September 2013


From the President

Dear Wheaton Parents,

This year in Chapel I will explore the lessons we can learn about wisdom for life from the writer of Ecclesiastes, taking our lead Rykenfrom Ecclesiastes 3:11: “God has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” I warmly invite you to join us at

You may also want to hear the messages that Ken Shigematsu brought last week at Fall Special Services, “God in Everything.” Ken was one of my Wheaton classmates and serves as Senior Pastor at Tenth Church in Vancouver, British Columbia.

WETN will let you get in on the rich offerings from a broad range of Christian leaders that we provide your student in Chapel, and also allow you to take advantage of a full spectrum of academic lectures, have a front-row seat at varsity athletic games, and enjoy Wheaton Conservatory musicians at their best.

Lisa and I enjoyed meeting many of you for the first time at Orientation several weeks ago, and look forward to seeing you again when you visit your student at Family Weekend, November 8 and 9.

In Christ’s service,

Philip G. Ryken


A parent's perspective on letting students go

Whether your student is beginning his or her first or final year at Wheaton, we in Parent Relations know that letting students go toSummer Socials a new academic year and to things yet unknown is an emotionally stacked experience for parents.  We were taken by this feeeling again when we read this article by Washington Post columnist and Wheaton alumnus Michael Gerson '86.  Reflecting on his experience of dropping his son off at college for his freshman year, Gerson speaks plainly of the "odd mix" of emotions that struck him in this time of beginnings and endings. 

Throughout these college years of endings and new beginnings, our Parent Council is a group of parent volunteers available to answer your questions, offer perspective, and pray for your student or family. You can browse this page on for more information about the Parent Council and to connect with its members.

P.S:  For a look at one freshman settled in for a dynamite year, take a look at Wheaton's September 6 image of the week!


Family Weekend: November 8-9

Registration is now open for Family Weekend.  More than 250 families have already registered for this Family Weekendexciting weekend of music, athletics, student theater, and outdoor fun. Check out our website to view the Family Weekend schedule of events, to register your family's attendance, to check out area hotels that offer discounts to guests of Wheaton, and to glance at other activities around town that are popular with students.  We hope to see you November 8-9!


It's Yearbook Photo time!

Parents, do you want to help your student remember his or her college years? Encourage your student to get his or her picture taken this month for Wheaton’s yearbook, the Tower.  Also, keep an eye out for an opportunity to pre-order the yearbook. Finally, if you are a parent of a senior you may wish to begin thinking about a tribute page for your student. If you have any questions, please drop us a line at



Wheaton Athletics: Family season passes now on sale

Season Athletics Passes for 2013-14 events are now available for purchase and allow for admission for the whole family.  Passes can be used at most home athletics events during the regular season. Visit the ticket and season pass 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 10 club sports please visit the club sports website.


Residence Life

As your students are settling into the new school year we want to remind you that our staff are available to support McManis-Evans Hallthem during their time on campus If your student has questions about residence life or relationships with roommates, encourage him or her to reach out to their RA, GRA or RD with their concerns.

Whether your student lives on or off campus, you may want to consider whether your current insurance plan covers his or her valuables such as clothing, computer/laptop/tablet, smart phone, bike, wallet, game console, and text books, should any of these become damaged or stolen. Though we are a Christian community and work to foster a secure environment, there are times when things go missing. It is not a common occurrence, but we would want your student to be covered if something were to happen to a valuable item. Wheaton College has connected with College Renters Insurance Plans to offer students affordable renters insurance. With a deductible of $100 and a cost as low as $12 per month, College Renters Insurance can be a wise investment for all students living away at school. Visit for more information. 

Regarding scheduling, please note that housing remains open during both fall break in October and Thanksgiving break in November.  Campus housing does close for Christmas break at noon on Friday, December 20 and reopens at 1pm on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Only students with approval due to on campus employment, athletics, international status, etc. may remain on campus between these dates. As the break approaches, students who need to stay on campus can request permission at the Residence Life website.

Student Health Services

The Flu shot will arrive around September 17th and will be available for all active students and their spouses for a Student Health Servicescost of $20.00. Students may walk into Student Health Services (SHS) during our open hours for this vaccine. Student’s accounts will be billed, and they will receive a “walk out statement” in their CPO box to submit to their insurance companies for possible reimbursement. Beginning in October, flu clinics will also be available at the Beamer Center, in the Sports and Recreation Complex, and in the Graduate School. . 

Student Health Services (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 one nurse practitioner.  The nursing staff is experienced in college health.  Students are welcome to stop in to speak with a nurse about their medical questions or to be assessed free of charge.  Our hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30am-5:00pm; Saturday, 10:00am-12:00pm.

When students visit Student Health Services, any fee-based services they receive will be billed to their student account.  The student will then be sent a statement in their mailbox that they can send to the insurance company for possible reimbursement.  SHS does not bill insurance companies directly at this time.

For more information about our services visit our website, shoot us an email, or phone us at 630-752-5072. 


Student Health Insurance

Wheaton College requires all students to show proof of health insurance. Degree-seeking students have been automatically billed for this insurance on their student account.  If your student has comparable insurance coverage as outlined on the student health insurance website, then he or she may waive out of the automatic Student Health Insurance plan.  The deadline for students to waive out of the Student Health Insurance plan or to actively enroll in it is September 13.  The waiver process is only online.  Please do not sent insurance cards by mail to Wheaton College.  Refunds to student accounts are unavailable after September 13. 

Gallagher-Koster is the broker company that manages the waiver site and also the insurance product. They are well known among the student health insurance community.  If you have student health insurance questions or any waiver concerns, you can view the new plan and waiver or contact them at 1-855-275-3700 or


Alumni Association Board Merit Scholarships

Every year, the Alumni Association Board awards merit scholarships to a select number of juniors for their senior year. Applications are available online or in the Student Development Office, SSB 218.  Completed applications must be returned by Monday, October 28, 2013.  Award winners will be announced at spring Convocation.  Applicants will be chosen on the basis of academic achievement, campus/community involvement, spiritual growth, understanding of life mission, and future plans. 


Gaining Vocational Clarity through Wheaton in Network (WiN)

Parents sometimes grow nervous when their college student complains: “I don’t know what I’m doing with my life” or “I don’t know what to major in.” While uncertainty about one’s calling and future is normal, at Wheaton, students don’t have to experience it alone. Wheaton in Network (WiN) is an online tool that gives students access to over 3,000 alumni and parents who are available to advise or mentor them throughout their college experience.

By interacting with advisors or mentors, students can learn how to connect their passions, gifts, and education with career paths and vocations. Students consistently report that they feel more confident about their future after connecting with WiN advisors—often because they hear about God’s faithfulness in their advisors’ stories.

Check out this two-minute video to learn more about how WiN works. The Wheaton family is an invaluable resource, so encourage your student to sign up today.

If you have any questions, please contact


The Wheaton Fund: Calling all parents!

We hope that you, as parents, are experiencing Wheaton’s commitment to equipping the next generation of Christian Solidarity Cabinet 2011-12leaders. Each fall about 50 of these young leaders—our student phonathon callers—call you to keep you up-to-date on things happening at the College and to hear how they can be praying for you. They also ask for your support of the Wheaton Fund.

The Wheaton Fund is the primary funding vehicle through which the highest priorities of the College are advanced. The Wheaton Fund not only helps to hold down the overall cost of a Wheaton education, but also—with a new 2013-14 goal set at $8 million—it brings new programs and strategic priorities to life.

Because our phonathon students are benefiting firsthand from your support, they can explain better than anyone else what a difference it makes. Please take time to talk with our young men and women when they call!

How can you pray for Wheaton this month?

  • Please pray for our students as they explore the array of extra-curricular activities, church fellowship, and service opportunities available to them.  Pray that they find a balance of time and commitment that works well for them.  
  • Pray for our newly named Dean of Student Engagement, Dr. Steve Ivester, and the groups of student leaders he oversees.  Pray that the leadership skills students put into practice at Wheaton will strengthen our campus community and provide valuable experience for future Christian leadership in the world.
  • Pray for the new office space dedicated to the Office of Multicultural Development (OMD).  Pray that this space will help to further globalize our student's learning and deepen their engagement in the diversity of the body of Christ. 


Wishing you a great September!

The Wheaton College Parent Relations team



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