Parents & Families E-Newsletter - September 2017

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WakeParents & Families

E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

Even as we had a happy start to the new school year, we are mindful of those Deac families who have been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Many families — both in hurricane-hit areas and elsewhere — have asked what we are doing to support our students who have family and loved ones affected by the hurricanes. Any student who needs support can seek it from the University Counseling Center, the Office of the Chaplain, Residence Life and Housing, or the Office of the Dean of Students.

Sometimes in times of trouble, the best thing that we can do is volunteer to help someone else. And there is an opportunity this month that might raise spirits, awareness, and funds simultaneously. Marking its 15th anniversary as one of Wake's longest philanthropic traditions, students, faculty, and staff will compete in "Hit the Bricks" an eight-hour relay race to raise money and awareness for cancer research. On September 28, teams of 10-15 will run laps around the Quad to support the advancement of cancer research.

Last year, 1,410 participants ran a total of 30,566 laps and raised $59,843 for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund, in memory of Wake Forest's All-American football player, Brian Piccolo.

Brian Piccolo, whose story was made famous in the movie Brian's Song, passed away at age 26 from cancer while a member of the Chicago Bears. Since 1980, Hit the Bricks (along with other student-led events) has raised over $2.5 million for the fund. Read more.

Hit the Bricks is Pro Humanitate at its best. A day to come together in community, and a day to share laughs, hugs, tears, and strength. I hope your Deacs join us.

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Deadline to appeal auto-enrollment of the Student Blue Health Insurance
September 22

Hit the Bricks
September 28

Last day to drop a full-term course
October 2

Fall Break
October 12-15

Lower division advising (for spring course selection) — and major/minor advising and registration
October 23 - November 3

Mid term grades due by noon
October 23

Family Weekend
October 27-29

Spring 2018 registration
November 6-17

Thanksgiving Break
November 22-26

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


Last week, U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Colleges guide ranked Wake Forest University 27th among 311 national universities. Wake was also ranked 12th in "Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching," 23rd on the "Best Value/Great Schools, Great Prices" list, and 39th among national universities on the "High School Counselors' Top Picks."

From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA):

  • September 26 is the deadline for students with an incomplete grade to submit completed work to their instructor.
  • October 2 is the last day to drop a full-term course. This is also the last day to change from a letter grade to pass/fail in an approved course.
  • First-year students will have required Academic Success events on 9/24 and 9/27. Students will attend only one of the two events and will hear from their Student Advisers with their assigned date, time, and location soon.
  • Don't forget! Academic Counselors are available Monday-Friday from 10 am to 4 pm for brief, walk-in appointments with students. If longer appointments are required, we are happy to schedule those at the front desk. Visit our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter for updates and other important information!

From the Center for Global Programs and Studies (GPS):

  • Learn more about Global AWAKEnings, Wake Forest University's world-class, first-year abroad experience in Copenhagen, Denmark — a city at the heart of both medieval and modern-day Europe. Applications are now being accepted. Please visit!

From the School of Business:

Campus Life and Events

In September, the Office of Wellbeing is highlighting Social Wellbeing as the Dimension of the Month and is offering a "Creating an Inclusive Community" workshop and a "Paint-Your-Mug Creativity Session" for students, faculty, and staff. Each week we will have a fun event for "Wellbeing Wednesday" as well as cooking demonstrations in our new location in Reynolds Gym.

We look forward to seeing you for Family Weekend, October 27-29! Visit the Family Weekend website for more information or to register.

Resources and Deadlines

From Residence Life and Housing: updates about how to submit work orders, mid-semester inspections, closings during Winter Break, and re-opening dates are available on the Parents and Families News site.

From Campus Recreation: give your son or daughter the gift of Personal Training sessions with one of our nationally certified Personal Trainers or purchase a 4-week Small Group Training class. Now available for purchase by calling 336.758.7158.

From the Student Insurance Program: the deadline to appeal auto-enrollment of the Student Blue Health Insurance is September 22.

Student Financial Services: Come visit with Student Financial Services at "An Afternoon with SFS" on Friday, September 22 from 3:00-4:30 on the back patio of Reynolda Hall. We will have exciting games, snacks, the Deacon, and students will have the opportunity enroll to receive their 1098-T electronically. Please encourage your students to stop by and enjoy the afternoon with the SFS office.

WakeWare computer purchasing is open all year long! Visit the WFU Bookstore, located on the Quad in Taylor Hall to look at the various models and purchase your WakeWare laptop. Apple's Summer Promotion, free set of Beats Headphones, ends September 25. Dell's Summer Promotion, a $150 rebate, ends October 15. Please contact the WakeWare Program Manager at or 336.758.4081 with any questions.

The Office of Sustainability: On September 30, Wake Forest will be making the transition from Zimride to ShareTheRideNC. ShareTheRideNC is a statewide ride-matching service sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART). Encourage your Deac to register with ShareTheRideNC and select Wake Forest University as their primary affiliation. Remember, registering does not obligate your student to carpool, but we do hope it motivates them! More information can be found on the Office of Sustainability's website.

From ARAMARK/Campus Dining: there is a special meal plan promotion going on now. When you upgrade your meal plan, you get an additional 10 Old Gold meal swipes for free! Offer ends September 19.

Campus Safety

The University Police Department has joined with an online lost and found web site to assist the campus community in recovering lost property. has a Wake Forest-specific web site available to students, faculty, staff and others to list anything they have lost or found at the University. Anyone can search found items and list lost or found items on the web site. Read more.

Parents and others can sign up to receive crime alerts on the Wake Ready web site. While crime alerts are sent in real time to students, faculty and staff, they are not for others. For those registered through Wake Ready, crime alerts are emailed daily at noon, but only if new alerts 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.

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