e-Partnerships Parent Newsletter

November 2015


From the President

Dear Parents,

We enjoyed seeing many parents at Wheaton last weekend. Once again our very creative students kept us Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, ILentertained by their hilarious comedy and inventive acts at the annual Talent Show, and despite the deluge of rain, all competing varsity teams won their games or matches.

Nearly 400 parents gathered for a prayer breakfast on Saturday morning, led by members of the Parent Council and our Chaplain. I shared reflections from the prophet Jeremiah who turned to God with desperate prayers for desperate times (Jer. 14:19-22). His example provides three themes for prayer: a confession of sin, a plea for God’s mercy, and an affirmation that only God is able to answer prayer.

The prayers of our parents are of inestimable value for Christ-centered higher education at Wheaton. One parent’s prayer on the Wheaton Parent Facebook page went like this:

This…is my prayer: that there would be a great movement of God in the hearts, minds and wills of Wheaton students, that 2015-16 would be remembered as a year when God touched students in a deep and profound way, that strongholds would be broken and new, iron-hard resolve awakened…to live passionately for Christ for the rest of their lives.

Thank you for your ongoing ministry of prayer for your student and for Wheaton College. We wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving.

In Christ's Service,

Philip G. Ryken
Wheaton College 

Post-Family Weekend

Thank you to the 1,200+ parents, siblings, grandparents and friends who joined us on campus for Family Family Weekend Weekend, October 30-31.  If you're an early planner, please mark your calendars now for Family Weekend 2016: November 11-12. 

To keep in touch with campus events all throughout the year, check out these opportunities:

  • Student chapel.  Student chapel services are live-streamed every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30am CST.
  • Athletics events.  Athletics events are live-streamed at this link.

Lastly, did you know that Wheaton College has an arrangement with the Art Institute of Chicago, whereby students can visit this museum for FREE with a student ID?  Encourage your student to take advantage of this great opportunity.


Holiday Airport Shuttles

It’s not too late to reserve a reduced-rate group airport shuttle for Thanksgiving or Christmas Break.  Shuttle schedules, links to the reservation portal, and more information can be found on the shuttle information page of the Student Activities website.

One-way shuttle costs for both Midway and O’Hare airports: $30
Round-trip shuttle discount: $55

Thanksgiving Break shuttle reservation deadline: Sunday, November 15, 11:59pm
Christmas Break shuttle reservation deadline: Sunday, December 6, 11:59pm


Campus Housing for the Holidays

Thanksgiving Housing: College housing and meal service remain open during the Thanksgiving holidayMacAlister Evans weekend.

Christmas Housing: College housing closes at noon on Friday, December 18, and reopens at 3pm on Saturday, January 9. The regular meal plan ends with dinner on Thursday, December 17, and resumes with dinner on Saturday, January 9. During Christmas break the residence halls (Fischer, Smith-Traber and Upperclass Halls) are closed and no student is allowed to stay there for any reason.

With permission through the Residence Life office, students may stay as guests in a campus apartment or house during Christmas Break for the following reasons:
- athletics
- students who live internationally
- campus employment
- class participation

The student must meet one of the above qualifications and have permission from both the Residence Life office and the residents of the unit that they will be staying in as a guest. Requests must be submitted to the Residence Life office by Monday, December 14.

Students who do not submit a Christmas Break housing request by December 14 are responsible for finding their own housing over Christmas Break. No requests will be approved after this deadline. Students who stay in campus housing without approval from the Residence Life office are subject to a fine of $25 per day.

As your student plans future arrival and departure dates, please reference our Housing Calendar for opening and closing dates and times.


News from the Center for Vocation and Career 

It has been a busy semester here in the Center for Vocation and Career!  For students focused on finance MIFand consulting opportunities, the fall is an especially busy season.  Twenty-two employers have conducted interviews on campus already this semester, and we expect a few more before the calendar turns to 2016. If your student is interested in a business-related career, we’ve probably seen him or her in our office!

For students interested in other careers, activity will come in the spring when these organizations do the bulk of their hiring.  This spring we’ll welcome another dozen or so employers and we will do our best to meet the needs of all our graduating students.

The Canvas: Framing Your Vocation and Career series for sophomores has been a huge success. Students are exploring their interests, developing skills, and seeing where these fit with opportunities in today’s marketplace.

To keep up to date on the latest opportunities for your students, visit our Events page and see what we are doing to help prepare your student to lead flourishing lives that help build the church and benefit society worldwide. 

Refer a Student

Know a student who belongs at Wheaton? As parents, you play a critical role in helping us recruit the best and brightest to the College. You know better than anyone the type of students who will take full advantage of the Wheaton College experience.

We value your opinion and invite you to send contact information of potential students you believe will thrive in Wheaton's rigorous and Christ-centered academic environment.


Give the Gift of Wheaton Travel

Do you have a friend or relative who would love the chance to join fun-loving, like-minded travelers on a Wheaton Alumni and Parent Engagement tour?  For many Wheaton aunts, uncles, and grandparents, this could be just the gift!

The Natural Splendors of New Zealand and Australia - October 22 - November 6, 2016

Explore God's magnificent creation in beautiful Australia and New Zealand. Spanning two countries, multiple ecosystems, and travel by land, air and water, this tour will heighten your senses to the wonder of God's beauty and bless you with the rich fellowship of other Wheaton alumni, parents, and friends.

Why is travelling with Wheaton unique?

  • Custom itineraries creatively planned by members of Wheaton’s faculty and alumni staff.
  • Personal, genuine interest in every participant on the tour.
  • Cultural and historical insights with regional experts and local guides.
  • Daily group devotions and encouragement from God’s Word.
  • First-class accommodations.
  • Camaraderie with like-minded travelers.

You can visit Wheaton Travel to learn more, to download a brochure, and to register yours or your loved one's attendance today.


How can you pray for Wheaton this month? 

  • Pray for the Center for Vocation and Career as they support students and help them prepare for  careers and post-college life.
  • Pray for students traveling for Thanksgiving, that time spent with family, friends, or in service will encourage them and those they meet.
  • Give thanks to the Lord for His grace and encouragement through beautiful and unseasonably temperate weather. Pray that those weighed down with cares will have their burdens lifted and carried by Christ.

Wishing you a good Thanksgiving season.

The Wheaton College Parent Engagement teamWestgate

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