President Ryken is on sabbatical from May through September. In his absence, ePartnerships will feature contributions from members of his Senior Administrative Cabinet. This month Provost Margaret Diddams offers parents a window into the intersection of the academic side of life at Wheaton along with everything else.
From Provost Dr. Margaret Diddams
On college campuses everywhere this fall new students arrive with great energy, returning students eagerly catch up with their old friends, and the faculty bring renewed vigor and vision.
At Wheaton College we will also gather for another year to worship in community. The week before classes began, faculty and staff met at the Edman Chapel steps to walk through the campus in prayer, with hymns of praise. When parents of new students met at the close of orientation weekend, they prayed for their offspring and shared meaningful verses of Scripture. The night before classes began, 2,000 students gathered for communion and worship.
Throughout the coming year at Wheaton—in classrooms, dorms, co-curricular clubs, the athletic field, musical rehearsals, and chapel—students will experience their faith, work, play and studies come together in holistic and transformative education. Thank you for helping to bathe Wheaton College in prayer as we worship Jesus Christ. We are eager to begin the new school year.
Margaret D. Diddams Ph.D.
Provost and Professor of Psychology
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.
Register now to join us for this exciting family event.
2017-2018 Year Verse
A word from Chaplain Tim Blackmon
If Martin Luther was asked to select the Wheaton College year verse for 2017-2018, the year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, I'm almost sure he would choose Romans 1:16-17:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Thunder struck when Luther finally realized what he read in Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. God saves sinners and declares them righteous through faith in Christ. God gives free, unconditional and invincible grace to the undeserving. This great discovery of the gospel of grace changed everything. The gospel is the good news of all God has done, is doing and will ultimately do, to redeem the world through his Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Now, some 500 years later during the 2017-2018 school year, we will take time to rediscover, re-think and re-engage what the Reformation means for us at Wheaton College.
Global Programs and Studies
Please join us in prayer for the 67 Wheaton students studying and interning around the globe this semester: 30 students are six-month interns through the Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) program; 3 are student teaching at international locations; and 34 are studying at approved study abroad locations. Global and experiential programs can complement any major at Wheaton and are offered fall, spring and summer! Students are invited to explore these opportunities at the Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, September 14 from 2-5pm in Coray Auditorium. Applications for Spring 2018 study abroad are due October 20. Applications to be part of the fall 2019 cohort of HNGR will be available on September 11 and are due November 27.
Refer a Student to Wheaton
As parents of current Wheaton College students, you can help play a critical role in helping us identify the best and brightest students. We value your input and invite you to join us in the recruitment process!
Here’s a way you can help craft the next class of students at Wheaton: refer a student using this online form. Our Admissions Team will make sure they get connected to Wheaton, hear personally from their admissions counselor, and receive a gift from the College.
Your perspective as a parent can be the difference maker for students and families who should consider Wheaton – you know first-hand what Wheaton stands for, the impact it has on students’ lives, and why Wheaton is a good fit for those you refer – because you sent your student here.
Let us know who you think could be a great fit for Wheaton (and for whom Wheaton would be a great fit) by referring a student today at wheaton.edu/refer. Thanks in advance for your partnership!
Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities
Wheaton’s Office of Competitive Fellowships is available to help your student identify and apply for a number of highly competitive undergraduate and post-graduate scholarships and fellowships. Our office is always looking for students who would be competitive applicants for such international opportunities such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Truman, Fulbright, and more.
These competitive scholarships and fellowships provide opportunities for students to study at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, support independent research, and make connections with other highly motivated, accomplished people. If your student is one who would be interested in learning more, please encourage them attend our Fall information session on October 3, at 3:45 PM, Blanchard 222. More information about fellowship opportunities can be found here.
The Center for Vocation and Career
It is a new day in the Center for Vocation and Career (CVC)! This summer we added four new team members, including three career coaches, and we hope to add a fourth coach in the coming weeks. All academic departments will have an assigned career coach, creating a powerful collaborative environment between students, faculty, alumni, and coaches.
Also new to our office is Handshake, a career platform used by over 400 colleges and more than 200,000 employers. Handshake will connect our students with top employers across the country. Its personalized job recommendations, messaging platform, and mobile app make career searching easy. Handshake is also the place for students to make an appointment with a career coach, RSVP for CVC events, and submit their resume for review. Handshake is a dynamic tool that enables us to make personalized, targeted connections with your student.
Lastly, if you are a parent of a sophomore, encourage them to attend the opening night of Canvas, our special five-part event series designed to guide them through the process of exploring vocation and career. Canvas events always include relevant content for sophomores and a delicious meal. Students can reserve their spot at Canvas: Opening Night on Handshake.
Wheaton Graduate School
Students are invited to attend the Wheaton Graduate School's upcoming Academic Program Receptions. These receptions consist of a meet and greet time which allows for a unique opportunity to connect with faculty members, current students, and other visiting students interested in a similar academic path.
Students can RSVP for any of the following receptions:
- Psychology - October 20
- M.A. in Teaching - October 26
- M.A. in TESOL - October 27
- Biblical and Theological Studies - November 2
- Christian Formation and Ministry - November 9
Refreshments will be provided. Email graduate admissions or call 630.752.5195 with questions.
The Wheaton Fund: Invest in Affordability and Excellence
Every year, hundreds of parents like you help make the Wheaton experience possible for their students when they support the Wheaton Fund. Your support for the Wheaton Fund is an investment that immediately impacts the affordability and excellence of the Wheaton experience, and we are very grateful!
The Wheaton Fund works to keep the College affordable by funding areas that are not supported by tuition alone, which reduces the overall cost of attending for every student; it also fosters excellence in liberal arts instruction and student programming by providing competitive faculty salaries and supporting student development experiences.
A student from Phonathon will be calling you soon to talk more about what the Wheaton Fund means to them and to invite your investment. You can also give online to start supporting the Wheaton experience through the Wheaton Fund today.
Football and women’s soccer were selected first in their respective CCIW Preseason Coaches Polls. Men’s soccer was picked second in its poll and volleyball was fifth in the preseason poll. Women’s tennis and women’s cross country also earned first-place picks in the their respective polls. Women’s golf was selected third in the preseason poll and men’s cross country was picked to finish fourth.
Seniors Kyler Kregel and Chase Greenlee earned preseason All-American recognition for the Thunder football team this summer. Several other players also earned preseason accolades from various preseason publications. Head coach Mike Swider’s team is ranked fifth in the D3football.com Top-25.
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)
Season passes for the 2017-18 campaign are available for those planning to attend a variety of Thunder sporting events at home.
How can you pray for Wheaton this month?
- Pray for students as they explore extra-curricular activities, church fellowships, and other service opportunities available. Pray that they find a balance of work and recreation that will help them to live well.
- Pray for President Ryken, members of his Senior Administrative Council, and Chaplain Blackmon, that the Lord will give them wisdom and joy in their work.
- Pray for families who enter this school year feeling financially challenged or burdened by concerns of health or relationship. Each student brings their own personal story to campus. Pray that each one will experience the Lord's peace in the midst of those challenges.
With thanks for your involvement and prayers,
The Wheaton College Parent Engagement team