Parents & Families E-Newsletter
January 2019

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

Happy New Year, Deac families! We hope you and your Deacs had a wonderful Winter Break. The spring semester is about to begin and we are eager to have our students back on campus.

At the start of each semester, we want to remind you of our Parent and Family Communications Guidelines and Philosophy; this is a document that describes how we seek to engage families in developmentally appropriate ways that allow for student autonomy and independence. If you scroll to the bottom of this page, you will see specific situations that would prompt the University to send emails to families to communicate important campus information.

It's a new year, a new semester, and time for a fresh start. May we all make the most of 2019!

Go Deacs!


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


Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

NEW DATE: residence halls open for students to return for spring semester
Jan. 11

Classes begin
Jan. 14

Fraternity recruitment
Jan. 17-22

Last day to add first part of term classes Spring 2019
Jan. 18

MLK Holiday (no classes)
Jan. 21

Last day to add a full term Spring 2019 class
Jan. 29

Last day to drop first part of term classes Spring 2019
Jan. 31

1098-T tax forms (2018) available online
Jan. 31

Major/minor declaration period Spring 2019
Feb. 4-8

Last date to drop a full term Spring 2019 class
Feb. 19

Please check here for more parent and family dates.

Academics

From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA):

  • Classes begin on Jan. 14. We are excited to have our students back on campus and are looking forward to the Spring 2019 semester!
  • The last day to add a first part-of-term class is Jan. 18.
  • The last day to add a full-term class is Jan. 29.
  • The last day to drop a first part-of-term class is Jan. 31.
  • The last day to drop a full-term class is Feb. 19.
  • 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 2018 semester (or the last semester of attendance) must turn in all work for these courses by Feb. 12. Grades for incomplete courses that are not completed by this date will automatically roll over to Fs.
  • 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!

Campus Life & Events

The Office of Personal & Career Development is kicking off the spring semester with several amazing career events for our students, including Diversity Matters (1/22), the Spring Career Fair (1/23), Student-Athlete Career Development & Networking Night (2/4), and STEM Slam (2/12). They may register and find more details for all of the following events in Handshake, our online career career platform; additional details are available here.

From the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life: due to December's weather, the Fraternity and Sorority Life office rescheduled the Interfraternity Coucil Recruitment webinar for Thursday, Jan. 17th at noon. Registration information for the session is available on the Fraternity/Sorority Life Parent Information webpage.

Resources

From Residence Life and Housing: The Office of Residence Life and Housing is excited to welcome students back for the Spring 2019 semester. Due to the potential for winter weather, students may now return to their communities beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11. Other reminders and important information from RL&H can be viewed here

From Student Financial Services: 1098-T Tuition Statement tax forms have changed for the 2018 tax year. Please visit the Student Financial Services website for a quick, information video that will assist you and your student with navigating the report changes and easy directions to sign up for online access.

From ARAMARK/Campus Dining: Did your student run low on Meals or Food Dollars last semester? If so make sure to upgrade their plan for Spring to ensure that all of their dietary needs are met throughout the entire semester. Upgrades available thru Jan. 31.

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. Upcoming Academic Year Models and pricing information will be available in early Spring. For more information, visit the WakeWare website. WakeWare laptops are still available for purchase both online and at the WFU Campus Bookstore, located on Hearn Plaza in Taylor Hall.

Campus Safety

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.

Parents & Families Page

Parents and Families Page is your portal to news and information specifically for Wake Forest families.

Want the Daily Deac parent blog to be sent automatically to your email every day? Subscribe on the main Daily Deac page by typing your email address in the Subscribe box and following the instructions. The Daily Deac is our blog for parents and families. It’s a great way to get a snapshot of life at Wake Forest.

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.

See a list of campus resources and our FAQ page.

Contact the Office of Family Engagement at parents@wfu.edu or 336.758.4237.

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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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