e-Partnerships Parent Newsletter

February 2015


From the President

In God’s providence, new chaplain Tim Blackmon was deeply influenced during his youth by WheatonPhilip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL College alumni serving as church planters and missionaries in the Netherlands and Europe.  Now, several decades later, he will in turn help us in the ongoing mission of Christ-centered learning and living at Wheaton College.  Rev. Blackmon with his wife Betsy and their four children will move to the US this summer, and he will begin his service on July 1.

You will be encouraged, I think, to hear what our new chaplain says about biblical hospitality.  We aim for Wheaton’s campus to be a welcoming place for students of all ethnicities, economic and social backgrounds, and evangelical traditions—not only a welcoming place, but a “home away from home.”  Tim Blackmon will help us set the table for all of our students, faculty, and staff.  I hope you can meet him at Family Weekend next fall, but until then you can listen to his ideas about biblical hospitality on this recent broadcast from the Christian multimedia group, White Horse Inn.

Philip G. Ryken
Wheaton College


2015-16 Financial Aid Applications Now Available

Students returning for the 2015-16 academic year will need to reapply for financial aid. The priority deadline for submitting the FAFSA, the Wheaton Financial Aid application, and all other requested documents to the Wheaton Financial Aid office is April 15, 2015. Students from Illinois should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible for state grant consideration. Please contact the Financial Aid office with any questions.


Spring Break Information

Spring Break Housing and Meal Plans. Campus housing closes for spring break on Saturday, MarchWilliston 7, at 10am, and reopens on Saturday, March 14, at 3pm.  The meal plan ends with dinner on March 6 and begins again with dinner on March 14. Students who need to remain on campus at any point during spring break must submit a request for approval to Residence Life before Wednesday, March 4.

Group Airport Shuttles to Midway and O'Hare. The Student Activities office offers an online reservation systemairport shuttle for group airport shuttles to O'Hare and Midway airports.  Credit/Debit cards are accepted and all reservations are taken online.  Shuttles to either airport are $30 each way or $55 round-trip. The reservation deadline for spring break is Sunday, March 1, at 11:59pm.  


Student Health Services

Is your student traveling internationally this summer and wondering what vaccinations they mightTravel Clinic need, or what health insurance they should carry? Wheaton's Student Health Services offers an international travel clinic, staffed with certified travel health nurses who can provide your student with country specific information to help them stay healthy while living abroad. 

In collaboration with Student Government and Bon Appetit, Student Health Services is also presenting “Eating Healthy on a Tight Budget.”  Bon Appetit's Chef John and registered dietician Terri Brownlee will give practical tips and cooking demonstrations on February 24, at 7pm, in the North Party Room.


Spring Shark Tank

The final round of the annual Wheaton College Shark Tank competition is taking place on Tuesday,Shark Tank March 17, at 7:30pm in Barrows Auditorium, dessert reception to follow. If you are local, come experience a do-not-miss event featuring the five final student groups who have been working since the fall to refine their business plans under the guidance of alumni mentors. Each group will have the opportunity to pitch their final plans before a panel of judges and an audience of staff, faculty, alumni, and peers. We hope to see you there!


Center for Vocation and Career

In last month's newsletter, we introduced you to myStory, our new career-development resource thatExternship guides students through the self-assessment, career exploration, resume-building, and networking steps that contribute to vocation and career.  This month, we'd like to introduce you more fully to the self-assessment phase of this resource. While self-assessment takes place throughout the length of a student’s college experience, it is the true starting point for our freshmen and sophomore students. Most students’ first introduction to the Center for Vocation and Career will be through an appointment to review their Gallup StrengthsFinder results.

The StrengthsFinder focuses on what students already do well and how they can further develop these giftings. By understanding how God made them, students are able to better identify work environments where they will be able to exercise their own unique Strengths. Be sure to ask your student to tell you about their Top 5!

In addition, we encourage students to look carefully at the Top Ten Skills employers are seeking from recent college graduates. Derived from a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, this list affirms students’ strengths and helps guide them as they seek additional opportunities for skill development.

This self-assessment phase prepares students for the next step: Career Exploration. In next month's newsletter, we'll share more about how we're helping students with the Career Exploration phase of vocation and career development. 


M.A. in Outdoor and Adventure Leadership

Your Wheaton student can earn an M.A. in Outdoor and Adventure Leadership (OAL) atOutdoorAdventureLeadership HoneyRock, Wheaton’s 800-acre Northwoods campus. As part of the accelerated M.A. program through Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton students can save time and money, up to $12,000, by beginning a graduate degree during their senior year. The OAL degree equips leaders for Christian camp, adventure, and youth ministry movements worldwide. As part of the HoneyRock community, students are fully immersed in the Christian camp and are given the context for integrating course work with real life ministry, while being mentored by experienced professionals in the field. To learn more and to schedule a personalized graduate school visit, students can contact graduate.admissions@wheaton.edu or call 630.752.5933.



The winter sports season is nearing its conclusion and the spring season is just around the corner. 

The Thunder women’s basketball team is nationally ranked. Junior Hannah Considine was recently named the Division III Player of the Week by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

Registration is now open for the 2015 President’s Open golf outing for Wheaton Athletics at Cantigny Golf on Monday, May 11, 2015. For more information, including registration, please visit the President’s Open website.

Do you know an athlete, grades 1-12, who would enjoy coaching and character development from members of Wheaton’s coaching staff? Thunder summer camps will begin this June in five sports: basketball, volleyball, tennis, wrestling and soccer. For more information visit the Wheaton camps website.

For additional up-to-date news and results on Wheaton’s varsity teams including other programs from the fall and winter seasons, visit the Wheaton Athletics Website.  You can also follow Thunder Athletics on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or sign up for our 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 ten club sports, visit the club sports website


Students Have the Attitude of Gratitude

On Thursday, February 5, more than 700 Wheaton students participated in the 10th annual TuitionFreedom from Tuition Freedom Day celebration—a day representing the impact the Wheaton Fund makes on every student’s education by subsidizing the cost of every student’s education by about $10,000.   

Students crafted hand-written notes of thanks to alumni, parents, and friends who support the Wheaton Fund. One such note reads:

I am so grateful for the relationships and learning experiences I have fostered here at Wheaton. Wheaton has expanded my view of who God is and how I can serve Him with my whole self. – Sophia

As parents, your gifts matter! You can give online through Wheaton’s website, and watch a video of students expressing their thankfulness.


How can you pray for Wheaton this month? 

  • Pray for students' safety and rejuvenation as they travel to various destinations for spHonduras Project 2015ring break, March 7-15. Pray especially for students participating in ten different BreakAway Ministry trips across the U.S. and for Honduras Project students whose work will bring clean, gravity-fed running water to two communities.
  • Please pray for Reverend Blackmon and his family as they bring closure to their years in the Netherlands and prepare for a new chapter in Wheaton.
  • Give thanks with us for the donors who help keep Wheaton affordable for the widest range of students possible.  Continue to pray that God will provide for this subsidy and for students' financial needs.


With thanks for your involvement and prayers.

The Wheaton College Parent Engagement teamWestgate

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