Parent Newsletter - November, 2022

November 2022 

From the President

Philip G. Ryken President Wheaton College IL

Dear Parents, 

The beauty of God’s creation through autumn splendor enhanced Family Weekend November 4 and 5. We enjoyed hearing from Wheaton parents Matt and Beth Redman in Chapel, as well as a phenomenal Talent Show, athletic contests, and concerts.

Several hundred parents joined Lisa and me for a prayer breakfast on Saturday morning, when I shared how the widow Naomi, grieving her losses, believed God enough to pray blessing on Ruth and Boaz—an act of faith which led to the birth of King David’s father Jesse and ultimately to the birth of the eternal King Jesus.

With standing room only at Armerding Concert Hall on Saturday evening, 133 student musicians sang spirituals, ancient church music, and lyrical reflections from poets and theologians. Many selections celebrated the Christian hope of God’s mercy for a dying world.

An arrangement by Assistant Professor of Music Donté Ford of the spiritual, “Ain’t Got Time to Die,” well expresses the joy of serving Christ and his Kingdom:

Lord, I keep so busy praisin’ my Jesus,

Ain’t got time to die…

Lord, I keep so busy workin’ fer de Kingdom…

Lord, I keep so busy servin’ my Master…

‘Cause it takes all o’ my time to praise my Jesus, all o’ my time to praise my Lord.

If I don’t praise Him, de rocks gonter cry out, ‘Glory and honor, glory and honor!’

Ain’t got time to die.”

In Christ’s service,

Philip Ryken
Philip Ryken

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Admissions - Visit Opportunities

The undergraduate admissions team has been busy welcoming hundreds of prospective students and families to campus this fall. Highlights include the brand-new Harvest-Education Visit Day, the STEM Visit Day, and the well-loved Fridays at Wheaton events. As the colder months begin, opportunities for prospective families to visit Wheaton continue. You can find a complete list of events at We hope to see you and your family members in the coming months!

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 16 and reopens at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 7.  The regular meal plan ends with dinner on Thursday, December 15 and resumes with dinner on Saturday, January 7.

All campus housing closes for Christmas Break. However, limited campus housing is offered for a select group of students who are required to be on campus or are unable to travel home for break.

With permission through the Residence Life Office, students may stay during Christmas Break for the following reasons:

Information on the approval process, deadlines and fees may be found on the Housing website.  

Housing Calendar: As you plan future arrival and departure dates, please reference the housing calendar.

Christmas Festival 2021

Conservatory of Music News

This fall, we welcomed three new faculty members to the Conservatory of Music. Dr. Benjamin Klemme, Associate Professor of Music—Symphony Orchestra Conductor; Dr. Brady McNeil, Assistant Professor of Music—Music Education and Symphonic Band Conductor; and Dr. Jerry Blackstone, Visiting Professor of Music–Men’s Glee Club and Women’s Chorale Director. They have each conducted concerts with their ensembles and are now preparing for the Wheaton College Christmas Festival, Beautiful Savior, with Dr. John William Trotter—Concert Choir, Dr. Kathleen Kastner—Percussion Ensemble, and Tanya Egler—Gospel Choir. This year’s Christmas Festival features seven ensembles playing Christmas classics and festive contemporary compositions. We invite you to attend one of three performances on December 2 and 3, or watch either of the 7:30 p.m. performances via livestream. Tickets are available at and the livestream can be accessed at

Foundations: A Student Success Series

The Learning & Teaching Collaborative has been busy expanding its program offerings for student academic flourishing via a series of workshops on the first Wednesday of each month called Foundations: A Student Success Series. Students have already engaged in topics from “reading with a purpose” to “scaffolding assignments.” The next session, December 7 at 6:00 p.m., will appropriately focus on studying for final exams. Encourage your student to attend – they may be surprised at what they discover! Questions? Contact

The Center for Vocation and Career

At Wheaton’s Center for Vocation and Career (CVC), professional career coaches and student ambassadors meet with students to help them with first steps in their vocational journeys. Conversations focus on resumes, cover letters, the internship search, and introducing students to the wide array of services the CVC offers. We have seen an uptick in first-year students visiting the CVC, thanks to our collaboration with faculty who include an assignment to connect with the CVC as part of their first-year seminar courses. If your student hasn't connected with the CVC yet this year, please encourage them to sign up for a 1:1 coaching appointment via Handshake, or stop by during drop-in hours between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The CVC continues to offer “Career Connections” as a resource to students. These are casual conversations over coffee and cinnamon rolls where students gather with employers in our space to learn about potential job and internship opportunities.

Keep in touch on the CVC's Instagram to see upcoming events.

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A Word of Thanks from Parent Engagement

Parent Engagement is grateful for our parent community all year long, but as Thanksgiving draws near, we are especially focused on what a gift our parents are. Thank you for sacrificing financially for your son or daughter to attend Wheaton. Thank you for cheering, and praying for the academic, social, and spiritual growth occurring in your student’s life. And we especially thank you for praying for all of us at Wheaton College. Wheaton parents are the best, and in this season set aside to give thanks, we thank God for you. Happy Thanksgiving!

Ways to Pray for Wheaton in November

With thanks for your involvement and prayers, 

The Wheaton College Parent Engagement Team

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