March 2014


From the President

Dear Parents,

During Spring Break this week nearly 160 students and their faculty and staff mentors are on domestic and international trips toPhilip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL serve others, receiving valuable lessons in global and kingdom citizenship.  Yesterday, I made a surprise visit to join the eight students serving with MileHigh Ministries in the inner city of Denver, working with the homeless, at drug addiction centers, and in a transitional housing facility.

Nine “BreakAway” trips this week are offering our students important insights into the needs of others, giving them opportunities to bring Christ’s love, and fueling their desire to use their College years to prepare for service in Jesus’ name.  I am grateful to the Student Development staff, along with faculty and staff mentors, who organize these yearly trips and travel with the students. 

Our athletes are busy, too, with trips for ministry or competition in the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Ethiopia, Arizona, and Orlando.  Tonight the men’s basketball team will play Dickinson College in the Sweet Sixteen of the National Tournament.  Several wrestlers will compete at the NCAA Division III Championship competition in Iowa this weekend, and our Thunder swimmers are preparing for the NCAA Division III Championship March 19-22 in Indianapolis

We pray that the energy of our students will be matched by their deepening spiritual maturity.  Please pray for your student and for us as we return Monday to finish the school year.

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Eph. 5:15-17 ESV

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 weekend seating, 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

Send Love to a Student with Bookstore Care Package

Care packages, chocolate pizzas, gift cards and more arecare package available at We can send your gift, along with a personal note from you, directly to your student's CPO box.

The Copy Center, located in the Bookstore, is also happy to offer personalized graduation announcements for students. Located in the Bookstore, the Copy Center offers custom-made, personalized announcements at great prices.  Samples of our announcements can be viewed on our website.

Also on our website you'll find diploma frames, Josten’s personalized announcements, Wheaton memorabilia, and other gift ideas for your student.  Our sincere congratulations to our graduating seniors and their parents!

Wheaton Grad School to Host Workshop

The Wheaton College Graduate School is hosting a workshop for undergraduate students who are stronglyIntercultural Studies Class considering graduate school and want to learn more about furthering their education and career.  The workshop will be held on Monday, April 7, at 7:00pm in the Phelps Room, Beamer Center.

Students will learn how they can find the graduate program that is right for them.  This will include tips for campus visits, online searching for graduate schools, and the important factors students should consider when looking at programs.  Students will also receive expert advice on ways to improve their graduate applications through GRE scores, essays, recommendation letters, and transcripts.  Financial Aid and Admissions Counselors will be available to answer questions.

We encourage you to discuss this great opportunity to learn more about graduate school with your student.  For questions, students can contact Anna Dawson at, or call 630-752-5516.

Health-Promoting Activities offered through SHS

A large part of the work of Student Health Services (SHS) is providing health-promoting activities throughout the year. Thisstudent health 2 month, on March 28, SHS is offering a seminar for engaged couples called "The Honeymoon and Beyond."  Also each month, in cooperation with Student 101, SHS publishes a health-promoting e-magazine for students. Parents can read the March issue at this link

We're always interested in spreading the word that 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 five board-certified physicians who are alumni of Wheaton College and two nurse practicioners.  Students are welcome to stop in to speak with a nurse about their medical questions or be assessed free of charge.  Our services include: physician appointments (cost: $25); in-house or outsourced laboratory services for things such as rapid strep or mono; completion of small office procedures (for example, wart removal); massage therapy; vaccinations; a pharmacy; observation rooms; a free medical shuttle; an International Travel Clinic; and more.

For more information about our services, visit our website. You can also reach us by email at or by phone at 630-752-5072. All services that have fees are billed to the student’s account.  SHS does not bill insurance companies directly.  Instead, students are sent a statement in their mailbox that they can send to the insurance company for possible reimbursement.  

Student Summer Housing Information

Student Housing closes
for all non-graduating students on Friday, May 9, at 5:00pm and for graduating studentstudent movings on Monday, May 12, at 12:00pm.  Non-graduating students who have official roles in Commencement, are transitioning into summer campus housing, or have another need for late departure can submit an extension request.

Current Wheaton College students may live on campus in summer housing if they are enrolled in summer school classes or if they are employed/doing an internship in the Wheaton area.  The cost for summer housing is $152.00 per week ($21.71/night). Students may also purchase a Monday-Friday meal plan for $85.25/week. Students must check out of summer housing no later than Friday, July 25. Registration for summer housing begins after spring break and ends on Thursday, April 17. Applications will be available in the Residence Life office and at this link.

Athletics Highlights

The Thunder men’s basketball team recently won the 2014 CCIW Men’s Basketball Tournament and earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Thunder picked up wins in the tournament’s first and second round and will face Dickinson College on March 14 in a Sectional Semifinal in Bloomington, IL. Thunder senior Tyler Peters was recently named the CCIW’s Outstanding Player, leading three All-CCIW bids for Wheaton players.

The Thunder men’s and women’s swim teams each repeated as CCIW Champions this year. Wheaton will be well-represented at the 2014 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in Indianapolis, IN. on March 19-22. The men’s team has qualifiers in five individual events and five relays and the Thunder women’s program has qualifiers in 11 individual events and five relays.  

Three Wheaton wrestlers won CCIW Championships in their respective weight classes last month as Mark Savenok (157-pounds), Stephen Aiello (165-pounds) and Matt McCrary (174-pounds) each won conference titles. Both Savenok and Aiello have qualified for the upcoming NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships on March 14-15 in Cedar Rapids, IA.

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.

Do you know a youngster who would enjoy coaching and character development from members of Wheaton’s coaching staff. There will be Thunder summer camps in five sports beginning this June: basketball; volleyball, tennis, wrestling and soccer. For more information visit our 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 ten club sports please visit the club sports website.

Multiply your Wheaton Gift with Matching Gifts

Corporate matching gifts are a great way for Wheaton parents to maximize personal contributions to the Wheaton Fund.  By Escobar and Ruiztaking advantage of a company's matching gift benefit, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of your contribution to the College.

Your gifts to the Wheaton Fund make an immediate impact in the lives of students.  Corporate matching gifts are an important source of support for Wheaton College, and we appreciate the extra effort our alumni and parents make to secure such gifts. Visit our website for additional information and to find out if your company will match your gift to Wheaton College. 


Financial Aid Deadline for Academic Year 2014-15

Students returning to Wheaton for the 2014-15 academic year should reapply for their financial aid by submitting their FAFSA and Wheaton institutional aid application by April 15. Wheaton's Financial Aid website can help you with some good tips and information in this process.

How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Thank you for praying for the safe return of all students flying or driving back to campus from spring break.
  • Please pray for our spring student athletes competing in women's softball and men's baseball, women's and men's tennis, women's and men's golf, and women's and men's track & field. Keep their health and safety in your prayers, along with opportunities they'll have to witness Christ in their sportmanship.
  • Please pray for all students who are forming summer plans and for seniors who are preparing next steps after Wheaton.

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

Wishing you the joy of spring!

The Wheaton College Parent Relations teamWestgate

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