Parents & Families E-Newsletter - January 2017

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WakeParents & Families

E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

The semester started with a bang - a snowfall of about 7 inches. Snow days on campus are wonderful things, with students having snowball fights, making snowmen, and - for some students - perhaps even experiencing snow for the first time!  You can see more of the snow day photos from our own Ken Bennett.

Dr. Hatch sent the campus community a message at the start of the semester, where he encouraged communication, meaningful connection, and understanding:

“As we begin a new semester, we have the opportunity to learn from the people and situations placed in our path. I am convinced we must use this occasion to redouble our efforts – as individuals and as a community – to think hard about what kind of persons we want to be and what kind of community we want to build. Can we cut against the grain and demonstrate what it means to bridge differences and to uphold the common good?” Read Dr. Hatch’s full message.

Let’s make this a great spring, Deac families!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Last day to add full term classes
January 25, 2017

Major/minor declaration
February 6, 2017 - February 10, 2017

Last day to drop a full term class
February 14, 2017

For additional dates, view the Academic Calendar or Events Calendar.


Office of Academic Advising (OAA):  Classes began on January 10th.  We are excited to have our students back on campus and are looking forward to the Spring 2017 semester!

The last day to add a full-term class is January 25.

The last day to drop a class is February 14.

Any student who plans to be part-time for the current semester should fill out a part-time status petition form as soon as possible.

Any students who have incomplete courses from the Fall 2016 semester (or the last semester of attendance) must turn in all work for these courses by February 8th.  Grades for incomplete courses that are not completed by this date will automatically roll over to Fs.

Students who received one F and students who received multiple low grades (Ds and/or Fs) for Fall 2016 have received outreach from OAA. The intent of this outreach was 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.

Campus Life and Events

Center for Global Programs and Studies:  The International Family Program at Wake Forest University is looking for people interested in incorporating our international students into their family activities beginning this semester. This program, in its 11th year, has served as an invaluable opportunity for students to experience U.S. culture outside the confines of campus.

Resources and Deadlines

Student Financial Services: Filing your taxes? Need a copy of your student's 1098-T tax form? Students who have granted consent for electronic 1098-T's can view their form online via WIN! Please visit the SFS website for further information. Please note: only students who have granted consent can view their form online. 2016 1098-T's will be available by January 31.

Campus Recreation: Does your student participate in Club Sports?  Campus Recreation provides support to 36 clubs whether they are instructional, recreational, or competitive.  Club members may travel locally, regionally, and nationally to compete against other schools.  Students using their personal vehicles for carpooling are not covered by WFU’s auto insurance policy and take an unnecessary risk.  Campus Recreation encourages club participants to use university vans for trips off campus.  Students using the university van will be covered by WFU’s auto insurance after taking a defensive driving course.  Please encourage your student to mitigate personal liability by utilizing university vans!

Thrive: January’s Thrive Dimension of the Month is Physical Wellbeing. Learn about January campus activities that support your student's physical wellbeing.

Campus Safety

During the winter break, the Wake Forest University Police Department moved into Alumni Hall, where University Advancement and Parking and Transportation are also located.  At present, the police department’s communication center remains in Davis Residence Hall.  It is open to receive visitors 24/7.  The center will move into Alumni Hall this spring. Read more.

Parents and Families Page

The 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 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

For those of you with high school students
January 18, 2017

Happy warm Wednesday, Deac families. We’re close to 60 degrees and sunny today, which certainly makes me feel good. For those of you with younger students at home, today’s Daily Deac is just for you. [more ...]

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