Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Launch great life stories

Meg RuleyMeg Ruley ’75

  • Literary agent, Jane Rotrosen Agency 
  • Member of the Friends of the Irvington Library (New York)
  • Wheaton Fund supporter

Navigates road to success. 

“I was drawn to books and writing from an early age, and had an idea I wanted to work in publishing. I majored in English at Wheaton, and through the then Career Planning Office, I got an internship at MIT working on a publication. I also relied on the Alumnae Office for lists of Wheaton graduates who worked in publishing to help me get started.”

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Open doors to the future

Elena Wong '07Elena Wong ’07 

West Coast regional admission counselor, Drew University

Class of 2007 Wheaton Fund chair

Wheaton Fund supporter

Enjoys standing at threshold:

“I feel privileged each day I get to work with students and their families because, for most, choosing a college is one of the biggest decisions a young adult faces. Mentoring students and parents makes me feel like I’m making a positive impact in their lives. I helped in the Admission Office during my four years at Wheaton. Once I graduated, I was lucky enough to get a job there. I had incredible mentors, had the opportunity to travel, and loved bringing in the new generations of students.”

Knows preparation is key:

“I was a sociology major and loved working with my professors and doing research.  Analyzing data, interviewing and understanding cultural backgrounds allows me to connect with the students and families on a deeper level.”

Welcomes opportunity to help:

“Working at Wheaton allowed me to fully comprehend the admission and financial aid processes. I support the Wheaton Fund because I want to allow more students to experience the personalized education and the Wheaton way of life.”

Support Wheaton

Call 800-896-3145 (option 2) or visit wheatoncollege.edu/giving

Focus on the future

Christopher Paquet ’03 

  • NYC Department of Health, director of policy and strategic initiatives,
  • Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • 2012 NYC Distinguished Service Award recipient
  • Wheaton Fund supporter

Collaborates for success:

“In my role I focus on emergency policy and strategic initiatives by collaborating with several agencies to prepare for the unexpected, including natural disasters, contagious disease outbreaks and various other threats to New York City. I’m fortunate to work with some of the best health and response experts around.”

Knows what’s important:

“I love my job. I’ve worked hard, but it would not have been possible to get here without the education, connections and experiences I’ve received from Wheaton. Not only was I able to learn from dedicated professors, but I also gained valuable experience outside of the classroom. My internships and work on campus with several offices showed me how to take classroom knowledge and apply it to practical work.”

Thinks ahead:

“I may not be able to give millions, but I support Wheaton because I want the college to continue to educate students in a multifaceted way. The college gave me an interdisciplinary education, which has helped me succeed in a variety of jobs. Still to this day, Wheaton students, alums, faculty and staff continue to support me in my development. These people are part of my extended family and I grow stronger each day because of them.”

Support Wheaton

Call 800-896-3145 (option 2) or visit wheatoncollege.edu/giving

Photo by Bindy Crouch

Help prepare the future

Roberta Lane Benson ’76Roberta “Bobbi” Lane Benson ’76

  • Spanish teacher, General John Nixon Elementary School, Sudbury, Mass.
  • Recipient of the 2012 Harriet Goldin Foundation Award for Excellence in Education
  • Wheaton Fund supporter

Knows the power of inspiration:

“As a child, playing school with neighbor friends, I was always the teacher. I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I feel that it was my calling. My Wheaton professors were exemplary role models. Their commitment to the teaching profession, as well as their support and encouragement, inspired me to continue my path toward a career in education. I have been a teacher for more than 30 years, and I enjoy the challenges and high expectations.”

Makes important connections:

“I landed my first teaching job, in large part, because I was a Wheaton graduate. The woman who hired me had a niece who was a freshman at Wheaton, and she was very impressed with the college’s reputation for high educational standards. It is because of connections like this and all the opportunities I have had that I support the Wheaton Fund. To give back to one’s community and college is a distinguished honor. To help provide other students similar life experiences is essential.”

Support Wheaton
Call 800-896-3145 (option 2) or give online securely.

Photo by David S. Marshall