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June 2017

President Ryken is on sabbatical from May through October. In his absence, ePartnerships will feature contributions from various Vice Presidents. This month Vice President Paul O. Chelsen offers parents a glimpse into Student Development at Wheaton College.

From Vice President Dr. Paul O. Chelsen

Dr. Paul Chelsen - Vice President for Student Development at Wheaton College - Wheaton, ILDear Parents,

My staff works with students primarily outside the classroom in partnership with the faculty. As students walked across the stage to receive their diplomas this past May, I found myself pondering their personal narratives of “whole person education.”

At her recent retirement reception, beloved English Professor Dr. Sharon Coolidge spoke about the “ongoingness” of Wheaton. This word resonated in my heart as an accurate descriptor of the way whole person education is done at Wheaton through experiences all year round that foster relationships.

For example, soon after graduation, students were engaging in new classes, training for national athletic competitions, and music making. Before we know it, new student leaders will be heading to HoneyRock and student athletes will arrive on campus to start their training before classes begin.

Whether you are a parent of a new student or the parent of a recently graduated student, know that we are grateful for your partnership in the ongoingness of educating your student to love and serve Jesus Christ and to build the church and benefit society worldwide.

In Christ’s service,

Paul O. Chelsen
Vice President for Student Development
Wheaton College


Commencement Weekend Memories

Undergraduate Commencement 2016Congratulations to the parents of our new Class of 2017 alumni! Check out some from this year's graduating class, as well as footage from the Baccalaureate Service. We pray God's richest blessings for you and your student on this occasion.


Welcome New Parents! 

Sign: Welcome to parents for parent orientationThe Parent Engagement office at Wheaton College looks forward to welcoming you and your student to campus this August. Be watching for a packet to arrive in your mailbox in the next few weeks. In it you will find answers to many of the questions you might be asking about New Parent Orientation, August 17-19, 2017. You can also access information about and , preview a schedule of events, and find tips for assisting your student's move to Wheaton.

Throughout the year, the Parent Engagement office is here to support you as you get to know Wheaton's campus and launch your son or daughter into student life. This newsletter is just one of many resources available on the page of the College website.

Also, be sure to mark your calendar for Family Weekend on November 3-4, 2017. Family Weekend offers a great opportunity for you to meet your son’s or daughter's friends and to experience a little bit of student life at Wheaton.


Course Registration for Incoming Students

For Freshmen

The Registrar’s office has sent an email to students' personal email accounts regarding an upcoming Freshman Questionnaire. This questionnaire will be used to assign advisors and must be completed prior to registration. In mid-June, students will receive an email with a link to the Freshman Questionnaire at their wheaton.edu account, and registration times will be assigned in the order that the questionnaires are completed.

Later this month, students will receive a packet in the mail containing specific registration information. A Freshman Course Guide, which includes descriptions of majors offered, introductory courses, and a step-by-step guide for walking through the online registration process will be included in the packet. Online registration for freshmen will take place July 10-28.

All information that is mailed to freshmen will also be available on the Freshman Advising .

If you or your student have any questions about registration after reading through the packet, contact Kelly Tuzzolino at 630.752.7373 or freshman.advising@wheaton.edu.

For Transfers

Registration for transfer students will begin on June 14. Students are encouraged to complete their registration prior to July 10.

For All Incoming Students

During Orientation, students will have an opportunity to meet with their academic advisors to go over their course selections and to make any necessary changes.

Important: Incoming students have received information from Admissions on setting up a Wheaton email account. Students should be sure to set up those accounts promptly, as all future communication regarding registration will be sent to their campus email address.


Wheaton Passage for Freshmen and Transfers

HoneyRock canoersThe transition to college comes with a myriad of changes for students, parents, and families. Wheaton Passage is a two-credit introductory course that utilizes small group experiences, upperclassman student leaders, and faculty mentors to assist students in their transition to life at Wheaton College.

Wheaton Passage offers incoming students the opportunity to:

  • build supportive peer friendships and faculty relationships
  • establish realistic expectations for their time at Wheaton College
  • develop a vision for spiritual formation

Passage has been a part of Wheaton for over 45 years and continues to provide significant experiences for Wheaton College students. To learn more about this unique opportunity, visit our  .


News from Student Financial Services

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. Parent will receive an automated email notice with login information on how to set up an account. This will allow parents to access account activity, on-line payments, and payment plans.

Billing information:

  • Summer tuition was due on May 31, 2017. A 3-month payment plan is available online.
  • Returning students should check the Wheaton portal for outstanding Financial Aid requirements.
  • Financial Aid awards will be available this month.
  • Fall bills will be available in late July and are due on August 23, 2017.
  • Fall payment plans will be available on July 5, 2017


Follow your student on Merit!

Wheaton College’s Office of Media Relations uses a program called Merit to promote students’ achievements and send news releases to students’ hometown newspapers and government representatives. As a parent, you can follow your student and receive an email update every time we publish a story about your student. 

Search for your student on Wheaton.meritpages.com and click the ‘Follow’ button underneath the photo on their profile page. Please note that Wheaton College currently only provides Merit profiles to students with home addresses in the United States and students may choose to opt-out of the Merit program at any time. Questions? Contact meaghan.falkanger@wheaton.edu.


Help us reach our goal for Wheaton students!

Wheaton College ends its fiscal year on June 30, and with that comes the close of another year of faithful support for the Wheaton Fund from alumni, friends, and parents like you. Thank you to all of you who have given to the Wheaton Fund this year. Your support truly has an immediate impact on the affordability and excellence of each student’s experience.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to give to the Wheaton Fund (or if you’d like to give again), there’s still time! Make a gift by June 30 and help meet our remaining need for the year.



Wheaton College Thunder logoThe women’s outdoor track and field team won the program’s second CCIW Championship in May. Coach Scott Bradley and his staff were named the CCIW’s Coaching Staff of the Year. Jordan Tuin was named the “Track Athlete of the Meet” at the CCIW Championships for the second-straight year. Senior Tabitha Evans earned Division III All-America recognition at the 2017 NCAA Division III  Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the women’s 400-meter hurdles. A pair of relays also earned All-American honors as the 4X100-meter relay of Favor Ezewuzie, Maggie Dansdill, Marissa Heath and Natasha Brown earned the honor; as did the 4X400-meter relay of Rachel Thomson, Heath, Brown and Dansdill. On the men’s side at Nationals, sophomore Leif Van Grisnven placed seventh in the decathlon to earn All-America honors in the 10-event competition.

The Thunder men’s tennis program won its league-best 25th CCIW Championship this spring. The Thunder earned a selection to the NCAA’s team tournament. Justin Ancona was selected to the NCAA individual tournament and Ancona teamed with fellow senior for a spot at the NCAA doubles tournament. Ancona and Steiner earned Division III All-America honors in doubles from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).  

The Wheaton baseball team tied the program record for victories in a single-season with 24 in 2017. Sophomore pitcher Michael McCraith became the second Wheaton pitcher to receive the CCIW’s “Pitcher of the Year” award. McCraith earned All-Central Region recognition from both D3baseball.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

Sophomore Kelly Thornton was named the 2017 CCIW Batting Champion in softball and also earned All-Region honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

Wheaton produced more than 200 CCIW Academic All-Conference selections in 2016-17.

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 .


Thunder Camps

The Wheaton Athletics Department offers summer camps for youngsters in basketball, soccer, tennis and wrestling. For more information on Thunder camps, please visit our  summer camps website.


How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Pray for new students and their families as they prepare to join the Wheaton community this fall.
  • Pray for faculty and students who are spending the summer months studying and/or serving throughout the world.
  • Pray for administrators to find rest and refreshment during these summer months.
  • Pray for alumni as they seek to live ". . . for Christ and His Kingdom."


With thanks for your involvement and prayers,

Westgate - Alumni Relations officeThe Wheaton College Parent Engagement team