Parents & Families E-Newsletter
October 2017

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

Family Weekend is almost here, and we can't wait to see all our Deac families! The Office of the Dean of Students has planned a wonderful series of events for you. Here is some final information from them:

  • Football game time has been announced for 12:20 p.m. Game day shuttles from campus will begin at 10 a.m. and Family Weekend tailgate at David F. Couch Baseball Park will begin at 10:15 a.m.
  • Online registration and ticket sales will close at midnight on Friday, Oct. 20. After this time, families with ticketing needs should plan to check in at the Registration Help table in the Benson University Center.
  • Information about parking, dining and local attractions
  • Game day information, including maps, parking and shuttle information
  • Registered families should plan to check in on Friday, October 27 at the Benson University Center, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Students are invited to pick up items for the family, just bring a copy of the order confirmation email.
  • Because of the early game time, football tickets not picked up on Friday will be held at the Athletic Ticket Office (located in Bridger Field House) beginning Saturday morning, and Family Weekend Tailgate wristbands not picked up on Friday will be held at the gate at David F. Couch Baseball Park. Please note that Orange Lot parking passes purchased through the Family Weekend website will still be held at the Benson Center and will not be sent to the stadium.
  • Many departments will host Open Houses between the hours of 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday. A complete list of departments and locations will be available at the Benson Center, as well as on the Family Weekend website.
  • Don't miss our Faculty Lectures in Pugh Auditorium at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday!
  • Accessibility information is found here. We expect to have information posted for all Family Weekend venues by Tuesday, October 24.
  • Questions? Check our FAQs or email

See you real soon!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

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 tuition and fees will be displayed on the November 1st bill online in DEAC
November 1

Spring 2018 registration
November 6-17

Thanksgiving Break
November 22-26

Spring 2018 Tuition Due
December 1

Classes end
December 8

Final Exams — students should check their schedule to see when their last exam will be
December 11-16

Residence halls close at 9 am
December 17

Please check here for more parent and family dates

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


From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA):

  • Second-part-of-term classes begin on October 18! Remember, the deadline to add a second-part-of-term course is October 24 by noon. The deadline to drop a second-part-of-term course is November 3
  • The advising period for Spring 2018 registration is October 23- November 3. During this period, students will have a required meeting with their Faculty Advisers, at which point they will receive their personal PIN numbers for registration. If students do not meet with their advisers, they will not get their PIN numbers and will not be able to register for Spring 2018 classes.
  • Spring 2018 Registration will be November 6-17. Students will have assigned dates and times at which they can log onto WIN and register using their PIN numbers.
  • The Office of Academic Advising will offer registration assistance for students on November 9 in Babcock Residence Hall and November 16 in Angelou Residence Hall from 4:30-9 p.m.

From the School of Business:

  • Masters in Management students gain real-world experience: A two-day case competition allowed Masters in Management students the chance to explore business problems and present solutions to the board. Sponsored by FactSet, the 2017 Fall Case Competition sought presentations from all the student teams in the program before judges named four finalists, and then ultimately, one winning team. Designed for non-business majors, the 10-month program enhances undergraduate studies with an application of graduate business skills.
  • Wake Forest School of Business undergraduate accounting ranks #15 nationally: U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Colleges guide ranked the Wake Forest University School of Business undergraduate accounting program #15 in the nation, and in the top 5 percent of all U.S. accredited accounting programs.

Campus Life & Events

The Office of Wellbeing is focusing attention on Financial Wellbeing, the Dimension of the Month for October. We have already had two events to increase financial literacy within the Wake Forest community including the "Price is Right" event and "Budgeting Basics" workshop. We will continue to have our fun and engaging "Wellbeing Wednesday" activities each week and are excited to be offering two new services this year: Massage Therapy and Wellbeing Coaching. Please encourage your students to take advantage of these activities and services!

For those with students interested in Fraternity and Sorority Life, it's time to start talking about the process. Here are some important dates to keep in mind as you have these conversations: Panhellenic (sorority) recruitment registration will close on November 3. The link is available here, along with other pertinent information about the process. Please note that all participants are required to move in on Wednesday, January 11 by 5:30 p.m.. Fraternity recruitment will take place after classes begin in January; there will be a meet-and-greet event in early November and registration will open in late November (look for flyers). For students interested in National Pan-Hellenic Council recruitment, they should speak with Ms. Betsy Adams, Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life. Details.

Wake Forest University Employer Relations would like parents and families to be aware of the following events:

  • The Graduate & Professional School Day (November 9). This event is open to students of all class years who are considering graduate school. Admissions representatives from over sixty schools are registered to attend.
  • January Career Treks — Wake Forest will be taking students to San Francisco and New York in early January to learn more about careers in technology, data analytics, public relations, and advertising. Students should apply in Handshake by October 29 if interested.
  • Spring Career Fair (January 24). This event will provide students of all class years and majors an opportunity to speak with employers who are seeking Wake Forest University talent for their job and internship roles.

Resources & Deadlines

The Student Health Service will be offering flu vaccines on a walk in basis from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning October 4. The cost of the vaccine is $30 which will applied to the student's account. We will also be holding clinics in Study Room 225 in the ZSR library from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on the following dates: Oct. 24 and 25.

From Residence Life and Housing: It's truly turning Fall in Winston-Salem, and with that it means we are quickly looking towards the end of the Fall Semester, Winter Break, and the beginning of the Spring Semester. Please review these important reminders and dates from Residence Life and Housing.

Senior Portraits and the Howler Yearbook: The Howler, Wake Forest's official yearbook, in conjunction with Lifetouch Photography, will be holding two weeks of portrait sessions (one in the fall semester and one in the spring) so make sure to encourage your senior to find time in their calendar to stop by and get photographed. The staff encourages all seniors to make an appointment for a time slot in the fall photo sessions so students don't have to worry about missing the spring photo dates. There is no fee to get photographed, and all photos will be available to purchase online.

From Campus Recreation: Tell your student about Small Group Training at Reynolds Gym! The third session starts November 6 and runs through December 8. All payments can be made at the Reynolds Gym Welcome Desk. Check out our class offerings and pricing at Campus Rec.

Student Financial Services: Spring 2018 tuition and fees will be displayed on the November 1 bill online in DEAC. The due date for Spring 2018 is December 1.

The Office of Sustainability: Give your student wheels on campus, without paying for an extra car. 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, visit the WFU Zipcar website.

From ARAMARK/Campus Dining: Fuel your students account while fueling the local community! From now until October 31 we are donating 10% of all food dollars purchased to our local food bank, Campus Kitchen. Food Dollar add-ons roll over to the Spring semester meal plans as an added bonus! You can purchase food dollars for your student by calling 336-758-5607 or visit our website on the meal plans page or directly through the Campus Card Center website. If you have any questions, call our office or send us a message through our contact page on

Campus Safety

Every fall, Wake Forest announces its annual crime and fire safety report, which is posted on the University Police Department's website.

"StayaWAKE," is an off-campus safety awareness and education program led by members of the University Police Deacon Student Patrol. The student patrol has been visiting off-campus areas where some students live to discuss safety and security issues. In addition, the University is working in coordination with the Winston-Salem Police Department to bolster patrol of areas near campus. The University Police Department contracts with off-duty Winston-Salem police officers to provide extra coverage of the campus perimeter from 5 p.m. until 5 a.m. seven days a week. 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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As a reminder, most administrative offices work on a Monday-Friday 8:30am-5 p.m. 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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