e-Partnerships Parent Newsletter

April 2016


From the President

Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Dear Wheaton parents,

The beautiful campus lawns are beginning to green up with the coming of Spring as our seniors begin their last push toward Commencement in May.

During Spring Break last month, 177 students with 25 faculty and staff and alumni volunteers visited six international and nine domestic destinations to pursue academic study and co-curricular projects.

My daughter Kirsten, a sophomore philosophy major, joined one of five Wheaton Football Ministry Partner teams that traveled to the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Cuba, and Selma, Alabama. Kirsten and her teammates traveled to a mountain community in the Dominican Republic, where she has friendships from serving on previous mission trips.

Kirsten described for students at Chapel last week how the team cleared and then assembled an outdoor worship space on a hill overlooking a beautiful valley. She described the poignant moment when a team member carried a handmade wooden cross on his shoulder to set it up in the worship area—a reminder of Jesus’ invitation to each of us to pick up our cross each day as we follow him.

Our students are learning through the disciplines of life and academic study about the cost of their discipleship.  Thank you for praying for us as we support your student in this life-shaping work.

In Christ’s service,

Philip G. Ryken
Wheaton College


Commencement Weekend: May 7-8

Wheaton College Parents ePartnershipsCongratulations to the parents of soon-to-be alumni of the class of 2016!  We're looking forward to welcoming you to campus for this meaningful weekend in your family's life. To assist with your travel and scheduling plans, the Registrar's office has posted important information about Commencement weekend seating, events, and photo/video keepsakes on their website. If you have any additional questions, contact registrar@wheaton.edu or call 630-752-5045.


Center for Vocation and Career

There are many job and internship opportunities still available. We receive dozens of requests each week from employers who want to hire Wheaton students. If your son or daughter is still looking for a summer internship or full-time job, have them check ThunderLink, our online job board, today!


Residence Life

Residence Life at Wheaton CollegeSummer Housing: Housing closes on May 6 at 5pm unless your student is participating in Commencement or has approval from our office to remain on campus. Housing reopens to returning students on August 21 at 2pm. 

Students are required to complete the checkout list provided by their residence life staff member and must check out of their living space before leaving for the summer.

Housing is available on campus from May 9 - July 30 for students who need to remain in the area for reasons such as summer school or on-campus employment. Students must register for summer housing by April 14 with the Residence Life office.

Summer Storage:  Wheaton College offers limited space for students to store their belongings over the summer. Generally, students may store several boxes, a refrigerator (which will count as one box), and a bicycle in designated storage areas where they currently live. Each building has slightly different space limitations.

General information on storage opportunities, including furniture storage, can be found in our student handbook.



News from the Conservatory of Music

Wheaton College Conservatory of MusicStudents from the Conservatory of Music were busy sharing the gift of music in various settings throughout the country over Spring Break.

The Symphony Orchestra traveled to Southern California, where they performed at the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove and at an inner-city school in Los Angeles. Orchestra members also took part in a clinic with Carl St. Clair, music director of the Pacific Symphony.

The Men's Glee Club toured Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Wichita. They presented concerts at Park Cities Presbyterian Church and at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas. Highlights of the Men's Glee Club tour included singing the National Anthem at a Dallas Mavericks basketball game, sharing their music with women and children at the Gatehouse Shelter, and visiting the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

For more information on upcoming performances check out our Music Events Calendar.

Introducing Banner Proxy

Banner Proxy is a means for students to grant parents online access to information related to academics, financial aid, and student accounts. Students can enter a parent's e-mail address for authorization and select from a list of permission options. Parents will then receive an automated e-mail with instructions on how to set up an account, as well as log-in information.

Permission options available through Banner Proxy include:

  • Address
  • Final Grades
  • Academic Transcript
  • Account Holds
  • Financial Aid Award Package
  • Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements
  • Account Balance by Term
  • Account Balance Summary

No changes can be made from the parent proxy access.

FERPA Notice:  Students control who is designated as a proxy and what information an individual can see. Designating an individual proxy privileges will not be interpreted by Wheaton College as providing a FERPA release allowing the College to share additional private student information. In order for the College to share information not available through proxy, students must have a signed FERPA release on file in the Registrar’s office.

Students can expect to receive notices regarding setting up Banner Proxy accounts in the first two weeks of April.


News from the Graduate School

Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College

Accelerated M.A. Deadline is May 1

Here’s what current accelerated M.A. students are saying about Wheaton College Graduate School’s Accelerated M.A. Program:

"The potential to save money had a significant influence on my decision after realizing the financial weight of further education. The Accelerated M.A. allowed me to pursue my M.A. at a lower cost, in less time, at a Christ centered institution."
-Rachael Cyrus ’14, M.A. ’15
Christian Formation and Ministry, Outdoor and Adventure Leadership

“I would definitely recommend the program to other Wheaton students. I believe it’s a tremendous opportunity for Wheaton undergraduate students to get a head start on graduate-level coursework."
-Paul Kim, ’15, M.A. ’16
Intercultural Studies

The Accelerated M.A. program allows your Wheaton student to save time and money! The program features:

  • $12,000 in tuition savings;
  • A master’s degree in only 2 additional semesters;
  • A streamlined application with no GRE or application fee.

We invite your student to learn more about the Accelerated M.A. program by contacting graduate.admissions@wheaton.edu or calling 630.752.5195.


Financial Aid Information

It’s time for continuing students to apply for financial aid for 2016-17!

Students returning for the 2016-17 academic year will need to reapply for financial aid. The priority deadline to submit the FAFSA, the Wheaton Financial Aid application, and all other requested documents is April 15, 2016. 

Please note that both the student and parent will need an FSA ID to access the FAFSA. If you haven’t already done so, please create your FSA ID.

Please contact the Financial Aid office with any questions.


News from Phonathon

Meet Hunter Hambrick ’17

Current student Hunter Hambrick ’17 feels God calling him to “preach Jesus and serve cities.” An English Literature major, Hunter, who hails from Memphis, TN, hopes to use his communication skills to assist local churches after he graduates.

During his time at Wheaton, Hunter is putting these same communication skills to work as a Phonathon caller. Through his job at Phonathon, Hunter speaks with hundreds of alumni, parents, and friends throughout the school year, inviting each of them to support the Wheaton Fund.

“As a recipient of financial aid, I love extending my appreciation to those who help make my college experience what it is,” Hunter says. “My parents make sacrifices so I can attend Wheaton. It humbles me that other parents would do the same through their support for the Wheaton Fund.”

We hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity to connect with a student like Hunter when you receive a Phonathon call this month!



The Billy Graham Center for Evangelism is hosting a national conference on evangelism in the local church on June 28-30, 2016.  Parents and church leaders are welcome to register their attendance to attend this enlightening and informative seminar. 


Music by Fanny Crosby

Fanny Crosby, among the greatest of American hymn writers, inspired generations of Christians with songs such as To God Be the Glory, Blessed Assurance, and Redeemed.  In 1978, Billy Graham Center Archives of Wheaton College tracked down and persuaded Hope Publishing to deposit into the BGC Archives Fanny’s collection of 2,536 manuscripts in order to make them accessible to researchers and scholars.

One recent researcher is Stephen Kelley - an artist, writer, and collector of antique hymnals. As a result of Kelley’s investigation at Wheaton’s BGC Archives, Wheaton College is honored to be a contributor to Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns Of Fanny Crosby recently produced by Integrity Music in celebration of Fanny J. Crosby’s legacy. Vocal performances from Blind Boys Of Alabama, Michael W. Smith, Ricky Skaggs & the Whites, Ernie Haase, Paul Baloche, Israel Houghton, and others breathe life into her poignant lyrics.  

For those interested, Integrity Music is offering the Wheaton College community an opportunity to purchase this music with 20% of the proceeds going to Wheaton College.

It is our hope that your faith will be enriched by the newly accessible music of Fanny Crosby.


How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Please pray for staff members in Wheaton's Admissions office as they meet with high school seniors and parents making decisions about college attendance next year. Pray that prospective students will be encouraged by the hospitality they receive and that good connections will be made.
  • Pray for members of the Class of 2016. Pray that their final weeks at Wheaton will be rich in friendship and learning. Pray for favor in the plans that graduates are making for their first steps after Wheaton.
  • Pray for all students in this final stretch of the semester. Pray for stamina, times of recreation, and fruitfulness in their work.

With thanks for your involvement and prayers,

Westgate - Alumni Relations officeThe Wheaton College Parent Engagement team

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