From the President
Dear Wheaton Parents,
Last week’s student-run “Missions in Focus” conference reminds me what a precious gift and stewardship trust the students on Wheaton’s campus are, and of the many Kingdom opportunities they represent.
The MIF conference brings renewed energy to our campus for three days each February. This year the students focused on the theme “Marketplace—By Him and For Him.” Students heard presentations by two dozen professionals, many of whom are Wheaton alumni, from business (manufacturing, finance, and venture capital), technology, government, the arts, professional sports, media, and education. Chapel keynote speakers included overseas missionary and small business owner Rebecca Sandberg ’99, who after serving in Kenya runs a local business employing refugee women; Wheaton dad Joel Manby who is the President and CEO of the largest family owned theme park in the nation, Herschend Family Entertainment; international artist and advocate for the arts Makoto Fujimura; and Hasana Sisco ’86, Vice President of Global Safety, Health and Environment for Ecolab, Inc.
Each of these accomplished individuals shared with the students how their Christian faith informed their work in the marketplace. It is a high priority to encourage our students to think about “life after Wheaton” with its many challenges and opportunities. I hope your student will take advantage of the resources available to him or her through our Career Services center, Wheaton in Network, and other mentoring opportunities.
In Christ's Service,
Philip G. Ryken
Spring break airport shuttle service
The Student Activities office is offering a new online reservation system for Group Airport Shuttles! Credit/Debit cards are now accepted and all reservations will be done online. Shuttles to either O'Hare or Midway airport are $25 each way. For more information, shuttle FAQs, and a schedule of Spring Break shuttles, visit the SAO website.
To reserve an SAO Group Airport Shuttle, you or your student can select from the following links:
Spring Break O’Hare
Spring Break Midway
Family members interested in reserving airport shuttles for students need to have the following information when making the reservation: Your student’s Wheaton email address, correct flight information to determine appropriate shuttle time, and credit card information.
Spring Break: March 5th
Easter Break & end-of-semester: still pending
Be sure to know your flight information as all shuttle reservations are non-refundable. Contact the Student Activities office (630.752.5181) if you have questions about SAO group airport shuttles or the new online reservation process.
Residence Life: news for spring and summer
The Housing Services and Residence Life offices are excited to announce that student housing selection processes are being moved online and will begin following Spring Break. Information will be communicated to students as the process is rolled out in the coming weeks.
Campus housing closes for Spring Break on Saturday, March 9 at 10 A.M. and reopens on Saturday, March 16 at 3 P.M. Students who need to remain on campus at any point during Spring Break must submit a request for approval at the Residence Life website by Wednesday, March 6.
Students who need to remain on campus during the summer months for employment, academic or other reasons, may submit an application to the Residence Life Office prior to Friday, April 19. Housing will be available Monday, May 13 - Saturday, July 27 and costs $21.29/night. More information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 630.752.5427. Applications are available in the Residence Life Office, located in the Student Development Office in SSB 218.
Student Health Services
“DeStress Fest” is coming up on February 27th at 11 A.M. in the Coray Gym. This Stress and Wellness event offered by SHS, Academic Disability and Support and Student Government will feature art, exercise, dog therapy, and more. The event will provide helpful hints of how to decrease stress in the college life. SHS provides health preventive and promotional activities throughout the year. Each month SHS in cooperation with Student 101 publishes an e-magazine for students and parents. Click here to view the February magazine.
We also want to let parents know that DuPage County is still experiencing some influenza activity, though the incidence has dropped. The flu vaccine is still available for $20.00 at Student Health Services for all students. Students may walk into SHS during our open hours for this vaccine. This vaccine does not cause influenza. Students’ accounts will be billed. They will receive a “walk out statement” in their CPO box to submit to their insurance companies for possible reimbursement. For more information about the flu, view the Key Facts about influenza on the Centers for Disease Control website.
Did you know that Student Health Services 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 four board certified physicians who are alumni of Wheaton College and one nurse practitioner. The nursing staff is experienced in college health. Students are welcome to stop in to speak with a nurse about their medical questions or be assessed free of charge. Our hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M.; Saturday 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Our services include: physician appointments (cost $25.00); in house or out sourced laboratory services (rapid strep or mono tests for example), observation rooms, completion of small office procedures such as wart removal; registered dietician appointments, massage therapy; International travel clinic; vaccinations; pharmacy; free medical shuttle and more. For more information about our services visit our website or contact us at 630-752-5072 or Health.Services@wheaton.edu.
All services that have fees are billed to the student’s account. The 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.
Our hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M.; Saturday 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. SHS will be open during spring break Monday-Friday 8 A.M.-4:00 P.M.
Wheaton Athletics Update
The Wheaton men’s and women’s swimming teams each won CCIW Championships on Feb. 14-16. It marked the first time that both programs won the CCIW Title in the same year since 2007. Freshman Kirsty Nitz was named the MVP of the CCIW Women’s Championships, while junior Wills Francis was selected as the MVP of the Men’s Championships.
The Wheaton men’s basketball team has been nationally ranked for most of the 2012-13 season and has secured a spot in the upcoming CCIW Tournament on Feb. 22-23. The Thunder women’s basketball team has accomplished its first 20-win season since 2006-07. The Thunder will be one of the top two seeds in the upcoming CCIW Women’s Basketball Tournament on Feb. 22-23.
Veteran head coach Jennifer King Soderquist recently announced her retirement as coach of the Thunder volleyball team after serving Wheaton College and numerous student-athletes for the past 27 years.
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 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 10 club sports please visit the club sports website.
The Wheaton College Bookstore is offering a unique opportunity for you to pre-order autographed copies of Alister McGrath's new book, C.S. Lewis: A Life. McGrath will be signing copies of his book while speaking on campus March 20th and 22nd. For customers who are not able to attend the lectures, we will be obtaining McGrath's autograph on your behalf and shipping the book to you at the end of March. This is a unique opportunity to receive a special gift for a C.S. Lewis fan or to have a one-of-a-kind addition to your own Lewis collection. Click here to order your copy today.
Is your student graduating this spring? Our Copy Center (located in the Bookstore) carries several styles of graduation announcements that can be personalized to include name, degree, major, date and location. Call 630-752-5111 to place your order. We’ll have them ready in a timely manner so that you can share the good news with family and friends!
Jostens Ring Event will be March 25th and 26th in the Beamer Center from 10:30 -2:00. For a preview of class rings and prices visit jostens.com.
Let your student know you're thinking of them. Care packages and Campus Stores gift cards are available at wheatonbooks.com. We can send them right to your student's CPO to make their day special.
New textbook rental service a hit with students! This year we introduced textbook rental in our store and online through EasyBooks. We rented over 900 books to our students, saving them thousands of dollars. This is a program that we will continue to offer in the coming year.
Commencement Weekend: May 11-12, 2013
May 2013 Commencement information will be sent to each graduate and also to the families of graduates in late February. As the information becomes available, the Office of the Registrar will also post information on their Commencement webpage. We'll be sure to keep you posted on Commencement weekend via this newsletter as well.
We look forward to seeing you again soon!
The Wheaton College Parent Relations staff