January 2014


From the President

Dear Parents,

Over the holidays we received the same mailing from the College that you received (whether you noticed it, or not): a postcard Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, ILreminding us to fill out a FAFSA form for our Wheaton College junior.

We also received a second postcard, reminding us to fill out a FAFSA form for our high school senior.  As a Wheaton applicant -- and Illinois resident -- her form is due in February (!).   This reminded me of something else I need to do soon, namely, file my income taxes.

Frankly, completing these tasks will be something of a hassle.  But I don’t need to tell you that.  You face the same practical challenges in looking after your family. 

All of this leads me to say “thank you.”  Thank you for all the things you do – both large and small – to support your son or daughter at Wheaton.  By God’s grace, it will make a lifelong difference for them, with eternal dividends.

In Christ’s service,

Philip G. Ryken


Financial Aid Applications are now available for 2014-15

As President Ryken noted above, students returning for the 2014-15 school year can now complete their financial aid applications.  The priority deadline to receive the FAFSA, Wheaton Financial Aid application, and all other requested documents is April 15, 2014.  However, students from Illinois, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont may have earlier deadlines to qualify for state grants.  We specifically encourage students from Illinois to file the FAFSA by February 1 or earlier.  For more information about state-specific deadlines, visit the FAFSA website. For all other financial aid questions, check out the parent pages on the Financial Aid website.


Parents Praying for Wheaton

If you live in Iowa, Indiana, western Tennessee, eastern Michigan, or northern Illinois, please join us this winter for a parent 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!  If you live near one of these regions but didn't receive an invitation, email us at Parent.Relations@wheaton.edu and we'll be glad to send you the details.

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 join us February 2-8 for a week of parent prayer for Wheaton College. We've uploaded this parent prayer card listing specific ways to pray for Wheaton and its students. Thank you for your prayers.

Senior Tributes for the 2013-14 Yearbook on Sale

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: Tower@my.wheaton.edu

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


Introducing Merit Profiles

Wheaton’s Office of Media Relations is now using Merit, a platform that allows us to publicize student accomplishments and activities. These include academic achievements, like making the Dean’s list or studying abroad, as well as co-curricular achievements, like participating in a student club, playing a varsity or intramural sport, or participating in a campus musical ensemble.

Using Merit, we can send news releases about a student to his or her hometown news outlet. These releases are collected on Wheaton’s Merit page, and students can also share the releases with family, friends, and contacts using Facebook and Twitter. (If you are also on social media, you can “follow” your student, and share their great news as well!)

Additionally, the Merit platform creates a profile page for each Wheaton student. This positive public profile showcases a student’s achievements from enrollment through graduation, and all the great accomplishments in between. It’s an online, co-curricular transcript profile that helps students develop a professional online identity they can use when seeking future opportunities.

We will now be sending out Dean’s list and graduation announcements for all students with profiles. Please encourage your student to use this resource, and look for great news about his or her achievements and activities!  For more information, please contact the Office of Media Relations at media.relations@wheaton.edu.


Your Input Invited

Wheaton College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional Blanchard Hallaccrediting agency. The College will host a visit April 7-9, 2014, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Wheaton College has been accredited by the Commission since 1916. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the College to the following address:

Public Comment on Wheaton College
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s Website at www.ncahlc.org.  Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by March 7, 2014

HoneyRock Camp

HoneyRock Camp, Wheaton's campus in Wisconsin's Northwoods, is now accepting registrations for its summer camping season.   HoneyRock has been providing excellent adventure-based outdoor experiences for youth since 1951. A men's group on a wilderness trip for Wheaton Passage. 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.edu/HoneyRock.


Wheaton College Graduate School Visits

The Wheaton College Graduate School has three upcoming events for your student to learn more about the graduate programs at Wheaton:

  • January 31 – Psychology Department VisitBilly Graham Center
  • February 5 – HoneyRock Luncheon for the Outdoor Adventure Leadership concentration in Christian Formation Ministry
  • February 11 – Biblical and Theological Studies Department Visit

We encourage you to discuss these great events with your student.  They will have the opportunity to meet with graduate faculty members, current students, and admissions staff.  For more information on these events, your student can create a profile on the Graduate Admissions website to submit their RSVP.

Your student can also contact Anna Dawson at graduate.admissions@wheaton.edu to schedule a personalized visit to sit in on a graduate class, have lunch with a faculty member, and learn about financing their education. 

Student Health Services

Welcome to the parents of all new and transfer students!  We're honored by the privilege of keeping your student healthy.  As a reminder, health insurance requirements for new and transfer students must be completed by Thursday, January 30.  For more information about health insurance requirements or the insurance product from Gallagher Koster Student Health, visit the student health insurance pages on our website.

Here are some of the ways we take care of the health of our student body with convenient, professional services:

  • All active students can utilize Student Health Services (SHS) regardless of what type of insurance they have.
  • 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 come to work with students 1-2 times a week.
  • Physician and nurse practitioner visits are $25, with convenient billing 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 for free for up to two weeks.
  • Students can receive the flu vaccine on a walk-in basis for only $20.00. For more information about the flu virus, check out our health and wellness page.
  • 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 can simply 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 certified massage therapist who works right here in SHS.
  • SHS is open Monday-Friday 7:30am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-12pm.  There is a nurse on call 24/7 during the academic year.  Students can reach the nurse anytime by calling Public Safety at 5911. 
  • SHS provides health promotional activities throughout the year.  On January 29, Dr. Prichard will be offering a seminar on The Benefits of Sleep.
  • Each month, in cooperation with Student 101, SHS publishes an e-magazine for students and parents.  To view the parent version of the January magazine follow this link.
  • Our website is full of additional information about our services for student health at Wheaton.

In observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday, SHS will be closed Monday, January 20, 2014.  


New Year, New Wheaton Fund

Thanks to so many of you who gave a gift to the Wheaton Fund at the end of the calendar year! Biology at Wheaton College

The Wheaton Fund continues to support vital facets of a Wheaton education, providing financial aid and subsidizing the cost of every student’s education by $12,500 per year. This school year, for the first time, the Wheaton Fund also helps support Wheaton’s Strategic Priorities by:

  • Globalizing a Wheaton education
  • Deepening ethnic diversity
  • Promoting liberal arts excellence
  • Enhancing music and the performing arts

To read more about Wheaton’s Strategic Priorities, click here. To make a 2014 gift to the Wheaton Fund (and try out our new and improved giving site!) please click here.

Happy New Year!


How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Pray for the eighteen new and transfer students who joined the Wheaton student body this semester.  Pray that Image of the Weektheir residence hall and its community will quickly feel like home and that their transition into coursework and extra-curricular activities will be exciting.
  • Pray for all of our students as they begin new classes and new activities.  Pray that the whole person of each student will continue to be enriched to build the Church and benefit society worldwide.
  • Pray for health and safety of every student, faculty member, and staff person through this winter season.


Wishing you a warm and joyful January!

The Wheaton College Parent Relations teamWestgate

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