by just being my normal self, and it worked out perfectly.” [Read more...]