Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Kristin Petroff ’12

Kristin Petroff '12Kristin Petroff ’12, of Coon Rapids, Minn., has spent years engaging her passion for language, love of teaching, and interest in the classical world through her coursework at Wheaton and volunteer experiences on and off campus. Now, Petroff, who double majored in English and classical civilization, will get to apply all that she has learned by teaching English in Turkey as a Fulbright Scholar. An experienced tutor and mentor, she says she is looking forward to continuing to help non-native English speakers build their language skills. And “in return,” she says, “I hope to learn their language, customs and traditions. Learning languages not only lets us communicate with each other, but also gives us insight into the lives and cultures of those very different from our own.” [Read more...]

Adam Goldberg ’12

Adam Goldberg ’€™12Adam Goldberg ’12, of Seattle, Wash., was selected as a winner of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, a one-year grant for independent study and travel outside of the United States. Goldberg, who has a degree in conflict and social change, a major that he designed with Wheaton faculty, will explore the subject matter during his fellowship. “Conflict can bring out the darkest aspects of humanity, invoking fear, anger and hatred. As a Watson Fellow, I will live and work alongside communities that are using Buddhism as a vehicle for social change. I will travel to Sri Lanka, India, Cambodia and Thailand to see how suffering can be transformed into healing and growth. Ultimately, I hope to learn how Buddhism takes different forms to address local needs, culture and understanding.” [Read more...]

Raphael “Raffi” Sweet ’12

Raphael Sweet '12, Fulbright ScholarRaphael “Raffi” Sweet ’12, of Lexington, Mass., has won a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Thailand, which he first became intrigued by in 2010 while studying abroad. “English fluency brings the possibility of access, opportunity and entry into the global community,” says Sweet. “An English Teaching Assistantship in Thailand will allow me to play a role in helping students to improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, and ultimately gain access to more opportunities.” In addition to teaching, he will immerse himself in the Thai culture. After his Fulbright year, he plans to apply to graduate school. [Read more...]

Projects for Peace winner helps in Cambodia

Pagna Sophal Donlevy ’13Pagna Sophal Donlevy ’13 emigrated to the United States from Cambodia on her own at the age of 16, but she always kept her homeland in mind. This summer she returned there to create opportunities for young people and women as a 2012 winner of a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace award.

She was one of approximately 100 undergraduates nationwide selected to receive a grant. The Projects for Peace program was launched in 2007 by Kathryn Wasserman Davis, a noted philanthropist and the mother of Wheaton Trustee Diana Davis Spencer ’60, to support peace-promoting summer projects developed by college students.

With the funding, Donlevy traveled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to establish a mathematics education program for teens and a micro-lending initiative for women-owned businesses.

The youngest of six daughters, she came to the United States in 2004, lived with the Donlevy family of Attleboro, Mass., and graduated from Attleboro High School in 2008. After graduating from Bristol Community College on a full scholarship, she transferred to Wheaton, where she is now majoring in mathematics. Donlevy, who changed her surname from Eam in honor of her foster parents, selected Sophal as her middle name in honor of her mother. [Read more...]