Parents & Families E-Newsletter
February 2019

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

Even though it is midwinter, we are looking towards the fall. The football schedule has been released, and that means we have determined dates for our big fall event weekends!

Mark your calendars for Family Weekend, which will be held Nov. 1–3. Over the summer, the Office of the Dean of Students (who plans all Family Weekend activities) will be providing information about the weekend's events.

For alumni families, Homecoming will be held Sept. 20–21. The Office of Alumni Engagement will have more information about Homecoming in the summer.

We hope you'll plan to join us for some fantastic fall weekends.

Go Deacs!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

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

Last date to change from pass/fail to a letter grade in a first part of term class
Feb. 21, 2019

Last day of first part of term classes
March 4, 2019

Spring Break 2019
March 9-17, 2019

Spring 2019 midterm grades due
March 11, 2019

Please check here for more parent and family dates.


From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA):

  • The last day to drop full term classes is, Feb. 19 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 letter grade in an approved first part of term class is Feb. 21.
  • Spring break will be held from March 9–March 17.
  • The last day of first part of term classes will be on March 4. Classes for second part of term will begin on March 5.
  • Academic Counselors are available Monday–Friday from 10 a.m.–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 Student Health Service has begun to see large numbers of students with influenza, or "the flu." Influenza is typically a self-limiting illness that lasts from 5–7 days. Influenza is a highly contagious illness that is easily spread in a classroom setting. The SHS emailed faculty, staff and students to inform about appropriate public health measures with respect to class attendance and participation in other activities. Read more.

The Center for Global Programs and Studies encourages rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors to apply to the Global Village Living Learning Community by Feb. 17. The Global Village LLC is an excellent opportunity for globally-minded students to live together while taking a course and participating in student-led activities around a global theme. For the first time this coming year, we plan to have two communities with distinct global themes: Global Health/Environment and Global Citizenship. We are also excited to offer a gender neutral housing option for the first time. Please direct any questions to Kara Rothberg, Program Coordinator for Global Campus Programs.

From the Office of Sustainability: This Sunday, Feb. 17, from 4–6 p.m. we'll host our first spring volunteer hours in the WFU Campus Garden. Encourage your students to take a break, get their hands in the soil and join us as we harvest winter crops. Email for more information!

Campus Recreation will be offering a scuba diving class in April. Registration is now open. This certification class is taught in a three step process: knowledge development, confined water dives, and open water dives. Upon successful completion, students will obtain their Open Water Diver certification which lasts a lifetime. This course includes all instruction, equipment rentals, certification fees, and checkout dives. More information and registration can be found on the aquatics web page.


From Residence Life and Housing: The spring semester brings with it many questions about the next academic year. This month the Office of Residence Life and Housing is sharing information about room selection, 2019-20 dates, and more; this important information from RL&H can be viewed here.

From Student Financial Services:

From ARAMARK/Campus Dining: For every $100 Food Dollars you add from Feb. 4 – March 8, we will donate 10% to Wake 'n Shake! Your students can add Food Dollars by calling the Deacon Dining Office at 336.758.5607, visiting, or stopping by our office in Reynolda Hall Room 12.

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.

From the OPCD: Are you or your organization looking for just-in time hires? If you would like to get these opportunities in front of Wake Forest students, please contact Dana Hutchens at

Campus Safety

Wake Forest University Police is currently running its fourth Citizen Police Academy with over 16 of the WFU community. The WFUPD CPA was developed to allow community members to gain insight into the daily functions and responsibilities of our law enforcement personnel. The CPA covers various topics and is one hour over an eight-week period.

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.

See a list of campus resources and our FAQ page.

Contact the Office of Family Engagement at 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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