Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Watson Fellow to spend year studying in Islamic countries

Roxanne AzariWatson Fellow Roxanna Azari ’10, of Queens, N.Y., will spend a year studying the religious, political and personal meanings ascribed to the veils worn by women in many Islamic countries. She will explore practices in France , Morocco, Turkey, India and the United Arab Emirates .

“My aim is to show that the Western understanding of veiling only symbolizing ‘oppression’ is problematic because it overrides the women’s movements, opinions, activism and personal stories that lay behind the veils.”

Teaching English takes Fulbright Scholar to South Korea

Neill BrandonThomas (“Neill”) Brandon ’10, whose love of history was ignited during his childhood in historic Concord, Mass., will travel to South Korea to teach English to high school students as a Fulbright Scholar.

“The Korean education system is traditionally very structured and competitive, but I hope to bring a bit of creative flair to the school where I am placed to create a classroom culture that is both stimulating and memorable.”

Projects for Peace award takes pair to Peru

Arielle Burstein and Rachael PowellArielle Burstein ’10, left, of Beverly Hills, Calif., and Rachael Powell ’10, of Madbury, N.H., won a 100 Projects for Peace $10,000 award. The Davis Projects for Peace program is an initiative made possible by Kathryn Wasserman Davis (the mother of Wheaton trustee emerita Diana Davis Spencer ’60). The students plan to build greenhouses in the Andean regions of Peru to help address malnutrition. “I’ve always wanted to do something that is actually proactive rather than sitting back and just voicing my opinion that something needs to be done and never really accomplishing anything.” —Powell

Fulbright Scholar will teach in Slovak Republic

Katrina Hegeman ’10Katrina Hegeman ’10, of Dighton, Mass., will teach English to high school students in the Slovak Republic as a Fulbright Scholar. An English major, she discovered an interest in teaching while taking education courses at Wheaton. “The fieldwork I did for those courses—which included tutoring a second grader in language arts and observing high school English classes—made me want to pursue teaching as a career.”