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e-Partnerships Parent Newsletter

November 2017


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

Dear Parents,

Last Friday at the beginning of Family Weekend we dedicated and opened the new Armerding Center for Music and the Arts.  This repurposed and renovated building at the very center of campus provides a place for all of our students, faculty, and staff to explore and celebrate the gift of music.  We are profoundly grateful to the many people who have contributed their resources to plan, build, and pay for this unique space that will bless our campus for decades to come.

We were also encouraged by the presence of hundreds of parents at a prayer breakfast last Saturday morning, led by members of the Parent Council and Chaplain Blackmon.  I shared lessons from the life of King Hezekiah whose experience teaches us how to pray when we receive bad news (2 Kings 19:14-19).  

Your ongoing partnership in prayer for your student and for Wheaton College is among our greatest blessings.  We wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving. 

In Christ’s service,

Philip G. Ryken


Family WeekendFamily Weekend

Thank you to the 1,100+ parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends who joined us on campus for Family Weekend. If you're an early planner, please mark your calendars now for Family Weekend 2018: November 9-10. 

To keep in touch with campus events throughout the year, check out these opportunities:

  • Student chapel.  Student chapel services are live-streamed every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:40am CST.
  • Athletics events. Home athletic events can be accessed as well.

Lastly, if you have questions or would like to talk through an issue with a fellow Wheaton parent, consider getting in touch with a member of Wheaton's Parent Council. This group of volunteer parents serves as a resource to the College on issues unique to current parents.


From the Center for Vocation and Career

Externship Day applications open for students after Thanksgiving Break! 

Externship Day is a one-day job shadowing experience for undergraduate students, hosted by an alumnus/a at their organization or company across Chicagoland. Students experience a day in the life of professionals in different industries and develop connections with alumni. Students can prepare by getting their resume reviewed in the CVC during drop-in hours, Monday-Thursday from 1-4pm. Students are encouraged to attend the Externship Day information meeting on Tuesday, November 14 during chapel time in Phelps to learn more.


Residence Life at Wheaton College

Campus Housing during Holiday Breaks

Thanksgiving Housing: College housing and meal service remain open during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Christmas Housing: College housing closes at noon on Friday, December 15 and reopens at 3pm on Saturday, January 6. The regular meal plan ends with dinner on Thursday, December 14 and resumes with dinner on Saturday, January 6.

During Christmas break the residence halls (Fischer, Smith-Traber and Upperclass Halls) are closed and no student is allowed to stay there for any reason.

With permission through the Residence Life office, students may stay as guests in a campus apartment or house during Christmas Break for the following reasons:

- athletics
- students who live internationally
- campus employment
- class participation

The student must meet one of the above qualifications and have permission from both the Residence Life office and the residents of the unit where they will be staying in as a guest. Requests must be submitted to the Residence Life office by Monday, December 4.

Students who do not submit a Christmas Break housing request by December 4 are responsible for finding their own housing over Christmas Break. We are not able to guarantee approval for requests received after the deadline. Students who stay in campus housing without approval from the Residence Life office are subject to a fine of $25 per day.

Global and Experiential Learning Opportunities

Please join us as we continue to pray for the 67 Wheaton students studying and interning abroad this semester, those preparing for a spring semester abroad, and those applying for international summer programs. Wheaton is truly engaged in academics around the world!

Currently, 30 students are nearing completion of their six-month internships through the Human Needs & Global Resources (HNGR) program, three students are serving as international student teachers, and 34 students are at approved study abroad locations. During the spring 2018 semester we anticipate 16 participants in Wheaton in Mexico and an additional 25 study abroad and internship students.

Summer 2018 programs that are currently accepting applications include: Arts in London, Wheaton in Germany, Wheaton in the Holy Lands (waitlist only), Wheaton in Quebec, and Wheaton in Spain.

Global and experiential programs can complement any major at Wheaton and are offered fall, spring and summer! Students with an interest in studying abroad and/or completing international internships are invited to explore options through the Center for Global and Experiential Learning.


Connect with other Wheaties

Alumni and Parent Engagement hosts Regional Events across the world in order to help alumni, parents and friends connect with each other and with the College. Take a look to see where we are going in 2018 and mark your calendars! We hope to see you at an event in your area soon!


Wheaton Thunder LogoAthletics

The Thunder women’s soccer team won the CCIW Regular Season Championship and the 2017 CCIW Women’s Soccer tournament this fall. The Thunder earned the CCIW’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament and will face Knox College on November 10 at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Pete Felske was honored as the CCIW Coach of the Year, Madison Peebles was named the Player of the Year and freshman Isabelle Oliver earned the CCIW Newcomer of the Year award.

The Wheaton women’s cross country team is ranked fifth in Division III and earlier in the year was fourth for the highest ranking in program history. Wheaton repeated as CCIW Champions as Hannah Roeske was recognized as the CCIW Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. David Walford earned the conference’s Coach of the Year award.

The Thunder women’s tennis program won its league-best 21st CCIW Championship in October. Wheaton head coach Jane Nelson was honored as the CCIW Coach of the Year and Miranda Kay was named the CCIW Championship MVP.

The Thunder football team is ranked 22nd in both the D3football.com and American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Top-25 polls.

Thunder fans can watch many home events on the Wheaton Thunder Sports Network at http://livestream.com/wheatonthunder 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

How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Give thanks for the dedication of the new Armerding Center for Music and the Arts and the many people who helped make that vision a reality.
  • Pray for our students who will be traveling over Thanksgiving break, that time spent with family, friends, or in service will encourage them and those they meet. 
  • Pray for families who struggle with physical, relational, or financial challenges.  Pray that the Lord will sustain and encourage each one.
  • Pray for President Ryken, members of his Senior Administrative Cabinet, and Chaplain Blackmon, that the Lord will give them joy and refreshment in the midst of their work.
  • Pray for the Wheaton College community, that the Lord will continue to strengthen the bond that we share as brothers and sisters in Christ.


With thanks for your involvement and prayers,

Westgate - Alumni Relations officeThe Wheaton College Parent Engagement team