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e-Partnerships Parent Newsletter

December 2017


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

Dear Parents,

Today in the last Chapel before Christmas break we recognized seniors graduating in December. Their significant milestone symbolizes for fellow students the brevity of the college experience, a short time of preparation for all that God has for them in the future.  

Last weekend over 200 student musicians, with the combined choirs and Symphonic Orchestra, and guest baritone Stephen Morscheck ’81, presented the 2017 Christmas Festival Concert, “Messiah, Prince of Peace.” This year the Christmas Festival will reach an even broader audience as the 2016 concert, “Love Divine,” airs on public television stations across the United States. Check our online listing to determine if the program will air on your local public television station. 

During Advent, through Christmas, and into the New Year we invite you to join the global Wheaton College community in reflecting on the Messiah - Prince of Peace.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas from Wheaton College. The Prince of Peace has come to our troubled world.

Philip G. Ryken
Wheaton College


Family ConnectionsLooking to connect with Wheaton's parent community?

Join our Wheaton Parent Facebook group:  WHEATON COLLEGE (IL) PARENTS. Many parents are finding this group to be a great place to connect with other parents, to ask questions about student life, and to exchange useful tips and advice. To join, log on to your regular Facebook account, type “Wheaton College (IL) Parents” in the search bar, and from there, request to join and answer the question:  Who is your student and intended graduation year? 

For those of you who are already connecting through the Parent Facebook group, we have news:  At the end of each academic year, the Wheaton Parent Facebook group will be taken down and started anew. If you are a current parent, just ask to rejoin the group. If your student is graduating and you wish to stay connected to the College, we encourage you to join another group called “We Pray for Wheaton College, IL.” This group is open to alumni, past parents, current parents, and friends of the College. The purpose of this group is prayer, for all who have been a part of the Wheaton College community in the past, are currently part of the community, and who will be part of the community in the future.

For alumni parents, we also suggest you follow the Wheaton College Alumni Association page for updates and news from the Alumni Association.

Thanks for your understanding and for contributing to the conversation.


Combo imagePick Your Country & Pack Your Bags!

Even for the most seasoned traveler, there is always something new to discover. We invite you to travel with Wheaton College’s Seven Continents/Seven Years program, now in its fourth year. Packed with memorable moments and extraordinary encounters, you will experience the vast wealth of God’s creation in the company of like-minded travelers. If you’ve ever said, “I’m going to go there some day,” now’s your chance! Choose from two amazing journeys, save the dates, and start dreaming of the adventures that lie ahead.

June 1-15, 2018

South Africa: 
October 11-25, 2018

News from the Bookstore

BuyBack:  Students can sell back textbooks from 8:30am–5:00pm every day during Finals Week December 11- 15. We offer great prices on hundreds of titles. Earn 10% more by having the money put onto a Gift Card that can be used for student’s spring textbooks- or to finish up some Christmas shopping. Gift Cards may be used in-store or online.

Text Rentals:  Textbooks that have been rented must be returned by Friday, December 15.

EasyBooks:  Jump on  our web site to get ready for the Spring Semester. We make ordering textbooks and classroom supplies easy. The majority of titles are available to rent at great prices! Students saved thousands of dollars last semester by renting their textbooks through us. Ordering early provides students with the greatest number of options and the most savings.

To order books: Have your Course Schedule available and follow the prompts for textbooks, locate your courses, and choose the books you want. We will process orders in January and have it ready for pick-up at the Bookstore when students come back to campus!

The Perfect Gifts that will fit Perfectly!

Looking for gift ideas?  Check out our gift selection.

Gift Cards:  Bookstore Gift Cards can be used for all the items that we carry at the Bookstore & Convenience Store – textbooks, gift items, general books, classroom supplies, and food. Choose the dollar amount you want loaded on your student’s gift card and we can call them to come and pick it up! Please note: you can continue to load $$$’s to your student’s gift card throughout the year!

Student Financial Services

Spring 2018 bills will be available online by mid-December 2017 with a due date of January 10, 2018. An email notice will be sent to all students and authorized users when the bills are ready for viewing. Parents will need to make sure that their student(s) have set them up as authorized users in their Student Billing and Payment Gateway profile.

If paying using a College Savings/529 plan, please make sure to contact your plan administrator early to insure that funds are received by the tuition due date of January 10, 2018.

Wheaton College offers convenient, interest-free payment plans to help you budget your billed expenses. Details are available on the Wheaton College Payment Plans webpage. Plan enrollment is completed online in the Billing and Payment Gateway after bills are released.

It is FAFSA time!

Christmas break is a great time to coordinate with your student to complete the 2018-19 FAFSA together! Wheaton College recommends using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA, which is available online. Beginning with the 2018-19 aid year, the supplemental Wheaton College Institutional Application for Financial Aid is no longer required. The FAFSA is the only application that is required.

AdventThe Wheaton Fund

Join the Wheaton College community as we prepare for the coming of Christ this advent season through an online devotional. Each reading offers thoughts from President Ryken on Messiah, Prince of Peace, whose coming we celebrate this time of year.

This month, as we reflect on what God has done for us in sending Jesus Christ, we are also reminded of all you do for Wheaton College. When you support the Wheaton Fund, you invest in the affordability and excellence of a Wheaton education for each of today’s students. Please consider making a gift to Wheaton this month. Your tax-deductible gift to the Wheaton Fund by December 31, 2017 is essential to our mission and truly appreciated. Thank you for remembering Wheaton College in your year-end giving!

How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Give thanks for the dedication of our new Welcome Center and the many people who helped make that vision a reality.
  • Pray for our students, faculty, and administrators as they wrap up the Fall semester, and that the Lord will give each one energy to finish well.
  • Pray for the Wheaton College community over the Christmas break, that they will find peace and rest as they celebrate the coming of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Westgate - Alumni Relations officeThe Wheaton College Parent Engagement team