Parents & Families E-Newsletter - June 2017

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

Summer is a slow time on campus in terms of student activity, but a very busy time as our newest Deacs in the Class of 2021 (and their parents/families) have a lot of things to do to prepare for the start of school.

The website is the place for the Class of 2021 students to check due dates, deadlines, information about class registration, housing, and more. There is also a Parents and Families section that family members should read.

Wishing you and your family a great summer!

Betsy Chapman ('92, MA '94)
Director of Family Communications and Volunteer Management

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Complete a Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Form
June 1, 2017 - August 1, 2017

Health and Immunization Form due for Incoming First-Year Students
July 1, 2017

Registration opens for Family Weekend
July 18, 2017

Incoming students register for fall classes
July 24-28, 2017

Fall Tuition Due
August 1, 2017

Move-In Day for Incoming First-Year Students (Class of 2021)
August 23, 2017 - August 23, 2017

Orientation for Parents and Families of the Class of 2021
August 23, 2017 - August 24, 2017

Residence Halls Open for Returning Students (non first-year)
August 26, 2017 - August 26, 2017

For additional dates, view the Academic Calendar or Events Calendar.

Families of Incoming First-Year Students – Class of 2021

From the Office of Academic Advising:

  • Important: Required First Year Student Surveys
    Students will receive Part I of the Writing Course Survey onJune 16 and will need to complete and submit the survey byJune 23.
  • New students will also receive Part II of the Writing Course Survey, as well as feedback from the Directed Self Placement, in late June/early July, to be completed and submitted byJuly 14.
  • Finally, students will receive the Course Preference Survey on July 21, to be submitted after the completion of Round I of registration (July 24-28) and no later than July 28.
  • Students should contact OAA as soon as possible if there are any conflicts with these dates.

New Student Receptions are available in many areas of the country with concentrations of incoming students. We encourage you to register for one if there is an option in your area.

Orientation schedule: Visit to download the WFU Orientation Programs app. You will find the most up-to-date information, including schedules, maps, and much more. On a laptop/desktop computer or unsupported mobile device, visit to access the content in your web browser. (on the left menu, choose Schedule By Tracks and then Parents and Families to see activities for parents/families). A few notes:

  • Move-in for 1st year students will be on Wednesday, August 23rd (unless your student applies and is accepted into a pre-Orientation program) which would mean moving in a bit earlier (each program has a different move-in day and all of that information would be shared directly with your student if/ when participation is confirmed).
  • All pre-Orientation programs end on 8/22 or 8/23, thus your student would be back to participate in the New Deac Week (aka Orientation) experience with the rest of the class of 2021.
  • As it relates to Parent & Family participation, there are a few optional sessions just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23rd with a highly attended session that night around 7:30 p.m. which will be led by our Director of the Counseling Center, one of our doctors from Student Health as well as a plethora of professional colleagues within the Division of Campus Life.
  • On Thursday (8/24), Parents and Families have a full day of sessions both with and without their student(s) that will go through 7 p.m. Some parents may opt to spend the night and travel back home on Friday morning, but all formal programming for Parents and Families will conclude around 7 pm on Thursday, August 24th.
  • As you will notice, we will continue to refer to "Parents and Families" as we understand that some students may come with more than just a parental figure, and siblings are welcome!

WakeWare is a laptop-purchasing program that allows you to purchase a laptop that is guaranteed to work with all academic software, has educational-based pricing (for greater discounts), provides a loaner laptop in case repairs are needed, and has built-in accidental damage protection. All students receiving institutional aid from Wake Forest (need- based, merit, or athletic scholarship) have been notified through their Wake Forest email and sent instructions how to redeem the grant. If you have any questions regarding purchasing, Technology Grants, or anything else WakeWare related, please contact the WakeWare Program Manager at or (336) 758-4081. Please visit the Newstudents website for additional information on deadlines and to find resources to help you and your student prepare for the Fall 2017 semester.


From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA):

  • The last day of Summer Session I courses will be held on June 27. Final examinations will begin on June 28 and end on June 29.
  • Please note that residence hall checkout will be on June 29 by 7 p.m. If you have any questions regarding the checkout process, or conflicts with this time, please contact Residence Life and Housing at 336-758-5185.
  • Summer Session II classes will begin on July 6.

The OAA is open during our normal business hours over the summer, and staff members are available to answer questions in person, over the phone, or via email. As a reminder, the Office of Academic Advising is open Monday, Wednesday-Friday from 8:30 am until 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:30 am until 5 p.m.. You can reach us by phone at 336-758-3320, or via email at

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Olga Pierrakos to Wake Forest on July 1 as founding chair of the Department of Engineering. She recently served as Program Director of the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation (NSF). She has her finger on the pulse of trends in undergraduate engineering and STEM education at the national level based on her work at NSF. She is also a true liberal arts champion, having helped establish an engineering program at James Madison University. Learn more: Dr.-Pierrakos-bio.

Campus Life and Events

Family Weekend registration will go live on July 18th. Please visit the Family Weekend website then for more information and to register.

For families vacationing in the Northeast, there will be three Wake Forest receptions in July in Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Watch Hill. These receptions are for all current and incoming students and families, alumni, and friends, and will feature remarks by Provost Rogan Kersh ('86). If your summer travel brings you to those areas, please plan to join us and register online.

Resources and Deadlines

From the Office of Personal and Career Development: to parents and families of the Class of 2017: Congratulations on your student's recent graduation from Wake Forest! As our alumni navigate their personal and professional lives after Wake, the Alumni Personal & Career Development Center is here to provide resources and support! Check out the many options for our alumni to stay connected with us in the years ahead.

Student Financial Services: Billing for the Fall 2017 semester began on June 1st and payment is due by August 1st. Please ensure your student has established you as an authorized payer in DEAC so you will be notified via email each time a billing statement is available. Please visit the SFS website for more information.

The 2017-2018 Student Health Insurance open enrollment period will be 6/1/17 - 8/1/17. All students, new and returning, are required to make an election regarding coverage (enroll or waive), as health insurance is required for full-time enrollment at the University. During this time, elections can be made online at In order to waive, you must provide proof of coverage that meets the University criteria. Please visit for more information, or email to

On July 12, Wells Fargo will permanently close its branch bank located in the Benson University Center. Wells Fargo is referring customers to the branch bank located at 2925 Reynolda Road. Due to summer construction activities, the Wells Fargo ATM located at the entrance to Davis Residence Hall (next to Subway) will be temporarily closed from May 5 to approximately Aug. 15. Wells Fargo ATM locations close to campus can be found at 2925 Reynolda Road and 720 Coliseum Drive.

Campus Safety

Did you know you can sign up to receive crime alerts from Wake Ready when they are published? Emails would be sent daily at noon, but only if new updates have been posted in the previous 24 hours.

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A message about how we disseminate campus news to parents and families:  Any emails that are sent to students, faculty, and staff will be posted on the Family News page.  Those are not routinely emailed to all families.  If you wish to check for family news items often, you may wish to bookmark that page so it is easily available.

See a list of campus resources and our FAQ page.

Contact the Office of Family Engagement at or 336.758.4237.

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As a reminder, most administrative offices work on a Monday-Friday 8:30am-5 pm schedule. However, if you have an urgent need to reach someone at the university because you have a concern that must be addressed quickly, we have designated the University Police as our 24/7 contact. They can assess the situation and determine who best to address your concern. The 24-hour contact number for University Police is 336.758.5591 (non emergency) or 336.758.5911 (emergency). They can get in touch with on-call duty staff 24-hours/day.

The Daily Deac

It feels different
May 16, 2017

It feels very different on campus now that all the students are gone and no families are here. You can see what his happening on the Quad via the Quad Cam — as of lunchtime Tuesday, the 13,000 chairs are off the grass and neatly stacked or removed. We hope all our families had a great Commencement experience. [more ...]

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