Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Eat, sleep, art, music

Students draw inspiration from Ireland

Professor Andrew Howard has always believed that the ideal way to teach an art course would be to do it through solid blocks of sustained time without distractions. For three summers since 2006, he has taken students as close to that ideal as possible outside of the classroom during the “Arts in Ireland” course he created.

The group: Lauren Andres ’14, Christina Cannon ’13, Andrew Cavacco ’13, Lyndsay Cooke ’14, Sedra Davis ’14, Stephanie Hoomis ’13, Nathaniel Hunt ’13, Hilary Lahan ’13, Amy Magaletti ’13, Tyler Matayoshi ’13, Amira Pualwan ’13, Gilda Rodrigues ’14, Alexandra Strawbridge ’14, Rachel Vergara ’13 and Professor Andrew Howard in Ireland. Photo taken by Professor Matthew Allen.

“The idea is to take a select group of Wheaton students who have demonstrated a commitment to art and/or music, and provide them with a very intensive three-week experience creating original artwork and music compositions based on their impressions of the west coast of Ireland,” he says.

Last summer, 10 studio artists and four musicians took the trip, accompanied by Howard and Professor of Music Matthew Allen. The intensive course was taught in association with the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland. Students were immersed in the culture through tours and lectures and then developed concepts that served as the basis for a body of work, which was exhibited on campus in the fall. They spent 10 to 12 hours a day in their own spaces creating. “They ate, slept, and created art and music,” says Howard. [Read more...]

A minute with . . . Samuel Neill ’13

Samuel Neill ’13Biology major Samuel Neill ’13 is used to challenges: He’s a biology major, on the men’s swimming and diving team, a Wheaton Athletic Mentor, and a member of the Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society. But he really had his hands full in unexplored territory last summer working as a Balfour Scholar intern for the Musk Ox Development Corporation on a farm in Palmer, Alaska. Just how do you get a baby musk ox to drink milk from a bottle? Ask him; he knows. [Read more...]

Protecting wildlife in Botswana

Olanna Nissim '13During the academic year, varsity volleyball team member Olanna Nissim ’13 is a defense specialist. But last summer, she spent time defending something else she loves on very different turf. She interned at the Cheetah Conservation Botswana (CCB), in South Africa.

The main goal of CCB is to preserve the nation’s cheetah population through scientific research, community outreach and education, and by working with rural communities to promote coexistence with Botswana’s diverse predator species. Nissim, an economics major, contributed to that effort through a variety of assignments and also engaged her interest in the cultural dynamics of economics. [Read more...]

Welcome, Class of 2016

In August, Wheaton welcomed the first-year students representing the Class of 2016. They come from all over the globe. Their accomplishments are impressive. This group has traveled the world; earned high honors in academics, sports and the arts; and demonstrated a range of leadership experience.

Here are just a few notable achievements: Bridgit Burke-Smith (Iowa) helped to build a primary school in Uganda. Jessica Bernaski (Mass.) was an emergency room volunteer. Yutong Wu (China) started a paper recycling program at school. Omobola Adunoluwa Phillips (Nigeria) worked to raise awareness of ethical issues in the manufacturing of clothing in Nigeria. Haohao Wu (China) rode his bike 1,000 miles from Shanghai to Beijing. Shelby Forbes (Colo.) trained guide dogs for the blind. [Read more...]