Parents & Families E-Newsletter
February 2018

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

Happy Valentine's Day to our Deac families! On behalf of all of us in the Office of Family Engagement, we're sending you all our XOs on this special day because you are the best collegiate parents and families in the country!

The date for Family Weekend was set a couple of weeks ago. Mark your calendars and plan to join us September 28-30, 2018. The Office of Student Engagement is the department on campus that plans and facilitates all Family Weekend activities; in the summer, they will have many more details about the weekend, so stay tuned.

If you haven't sent your Deac a Valentine, it's not too late. Check out our Deacon Greetings and send your Deac a little love (or a birthday wish, or some good cheer any time of the year).

Go Deacs!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2018 Tuition Deposit Notification Issued (for returning undergraduates, not incoming students)
Feb. 15, 2018

Last date to turn in work from incomplete courses
Feb. 15, 2018

Founders' Day Convocation
Feb. 15, 2018

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

Spring Break
March 3-11, 2018

Lower division advising - and major/minor advising and registration
March 19-30, 2018

Good Friday observed (no classes)
March 30, 2018

Fall 2018 Tuition Payment Due (for returning undergraduates, not incoming students)
March 31, 2018

Please check here for more parent and family dates:


From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA):

  • 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.
  • The last day to drop full term classes is Tuesday 2/20 by midnight; this is also the deadline to change full term courses from graded to pass/fail mode if eligible. Students should make all necessary changes to their schedules by this deadline!
  • The last day to change from pass/fail to a latter grade in an approved first part of term class is Feb. 23.
  • Spring break will be held from March 3-11.
  • The last day of first part of term classes will be on March 13. Classes for second part of term will begin on March 14.
  • 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 the School of Business:

  • School of Business expands Master of Science in Business Analytics graduate degree: The demand for professionals who can use data to identify insights, solve business problems, and inspire innovation continues to grow exponentially. Building on the success of the Wake Forest University School of Business Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program, in May the School will welcome working professionals to its Master of Science in Business Analytics program through an online experience. The new offering has been specifically designed for professionals with more than two years of full-time work experience and will enable them to earn a top-ranked Wake Forest School of Business degree while continuing to work.
  • Why a Masters in Management can give your student a competitive edge: Our School of Business offers an intensive, accelerated, 10-month Masters experience designed for non-business, liberal arts majors and is ranked #4 in the USA by The Economist. Curriculum includes coursework in Business Analytics, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Business Communications and Managing People & Organizations.

    Exposure to the business world is critical and the MA program provides this in two Action Learning Project modules where students work directly with real companies to create solutions to their business challenges.

From The Center for Global Programs and Studies:

  • Jintong "Tina" Liu, an senior undergraduate student and intern in the Center for Global Programs and Studies won the Academic Achievement in Research in Diversity & Inclusion in Global Education Award. The award will be presented at the 6th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference. Tina will present her research as part of the Academic and Cultural Transition (ACT) Research Team in the Center for Global Programs and Studies in the poster session at the conference. Her findings reveal that faculty and domestic student social support predict international student belonging and well-being, while total number of friends and international student social support do not.

Campus Life & Events

Fraternity and Sorority Life: The Wake Forest Hazing Prevention website, is now live. The website is designed to provide resources to all members of the Wake Forest community. Parents and family members are some of our most important partners in addressing hazing concerns on campus, and we encourage all families to use this new website to learn more about how to prevent hazing and educate your students about resources on campus.

In addition, the Office of the Dean of Students provided an update on the fraternities who are on interim suspension: In January both our National Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council chapters extended bids to new members through the formal recruitment processes. Three chapters, Alpha Sigma Phi, Lambda Chi Alpha, and Delta Kappa Epsilon, remain on an interim suspension from the university and, because of that status, could not participate in recruitment. Read more.

From Employer Relations: Grants are available for experiential learning (internships) as well as professional development. There will be a series of events in February, March, and April, including a STEM Slam, NYC Analytics Trek, interviews in Raleigh, a Health Professions Fair, and more. See details.

From Campus Recreation: Outdoor Pursuits is gearing up for spring! We have a variety of outdoor trips planned this semester including a spring break trip ski trip to Utah and weekend trips including climbing, surfing, and hiking! See our full list of upcoming adventures! Upcoming Intramural Sports for this spring include softball, kickball, sand volleyball, indoor soccer, and street hockey! Registration opens on 2/19 and ends on 3/13.

Resources & Deadlines

The Office of Sustainability: Wake Forest will celebrate Earth Week March 18-24 with a focus on community development and involvement. This year's theme "Working for the World We Want" will empower and call students to action. We will celebrate Arbor Day and Wake Forest's Tree Campus USA designation with a tree planting and afternoon of service. Keynote speaker Majora Carter will illustrate the importance of campus-community connections to sustainable development. Students will have a hand in creating public art installations and participatory performance pieces throughout the week.

The Office of Wellbeing: This month, we will be highlighting Spiritual Wellbeing as the Dimension of the Month through experiential workshops and programs. We will also have several other programs including: Sleepin' Deacon to raise awareness about healthy sleep habits, Move More! Move Often! to encourage individuals to increase their physical activity, Wellbeing Wednesdayto engage in new activities, and Gold Apron Cooking to share nutrition information along with free samples. Please encourage your students to take advantage of our many offerings this month!

From the CARE Team: The Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation (CARE) Team serves the Wake Forest University community by evaluating and responding to disruptive, troubling, or threatening behaviors brought to the attention of the Team. As a part of this work the Team also seeks to help identify members of the Wake Forest community who are in need of support, guidance, or other intervention and to refer them to appropriate campus and community resources. Learn more.

From Student Financial Services: Need a copy of your student's 1098-T tax form? Students can grant electronic consent and instantly access their important tax form via WIN! Please visit the SFS website for more information.

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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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.

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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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