Parents & Families E-Newsletter
December 2018

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

As if finals week wasn't exciting enough, Mother Nature decided to gift us with a giant snowstorm. Winter Storm Diego brought campus around 14" of snow, which is exceedingly rare for us.

Following final exams, students will head home for Winter Break. Students and families should be sure they are aware of closing and reopening dates for the break. Residence Life and Housing has full details.

On behalf of the Office of Family Engagement, I wish your family a safe, healthy, and happy winter break and all the best for the New Year. May your students have time to reflect on the semester and relax and renew their spirits. And may you have many good family moments together.

See you in 2019!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Final exams
December 10-15, 2018

Women's sorority recruitment webinar
December 19, 2018

Residence halls close for Winter Break
December 16, 2018 at noon

Residence halls open for sorority Potential New Members for recruitment
January 8, 2019

Residence halls open for students to return for spring semester
January 12, 2019

Fraternity recruitment
January 17, 2019 - January 22, 2019

MLK Holiday
January 21, 2019

Last day to add a full term Spring 2019 class
January 29, 2019

Last date to drop a full term Spring 2019 class
February 19, 2019

Please check here for more parent and family dates.


From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA):

  • The last day of class for the Fall 2018 semester was Friday, Dec. 7. Final exams will end on Saturday, Dec. 15, with final grades coming out on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Classes will resume on Monday, Jan. 14.
  • Students who plan to be part-time for the Spring 2019 semester should review the part-time status information on our website and fill out the online request form as soon as possible.
  • Please note that the Office of Academic Advising will be closed starting Friday, Dec. 21 and re-open on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Learn more about Global AWAKEnings - Wake Forest University'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. Please visit!

The Summer Immersion Program is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to experience a career pathway or potential major at Wake Forest for a week allowing them some additional insight or clarity about their future. The application is currently live for any interested high school students (including incoming first-year students starting college). It's a great way for high schoolers to get a taste of college — without the exams!


From the Office of Sustainability: ride-sharing is a great way for students to reduce their carbon footprint as they travel this holiday break. Let's Ride is a digital platform created by two Wake Forest entrepreneurship minors that connects students going to the airport at the same time. Their algorithm matches users, cutting costs and environmental impact to the airport by at least 50%. ShareTheRideNC is a statewide ride-matching service sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART). In dining news, Wake Forest University received a STARS Gold Rating sustainability achievements across the campus; learn more.

From Residence Life and Housing:

  • ALL residence halls close and residents must depart campus by 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 16, 2018. During this time students will not have access to their rooms, so please remind them to pack accordingly. Details.
  • Spring semester reopening - Residence halls open for students to return on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 9 a.m. NOTE: Students involved with sorority recruitment will return earlier (details to be provided to those women by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life).
  • We want to thank you and your students in advance for your understanding and patience as room changes are always limited during the Spring semester. Should students want to pursue a room change, our open room change process will run from January 22nd until February 5th.
  • Read more updates from Residence Life and Housing.

From Student Financial Services: Last week, an email was sent to students, parents and authorized payers regarding significant changes to the 1098-T tax forms for 2018. Please encourage students to grant authorization for online 1098-T forms online via WIN. Otherwise, a paper form will be mailed to the home address by January 31, 2019.

From Campus Recreation: Campus Recreation is excited to be offering another round of SCUBA diving certifications and swim lessons! There will be two sessions of SCUBA certifications and swim lessons offered on a rolling basis. Registration can be made in advance through the Campus Recreation web page or by calling the welcome desk 336-758-7178. These items make great Christmas presents to your student!

From ARAMARK/Campus Dining:Run out of meals or food dollars this semester? Plan ahead for the spring! Upgrade to the Unlimited Plan — receive $150 additional food dollars; upgrade to the Black Plan — receive $100 additional food dollars; upgrade to the Base Plan — receive $50 additional food dollars. Details.

WakeWare, the student laptop program, 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.

Campus Safety

On Friday, December 7th, students, parents, and families were given an update on the unsubstantiated threat that was received Sunday night. Read it here.

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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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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