Parents & Families E-Newsletter
March 2018

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WakeParents & Families

E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

Spring Break may just have ended, but Mother Nature had one last laugh by bringing snow on Monday to welcome students back to campus.

Also on Monday, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr ('78) announced that he will donate his Congressional papers to Wake Forest:

"The education and experiences I gained at Wake Forest prepared me for the rest of my life and set a foundation for service," Burr said in a special ceremony in Wake Forest's Z. Smith Reynolds Library. "I'm proud to announce that my Congressional papers documenting my years of public service will have a home here at my alma mater."

The papers will be curated by the Special Collections & Archives department at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. The collection includes photographs, sound and video recordings, manuscripts, letters, speeches, handwritten notes and other documents from more than two decades of Burr's service in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Read more.

Finally, it's the midpoint of the semester, and that means our current students will be going through academic advising, then will register for their fall 2018 classes and select their housing for next year (the incoming Class of 2022 will be doing those things over the summer). As always, so much is happening at Mother So Dear.

Go Deacs!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

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

General Room Selection for fall 2018 (current students only)
March 19-23

Good Friday observed (no classes)
March 30

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

Fall 2018 registration for undergraduates
April 2 - April 13

Classes end
May 2 - May 2

Final Exams
May 4 - May 11

Please check here for more parent and family dates:


From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA):

  • The Fall 2018 Advising Period begins March 19 and runs through March 30. During this period, students should be meeting with their academic advisers to discuss registration for Fall 2018 and receive a PIN number to access registration. Students who do not meet with their advisers to get their PIN number will not be able to register for Fall 2018 classes. Registration will take place April 2 - April 13.


  • Second part-of-term classes began on March 14. The last day to add a second part-of-term course is March 20. The last day to drop a second part-of-term course is April 2. Please be mindful of theses deadlines.
  • The last day to change from pass/fail to a letter grade in an approved full-term course is April 13.
  • If your student has been deferred or denied from the Business School and is struggling with what his/her next steps might be, please be aware that Dean Betsy Hoppe and her staff at the Business School have offered to meet with each of these students to discuss the student's goals and options for meeting them. Please note that Lynn Zimmerman will be meeting with deferred students going abroad and will discuss the back up plan in a course planning meeting. All students, both accepted and deferred, are expected to attend their major advising session next week, at which time Ms. Zimmerman will go over basic information about the deferral process and offer to meet with students individually for advice. Students going abroad in the fall are advised to wait to declare their major until after they know their admissions decision. Students staying at Wake in the fall may go ahead and declare their major so that they have a good schedule in case they are not admitted.
  • More from the Business School: To be eligible to take ACC 111, students must meet a prerequisite requirement of a 2.85 Wake Forest cumulative GPA. For Fall 2018 online registration, if a student feels he/she may not have this GPA by the end of the spring semester, we suggest that the student not register for the class during online registration. If a student does not register for ACC 111 but ends up with the 2.85 GPA at the end of the term, we will enroll them in a section of ACC 111 once we have confirmation of the Spring 2018 GPA.
  • Students who feel they may not meet the prerequisite GPA should email, Sharon Payne ( She will keep a list of these students and, at the end of spring semester, will enroll those students who meet the prerequisite requirement. If, however, a student elects to register for ACC 111 during online registration and does not meet the minimum GPA after spring semester, he/she will be dropped from the class.

From the Summer School office:

  • Summer Session offers a wide variety of classes for students seeking to get ahead or catch up on needed credit hours. We also offer a small variety of online classes so your student can stay connected with Wake Forest regardless of where they are living during the summer. The Summer Session website is your one stop shop for all undergraduate summer information. Registration for Summer Session opened in WIN on March 12 and will run through the beginning of Summer Session I until May 31. We also accept visiting college students from other universities and rising high school juniors and seniors, so spread the word to your family and friends! Please contact The Center for Global Programs and Studies if you are interested in summer abroad programs, as these may have different application and registration dates. For all other inquiries regarding summer classes at Wake Forest, contact us here.

From the School of Law:

Campus Life & Events

Student Conduct: During the spring semester, students are invited to apply for a student leader position with the Board of Investigators and Advisors (BIA) or the Honor and Ethics Council (HEC). These are among the most advanced leadership positions at Wake Forest, working within the Judicial System. We rely on students to have a helping spirit in order to assist their peers in navigating the system.

From the Women's Center: Amplify features creative interactive sessions to build leadership self-awareness, confidence, and sense of support for women in leadership. These self-paced activities around networking, resilience, and leadership skills allow participants to come and go as needed. Brought to you by the Women's Center and the Office of Student Engagement: March 20, 5-6:30 p.m., Reynolds Gym.

Families of seniors: Each year, Wake Forest participates in a national survey of graduating seniors, conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA, which asks their opinions on many items relevant to examining the impact of college. Results from this survey are used by faculty and administrators at WFU and by higher education researchers to understand and improve the college experience. Your students will receive an email about this in the coming weeks. Please encourage them to participate. Their feedback is very important to University leaders ... plus, participants will be entered into a drawing to win some fun prizes, including three reserved seats at Baccalaureate, a Commencement parking pass, tunnel tour, carillon experience, and more.

The Office of Personal and Career Development announces the following events:

  • March 28 - Graduate Career Consortium - This is a one-day online career fair/networking event for Ph.D. & Master's students, postdocs, and alumni that offers the opportunity to connect with employers. These employers represent a range of career fields. They are all seeking advanced-degree candidates. Participants can attend the fair from anywhere.
  • March 29 - Health Professions Fair - The Wake Forest University Spring 2018 N.C. Health Professions Fair will be held on Thursday, March 29 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. This event is open to graduate and professional school admission representatives to share information on their schools' programs with prospective applicants.
  • April 3 and 4 - SEC / ACC Virtual Career Fair - Wake Forest students will be joining students from other SEC / ACC students in an online environment to network with employers across the nation.
  • April 3 - Anything and Everything: Careers in the Liberal Arts - On April 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the OPCD will host an inaugural on-campus career event where students will engage with alumni through panel discussions and networking. All students are invited to attend this event to learn about different career avenues in the Liberal Arts and how anything and everything is possible with their degree. Students can register in Handshake.


From the Office of Sustainability and Transportation & Parking Services: Airport transportation options expanded: Transportation and Parking Services now offers an airport shuttle to and from the Greensboro Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). Reservations need to be made three days prior to travel. Travel to or from GSO is $25 per trip and travel to or from CLT is $60 per trip. For more information and to make a reservation, visit the Transportation and Parking Services webpage. Shuttle schedules for upcoming university holidays will be posted soon.

Do you want to buy a yearbook for your student? The Howler is Wake Forest's yearbook, and parents and families can purchase a Howler online. According to the Howler staff, this year's yearbook will include all athletic teams, major events on campus, all accredited campus organizations, academic departments, senior portraits, and Greek organizations.

From Student Financial Services: An email was sent to students and authorized payers on March 1st reminding them of the $500 non-refundable tuition deposit required for all returning undergraduate students. The deposit is due by March 31.. Don't forget your student's 1098-T tax form is now available online! Please visit the SFS website for more information. Is your student graduating this year? Please encourage them to check their WFU email often for important graduation information.

Wakeware, the student laptop program, is open all year round for students to purchase a high-powered laptop at a competitive negotiated price. The laptop is bundled with four years of extended warranty and accidental damage protection so students are covered. Although the program is open for purchasing throughout the year, we encourage newly accepted student to wait until Mid-May to purchase, as new models and updated minimum configuration requirements are posted every April. If having the newest models available or taking advantage of summer promotions is important to you, we recommend waiting later in the summer. For more information about WakeWare, please visit the WakeWare website or contact the Program Manager at

Campus Safety

Authorities with the Winston-Salem Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division, in conjunction with the United States Marshals Service, continue their efforts to locate and apprehend Jakier Shanique Austin, a 21-year-old man who is wanted for the Jan. 20 murder of Najee Ali Baker at Wake Forest. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jakier Shanique Austin, or information about the murder of Najee Baker, is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336.773.7700 or the Criminal Investigations Division at 336.773.7716. This will be the last update until the situation changes.

Any emails that are sent to students, faculty, and staff are archived on the Family News website. In addition, we encourage parents and families to sign up to receive crime alerts on the Wake Ready website. 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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