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May 2017

From the President

Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Dear Parents,

Our campus continues to grieve the accidental death of freshman Ethan Roser at a track meet on campus on April 22.  Our hearts are breaking with Mark and Pat Roser and their family, and also with Ethan’s fellow athletes, ministry partners, and other friends who are dealing with the shock and grief of this tragic loss.

Many resources were made available to help our students immediately following the accident, including emotional support from trained counselors, academic support from faculty and staff, and community prayer vigils. We believe some students will continue to need extra emotional and spiritual support to process this sudden loss after they finish their exams and leave campus. 

Professor Jamie Aten, who leads Wheaton’s Humanitarian Disaster Institute, provided our faculty with “Thoughts on How to Respond to Loss in the Classroom.”  His thoughts may also help equip parents as students transition from Wheaton’s campus to home or another new summer location.   Professor Terry Watson, Associate Dean of Psychology, provides information about delayed or secondary trauma. We also offer the help of Wheaton’s Student Development team if you or your family need ongoing support for your student.

Thank you for praying for the Roser family, for the students affected by the loss of their friend and teammate, and for our whole campus community.

In Christ’s service,

Philip Ryken


Summer Reading

Books for saleLooking for a good book to add to your summer reading list?

We invite you to read the novel Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, along with our students, faculty, and staff. Gilead has been selected as Wheaton College’s 2017-18 Core Book. Now in its second year, the Core Book program fosters a shared experience across the campus community as we read, reflect upon, and discuss together a significant work that highlights themes of Wheaton’s Christ at the Core general education curriculum.

Join us in our common intellectual and spiritual experience as we consider the literary, theological, and historical implications of Robinson’s powerful novel.


News from Admissions

Wheaton will join more than 700 colleges who accept the Common Application or “Common App” this fall. The Common App is an online platform and college planning website used by nearly one million college applicants each year.

As noted by Shawn Wynne, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, “Research shows that students nationwide are willing to apply to more colleges, but the time-consuming process of completing a new application each time can be a barrier.” The easy accessibility of the Common App reduces the amount of repeated work required by applicants.

Please spread the word among friends, family, and prospective students this summer by referring rising high school juniors/seniors who you think would be a great fit for Wheaton at wheaton.edu/refer.


Center for Vocation and Career

Summer can give your student more time and space to get ready for the interviews and job/internship search to come. Here are a few tips:

If your student is still exploring possibilities, they can:

  • Explore career interests using the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net program called MyNextMove. It’s fun, quick, and they’ll learn a lot! 
  • Connect with Wheaton alumni to explore different career paths. They can find alumni on Wheaton in Network and  LinkedIn

If your student is ready to prepare for the next step: 

  • Practice interviewing skills using  Big Interview, our online interview prep tool.  
  • Polish that resume! Your student’s first introduction to an employer is their resume. Our professional team will be reviewing resumes all summer through  ThunderCareers! 
  • Brush up that LinkedIn profile using tips from LinkedIn employee and Wheaton alumna Esther Lee Cruz


Buon Viaggio!

Tour Italy with the President

Parents travel Italy

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join President Philip Ryken and Mrs. Lisa Ryken on an awe-inspiring tour of Italy on October 1-10, 2017. Explore a culture famous for its art, history, and cuisine while developing a deeper appreciation for the book of Romans. Register at Info@FootStepMinistries.org or call 972.418.6103. Space is limited, so register today!


How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Pray for God's healing and grace for the Roser family and that the hope of the resurrection will undergird all who are grieving Ethan's sudden death.
  • Pray for students who are studying or serving internationally this summer.
  • Pray for our newest alumni, the undergraduate and graduate school classes of 2017.  Pray that they will continue to trust God's goodness as they look to the Lord for all that lies ahead, and to trust His loving plans and purposes for them.


With thanks for your involvement and prayers,

Westgate - Alumni Relations office

Honoring the Memory of Ethan Roser

As a mark of respect and in honor of Ethan Roser in the week following his death, the flag atop Blanchard Hall was lowered to half-staff. Please continue to pray for the comfort of the Holy Spirit for all who are grieving Ethan’s death.