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e-Partnerships Parent Newsletter

January 2018


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

Dear Parents,

At the beginning of the new year, 30 interns in the Human Needs and Global Resources program (HNGR) have returned to campus from their six-month experience in a tropical climate with more than a little “temperature shock.” To help them become reoriented to campus life, they recently went on retreat to HoneyRock to assimilate some of their life-changing experiences. 

An additional 38 students who spent the fall semester abroad and on international teaching internships have also returned to campus, along with a handful of new Freshmen and transfer students joining us from state schools, community colleges, and private colleges in the US and abroad. Transfer students come to Wheaton because they want to experience college life in Christian community, pursuing a Christ-centered higher education marked by excellence inside and outside the classroom. 

This is the last semester at Wheaton for the Class of 2018, with seniors making the most of favorite classes and friendships, and looking forward to graduation in early May.

We wish you a joy-filled 2018!

In Christ’s service,

Philip G. Ryken

Wheaton College


Welcome New Parents!

Wheaton College offers a number of resources to support students. Residence Directors (live-in professional staff) and Resident Assistants (student leaders on each floor) are eager to support and care for your student. If your student mentions any concerns with roommates, academics, emotional care, or simply adjusting to living with a large group of new people, please don't hesitate to have them connect directly with their residence life staff member for encouragement and assistance.

Here are some helpful resources for your student:


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.

If you are a parent living in Cincinnati, OH, the Washington, D.C. area, or the Wheaton, IL area, consider attending a Parent Prayer Gathering.  


News from the Center for Vocation and Career

The Center for Vocation and Career is committed to investing in each student's future throughout their time at Wheaton College. 

First Years – First year students are invited to attend an open house on January 18 from 5:30-6:30pm, featuring the CVC team and Chick-fil-A. This is an excellent opportunity for students to connect with the CVC office and learn how to take the first steps in career exploration and planning.

Sophomores – Sophomore students are invited to attend the final and grandest Canvas event on January 25! Sophomores, faculty, and alumni will be in attendance for the Declaration Dinner, featuring keynote speaker, Wheaton College trustee Andrea Scott ’93.

Juniors and Seniors – Junior and senior students are in the midst of securing internships and jobs. Career coaches are available via drop-in sessions and 30 minute appointments to work with students, regardless of where they are in their career planning.

We look forward to seeing your student in the CVC!


Student Health Services

With cold and flu season upon us, it’s not too late to encourage your son or daughter to come to Student Health Services to get a flu shot. Shots are $30 and will be billed to your student’s account.  Students can also walk-in to see a nurse free of charge. The nurse can offer advice, dispense over-the-counter medications, or refer students to one of our on-staff medical providers. In addition to sick care, Student Health Services offers well physicals, immunizations, and travel appointments.

Student Health Service's travel clinic is preparing to see over 250 students this spring as they prepare to head out on various Wheaton College sponsored trips around the world. Student Health Services offers these appointments with a nurse trained in travel health to discuss diseases endemic to the travel area, recommend required immunizations, and provide other travel-related education based on a student’s individualized needs. We believe this preparation is critical for a successful travel experience.

After a well-attended DeStress Fest offered in the fall, Student Health Services will sponsor another study break on April 25. What better way to unwind then petting a therapy dog, coloring, doing a puzzle, or eating some Chick-fil-A? 

Parents are encouraged to follow Student Health Services on Instagram, wheaton_shs, for #wellnesswednesdays, offering health information pertinent to the Wheaton community.


Student Financial Services

Spring 2018 tuition was due January 10, 2018. All students and authorized users can view their bill and account balance in the Student Billing and Payment Gateway.  Students will need to set up parents as authorized users in their Student Billing and Payment Gateway profile.

Wheaton 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. If you have already enrolled and need to make any changes due to housing, meal plan, or course changes, please email your request to our office at sfs@wheaton.edu. All emails should include the student’s name and ID number.

It is FAFSA time!

It is time for parents and students to coordinate to complete the 2018-19 FAFSA together! Wheaton College recommends using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA, which is available online. 2016 tax information is used to complete the 2018-19 FAFSA.

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 you need to complete.


Wheaton College Graduate School

Accelerated M.A. Program: No GRE Exam and up to $12,000 in Savings!

Is your student thinking about life after Wheaton? Wheaton College Graduate School’s Accelerated M.A. program offers an opportunity to advance a career while saving time and money. In as little as one additional year at Wheaton, Wheaton students can earn their master’s degree by taking graduate courses during their senior year, with no additional cost. The Accelerated M.A. Program is offered through eleven unique graduate degrees:

We invite students to learn more about the Accelerated M.A. program by contacting graduate.admissions@wheaton.edu or calling 630.752.5195.


Wheaton Thunder LogoAthletics

Spring sports are preparing for the upcoming seasons. The defending CCIW Champion women’s track and field team, and the Thunder men’s track team open the indoor season with meets in late-January. The Wheaton men’s tennis team begins their title defense on February 9 and the 2017 CCIW Champion Thunder women’s tennis team's season resumes on February 24 with a home match against Calvin College. 

The Thunder baseball team comes off a record-setting 2017 season to open its 2018 campaign on February 24 in Birmingham, Alabama. Softball's season begins in Florida during Spring Break under new head coach Ellen Radandt-Stremler. Men’s and women’s golf starts the spring season during Spring Break trips to Arizona.

The Thunder men’s basketball team is currently tied for first place in the CCIW. Wheaton earned a huge national victory at Whitworth University on December 19 as Wheaton’s 92-84 victory against the Pirates snapped Whitworth’s Division III-best 30-game non-conference winning streak in the regular season.

Women’s basketball has opened the season with a strong start. The Thunder lead NCAA Division III with an average of 8.5 blocked shots per game. Thunder swimming is in the midst of a strong 2017-18 season with impressive performances all around at the Wheaton Invitational in December. Thunder senior Carlos Fuentez has twice been named the CCIW Wrestler of the Week this season and is nationally ranked in Division III at 125-pounds.

Thunder fans can watch many home events on the Wheaton Thunder Sports Network or watch by downloading the Livestream app on ITunes, Google Play or Roku Store.

For complete information on Wheaton’s 21 varsity athletics teams be sure to visit athletics.wheaton.edu for schedules, recaps, videos and much more. Sign up for text alerts from Wheaton Athletics. Be sure to follow Thunder Sports on Facebook (facebook.com/WheatonAthletics), Twitter (@Wheaton Thunder) or Instagram (@Wheaton_Thunder)

For information on Wheaton’s club sports be sure to visit the club sports website

How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Pray for students, faculty, administration, and staff as they begin the Spring semester.
  • Pray for new transfer students and students who spent the last semester away as they adjust to life on campus. Pray that all will be warmly welcomed and enfolded into the community, finding a place of belonging.
  • Pray for the Wheaton College community that as members of Christ's Body, we will distinguish ourselves from the prevailing culture as true followers of Jesus. 

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Westgate - Alumni Relations officeThe Wheaton College Parent Engagement team