Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Discovering Wheaton community a continent away

At camp with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background, Bartosz Wojciechowski, Katherine Rozakis-Wojciechowski ’06 and Alexandra Levy ’07

At camp with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background, Bartosz Wojciechowski, Katherine Rozakis-Wojciechowski ’06 and Alexandra Levy ’07

By Alexandra Levy ’07

For three years, Katherine Rozakis-Wojciechowski and I lived within one mile of each other on campus at Wheaton, spent countless hours in the same library, and shared laughs with friends at Emerson Dining Hall. Yet, it wasn’t until we left the country to live in London that we would officially meet. And it wasn’t until after we graduated that we both realized the true salience of the Wheaton community.

In 2012 we met in London at a biannual Wheaton alumnae/i event at the home of Monique Lee Bahadur ’80 and developed a close friendship over our common connections. Although our Wheaton experiences were quite different in terms of classes, we both had found an inspiring mentor in Daniel Golden (former dean of career advising at Wheaton), who very much influenced where we are today. Both of our families spend summers in Maine within 10 miles of each other, and we both chose to attend graduate school in London (after spending time abroad during our Wheaton years), a clear divergence from our cozy campus in Norton, Mass. A love of travel and curiosity in other cultures has always been a common thread in our friendship. [Read more...]

Memories of Ruth Ann Stewart ’63

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

By Lisa Webb ’83

Ruth Ann Stewart ’63I don’t remember the exact day I met Trustee Emerita Ruth Ann Stewart ’63 at Wheaton, but I do remember how I felt after meeting her—deeply cared for, grateful and proud to be at Wheaton. That moment changed my life.

In 1979 during my freshman year, while Ruth Ann was on a trustee visit, she met with some of the African American students on campus. There were 38 of us there at the time and Wheaton was not what it is now. The thought of there ever being an African American president of the college was something we could never even imagine back then.

Ruth Ann listened to our concerns. I was struck by her confidence, poise, genuine concern for us and her no-nonsense approach. She understood what we were saying, and while she showed us compassion, she also challenged us to stay focused on why we were there. I was lucky enough to receive this lesson from her time and time again during my four years at Wheaton. [Read more...]

Something in common—again

Amen-NS-vennThis academic year, six of the freshmen entering Wheaton had something special in common. They began their educational journeys together at the Elisabeth Amen Nursery School and did it again here as first-year college students. And each of them has a parent who is a faculty or staff member at Wheaton, which has been affiliated with the nursery school (a site for child study and research) since 1931.

It’s a hoot

Its a hootI spent Saturday, Oct., 26, 2013, at the Wheaton Alumnae/i Leadership Conference, soaking in the gorgeous foliage (Wheaton is smart to have us return to campus in October rather than February), and connecting with new and old friends. I’d forgotten how good it feels to get together based on this one shared facet of our life experiences.

One of my favorite moments was in a social media workshop (I’m the social media chair for my class), where Molly Galler from the Class of 2006 did a great job explaining Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and WordPress to a group of older alums. The take-homes for me:

First, how Wheaton is a place I find mentors, even now. Each time I return, I’m reminded by other alums how part of being a Wheaton grad is having an ability to think, grow and expand your horizons. Not that graduates of other schools don’t have this, too—it’s just such a focus at Wheaton that after four years of immersion, it’s sort of in you in a way most of us don’t shake, even after graduation.

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