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e-Partnerships Parent Newsletter

October 2017


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

Dear Parents,

As you know from my message to you a few weeks ago, our campus has been in the news this month—not positively.  This challenges us to stay focused on our most important task: the education of the whole person.  Many wonderful things happen here every day.  However, when the College comes under negative scrutiny, it may distract us from what is most important. 

In any critical situation, my leadership team is called to prayerful, collaborative thinking about what each person—each student, prospective student, faculty and staff member, or alumnus—needs in the way of communication and care.

Many of you have written to encourage us in the challenge of Christ-centered leadership.  We are grateful for your prayers that God will give us his wisdom and cause even difficult days to form in us the image of his Son, Jesus Christ. 

We have the same hope and prayer for your students, that during their time at Wheaton they will learn the resiliency that comes when we stay close to Jesus. 

In Christ’s service,

Philip G. Ryken


Family WeekendFamily Weekend

We in Parent Engagement, together with the Parent Council, look forward to welcoming ALL families back to campus November 3-4 for Family Weekend! 

Visit our Family Weekend webpages for a list of weekend events and links to area activities and hotels. Registration closes on October 20, so be sure to register now to join us for this special family event. We look forward to seeing you in November!  

You're Invited

Parents, when you're back for Family Weekend, please plan to celebrate the new home of the Conservatory of Music while on campus! The dedication for the Armerding Center for Music and the Arts will take place on Friday, November 3, 2017 in the Quad. Following a short program at 3:00 pm, enjoy an open house with refreshments in the new building.   

During the open house, you’ll get a sneak-peek of the second half of the Armerding Center for Music and the Arts, the concert hall building, which includes plans for a dedicated choral rehearsal room, 648-seat concert hall, and large welcoming lobby. No RSVP necessary. For more information, email Event Manager Kim Osicka at kim.osicka@wheaton.edu.


Residence Life at Wheaton CollegeA Word from Residence Life

The residence life program has been blessed by your students’ arrival to campus and we are working to help them transition to campus life well. Transitioning to college can be a difficult and challenging experience for students as they navigate collegiate classes, new roommates and friendships, self-care, and new levels of independence. Wheaton has many support systems and resources to help your student adjust and navigate campus life.

As parents, you may hear of various roommate dynamics that are not matching one’s expectations. We want to encourage you to lovingly have your students lean into the discomfort they may experience and encourage them to talk through any unmet expectations that are of concern. One of residence life’s philosophies is to help students learn to navigate conflict and unmet expectations. We firmly believe we are teaching life skills to your students and want to equip them for the future when they are in families, churches, and job settings were relational tensions could exist. We see this process as an important aspect of learning outside the classroom.

Please know that the residence life program has multiple layers of staff support for students. If your child has any concerns or needs to be connected to a campus resource please have them reach out to their residence life staff member. Students living in the residence halls have Resident Assistants on each floor, who are mentored by Graduate Resident Advisers who are supervised by a Residence Director. Students living in campus apartments and houses are encouraged to connect with their Graduate Resident Adviser in their area or connect with the Residence Director of the Apartments and Houses.

Thank you for partnering with us in building community.


Alumni Association Student Scholarships

Every year, the Alumni Association Board of Directors awards merit scholarships to a select number of juniors for their senior year. Applications are available online. Completed applications must be returned by Friday, October 27, 2017, to the Alumni and Parent Engagement office. Award winners will be announced at spring Convocation. Applicants will be chosen on the basis of academic achievement, campus/community involvement, spiritual growth, understanding of life mission, and future plans.


Wheaton College Conservatory of MusicFall Highlights from the Wheaton Conservatory

The Conservatory has had a busy fall semester. The three choirs presented a Choral Showcase during Homecoming Weekend featuring performances of Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Kirchner’s Angel Band. The Symphonic Band performed for several thousand school age children highlighting music about the Sea. Last weekend the Symphony Orchestra welcomed Dr. Karin Redekopp Edwards in a stunning performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4.

Upcoming performances include:

  • Singing the Reformation: A Concert of Music by Luther and Praetorious presented by the Concert Choir and friends, October 27
  • Symphonic Band Family Weekend Concert, November 4
  • Percussion Ensemble 45 Anniversary Concert, November 11
  • The Concerto Competition Winners Concert, November 17
  • Jazz Ensemble Concert, November 18

The Men’s Glee Club has been invited as a guest choir at the 2017 Hainan (21st Century Maritime Silk Road) Choir Festival in November. The Glee Club will be traveling over Thanksgiving break, singing at two churches in Beijing and participating in the Festival in Haikou, Hainan. This is a first time one of our choirs has traveled in China and the Glee Club is excited about the opportunity to be ambassadors for Christ and His Kingdom.


Student Financial Services

It is FAFSA time!

The 2018-19 FAFSA is now available. Parents will be providing 2016 student and parent income tax information.  Wheaton College recommends using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA, which is available online.

Illinois residents: Submit the FAFSA by November 15 to be considered for the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant.


Beginning with the 2018-19 aid year, the supplemental Wheaton College Institutional Application for Financial Aid is no longer required.  The FAFSA is all that is required.

Review your student’s account.

Parents who have not been receiving monthly statement email notices from our office should encourage students to log in to the Billing and Payment Gateway and provide the parent's email address under the Authorized User tab in their profile.  This access is different from Banner Proxy, which is limited to general financial aid and registration information.

With Spring registration approaching in early November, please log in and make sure that your student’s account is paid. Those enrolled in a payment plan should confirm that the balance due will be covered by the remaining installments.  Plan installments do not automatically recalculate if there have been changes to the charges or financial aid after enrollment.  For changes, please email a request including the student’s name and ID number to our office at sfs@wheaton.edu.  Miscellaneous charges such as copy/print, parking, or health center services should be paid separately.


How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Give thanks for the Lord's grace and faithfulness in seeing us through the first quarter of the school year.
  • Pray for our students as they travel, play, and rest during Fall Break.  Pray for their safety and rejuvenation, and for the service opportunities in which many students will engage. 
  • Pray for families who will be visiting campus for Family Weekend on November 3-4.  Pray for safe travel and encouraging connections for all parents, students, and family members.
  • Pray for President Ryken, members of his Senior Administrative Council, and Chaplain Blackmon, that the Lord will continue to sustain and direct them in their work.
  • Pray for the Wheaton College community, that the Lord will use each challenge to shape His people into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.


With thanks for your involvement and prayers,

Westgate - Alumni Relations officeThe Wheaton College Parent Engagement team