Greetings, all! It is an honor and privilege to join you as editor of Wheaton magazine, following in the footsteps of my esteemed predecessor, Georgia Douglass (read "Tributes to Georgia"). I am eager to carry on the tradition of excellence she has established over the years through sharing the stories of students, faculty, and alumni with the Wheaton family worldwide.
Though I am new to the role of Wheaton magazine editor, Wheaton College is certainly not new to me. After graduating from Wheaton in 2011 with a degree in communication (media studies) and a minor in biblical and theological studies, I spent a summer counseling high school students at HoneyRock before completing a master of science in journalism degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in August 2012.
I was hired as an editor at Christianity Today the day I received my diploma, and spent 18 months as online editor of Today’s Christian Woman, where I helped develop weekly online and iPad versions of the magazine.
In addition to my work at CT, I was also hired as Wheaton’s journalism certificate program assistant in September 2012 to teach and assist students in finding media jobs and internships around the world. A highlight of my time on staff has been leading Wheaton’s Honduras Project as the faculty adviser in spring 2013. This experience opened my eyes in new ways to the global and experiential learning opportunities the College offers.
I am thrilled to see how God has aligned all these experiences into my new role as editor. In addition to producing the beautiful print product that is Wheaton magazine, I’m also eager to begin publishing our content online—feel free to share your favorite article (or two) with a friend!
I am grateful to Georgia for the legacy I have inherited and have been entrusted to continue. I look forward to steering Wheaton into the future, but I can’t do it without you! Please send your stories, letters, and comments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and consider starting a conversation on social media using the hashtag #wheatonmag.
For Christ and His Kingdom,
Allison J. Althoff ’11 | @ajalthoff
Spring 2014 Cover Photo (clockwise from top left): Darrah Dickerson '15, Jona Park '15, Chloe Cucinotta '15 and John Fort '14 are among the first residents of the Shalom Community, an on-campus housing option for up to 16 students that opened in fall 2013. The Shalom Houses (one for men and one for women) are intentional living and learning communities focused on racial reconciliation. Photo by Mike Hudson '89
My twin sister, Stephanie Althoff Lamphere '11, and me with President Ryken at May 2011 commencement (I'm on the right).