Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Take charge

Cory Tyszka ’00 

Cory Tyszka '00Law school student

Professional tutor

Cancer survivor

Wheaton Fund supporter

  • Faces challenges head-on: “I had thyroid cancer. I was diagnosed in 2006 when I was 28 and treated in 2007. In 2008, just when I felt like I was getting back to normal, my doctors found more malignancy in several lymph nodes and I had to undergo a neck dissection. That’s when I realized how precious life is and the importance of really living it. I didn’t want to be a slave to my job and needed to call my own shots, so I decided to go to law school at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.”
  • Relies on resources: “I have stayed in touch with my incredible chemistry professor Elita Pastra-Landis over the years. She has been so supportive, first when I changed direction from science to education and now as I transition from education to law. She helped me see the connections between my science background and law, and she reminded me that I have what it takes to succeed.”
  • Courts success: “I contribute to the Wheaton Fund every year because Wheaton was a very special place for me, and I hope that my gift to the college can help make it special for others. As a Mary Lyon Society member, I have made a five-year pledge to support the Go Beyond campaign. In this economy, it is more important than ever to help out. It takes financial support to attract and retain professors who not only are experts in their fields but also are engaging and accessible.”

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Zak Putnam ’04Zak Putnam ’04

  • President and founder of Spero, a nonprofit
  • Business development manager at Akamai Technologies
  • Wheaton Fund supporter

Enjoys fun-raising.

“Spero, which means ‘to hope’ in Latin, is a nonprofit that hosts fun social fundraisers to both empower a new generation of philanthropists and to raise much-needed funds for New England–based children’s charities. I started Spero because I was interested in doing something entrepreneurial that makes a difference in the lives of children, as well as show other young people that giving back in a very meaningful way doesn’t require a huge bank account. I also wanted to keep my great group of Wheaton friends together after graduation—nine of them are on our board, including my wife [Kate Weston Putnam ’06].”

Knows effort is everything.

“Wheaton taught me that the amount you get out of anything is directly related to the effort you put into it. My success always depends on the effort.”

Contributes to say thanks.

“Wheaton gave me skills and a network of friends and advisors that has been crucial to succeeding in all aspects of my private and professional life. Giving back through the Wheaton Fund is my way of saying thanks and ensuring that all students get the same opportunities that I had.”

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Be a part of the story

Marjorie Gelb Jones ’62

Marjorie Gelb Jones ’62President, Class of ’62
Author, Frances Yates and the Hermetic Tradition (Ibis Press, 2008)
Retired professor of history, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Instructor, Sing Sing prison
Wheaton Fund supporter
Enjoys a good story.

“Without Wheaton, I would not have had the opportunity to spend my junior year abroad, which forever broadened and transformed my worldview. Without Wheaton, I would not have had the courage to attend law school in the 1960s, when only a handful of my classmates were women. Without Wheaton, I would not have been intellectually restless enough in my 40s to return to graduate school for a degree in history, my major at Wheaton, or the audacity in my 60s—after many years in banking and executive recruitment—to write the first biography of an influential British historian. Now, in my 70s, Wheaton continues to provide the inspiration and confidence to work on another.”

Supports happy beginnings.

“‘That They May Have Life and May Have It Abundantly,’” the words carved over the doors of the Wheaton library, certainly have proven true for me. The life of the mind is the college’s great gift to me. So that others may share that rich experience, I contribute annually to the Wheaton Fund and am a proud member of the Founders’ Society.”

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Be the one they count on

Ruth "Hood" Swanton 1980Ruth “Hood” Swanton ’80

Biostatistician in the pharmaceutical industry

Owner of Ruth Swanton Consulting, LLC

Mentor, volunteer 

Wheaton Fund supporter

Knows what counts: “In 2008, after my husband, Dave, died and I was laid off from a biopharmaceutical company, I started my own business. I help researchers provide evidence that a drug (or device) is effective and safe during clinical trials. I also help develop protocols and conduct statistical analysis. By working for myself I can control my time and be more involved in my 9-year-old daughter’s life.”

Values support: “My life began a second time at Wheaton. I found my voice, learned to listen to myself  and follow my passion for research and creative writing, thanks to my professors. One of them pointed out that each of us has power through knowledge and that we need to use it.”

Believes in multiplying good: “When I went to Wheaton, I received a scholarship. Now, I am able to contribute to the education of the next generation through the Wheaton Fund. Each of us who has been able to find our passion and live a fruitful life needs to give back. It is important that we view ourselves as a small part of a larger whole.”

Support Wheaton

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