November 2013


From the President

Dear Parents,

Wheaton College has come a long way since the days when I was a student and there were fewer than one hundred minorityPhilip Graham Ryken students on campus. Today nearly a quarter of our freshmen are students of color. They belong to a community that more accurately reflects the ethnic makeup of the United States, and is better prepared for membership in the culturally diverse worldwide body of Christ.

We still have a long way to go to make Wheaton feel like home for students of every ethnicity. Racial reconciliation is an ongoing work of the Holy Spirit that requires patience, sacrifice, and persistence.

Recently the Trustees made a small but significant change to Wheaton’s Community Covenant, in which we now make a commitment to “pursue unity and embrace ethnic diversity as part of God’s design for humanity, and practice racial reconciliation as one of his redemptive purposes in Christ" (Isa. 56:6-7; John 17:20-23; Acts 17:26; Eph. 2:11-18; Rev. 7:9-10).

The real test is not what we sign on a piece of paper or post on our website, but whether we love one another across the barriers that divide us, and do everything in our power to educate leaders who have a vision as wide as the whole family of God. As we hold ourselves to this standard, we ask you to uphold us with your prayers and support us in any practical way that you can.

In Christ’s service,

Philip G. Ryken

Wheaton College Graduate School: Accelerated M.A. Program

The Wheaton College Graduate School offers a variety of programs for students to be better prepared and more competitive inEmerging Adult Lab the job market. Did 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? And in only 2 more semesters, 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!


Final Fall Semester WiN Training: December 5

Encourage your student to take steps to prepare for life after Wheaton by registering for the Wheaton in Network. The Wheaton in Network (WiN) facilitates meaningful interactions within the Wheaton family by providing networking opportunities and by cultivating connections through the sharing of professional and life experience.  This semester's final WiN training session for students is Thursday, December 5.  At, students can sign up for the one hour training session, which will be held in SCI 133 from 3:30-4:30pm. This session provides access to WiN and the essential tools for using the program to meet and network with the Wheaton College community across the globe.

WiN includes alumni, parents, and friends of the College who have signed up to serve as an advisor or mentor to students, and are prepared to answer questions about calling, career, and preparation for life after college. Many students have used WiN to connect with an advisor or mentor over Christmas break as they consider plans for spring semester and summer break. Don’t let your student miss this incredible opportunity!

Questions? Email


The Wheaton Record: Your source of Wheaton’s most recent news and culture

Since 1876, The Wheaton Record has been the official student newspaper at Wheaton College. The Record consists of five sections: News, Features, InterSection (music, movie and art review), Voices (editorial), and Sports, and is published and distributed every Friday except for college breaks and exam weeks.

For off-campus readers who would like to keep in touch with what’s happening at Wheaton, The Record offers one-year subscriptions for $40 and two-year subscriptions for $70. Partial year subscriptions are available for $20 beginning with the first issue of 2014, and lasting through the spring semester.

Subscription requests and payment can be sent to the following address:
The Wheaton Record
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187

Any further questions or requests can be sent to


SAO Group Airport Shuttles for Thanksgiving and Christmas Breaks   

The Student Activities Office is again offering an online reservation system for group airport shuttles. Credit/Debit cards are accepted and all reservations are taken online. Shuttles to either O'Hare or Midway Airport are $27 each way. For more information, shuttle FAQs, and a schedule of Fall Break shuttles, visit the group airport shuttle page on the SAO website.


To reserve an SAO Group Airport Shuttle, select from the following:

• Thanksgiving Break shuttle schedule (11/22 reservation deadline)
• Christmas Break shuttle schedule (12/13 reservation deadline)

Family Members interested in reserving airport shuttles for students need to have the following information when making the reservation: student’s Wheaton email address, correct flight information to determine appropriate shuttle time, and credit card information.

Be sure of flight information as all shuttles are non-refundable. Contact the Student Activities Office (630.752.5181) if you have questions about group airport shuttles or the online reservation process. 




Residence Life: Student Housing during the holidays

We want to be sure you're informed with details about student housing during the upcoming holidays. College housing remains open during the WillistonThanksgiving holiday weekend. College 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


Student Health Service: Meet our staff

New this year to the medical provider staff at Student Health Services (SHS) is dermatologist, Dr. Edward Keuer.  Dr. Keuer, who is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners in both Dermatology and Pediatrics, has been involved in patient care and in medical education at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine since 1979.  He has traveled numerous times in the mountain villages of Veracruz, Mexico, to provide medical care.  In recent months, Dr. Keuer retired from the medical school to enable service in other areas, though he still maintains his private practice.  Dr. Keuer and his wife Christine have five grown children and live in Naperville.  

For information on all our SHS staff, visit the staff page on our website.  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. Students can stop in Monday-Friday, 7:30 am-5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am-12:00 pm to speak with a nurse about their medical questions or to be assessed free of charge.

SHS has a few remaining influenza vaccines available to all active students and their spouses for $20.  Students may walk into SHS during our open hours for this vaccine.  Students who receive the vaccine will have the $20 charge billed to their account.  They will then receive a “walk out statement” in their CPO box to submit to their insurance companies for possible reimbursement. 

For more information about all our services go to our website, email us at, or phone us at 630-752-5072.


Wheaton Bookstore

Preview our selection of Chocolate Lovers, Get Well, Study Helper and Thinking of You care packages. Purchase by November 27th, and you'll receive an introductory price of 10% off.  These goodies and an optional note from you will be cheerfully assembled and can be prepared for in-store pick-up or delivered straight to your student’s CPO box. We require a minimum of 48 hours notice for delivery. Be sure to check out our new chocolate pizza pies!

If a care package isn't your student's style, then consider sending the gift that fits every student: a Wheaton Bookstore gift card.  Delivered right to your student's CPO box,  a Bookstore gift card can be used for all the items that we carry at the Bookstore and the Convenience Store: textbooks, gift items, music, general books, classroom supplies, dorm goods, and food.  For a special surprise, you can also add a Wheaton Bookstore gift card to any of the care packages mentioned above.

Looking for more gift ideas as your student nears the end of the semester?  Visit to view and purchase Wheaton apparel, insignia, games, and more.  Purchase by December 15th to ensure delivery by December 25th.


The Wheaton Fund: You deserve an A+

We want to say a resounding “thank you!” to each one of you who picked up the phone and spoke with a Wheaton PhonathonStudent student.  Our students reported delightful and encouraging conversations.

You also need to know how grateful we are to those of you who gave a gift or made a pledge to the Wheaton Fund over the past several weeks. Since the beginning of the fiscal year, Wheaton parents have given more than $129,000 to the Wheaton Fund, and 16 families have joined the Wheaton Associates program.

As a reminder, Wheaton Associates commit to give $1,000 or more each year to the Wheaton Fund, to pray for the College, to promote Wheaton in their circle of influence, and to encourage others to support Wheaton in similar ways. To learn more about the program from a Wheaton Associates team member, please email

Thank you for entrusting your sons and daughters to Wheaton, and for standing with us as we seek to serve Jesus Christ and advance His Kingdom. 

How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • As highlighted in Dr. Ryken's reflections for this month, please pray for Wheaton as we commit to “pursue unity andImage of the Week embrace ethnic diversity as part of God’s design for humanity, and practice racial reconciliation as one of his redemptive purposes in Christ."
  • Pray for Wheaton's 592 graduate students enrolled in the two doctoral and twelve master's programs that comprise the Wheaton Graduate School.  
  • Pray for the Wheaton in Network program (WiN) as it assists students in building meaningful professional connections with Wheaton graduates.  Pray for all students as they explore opportunities for internships and employment during and after their time at Wheaton.
  • Pray for students traveling for Thanksgiving, that time spent with family, friends, or in service will encourage them and those they meet.


Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving season!

The Wheaton College Parent Relations team



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