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HoneyRock repositioned as Outdoor Center for Leadership Development

honeyrock-campus-news-wheaton-magazineHarve Chrouser and the other founders of HoneyRock believed that leaders are best formed by leading, that character is refined through testing, and that one’s relationship with God is deepened through stillness and service.

These principles have characterized HoneyRock’s camper and student programs since its inception in 1951. Last year HoneyRock became part of the new Global and Experiential Learning Department (GEL). As part of that move, HoneyRock was repositioned as the Outdoor Center for Leadership Development of Wheaton College.

As one of more than 20 centers and institutes at Wheaton, HoneyRock provides experiential education, leadership development, and outdoor adventure programming. The research, teaching, and training that happens at HoneyRock involves more than 50 faculty and 1,000 Wheaton students each year and is influencing Christian higher education and the Christian camping, outdoor adventure movement worldwide.

“HoneyRock,” Coach Harve Chrouser ’34 said in 1948, “is essentially an educational project designed to be a leadership laboratory . . . in a camp-living situation. The Honey Rock idea was to create for the student a new kind of teaching-learning environment.” 

HoneyRock’s campus is located on 800 acres in the Wisconsin Northwoods on a chain of 28 lakes and the Nicolet National Forest. Check out HoneyRock’s programs at this link.

Greg Wheatley’s Wheaton interview series available online

The thoughts and ideas engaging the campus community may now be accessed anytime online thanks to Inside Wheaton, a series of interviews with Wheaton faculty, staff, and students.

Host Greg Wheatley, a veteran of Moody Radio and a Wheaton Conservatory guest lecturer, says the interviews provide glimpses into “the richness of what goes on here and the vast amount of giftedness across a wide array of disciplines.” Greg hopes to give every faculty member the opportunity to be interviewed. Excerpts of the interviews also air hourly on WETN radio, notes John Rorvik, manager of event and media production.

These interviews delve into topics such as the best novels by George MacDonald according to Dr. Rolland Hein ’54, professor emeritus and a George MacDonald scholar; a few of literature’s finest works on pastoral ministry, from Dr. Leland Ryken hon and Dr. Philip Ryken ’88, as presented in the book, Pastors in the Classics, which they coauthored with Todd Wilson; and the need for Christian discernment in the field of psychology from Wheaton’s Provost, Dr. Stanton Jones.

Listen to the interviews at this link.

A Call for letters and diaries written by U.S. Military Chaplains

wheaton-chaplain-prayerThe Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections, through its Schmale Military Chaplains Collection, has sought to identify Christian military chaplains and to gather their stories.

Initially, this collection focused on the U.S. Civil War, but the Archives plans to expand these holdings to document the service of others in later wars and conflicts. If you are aware of letters or diaries from a chaplain (not necessarily a Wheaton graduate) that could be donated to the Archives & Special Collections, please contact David Malone at

In the Wheaton article “Who Will Shepherd the Soldiers?” (autumn 2007), writer Jeremy Weber ’05 reviewed the work of our alumni who serve or have served as chaplains in the military. Throughout its history Wheaton has provided military chaplains from its own ranks. Today, students from six local colleges and universities participate in Wheaton’s Rolling Thunder ROTC battalion.

Two new degrees replace the M.A. in Clinical Psychology

In the past, graduates who earned master’s degrees in clinical psychology could pursue licensure as marriage and family therapists (LMFT). In recent years, however, various state licensing boards instituted rule changes that have made this difficult. Prospective students have also demonstrated increasing interest in specialized training in marriage and family therapy from a Christian perspective. As a result, the M.A. in Clinical Psychology degree was replaced by two master’s degree programs that meet separate licensure standards: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy.

Entering its second year under director Dr. David Van Dyke ’91, the M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy program added two new assistant professors of psychology, Drs. Hana Yoo and Jacob Johnson. Launched last September with a group of 18 graduate students, the MFT program provides rigorous academic experience and clinical training in collaboration with local agencies such as Outreach Community Center, Lawndale Christian Health Center, and TriCity Family Services.

“What is unique for our MFT students is the relational focus, service to the underserved, and the Christian distinctiveness of the program,” says Dr. Van Dyke. “There is a significant need within society, the church, and the mission field for God-honoring relationships. Divorce rates, broken relationships, and emotional struggles are evident in the news and within the pews of churches.”

Dr. Van Dyke’s immediate goal for the MFT program is to have it accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. Thus far, the MFT’s initial cohort has shown a clear sense of purpose and passion for their future ministries.

“Many of our students are missionaries and will be working with both missionaries and national families,” says Dr. Van Dyke. “We have international students who will return to their countries of origin to work with individuals, marriages, and families. We have a few that are interested in continuing on to get their Ph.D.s to research and teach.”

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