e-Partnerships Parent Newsletter

November 2014


From the President

Dear Parents,

It was good to see many of you on campus earlier this month for Family Weekend. I hope you enjoyed the hilarious anticsPhilip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL of the annual “Talent Show,” the moving performance of C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces, or the thrilling victories of our Thunder Athletics teams.

On Saturday morning I hosted a prayer breakfast attended by several hundred parents. They were led in a season of prayer by Parent Council members for our students and for Wheaton College.

Prior to my remarks, a group of theater students gave a dramatic recitation of the story of Ruth from the King James Version of the Bible.  Ruth’s story is also Naomi’s story, and on Family Weekend I shared encouragement from the Scriptures related to our role as parents.

I am very grateful for your ongoing ministry of prayer for your student and for Wheaton College, and wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving. 

In Christ's service,

Philip G. Ryken


A Note from Undergraduate Admissions

We're glad that many of you were able enjoy a fall visit with your student during Family Weekend. We hope your visit was fun andwheaton-orientation-committee-2014 memorable as you shared in your son or daughter's life here on campus. Whether it was your first time here or one visit of many, we hope that you left with a fuller picture of the caliber of our student community, our faculty, and our foundation of faith.

As such, we know that you and your student likely know other potential students who could be great fits for Wheaton. We want to invite you to refer any potential students to our Admissions Department. Referring is simple and easy; just go to wheaton.edu/refer and complete the steps. We make sure to follow up with each and every student who is referred!

Thanks for your time and thank you for being a part of Wheaton's legacy,

Shawn Leftwich
Undergraduate Admissions Director


Airport Shuttles for Thanksgiving and Christmas

The Student Activities office and GO Airport Express have partnered once again to provide reduced-rate group airport shuttleairport shuttle services for the Wheaton College Community during breaks this academic year.  This service is offered to both Midway and O’Hare Airports.  The deadline for reserving a shuttle for Thanksgiving Break is Friday, November 21, at 11:59 pm.

Shuttle schedules, links to the reservation portal, and more information can be found on the shuttle information page of the Student Activities website. Contact the shuttle coordinator with questions about group airport shuttles.

One-way shuttle costs for both Midway and O’Hare airports: $30
Round-trip shuttle discount:  $55

Thanksgiving Break shuttles reservation deadline: Friday, Nov. 21, 11:59 pm
Christmas Break shuttles reservation deadline: Sunday, Dec. 14, 11:59 pm.

Student Housing during Holiday Breaks

Thanksgiving Housing: College housing remains open during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Williston Hall

Christmas Housing: College housing closes for Christmas Break on Friday, December 19, at 12 pm (noon) and reopens on Saturday, January 10, at 3 pm. The regular meal plan ends with dinner on Thursday, December 18, and resumes with dinner on Saturday, January 10.

Students are not allowed to stay on campus during Christmas Break unless they have prior authorization from the Residence Life office, which is granted primarily for the following reasons:
- athletics
- international flights
- campus employment
- class participation

If your student meets one of the above qualifications and wishes to stay on campus, they must do so in a campus apartment or house with the permission of both the Residence Life office and the residents of the unit that they will be staying in as a guest. Requests must be submitted to the Residence Life office by Monday, December 15 (Reading Day) at this link.

Students who do not submit a Christmas Break housing request by December 15 are responsible for finding their own housing over Christmas Break. No requests will be approved after the December 15 (Reading Day) deadline. Students who stay in campus housing without approval from the Residence Life office are subject to a fine of $25 per day.

Student Health Services

SHS still has some influenza vaccines available for all active students and their spouses for a cost of Student Health Services$23.00. Students may walk into SHS during our open hours for this vaccine. Student’s accounts will be billed. They will receive a “walk out statement” in their CPO box to submit to their insurance companies for possible reimbursement. Our hours are Monday through Wednesday 7:30 am-5:00 pm; Thursday 10:30-7 pm; Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm; Saturday 10:00 am-12:00 pm.

SHS is a fully equipped medical office that active students and their spouses are welcome to utilize regardless of the type of health insurance they have. SHS is staffed with 5 board-certified physicians who are alumni of Wheaton College and two nurse practitioners. The nursing staff is experienced in college health. Students are welcome to stop in to speak with a nurse about their medical questions or to be assessed free of charge.

Our services include: physician appointments; in-house or outsourced laboratory services (e.g.: rapid strep or mono tests): observation rooms; completion of small office procedures such as wart removal; massage therapy; international travel clinic; vaccinations; pharmacy; free medical shuttle and more. For more information about our services visit our website, or contact us at 630-752-5072 or Health.Services@wheaton.edu

Student Health Services will be closed for Thanksgiving November 27-30. All emergencies should be directed to Public Safety at 630-752-5911.

Senior Yearbook Tribute

Are you proud of your Wheaton senior? The Wheaton Tower has the perfect way for you to express your love: a seniorSeniorTribute tribute page in the yearbook!  Tributes are typically comprised of pictures, drawings, messages (quotes, Bible verses, encouraging messages from family), or anything else you choose to include. Placed inside the yearbook, a senior tribute is the gift that keeps on giving every time you and your senior open the pages.

Prices for senior tribute spots are as follows:
1/4 page: $75
1/2 page: $125
Full page: $300 

You may submit your tribute (pictures and text) along with a check 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 January 15, 2015.

For parents of students in any class, the 2014-2015 yearbook is now on sale. To pre-order, please visit the Wheaton College Bookstore's website.


Textbook Buyback and Student Care Packages

Wheaton Bookstore's textbook buyback is just around the corner: December 15-19.  The buyback value of your student's textbooks can be redeemed either for cash or for a Bookstore gift card loaded with an extra 10% back!  Bookstore gift cards can be redeemed for your student's EasyBooks purchase next semester. More details will be coming to your student through campus email.

With final exam season also around the bend, your student might enjoy the encouragement of a care package. Wheaton Bookstore offers a neat selection of Chocolate Lovers, Get Well, Study Helper, and Thinking of You care packages.  These goodies and an optional note from you will be assembled and cheerfully delivered to your student's CPO box on the date you choose.  48 hours notice is required for delivery.  Visit the gift page at wheatonbooks.com to place your order.

In the lead-up to finals week, students participating in ministries run through the Office of Christian Outreach also assemble fruit baskets for students, with all proceeds benefiting Office of Christian Outreach ministries. To place this order, phone 630-752-5076.

Wheaton Externship Program

The new Externship Program is an opportunity for your student to experience a day in the life of working Wheaton alumni.Externship This one-day job shadowing experience is a tangible way for your student to explore career paths and check out a real work environment. All externships will be on Tuesday, February 3, a no-school day so participants won’t have to miss class. Learn more and encourage your students to apply today.  Applications are due by December 7.


Master of Arts in Outdoor and Adventure Leadership

Did you know your Wheaton student can earn an M.A. in Outdoor and Adventure Leadership (OAL) at HoneyRock,Wheaton College students taking classes at HoneyRock for Wheaton in the Northwoods (WIN) Wheaton’s 800-acre Northwoods campus? As part of the accelerated M.A. program through Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton students can save time and money--up to $12,000--by beginning a graduate degree during their senior year. The degree in Outdoor and Adventure Leadership equips leaders for the Christian camp, adventure, and youth ministry movements worldwide. As part of the HoneyRock community, students are fully immersed in HoneyRock camp and are given the context for integrating course work with real life ministry, while being mentored by experienced professionals in the field.

We invite your Wheaton student to learn more about the M.A. in Outdoor and Adventure Leadership through a personalized Graduate School visit. Students can contact graduate.admissions@wheaton.edu or call 630.752.5933.

Give the Gift of Wheaton Travel

Do you have a friend or relative who would love the chance to join fun-loving, like-minded travelers on a Wheaton Alumni and Parent Relations tour of Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague?  For many Wheaton aunts, uncles, and grandparents, this could be just the gift!

The Musical Splendors of Europe: May 19-June 1.  This 13-day tourStrauss-MusicalSplendorsTour of Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague will be hosted by Dr. Michael Wilder, Dean of the Conservatory, Arts, and Communication. Besides taking in the magnificent art and culture of each of these historic cities, participants will also enjoy the luxury of five-star hotels and six private and public performances at Europe's finest orchestra halls.

Why is travelling with Wheaton a one-of-a-kind treat?

  • Custom itineraries creatively planned by members of Wheaton’s faculty and alumni staff.
  • Personal, genuine interest in every participant on the tour.
  • Cultural and historical insights with regional experts and local guides.
  • Daily group devotions and encouragement from God’s Word.
  • First-class accommodations.
  • Camaraderie with like-minded travelers.

You can visit Wheaton Travel to learn more about each trip, to download a brochure, and to register yours or your loved one's attendance today.

Wheaton Athletics

The Wheaton football team has posted only its fifth undefeated and untied regular season in school history with a 10-0 record and a CCIW Championship this fall. The Thunder will host Benedictine at noon on Saturday, November 22, in the First Round of the 2014 NCAA Division III Playoffs.

The Thunder men’s soccer team won the 2014 CCIW Championship this fall as well as the CCIW Tournament. Wheaton earned a spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament and will host a four-team sectional of the tournament on November 21-22. Recently, head coach Mike Giuliano and junior Marshall Hollingsworth each earned special awards from the CCIW, and seven players earned All-CCIW recognition.

The Wheaton women’s soccer team won its 17th CCIW Championship this fall and also won the CCIW Tournament earlier this month. The Thunder earned a spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the 18th consecutive season as team placed seven players on the 2014 All-CCIW Team.

Head coach Jane Nelson’s women’s tennis team won its 20th CCIW Championship last month, including 10 consecutive titles. Three thunder players earned All-CCIW recognition in the fall season.

For additional up-to-date news and results on all Wheaton’s varsity teams including other programs from the fall and winter seasons, visit the Wheaton Athletics Website.  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.

2014-15 Season Passes are now available for half-price and are good for admission for the whole family.  Passes can be used at most home athletics events during the regular season. Visit the ticket and season pass website..

Are you on Instagram? Thunder sports is too. Please be sure to follow us.

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

Wheaton Fund

Every year, hundreds of Wheaton parents support the mission of Wheaton College, not only by paying tuition dollars (noLin Family small thing!), but also by giving to the Wheaton Fund. Their gifts help Wheaton continue to provide the same Christ-centered education generation after generation. In fact, last year, 18% of the College’s operating costs were covered by gifts to the institution.

That’s why we want to share this video of current Wheaton parents, Stephen ’86 and May Lin, expressing why they choose to support Wheaton College, even as their son is enrolled. If you’d like to join the Lins in supporting the faith-shaping impact Wheaton College has on your son or daughter, make a gift to the Wheaton Fund today. Your gift of any size makes a difference. Thank you!

How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Pray for our Athletics teams and for students in the Performing Arts. During this full and exciting season, pray that these students will remain healthy, that they will find fun and encouragement with peers, and that the exercise of their gifts will bring great joy to them and to the Lord.
  • Pray also for Wheaton's 480 graduate students enrolled in the two doctoral and fifteen master's programs that comprise the Wheaton Graduate School. 
  • Pray for students traveling for Thanksgiving, that time spent with family, friends, or in service will encourage them and those they meet.


Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving season.

The Wheaton College Parent Relations teamWestgate

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