e-Partnerships Parent Newsletter

January 2016


From the President

Dear Parents,

Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, ILWheaton Parent Council members and others are hosting prayer gatherings in Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, and Oregon this semester. The gatherings will give you an opportunity to meet other parents, share your student’s experiences, and pray for Wheaton.  For more information please contact parents@wheaton.edu

We ask for your faithful prayers for Wheaton in fulfilling its mission, and for its students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and friends on campus and around the world.

Whether you are able to gather formally or just pray for the College on your own, we especially covet your prayers at this time concerning the internal personnel matter regarding Dr. Larycia Hawkins that has received international press coverage. Please pray for wisdom and clarity in thinking and communication, kindness and respect, and peace for our students and faculty. This situation has engendered much response from many quarters. An FAQ and updated responses about the situation are available here.

We absolutely need and truly appreciate your prayers.

In Christ's service,

Philip G. Ryken
Wheaton College


Welcome New Parents!

Parents OrientationResidence 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:

News from Financial Aid

It’s time for continuing students to apply for financial aid for 2016-17!

Students returning for the 2016-17 academic year will need to reapply for financial aid. The priority deadline for our office to receive the FAFSA (www.FAFSA.gov), the Wheaton Financial Aid application (www.wheaton.edu/finaid ), and all other requested documents is April 15, 2016. Students from Illinois should complete the FAFSA by February 1st for state grant consideration. Please contact the Financial Aid office with any questions.

Wheaton Graduate School

Save Time and Money through the Accelerated M.A. Program

Prof having coffee with students - Wheaton College, Wheaton, ILAt Wheaton College Graduate School, our mission is to form servant scholars and leaders through exceptional graduate programs for Christ and His Kingdom. Through the Accelerated M.A. program, Wheaton undergraduate students have the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in only two additional semesters. The program also features $12,000 savings in tuition, no GRE or MAT, and no application fee. Students begin taking graduate credit courses during their senior year in one of the following degrees:

  • Biblical Archaeology
  • Biblical Exegesis
  • Christian Formation and Ministry -- concentrations in Bible and Theology, Church and Parachurch Ministry, Outdoor and Adventure Leadership, and Student Development
  • Evangelism and Leadership
  • History of Christianity
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Missional Church Movements
  • Teaching (MAT)
  • Theology

If your Wheaton student would like to learn how they can earn an accelerated M.A. degree, they can schedule a personalized visit or contact graduate.admissions@wheaton.edu

Wheaton College Travel

Sign up today for a very special Alumni and Parent Engagement tour!

The Natural Splendors of New Zealand and Australia - October 22 - November 6, 2016

 Experience the land down under on this amazing adventure. Spanning two countries, multiple ecosystems, and travel by land, air and water, this tour will heighten your senses to the wonder of God's beauty and bless you with the rich fellowship of other Wheaton alumni, parents, and friends.

Visit Wheaton Travel to learn more, to download a brochure, and to register your (or your loved one's) attendance today.

Senior Yearbook Tribute

Tower YearbookThe Wheaton Tower is accepting senior tributes for the 2015-2016 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 payable to Wheaton Tower and send to:

Wheaton Tower
CPO W138
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL  60187

You may also submit your tribute via email: tower@my.wheaton.edu.  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 9. 


How can you pray for Wheaton this month? 

  • Pray for students who have returned from 6-month overseas internships with the HNGR program. Pray for the Lord's grace to help them navigate their return to Wheaton, while continuing to process and contend with return culture shock.
  • Pray for students, faculty, administration, and staff as they begin the Spring semester and for the new and transfer students who joined the Wheaton student body this semester.

Edman ChapelPray for the Lord’s protection over the campus community.  Pray that we will "make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”  Pray for the Lord’s wisdom, grace, and truth to prevail.  Pray for good communication, humility, gentleness, patience, and the will to bear with one another in love. Pray for hope and faith in the Lord’s power and wisdom to redeem and bring good from challenging and disheartening circumstances, for His glory.

Wishing you the blessings of the new year.

WestgateThe Wheaton College Parent Engagement team

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