From the President
With one month remaining in the College calendar, we look forward not only to the warmer Spring weather, but also to the annual end-of-year recitals and concerts offered by our talented musicians. Beginning this weekend with the Men’s Glee Club performing their 108th home concert, five of the seven music ensembles (including Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble) will delight us with their musical creations in the coming weeks.
In addition, Conservatory students will continue to give their Senior Recitals in the coming weeks. We look forward to this rich feast of instrumental and vocal music, concluding with a final concert on Friday, May 8, over Alumni and Commencement Weekend. Please join us if you are able.
In Christ's Service,
Philip G. Ryken
Last September, President Ryken took over Wheaton’s Facebook and Instagram accounts to show Wheaton life through his perspective. He enjoyed the experience so much that he participated in another round this week! Check out #RykenWeek here.
Commencement Weekend: May 9-10
Congratulations to the parents of soon-to-be alumni of the class of 2015! We're looking forward to welcoming you to 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 email@example.com or call 630-752-5045.
Summer Housing: Campus housing closes on Friday, May 8, at 5pm, unless your student is participating in Commencement or has approval from our office to remain on campus. Please know that before students leave for the summer, they are required to complete the checkout list provided by their residence life staff person. Housing reopens to returning students on Sunday, August 23, at 2pm.
During the summer, campus housing is available from Monday, May 11, through Saturday morning, July 25, for students who need to remain in the area for reasons such as summer school or on-campus employment. Students who wish to live in campus housing this summer must register with the Residence Life office by Thursday, April 16.
Summer Storage: Wheaton College offers limited space for students to store their belongings over the summer. Students will need to store their belongings in the storage area where they currently live. Generally, students may store several boxes, a fridge (which will count as one box), and a bicycle. Each building has slightly different space limitations. For further details, please read the individualized storage guidelines for your student’s place of residence, linked to below:
• UPPER CLASS HALLS
• APARTMENTS & HOUSES
Further information on storage opportunities, including large furniture storage, may be found in our student handbook.
Encourage your student as Finals Week approaches with a finals week care package or a Wheaton College Bookstore gift card. Our annual Bookstore Sidewalk sale happens Monday, May 4. A gift card will help your student take advantage of some fantastic deals.
At the end of each semester, the Bookstore also buys back textbooks from students. Students can opt for cash OR receive 10% more by placing their refund on a gift card for store credit. The gift card can be applied to their Fall EasyBooks online purchase or toward the purchase of any items in our store. This semester's BuyBack dates are May 4-8.
Finally, our sincere congratulations to parents of the class of 2015! Our website has several ideas for commemorating your senior's accomplishment with a special Wheaton gift. Stop by and visit us during Commencement Weekend. Commencement Weekend hours are Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm, and Saturday, 9am-5pm.
Accelerated M.A. Deadline is May 1
Here’s what current accelerated M.A. students are saying about Wheaton College Graduate School’s Accelerated M.A. Program:
"The potential to save money had a significant influence on my decision after realizing the financial weight of further education. The Accelerated M.A. allowed me to pursue my M.A. at a lower cost, in less time, at a Christ centered institution without having to deal with the fees involved in application requirements, standardized tests and two years of tuition, room and board."
-Rachael Cyrus, Passage Coordinator and Graduate Student Care Assistant at HoneyRock
“I would definitely recommend the program to other Wheaton students. I believe it’s a tremendous opportunity for Wheaton undergraduate students to get a head start on graduate-level coursework, especially because of the team of faculty that comprise the Intercultural Studies department."
-Paul Kim, M.A. Student in Intercultural Studies
The Accelerated M.A. program allows your Wheaton student to save time and money! The program features:
• $12,000 in tuition savings
• A master’s degree in only 2 additional semesters
• A streamlined application with no GRE or application fee
We invite your student to learn more about the M.A. program by calling 630.752.5933, or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Leadership School at HoneyRock
Is your student looking for a unique opportunity to gain marketable skills and work experience this 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.
Registration is now open for the 2015 President’s Open golf outing at Cantigny Golf on Monday, 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 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.
The Wheaton Fund Helps Chapel Instruct & Inspire
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the Chaplain’s Office seeks to “set the table” for meaningful and relevant corporate worship. Each week, the Lord providentially accomplishes his purpose by orchestrating chapel’s influence on students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends. World-class Christian thinkers like this year’s Spring Special Services speaker, Dr. Os Guinness, bring messages that inspire Wheaton students to integrate their learning with their faith. Your gift to the Wheaton Fund helps support Wheaton’s transformational chapel programming, which will move forward next year under the guidance of incoming chaplain Rev. Timothy Blackmon. You can join your son or daughter by tuning in to one of the College’s 90 annual chapel presentations via live broadcasts at WETN 88.1 FM or accessing searchable archives at wheaton.edu/WETN.
How can you pray for Wheaton this month?
- Please pray for staff members in Wheaton's Admissions office as they meet with high school seniors and parents making decisions about college attendance next year. Pray that prospective students will be encouraged by the hospitality they receive and that good connections will be made.
- Pray for members of the Class of 2015. Pray that their final weeks at Wheaton will be rich in friendship and learning. Pray for favor in the plans they're making for first steps after Wheaton.
- Pray for all students in this final stretch of the semester. Pray for stamina, times of recreation, and fruitfulness in their work.
Wishing you the blessings of spring.
The Wheaton College Parent Engagement team