Parents & Families E-Newsletter - January 2015

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E-newsletter from the Office of Parent Programs

Happy New Year to all our Deac families! Students are back on campus after a long winter break and class is in session once again.

The new year is a time to look back at milestones from the past year. Our News Service compiled some of the highlights of 2014 that I thought you might enjoy.

It is also a time to look ahead. President Hatch sent a message to the campus community about his thoughts and aspirations for the spring semester. There are many wonderful opportunities for your students to engage in meaningful, thoughtful activities in and out of the classroom.

Let’s make 2015 a great year!

Betsy Chapman ('92, MA '94)
Director of Parent Programs


Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (no classes)
January 19

Last day to add a full term course
January 27

Last day to drop a full term course
February 17

Spring Break
March 7—15

Fall tuition deposit due for returning undergraduates (notice goes out February 15)
March 15

For a full list of events, view the University Calendar.

Academics

Registration Reminders from the Office of Academic Advising: If your student is under 12 hours of course registration, please encourage him/her to speak with an Academic Counselor in the Office of Academic Advising. Being under 12 hours of course registration can negatively impact Financial Aid, Housing, and Health Insurance.

If your student is planning to declare Part-Time Status for the Spring 2015 semester, s/he must complete a part-time status request form as soon as possible by visiting the Office of Academic Advising. The deadline to declare part-time status is January 27th. Please pay very close attention to the refund schedule that is outlined in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

The last day to add a full-semester course is January 27th. The last day to drop a course is February 17th.

From the News Service: With winter here, we want to remind parents and families of the ways that students learn of weather-related class delays or cancellations.

Campus Life and Events

Residence Life & Housing announces room changes: if your student would like to change rooms, requests will be accepted online at rlh.wfu.edu beginning January 20th. Note: space availability may limit change options. If your student is interested in being a Resident Adviser, applications and information can be found online. The online application is due January 26th.

Thrive is back and kicking off their new Dimensions by the Month Campaign. This campaign highlights two wellbeing dimensions per month with dimension-specific events, tips, and classes. Check out the Thrive blog for more information on wellbeing and upcoming events and stay in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter for more details.

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has published its January 2015 Dining Update. Students will want to make note of dining hours on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

The Pro Humanitate Institute and the Women's Center are accepting applications for Women's Philanthropy in Action, a co-curricular program for undergraduate women that examines the collective impact and root causes of social issues that affect women in Winston-Salem. As the program capstone, participants form a giving group of the Women's Fund of Winston-Salem and research, evaluate, and recommend grants as a collective voice for the Women's Fund.

The Women's Center invites students who participated in sorority recruitment to "Beyond Recruitment," a discussion for reflecting on that experience and how it fits into their overall Wake Forest experience. They also welcome undergraduate women to the Women’s Center January dinner, where they will explore belonging - what it feels like as well as how to find and create it. More details can be found on their events page.

Wake on Wall Street Event in NYC: Join Jim Dunn, CIO of Verger Capital Management, and other distinguished panelists for a 2015 Market Outlook discussion followed by drinks and networking. The event will take place on the evening of January 20th at NYC's Princeton Club. For more information, please visit the Wake on Wall Street website (registration required for website access).

The Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life organized the 50th Annual Lovefeast in December. Here are some facts about the event: people in 45 U.S. States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 28 foreign countries participated in the Lovefeast in person (2,200) or via the Internet webcast (4,440). At least 8 percent of webcast viewers came from outside the U.S.; China led all countries with 177 viewers from 13 provinces.

Resources

From the Student Health Service: Coughing and sneezing are common sounds in crowds this time of year. As we enter the winter season, respiratory infections such as influenza (the flu) and common colds increase in frequency. The staff in the Student Health Service would like to provide some information regarding prevention, self-care, and when your son/daughter should seek evaluation by a medical provider for these conditions. Cold vs. Flu information.

From the Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD): the Spring Career Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 21 from noon-4pm.

From Student Financial Services: Tax time is right around the corner. Please remind your student to sign up for the electronic 1098-T tax form via WIN. More information can be found on the Student Financial Services' website.

Parents' Page

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See a list of campus departments and our Q&A page.

Contact the Office of Parent Programs 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 pm 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.

The Daily Deac

Wednesday Five Senses
January 14th, 2015

The local school district was closed today on threat of freezing rain and roads, but as I drove to work there was just one moment of sliding and nothing more. Wake’s classes remained on schedule.

It’s been a long while since we did a “Five Senses” post – so here goes. Five Senses of Farrell Hall Living Room... [more ...]


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