In May, 2016, Opus worked with StoryCorps, a non-profit dedicated to recording oral history, to capture, preserve and share vocational stories of Wheaton College faculty, staff, students and alumni. These stories will be preserved in the American Folk Life Center at the Library of Congress in Washington D. C., and will be used at Wheaton to help current students think more clearly about the future.
What is StoryCorps?
StoryCorps is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and share humanity's stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. They do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone's story matters. StoryCorps features some of their interviews on their weekly broadcast during NPR's Morning Edition and all interviews are preserved in the American Folk Life Center at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
How are Opus and StoryCorps working together?
Opus hosted StoryCorps on campus May 5-7, 2016 to record interviews with alumni, faculty, staff, and current students. These interviews focused on themes related to faith and vocation, tracing how the interviewees had found themselves entering various spheres of work and how they saw that work in relation to God’s wider purposes. Interviews with current students explored how this generation of Wheaton students are discovering their own diverse callings and life purposes. Following the recording event, interviews were formatted and packaged as curricular resources for use in Wheaton classrooms.
Several of the guests interviewed
Mary Elizabeth Goodell '16
Mary Elizabeth Goodell graduated from Wheaton in May, 2016, with a degree in Business and Economics. She currently serves as the Ministry Intern at College Church and was the winner of Wheaton Shark Tank 2016 because of Flourish: her business plan to sell sustainably made dresses by employing victims of sexual violence.
Dr. Stanton L. Jones
Stan Jones served as the Provost at Wheaton College from 1996 to 2016. Prior to his role as Provost, Dr. Jones was the Dr. Arthur P. Rech and Mrs. Jean May Rech Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Psychology Department.
Allison Morris Niebauer '09
Allison Morris Niebauer graduated from Wheaton College in 2009 with degrees in International Relations and Music. She serves as Project Manager at Mawi Learning, executing projects to support non-cognitive skill based curriculum sales that seek to close the achievement gap in grades 6-12.
Hasana Pennant Sisco '86
Hasana Pennant Sisco, an 1986 alumna of Wheaton, graduated with a degree in Chemistry and an emphasis on Biochemistry. She currently serves as the Managing Director/Principal at the PennaSis Group, but she has previously worked as the vice president of Global Safety, Health, and Environment for Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services that provide and protect clean water, safe food, abundant energy, and healthy environments.
David Hamilton '86
David Hamilton, also an alumnus of Wheaton, graduated with a degree in Music Performance. He now serves as the producer/arranger/keyboardist/conductor at Hamilton Music Production in Brentwood, Tennessee. He has conducted many American orchestras, including orchestras in sessions in London, Dublin, and Prague.
Dr. Theon Hill
Dr. Theon Hill serves as an Assistant Professor of Communication at Wheaton--a position he has held since 2014. His research explores the relationship between rhetoric and social change, specifically looking at the role of radical rhetoric as a form of civic engagement and public advocacy.
Dr. Bruce Howard '74
Dr. Bruce Howard, the Carl R. Hendrickson Professor of Business, has been on faculty since 1980. In addition to teaching, Dr. Howard serves on Tyndale House Publishers' Board of Directors and on the Advisory Board of Performance Trust. His other work experience was in health care administration and banking.