Parents & Families E-Newsletter
December 2017

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

"Twas the night before finals, and all through the college,
The students were praying for last minute knowledge.
Most were quite sleepy, but none touched their beds,
While visions of essays danced in their heads...."
from Andrew Hund's, Twas the Night Before Finals

Finals week is here — which means that very soon your Deacs will be back home with you. May your Deacs crush their final exams, essays, and projects and declare the semester a great victory!

Even as we think about the joy of ending the semester and having your Deacs home, I can't help but think of our Southern CA Deac families who have been impacted by the terrible wildfires of recent days. Please know the thoughts and prayers of the whole Wake Forest family are with you right now.

And to all our Deac families everywhere, let me just say that you are a gift and a blessing to me every day. Thank you for your loyal and loving engagement with Mother So Dear. I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and a Happy New Year.

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Final Exams — students should check their schedule to see when their last exam will be
Dec. 11, 2017 - Dec. 16, 2017

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

Final grades due at noon
Dec. 20, 2017

University offices are closed
Dec. 25, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018

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

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

Sorority Recruitment
Jan. 11, 2018 - Jan. 16, 2018

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

Classes begin
Jan. 17, 2018

Last day to add a full semester class
Jan. 31, 2018

Major/minor declaration period
Feb. 12, 2018 - Feb.16, 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):

  • The last day of class for the Fall 2017 semester was Friday, Dec. 8. Final exams will end on Saturday, Dec. 16, with final grades coming out on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Classes will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 17.
  • Students who plan to be part-time for the Spring 2018 semester should review the part-time status information on our website and fill out the online request form as soon as possible.
  • Winter Break hours: please note that the Office of Academic Advising will be closed starting Monday, Dec. 25 and will re-open on Monday, Jan. 1.

From the School of Business:

  • Wake Forest School of Business ranked #15 in the nation for undergraduate business: Poets & Quants has recognized the School of Business for its quality of teaching, internships, and preparation for the real world in its Best Undergraduate Business Programs in 2017. "Ninety-three percent of our students had reached their first destination — either employment or graduate school — within three months of graduation. Now that we have reached the six-month mark, that total has grown to 98 percent."
  • Celebrating international students: In conjunction with International Education Week, the School of Business hosted an International Student Celebration dinner in November. Students, staff, and faculty gathered in the Magnolia Room in Reynolda Hall to the sounds of festive music and the smell of delicious global cuisine. Learn more and watch a video about the impact a global mindset has in our programs.

From the School of Law and the Communication Department:

  • The Wake Forest Law School and the Wake Forest Communication Department are excited to announce that we are again offering the Summer Pre-Law Program for Undergraduates. The Summer Program will consist of Legal Theory, Practice, and Communication (COM 348) and Advocacy, Debate, and the Law (COM 349), both of which are three (3) credit hour classes. The purpose of the Summer Pre-Law Program is to show undergraduates what law school is like. Law school is far too expensive to engage in a "test drive" for a whole year. This Summer Program gives college students a realistic view of law student life and educates them about different career opportunities for lawyers. Read more about the Summer Pre-Law Program for Undergraduates.

Campus Life & Events

Fraternity and Sorority Life: The recruitment processes for the fraternity and sorority community can be a fun and exciting time — and it can be confusing and stressful. The Fraternity/Sorority Life staff is hosting webinars in December and January to explain each of the processes for joining fraternities and sororities on campus. If you cannot attend a webinar, they will be recorded and archived for you to view at a convenient time. More information.

Looking ahead to Spring semester 2018, Campus Recreation would like to share an upcoming event the week of Jan. 22-26, 2018. The Wake Wonder Woman event will focus on women's holistic wellbeing with hands-on educational awareness and physical activities open to WFU faculty, staff, and WFU graduate and undergraduate students who identify as women unless denoted otherwise. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Wellbeing, Student Health Services, Women's Center, and Wake Forest University Deacon Dining.

Intercultural Center: Each year, Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University collaborate to host a major celebration to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Monday, Jan. 22, one of the nation's most influential and renowned public intellectuals, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will present the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote speech.

Resources & Deadlines

From Residence Life and Housing: The Fall Semester has reached its finale and we know your students are looking forward to the Winter Break! We wish safe travels and happy holidays to all of our Demon Deacons and their families during this time. We have an important message about closing for winter break, when residence halls reopen in January, meal plan changes, RA applications, theme housing, new laundry machines, and more, Read it here.

Student Financial Services: Access your student's 1098-T tax form online! Please visit the SFS website for more information including instructions for students on granting consent. 2017 1098-Ts will be available by Jan. 31, 2018.

Student Health Service: The SHS will have a nurse available on Jan. 10,11 and 12 from 9:00 am -3:30 p.m.. We will have a Provider on call and if needed will be in the office to see students. We will also be open on Jan. 15 with a limited staff. Full staff and appointments will be available starting Jan. 16.

The Office of Sustainability: Is your son or daughter traveling this 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.

Weather Information: As fall advances closer to winter, Winston-Salem area residents know that the weeks and months ahead can bring weather forecasts of everything from sunny days in the 70s to snowy days below freezing. That’s winter in the South. For those wondering what kind of weather to expect every day at Wake Forest, detailed information is always available thanks to WeatherSTEM stations on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field; see additional details. And if severe weather prompts a delay or closing, we use many ways to alert your students.

WakeWare, the student laptop program, is open for purchasing all year long! Anyone affiliated with the University can take advantage of education pricing and extended warranties and protection. Walk into the bookstore, located on Hearn Plaza in Taylor Hall, or visit the WakeWare website to learn more and purchase your laptop. Contact the Program Manager with any questions you may have at or 336.758.4081.

Campus Safety

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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