Parents & Families E-Newsletter - February 2015

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WakeParents & Families

E-newsletter from the Office of Parent Programs

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 fall Family Weekend, which will be held October 2-4, 2015. Over the summer, Student Union (who plans all Family Weekend activities) will be providing information about the weekend's events, hotel information, and more.

For alumni parents, Homecoming will be held September 25-26, 2015. 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)
Director of Parent Programs

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

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 31

Housing and Dining Selection
April 13—17

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


Registration Reminders from the Office of Academic Advising: The Advising period for the Fall 2015 semester is : March 16th - March 27th. Registration for the Fall 2015 Semester is : March 30th- April 10th. Also, the last day to drop a course is February 17th.

Flipped classrooms: "flipped" classrooms are designed to eliminate the traditional lecture and use class time in a more interactive way. In Rick Matthews' introductory physics class, instead of lectures, furious note taking and typical homework assignments, class time was used for team-based problem solving, lab exercises and experiments, and more active teaching and interaction.

LENS@Wake Forest — Our Signature Summer Program for High School Students: Do you have a high school student seeking a fun, challenging, and unique experience for this summer? LENS@Wake Forest provides students an interdisciplinary and experiential learning environment characteristic of the liberal arts education ... without the pressure of grades/credit. Rising high school juniors and seniors spend three weeks living on-campus discovering how to change the way they learn, the way they think and the way they lead. Explore our two exceptional academic opportunities: Global Sustainability or Cultural Crossroads. Apply now »

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 that Housing and Dining Selection 2015 will occur online April 13-17. Students will begin receiving information about the process in early March. Information Sessions, Q&A Tables, and a Help Desk will be available before and during the selection process to assist students. A second round of selection will occur online in July for students who do not select a bed during the first round.

Thrive continues their Dimensions by the Month Campaign, featuring Social and Spiritual wellbeing. Check out the Thrive blog for the Parents Only monthly wellbeing blog series which include tips, tools, and resources. Stay in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter for more details.

From the Office of Personal and Career Development: On February 24, Wake Forest will host STEM SLAM, a career networking and exploration event for any student interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers. All students are invited to attend. A prep session will be held on Tuesday, February 17 from 5:30–6:30 pm in Reynolda 230. Learn more »

In the next month, the Pro Humanitate Institute will announce service trips for next winter break (late December 2015-- January 2016) to Vietnam and India. Our service trip in India, where students serve with the Missionaries of Charity, was our inaugural international service program, founded in 1994. As part of this program, students also travel to New Delhi and Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. Our Vietnam service trip started in 2002. During this program, students have helped to build schools, mercy houses, and playgrounds, as well as teaching English, spending time with local families, and engaging in cultural travel. More info »

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has published its February 2015 Dining Update.

Over 120 NYC parents, alumni, and friends gathered on January 20 for the Wake on Wall Street 2015 Market Outlook Panel, featuring Jim Dunn, CIO, Verger Capital, Marc Lautenbach (P'14, P'17), CEO, Pitney Bowes, and Jim Woolery ('91), Founding Partner, Hudson Executive Capital. It was an excellent opportunity to foster connections with fellow Deacs in finance and related fields. To keep up to date with Wake on Wall Street, please join


From Student Health Service: Spring and summer break are right around the corner. Is your son or daughter considering international travel for leisure, study abroad or service? If so, the Student Health Service International Travel Clinic should be part of their travel planning.

It's not too early to start thinking about carpooling for spring break. Students who post a ride (either offering or needing one) on Wake Forest's secure ride matching portal by the last day of break will be entered into a drawing for one of several $50 cash gift cards.

Reinforcing residence hall safety: Please help stress to your students the importance of locking their rooms. Leaving residence hall room doors unlocked for convenience can invite others to take students' belongings. Virtually all thefts from residence hall rooms occur when residents leave their rooms unlocked. To report a theft, contact University Police at 336-758-5591 or the RA on Duty.

From Student Financial Services: The "Returning Undergraduate Student Tuition Deposit" email will be sent in late February to the student's WFU email address. The deposit is due by March 31, 2015.

From University Police: For the month of February, Resource Officers will be conducting programs on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness. They will also be conducting the programs "Coffee with a Cop" in the residence halls; this is a program that creates open dialogue between the police and students.

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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

Happy Black and Gold Friday!
February 13th, 2015

It's Friday, and as always, I hope you're making it a Black and Gold Friday wherever you are. Wear WFU colors and show your school pride!

Correction from yesterday: the Kissing Kanines booth is in the Benson Center 3rd floor. Hope your students get the chance for a big pooch smooch today! [more ...]

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