From the President
As your student begins his or her “spring” semester, Chicago’s frigid January weather brings gratitude for wonderful indoor spaces where Wheaton students enjoy community: the Beamer Center, the Sports and Rec Center, and comfortable lounges in the dorms. Wheaton’s award-winning food service, Bon Appetit, will do its part to keep your student well-nourished. We look forward to a good semester together.
This week I head to Korea to meet with leaders of Christian universities, teach evangelical pastors, visit international Christian high schools, and preach in a number of Korean churches. Traveling with me is Nathaniel Olson ’11, a gifted baritone from the Conservatory, who with his wife Julianne, will perform at several concerts and at churches.
We are going as guests of Dr. Billy Kim, a leading Korean evangelist whose work with the Far East Broadcasting Company has helped reach hundreds of thousands of people with the Gospel, even in closed countries, through the gift of radio. We are grateful for this unique opportunity to help globalize a Wheaton education in partnership with believers in Southeast Asia.
Philip G. Ryken
Welcome to New Parents!
Residence Life would like to welcome parents of new and transfer students. Residence Directors (live-in professional staff) and Resident Assistants (student leaders on your son's or daughter’s floor) are excited to support and care for your students. If your student mentions any concerns with roommates, academics, emotional care, or simply adjusting to living with a large group of new people, please don't hesitate to have them connect directly with their residence life staff member for encouragement and assistance. Meanwhile, continue to encourage your student to also reach out and meet new people.
Here's a reminder of helpful resources for your student on campus:
- Justin Heth, 630.752.5427
Student Care and Services
- Allison Ash, 630.752.5941
Academic and Disability Services
-Jennifer Nicodem; 630.752.5941
- Dr. Toussaint Whetstone, 630.752.5321
Student Health Services
- Britt Black, 630.752.5072
Parent Winter Prayer Gatherings
In January and February, parents across the country will be hosting Wheaton prayer gatherings in their homes. If you live in one of these regions, we hope you'll join us. The gathering will be a neat opportunity to meet fellow Wheaton parents near you, connect over your students' experiences, and pray together for Wheaton. For more information about any of these gatherings, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New Wheaton Parent Facebook Group
Have you joined the Wheaton parent Facebook group? This social network group is turning out to be a great tool for connecting with fellow parents, asking questions of the Wheaton parent community, and reaching out for advice on anything related to your student's Wheaton experience. Log on to Facebook and type Wheaton College (IL) Parents in the search bar. From there, request to join.
2015-16 Financial Aid Applications Now Available
Students returning for the 2015-16 school year can now complete their financial aid applications. The priority deadline to receive the FAFSA, the Wheaton Financial Aid application, and all other requested documents is April 15, 2015. However, students from Illinois, Rhode Island, and Vermont may have earlier deadlines to qualify for state grants. We specifically encourage students from Illinois to file the FAFSA by February 1 or earlier. We know that applying for Financial Aid can be tedious, but it does get easier each year! The Financial Aid website is able to help with some tips and guidelines for parents.
Student Health Services
Health insurance requirements for new and transfer spring semester students must be completed by January 29, 2015. Visit Gallagher Koster Student Health to learn more about health insurance requirements or the health insurance product from Gallagher Koster. It's also good to keep in mind these things about the health care readily available to Wheaton students at Student Health Services:
- All active students can utilize Student Health Services (SHS) regardless of what type of insurance they have.
- Four of the six medical providers (MDs, NP) that work at SHS are alumni of Wheaton College. Some of them have their own practice outside of SHS, are board certified, and come to work with students 1-2 times a week.
- SHS is open Monday-Wednesday 7:30am-5:00pm, Thursday 11:00am-7:00pm, Fridays 8:00am-4:30pm; Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm. There is a nurse on call 24/7 during weekends during the academic year.
- A free medical shuttle is available for students to get to off-campus doctor and physical therapist appointments. Students can call the hotline to reserve their ride: 630-765-0016.
Visit the SHS website for more information and health resources.
Senior Yearbook Tribute
The Wheaton Tower is accepting senior tributes for the 2014-2015 yearbook coming out this spring. Senior tributes serve as a way to congratulate your senior and leave a message that will last forever in your student's yearbook. Placed in the back of the yearbook, senior tributes can contain pictures, graphics, and words.
Prices for senior tribute spots are as follows:
- 1/4 page: $75
- 1/2 page: $125
- Full page: $300
You can 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 Tuesday, February 10.
Gap Year Q & A
Are you wondering if your high school student is ready for college? Some students find themselves unsure about what to study, burned out from high school and stressed from the college selection process. Wheaton College now offers a gap year option, called Vanguard.
Vanguard is the Christian, liberal arts gap year program offered at HoneyRock. To find out if a gap year is right for your student, visit wheaton.edu/vanguard. If you live close to Wheaton College, join us for an interactive presentation on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Wheaton College with Dr. Rob Ribbe. Register here for this event.
New Career Exploration Resource for Students
The Center for Vocation & Career (formerly Career Development Center) is excited to introduce a new tool we've developed for your students as they explore and discern the steps they will take to prepare for life after Wheaton, including a Biblical understanding of vocation. This workbook, titled myStory, includes:
• Self-Assessment – This section of the workbook utilizes the Gallup StrengthsFinder, reflection on skill development, and planning for additional skill-building to help students capture the stories they can offer a future employer.
• Career Exploration – This phase of the process invites students to dream and think about what they’d like to do. We teach students how to explore these possibilities and work alongside them to evaluate these experiences, teaching them multiples strategies for career exploration.
• Telling Your Story – This section of the workbook assists students with writing resumes and cover letters; creating a persuasive and compelling on-line presence; and preparing for video, telephone, and in-person interviews. The Center for Vocation and Career has multiple on-line resources and also provides workshops and guest speakers to help students put their best foot forward through the stories they tell.
• Making Connections – Finally, the workbook helps students find an audience for their story through training in how to network.
We invite you to preview this workbook and encourage your student to visit the Center for Vocation and Career. We look forward to meeting them!
Practical Theology + Student Development
Wheaton College Graduate School offers an M.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry with a Student Development concentration that develops students spiritually while integrating the curriculum with real-world training. Scholars in the student development concentration put theory into practice through Wheaton’s graduate assistantship positions, where they cultivate resident communities, lead student organizations, and develop whole and effective Christians. As part of the accelerated M.A. program, Wheaton students can save time and money - up to $12,000 - by beginning the degree during their undergraduate senior year.
We invite your Wheaton student to learn how they can influence the lives of college students, value others in community, and grow spiritually through a personalized Graduate School visit. Students can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630.752.5933 for details.
Conservatory of Music
After the excitement of the 2014 Christmas Festival, the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music jumps right back into January with the Opera Music Theatre production of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, running January 14-17 in Barrows Auditorium. Things keep rolling with a Wheaton College Artist Series performance by Spektral String Quartet with special guest Julien Labro on bandoneon on January 24th in Coray Alumni Gym. January also finds us gearing up for our first Wheaton College Music Camp in June, offering distinctively Christian music study for high school students entering grades 9-12.
Travel with Wheaton in 2015
The Musical Splendors of Europe - May 19-June 1
The registration deadline for this tour is fast approaching. With five-star accommodations, world-class musical performances, exquisite meals, and the camaraderie of like-minded travelers, this trip promises to be the journey of a lifetime. Book your spots today with our travel partner, In Mozart's Footsteps.
Istanbul & the Seven Churches of Revelation - October 19-29
In this tour, Scripture, culture, history, and civilizations meet. Participants will visit Biblical sites rarely seen and enjoy the group experience that makes Wheaton travel unique. Contact Footstep Ministries to book your place.
How can you pray for Wheaton this month?
- Pray for President Ryken as he ministers and networks with Christians in South Korea.
- Pray for the more than 25 new and transfer students who joined the Wheaton student body this semester.
- Pray for all of our students as they begin new classes and new activities.
- Pray for health and safety of every student, faculty member, and staff person through this winter season.
Wishing you the blessings of the new year.
The Wheaton College Parent Engagement team