2017 Schedule and Session Descriptions


8:30-9:30 am Registration, Cook Auditorium Lobby, Murdough Center, Tuck School

9:30 am Keynote Address – Cook Auditorium
Money or Meaning:  A  real dilemma and the wrong question

Professor Dave Evans, Co-founder, Life Design Lab, Stanford University, Co-Founder and VP of Talent, Electronic Arts

11:00 am • First Set of Panels and Interviews (work in progress to be finalized March 30th)

Teaching How to Add Value | Interview | Stoneman Classroom»
Loving Mankind, Hating People | Panel | General Motors Classroom»
Seeking Value and Meaningful Lives | Discussion | Rosenwald Classroom»

12:30 pm • Lunch – PepsiCo Dining Room, Byrne Hall (open seating)
All Conference attendees are invited to join us for a sandwich box lunch in PepsiCo Dining Room, in Stell Hall, or more informally there will be  sandwiches near the classrooms so participants can roam the halls and network. We encourage you to use this time to form relationships with panelists, alumni, and students.

1:15 pm • X.ado Student Acapella Performance – Stell Hall (just outside dining room)
X.ado is a co-ed Christian a cappella group from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. They sing to the glory of God and joyfully proclaim the good news of Christ through their music!

2:00 pm • Second Set of Panels and Interviews
Applying Design Theory to Your Life | Interview | Stoneman Classroom»
Entrepreneurial Drug Hunter | Interview | General Motors Classroom»
College 2017: 'Many are asking who will show us any good?' | Panel | Rosenwald Classroom»

3:30 pm • Workshop | Grab a snack and meet us in the PepsiCo Dining Room
Thriving After College: Design tips for a life that works beyond the student experience
Now, apply what you've learned today | Workshop | PepsiCo Dining Room»

5:00 pm • Networking Closing Mixer | The Wheelock House | 4 West Wheelock Street
Join panelists, EWS Board Members, and conference participants for refreshments and conversations.
The Wheelock House is a half block West of the Hanover Inn, across from Collis and St. Thomas.


In October 2011, Paul Ryan spoke at the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. Among his comments was this:

We’re coming close to a tipping point in America where we might have a net majority of takers versus makers in society and that could become very dangerous if it sets in as a permanent condition. Because what we will end up doing is we will convert our safety net system — which is necessary I believe to help people who can’t themselves, to help people who are down on their luck get back onto their feet — into a hammock that ends up lulling people into lives of dependency and complacency which drains them of their incentive and the will to make the most of their lives.1

Notice the quick passage from premise to conclusion: that there are makers and takers, labels with an air of all-or-nothing. What might we mean when we talk about other people with such words?  Really, who would be proud to be a taker?

What if, instead, we thought about verbs—making and taking?  This suggests a way of thinking about success and value in terms of what we do, rather than what we are. Remembering our theme for this 2017 Wheelock Conference—students today want  to lead meaningful lives and are pervasively confused about how to do it—we should examine the question, “How can colleges help students learn something even more important than how to get a good job—how to understand and lead lives of value.”

In a framework of secularity and materialism under the sun,2 this can indeed be challenging, so it’s hardly a mystery the question is daunting, so daunting it’s often ignored altogether by the students and the institutions alike.  Does the remarriage of faith and reason3 have anything to offer this quest, and if so, how do we reintroduce this kind thinking into the rite of life passage that is a college education?


1 Then U.S. House Budget Chairman U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), October 26, 2011, reported in “Paul Ryan Takes On Elizabeth Warren And The 99 Percent,” Brian Beutler, TPM, October 26, 2011, (accessed 3/12/17).

2 Ecclesiastes 1:1-11.

3 “The Epistemological Matrix,” The Apologia Toolkit, ed. Nathaniel Schmucker (Hanover: The Dartmouth Apologia, 2015) : 32.

Gregg Fairbrothers D’76, President, Groups – Recover Together

Luanne Zurlo D’87, Clinical Professor of Finance, The Catholic University

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“…the more I love mankind as a whole, the less I love individual people…I often visualize ecstatically the sacrifices I could make for mankind and, indeed, I might even accept martyrdom for my fellow man if circumstances suddenly demanded it of me. In actual fact, however I cannot bear to spend two days in the same room with another person. And this I know from personal experience. Whenever someone is too close to me, I feel my personal dignity and freedom are being infringed upon. Within twenty-four hours I can come to hate the best of men, perhaps because he eats too slowly or because he has a cold and keeps blowing his nose. I become man’s enemy…as soon as he touches me.”

– Father Zosima recalling what a young doctor told him in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, translated by Andrew McAndrew, Bantam Books: 1970, pg 71-72. 

Catalina Gorla D’09

David Printy, Executive Director, Medical Professional Services, Middletown, CT
Curtis Sprouse, Founder, President & CEO, Eureka Connect, LLC

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A popular phrase in Christian circles calls followers of Jesus to be “in the world, but not of the world.” Based on Christ’s prayer in John 17, these words are used to encourage Christians to eschew worldly values and treasures, and to try to live up to our calling as “holy” or set apart for God’s purpose and mission. But all too often, the phrase becomes a way for Christians to distance themselves from communities and corners of the world that are not expressly dedicated to Christ; they allow Christians to disengage from the realities of the world around them and retreat from the challenge of living a palpably different lifestyle from those around them.

But what would it look like to refocus attention on the first part of the phrase; that followers of Christ are called to be fully in the world? And how can we learn how to live as both not of this world and the values it teaches, but still in the world and a part of its triumphs and its pain?

Michael Chen D’01, Director of Cross-Cultural Ministry, Coalition for Christian Outreach
Jared Daugherty D’03
Drew Matter TH’14, VP of Manufacturing, FreshAir Sensor

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Can you design an amazing life the way Jonathan Ive designed the iPhone? Can you help build a creative environment where people can do great work and love doing it? Dave Evans has had an abiding, faith-nourished commitment to living and helping others live coherent lives – thoroughly integrating soul and role.  Join us for an interview and ad hock discussion with Dave about how he applies his principles to his own life, and about how design theory can help each of us discover how to live more meaningful, joy filled lives!

Read an excerpt from Designing Your Life by Dave Evans and Bill Burnett.

Hilary Johnson D’15, TH’15, EWS Student Director Emeritus and MIT student

Professor Dave Evans, Co-founder, Life Design Lab, Stanford University, Co-Founder and VP of Talent, Electronic Arts

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The world has seen many entrepreneurial drug hunters, each one inspired to tackle the great challenge of disease and overcome it with a breakthrough medicine. This is a wondrous virtue of science. However, what is the reality of this trek and what enables success and a promise of victory for those who hope for it? Perhaps, it is somewhat surreal to the extent that there is more requisite than only science per se, but rather the power of faith to enable a drug hunter to persevere at times of intense difficulty. Such a story then becomes a fascinating trek of exploring the mysteries of life and the inimitable work of the greatest scientist of all times.

Jake Casale D’17, Apologia Editor Emeritus

Dr. Tomi Sawyer, Distinguished Scientist, Discovery Chemistry Modalities & Peptide Drug Hunter, Merck Research Labs

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Without a firm grounding in both faith and reason, it is nearly impossible today for students to navigate all of life’s pressures and concerns, especially if they distract us from a clear understanding of what our Father views as valuable. In this session we’ll think about the ways in which we can reflect on value in our lives and life-planning within the context of our faith journey.

Andrew Schuman D’10, Director, Veritas Labs

Thaddeus Fulford-Jones,  Co-Founder & CEO, Radial Analytics
David Hobbet, Executive Director, The Veritas Forum
Madison Perry, Founder and Executive Director, North Carolina Study Center at UNC

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After making choices and decisions about our vocations, how do we thrive? I’m here…now what? Join us for an interactive workshop including a brief presentation, an activity, and Q&A.

Workshop Leader
Professor Dave Evans

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