Parents & Families E-Newsletter
January 2018

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

Happy 2018 to all our Deac families! We are so glad to have students coming back to campus — we miss them when they're gone.

We know you are going to miss your students and hope you might plan a visit to campus sometime this spring. Our friends in Athletics are encouraging families to plan a visit to your Deacs and join us for one of our home games for men's basketball. Because nothing is more exciting than a great ACC game! Weekend games are:

Spring home basketball games special promotion information
  • Sunday, Jan. 21 vs. Virginia
  • Saturday, Feb. 3 vs. Clemson
  • Saturday, Feb. 17 vs. NC State
  • or Saturday, Feb. 24 vs. Notre Dame

Premium seating options, including floor sears are available. You can purchase tickets online or call the Ticket Office at 336-758-3322. Two other athletic highlights for you: the end of 2017 brought our Deacs a win at the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, beating Texas A&M 55-52. And 2018 started with Jon Bakero winning the MAC Hermann Trophy for the best men's collegiate soccer player. This is the second year in a row that a Wake Forester has won the Mac Hermann; Ian Harkes won last January.

Wishing your students a great spring semester, and GO DEACS!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Classes begin
Jan. 17, 2018

Last day to add a first part of term class
Jan. 23, 2018

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

Last day to drop a first part of term class
Feb. 2, 2018

Major/minor declaration period
Feb. 5-9, 2018

Fall 2018 Tuition Deposit Notification Issued (for returning undergraduates)
Feb. 15, 2018

Founders' Day Convocation
Feb. 15, 2018

Last day to drop a full semester class
Feb. 20, 2018

Please check here for more parent and family dates:


From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA):

  • Classes begin Jan. 17. We are excited to have our students back on campus and are looking forward to the Spring 2018 semester!
  • The last day to add a first part-of-term class is Jan. 23.
  • The last day to add a full-term class is Jan. 31.
  • The last day to drop a first part-of-term class is Feb. 2.
  • The last day to drop a full-term class is Feb. 20.
  • Any student who plans to be part-time for the current semester should visit our website to fill out a part-time status petition form as soon as possible.
  • Any students who have incomplete courses from the Fall 2017 semester (or the last semester of attendance) must turn in all work for these courses by Feb. 15. Grades for incomplete courses that are not completed by this date will automatically roll over to Fs.
  • Don't forget! Academic Counselors are available Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for brief, walk-in appointments with students. If longer appointments are required, we are happy to schedule those at the front desk. Please come see us in Reynolda Hall 125. Visit our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter for updates and other important information!

From Wake Downtown:

  • Just a year ago we were still unpacking boxes and eager to welcome the first students to Wake Downtown. Since then, the first cohort of engineering students completed EGR111, Introduction to Engineering, we welcomed campus and community groups to Wake Downtown, and continue to investigate how this new location is both an extension of the Wake Forest we all know and love and also an expanded footprint in Winston-Salem. This spring we will continue to be "home away from home" for most chemistry classes and laboratories while Salem Hall is dramatically renovated. In addition to Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering courses, we will host Anthropology, Communication, Computer Science, English, Entrepreneurship, and History classes. We anticipate over 500 students will take classes at Wake Downtown through the week. Read more.

From Global AWAKEngings:

  • Learn more about Global AWAKEnings, Wake Forest'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

From Fraternity and Sorority Life:

Sorority recruitment took place Jan. 11-15, with Bid Day on Jan. 16. This week our fraternity community will get ready to extend bids as part of the Interfraternity Council (IFC) recruitment process. The IFC formal recruitment period will kick-off on Thursday evening, Jan. 18 and culminate in the bid distribution ceremony next Wednesday, Jan. 24 in Wait Chapel. Alpha Sigma Phi, Lambda Chi Alpha, and Delta Kappa Epsilon are each on an interim suspension from the university and will not participate in recruitment. An interim suspension is put in place when there is strong concern for individual and/or community safety as a result of actions taken by the chapter and/or its members. In addition, there are two other organizations that will not participate in IFC recruitment: Kappa Sigma and Sigma Nu. These organizations were fully suspended in 2014 due to violations related to hazing and unsafe alcohol use. Neither group is recognized by Wake Forest University nor their national organizations, and both have continued to operate as "unrecognized" organizations. Read more.

From Employer Relations:

The process of transitioning from college-to-career does not come without expenses. The Professional Development Grant assists students with needs such as, but not limited to: professional attire, business cards, stationary, and padfolios. All undergraduate students with financial need are eligible to apply for up to $300 and may do so starting on Jan. 15 through the OPCD website.

Upcoming Events:

  • Jan. 23 - Diversity Matters will offer Wake Forest students who are eager to learn about corporate diversity initiatives, to interact with prestigious organizations such as Barclays, Belk, Inc., DISH Network, EY LLP, General Mills, Lenovo, PepsiCo, Red Ventures, Teach for America, and Wells Fargo Securities.
  • Jan. 24 - Our Spring Career Fair is open to all Wake Forest University students. 49 organizations are scheduled to attend from a variety of industries.
  • Jan. 31 - Exploring the World of Financial Services will focus on students who are considering financial services as a career — freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors from all majors interested in this industry are encouraged to attend.
  • Feb. 1 - The Analytics Networking Forum is focused on undergraduate seniors and graduate students who are planning a career in analytics upon graduation this May.
  • Feb. 5 - Student-Athlete Career Development Night offers employers an opportunity to interact with our excellent student athletes.
  • Feb. 7 - During the Spring Finance Symposium students will learn skills and personality traits from industry professionals necessary to be successful in investment banking, corporate banking, financial advisory (consulting) and private banking / wealth management.

Resources & Deadlines

Student Health Service: The Student Health Service will open with full staff and appointments available starting Jan. 16. Students can make appointments via the Student Portal on the Student Health Service website.

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, Zipcars are parked on campus near the first-year residence halls and between Kitchin and Poteat Halls. They are available 24-hours-a-day; rates include gas and insurance; more information.

Weather Information: in the event that winter weather would cause a delay in the start of classes or cancellation altogether, Wake Forest has several ways of announcing weather delays or closings.

Campus Safety

The Wake Forest University Police Department will hold their third WFUPD Citizen's Police Academy. This academy was created an opportunity for WFU faculty, staff, and students to gain insight into the daily functions and responsibilities of our law enforcement personnel. The overall goal of the Academy is to improve police and community interaction. Graduates will be able to share knowledge gained with others in the community, thereby helping others become more familiar with the University Police.

We encourage parents and others to sign up to receive crime alerts on the Wake Ready web site, in addition to downloading the LiveSafe app. 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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