From the President
Dear Wheaton parents,
Several weeks ago the Wheaton College community suddenly lost two of its members. On Friday evening, March 15, freshman Graham Stevens was hospitalized for cardiac arrest after collapsing on front campus while playing with fellow members of the Men’s Glee Club.
The following evening, Josh French ’10 was killed in an automobile accident en route to see his wife, Jamie Orewiler ’12 in Kansas City. As the French and Orewiler families grieved the loss of their husband, son, grandson and brother, the Stevens family waited for eleven days by Graham’s bedside in Intensive Care at Central DuPage Hospital. Graham never recovered consciousness, and died on Tuesday, March 26.
All of us are deeply grieved by these losses, though not without hope in Jesus and the resurrection. The outpouring of love and prayer by Wheaton parents and alumni has been a source of true comfort for the families and friends of our beloved brothers.
This week I led devotions for Graham’s colleagues in the Men’s Glee Club. I invited them to do with their lives what Jesus did with his life—and what we have done with Josh and Graham: place them in their Father’s hands, which is the safest place for all of us to be.
In Christ's Service,
Philip G. Ryken
Introducing a new parent newsletter feature
Beginning this month, at the end of each parent newsletter, you'll find three ways you can pray for our students, staff, and faculty during the current month. Prayer items for these closing weeks of our academic year are included at the end of this month's newsletter. Thank you for praying with us for Wheaton College.
Commencement Weekend: May 11-12, 2013
Congratulations to the parents of our soon-to-be alumni of the class of '13. We look forward to seeing you on campus in just three weeks. To assist with your travel and scheduling plans, the Registrar's Office has posted information about Commencement weekend seating, events, and photo/video keepsakes on their website. Feel free to contact their office if you have any additional questions.
Residence Life: year-end closing and summer storage
The Residence Life office has important information for you and your students regarding the process of moving out of campus housing. Housing closes at 5pm on Friday, May 10, unless your student is participating in Commencement or has approval through our office to remain on campus.
Wheaton College offers limited space for students to store their belongings, so it is important that your student plans ahead—especially in regard to personal furniture. We do not allow furniture to be stored on campus. We are also very interested in reducing the amount of stuff that gets thrown away each year.
Please read the individualized storage guidelines for your student’s place of residence at the building’s web page on the Residence Life website: http://www.wheaton.edu/Student-Life/Living-at-Wheaton
For campus storage, students will need to store their belongings in the storage area where they currently live, not where they are assigned to live for 2013-2014. Each building has slightly different space limitations, so it might also be helpful to read through the specifics for your student’s place of residence.
The Residence Life website has also posted general information on storage opportunities and on furniture storage. If you have any questions please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your help in working towards a smooth transition into the summer!
Moving out: airport shuttle service
The Student Activities office is offering End-of-Semester Group Airport Shuttles. Credit/Debit cards are now accepted, and all reservations will be done online. Shuttles to either O'Hare or Midway airport are $25 each way. For more information, shuttle FAQs, and a schedule of year-end shuttles, visit the SAO website.
To reserve an SAO Group Airport Shuttle, you or your student can select from the following links:
Summer Break O'Hare Shuttles
Summer Break Midway Shuttles
Reservation deadline: Friday, May 3 @ 11:59pm.
Family members interested in reserving airport shuttles for students need to have the following information when making the reservation: Your student’s Wheaton email address, correct flight information to determine appropriate shuttle time, and credit card information.
Be sure to know your flight information as all shuttle reservations are non-refundable. Contact the Student Activities office (630.752.5181) if you have questions about SAO group airport shuttles or the new online reservation process.
Spring Athletics Highlights
The Wheaton women’s swimming team finished 10th at the 2013 NCAA Division III Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships March 20-23, Wheaton's best performance since a seventh-place finish in 2003. Freshman Kirsty Nitz won three National Championships at the Division III Championships, winning titles in the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard backstroke.
Wrestlers Dan Olsen and Darren Faber represented Wheaton at the 2013 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships on March 15-16. Olsen finished seventh in the 184-pound weight class to earn All-American recognition.
The Wheaton men’s basketball team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament, defeating St. Norbert College 59-58 in the tournament’s first round and falling to St. Thomas in the second round.
The Thunder women’s basketball team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament, its first tournament appearance since 2007.
The Wheaton College men's distance medley relay team of Mark Phillips, Kyle Williams, Luke Vance and James Waterman finished fifth at the 2013 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 10:02.01. The quartet earned All-American recognition from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in the event.
Brittany Smith was recently named as the head coach of the Wheaton volleyball program. She replaces longtime head coach Jennifer King Soderquist who announced her retirement in February.
For up-to-date news and results on Wheaton’s varsity teams, visit the Wheaton Athletics Website (athletics.wheaton.edu.) You can also follow Thunder Athletics on 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.
Preserve this year's memories
Help your son or daughter remember all the great times had this year. Order a yearbook for your son or daughter at http://www.wheatonbooks.com/
Student Health Services: preparing for summer
Many students are traveling internationally throughout the summer and fall. Student Health Services (SHS) has an International Travel Clinic that provides up-to-date international travel information as well as prescriptions and country-specific vaccinations. Students can call SHS (630-752-5072) to schedule an appointment. For more information regarding our International Travel Clinic, visit this link on our website.
If you are the parent of a new student beginning classes this summer, please visit our website for more information regarding entrance requirements. New students taking classes during the summer sessions must waive out of the student health insurance (SHI) by June 28th. If students do not waive out of the program by this date they will be charged the SHI premium. Students must prove comparable coverage if they are waiving out of the SHI. Comparable coverage guidelines can be found on our Student Health Insurance website. The waiver for opting out of student health insurance is only available online at this link.
If you are the parent of a new student beginning in the fall, these requirements will be posted mid-June.
Student Health Services (SHS) is a primary health care clinic for active students and their spouses to use. Our fees are minimal and many of the services are covered by insurance. SHS provides 30 hours of physician or nurse practitioner appointment hours. Students can walk in during open clinic hours and be seen by a nurse for free. Our hours are: Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:00pm; Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm. There is a nurse on call 24/7 during the normal academic calendar by calling Public Safety at 630-752-5911.
SHS services include: physician appointments (cost $25.00); in house or out sourced laboratory services, observation rooms, completion of small office procedures such as wart removal; registered dietician appointments, massage therapy ; International travel clinic; vaccinations; pharmacy; free medical shuttle and more. The costs of medications, procedures, and vaccinations are a separate charge. All services are billed to the student’s account. Students will receive a statement in their CPO box which they can send to their insurance company for possible reimbursement. For more information about SHS and our services, visit our website.
SHS hours will change on Monday, May 13th to 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday. There will not be a MD in house during this time. Registered nurse hours throughout the summer are Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-3:00pm.
Encourage your student as Finals Week approaches with a “Finals Week Care Package.” Visit us at www.wheatonbooks.com for Care Package options, Wheaton College Bookstore gift cards, and more. Our annual Bookstore Sidewalk SALE will be held on Monday, May 6th, so buy a gift card early and let your student get more for his or her money!
If your student is graduating this May, this is their last opportunity to get educational pricing on computer software. The Wheaton College Bookstore offers great pricing on popular brands--Adobe, Microsoft Office for Macs and Windows, and more. For example:
Adobe Design and Web Premium: Non-student price $1899.00. Our student price $349.00
CA$H back for textbooks! - May 6-10. The Bookstore buys back textbooks from students at the end of the semester. Students get CA$H, or they can receive 10% more by choosing a Gift Card for store credit. The Gift Card can be applied to their Fall EasyBooks purchase. Encourage your student to check out our buyback hours the week of final exams.
Be sure to stop by the Bookstore during commencement weekend. You'll find us open on Friday, May 10, from 8:30am-6:00pm, and on Saturday, May 11, from 9:00am-5:00pm. We are closed on Sunday.
Please note: For our customers’ safety and privacy, we do not store any credit card information in our systems--either on-line or in-store. What does this mean to you and your student? For in-store purchases, your student will need a debit/credit card that is in their name, and the debit/credit card must be in their possession. For on-line purchases, the credit/debit card can belong to either the parent or the student, but it must include the correct billing name and address, the correct card number, and the correct 3-digit card identification number.
If you ever have any questions for us regarding an special order or purchase, please don't hesitate to contact our customer service desk at 630.752.7009.
HoneyRock Camp: programs for summer
Does your elementary or high school-age student want an early experience of the learning and living they see their older brother or sister enjoying at Wheaton? HoneyRock Camp, the Northwoods Campus and Camp of Wheaton College, has summer camp programs for youth 3rd-12th grade. Space is filling up fast, but a few spots remain open -- especially for boys and in our INTRO CAMP for 3rd-5th graders. The goal of this 6-day camping experience is to introduce younger kids to overnight camp. Transportation is provided from Wheaton College. Visit our website to explore more about HoneyRock Camp and to register your student. www.wheaton.edu/honeyrock.
How can you pray for Wheaton this month?
- Please pray for the families and friends of Graham Stevens '15 and Josh French '10. As you pray for their comfort and hope, please hold in mind the members of the Wheaton Men's Glee Club who shared campus memories with Graham and for Josh's wife, Jaime Oreweiler '12, as she grieves.
Pray for our seniors as they prepare for graduation and life after Wheaton. Pray for the Lord’s perfect provision of the opportunities He has in mind for each one. Pray that the Lord will enable each student to trust His wisdom, goodness and perfect timing, finding rest in His sovereign plan and purposes.
Pray for the Lord’s peace for all students in the midst of the final weeks of the year. Pray for energy and strength to replace weariness and stress. Pray for the Lord’s grace to enable them to complete projects, papers and exams. Pray also that the Lord will order each one’s summer plans and open exactly the right doors, particularly for those seeking a job or internship.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
The Wheaton College Parent Relations staff