Parents & Families E-Newsletter
October 2018

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WakeParents & Families

E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

Fall Break was this past Thursday and Friday, so the semester is already half finished. The leaves are just starting to turn color and the cooler temperatures tell us that Fall is on the way!

Registration for spring courses will happen at the beginning of November. Students should be working with their lower-division adviser (if they have not yet declared a major) or their major adviser to plan their coursework for the spring. The Office of the Registrar has a comprehensive website about registration, including how to get help during their assigned registration time.

Finally, the 29th annual Project Pumpkin will be held Oct. 24. This is a student-led service event that brings more than 1,000 local children to campus. Wake Forest students provide a safe environment for trick-or-treating, as well as carnival games, clowns, and other entertainment. We hope your Deacs will join in this fun-filled day!

Go Deacs!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Lower division advising period and major/minor advising
Oct. 22 - Nov. 2

Spring 2019 tuition appears on the billing statement
Nov. 1

Spring class registration
Nov. 5-16

Thanksgiving Holiday 2018
Nov. 21-25

Spring 2019 tuition due
Dec. 1

Residence halls close for Winter Break
Dec. 16, at noon

Please check here for more parent and family dates.


From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA):

  • The deadline to add a second-part-of-term course is Oct. 23.
  • The deadline to drop a second-part-of-term course is Nov. 2.
  • The advising period for Fall 2018 registration is Oct. 22 - Nov. 2. During this period, students will have a required meeting with their Faculty Advisers, at which point they will receive their personal PIN numbers for registration. If students do not meet with their advisers, they will not get their PIN numbers and will not be able to register for Spring 2019 classes.
  • Spring 2019 Registration will be Nov. 5-16. Students will have assigned dates and times at which they can log onto WIN and register using their PIN numbers.
  • The Office of Academic Advising will offer registration assistance for students on Nov. 8 in Babcock Residence Hall and November 15 in Angelou Residence Hall from 5:00-9 p.m.

For students taking Spanish who have not finished their foreign language requirement, they might wish to consider the ISLI (Intensive Summer Language Institute) program in Spanish. This is a program that allows students to take SPA 153 and 213 together in the first session of summer school. This could be a hugely attractive proposition for some of our students. In a very short time period, they could complete the work of two classes and be finished with their foreign language requirement. See details.

Campus Life & Events

From the Office of Personal and Career Development

  • Nonprofit Networking Night, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. : Organizations dedicated to advocacy and furthering social causes come to share the mission behind nonprofit, educate students on their work, and find the next generation of world-changers. Students register in Handshake.
  • Anything & Everything, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m.: At this intimate networking event, students have the opportunity to meet with a panel of young alumni who have flourished in their careers as they share the power of their Wake Forest liberal arts degree in the world of work. Students register in Handshake.
  • Graduate & Professional School Fair, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m.: A wide range of graduate and professional school admissions representatives come to Wake Forest to share information about their program, meet prospective applicants, and recruit Wake Forest talent. Students register in Handshake.
  • Career Treks, Dec. 17-20: Students engage with top-industry professionals, expand their networks for future opportunities, and increase their awareness of career possibilities. December treks include San Francisco, Austin, New York City in the Consulting, Data & Analytics, and Performing Arts industries. More info and applications in Handshake.


From Residence Life and Housing:

  • Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 21-25: Residence halls remain OPEN during this break. All rooms will be inspected during the week leading up to the break to ensure health & safety. As your students prepare to travel, remind them to take passports and valuables with them, secure bikes in bike racks, and lock their rooms.
  • Winter Break: Dec. 16 - Jan. 12. ALL residence halls close and residents must depart campus by noon on Sunday, Dec. 16. During this time students will not have access to their rooms, so please remind them to pack accordingly.
  • Spring semester reopening: Residence halls open for students to return on Saturday, Jan 12, 2019 at 9 a.m. NOTE: Students involved with sorority recruitment will return earlier (see below).
  • For students not on campus this semester but are returning for the spring, please see the full Residence Life & Housing update for details on room selection.

For those with students interested in Fraternity and Sorority Life, it's time to start talking about the process. Here are some important dates to keep in mind as you have these conversations: Panhellenic (sorority) recruitment registration will close on Nov. 5. The link is available here, along with other pertinent information about the process. Please note that all potential members are required to move in on Wednesday, Jan. 8 by 5:30 p.m. Fraternity recruitment will take place after classes begin in January; there will be meet-and-greet events in October and November and registration will open in late November (look for flyers). For students interested in National Pan-Hellenic Council recruitment, they should speak with Mr. Shane Taylor, Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life.

WakeWare, the student laptop program, is open all year long and allows you to purchase a laptop that is guaranteed to work with all academic software, has educational-based pricing (for greater discounts), provides a loaner laptop in case repairs are needed, and has built-in accidental damage protection. For more information, visit the WakeWare website. Purchase your WakeWare laptop both online and at the WFU Campus Bookstore, located on Hearn Plaza in Taylor Hall.

From Student Financial Services:

Spring 2019 tuition and fees
will be displayed on the Nov. 1 online billing statement in DEAC. Spring 2019 tuition is due Dec. 1.

Campus Safety

Wake Forest University Police's very own Major Derri Stormer will heading to the International Association Chiefs of Police Conference to receive the 40 Under 40 Leadership Award. The annual IACP 40 Under 40 Award recognizes 40 law enforcement professionals under the age of 40 from around the world who demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to their profession. In addition, WFUPD will host the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Emerging Issues: Complex Coordinated Attacks training to law enforcement, emergency managers, and campus professionals.

We encourage parents and others to sign up to receive crime alerts on the Wake Ready website, 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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