e-Partnerships Parent Newsletter

March 2015


From the President

Spring Break has afforded many students and their faculty and staff mentors an opportunityPhilip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL to serve others in ministry both globally and in our country. Others had time for rest and recreation with friends and family. All of this came at a good time, as our campus has experienced exceptionally difficult weeks through late February and into early March. 

We are truly grateful for many of you who reached out to us during this time with assurances of prayer and support, knowing that “He who began a good work”—both in your student and in the College—“will be faithful to complete it” (Phil. 1:6).

In Christ's Service,

Philip G. Ryken
Wheaton College


2015-16 Financial Aid Applications Due April 15

Students returning for the 2015-16 academic year need to reapply for financial aid. The priority deadline for submitting the FAFSA, the Wheaton Financial Aid application, and all other requested documents to the Wheaton Financial Aid office is Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Please contact the Financial Aid office with any questions.


Commencement Weekend: May 9-10

Congratulations to the parents of soon-to-be alumni of the class of '15!  We're looking forward to welcoming you to2012 Undergraduate Commencement campus for this meaningful weekend in your family's life.  To assist with your travel and scheduling plans, the Registrar's office has posted important information about Commencement weekend seating, events, and photo/video keepsakes on their website. If you have any additional questions, contact registrar@wheaton.edu or call 630-752-5045.


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With graduation just weeks away, the Center for Vocation and Career is preparing seniors to leave Wheaton well. Over the next month, our workshop series titled “Life After Wheaton” will equip seniors with some of the skills and knowledge they'll need for their initial launch from Wheaton. 

  • Understanding Compensation & Benefits: Tuesday, March 17. This session focuses on decisions students will make regarding compensation and benefits as they begin a new job.
  • Budgeting: Tuesday, March 24.  In this hands-on workshop students will develop their own personal budget. We’ll create a mock W-2 based on students' known or expected income and calculate what their real take-home pay will be. We will then build a budget from this sum, accounting for tithing, emergency fund, and various living expenses. By the end of the evening, students should have a good understanding of where that first paycheck will be going.
  • After the Bubble Bursts: Tuesday, April 7.  This light-hearted evening will feature current students and young alumni acting out some of the situations students will find themselves in after graduation. They’ll address questions like: What happened to my afternoon nap? What happened to spring break? Or what does faith in the workplace look like? Students will get a peek into some of the parts of their lives that will change after college.

It has been a privilege to work with your students, and we pray each will reach his or her full potential as they take the skills and opportunities God has given them into the next season of their lives.


Reasons to Consider Wheaton Grad School

As your student explores career opportunities after graduation, it might help to know that an advancedgrad school degree from Wheaton College Graduate School can position students to not only advance their vocation and calling, but also to stand out in the job market. The most recent study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a 15% decrease in unemployment and a 20% increase in earnings between candidates with a master’s degree and those with a bachelor's degree alone. Wheaton College Graduate School offers an Accelerated M.A. program that features:

  • $12,000 in tuition savings
  • A master’s degree in only 2 additional semesters
  • A streamlined application with no GRE or application fee

Students can learn more about Wheaton's accelerated M.A. program by contacting graduate.admissions@wheaton.edu or calling 630-752-5933.


Summer Leadership School at HoneyRock

Is your student looking for a unique opportunity to gain marketable skills and  work experience thisResCamp Group at HoneyRock summer? The Summer Leadership School at HoneyRock is a strategic way for your student to gain real-world leadership experience, deepen their relationship with God, and experience life-changing transformation, all while earning course credit. As a leader for campers in grades 3-9, your student will disciple campers, participate in authentic community, and gain invaluable leadership skills for their future work and ministry. You can learn more here.  



The Copy Center, located in the Bookstore, is happy to offer personalized graduation announcements forgraduation announcement students. Located in the Bookstore, the Copy Center offers custom-made, personalized announcements at great prices.  Samples of our announcements can be viewed on our website.

Also on our website you'll find diploma frames, Wheaton memorabilia, and other gift ideas for your graduate. Students interesting in purchasing a class ring can meet with Jostens representatives March 18 and 19, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m, in the lower level of the Todd Beamer Student Center.  Our sincere congratulations to our graduating seniors and their parents!


Student Health Services

Is your student traveling internationally this summer and wondering what vaccinations they mightTravel Clinic need, or what health insurance they should carry? Wheaton's Student Health Services offers an international travel clinic, staffed with certified travel health nurses who can provide your student with country specific information to help them stay healthy while living abroad. 

Back on campus, Student Health Services, Bon Appétit, and Student Government will team up on Thursday, March 19, to present "Healthy Eating on a Tight Budget."  Licensed and Registered Dietician Terri Brownlee will provide tips on how to shop for healthy foods, while Bon Appetit's Chef John will provide cooking demonstrations and meal tips for easy and nutritious preparation.  For more information about this seminar and other services offered through SHS, visit our website.



Wheaton won three CCIW Championships this winter, bringing the total to seven conference championships earned in 2014-15. 

Brayden Teuscher of the Thunder men’s basketball program was named as a Capital One Academic All-American and also honored as a finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy.

The Thunder women’s basketball team won its first CCIW Championship since 2007 this winter. Wheaton also won the CCIW Tournament to earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament. Kent Madsen was named the CCIW Coach of the Year and three Thunder players were honored as All-CCIW.

In February, Wheaton wrestling won its first CCIW Championship since 1981, and Jim Gruenwald was honored as the CCIW Coach of the Year. Four Thunder wrestlers qualified for the Division III Wrestling Championships on March 13-14 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

The Thunder women’s swim program won the conference championship for the 18th consecutive year. Eight members of the program earned the opportunity to compete at the Division III Women’s Swimming Championships March 18-21 in Shenandoah, Texas.

Registration is now open for the 2015 President’s Open golf outing at Cantigny Golf on May 11, 2015. Proceeds benefit Wheaton Athletics. For more information, including registration, please visit the President’s Open website.

Do you know a young person who would enjoy coaching and character development from members of Wheaton’s coaching staff? Thunder summer camps in five sports (basketball, volleyball, tennis, wrestling, and soccer) begin this June. For more information visit our the Wheaton camps website.

For additional up-to-date news and results on all Wheaton’s varsity teams including other programs from the fall and winter seasons, visit the Wheaton Athletics Website (athletics.wheaton.edu.)  You can also follow Thunder Athletics on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, or sign up for our text-message service that will send scores and results directly to your phone; fans can also sign up for our weekly athletics newsletter.

For more information on Wheaton’s 10 club sports please visit the club sports website.


Spring BreakAway Trips Challenge and Refresh

Few experiences help students shed labels like “Traber Six,” “Conserv,” or “bio major” as well as aSan Ramón week-long immersion in one of the Spring BreakAway trips offered through the Office of Christian Outreach. This week, more than 80 Wheaton College undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Wheaton friends are serving in eight locations throughout the United States and in Toronto, Canada. Some are sampling the rigors of life in a maximum-security prison in Angola, Louisiana, while others are reaching out to individuals struggling with addictions and past trauma at His Mansion Ministries in New Hampshire.

Your gift to the Wheaton Fund helps support these opportunities for students to fellowship, grow, and serve as the hands and feet of Christ beyond Wheaton’s campus. We are grateful to parents like you who help make these kinds of transformational opportunities available to your sons and daughters and their classmates when you give to the Wheaton Fund.


How can you pray for Wheaton this month? 

  • Please continue to pray for students' safety and rejuvenation this week of spring break.Edman Chapel Pray especially for students participating in ten different BreakAway Ministry trips across the U.S. and Canada, for Honduras Project students, for the Women's Chorale touring in the East, and the Gospel Choir touring in North Carolina.
  • Continue to pray for our campus--students, administrators, and staff--as we address and learn from recent difficult events.
  • Pray for students who are interviewing for summer internships and for seniors who are preparing next steps after Wheaton.


With thanks for your involvement and prayers.

The Wheaton College Parent Engagement teamWestgate

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