From the President
In last Friday’s Chapel we recognized seniors graduating in December (including Josh Ryken!). It was a reminder to all of our students that the long weeks and months of studying eventually come to an end, and that lives open up to the pursuit of jobs, further education, or even marriage. With all the excitement this can bring there can also be a fair amount of anxiety in ending one’s studies and embarking on new things.
In my Chapel talk I shared how Mary faced troubles in her unique role. The visit of the angel messenger to tell her that she would bear the Savior of the world, the unique difficulties of an unmarried pregnant woman, of giving birth in a stable, of fleeing to Egypt to escape certain death at Herod’s hand, of losing her 12-year old son on a trip to Jerusalem, and of standing beneath the cross where her son was crucified—how could one mortal woman bear all these things?
The answer can be found in Mary’s response to the angel messenger: “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled” (Luke 1:38). Mary’s complete trust and absolute submission to the sovereign Lord gave her the strength to be all that she was called to be.
No matter what our situation in life—whether we are students, new graduates, or parents encouraging the growth and development of gifted young people—we are called like Mary simply to trust and obey the word of the Lord.
Merry Christmas from Wheaton College, and may your New Year 2015 be filled with His grace and peace,
Philip G. Ryken
Familiar Truths Made New
Several recent campus events have been challenging the Wheaton family to explore familiar truths with new eyes. A recent art competition titled "From Darkness to Light, from Sorrow to Hope," showcases students' exploration of the paradoxical truths of Advent. Here you can also read a thought-provoking Advent devotional of the same title containing President Ryken's meditations on Jeremiah and Lamentations.
Your gifts to the Wheaton Fund help make Wheaton College a place where lives are changed by the message of Christ’s transformative work—be encouraged! Thank you for remembering Wheaton College in your year-end giving.
Student Housing during Christmas
College housing closes for Christmas Break on Friday, December 19, at 12 pm (noon) and reopens on Saturday, January 10, at 3 pm. The regular meal plan ends with dinner on Thursday, December 18, and resumes with dinner on Saturday, January 10.
Students are not allowed to stay on campus during Christmas Break unless they were given prior authorization from the Residence Life office, which was granted primarily for the following reasons:
- international flights
- campus employment
- class participation
Spring Break Housing - Campus housing closes for Spring Break at 10 am on Saturday, March 7, and reopens at 3 pm on Saturday, March 14. Similar to Christmas Break, students are not allowed to stay on campus during Spring Break unless they have prior authorization from the Residence Life Office. Authorization is granted primarily for athletics, international flights, and on-campus employment. Requests for approval to remain on campus during the break can be made beginning in late January.
If you have any questions, please contact the Residence Life office .
Looking for a student stocking-stuffer? A Wheaton Bookstore gift card or supply of "Thunderbucks" is sure to be appreciated. Bookstore Gift Cards can be used for all items carried in the Bookstore and Convenience Store – textbooks, gift items, music, general books, classroom supplies, and food. Thunderbucks funds, loaded onto your student's ID card, can be used not only in the Bookstore and Convenience store, but also at Sam's Café and The Stupe.
The Bookstore's EasyBooks textbook ordering system is also up and running for spring semester. All your student needs to get started is his or her spring course schedule. With this, they can find the textbooks required for each course, and either purchase or rent these via the EasyBooks site. The Bookstore will process your student's order and have it ready for them when they return to campus in January.
Connect on WiN this Christmas
If your student is part of Wheaton in Network, Christmas break is a great time to reach out to WiN advisors and start developing a network with the Wheaton family. Nearly 4,000 alumni and parents have volunteered to advise your student about careers, cities, and post-college lives. So please encourage your student to take advantage of this fantastic resource.
If your student isn’t on WiN yet, they will have the chance to attend a WiN Workshop and receive access during the spring semester. Keep your eyes out for the list of upcoming workshops in future newsletters. Contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent Winter Prayer Gatherings
This winter parents across the nation will be hosting Wheaton parent prayer gatherings in their homes. Here, parents will have an opportunity to meet fellow Wheaton parents from their region, connect over their students' experiences, and pray together for Wheaton. If you live in one of these regions, we hope you'll join us. Invitations will be sent to you in January. You can also write us at Parent.Relations@wheaton.edu for more information.
|Saturday, January 17
||Cooper City, FL
|Monday, January 19
|Saturday, January 24
|Saturday, January 31
|Sunday, February 1
|Thursday, February 5
|Tuesday, February 10
|Friday, February 20
If you are a parent who lives outside the U.S. or beyond the reach of these states, we hope you'll still join us in spirit. We've uploaded this parent prayer card listing specific ways to pray for Wheaton and its students. Thank you for your prayers.
New Wheaton Parent Facebook Group
We now have a Wheaton parent Facebook group! This online group is your tool for connecting with each other, asking questions of the Wheaton parent community, posting news or photos from times with your student on Wheaton's campus, and reaching out for advice on anything related to your student's Wheaton experience. Log on to Facebook and find us in the search bar under Wheaton College (IL) Parents. From there, request to join. We look forward to connecting with you here!
Senior Yearbook Tribute
Are you proud of your Wheaton senior? The Wheaton Tower has the perfect way for you to express your love: a senior tribute page in the yearbook! Tributes are typically comprised of pictures, drawings, messages (quotes, Bible verses, encouraging messages from family), or anything else you choose to include. Placed inside the yearbook, a senior tribute is the gift that keeps on giving every time you and your senior open the pages.
Prices for senior tribute spots are as follows:
- 1/4 page: $75
- 1/2 page: $125
- Full page: $300
You may submit your tribute (pictures and text) along with a check to:
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187
You may also submit your tribute via email: email@example.com. Payment by credit card can also be coordinated through this email address.
Spots are limited, and the final deadline to submit content is Thursday, January 15, 2015.
For parents of students in any class, the 2014-2015 yearbook is now on sale. To pre-order, please visit the Wheaton College Bookstore website.
Since the release of the movie Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of Exodus has become a trending topic. Dr. Nicholas Perrin, Dean of Wheaton College Graduate School, explains in this video how Exodus is one very important chapter in the broader story of God’s redeeming work. Dr. Perrin, along with our Biblical and Theological Studies faculty, continually trains students to study scripture wisely and to think theologically in today’s world.
Offering a Ph.D. and five masters degrees, the Biblical and Theological Studies department prepares students for a variety of careers in teaching, ministry, and doctoral work. We invite your student to a personalized Graduate School visit to learn more. To set up a visit, students can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630.752.5933.
Give the Gift of Wheaton Travel
Do you have a friend or relative who would love the chance to join fun-loving, like-minded travelers on a Wheaton Alumni and Parent Relations tour in 2015? For many Wheaton aunts, uncles, and grandparents, this could be just the gift!
The Musical Splendors of Europe - May 19 to June 1
This 13-day tour of Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague will be hosted by Dr. Michael Wilder, Dean of the Conservatory, Arts, and Communication. Besides taking in the magnificent art and culture of each of these historic cities, participants will also enjoy the luxury of five-star hotels and six private and public performances at Europe's finest orchestra halls.
Istanbul & the Seven Churches of Revelation - October 19-29
This tour is sure to please those who enjoy the crossroads of Scripture, culture, history, and civilizations. Led by our long-time travel partner Footstep Ministries, this tour will guide travelers to Biblical sites rarely seen, host them in top-rated hotels, and invite them to the group experience that makes Wheaton travel memorable.
Why is travelling with Wheaton unique?
- Custom itineraries creatively planned by members of Wheaton’s faculty and alumni staff.
- Personal, genuine interest in every participant on the tour.
- Cultural and historical insights with regional experts and local guides.
- Daily group devotions and encouragement from God’s Word.
- First-class accommodations.
- Camaraderie with like-minded travelers.
You can visit Wheaton Travel to learn more about each trip, to download a brochure, and to register yours or your loved one's attendance today.
Student Health Services
Per the Centers for Disease Control, influenza activity is increasing in some parts of the country. This season, influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been reported most frequently and have been detected in almost all states. The current influenza vaccine has some coverage for this type of influenza and this vaccine is currently recommended.
Student Health Services still has some influenza vaccines available for all active students and their spouses for a cost of $23, billable to their student account. Students may walk into SHS during our open hours for this vaccine. They will receive a “walk out statement” in their CPO box to submit to their insurance companies for possible reimbursement.
Christmas hours: Student Health Services will close for the holidays at 5 pm on Friday, December 19, and will reopen at 8 am on Friday, January 2.
Student Health Insurance: The student accounts of all new and transfer spring semester students have been billed for the student health insurance plan. All students are required to carry health insurance. Learn more about health insurance requirements or the product from Gallagher Student Health.
Wheaton Athletics just wrapped a successful fall season as four programs won conference championships. It marked the first time Wheaton has won four CCIW Championships in a fall season since 2003.
The Thunder men’s soccer team finished the 2014 season as the NCAA Division III National Runner-Up, Elliot Borge, Stephen Golz and Marshall Hollingsworth picked up All-American mentions from the NSCAA this fall and Mike Giuliano was named the NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year. Jordan Golz received the prestigious Elite 89 Award from the NCAA.
The Thunder football team advanced to the Second Round of the 2014 NCAA Division III Football Championship. Mike Swider was honored as the 2014 CCIW Coach of the Year and also was named the D3football.com and AFCA North Region Coach of the Year. Eight members of the Thunder football team earned All-Region recognition following the team team’s 11-1 campaign this fall.
The Wheaton women’s cross country team qualified for the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships and finished 19th in the nation. Senior Emma Shunk finished fifth overall to record the highest finish ever by a Wheaton runner at the Division III Women’s Cross Country Championships and Abby Bullmore became the first Wheaton student-athlete to win the NCAA’s Elite 89 award.
Thunder women’s soccer player Alexa Sharkey earned a repeat selection as a NSCAA Division III All-American and junior Ally Witt earned her first All-American recognition this fall. Head coach Pete Felske was honored as the Central Region Coach of the Year and five Thunder players earn All-Region.
With the winter sports in full swing Wheaton’s women’s basketball (link); men’s basketball (link), women’s swimming (link) and wrestling (link) have all earned national rankings in the early portions of their respective seasons.
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. 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.
How can you pray for Wheaton this month?
- Pray for safe travel for all students as they journey to their Christmas destinations. Pray that they will enjoy times of relaxation, laughter, and connection with loved ones.
- Pray for Wheaton's faculty and staff, that they too will be renewed by the joy of Christmas and a time of rest.
Wishing you a blessed Christmas season.
The Wheaton College Parent Relations team