Parents & Families E-Newsletter
November 2017

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and it seems like the right time to dust off my English major and think about the season through a poem. This is Thanksgiving Time by poet Langston Hughes:

When the night winds whistle through the trees and blow the crisp brown leaves a-crackling down,
When the autumn moon is big and yellow-orange and round,
When old Jack Frost is sparkling on the ground,
It's Thanksgiving Time!

When the pantry jars are full of mince-meat and the shelves are laden with sweet spices for a cake,
When the butcher man sends up a turkey nice and fat to bake,
When the stores are crammed with everything ingenious cooks can make,
It's Thanksgiving Time!

When the gales of coming winter outside your window howl,
When the air is sharp and cheery so it drives away your scowl,
When one's appetite craves turkey and will have no other fowl,
It's Thanksgiving Time!

For your own Thanksgiving table, I wish you bountiful food, the presence of those you love, much laughter, and a sense of peace and harmony. Each day I am grateful to all of you, our Deac families, for being such an important part of the life of Wake Forest.

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Spring 2018 registration
November 6-17, 2017

Thanksgiving Break
November 22-26, 2017

Spring 2018 Tuition Due
December 1, 2017

Classes end
December 8, 2017

Final Exams
Students should check their schedule to see when their last exam will be
December 11, 2017 - December 16, 2017

Residence halls close at 9 a.m.
December 17, 2017

Final grades due at noon
December 20, 2017

Current sorority members can return to prepare for recruitment (9 a.m.)
January 10, 2018

Potential New Members going through sorority recruitment can return to campus (9 a.m.)
January 11, 2018

Sorority Recruitment
January 11, 2018 - January 16, 2018

Residence Halls will open for returning students at 9 a.m.
January 13, 2018

Classes begin
January 17, 2018

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):

  • Round 2 of Spring 2017 Registration concludes on Friday, 11/17. Students may make adjustments to their schedules via WIN as necessary until the add and drop deadlines for the spring semester.
  • Students planning to seek permission to exceed the 17-credit hour limit for the spring semester may begin making these requests on Monday, 11/20. Overload request forms are available at the Registrar's office. Students who are currently abroad should email their adviser to request permission and the Office of Academic Advising ( to begin this process remotely.
  • Students who want to go part-time during the spring semester (less than 12 credit hours) should seek approval from the Office of Academic Advising as soon as possible. While the deadline to make this change is in mid-January, it is financially advantageous to do so prior to the first day of class.
  • Do you have access to your student's midterm and final grades? If not, your student can provide you with Proxy Access (instructions here). Keep in mind that while all courses must be assigned final grades, some faculty members may choose not to submit midterm grades.
  • In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, class will not be in session Wed-Fri, 11/22-26. Classes will resume on Monday, 11/27.
  • The last day of class for the Fall 2017 semester will be Friday, 12/8.
  • Final exams will be held 12/11-16. The final exam schedule may be found at this site: Academic calendars.

From the Summer School:

  • While many of you are finalizing your Thanksgiving menus and travel plans, we at Wake Forest are already hard at work planning for summer 2018. Just before Thanksgiving break begins, the Summer Session website will be updated with all of the information you need to begin considering how Summer Session might benefit you and your student. This year, registration will open on March 12, leaving plenty of time to peruse our course list and identify classes that will meet each individual need. As you consider our offerings, please contact us with any questions that will help you and your student prepare.

From the School of Business:

  • Peace Corps volunteers make an impact in the Master's in Management program: After making an impact as a Peace Corps volunteer, three Master's in Management students chose to add business skills to their global experience. Learn how they're bringing their worldview to the program and their teammates.
  • Warren Stephens: The only way entrepreneurship works: "Great advice I got from my dad was, 'You come to work, work hard all day, and go to bed with your reputation intact. Then you have the chance to do it all again the next day,'" Warren Stephens (MBA '81) shared with students, faculty, and staff in Broyhill Auditorium at the Wake Forest University School of Business. Find out why he thinks young people are turning away from capitalism, what he looks for in a new hire, and his reaction to being named CEO of Stephens, Inc. at age 29.

From the School of Law:

  • Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD '77) of Wake Forest University School of Law discusses how the Master of Studies in Law (MSL) "brings Law to the World by fulfilling employers demands for a different type of employee." Watch Dean Reynolds here. Today's professionals are facing increased legal changes in the workplace due to technological innovation and ever-growing regulations. Wake Forest University School of Law's fully online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) offers courses like Telemedicine and Bioethics to provide professionals with the framework and tools to navigate the law. Additionally, the MSL's new Business Law & Compliance Track offers relevant and immediately applicable new classes such as Cybersecurity, International Compliance, Regulation of Securities Offerings, and Vendor Contracts.
  • See Chris Coughlin (JD '90) Wake Forest School of Law Professor and MSL Bioethics Instructor, Thursday, November 30 for a Bioethics Panel Discussion: What Can We Learn From Charlie Gard?

Wake Forest is honored to be part of the Kemper Scholars Program. The program combines scholarship aid, mentoring, and paid summer internships to help first-year students with an interest in a career in business to develop leadership and professional skills. Students with a record of academic achievement, unusual maturity, intellectual curiosity and independence, interest in business careers, and demonstrated leadership in both school and community are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates must achieve at least a GPA of 3.25 in the first semester at Wake Forest. See the full description of the program.

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.

Campus Life & Events

This month, the Office of Wellbeing is promoting Intellectual Wellbeing as the Dimension of the Month! We have several upcoming events including a screening of the film "UNREST" on Nov. 20 and "Brain Games" on Nov. 28. As students gear up for final exams, we will offer opportunities to "Treat Yo' Self" through our Wellbeing Wednesday activities each week, including Tai Chi and essential oils. During the month of November we will also be administering the National College Health Assessment, a survey for students to provide information about their health and wellbeing. This data provides valuable insight that is used in numerous ways around campus, and students can win prizes worth up to $300. Please encourage your student to take the NCHA survey found in their email and attend our events to promote wellbeing!

Fraternity and Sorority Life:The Fraternity and Sorority Life office will host webinars about the recruitment process (for both men and women) in December and January. There will be two sessions offered that are specific to the Panhellenic recruitment process: December 7 at 12:00 p.m. and December 13 at 5:30 p.m.. Dates and registration information for all sessions will be available on the Fraternity/Sorority Life Parent Information webpage very soon. Stay tuned at that website for more information and to register.

Outdoor Pursuits Spring Break 2017 trip registration is LIVE!!! We will be taking three trips this year. Students can choose between a Costa Rican expedition, a winter romp in Utah, or our classic multi-sport Southeast Sampler! Intramural Sports will be holding special event tournaments the week of December 3 including: Table Tennis tournament, Madden & FIFA Xbox tournament and a 5v5 basketball tournament. Registration opened Friday 11/10 on Ice Hockey's last home game of the semester will be 4 p.m. Nov. 17 vs ECU at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

The 2018 WFU Alumni Travel Program schedule is now available. All Wake Forest alumni, parents, and friends are invited to join these adventures! For more information, contact Kathleen Garber at 336.758.4067 or

Resources & Deadlines

The ZSR Library is offering drop in research workshops, a post-Thanksgiving lunch for students staying on campus, and will be hosting the popular Wake the Library events during Finals Week.

The Student Health Service (SHS) asks families to encourage their students to get a flu shot. Flu shots are available in the Student Health Service Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on a walk in basis without an appointment. The cost is $30. In addition, the SHS has information about preventing misuse of prescription medications and how to keep those medications safe and secured.

From Residence Life and Housing: With November, quickly comes the end of the semester! The Office of Residence Life and Housing is in full prep mode to wrap this semester up smoothly, and also in planning/prep for the Spring 2018 Semester. RLH has news about the Thanksgiving break activities, fall semester closing of residence halls, spring semester reopening, RA selection for next year and more. Read it here.

Student Financial Services: Payment for Spring semester tuition and fees is due by December 1, 2017. Please visit DEAC to view your student's balance and submit an online payment.

The Is your son or daughter traveling this Thanksgiving or Winter Break? Encourage your Deac to register with ShareTheRideNC and select Wake Forest University as their primary affiliation. ShareTheRideNC is a statewide ride-matching service sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART). Remember, registering does not obligate your student to carpool, but we do hope it motivates them! This quick walk-through video explains how to register and start finding matches on More information can be found on the Transportation and Parking Services website.

From ARAMARK/Campus Dining Hours of service for the Thanksgiving Break are posted online; students staying on campus will want to plan ahead to have supplies for their rooms on days where food services are closed. ARAMARK/Campus Dining is also offering a meal promotion in November and a request for parents and families to send their favorite recipes to them.

Campus Safety

Once December arrives, students will be focused on taking exams and completing final assignments, so they might not be thinking about taking steps to minimize the risk of theft from their off-campus residences during Winter Break. In some past winter breaks, off-campus residences have experienced break-ins while the residences are unoccupied for such an extended time. Similar incidents have occurred, occasionally, during other periods, such as Spring Break, when those student residences are temporarily unoccupied. Residence Life and Housing will send off-campus students detailed safety tips in a December electronic newsletter. Read more.

Will we get snow this winter? In the event of severe weather that prompts a delay or closing, Wake Forest will use several methods to alert students, faculty and staff to schedule changes. Read more about how those messages are sent to your students.

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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