Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Creating a safe space

Marguerite Dooley ’16

Marguerite Dooley ’16

Having experienced homelessness as a teenager, Marguerite Dooley ’16 is now in the position to give back.

The recipient of a 2015 Projects for Peace grant, Dooley launched a program this summer to support youths in southern Vermont who are facing challenges similar to those she overcame.

“This project has a lot of personal connections for me, especially because I’m implementing it in my hometown, working with a shelter and other organizations that I have been closely involved with in the past,” Dooley said. “I believe that giving kids opportunities for social and educational outlets when they are younger will lead them to seek those opportunities out as they become older and more independent—something I hope this project inspires.” [Read more...]

Professors win Whiting fellowships

Three Wheaton professors have received fellowships from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation to fund travel and research that will facilitate the creation of new courses, transform existing classes and extend the faculty members’ scholarship.

The Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation awards fellowships that enable professors to study abroad or away from their home institutions. The aim is to stimulate and broaden the minds of teachers to improve and enhance the quality of their instruction. The foundation awarded 34 grants out of 109 applications. [Read more...]

Developing scholarly tools

Lexomics researchResearch team wins grant from the NEH

A Wheaton-based research team plans to make computer text analysis more accessible to humanities scholars and students with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Lexomics researchThe college’s Lexomics Research Group recently received a $60,000 Digital Humanities Start Up Grant to make the interface for its Lexos software package easier to learn. They also will embed video and text guides that explain how, when and why to use the program’s various analytical tools. [Read more...]

Great outcomes for Wheaton graduates

Each May at Commencement, Wheaton sends graduates off into the world to pursue their hopes, dreams and careers. Judging by a survey of the most recent graduates, the members of the Class of 2014 are doing well. Ninety-eight percent of those who responded have been successful in achieving their professional aspirations within six months of graduating from Wheaton.

98 percent63% Employed
22% Graduate or professional school
6% Volunteer and National service (including AmeriCorps, City Year)
4% Fellowships--Fulbright (9), Watson (2), other (2)
Data based on a knowledge rate of 70 percent for the Class of 2014

Overall, the Class of 2014 had 376 graduating seniors. According to a survey conducted by Wheaton in which 255 members of the Class of 2014 responded, 63 percent were employed, 22 percent were in graduate school, and 13 percent were involved in competitive fellowships, internships or national service as their primary activity within six months of graduation.

“Results like this compare favorably to any institution in the country. Wheaton continues to attract great students who do amazing things while they are here and after they graduate,” said Wheaton College President Dennis M. Hanno. “What’s impressive is the variety of ways that our newest graduates find success. That speaks to both the quality and flexibility of our programs, and most importantly, it affirms the value of a Wheaton education.”

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is collecting data from institutions of higher education that volunteer the information. NACE is the leading source of information on the employment of college graduates. It also forecasts trends in the job market, and tracks starting salaries, and recruiting and hiring practices.

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