e-Partnerships Parent Newsletter

September 2015


From the President

Dear Parents,

A few weeks ago we enjoyed an exceptional Orientation for over 660 new freshmen, transfers, and theirPhilip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL parents. The welcome from the student-led Orientation Committee, the evident eagerness of students to join this living-learning community, and the encouragement from many of you helped us get the year off to a fantastic start. 

I was encouraged by a note from a couple who has put three students through Wheaton and has a freshman on campus this fall. They wrote:

We are so thankful for the wonderful spirit that continues to thrive on campus. 

We were struck with the Scripture-rich prayers for students that the parents shared on the final night. May it encourage you to know that so many of the students entrusted to your care come from Scripture-saturated and praying homes. As you deal with the challenges/problems that inevitably arise each year, may you be encouraged to know that so many of the kids come from homes that love Christ and His Word. 

Inevitably, some of the initial excitement will wear off as students do the hard work of fulfilling their academic and co-curricular commitments. We look forward to supporting your student throughout the coming semester, with all of its joys and trials.

In Christ's Service,

Philip G. Ryken
Wheaton College


Orientation Highlights & Family Weekend

Have you seen this video from Parent Orientation?

And now, turning the page from Orientation, we in Parent Engagement, together with the Parent Council, look forward to welcoming ALL families back to campus October 30-November 1 for Family Weekend!

Visit our Family Weekend webpages for a preview of weekend events and links to area activities and hotels.  Registration opens this Monday, September 14, at 12pm CST. More details, including a direct link to the registration page, will be coming to your email on Monday. 


FERPA Information

As parents, it's important for you to know that Wheaton College operates under The Family EducationPhoto by Jonathan Lait '17 Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, a federal law enacted to establish procedures for disclosing information contained in student records and to protect the privacy of these records. The Act outlines students' rights with respect to their educational records and applies to currently enrolled students and former students. Under FERPA, once a student enters college, the rights transfer from the parents to the student. Hence, students must authorize the College to release their records to their parents or other interested parties. Details of FERPA are outlined in the Wheaton College FERPA Policy Statement and the FERPA Notification of Rights document.

For questions about academic records, contact the Office of the Registrar at 630-752-5045 or Registrar@wheaton.edu.


Student Health Services

The flu shot should arrive within the next week. Student Health Services has obtained preservative-free andstudent health latex-free flu vaccine for all active students and their spouses for a cost of $23.00. Students may walk into SHS during our open hours for this vaccine, and their account will be billed. Soon after, they will receive a “walk out statement” in their CPO box to submit to their insurance companies for possible reimbursement. 

SHS also has numerous other medical and non-medical services that are available to all active students regardless of their health insurance. Services range from laboratory, pharmacy, health education, vaccinations, orthopedic care or simply a place to rest. We have convenient hours for students: Monday through Wednesday 7:30am-5:00pm; Thursday 10:30am-7:00pm; Friday 8:00am-4:30pm; Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm.

Students can walk into SHS without having an appointment and be seen, triaged, and in many cases treated by a registered nurse. Aside from any medications or lab work that is needed, these visits are free of charge.  All services that have fees are billed to the student’s account.  A statement is sent to the student's  mailbox that they can send to their insurance company for possible reimbursement. SHS does not bill insurance companies directly.

SHS is fortunate to have four board-certified physicians with specialties in emergency medicine, internal medicine and family practice. Two nurse practitioners are also board-certified in their specialties of pediatrics and adult medicine. These medical providers deliver 30 hours/week of appointment times.

Feel free to contact us if you have questions about our services at Health.Services@wheaton.edu or 630- 752-5072. 


Center for Vocation and Career

Exciting tEducation Department at Wheaton Collegehings are happening in the Center for Vocation and Career this year. From on-line mock interviews accessible to students anytime to providing StrengthsFinder advising in small groups, the CVC is working to prepare students for the journey of career and vocational discernment.

One of our newest offerings is designed just for the Class of 2018. Sophomore students are invited to this engaging five-part series titled, Canvas: Framing Your Vocation and Career, which provides an on-ramp to the career exploration and preparation process.

For parents of sophomore students, we invite you to let us know what your student thinks about these events. What did they learn? What did they enjoy most? Please encourage your student to participate in this fun and informative series!


Alumni Association Board Merit Scholarships

Every year, the Alumni Association Board of Directors awards merit scholarships to a select number of Externshipjuniors for their senior year. Applications are available online or in the Student Development Office, SSB 218. Completed applications must be returned by Wednesday, October 28, 2015, to the Alumni and Parent Engagement Office. Award winners will be announced at spring Convocation. Applicants will be chosen on the basis of academic achievement, campus/community involvement, spiritual growth, understanding of life mission, and future plans. 


Graduate School Academic Receptions

Is your Wheaton student considering graduate school? Then we invite them to explore Wheaton's graduateGradSchool 2015 programs at the Graduate School department receptions:

  • Psychology - October 23rd
  • Biblical and Theological Studies - November 5th
  • Intercultural Studies - November 6th
  • Christian Formation and Ministry - November 12th

They’ll enjoy refreshments and conversations with faculty, staff, and students. Your student can visit us on the 2nd floor of the Billy Graham Center, email graduate.admissions@wheaton.edu, or call 630.752.5195 for questions.



The Fall 2015 season of Wheaton Athletics is underway. Four of Wheaton’s seven College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) sports are fall sports (football; men’s soccer; women’s soccer and women’s tennis). The Thunder football, men’s soccer and women’s soccer teams are all nationally ranked in preseason Division III polls.

Seniors Adam Dansdill and Matt Snebold earned preseason All-American recognition for the Thunder football team this summer as head coach Mike Swider’s team sets its sights on another CCIW Championship and NCAA Playoff run.

New head coach Jake DeClute leads the Thunder men’s soccer team. The defending CCIW Champion Wheaton women’s soccer team will have a new look this year.  And coach Brittany Smith looks to continue building the Thunder volleyball program. Men’s and women’s cross country will open the season on September 11 at Aurora University’s Spartan Cross Country Classic, while women’s tennis opened with a pair of wins, and women’s golf finished fourth at its season-opening tournament.

Thunder fans can now watch many home events on the new Wheaton Thunder Sports Network at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/wheaton.

If you plan on attending a variety of Thunder sporting events at home, season passes for the 2015-16 campaign are available at athletics.wheaton.edu/tickets.

For complete information on Wheaton’s 21 varsity athletics teams, be sure to visit athletics.wheaton.edu for schedules, recaps, videos and much more.  You can also follow Thunder Sports on Facebook (facebook.com/WheatonAthletics), Twitter (@Wheaton Thunder) or Instagram (@Wheaton_Thunder

For information on Wheaton’s club sports, be sure to visit the club sports website.


The Wheaton Fund: Invest in Affordability and Excellence

Every year, hundreds of parents like you help make the Wheaton experience possible for their studentsPhoto by Caleb Mayer '18 when they support the Wheaton Fund. Your support for the Wheaton Fund is an investment that immediately impacts the affordability and excellence of the Wheaton experience, and we are very grateful!

The Wheaton Fund works to keep the College affordable by funding areas that are not supported by tuition alone, which reduces the overall cost of attending for every student; it also fosters excellence in liberal arts instruction and student programming by providing competitive faculty salaries and supporting student development experiences.

A student from Phonathon will be calling you soon to talk more about what the Wheaton Fund means to them and to invite your investment. You can also give online to start supporting the Wheaton experience through the Wheaton Fund today.


How can you pray for Wheaton this month? 

  • Please pray for students as they explore extra-curricular activities, church fellowship, and service opportunities available to them.  Pray that they find a balance of work and recreation that helps them live well.
  • Pray for President Ryken, the members of his Senior Administrative Cabinet, and Chaplain Blackmon. Pray that God will give these leaders grace in their work and in their lives outside of work.
  • Pray for our families who enter this school year feeling financially challenged or burdened by concerns of health or relationship. We are mindful of the personal story each of our students brings to campus and lift these needs to Christ.

Wishing you a good September.

The Wheaton College Parent Engagement teamWestgate

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