February 2014


From the President

Dear Parents,

In Sochi, Russia, it is 30-40 degrees warmer than in Wheaton, Illinois, with Olympic organizers creating the equivalent of 1,000Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL football fields of manmade snow to ensure the success of the 2014 Winter Games.  

At Wheaton College we are experiencing one of the coldest, snowiest winters on record.  Banks of snow ten feet high line some College driveways.  Each new wave of extreme cold has been a concern for its effect on our campus community, especially our students. 

On the very coldest days we have: encouraged students who feel they cannot brave the elements to contact their professors for excused absences; communicated how to dress appropriately for the cold weather; increased our inter-campus shuttle services; provided a wheelchair accessible shuttle for students with medical conditions; and left our heated buildings open in the evening so that students could traverse the campus largely indoors. 

We are especially grateful this winter for the indoor spaces dedicated to recreation, and for hard-working snow crews who keep walks shoveled and driveways plowed.  We are also grateful for the promise of Spring, the “time of singing,” when “flowers appear on the earth” (Songs 2:12).

In Christ’s service,

Philip G. Ryken


Students Express Gratitude for your Gifts

Every February students celebrate Tuition Freedom Day: the day in the academic year when the gifts of alumni, Justice Coalitionparents, and friends begin to cover the remaining 1/3 of the actual cost of a Wheaton education.  That's a subsidy of up to $12,500 per year for every student!  Students mark this day by writing notes of gratitude to you and others for your gifts to the Wheaton Fund that make this generous subsidy possible.  Here are two among the hundreds of notes written by students this year:


Every year I am amazed at the generosity of Wheaton College to me in my financial aid package! My parents are missionaries, and there is no way that I would be able to attend Wheaton without your generosity. Thank you for making my Wheaton experience possible. I pray that God will use my life to bless people just as you have followed His leading and blessed me. Thank you again!  - Bethany '15


Thank you for your generous support of my education and helping to make it affordable and economical. My family greatly appreciates your support all the way from Hong Kong and will continue to spread the good news for Christ and his Kingdom.   - Elliot '17


Watch this video to hear more words of gratitude. We join these students in saying a big “THANK YOU!” for your support.


Thank you, Parents, for your Prayer

Thank you to the more than 80 parents who came together to pray for Wheaton College at the parent prayMindrebo prayer gatheringer gatherings held across the country last month.  The positive feedback we received from these events was encouraging, and we look forward to expanding this opportunity to even more parents next year.  If you'd like to host a prayer gathering in your home next winter, write us at parent.relations@wheaton.edu. We'd love the chance to work together with you to coordinate one of these fun and meaningful parent events.


Honor your Senior with Yearbook Tribute

Parents of graduating seniors, honor your student's accomplishments by purchasing a senior tribute in the 2013-14 yearbook. Tributes can be comprised of letters and photos. The deadline for senior tributes is February 24.  You can purchase:

  • 1/4 page for $75
  • 1/2 page for $125
  • Full page for $300

If interested, please send 1-4 photographs and some commemorative text to:

CPO W138
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, Illinois  60187.

You may also send these items via email: Tower@my.wheaton.edu

Looking to order a yearbook?  Both students and parents may pre-order a 2013-14 yearbook on the Wheaton Bookstore yearbook page.


Keep Up with Campus News via The Record

Since 1876, The Wheaton Record has been the official student newspaper at Wheaton College. The Record consists of five sections: News, Features, InterSection (music, movie and art reviews), Voices (editorial), and Sports, and is published and distributed every Friday except for college breaks and exam weeks.

For parents who would like to keep in touch with what’s happening at Wheaton, The Record offers one-year subscriptions for $30 and two-year subscriptions for $50. If you would like to receive the Record for the rest of this semester (on top of your one or two year subscription) add an extra $5 to the total!

Subscription requests and payment can be sent to the following address:

The Wheaton Record

CPO W135
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187

Any further questions or requests can be sent to circulation.wheatonrecord@gmail.com


Information for Spring Break and End-of-Semester

Spring Break housing and meals.  Campus housing closes for Spring Break on Saturday, March 8, at 10 am, and reopens onWilliston Saturday, March 15, at 3 pm.  The meal plan ends with dinner on March 7 and begins again with dinner on March 15. 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 5.

Summer Housing.  Students who need to remain on campus during the summer months for employment, classes, or other reasons, may submit an application to the Residence Life office. Housing will be available in campus apartments from Monday, May 12, through Saturday, July 26, at the cost of $21.71/night. Applications will be available from the Residence Life Office in March.

Group Airport Shuttles to Midway and O'Hare. The Student Activities office is again offering an online reservation processairport shuttle for group airport shuttles.  Credit/Debit cards are accepted and all reservations are taken online.  Shuttles to either O'Hare or Midway airport are $27 each way.  More information and shuttle FAQs can be viewed on the SAO website. Reservation deadlines for group airport shuttles this semester:

  • Spring Break (Tuesday, 3/4/14 @ 11:59 pm)
  • End-of-Semester (Monday, 5/5/14 @ 11:59 pm)

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.  Be sure of flight information as all shuttles are non-refundable. Contact the Student Activities office by email or by phone (630.752.5181) if you have questions about SAO group airport shuttles or the online reservation process.



Concert Choir Spring Break Tour

If you live in South Florida, Alabama, or Missouri (or are just looking for a really good excuse to escape to any of these warmer climates), the Concert Choir will soon embark on a tour, including performances in the locations listed below. We would be honored to see you at any or all of these performances. Please pray for our choral singers in this endeavor, that they might travel safely and that the light of Christ would shine brightly through their lives and music making.


Sunday, March 9
7:30 pm

Covenant Presbyterian Church
2439 McGregor Blvd.  Fort Meyers, FL  33901
Monday, March 10
7:30 pm 
First Presbyterian Church
33 Gleason Street.  Delray Beach, FL  33483
Tuesday, March 11
7:30 pm 
First Presbyterian Church
106 East Church Street.  Orlando, FL  32801 
Wed., March 12
7:15 pm 

Shell Point
15100 Shell Point Blvd.  Fort Meyers, FL  33908 

Friday, March 14
7:30 pm 
Mountain Brook Baptist Church
3631 Montevallo Road.  Birmingham, AL  35213 

Sunday, March 16
8:30/9:45 am 

Central Presbyterian Church
7700 Davis Drive.  St. Louis, MO  63105 



Athletics Highlights

Winter sports are winding down at Wheaton and Spring seasons are underway or beginning soon. The Thunder men’s basketball team is in first place in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). Nate Haynes '14 was recently named the CCIW Player of the Week and Tyler Peters '14 was recognized as an Academic All-District award winner. The Wheaton women’s basketball team has been nationally ranked for much of the season and is set to compete in the upcoming CCIW Tournament.

The Thunder wrestling team has been nationally ranked for much of the season. Wheaton’s 11-1 record in dual matches is the best mark for the Wheaton wrestling program since 1967-68. The Wheaton swim teams look to defend their respective CCIW Championships February 13-15 in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin at the conference championship. The Wheaton baseball season is scheduled to begin on February 21 in Danville, Kentucky. Senior Trey Martin was recently honored as a preseason All-American by D3baseball.com.

If you are a golfer and looking forward to hitting the links, be sure to sign up now for The President's Open that benefits Wheaton Thunder Athletics on May 12, 2014 at Cantigny Golf in Wheaton.

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.


Financial Aid Deadlines for Academic Year 2014-15

Students returning to Wheaton for the 2014-15 school year should reapply for their financial aid by submitting their FAFSA and Wheaton institutional aid application by April 15.  If you are an Illinois resident, we encourage you to file your FAFSA as soon as possible for maximum consideration for state MAP grant funding. Please check out our Financial Aid website for more information.


Wheaton College Bookstore

Is your student graduating this spring?  Our Copy Center (located in the Bookstore) carries several styles of graduationgraduation announcement announcements that can be personalized with the details of your student.  The Copy Center can have them ready in a timely manner so that you can share the good news with family and friends.  Call 630-752-5111 to place your order. Additionally, if your student would like to purchase a Wheaton College class ring, representatives from Jostens will be in the Beamer Center March 25 and 26 with special discount offers.  Encourage your student to look into this great opportunity then.   



Has your Student Considered? . . .

The leadership school at HoneyRock Camp. 
HoneyRock, The Outdoor Center for Leadership Development ofSLS Advance Camp 2011 Wheaton College, offers several summer semester leadership schools for Wheaton students.  Here, students are immersed in an experiential leadership laboratory in which they learn about and develop leadership competencies like problem-solving, group facilitation, relational maturity, emotional intelligence, collaboration, and strategic thinking.  They apply their learning through hands-on leadership responsibility as a camp counselor, wilderness leader, or camp staff.  Harve Chrouser, HoneyRock's founder stated in 1948:  “While Honey Rock is called a camp, it is essentially an educational project designed to be a leadership laboratory . . . in a camp-living situation.  The Honey Rock idea was to create for the student a new kind of teaching-learning environment, unlike the school model.”  Over the years HoneyRock has proven to be a great preparation ground for students planning on participating in HNGR or pursuing other leadership roles on campus like resident assistant, small group leader, or project leader.

Wheaton Graduate School.
  The Wheaton College Graduate School, a community of more than 500 full- and part-timegrad school people students, offers personalized visits with our Student Ambassadors.  Students can spend their day learning about the graduate school programs by meeting our faculty, current students, and admissions staff.  They can also experience graduate school first-hand by sitting in on a class and touring Wheaton's grad school facilities.  We encourage you to discuss this great opportunity with your student.  Students can schedule their grad school visits by creating a profile on the Graduate Admissions website and submitting their RSVP.  For questions, students can contact Anna Dawson at graduate.admissions@wheaton.edu, or call 630.752.5516.

Wheaton Accrediting Review

Wheaton College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional Blanchard Hallaccrediting agency. On April 7-9, 2014, the College will host a visit with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Wheaton College has been accredited by the Commission since 1916. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the College to the following address:

Public Comment on Wheaton College
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s Website at www.ncahlc.org. Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by March 7, 2014.


How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Please pray for the safety of all students as they travel to various destinations for spring break, March 8-16.  RememberSnow football the Concert Choir as they tour through Florida, Alabama, and Missouri; spring athletes as they participate in spring training; Wheaton football athletes serving internationally through Wheaton Football Ministry Partnerships; and for students participating in eight different BreakAway Ministry trips across the U.S.
  • Please pray for all faculty and students as they complete the projects and assignments of A-quad.
  • Please pray for students who are interviewing for summer internships and for seniors who are preparing next steps after Wheaton.

 For more ways to pray for Wheaton through the month, download our Parent Prayer Card


Thank you for your partnership with Wheaton!

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