May 2014

May 2014


From the President

Dear Parents,

Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, ILWe enjoyed a wonderful time of reunion and Commencement last weekend, when 624 Graduate and Undergraduate students and their families—along with alumni celebrating their graduation from Wheaton 30 to 75 years ago—heard from two individuals shaped by their Wheaton education.  William Lane Craig ’71 and David Iglesias ’80 noted that as graduating seniors many years ago, they could not have guessed where their paths would lead them. 

Dr. Craig, one of the foremost Christian apologists today, received the Alumnus of the Year Award for Distinguished Service to Society for his bold defense of biblical Christianity on the global stage.  He shared some of the chief challenges to Christianity today with several hundred at a weekend symposium.

Captain Iglesias, a former US Attorney who served with high distinction in the State of New Mexico and with the US Navy prosecuting alleged terrorists, is also a Wheaton dad.  In his Commencement address to students, Captain Iglesias shared his family story of Gospel hope from the Global South.

We pray that every 2014 Wheaton graduate will follow the example of these exceptional men in using their Wheaton education to advance the kingdom of Jesus Christ.


Philip G. Ryken

Commencement Weekend Memories

Congratulations to the parents of our new class of 2014 alumni!  Check out some favorite memories from this year's graduating2012 Undergraduate Commencement class.  At WETN, you may also view video coverage of the Baccalaureate Service, Commencement ceremony, Alumni Weekend concert, and more.  DVD keepsakes of both the Baccalaureate service and the Commencement service are available for purchase through the Registrar's office.  We pray God's richest blessings for you and your student on this occasion.

Class of 2014 Senior Class Gift

Since the 1870s, graduating seniors have expressed their appreciation of Wheaton through the senior class gift. This year, the2012 Undergraduate Commencement class of 2014 is directing 75% of its gift to the Classes of 2014 and 1984 Teleo Endowed Scholarship, and 25% of its gift to the Wheaton Fund.

The Teleo scholarship, created through a partnership between this year's graduates and the 30th reunion class of 1984, derives its name from the New Testament Greek word meaning 'to complete or fulfill.' It will help fund students, especially seniors, who due to financial loss would otherwise be forced to discontinue their education at Wheaton. The remaining 25% of the senior class gift is designated for the Wheaton Fund, which helps subsidize the cost of every student’s education.

This year, 85% of the senior class participated, raising $7,363. Additional contributions from the Alumni Association, the Class of 1984, and an anonymous matching gift brought the total to $14,363. We are so thankful for our students and alumni who partner together to give, helping to fund the mission of Wheaton College and future generations of students.

Graduate School

This year's Wheaton Graduate School commencement ceremony held special meaning for the Marriage and Family TherapyWheaton College Commencement 2013 (MFT) and M.A. in Biblical Studies programs, as they each celebrated their first graduating class.

Started in fall 2012, the MFT program was created to address the growing need of licensed marriage and family counselors in the U.S. and around the world.  Offered through the Graduate Psychology Department, the program offers students clinical training in the Chicagoland area so they can be competent clinicians who integrate Christian faith in counseling practice.  The M.A. in Biblical Studies program began in 2011 and offers a flexible, part-time, cohort learning community for students who maintain their jobs while earning their degree.  Wheaton College Graduate School congratulates the new alumni as they begin their careers in serving Christ and His Kingdom.

If you have a son or daughter who graduated this spring, the Graduate School would also like to congratulate and thank you for supporting your Wheaton student!  We hope that you encourage them to stop by the Graduate Admissions office and explore our new and exciting MFT and M.A. in Biblical Studies programs, plus many of our other graduate programs.  Your student can set up their personalized visit by emailing Anna at, or by calling 630-752-5516.

A Note from the Tower

We regret that due to a few production difficulties, the yearbook will become available after graduation. We apologize forcoming soon any inconvenience this may cause, and we greatly appreciate your patience. Seniors who purchased a yearbook will have it mailed as soon as it is available. If you or your student has not purchased a yearbook one may be purchased at

Christine Navin

Athletics Highlights

The Wheaton College women’s tennis team made its seventh consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championship recently. Wheaton won the 2014 CCIW AQ Tournament and lost a 5-2 decision to Hope College in the First Round of the NCAA Division III Championship.

The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin recently announced All-CCIW honorees from Wheaton in softball and baseball as senior Trey Martin was named the 2014 CCIW Pitcher of the Year.

Do you know a youngster that would enjoy coaching and character development from members of Wheaton’s coaching staff. There will be Thunder summer camps in five sports beginning this June: basketball; volleyball, tennis, wrestling and soccer. For more information visit the Wheaton camps website.

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.

Student Health Services

Summer hours: Student Health Services (SHS) is open during the summer.  Summer students and incoming students areStudent Health Services free to stop by.  The SHS administrative team is available to assist incoming students with any questions they might have, while nurses and physicians are also available on a limited basis.  SHS is a primary health care clinic for active students and their spouses to use.  Our fees are minimal and many of the services are covered, in part, by insurance.  Students can walk in during open clinic hours and be seen by a nurse for free.

New student entrance requirements:  If you are the parent of a new student beginning this summer or this fall, please visit our website for the information your student will need regarding health-related entrance requirements. Students completing the Passage track at HoneyRock will need to mail their entrance records to Student Health Services and to HoneyRock before July 10.  Records postmarked past this date will incur a late fee.

Insurance requirements: New students taking classes during the summer sessions are required to carry medical insurance.  If new students already carry active medical insurance and will not utilize the student health insurance, then they must waive out of student health insurance by June 26.  If students do not waive out of the program by this date they will be charged the student health insurance premium. To waive out of student health insurance, students must prove comparable coverage. Comparable coverage guidelines can be found on the Student Health Insurance website. If you have questions about the student health insurance plan provided by Gallagher Koster, please call Gallagher Koster at 855-275-3700 or e-mail them at

For students entering in the fall, Wheaton College continues to pursue an insurance product that will be affordable and provide accessibility to providers nationally and globally. If you have further questions, please write us at

HoneyRock Gap Year Program to Begin in 2015

HoneyRock Camp, Wheaton College's Outdoor Center for Leadership Development, is excited to announce the launch,SLS Advance Camp 2011 beginning September 2015, of an eight-month program for college-bound young adults who desire a year of personal, social, spiritual, and intellectual preparation for college at Wheaton or elsewhere. Termed the 'Vanguard Year,' the Vanguard Community will embody the mission of Wheaton College by engaging young adults in individual and corporate nurture of the body, mind, and spirit.  The learning process will be led by HoneyRock faculty, staff, and graduate students with occasional input from  local experts and Wheaton faculty who will provide specialized expertise. The overarching objectives of the Vanguard Year include developing relational maturity; discerning passions and life direction; gaining practical life skills; cultivating formational disciplines and life habits; and developing a positive disposition toward life-long learning and disciplined thinking. More information about the Vanguard Year will be shared throughout the year.

Wheaton Passage 2014

Thirty-five Wheaton faculty are excited to be part of the team welcoming many of this year's incomingWheaton Passage Faculty prepare for a canoe ride on Long Lake at HoneyRock. freshmen and transfer students at Wheaton Passage. How valuable is the Passage experience not only for incoming students, but also for Wheaton faculty?  Here are a few comments from professors who helped lead the Passage experience last year:

"The opportunity to help lead Passage helps me connect and understand a new generation coming in with greater depth than in a classroom."

"It has been a highlight for me.  There is a bonding that goes across faculty disciplines . . . I have friendships now that would not have existed without Passage.  I also find Passage to be something of a 'time-release' pill; it takes effect more and more as time goes by."

"Passage has given me as a faculty member a deeper appreciation of Wheaton and its effort to engage students beyond academics."

Interested?  There's still time for incoming freshmen and transfers to register.

How can you pray for Wheaton this month?  

  • Pray for our new alumni in the undergraduate and graduate schools. Pray that God will confirm his Blanchardgoodness in their lives during their years at Wheaton and that they will continue to trust His goodness while they discern next steps. 
  •  Pray for our students who are studying or serving internationally this summer with Wheaton's Global and Experiential Learning program (GEL); who are attending the Summer Leadership School (SLS) at HoneyRock; or who are serving in urban or international settings with Global Urban Perspectives (GUP), Student Ministry Partners (SMP), or Youth Hostel Ministry (YHM)
  • Pray for our faculty and administrators who are enjoying time in and out of the office this summer, many of them completing books and articles or accompanying our students in international study or service.

We offer parents even more ways to pray for Wheaton on our downloadable Parent Prayer Card.  Thank you for praying for Wheaton.

Wishing you a wonderful summer.

The Wheaton College Parent Relations teamWestgate

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