Parents & Families E-Newsletter - January 2016

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E-newsletter from the Office of Parent Programs

After a month-long break, it is great to have your students back with us. Campus does not feel the same without the energy and activity our students bring.

President Hatch sent the campus community a message at the start of the semester. He said, in part:

“With refreshed optimism, we make resolutions — get fit, eat healthier, get out of debt, quit procrastinating, volunteer, spend more time with family and friends — in an effort to improve ourselves. When the calendar turns to January, we hope that we will be better this year, and we anticipate the chance to try...

From the very start, education encouraged people to stretch their minds, explore new ideas and engage deeply in thought. At its very core is the idea that education can make us better — thinkers, listeners, citizens, writers, communicators, problem solvers, contributors — and by being better, we can inspire those around us in similar ways.” Read the full message here.

It’s a new year, a new semester, and it is full of opportunities. Here’s to making the most of them!

Wishing you all the best for 2016,

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

January 18
MLK Holiday — no class

January 26
Deadline to add classes

February 16
Deadline to drop classes

For a full list of events, view the Academic Calendar or Events Calendar.


The From the Office of Academic Advising:

Classes began on January 12. We are glad to have our students back on campus! The last day to add a class is January 26. The last day to drop a class is February 16. Any student who plans to be part-time for the current semester should visit the Office of Academic Advising as soon as possible to complete this process. While the official deadline to do this is January 26, it is financially advantageous to make this change ASAP!

Any students who have incomplete courses from the Fall 2015 semester (or the last semester of attendance) must turn in all work for these courses by February 10. Grades for incomplete courses that are not completed by this date will automatically roll over to Fs.

Students who received at least one F and students who received multiple low grades (Ds and/or Fs) for Fall 2015 will be receiving outreach from OAA during the beginning of the semester. The intent of this outreach is not to punish students for receiving low grades, but rather to offer them support and to educate them about the on-campus resources available to them moving forward. Students are encouraged to respond to this outreach and meet with one of our Academic Counselors.

At the end of the fall semester, many parents had questions about access to students’ grades and other academic information. Students who wish to provide their parents access to grades or other information must do so using the Proxy Access process.

Campus Life and Events

The Spring Involvement Fair will be held January 24th. Students can learn more about campus organizations they wish to join and sign up to get on their distribution lists.

Residence Life and Housing advises of the following: After consultation with our various partners here at Wake Forest, Residence Life and Housing has made the decision to prohibit the use, possession or storage of electronic skateboards including self-balancing boards/scooters and other similar equipment in all University owned or leased residence halls, apartments, and houses. Any violation of this policy will result in automatic removal of the item, potential fines and/or student conduct referral.

Residents of Huffman and Poteat residence halls have been sent an email about the planned closing of those halls in early May for renovations.

From the Office of Personal and Career Development: There are two key career networking and exploration events coming up for students. January 20 is the Spring Career Fair. A variety of industries will be represented. February 3 is the STEM Slam. Industries represented will be from the STEM and Healthcare fields.


From the Student Health Service: Winter has hit the campus at Wake Forest and so has the flu. Influenza is common to occur in the winter months and is spread more readily with the close contact that occurs when students stay indoors to keep warm. Student Health Service is recommending that students who have not yet received a flu vaccine to do so now. It is not too late to receive this vaccine which is the best protection against contracting this virus. Flu shots are available in Student Health Service without an appointment Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM (Tuesdays 10 AM- 4 PM). Read more.

From University Police: this month University Police will focus on having students register their new electronic property with our department. “Protect Your Investment” — Record all your serial numbers on items such as cell phones, iPods, cameras, laptops. Register your serial numbers with university police though their website under “Operation ID”. On your personal items engrave your driver’s license number; engravers are obtained from University Police. Do not leave valuables in your room where they can be seen. Lock your room doors, even when going to the shower (take your key).

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has provided its January 2016 Dining Update. Please note the shift in hours of service on MLK Day. There is also a Campus Dish website with information that can be helpful for students (or parents) who want to know more about menu choices, healthy options, and more.

Student Financial Services: Electronic 1098-T Tax Forms — If you wish to view your student's 1098-T online, your student must first grant consent to receive their 1098-T forms electronically. Instructions for students on granting consent can be found on the Student. Once students have granted consent, students must also establish Proxy Access for parents or others they wish to have access to this information. Information and instructions for students regarding proxy access can be found on the Registrar's website. Please note, those with proxy access will only be able to view 1098-T forms online if the student has granted consent for receiving 1098-T's electronically.

Thrive’s January Dimension of the Month is Physical Wellbeing. We are excited to announce the grand opening of the Reynolds Gym Addition on January 27 from 4-7 p.m. This is a great opportunity to see the new facility and learn about all of the upcoming programs and offerings. If you’re in town, drop by for an evening of food, fun, and fellowship. And visit the Thrive Parents’ Blog for information on how to encourage your Deacs to attend to their Physical Wellbeing.

The Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation (CARE) Team serves the Wake Forest University community by evaluating and responding to disruptive, troubling, or threatening behaviors brought to the attention of the Team. As a part of this work, the Team also seeks to help identify members of the Wake Forest community who are in need of support, guidance, or other intervention and to refer them to appropriate campus and community resources. Learn more about the CARE Team.

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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.

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