e-Partnerships Parent Newsletter

May 2016


From the President

Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Dear Parents,

The atmosphere in Edman Chapel last weekend was absolutely electric as over 700 Graduate and Undergraduate students received their Wheaton College diplomas.  We celebrate our newest alumni, freshly minted from the Class of 2016, as they begin new jobs, continue education, start internships, offer military service, and for some, enter into marriage.  Their commencement is a significant milestone both for them and for their parents. 

Graduating seniors and their families heard from theologian and philosopher Dr. Richard Mouw, former President of Fuller Theological Seminary and one of the great intellectual resources of the evangelical church today.  Dr. Mouw’s pioneering spirit of “convicted civility” in the public square offers both truth and love to people who think differently from evangelical Christians. 

We pray that, like Dr. Mouw, every one of our newest graduates will use their Wheaton education to advance the Kingdom of Jesus Christ by making “a defense to anyone who asks them for a reason for the hope that is in them, with gentleness and respect.”  (1 Peter 3:15 ESV)

In Christ’s service,

Philip G. Ryken
Wheaton College


Commencement Weekend Memories

Undergraduate Commencement 2016Congratulations to the parents of our new Class of 2016 alumni!  Check out some favorite memories from this year's graduating class, as well as footage from the Baccalaureate Service, Undergraduate Commencement ceremony, and Graduate School Commencement with Trustee Dr. Jeanette Hsieh M.A. '66. DVD keepsakes of both the Baccalaureate service and the Commencement service are available for purchase through the Wheaton Bookstore.  We pray God's richest blessings for you and your student on this occasion.


Wheaton Goes Global

Travel ClinicWheaton’s campus may be quiet in the summer, but that’s because hundreds of students participate in various academic or co-curricular programs available to Wheaton students around the world.  This summer over 265 students are taking part in opportunities to spend their summers abroad.   Some international opportunities include:

Opportunities within the United States include:

Please pray for our students, faculty, and staff involved in Wheaton's summer global, experiential, and missions programs.


Center for Vocation and Career

Summer is a great time for your student to work on career exploration and preparation. Here are just a few tips for helping them move forward:

  •  Talk to your son or daughter about what you do. Often students can’t describe the jobs their parents have. Consider taking them to work with you for a day.
  • Encourage your student to have coffee or lunch with someone you know who is in a field that interests them. This informal interaction can be a great way to begin discovering the types of jobs that might interest them.
  • Your student can practice their interviewing skills utilizing Big Interview, our online interview prep tool. 
  • Polish up that resume. Or create a first draft. Our coaches will be reviewing resumes all summer through ThunderLink!
  • Students can explore career interests using the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net program called MyNextMove. It’s fun, quick, and they’ll learn a lot! 


Banner Proxy

Parents can now access students' academic, financial aid, and/or student account information through the Banner Web Proxy Access system.  Students have received information via email regarding authorization and permission options.

Parent Instructions for Banner Proxy are available through the Registrar's office.  If you have further questions regarding the Banner Web Proxy Access system please contact Academic and Institutional Technology at ait.service.desk@wheaton.edu or 630-752-4357 (HELP).



Wheaton College Thunder logoThe 2015-16 sports season is nearing a close as Women's Tennis, Men's and Women's Track and Field, and Softball compete in NCAA tournaments.

The Thunder softball team broke the 30-win milestone for the first time in program history and won the CCIW Softball Tournament, earning the team’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Wheaton placed eight players on the All-CCIW squad. Congratulations to senior Katie Thornton, who became the second player in conference history to earn both the CCIW Player and Pitcher of the Year award in the same season.

Wheaton men’s and women’s swimming programs represented the school at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. Freshman Chris Szymczak and senior Elliot Penson earned All-American recognition for the Thunder men. Senior Kirsten Nitz won her fifth career National Championship in the 100-yard butterfly.  Kirsten holds Wheaton's record with five individual National Championships

Wrestler Mikey Swider finished seventh at 197-pounds at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships to earn All-American recognition.

The Wheaton women’s tennis team defeated top-seed Augustana 5-4 to win the 2016 CCIW AQ Tournament and earn the conference’s automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championship.

After a strong performance by the Thunder men’s track & field team at the 2016 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, the outdoor track season has seen a series of impressive performances. Collin Gray (high jump) and Brendan Cole (long jump) won CCIW Championships, and Jordan Tuin was honored as the Co-Track Athlete of the Meet with a title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and top-three finishes in the 1,500-meters and the 5,000-meters.

Wheaton baseball posted a 23-17 record to log its third-consecutive 20-win season.  This was the second time in school history that the program has had three straight 20-win seasons.

For additional up-to-date news and results on all of Wheaton’s varsity teams, including the spring programs and the spring break trips, 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.

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


Summer Sports Camps

Registration is now open for the 2016 basketball, volleyball, tennis, and wrestling camps. For more information please visit the camps website.


How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Pray for new alumni in the undergraduate and graduate schools. Pray that God will confirm his goodness in their lives during their years at Wheaton and that they will continue to trust his goodness as they look to the Lord for all that lies ahead, and to trust in his loving plans and purposes for them. 
  • Pray for students who are studying or serving internationally this summer. 
  • Pray for faculty and administrators who are enjoying time in and out of the office this summer, many of them completing books and articles or accompanying students in international study or service. 
  • Pray for alumni serving in difficult circumstances around the world.

With thanks for your involvement and prayers,

Westgate - Alumni Relations officeThe Wheaton College Parent Engagement team

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