Ms. Elizabeth Wheeler
School: Arts & Letters
Academic Department: Education Undergraduate
Academic Department: Literature and Languages
Graduation Year: 2013
Hometown: Bellwood, PA
- Major: Middle Childhood Education with English concentration, Fine Arts minor
- Job/Grad Placement: Interning at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh for the summer, exploring opportunities in the visual art, writing, and education fields
- Recipient of the School of Arts & Letters Intrepid Research Grant
- Ms. Wheeler completed eight large oil paintings depicting scenes of winter and emerging spring in Central Pennsylvania. The paintings were displayed in an on-campus exhibition in autumn 2011.
During my college search, there came a moment when I just knew that Saint Francis University was where I was supposed to be, where I wanted and needed to be. Not for a second of the past four years have I regretted that decision. Here at Saint Francis, I have literally had the opportunity to reach higher and go far—farther than my wildest dreams. Through the study abroad programs here on campus, I have had the opportunity to spend two months in Italy and four in France. My time abroad has opened doors to new languages and cultures, new opportunities at home and abroad, and friendships that stretch beyond boundary lines. At Saint Francis, I have been able to simultaneously pursue my three passions—art, English, and education. I’ve had opportunities to exhibit my art and to intern in the education department at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh—opportunities that I will continue to pursue after graduation. Through on-campus programs, I’ve worked with children of all ages and ability levels. I’ve been able to grow and explore under the tutelage of caring, knowledgeable professors whose enthusiasm has both fueled my love of learning and awakened passions I didn’t know I had.
To me, the beauty of Saint Francis University is that this place isn’t just about academics, or activities, or even achievements. It’s about people. It’s about a body of students who care for each other, the staff who support us, and the professors who inspire us. It’s about an active faith and a commitment to service as relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago. It’s about a community built on a shared purpose, a family who comes together to learn from each other, to grow with each other, then to reach out to change the world. I am truly blessed to be a part of that community, to carry on the spirit of Saint Francis wherever life may take me.