April 2014


From the President

Dear Parents,

When I ask alumni about their outstanding Wheaton memories, invariably they mention Chapel as well as their relationships withPhilip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL classmates and professors.  The experience of community worship several times each week marks Wheaton students for life. 

Wheaton’s Chaplain, Dr. Stephen B. Kellough, will retire from a ministry on campus spanning a quarter century at the end of this school year.  “Chappy K” has led in shaping and convening Chapel at Wheaton, working with three Wheaton College presidents to prepare nearly one hundred Chapel services annually.  His ministry has touched the lives of 15,000 students through his own preaching, bringing world Christian leaders to the Chapel pulpit, overseeing the Discipleship Small Group program, and serving as campus pastor to Wheaton’s faculty and staff. 

The students will have an opportunity to celebrate Chappy K’s ministry at the close of the school year, and we have already begun to seek God’s person to serve as the next Wheaton Chaplain.  Please pray with us for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in identifying our next campus pastor.

In Christ’s service,

Philip G. Ryken


Commencement Weekend: May 9-11

Congratulations to the parents of our soon-to-be alumni of the class of '14!  We're looking forward to welcoming you to2012 Undergraduate Commencement campus for this meaningful weekend in your family's life.  To assist with your travel and scheduling plans, the Registrar's Office has posted important information about Commencement seating, weekend events, and photo/video keepsakes on their website.  If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out to their office at 630-752-5045, or by email at registrar@wheaton.edu.


Commencement Weekend Lecture: Dr. William Lane Craig '71

Dr. William Lane Craig, internationally known Christian philosopher, theologian, and apologist, will give a lecture on Friday, william lane craigMay 9, 3-4pm, in Barrows Auditorium. This lecture, open to all parents, students, and alumni, will feature Dr. Craig as he examines the chief challenges to Christianity today.

Known globally for his debates with prominent atheists, Dr. Craig is Wheaton's 2014 Alumnus of the Year for Distinguished Service to Society, an annual award given by the Wheaton College Alumni Association. Dr. Craig earned a B.A. in speech and communication from Wheaton College in 1971. He also holds two master’s degrees--one in philosophy of religion and another in church history and the history of Christian thought--both from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham (England), and then a D.Theol. from the University of Munich.

Dr. Craig has authored or edited over 40 books, including his signature work, Reasonable Faith. A research professor of philosophy at the Talbot School of Theology since 1994, Dr. Craig founded the web-based ministry Reasonable Faith in order to provide an articulate and intelligent voice in defense of biblical Christianity in the public arena. Thanks to YouTube, some of his debates with well-known atheists have been viewed by well over a million people.


Financial Aid Deadline: April 15

If you are the parent of a continuing student for the 2014-15 school year, please keep in mind that the priority deadline for submitting your FAFSA (for federal aid eligibility) and the Wheaton institutional financial aid application (for institutional need based aid) is rapidly approaching! The priority deadline in April 15th.  Please check out our Financial Aid page for more information.


Campus Housing: Year-End Details

Summer Closing: Student Housing closes on Friday, May 9, at 5pm, unless your student is participating in Commencementstudent moving or has approval from our office to remain on campus. Housing reopens to returning students on Sunday, August 24, at 2pm.

Summer Housing: Housing is available on campus from Monday, May 12, to Saturday, July 26 for students who need to remain in the area for summer school or on-campus employment. Students must register by Thursday, April 17, with the Residence Life office. 

Summer Storage: Wheaton College offers limited space for students to store their belongings over the summer. For campus storage, students will need to store their belongings in the storage area where they currently live. Generally, students may store several boxes, a fridge (which will count as one box), and a bicycle. Each building has slightly different space limitations. For further details, please read the individualized storage guidelines for your student’s specific residence hall, apartment or house on the Residence Life website. Information on storage opportunities for larger items, including furniture can also be found on this flyer.

If you have any questions please feel free to email reslife@wheaton.edu.


End-of-Semester Airport Shuttles 

The Student Activities office is offering end-of-semester group airport shuttles.  Credit/Debit cards are accepted and allairport shuttle reservations can be made online.  Shuttles to either O'Hare or Midway airport are $27.  To reserve an SAO group airport shuttle, you or your student can select from the following links:

End of Semester O'Hare
End of Semester Midway

Reservation deadline: Sunday, May 4, 11:59 p.m.

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. 

All reservations are non-refundable.  For more information and a schedule of end-of-semester shuttles, visit the SAO airport shuttles website. You can also contact the Student Activities office by email or by phone (630.752.5181) if you have questions about SAO group airport shuttles or the online reservation process.


Athletics Highlights

The Thunder men’s and women’s swim teams were well-represented at the 2014 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in Indianapolis on March 19-22. The Wheaton women’s program finished in 12th place overall, with Kirsty Nitz repeating her title as the NCAA Division III Champion in the 100-yard butterfly.

Wheaton wrestlers Mark Savenok (157-pounds) and Stephen Aiello (165-pounds) each finished seventh in their respective weight classes at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships, earning them All-American recognition. The dual All-American recognition marks the first time since 2003 that Wheaton has had multiple wrestlers earn All-American awards in the same season. 

If you are a golfer and looking forward to hitting the links, be sure to sign up now for The President's Open for Wheaton Thunder Athletics on May 12, 2014, at Cantigny Golf in Wheaton. This event is almost full so be sure to register today!

Do you know a young person who would enjoy coaching and character development from members of Wheaton’s coaching staff?  Five different Thunder summer sports camps will be hosted on campus this June: basketball; volleyball, tennis, wrestling and soccer. For more information visit the Wheaton camps website.

For up-to-date news and results on Wheaton’s varsity teams, 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.

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


Wheaton Bookstore: Year-End Notes

Encourage your student with a Finals Week Care Package.  Visit wheatonbooks.com to view our care package selection.  At the same location you can give your student a Wheaton College Bookstore gift card.  With our annual Bookstore sidewalk sale coming on Monday May 5th, a gift card is a great way to help your student take advantage of the discounts.

CA$H back for textbooks!!  The Bookstore buys back textbooks from students at the end of the semester.  Students can opt for cash, or they can receive 10% more by choosing to place their refund on a gift card for Wheaton Bookstore credit. The gift card can be applied to their fall EasyBooks online purchase or to purchase any items in our store. Remind your student to check out our buyback hours during the week of finals, May 5-9.

Be sure to stop by the Bookstore over graduation weekend!  Our Commencement Weekend hours are Friday, 8:30am-6pm; Saturday, 9 am-5pm. 

Fall Textbooks 2014. Starting in late July, you or your student can jump on wheatonbooks.com to purchase or rent all their academic resources needed for Fall.  This past year we rented over 2,000 books, saving our students thousands of dollars. Rented books can be conveniently picked up and dropped off at the Bookstore.

Note:  For our customers’ safety and privacy, we do not store any credit card information in our systems – either on-line or in-store. If you have any questions for us, please contact our customer service desk at 630.752.7009.

How can you pray for Wheaton this month?  

  • Please pray for staff members in Wheaton's Admissions office as they meet with high school seniors and parents makingImage of the Week decisions about college attendance next year.  Pray that prospective students will be encouraged by the hospitality they receive and that good connections will be made.
  • Pray for members of the class of 2014.  Pray that their final weeks at Wheaton will bind them in friendship and bring a rich culmination to their learning.  Pray for favor in the plans they're making for first steps after Wheaton.
  • Join us in giving thanks for Chaplain Kellough's 25 years of service at Wheaton and pray with us for the person who will become Wheaton's new campus chaplain in the coming year.
  • Pray that the joy of Christ's resurrection will bless all of our students, faculty, and staff this Easter.

We offer parents even more ways to pray for Wheaton on our downloadable Parent Prayer Card.  Thank you for praying for Wheaton.


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