Parents & Families E-Newsletter - August 2017

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

We're coming up on one of the happiest days of the year: Move-In day for new students! We can't wait to welcome our P'21 parents and families — and of course your students!

For our P'21 families, be sure to stop by the Office of Family Engagement table at the Campus Services and Information Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 23 between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in room 401 Benson University Center. We'd love to meet you and we have some great parents and families swag for you!

Whether your Deac is a new first-year or a senior, we wish them (and you) safe travels and a very easy Move-In experience.

Let's make it a great year! Go Deacs!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Move-In Day for Incoming First-Year Students (Class of 2021)
Aug. 23 - Aug. 23

Orientation for Parents and Families of the Class of 2021
Aug. 23 - Aug. 24

Residence Halls Open for Returning Students (non first-year)
Aug. 26 - Aug. 26

Deadline for immunization compliance
Aug. 27

Classes begin
Aug. 28

Deadline to waive health insurance or enroll for ALL STUDENTS.
Please check this so you are not double billed
Aug. 31

Deadline to add a first part-of-term course
Sept. 1

Student Involvement Fair
Sept. 5

Last day to add a full-term course
Sept. 11

Last day to drop a first part-of-term course
Sept. 13

Last day to drop a full-term course
Oct. 2

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:

  • Schedules: students completed their Round I of Registration and their Course Preference Surveys in July. The Office of Academic Advising is currently working to review and complete student schedules. Fall 2017 schedules will be viewable in WIN beginning on Aug. 21. Students will have the opportunity to adjust their schedule, as course availability allows, after they have met with their assigned academic adviser.
  • Residence halls will open to new students on Aug. 23. New Deac Week (Orientation) will begin the following day and students, parents, and families will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of campus events. More information on orientation events can be found here. Students can also visit the New Students Website, the WFU Orientation app, and Forestry 101 regarding deadlines and instructions that will help prepare for their transition to Wake Forest.
  • Orientation schedule: there is an online brochure for parent and family orientation activities. You may also access the Orientation schedule via the Guidebook app at Be sure to select the Parents and Families track.
  • If you had not already signed up for the Just for Parents and Families session on Wednesday, Aug 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel, space is still available. The presentation will focus on the transition from high school to college, common issues experienced during the college years, child/parent relationship strategies, suggestions for maintaining emotional and physical health, healthy boundaries, and when/how to access the multitude of support systems available at Wake Forest. Refreshments and informal Q&A with Campus Life staff to follow. RSVP.

From the Office of Residence Life and Housing:

We are excited to welcome you on Wednesday, Aug. 23 for Move-In. As you plan for your arrival please remember the following important points:

  • Residence Life and Housing are encouraging move-in time frames for Fall 2017. They are as follows:

    — Babcock, Bostwick, and Collins Halls are encouraged to arrive between 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

    — Angelou, Johnson, Luter, and South Halls are encouraged to arrive between 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon
  • For more information about average room dimensions, etc. please see the Housing menu at the top right of the Residence Life and Housing Page and check your building web page for information and photos. Specific dimensions of rooms and furniture are not available. Please note that room layouts and space below beds may vary. Per RL&H policy, non-electrical bed risers are allowed. However, lofts are not permitted.
  • Soon your student will be doing laundry on their own. Help them prepare by providing a crash course on doing laundry prior to their arrival on campus. Another solution would be to utilize the student entrepreneurship Wake Wash service.
  • Students and their families are invited to visit Wake Downtown and explore the surrounding community. Tours will be held on Move-In Day (Aug. 23) from 1-5 pm. Deacon Food Dollars are accepted at both Medical Grounds and Cafe Brioche Doree. Additionally, there will be "Field Guides" available; these guides offer a curated list of local restaurants and entertainment in Downtown Winston-Salem. For information on getting to Wake Downtown, download the Wake Forest Shuttle mobile app here.
  • The Office of Sustainability will be distributing recycling totes to each first-year student on Move-In Day outside of the Benson University Center from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Encourage your Deacon to pick up his/her personal recycling tote to use throughout their time in the Forest.
  • Student Financial Services: If you plan to attend Campus Services Day on Wednesday, Aug. 23, be sure to stop by the Student Financial Services table in Benson University Center. Representatives will be available to answer any questions you may have. Your student will also have an opportunity to enroll in direct deposit and electronic 1098-T.
  • Are you up to date on all parent and family deadlines? Be sure to print your Move In Day Parking Pass and Map after Aug. 18. Have you read the advice for new parents and families? Read all Orientation emails your students have received here.
  • Once the semester begins, the Office of Family Engagement will run a weekly message for first-year families. These messages will cover topics that your new students might be experiencing that week. Bookmark the site and check back after Aug. 28.

New families, please be sure to read the other sections of this e-newsletter, as there is important information for parents and families of all class years.


From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA):

  • Registration will open back up on Aug. 18 and continuing students (non-first year students) will have the opportunity to make changes to their schedules if they wish. Residence halls will open for these students on Aug. 26.
  • Continuing students who still have incompletes in courses will be required to submit all work to their instructor by Sept. 26.
  • Classes will be held on Labor Day, but the Office of Academic Advising, along with other University offices, will be closed.
  • The Office of Academic Advising 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 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. We have walk-in/phone hours Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. You can reach us by phone at 336-758-3320, or via email. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.

Wake Downtown, our downtown campus, continues to thrive. Read more about their summer activities here.

A learning opportunity for parents and families: the Master of Studies in Law is for working professionals who need to navigate the law, not practice it. Learn to navigate the law in today's heavily-regulated environment and become invaluable in your workplace. Master of Studies in Law (MSL) students can earn a Master's Degree or Graduate Certificate in a part-time, fully online asynchronous environment. Currently offering tracks designed for Health Law & Policy and Human Resources professionals, we will also introduce a Business Law and Compliance track for January 2018.

Campus Life and Events

Fall fraternity and sorority recruitment events are just around the corner! Because first-year students are not eligible, fall recruitment is much smaller and less formalized than in the spring. As a reminder, students must have completed at least 12 hours of college credit and have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Read more.

Have you registered for Family Weekend? Visit the Family Weekend website for more information and to register.

Resources and Deadlines

The Student Health Service reminds that on Aug. 21 there will be a solar eclipse which will cross the path of the United States. While it is an exciting opportunity to view this event, it is important to take protection to avoid permanent damage to the eyes which can occur from the sun's rays. NASA and eye specialists recommend those who wish to view the eclipse use protective eyewear or viewers that have been certified as effective. Using even dark shaded sunglasses does not provide protection. See information on how to view a solar eclipse safely and links to reputable vendors of solar eclipse glasses/viewers.

Wake Forest offers a car-sharing program as an alternative to bringing a car to campus. Zipcars are an affordable option that are available by the hour or by the day. During the academic year, cars are parked on campus near the first-year residence halls, between Kitchin and Poteat Halls, and by Polo Hall. They are available 24-hours-a-day; rates include gas and insurance. For more information or to join the network, visit

Vehicle registration information is available for the 2017-18 year.

Campus Safety

As students get ready for a new academic year, it's a good time to take a close look at Wake Ready, a resource for information related to potential emergencies and proper responses to them, key University contacts in emergencies, crime prevention, an archive of crime alerts, and more. The crime prevention link, for instance, provides a thorough list of practical suggestions for students and others, including avoiding walking at night, downloading the LiveSafe app, locking doors routinely and enrolling in personal safety and security programs offered by the University.

Parents and Families Page

The Parents and Families Page is your portal to news and information specifically for Wake Forest families.

Want the Daily Deac parent blog to be sent automatically to your email every day? Subscribe on the main Daily Deac page by typing your email address in the Subscribe box and following the instructions. The Daily Deac is our blog for parents and families. It’s a great way to get a snapshot of life at Wake Forest.

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.

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