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February 2018

February 2018

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

Dear Parents, 

Every February I host a “President’s Town Hall Chapel,” where students share what is on their minds through questions on a broad range of topics—from details about the College schedule, to pressing social issues, to perennial questions in theology.  

Last week students asked how a Christian should prioritize the overwhelming number of social problems, about the special needs of low income students, and about ethnic diversity.  Our students care deeply about their lives on and off campus, about our world today, and about preparing for their future.  

In Town Hall Chapel we also laugh together.  Several very creative students, now seniors, have interrupted these meetings with surprise re-enactments of Scripture. Last week we heard a reading from Exodus 14 as students dressed in desert garb “walked across the Red Sea on dry land” – planks laid down from the Edman platform across Chapel seats.  

Generations of Wheaton alumni tell us that Chapel became one of their most cherished College experiences—mainly due to the significance of worshiping together as one campus community. 

In Christ’s service,

Philip G. Ryken
Wheaton College 

Parents in Prayer 

Praying parents are one of Wheaton College's most valuable resources.  Parents from around the world will be joining together to pray for Wheaton on February 22, 2018. Check out the Collegiate Day of Prayer for more information. 

From the Chaplain's Office 

The Chaplain’s office is launching an important prayer initiative for Wheaton College: Every week, every student and every faculty and staff member will be prayed for by name.  

Chaplain Tim Blackmon said, “Since Wheaton College exists for 'Christ and his Kingdom' and since Jesus teaches his disciples to pray 'may your Kingdom come,' interceding for every member of our campus community will be our number one priority.”

Student chaplain Luke Nelessen clarified what will be brought before the Lord in prayer:  

· That all may have a first-hand knowledge of the love of the Father.

· That all may submit thoughts, words, and deeds to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

· That all may receive a daily dose of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Parents interested in praying for the campus community in this way can contact the Chaplain's office at chaplains.office@wheaton.edu.

Commencement Weekend: May 5-6

Congratulations to parents of soon-to-be alumni of the Class of 2018! We're looking forward to welcoming you to campus for this meaningful weekend in the life of your family. Watch for information from the Registrar's office to be mailed to your home later this month.

Spring Break Housing and Meal Plans

Campus housing closes for Spring Break on Saturday, March 3, at 10am and reopens on Saturday, March 10, at 3pm. The meal plan ends with dinner on Friday, March 2, and begins with dinner on Saturday, March 10. Campus housing is available during Spring Break for athletes, international students, students working on campus, and students enrolled in a class that meets over Spring Break.

As you prepare to move your students out of campus housing in May and arrange for their return in August, please see our housing calendar for additional dates and times.

Residence Life at Wheaton CollegeStudent Housing Selection

Students will begin selecting 2018-2019 housing locations after Spring Break. Housing selection is based on students' year in school, starting with seniors and moving to freshmen. Within each class a random lottery number is given and those with the lowest numbers select first.

Since a core pillar of the Wheaton experience is our residential philosophy, students are expected to live in campus owned housing for their educational experience. However, some students will be granted off-campus permission based on campus capacity numbers, which vary from year to year. The number of off-campus spaces are limited, which means not all off-campus requests will be granted. All students applying for off-campus housing will be notified on Friday, March 23, 2018, if they have received permission.

If your son or daughter is applying for off-campus housing, please encourage him/her to avoid signing a lease until official permission from the College has been granted. In the past, students have felt pressure from landlords to sign leases early and this becomes an issue if permission is not granted from the College. Students who sign a lease and are denied off-campus permission will be required to remain in campus housing and will still be responsible for their off-campus lease.

Know Someone Who Belongs at Wheaton?

Wheaton College is grateful for the important role parents play in sharing the value of a Wheaton education with family and friends. Parents often see God’s handiwork played out in the lives of their students; they see stories of a faith being deeply cultivated and of learning opportunities that challenge and provoke students to kingdom service within the context of a vibrant, Christ-centered community.

Parents can help encourage prospective families through an invitation to attend one of the upcoming Spring 2018 campus visit events.

Fridays at Wheaton offers high school students the opportunity to experience life as a Wheaton College student, attending classes, chapel, and an open house with various faculty members.  These events will be held on February 23 and April 6.

Wheaton Connection offers high school students an opportunity to visit classes, meet faculty and administrators, and to spend a night in a dorm.  These specials events will take place on March 22–23 and April 19–20. 

Individual Visits for prospective students are available year-round.

Learn more at wheaton.edu/visit.

Please visit Wheaton's Refer a Student page to recommend a prospective student.  The Admissions team will begin communicating with those who are recommended. 

Thank you for helping us discover the next generation of Wheaton students!

GEL epartnershipsWheaton Students Around the World 

Wheaton College's Center for Global and Experiential Learning offers students multiple opportunities to enhance their educational experience through study and service around the world.

Semester Study Abroad: This semester 15 students are participating in Wheaton in Mexico (Queretaro) and an additional 27 students are studying in 14 countries on partner programs and internships. Applications for fall 2018 study abroad are due March 1, 2018. Students interested in Wheaton in Mexico should attend the information session on February 20 at 10:30am which will include current students and faculty from Queretaro.

Spring Break Ministries: Eighty three students will engage in Wheaton-sponsored service ministries over Spring Break. Twenty-five students will install a gravity-fed water system in the mountains of Honduras during the 26th year of Honduras Project. Fifty-eight Wheaton football players and trainers will travel to Uganda, Mexico or the Dominican Republic to serve with alumni missionary partners.  An additional 50 students will serve around the United States through Football Ministry Partnership or Office of Christian Outreach.

Summer Wheaton “in” Programs:  February 15 is the deadline for students to confirm participation in one of Wheaton’s 2018 faculty-led study abroad programs: Arts in London, Wheaton in Germany, Wheaton in the Holy Lands, Wheaton in Quebec or Wheaton in Spain.

Funding for Study Abroad:  The Center for Global & Experiential Learning is currently reviewing submitted applications for the annual Global Scholar Award, which is up to $5,000 for a project that deepens knowledge of an issue facing the global community.  March 16 is the deadline for the Center’s International Internship Travel Award, which offers up to $1,000 toward the cost of travel or living expenses for an international or cross-cultural summer internship. In addition, there are a few seminal scholarships currently accepting applications for the summer and fall terms.

For questions or information regarding any study abroad program or scholarship, students and parents may contact the Center for Global & Experiential Learning at gel@wheaton.edu or 630.752.7309.

HoneyRock, Outdoor Center for Leadership Development of Wheaton College

Wheaton in the Northwoods (WIN): Students say the intensive format creates a unique community dynamic that has proven to increase information retention and decrease stress in the classroom. WIN takes place at HoneyRock and offers students the opportunity to earn 4 to 8 credits during 2 or 4 weeks of class time (plus pre and post-homework). With summer tuition rates, students save over $1,000 per 4-credit class. Learn more about WIN

Leadership Certificate: Integrating classroom theory with practical leadership experience, this certificate features a robust curriculum and three distinct internships. Students engage with dynamic opportunities to build their resume and learn both the art and science of leadership.

Cassidy Griffith ’19, reflects on her experience: “As an Applied Health Science major, I learn how to care for the physical body. My Leadership Certificate coursework on campus and at HoneyRock teaches me how to care for the soul. Applying the study of both disciplines to three diverse internships has empowered me to be a more effective leader.”

Learn more about the Wheaton College Leadership Certificate

Summer Leadership School (SLS): Parents can encourage students to gain real-world leadership experience, deepen their relationship with God, and experience life-changing transformation through Wheaton's Summer Leadership School. By leading campers this summer, students will build their emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and leadership skills. SLS can serve as a stand-alone experience or count towards one of the three Leadership Certificate internships. Learn more about SLS


womens choraleSymphonic Band and Women’s Chorale Spring Tours

Parents are invited to attend concerts by the Wheaton College Symphonic Band and the Women’s Chorale over Spring Break. The Chorale will have performances at various churches and schools throughout Minnesota and Iowa.  A special alumni and family meet and greet will be held after the Thursday March 8, 7:30 pm concert at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 The Symphonic Band will perform throughout Southern California, with concerts at several area schools and churches.

More information about the tours can be found on the ensemble homepages at wheaton.edu/womenschorale or wheaton.edu/symphonicband

Tuition Freedom Day

February 8 was Tuition Freedom Day! Each February, students take time to celebrate your giving to the Wheaton Fund by writing notes of gratitude in response to the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends who help to ensure the affordability and excellence of their Wheaton education.

Here is just one of the hundreds of notes written by students:

Thank you so much for supporting Wheaton College. Because of your help, students like me have unique access to opportunities that help us to grow as individuals and as Christians.

—Jonathan ’20

Wheaton College joins students in expressing a heartfelt thanks for your support

How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Pray that the chapel program will nurture students' commitment to corporate worship and spiritual growth.
  • Pray that students will be strengthened and encouraged through their interactions with faculty members, staff, and friends.
  • Pray for students as they prepare to travel to various destinations over Spring Break. Pray especially for students who will be serving on ministry trips, that their faith and learning will grow through the experience of sharing Christ around the world.

With thanks for your involvement and your prayers!

Westgate - Alumni Relations officeThe Wheaton College Parent Engagement team