From the President
Dear Wheaton Parents,
Students have returned to Wheaton’s campus for the Spring semester, and the rhythm of college life has resumed in a new year with the promise of personal growth through discoveries and challenges. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to encourage your student in their steady accomplishment of God-honoring goals.
In Chapel this year I have been sharing what it means to “Love Jesus More.” On Monday I tackled the role of faith as it applies to both certainty and doubt. Because there is a deep and direct connection between loving and being loved, we need to know more about Jesus’ love for us in order to have more love for him. The assurance of God’s love for us is clearly demonstrated in his Gospel. Everything Jesus has done for our salvation is a demonstration of love.
College students often struggle with the common Christian experience of having doubts. I shared with them on Monday some of the good questions that faithful people should raise about their doubts, even as they fight for the assurance of their faith. You are welcome to join in this conversation about the loving kindness of God in the appearing of his Son Jesus by viewing our chapel messages on our campus broadcast station WETN.
Philip G. Ryken
Wheaton Students Say Thank-You
We want to acknowledge and thank this group of Wheaton students who volunteer in the Advancement office as Advancement Associates. They serve Wheaton Associates and the wider Wheaton community by communicating the student perspective on Wheaton to alumni, parents, and friends here on campus and around the country.
Following is an excerpt from a letter written by Matt Vaselkiv, Advancement Associate Class of 2014.
“Wheaton has radically altered my life for the better. My classes continually challenge me to become a better writer and thinker. And, even more importantly, they challenge me to transform any instinct I might have for self-promotion into behavior that is glorifying to God and to others. Wheaton has taught me how to use my intellect for Kingdom work—something I had no concept of during the first 18 years of my life.”
He ends his note,
“I realize the blessings of this community are made possible through the contributions of many. Please know that your stewardship is helping to shape me and my peers into young men and women eager to serve the Kingdom with all that we have. Thank you.”
We value the tremendous dedication of the Advancement Associates as volunteers and the generous spirit in which they serve. We pray along with you for Wheaton students such as Matt. We invite you to email a note of thanks to our Advancement Associates at: Wheaton.firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be delighted to pass your note along.
Thank you for your gifts to the Wheaton Fund that benefit every student. We are pleased to report that we are 60% of the way to the $4.7M Wheaton Fund goal for this fiscal year. Though we still have some distance to go, we are humbled by and grateful for you. If you’d like to make a gift, please visit wheaton.edu/giving.
(In the photo above: Far left standing up (L-R): Julie Fink ’13, Chelsea O’Donnell ‘13. Far right standing up (L-R): Kathryn Sheehy '13, Elise Vadnais '13. Front row sitting down (L-R): Maddie Cole '14, Caleb Burr '13, Bond Roth '14, Mark Phillips '13, Kate Wildman '14. Middle row standing up (L-R): Bethany Pennington '13, Emma Gilbertson '14, Mollie Trager '13. Top row standing up (L-R): Emory Griffith '14, Kyle Krogh '14, Jordan Golz '14, Matt Vaselkiv '14.)
Is your senior's photo in the Tower?
Final opportunities for senior pictures are January 22 and 23, 2013. If your student was away for the fall term, be sure they avail themselves of this last chance to be included in the yearbook.
You may also purchase a senior tribute in the yearbook! Deadline for senior tributes is February 15, 2013. 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: C.P.O. W138 | 501 College Avenue | Wheaton, Illinois 60187. Or, you may also send these items via email: Tower@my.wheaton.edu
Yearbook Pre-orders: You may also pre-order a yearbook (just in case your student didn't) by visiting the Wheaton College Bookstore's website.
Commencement Weekend: May 11-12, 2013
Is your student graduating this spring? May 2013 Commencement information including the schedule, hotel, brunch and other 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 webpage. Check their site for more details, and we'll be sure to keep you posted on Commencement weekend via this newsletter as well.
Student Health Services
Happy New Year! The new year brings some exciting events and some not so exciting illnesses. As many of you are aware the seasonal influenza virus is circulating early and with high incidence this year in North America. The seasonal “flu” is a respiratory illness and is usually a winter disease, which peaks in late February and March. Due to the fact that Wheaton College is largely a residential campus, it is essential that everyone be aware of their respiratory etiquette to decrease the spread. Signs of the flu are: fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches and headaches. The flu spreads by droplets from sick people coughing, or sneezing. The flu virus can live on countertops etc for 4-8 hours, so good washing is an excellent prevention measure. People are contagious 1 day before symptoms occur until 5-7 days after becoming sick. Sick individuals should not be in public areas (work, school, cafeterias) until they have been fever free for 24 hours. The best prevention for the flu is the vaccine.
Student Health Services (SHS) has the flu vaccine available for students and their spouses for $20.00. 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. SHS also has the flu rapid laboratory test available; however, all rapid tests are not 100% accurate. SHS will suggest that students stay out of class and the cafeteria until their fevers break. Class and chapel excuses will be arranged. SHS will contact your student every 24 hours to make sure that there is physical improvement. For more information about the flu view the Key Facts about influenza on the Centers for Disease Control website.
SHS 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 4 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 7:30am-5:00pm; Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm.
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.
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. To view the January magazine follow this link.
- SHS will be closed MLK day.
- SHS and Academic Disability and Support will be offering a Stress and Wellness event for students with massage, dog therapy,exercise and more February 27th at Coray Gym.
- SHS and HoneyRock Camp are looking for volunteer nurses to assist with summer camps for one week or more. Please contact John Welsh if you have questions or you are available: John.email@example.com 715-479-7474 x 207.
We look forward to seeing you again soon!
The Wheaton College Parent Relations staff