From the President
Our campus and the Wheaton community worldwide have been greatly challenged by the painful circumstances surrounding the College’s mutual agreement to part ways with Dr. Larycia Hawkins.
Knowing of our need for prayer, lament, repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation, the campus community met for a worship service at Edman Chapel on Tuesday evening, February 8. Chaplain Timothy Blackmon presided over this tangible step toward the healing of our campus. Both Dr. Hawkins and I shared heartfelt words with our community, and our students, faculty and staff met at the communion table as a visible sign that we are unified through Christ’s reconciling work on the cross.
Because concerns have been raised about many aspects of this complex situation—including concerns related to academic freedom, due process, the leaking of confidential information, possible violations of faculty governance, and gender and racial discrimination—I have asked the Board of Trustees to conduct a thorough review. One purpose of this review will be to improve the way the College addresses faculty personnel issues in the future, especially when these issues relate to our Statement of Faith.
Over the last two months we have experienced an unprecedented outpouring of prayer from the wider Wheaton community and the worldwide church. This makes me hopeful that God is working out his good purposes, perhaps in unexpected ways, and that we may ultimately be strengthened through this time of suffering. Thank you for your continued prayers for Wheaton College, as we seek to support your student.
In Christ's service,
Philip G. Ryken
Spring Break news and information
College Sponsored Spring Break Trips: With Spring Break approaching quickly (March 5-13th), your student may be gearing up for travel. Here is a list of the only College-sponsored trips.
Spring Break Housing and Meal Plans: Campus housing closes for Spring Break on Saturday, March 5, at 10 am and reopens on Saturday, March 12, at 3 pm. The meal plan ends with dinner on Friday, March 5 and opens again with dinner on Saturday, March 12. The College can provide housing for students during Spring Break for the following reasons: athletics, international students, campus employment and registered classes.
As you prepare to move your students out of student housing in May and arrange for their return in August, please note our housing calendar for the scheduled move in date and times.
Group Airport Shuttles to Midway and O'Hare: Spring Break group airport shuttle schedules are posted and reservations are open. You can find shuttle schedules, links to the reservation portal, and more information here. Contact the Student Activities Office with questions about reduced-rate group airport shuttles. Reservation deadline for Spring Break shuttles: Wednesday, February 24 @ 11:59 pm
One way shuttle costs for either Midway or O’Hare airports is $30 or $55 round-trip.
Students Have the Attitude of Gratitude
February 11th was Tuition Freedom Day! On Tuition Freedom Day, students celebrate your giving to the Wheaton Fund by writing notes of gratitude to alumni, parents, and friends for the generous gifts that help ensure the affordability and excellence of their Wheaton education.
Here is just one of the hundreds of notes written by students:
Thank you so much for supporting Wheaton—and me—through your financial and spiritual support! You've made it possible for me to experience Wheaton, and you can rest assured that I will do the same for the next generation of Wheaties. Thank you for helping to sustain Wheaton and further the Kingdom for God's glory. —Ben ’17
We join students in expressing our heartfelt thanks for your support!
News from the Center for Vocation and Career
As we look forward to graduation, the Center for Vocation and Career offers a number of programs designed to help graduating seniors prepare for life after Wheaton.
- The Etiquette Dinner prepares students for fundraising dinners, business meals, and engaging professionally in a social environment. From small talk to dining skills to exchanging business cards, our seniors will be ready to develop their business relationships without fear of committing social faux pas!
- Understanding Compensation & Benefits helps students navigate the alphabet soup of employment offer letters, interacting well with Human Resources, and understanding the importance of decisions related to compensation and benefits.
- Budgeting teaches students to create a personal budget based on known income or projected income. Seniors walk away with a clear understanding of the impact of taxes on their paycheck, the value of investing in retirement today, and the real life expenses they will face after college.
- Life After Wheaton features young alumni who share their experiences after leaving Wheaton. These alumni will address deep topics as well as some of the everyday questions students have as they transition to life post-college: how to live out your faith in the workplace; finding a roommate/apartment/church; what it’s like to live outside a faith-based community for the first time.
If you are the parent of a graduating senior, please encourage your student to attend these helpful programs. And special congratulations to YOU as Commencement approaches!
News from Financial Aid
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. Students from Illinois should complete the FAFSA by February 1st for state grant consideration.
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 go to www.fsaid.ed.gov to create your FSA ID.
Please contact the Financial Aid office with any questions.
News from Student Health Services
Is your student traveling internationally? Wondering what vaccines they may need?
Student Health Services has an International Travel Clinic, staffed by trained and travel health certified nurses that can provide your student with country specific information. This information will assist students in preparing for their trip and also to help them stay healthy while living abroad.
What is new with Zika?
Zika is an old disease making new headlines. Students traveling internationally to Zika areas, need to continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control for new information. Student Health Services is providing up to date information on the Zika virus on a regular basis.
Student Health Services is presenting their annual Honeymoon and Beyond Seminar for engaged couples on Friday, March 18 and Thursday, April 21. Beth Walsh ’95 alumna and certified nurse practitioner will be talking with couples about dating your fiancé/fiancée, the wedding night, and keeping the flame alive throughout your marriage.
Summer Leadership at HoneyRock
Is your student looking for a unique opportunity to gain marketable skills and work experience this summer? The Summer Leadership School at HoneyRock is a strategic way for your student to gain real-world leadership experience, deepen their relationship with God, and experience life-changing transformation, all while earning course credit. As a leader for campers in grades 3-9, your student will disciple campers, participate in authentic community, and gain invaluable leadership skills for their future work and ministry. You can learn more here.
Wheaton College Travel
You don't have to be a student to travel with Wheaton, parents and siblings have opportunities too! Please join us on a very special Alumni and Parent Engagement tour!
Australia and New Zealand, October 22 - November 6, 2016
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.
Visit Wheaton Travel to learn more, to download a brochure, and to register today.
How can you pray for Wheaton this month?
- Pray for the Lord's peace to descend on the campus community. Pray that the Lord will use the difficult events of the year to further us in learning to become a community of grace. Pray for greater humility before the Lord and for His love for one another. Pray that God's glory will be our chief concern.
- Pray for students as they prepare to travel to various destinations for Spring Break, March 5-13. 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.
With thanks for your involvement and prayers.
The Wheaton College Parent Engagement team