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April 2018

April 2018

Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, ILFrom the President 

Dear Parents,

As part of the Christ at the Core curriculum, each year the campus community reads a book together that reflects our common intellectual and spiritual experience.  Gilead, by Pulitzer-prize winning novelist Marilynne Robinson, was our choice this year.  It has helped students and others engage key themes such as living and dying well, and how we should engage our daily and ordinary lives with faith, recognizing its uncommon beauty.

Marilynne Robinson’s books are among my personal favorites. Her novels interact with the human condition, rural America, the theology of John Calvin, and themes like the abolition of slavery, providing rich topics for discussion at the 2018 Wheaton Theology Conference held last week. I had the privilege to interview Dr. Robinson in front of a packed Barrows Auditorium. Her wise insights gained from her attentiveness to God’s creation and to human experience encouraged our students—and all of us, to see how literature can strengthen the life of faith.  Find more information about Marilynne Robinson including a forthcoming link to our conversation at the Core Book website.

In Christ’s service,

Philip G. Ryken
Wheaton College

Commencement Weekend: May 4-6

commencement-PGR Congratulations to the parents of graduating seniors! We're looking forward to welcoming you to campus to celebrate this milestone in your student’s life. The Registrar’s office has posted important information about Commencement weekend, tickets and seating, events, hotel accommodations, and DVD keepsakes on their website.

If you have question about Commencement weekend, contact registrar@wheaton.edu or call 630.752.5045.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

Spring Break

Conservatory Tours

Over spring break the Conservatory of Music sent two ensembles on tour. The Women’s Chorale traveled to Minnesota and Iowa with special performances at the Cathedral of St. Paul, the Mayo Clinic, and many churches and schools. Although snow storms disrupted the first days on the road, students had a great time exploring Minneapolis and building community within the choir. Meanwhile, the Symphonic Band enjoyed sunshine and warm days while touring southern California. Highlights from their trip include performances at the Orange County School of the Arts, a High School Band Day with Concordia University Irvine Wind Orchestra, and several other schools and churches.

To stay up-to-date on upcoming events and to view photo albums from the Women’s Chorale and Symphonic Band trips please visit the Conservatory of Music Facebook page. Check out the upcoming concert schedule on the Wheaton College Arts and Performance Calendar. We hope to see there!

Breakaway Trips made possible

Last month, 54 undergraduates skipped the beach and opted to spend their spring break doing ministry throughout North America. Wheaton students partnered with local ministries to rebuild hurricane damaged communities, assist with needed healthcare, show Christ's love to those in prison, and repair homes for needy families.

Your gift to the Wheaton Fund helps support these opportunities for students to bond, fellowship, grow, and serve as the hands and feet of Christ beyond Wheaton's campus. We are grateful to parents like you who help make these kinds of transformational opportunities available to your sons and daughters and their classmates when you give to the Wheaton Fund.

Residence Life

Summer Housing:  Housing closes on Friday, May 4 at 5pm unless a student is participating in Commencement or has approval from Residence Life to remain on campus. Siblings of graduating seniors are approved to remain in housing until 5pm on Sunday, May 6, but they must submit a . Housing will reopen to returning students on Sunday, August 26 at 2pm.

Students are required to complete the checkout list provided by the residence life staff in their building and check out of their living space with their residence life staff member before leaving for the summer.

is available on campus from Monday, May 7 through Saturday morning, July 28, 2018, for students remaining in the area for summer school or on-campus employment.

Summer Storage:  Wheaton College offers limited space for students to store their belongings over the summer. For campus storage, students must store their belongings in the storage area within the building where they currently live. Storage guidelines for each building can be found below.

Find general information on storage opportunities, including furniture storage in our Wheaton College Student Handbook.

News from Student Financial Services

As the semester winds down, please be sure to continue to monitor your student's account. Copy/print and other miscellaneous fees may be posted over the next few weeks.

Summer term tuition bills will be released on Friday, April 27 at 5pm. Payments are due Thursday, May 31, 2018. Summer Payment Plans are available and full plan details are posted on the payment plan page and the billing and payment gateway for authorized users.

For continuing students, financial aid awards for the 2018/19 academic year begins after spring term grades are posted. Students must check the portal and complete any outstanding requirements to avoid delays in receiving awards. Students must use the Secure File Transfer tool to submit all necessary documents.

Not getting the monthly e-bill notices? Students are able to grant parents access to information related to online payment options, financial aid, academics, and student accounts through their portal.wheaton.edu accounts. Students must enter a parent's email address for authorization and select from a list of permission options. Parents will receive an automated email with login information on how to set up an account. This will allow parents access to account activity, on-line payments, and payment plans.

Summer Programs

Students can  can earn credit this summer at a reduced rate through Wheaton in the Northwoods! Each summer, HoneyRock offers a variety of courses that meet Christ at the Core and general education requirements. These courses are open to all students, are taught in a modular and intensive format, and allow students to connect with professors outside of the classroom in an incredible outdoor environment. After spending 2-4 weeks at HoneyRock, students will earn 4-8 credit hours.

 Wheaton College Graduate School

Is your student thinking about life after Wheaton? Wheaton College Graduate School is launching two exciting new programs!

The new M.A. in Humanitarian and Disaster Leadership is designed to prepare the next generation of humanitarian and disaster professionals to lead with faith and humility, utilize evidence-based practice, and serve the most vulnerable and the Church globally.

The new M.A. in Outdoor and Adventure Leadership offers an opportunity to transform young lives through exceptional training in leadership and ministry for camp, church, or college settings. Students have a variety of options to earn (and save) money through Graduate Assistantships at HoneyRock, which are an instrumental component to this program.

We invite your student to learn more about these and other programs by contacting graduate.admissions@wheaton.edu.

How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Pray for members of the Class of 2018. Pray that their final weeks at Wheaton will be rich in friendship and learning. Pray for favor in the plans that graduates are making for their first steps after graduation.
  • Pray for the Lord’s peace for students who are feeling weary and stressed at this point in this final stretch of the semester. Pray for focus, stamina, times of recreation, and fruitfulness in their work.
  • Pray for staff members in Wheaton’s Admissions office as they meet with high school seniors and parents making decisions about college attendance next year. Pray that prospective students will be encouraged by their campus visits, that good connections will be made, and that they will sense God’s leading and provision for their future.
  • Pray for President Ryken and his administrative team. That they would have wisdom and insight as they provide leadership and direction for the College.

With thanks for your involvement and prayers!

The Wheaton College Parent Engagement team

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