December 2013


From the President

Dear Parents,

The global scope of Wheaton’s educational task—to prepare students for meaningful and wise Christian engagement in the worldwide church and society—finds a unique symbol in the Alumni Christmas Tree, which has lit up Blanchard Hall each Advent season since 1991.Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

The 18-foot Christmas tree, filled with tiny strings of lights, can be seen from College Avenue through the long thin windows of the historic limestone tower that has stood in that place since 1876.  More than 300 unique ornaments cover the tree, sent over the years by Wheaton alumni who live and work in over 60 nations, primarily engaged in missions. 

Originally the Alumni Christmas Tree was installed to remind students and campus visitors how far the Wheaton College family extends, with ornaments pointing to alumni who bring the Christmas message of hope to people of many cultures.

Twenty-two years later the tree serves as a poignant reminder of our strategic priority of Global Engagement: we train young men and women to be global Christians, whose commitment to Jesus Christ surpasses all national, cultural, denominational, linguistic, and ethnic allegiances. 

May the True Light who came at Christmas enlighten your life,

Philip G. Ryken

Parents Praying for Wheaton

If you live in Iowa, Indiana, western Tennessee, eastern Michigan, or northern Illinois, please plan to join us this winter for a Edman Chapelparent prayer gathering hosted by Parent Council members in your region.  There you'll have an opportunity to meet fellow Wheaton parents, to connect over the activities of your students, and to pray together for Wheaton. We hope to see you!  Parents who live in these regions will be receiving an invitation by email soon. 

Saturday, January 18
Memphis, TN
Friday, January 31
West Des Moines, IA
Saturday, February 1
Manchester, MI
Thursday, February 6
West Chicago, IL
Sunday, February 9
Noblesville, IN

If you are a parent who lives outside the U.S. or beyond the reach of these states, please save the dates of February 2-8 as a special week of parent prayer around the world for Wheaton College.  We will share more details about this week in the January issue of ePartnerships and also at


Fall Athletics Highlights

The Wheaton men’s soccer program won its 18th CCIW Championship this fall and also won the conference’s tournament to secure the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Coach Mike Giuliano was honored as the CCIW Coach of the Year and seven players earned All-Conference recognition.

The Thunder women’s soccer team won its 16th CCIW Championship and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Thunder finished 20-2-2, as student-athletes Leah DeMoss and Alexa Sharkey earned All-American honors and four players were All-Region honorees.

The Thunder football team posted an 8-2 record this fall and eight student-athletes earned All-CCIW recognition. The Wheaton volleyball team compiled a record of 24-12, posting the program’s best record since 2007. Junior Maddie McGinnis earned honorable mention All-American honors, Wheaton’s first All-American in volleyball since 2007.

The winter sports season are off to a strong season with the men’s and women’s basketball programs both earning national rankings, in addition to women’s swimming and wrestling.

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.


Cast Your Vote for Coach Swider!

Wheaton head football coach Mike Swider is among the five Division III finalists for the 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, honoring coaches who best exemplify responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence both on and off the field.

Thunder fans have a voice in the final outcome, with 20 percent of each finalist's ultimate standing dependent on fan votes. To help him win, you can vote daily at or You will need to have a Facebook account to vote for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. 

Cast a vote for Wheaton by voting for Coach Swider!


Student Housing During the Holidays

We want to be sure you're informed with details about student housing during the Christmas holiday and spring break. CollegeBauck housing closes for Christmas Break on Friday, December 20, at 12:00 pm (noon) and reopens on Saturday, January 11, at 3:00 pm. The regular meal plan ends with dinner on Thursday, December 19, and resumes with dinner on Saturday, January 11.

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 where they will be staying as a guest. Requests must be submitted to the Residence Life office by Monday, December 16 (Reading Day).

Students who do not submit a Christmas Break housing request by December 16 are responsible for finding their own housing over Christmas Break.  No requests will be approved after the December 16 (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.

Campus housing closes for Spring Break on Saturday, March 8, at 10:00 am and reopens on Saturday, March 15, at 3:00 pm. Similar to Christmas Break, students are not allowed to stay on campus during Spring Break unless they have prior authorization from the Residence Life office. Authorization is granted primarily for athletics, international flights, and on-campus employment. Requests for approval to remain on campus during the break can be made beginning in January.

If you have any questions, please contact the Residence Life office at


Senior Tributes for the 2013-14 Yearbook on Sale Now

Parents of graduating seniors, honor your student's accomplishments by purchasing a senior tribute in the 2013-14 yearbook!  Tributes can be comprised of letters and photos.  Deadline for senior tributes is February 15.  You can purchase:

  • 1/4 page for $75
  • 1/2 page for $125
  • Full page for $300

If interested, please send 1-4 photographs and some commemorative text to:
C.P.O. W138
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, Illinois  60187.

You may also send these items via email:

Looking to order a yearbook?  Both students and parents may pre-order a 2013-14 yearbook on the Wheaton Bookstore yearbook page.


Alumni Travel and HoneyRock Camp: Two Gift Ideas for Christmas

Are you looking for a unique gift for a family member who loves international travel, lifelong learning, and Wheaton College?  Wheaton College Alumni Relations is taking reservations now for a tour of Greece, led by Footsteps Ministries, May 30-June 13, 2014.  This 14-day excursion, open to alumni, parents, and friends of Wheaton, will highlight the journeys of the Apostle Paul.  Highlights include Berea, Philippi, Thessaloniki, Delphi, Corinth, and Athens, as well as a 4-day cruise through the islands of Ephesus, Patmos, Mykanos, Rhodes, and Crete. Visit Alumni Relations Travel to learn more about this exciting trip, to download a brochure, and to register.

For the younger family members on your Christmas list, how about the gift of summer camp at HoneyRock, Wheaton'sA men's group on a wilderness trip for Wheaton Passage. Northwoods Campus?  HoneyRock has been providing excellent adventure-based outdoor experiences for youth since 1951. Session lengths are 1 week for 3rd to 5th graders, 2 weeks for 5th to 8th graders, and various 3-7 week programs for high school students.  These programs are a great way to introduce younger siblings of current students to Wheaton.  Session dates and prices and a host of information on our industry-leading camp programs are available at


Wheaton College Graduate School's Accelerated M.A.

Do you know your Wheaton student can earn a Master's degree AND save up to $11,800 by beginning an accelerated graduate degree their senior year at Wheaton?  The Wheaton College Graduate School offers a variety of programs for students to be better prepared and more competitive inBilly Graham Center the job market. In just two more semesters beyond you student's senior year, students can earn an M.A. in one of the following programs:

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

Parents play an important role in supporting their child’s education and career, so we strongly encourage you to discuss this great opportunity with your student. Plus, it’s easy for them to get started with no GRE or MAT, no application fee, no advanced deposit, and a streamlined application. Students should contact Anna Dawson at to schedule their personalized visit with graduate faculty and staff today!


December Events in the Bookstore

BookstoreThis coming Monday, December 16 (Reading Day), the Bookstore will be offering discounted prices throughout the store.  This annual Christmas-time sale is a highlight of the student year, offering a welcome study break during finals week.

December 16-20 is also textbook buy-back week.  From 8:30-5:00 each day, students can stop by the Bookstore to sell their used textbooks.  An additional 10% on the buy-back price can be earned when students opt to have their rebate placed on a Wheaton Bookstore gift card.  The gift card can be used in-store or online for the purchase of spring semester textbooks or for any item in the Wheaton Bookstore.

Speaking of spring semester textbooks, ordering textbooks and classroom supplies has never been easier thanks to the EasyBooks service on Through EasyBooks, students may choose to rent textbooks, compare textbook prices from various vendors, and purchase textbooks from the Wheaton Bookstore. When students order from EasyBooks, their order will be processed and ready for pick-up at the Bookstore when  they return to campus.

Finally, if you're looking for a stocking-stuffer for your student, consider the usefulness of a Wheaton Bookstore gift card.  Gift cards can be used for all items in the Bookstore and Convenience Store: textbooks, classroom supplies, music, gift items, and food.  Choose the amount you want loaded onto the card, and we'll send it to you in the mail.  Best of all, you can continue to load money onto your student's gift card throughout the rest of the year. 


Student Health Services - Did you know?

  • All active students can utilize Student Health Services (SHS) regardless of what type of insurance they have.Student Health Services
  • Four of the six medical providers (MDs, NP) that work at SHS are alumni of Wheaton College. Some of them have their own practice outside of SHS, are board certified, and dedicate a block of hours each week to work in Student Health Services..
  • Physician and nurse practitioner visits are $25 and billed to your student’s account.
  • There is an International Travel Clinic where certified travel nurses complete international travel consults. SHS carries most of the vaccinations and medications needed to travel overseas.
  • SHS provides women’s health checkups, wound care, wart treatment, and more.
  • Students can borrow crutches, wheelchairs, and heating pads up to two weeks for free.
  • The flu vaccine is only $20.00.  Students can walk in anytime during business hours to receive the vaccine.
  • There is a laboratory at SHS that can complete tests such as strep, mono, or flu within 10 minutes.
  • There is a free medical shuttle available for students to get to doctor and physical therapist appointments off campus. Students may call the hotline to reserve their ride: 630-765-0016.
  • There is a free self help area for active students to get free samples of Tylenol, Ibuprofen, feminine products, bandaids and more.  
  • Students can make an appointment with a massage therapist by calling 630-752-5072.
  • SHS is open Monday-Friday 7:30 am-5:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am-12:00 pm.  There is a nurse on call 24/7 during the academic year.  Students can reach the nurse by calling Public Safety at x5911. 
  • SHS provides health promotional activities throughout the year.  On January 29, Dr. Prichard will be talking about The Benefits of Sleep.
  • In cooperation with Student 101, SHS publishes a monthly e-magazine for students and parents.  Check out the parent version of the December magazine.
  • The Student Health Services website has even more information about SHS.
  • Our website also links to more information about health insurance requirements or the product from Gallagher Koster Student Health.

SHS will be closed for the holidays beginning at noon on Wednesday, December 24.  We will reopen on Thursday, January 2, at 8:00 am.


Giving to the Wheaton Fund: A tradition since 1860

As you celebrate Christmas traditions with your loved ones this month, we hope that you will also participate in another Brownlong-standing Christmas tradition—giving to the Wheaton Fund.

Your gift to the Wheaton Fund—whether large or small—touches the life of every student. From preserving affordability to providing new programs, the Wheaton Fund is the primary funding vehicle through which Wheaton College advances its highest priorities.

Please consider joining Wheaton parents, alumni, and friends in giving to the Wheaton Fund this Christmas. 


How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Pray for students as they write final papers, study for exams, and conclude their fall activities.
  • Pray for safe travel for all students as they journey to their Christmas destinations. Pray that they will enjoy times of relaxation, laughter, and connection with loved ones. 
  • Pray for Wheaton's faculty and staff, that they too will be renewed by the joy of Christmas and a time of rest.


Wishing you a merry Christmas!

The Wheaton College Parent Relations team

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