e-Partnerships Parent Newsletter

October 2014


From the President

Dear Parents,

Since 1923 Wheaton alumni have returned annually to campus for joyous Homecoming reunions, to cheer the WheatonPhilip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL Thunder sports teams, and to enjoy a special Chapel service.  All of us look forward each year to this time as alumni renew relationships and remember God’s faithfulness.  Last weekend we welcomed nearly 1,100 classmates and their families and guests to Wheaton College.

At this year’s Homecoming Chapel, students and alumni heard from Rev. Stewart Ruch, a member of the 25-year reunion class who serves as Rector of the Church of the Resurrection.  Stewart described his “great homecoming” through the lens of Jesus’ story in Luke 15, where two sons both tried to reach “home” in self-defeating ways. 

Stewart’s personal story points to the Son at the very heart of our mission, the Son of God, Jesus Christ.  I hope you can take a few minutes to listen to his message.

In Christ's service,

Philip G. Ryken


Family Weekend 2014

We're looking forward to seeing many of you at Family Weekend, November 7-8!  Visit our Family WeekenFamilyWeekend2014d webpages for a preview of weekend events, links to area activities and hotels, and to register your family's attendance. A few tickets remain for the President's Prayer Breakfast on Saturday morning.  Reserve yours today!


Group Airport Shuttles for Fall Break and the Holidays

The Student Activities office and GO Airport Express have partnered once again to provide reduced-rate group airport shuttleairport shuttle services for the Wheaton College Community during breaks this academic year.  This service is offered to both Midway and O’Hare Airports.  Shuttle schedules, links to the reservation portal, and more information can be found on the shuttle information page of the Student Activities website. Contact the shuttle coordinator with questions about group airport shuttles.

One-way shuttle costs for both Midway and O’Hare airports: $30
Round-trip shuttle discount:  $55

Fall Break shuttles reservation deadline: Sunday, Oct. 12, 11:59 pm
Thanksgiving Break shuttles reservation deadline: Friday, Nov. 21, 11:59 pm
Christmas Break shuttles reservation deadline: Sunday, Dec. 14, 11:59 pm.

Normal Student Adjustments: How to help

With seven weeks of classes under their belts, you as a parent might be surprised if your student is still struggling with theircheer student 2 adjustment to campus life.  This struggle can be particularly poignant if your student is a freshman, transfer student, international student, or a student recently returned from study abroad.  While challenging, the struggle felt during this transition period is also very normal.  Research shows it can take six to twelve months for new students to adapt to college life.  

What are some ways you can help?  Encourage your student to be patient with his or her process of transition.  Encourage him or her to talk with peers about their feelings. Your student might be comforted to find that many peers feel much like they do. You might also point your student to Residence Life staff who can be a great resource in bridging connections or brainstorming ways for your student to find their place. If your student experiences additional academic, emotional, or health challenges during this time of transition, he or she can access the resources available through Wheaton’s Student Care Team. The Student Care Team consists of the Counseling Center, Student Health Services, and Academic and Disability Services. Through Academic and Disability Services, students can receive free academic coaching, strategic learning information, and assessment for learning styles and potential accommodations. In the Wheaton College Counseling Center, counselors are also available to counsel with your student about the deeper concerns raised by their questions and challenges. Appointments at the Counseling Center are free to students and offer a great opportunity for students to take intentional steps toward their maturation and well-being.

Witnessing a student work through this transition is challenging for parents too. Members of the Wheaton College Parent Council are glad to serve as a listening ear and resource to you as you navigate the college experience with your student.  They welcome you to reach out to them via the contact information provided on the Parent Council page.


Student Health Services

Every year, influenza or the respiratory “flu” spreads across college campuses nationwide. Close living quarters, sharedstudent health restrooms, and a lot of social activities make a college student more likely to catch the flu. The Flu shot has arrived and is available for all active students and their spouses for a cost of $23.00. Students may walk into SHS during our open hours for this vaccine.  Student’s accounts will be billed.  They will receive a “walk out statement” in their CPO box to submit to their insurance companies for possible reimbursement. 

Student Health Services hours have changed to better serve students.  Our new hours are: Monday-Wednesday 7:30am-5:00pm; Thursday 11:00am-7:00pm; Friday 8:00am-4:30pm; and Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm.

SHS is a fully equipped medical office that active students and their spouses are welcome to utilize regardless of the type of health insurance they have.  SHS is staffed with board certified physicians, nurse practitioners, and experienced nursing staff.  Students are welcome to stop in to speak with a nurse about their medical questions or to be assessed free of charge. All services that have fees are billed to the student’s account.  The student will be sent a statement in their mailbox that they can then send to the insurance company for possible reimbursement.  SHS does not bill insurance companies directly.

Donna Nielsen, MD is one of the physicians at SHS who is here to serve students. Donna Peterson Nielsen Donna Neilson(pictured, right) graduated from Wheaton  in 1993 with a B.S. in Biology.  She received her medical degree from the University of Illinois and completed her residency in family medicine at San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton, California (a UC Davis program).  She has been employed by Student Health Services since 2008.  Donna and her husband Brad are members of their Naperville church, The Compass. They have one daughter, Abby, whom they adopted from China in 2012. In her spare time, Donna enjoys reading, scrapbooking and traveling.

This year, Student Health Services also has a Behavioral Health Specialist on staff.  Valencia Wiggins, MA, LLC is a licensed counselor and will work with SHS staff to provide holistic care to students who are experiencing physical symptoms relating to mental health illness.  Students are welcome to use this service at SHS on Tuesdays from 8:00am-12:00pm.

Other services that are available are physician and nurse practitioner consults, an in-house laboratory, pharmacy, vaccinations, free medical shuttle, and massage.  For more information about our services visit our website or contact us at 630-752-5072 or Health.Services@wheaton.edu .


Alumni Association Board Merit Scholarships

Every year, the Alumni Association Board of Directors awards merit scholarships to a select number of juniors for theirRobby Sawyer Drawing senior year. Applications are available online or in the Student Development office, SSB 218.  Completed applications must be returned by Wednesday, October 29, 2014, to the Alumni Relations 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.


Travel with Wheaton! 

Parents, join fellow Wheaton parents, alumni, and friends on an exciting Wheaton-sponsored tour to Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague!

The Musical Splendors of Europe: May 19-June 1.  Join us for this 13-day tourStrauss-MusicalSplendorsTour of Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague, hosted by Dr. Michael Wilder, Dean of the Conservatory, Communication and the Arts. Enjoy five-star hotels, visit the locations that inspired Europe's musical greats, and enjoy private and public performances of orchestra, opera, and choral mass.

Traveling with Wheaton offers:

  • Custom itineraries uniquely planned by members of Wheaton’s faculty and alumni staff.
  • 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.

Visit Wheaton Travel to learn more about each trip, to download a brochure, and to register.


The Wheaton Fund: Give yourself an A+

Parents, thank you for your strong support of the Wheaton Fund so far this fall! Whether you have spoken with one of ourShalom Community Phonathon students, given online, or responded to a mailing, we are grateful for you. Since July 1, the beginning of our fiscal year, Wheaton parents have given more than $102,000 to the Wheaton Fund; many more have made commitments to give, and several families have joined Wheaton Associates.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to make your Wheaton Fund gift, know that we welcome contributions of any size! If you’d like more information about supporting the Wheaton Fund, please email wheaton.fund@wheaton.edu or call Christine at (630) 752-5925.

Thank you for entrusting your sons and daughters to Wheaton College, and for standing with us as we seek to serve Jesus Christ and advance His Kingdom.


How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Pray for our Athletics teams and for students in the Performing Arts.  During this busy season, praywomens lacrosse that these students will remain healthy, that they will find fun and encouragement with peers, and that the exercise of their gifts will bring great joy to them and to the Lord.
  • Pray for our students as they travel, play, and rest during Fall Break (Oct. 18-21). Pray for their safety and rejuvenation, and for the service opportunities that many students will engage.
  • Pray for preparations underway for Family Weekend on November 7-8. Pray for safe travel and encouraging connections for all parents, students, and family members.


Wishing you all the blessings of autumn.

The Wheaton College Parent Relations teamWestgate

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