e-Partnerships Parent Newsletter

September 2014


From the President

Dear Parents,

At the Academic Convocation on August 27, I began a year-long series of monthly Chapel talks about what to do “WhenPhilip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL Trouble Comes.”  My first talk in this series was uncharacteristically personal as I shared with students and faculty some of the troubles I went through last semester when the ordinary pressures of my responsibilities combined with serious challenges to people that I love. 

Please pray with me that your student will understand in a new and personal way through the witness of people from the Bible that our God is a stronghold and a refuge who rescues and saves.  May He also grant all of us the grace to care for others in their times of trouble.

In Christ’s service,

Philip G. Ryken


New Parent Orientation Video 

Three weeks after New Parent Orientation has passed, we in Parent Relations, together with the Parent Council,Orientation2 are still savoring the experience of welcoming new parents to campus, getting acquainted, and hearing some of your stories of God's goodness in your student's life.

We know not all parents are able to attend Orientation Weekend, so we've posted video from the Opening Program, the "Your Calling as a Student" session, and portions of the "Letting Go" service.  We hope you'll check these out.  Our Parent Relations website also holds a lot of links and resources to support you as a Wheaton parent.  If you can't find what you're looking for on our website, please feel free to drop us a line anytime we can help: Parent.Relations@wheaton.edu.



Dr. Tim Larsen, father of Lucia '18, is a new Wheaton parent this year.  He's also an alumnus of the class of '89 and aImage of the Week faculty member in Wheaton's department of Biblical and Theological Studies where he serves as the Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor of Christian Thought.  In the July 29 issue of Faith and Leadership, Tim reflects on the institutional legacy of Wheaton College through the lens of his once 18-year-old student self, his later reverence as a church historian, and his present experience as a parent celebrating his daughter's entrance into a faith and learning community whose 154 year-history holds "cumulative power and resonance."  Enjoy.


Family Weekend 2014

Family Weekend is November 7-8, with registration opening this Monday, September 15.  Visit our FamilFamilyWeekend2014y Weekend webpages for a preview of weekend events, links to area activities and hotels, and to register your family's attendance. More details, including a direct link to the registration page, will be coming to your email this Monday.



Alumni Association Board Merit Scholarships

Every year, the Alumni Association Board of Directors awards merit scholarships to a select number of juniors for theirAlumni Award 2014 senior year. Applications are available online or in the Student Development office, SSB 218.  Completed applications must be returned by Wednesday, October 29, 2014, to the Alumni Relations Office.  Award winners will be announced at spring Convocation.  Applicants will be chosen on the basis of academic achievement, campus/community involvement, spiritual growth, understanding of life mission, and future plans.


HoneyRock Launches Inaugural Gap Year Program

The Vanguard  Gap Year launches fall 2015 at HoneyRock, Wheaton's Outdoor Center for Leadership Development.  SLS Advance Camp 2011 This program bridges high school and college years with experiential, life-changing opportunities designed to help students identify their potential and their unique, God-given gifts. This community-based, character-driven year of hands-on education and leadership development prepares students for the challenges of college and post-college years.

Structured around the rhythm of the historic church calendar, Vanguards intentionally engage in community by honoring biblical principles of worship, work, play, and rest. The time invested into Vanguard deepens students' awareness and understanding of the world, their talents, and their place in it.

Over the eleven months in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, students will: 

Engage their mind through practical learning and study led by HoneyRock staff, Wheaton College faculty, and guest facilitators.

  • Live in an immersive, Christ-centered community dedicated to Christ and his kingdom.
  • Nurture the joy of giving through service projects.
  • Participate in recreational activities like white-water paddling, climbing, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, hiking, etc.
  • Commit to daily tasks that sustain community life.

Although completion of the Vanguard Year does not guarantee admission to Wheaton College, participants will build a portfolio of reflection papers, presentations and projects that may apply toward college credit. Students will be guided through the college application process for the colleges of their choice as part of the discernment process.

Registration opens October 1. Application and information including financial aid, is available at wheaton.edu/vanguard.


Workshop to Help Students' Grad School Search

Does your student think about graduate school but struggle to know where to begin?GradSchool2  The path to find the right graduate school can be a challenging one.  The Graduate Admissions Office along with the Career Development Center want to help your student take the first steps in their search.  We are hosting a workshop where students will learn which questions to ask during the search process, the resources available to them, and the importance of visiting prospective schools.  Your student will also received tips on ways to strengthen their graduate school applications.  Financial aid, admissions counselors, and current graduate students will be available to answer any questions. Here's the information:

Career Development Workshop
Hosted by the Graduate Admissions Office and Career Development Center
Tuesday, September 23 at 7:00pm
Phelps Room,  in the lower level of the Todd M. Beamer Center

No RSVP required and refreshments will be provided.  We hope to see your Wheaton student there!



The 2014 season is underway for Thunder sports and several teams have earned recognition. The Wheaton football team is ranked 20th in the most recent D3football.com Top-25 poll, women’s soccer is sixth in Division III, men’s soccer is 10th in the Division III coaches poll and men’s cross country is 29th in the Division III preseason poll.

2014-15 Season Passes are available for purchase and are good for admission for the whole family.  Passes can be used at most home athletics events during the regular season.

Are you on Instagram? Thunder sports is too. Please be sure to follow us there.

For up-to-date news and results on Wheaton’s varsity teams, visit the Wheaton Athletics Website. You can also follow Thunder Athletics on Facebook and Twitter or sign up for the text-message service that will send scores and results directly to your phone; fans can also sign up for our weekly athletics newsletter.

For more information on Wheaton’s 10 club sports please visit the club sports website


Student Health Services

The Flu shot has arrived!  Student Health Services (SHS) has obtained preservative-free and latex-free flu vaccine for all active students and theirstudent health spouses for a cost of $23.00. Students may walk into SHS during our open hours for this vaccine.  Student’s accounts will be billed.  They will receive a “walk out statement” in their CPO box to submit to their insurance companies for possible reimbursement.  Flu clinics will also be available in the lower level of the Todd M. Beamer Center throughout the month of September.

SHS is a fully equipped medical office that active students and their spouses are welcome to utilize regardless of the type of health insurance they have. SHS is staffed with five board-certified physicians who are alumni of Wheaton College and two nurse practitioners. The nursing staff is experienced in college health. Students are welcome to stop in to speak with a nurse about their medical questions or to be assessed free of charge. Our hours are Monday through Friday 7:30am-5:00pm, and Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm. Beginning September 14, SHS clinic hours on Thursday will be 11:30am-7pm.

Our services include: physician appointments (copay $25.00); in-house or outsourced laboratory services (such as rapid strep or mono tests), observation rooms, completion of small office procedures such as wart removal; massage therapy; an International Travel Clinic; vaccinations; pharmacy; and a free medical shuttle  All services that have fees are billed to the student’s account. Your student will be sent a statement in their mailbox that they can then send to the insurance company for possible reimbursement. SHS does not bill insurance companies directly at this time.

SHS also provides health preventive and promotional activities throughout the year.  Wellness Week--a week filled with events focused on social, emotional, academic, physical, and spiritual health--begins October 6.

For more information about our services visit our SHS website or contact us at 630-752-5072 or Health.Services@wheaton.edu.


How can you pray for Wheaton this month?Dr. Richard Gibson's English class

  • Please pray for our students as they explore the array of extra-curricular activities, church fellowship, and service opportunities available to them.  Pray that they find a balance of time and commitment that works well.
  • Pray for President Ryken and the members of his Senior Administrative Cabinet.  Pray that God will give these leaders grace in their work and in their lives outside of work.
  • Pray for our families who enter this school year feeling financially challenged or burdened by concerns of health or relationship. We are mindful of the personal story each of our students brings to campus and lift these needs to Christ.


Wishing you a continued good beginning to this academic year.

The Wheaton College Parent Relations teamWestgate

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