Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Wheaton’s economic impact

Statistics course examines students’ off-campus spending habits

Norton locator map copyA group of Wheaton students tackled a question that regularly vexes colleges and universities: How much do students contribute to the local economy?

Students in Associate Professor of Mathematics Rachelle DeCoste’s statistics class dug into that question this spring at the request of President Dennis M. Hanno, who wanted to be able to accurately represent the college’s impact on the community.

“My goal is to understand the impact that the college has on the local economy,” President Hanno said, explaining his interest in the class’ work. “One category of business that I would be interested in knowing more about, for example, is restaurants. How much do students spend in local restaurants? How often do they visit?” [Read more...]

Wheaton partners with startup incubator

Wheaton has formed a new partnership with MassChallenge, the world’s largest startup accelerator, to create project- and internship-based learning opportunities for the college’s students while providing talent to promising new businesses.

WIN at MassChallenge, which stands for Wheaton Innovates at MassChallenge, is the name of the new program. It builds upon the college’s focus on putting learning into action through internships and its growing emphasis on “maker culture,” the creative industries and entrepreneurial activity, which are encouraged through the WHALE (Wheaton Autonomous Learning Environment) Lab and IMAGINE, short for InterMedia Arts Group Innovation Network. [Read more...]


Ariel photoWheaton named hidden gem

Wheaton has been named a “hidden gem” for employers looking to hire business majors, according to College Recruiter.

The company, which helps connect recent graduates and current college students to jobs and internships, ranked Wheaton as No. 1 on its list of Top 12 Hidden Gem Colleges for Employers Hiring Business Majors.

The Hidden Gem rankings acknowledge colleges and universities that offer a high-quality education but that may get overlooked by traditional lists. [Read more...]

Through a different lens

Karl Rivera ’16 embarks on photography project in India

Karl Rivera ’16 and residents of Ramji Ni Chaaloi enjoy a photo exhibit featuring their community.

Karl Rivera ’16 and residents of Ramji Ni Chaaloi enjoy a photo exhibit featuring their community.

After spending time in Ahmedabad, India, as a participant of the International Honors Program in 2014, Karl Rivera ’16 knew he had to go back.

“I was profoundly affected by the time I spent in India. I saw firsthand the transformative power of grassroots initiatives in communities experiencing unprecedented social and economic inequality,” he said.

Rivera, a visual sociology major, found an opportunity to return to India when he was awarded a Davis International Fellowship last summer.

During his first trip to India in 2014, he visited “slum” communities and found people yearned for the acknowledgement that comes from being in front of a camera.

With that in mind, as a Davis fellow, Rivera’s visual ethnography project utilized photography to better understand how marginalized people construct their identities and make sense of their location among majority communities.

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