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Marielle TheteMarielle Thete ’16

Marielle Thete ’16, a double major in political science and international relations, organized Wheaton’s first Multicultural Showcase in March for International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. The event included a fashion show featuring women in the Wheaton community dressed in clothing traditional to their home country or a place they had studied, as well as international music, dance and cuisine. Thete, who lives in Portland, Maine, wore a dress from her country of birth, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. [Read more...]

Still on top

Wheaton again ranked among nation’s best Fulbright-producing colleges

Fulbright_Top Scholar Producer-15For the 11th consecutive year, Wheaton College has been recognized for its efforts in preparing students to win U.S. Fulbright awards for advanced study and work abroad.

The list of top Fulbright-producing institutions for 2015–16, which was released in February by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and published February 22 in the Chronicle of Higher Education, ranks Wheaton 10th among the nation’s liberal arts institutions for producing Fulbright scholars.

Students are selected for the Fulbright program, which is operated through the U.S. Department of State, based on their academic merit and leadership potential.

“The Fulbright program represents an unparalleled opportunity for our students and graduates to extend their interests and commitments across the globe, expanding their own experience while also extending Wheaton’s reach,” Provost Linda Eisenmann said following the latest ranking. [Read more...]

Making it up

Dimple Divers win College Comedy Festival and Beanpot Tournament

Pictured, back row, left to right: Brendan Geiger ’18, Benjamin Sarat ’18, Michael Kristy ’18, Christine Evers ’19, Christopher Truini ’16, Audrey Dubois ’17; front row, left to right: Margaret “Maggie” Darin ’19, Ebony Kennedy ’19 and Samuel “Sam” Hickson ’17 (Photo by Mac Gostow)

Pictured, back row, left to right: Brendan Geiger ’18, Benjamin Sarat ’18, Michael Kristy ’18, Christine Evers ’19, Christopher Truini ’16, Audrey Dubois ’17; front row, left to right: Margaret “Maggie” Darin ’19, Ebony Kennedy ’19 and Samuel “Sam” Hickson ’17 (Photo by Mac Gostow)

The secret to successful, spur-of-the-moment improvisation is practice. That may sound counterintuitive, but the members of the Dimple Divers, Wheaton’s improv comedy team, can vouch for its effectiveness.

The group this winter recorded a first-place finish at the College Comedy Festival and Beanpot Tournament sponsored by ImprovBoston. Tournament judges also awarded MVP honors to Wheaton team member Ebony Kennedy ’19.

“Like any art form, improvisation requires an immense amount of technique. There is a lot of practice and a lot of teamwork involved,” said Christopher Truini ’16, who is sometimes jokingly called the group’s figurehead president. The team practices four hours each week, running through exercises to build up their chops.

“One of my favorite things about the Dimple Divers is that it gives me four hours a week to laugh uproariously with a group of very funny and talented friends,” said Truini, a theater major from Roxbury, Conn., who has been part of the team since his first year at Wheaton. [Read more...]

The comeback

Cowduck now a sculpture

Cowduck installationIn a way, Cowduck has returned to Peacock Pond.

The beloved black-and-white spotted duck—a longtime familiar figure around the pond and nearby Chapel Field—was memorialized this spring with a bronze statue in her likeness. Cowduck died of natural causes last July.

“After Cowduck passed away, the school was definitely missing her presence, and many staff and faculty members, including [Arts Events and Publicity Manager] Jessica Kuszaj and Assistant Professor of Art Kelly Goff, were looking for a way to memorialize her and bring her essence back to campus,” said Charlotte Middleton ’18, a studio art major. “I had previously done an independent study with Professor Goff for ceramic sculpture, and I think, there he saw my passion for sculpture and asked if I would be interested in helping out with the return of Cowduck.”

Honored by the request, Middleton eagerly got onboard. [Read more...]