From the President
When Wheaton’s largest senior class of over 625 students received diplomas at Commencement earlier this month, they heard pastor and best-selling author Francis Chan urge them to continue to rely on the Lord who had brought them to this point of their lives. These bright and eager graduates of Wheaton’s Class of 2013—heading out for new jobs in the marketplace, additional schooling, and new relationships—leave behind a wonderful legacy. We will miss them, and send them out into the world with our prayer for faithfulness to Christ.
Their Commencement Weekend was made more significant for us as we welcomed Wheaton alumni graduating 30 to 75 years ago. Dr. Doug Birdsall ’75 was honored for his distinguished service in world missions. When he and his wife Jeanie Rowell Birdsall ’75 began their career as missionaries in Japan in 1980 they could not imagine that one day Doug would lead the Cape Town 2010 Lausanne Congress that brought together more than 4,000 Christian leaders from 98 nations.
The annual rhythm of Commencement/Alumni Weekend at Wheaton College encourages us as we send out our newest graduates and hear marvelous stories from returning graduates of Christ’s power made real through their lives. We are also grateful for the relationship we have with you and your student. Please pray for us at Wheaton College.
In Christ's Service,
Philip G. Ryken
Visit wheaton.edu/WETN to hear Dr. Ryken’s Baccalaureate address, “Love’s Greatest Test” and Pastor Frances Chan’s Commencement Address, “Rely.”
Praying for us at Wheaton College
As Dr. Ryken has requested, we rely on your prayers for Wheaton College. At the end of this newsletter, you'll find three ways you can pray for our students, staff, and faculty during these first two months of summer.
Commencement Weekend Memories
Congratulations to the parents of our new class of '13 alumni! Our web team has assembled a great collection of images highlighting the celebrations of Commencement weekend. Visit Wheaton.edu to view pictures of the Commencement procession, to hear favorite memories from this year's graduates, and to listen to Francis Chan's Commencement address. Our Registrar's Office has also posted a downloadable Commencement DVD order form. DVD keepsakes of both the Baccalaureate service and the Commencement service are available for purchase. We pray God's richest blessings for you and your student on this occasion.
One more way to preserve this year's memories . . .
Order a yearbook for your son or daughter! Yearbooks are available for purchase through wheatonbooks.com for just $15.00 each. Yearbooks can be shipped to your student's CPO box or to your home address.
Class of 2013 sets a new giving record!
Congratulations to the Class of 2013, who reached a record 85% class participation for their senior class gift project! Seniors gave a total of $7,186 and met several participation challenges, adding a $1,000 gift from the Alumni Association, a $2,013 gift from the Class of 1963, and a $10,000 gift from a generous donor. Seniors chose to support the Wheaton Fund with 25% of total dollars raised and directed the balance to establish a scholarship for graduates of the Building Roads to Intellectual Diversity and Great Education Program (B.R.I.D.G.E.) who hope to attend Wheaton College. Seniors named the scholarship in memory of classmate Ramie Harris, who died in a tragic plane crash in November 2011.
Wheaton College's B.R.I.D.G.E. program offers an intensive, four-week summer residential academic and leadership program to high school students from low-income households who are the first in their family to attend college. The Ramie Harris Class of 2013 B.R.I.D.G.E. Student Scholarship will help an already-identified B.R.I.D.G.E. graduate attend Wheaton College for the next four years.
Wheaton Fund Update
The Wheaton Fund directly impacts Wheaton students by helping to reduce the overall cost of every student's education by about one-third. Each year, in early February, Wheaton's student body celebrates Tuition Freedom Day—a day when students symbolically mark the time of the school year when gifts from alumni, parents, and friends begin to cover the cost of their education.
To hear Alex Dooley '15 interviewing Wheaton students about what the Wheaton Fund means to them, please click here.
The Wheaton Fund 2012/2013 fiscal year-end goal is $4.7 million. As of today, May 23, we are 91% of the way toward our goal with $433,829 left to raise by June 30th. Thank you to all of the alumni, parents, and friends of Wheaton who faithfully, generously, and thoughtfully support the College through prayer and financial gifts. Every person makes a difference! Please click here to make a gift.
Where in the world is Wheaton this summer?
The Wheaton College Men's Glee Club is just completing its tour to Paris, France. Concerts, ministry, and service – all in the name of Christ and in the hope of sharing the hope of salvation and encouragement of others. As a part of their tour, the men of the ensemble performed in La Sainte Trinitie, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Hard Rock Café of Paris (an impromptu performance!), and elsewhere. Throughout the tour, the men offered enthused music-making as well as a powerful testimony to the love of Christ. Click here to see a great video of the choir's performance on Pentecost Sunday at the American Church in Paris.
Three Wheaton Athletics programs embarked on international sports ministry trips soon after classes ended earlier this month. The women’s basketball program went to the Dominican Republic, women’s soccer traveled to Brazil and Paraguay, while men’s basketball has visited India. Visit this link for more details and travelogue posts from these exciting trips.
Student Health Services: preparing for summer
Many students are traveling internationally throughout the summer and fall. Student Health Services (SHS) has an International Travel Clinic that provides up-to-date international travel information as well as prescriptions and country-specific vaccinations. Students can call SHS (630-752-5072) to schedule an appointment. For more information regarding our International Travel Clinic, visit this link on our website.
If you are the parent of a new student beginning classes this summer, please visit our website for more information regarding entrance requirements. New students taking classes during the summer sessions must waive out of the student health insurance (SHI) by June 28th. If students do not waive out of the program by this date they will be charged the SHI premium. Students must prove comparable coverage if they are waiving out of the SHI. Comparable coverage guidelines can be found on our Student Health Insurance website. The waiver for opting out of student health insurance is only available online at this link.
If you are the parent of a new student beginning in the fall, these requirements will be posted mid-June.
SHS summer hours are 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday. There will not be a MD in house during this time. Registered nurse hours throughout the summer are Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-3:00pm.
HoneyRock Camp: programs for summer
Does your elementary or high school-age student want a taste of the learning experience they see their older brother or sister enjoying at Wheaton? HoneyRock Camp, the Northwoods Campus and Camp of Wheaton College, has summer camp programs for youth 3rd-12th grade. Space is filling up fast, but a few spots remain open -- especially in our 6-day INTRO CAMP for 3rd-5th graders (June 24-29) and in our 17-day ADVANCE CAMP for newly graduated 8th graders going in to 9th grade (June 24-July 12 or July 22-Aug. 9).
HoneyRock programs are led by Wheaton staff and students. Counselors complete 5 weeks of academically-based training before working with the campers. HoneyRock Camp is an exceptional camp with 63 years of history as part of Wheaton College, and transportation to the camp is provided from Wheaton. To learn more about HoneyRock Camp and to register your student, visit www.wheaton.edu/honeyrock.
Athletics: spring season tournaments
The Wheaton Women’s Tennis Team participated in the 2013 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championships earlier this month. Wheaton defeated Principia College 5-4 in the first round before bowing out of the tournament in a loss to Washington University-St. Louis in the second round.
Three members of the Wheaton Men’s Track and Field Team earned a spot at the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships and two student-athletes from the Thunder Women’s Track Team are participating at Nationals on May 23-25 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
Wheaton College junior Ryan Kreis earned an individual selection to the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships that began May 23 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kreis is the first individual player from Wheaton to earn a spot since 2007.
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.
Residence Life: thinking ahead to August?
We know many parents like to get a head-start on travel arrangements for their student's return in August. Here is information you'll need to know about the dates your student is eligible to return to campus housing.
Campus housing opens to new students only on Friday, August 23, between 9am-4pm. Continuing students are invited to return to campus on Sunday, August 25, beginning at 2pm, through Tuesday, August 27. Only continuing students who are sponsored by a faculty or staff member as a required participant in activities which necessitate being on campus prior to Sunday, August 25, will be considered for complimentary early arrival housing. Examples of this are fall athletes, student teachers, on-campus employees, and members of student leadership teams. All other early arrival requests will be subject to denial or a nightly charge. Approval will not be granted for students transitioning from off-campus leases, students with off-campus employment, and those traveling by car within two states away.
Approval will be considered, with a nightly charge, for students meeting these criteria:
- Students arriving early to begin a for-credit internship
- Upperclassmen siblings of new students (fee waived)
- Siblings of sponsored students who are traveling together (fee waived)
- International travel and travel by car beyond two states away.
Students must submit requests through the online application found at the Residence Life website and questions may be directed to email@example.com.
Wheaton Bookstore: a great source for computer discounts
Will your student be in the market for a new computer this summer? Wheaton College Campus Stores is able to provide educational pricing on computer purchases from Apple and HP.
Apple education pricing is a great way for Wheaton students (or parents buying for a Wheaton student) to purchase Mac computers, Apple software, and select accessories at special prices. Students who have been newly accepted to Wheaton are also eligible! Please note that you will be placing your order directly with each company and not with Wheaton College bookstore. Visit wheatonbooks.com for more information and direct links.
HP has also teamed up with Wheaton College to offer you the opportunity to purchase award-winning HP products at discounted prices. HP offers you two ways to select and purchase your HP and Compaq consumer products:
- Online at the HP Academy Store
- Your school PIN Code is AP2228. You will need this code to enter the site.
- Go to hpdirect.com/academy/wheatonbooks.
- Sign in with your name, e-mail address, a password of your choice, and enter your school PIN Code: AP2228.
2. By phone
- Call 1-866-433-2018 to order by phone (8:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. EST; 7 days a/week).
- Identify yourself as a student/parent/educator at Wheaton College and provide your school PIN Code: AP2228.
How can you pray for Wheaton during these early summer months?
- Please pray for our new alumni in the undergraduate and graduate schools. Pray that God will confirm his goodness in their lives during their years at Wheaton and that they will continue to trust His goodness while they discern the next steps of community and career.
Pray for the safe return of our Men's Glee Club, touring in France, and our Wheaton Athletics Summer Ministry teams in the Dominican Republic, India, Paraguay, and Brazil. Please pray also for our students who are studying internationally this summer with Wheaton's Global and Experiential Learning program (GEL)
; who are attending the Summer Leadership School (SLS)
at Wheaton's Northwoods Campus, HoneyRock; or who are serving in urban or international settings with Global Urban Perspectives (GUP)
, Student Ministry Partners (SMP)
, or Youth Hostel Ministry (YHM)
Pray for our faculty and administrators who are enjoying time in and out of the office this summer, many of them completing books and articles or accompanying our students in international service or research. Pray for God’s grace on President Ryken as he carries many responsibilities for the life and direction of the College; pray for times of rest with his family this summer; pray for discernment in his leadership role as he makes important decisions; pray that the Lord will continually be his strength, blessing him in every way.
Wishing you a fantastic summer!
The Wheaton College Parent Relations team