Parents & Families E-Newsletter - February 2016

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E-newsletter from the Office of Parent Programs

February brought some big news to campus. The first is the date for fall Family Weekend: Family Weekend will be held Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th. Student Union, who plans all Family Weekend activities, will have details about the weekend closer to the summer. If you wish to look into hotel reservations now, see the hotels page.

The other big announcement came from the School of Business. They announced a new Master of Science in Business Analytics program:

“The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program will welcome its first class in July 2016.
The 10-month Wake Forest MSBA program is designed with input from our corporate partners to ensure we are exceeding industry demands and delivering performance-ready professionals who are driven to achieve results with integrity. Our program has been developed with substantial input from leading organizations including ExxonMobil, Inmar, Oracle, Procter & Gamble, and WestRock. Executives from these companies and others will serve on the MSBA board of advisors to ensure our curriculum remains cutting-edge.
Using live, real-time data from retailers, such as CVS Health and Lowes Foods, provided by our revolutionary Retail Learning Labs through the School’s Center for Retail Innovation, MSBA students will analyze large data sets, master technological skills such as data mining and predictive modeling, and formulate actionable insights to corporate partners through hands-on experiential learning.” Read more.

Your students got a bonus snow day on Monday. Let’s hope that’s the end of winter weather for Mother So Dear.

Go Deacs!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Deadline to drop classes
February 19

School of Business Drop-In Hours for Q & A
February 19, 25 and 29

Spring break
March 5-13

Midterm grades due
March 9

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


From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA): the last day to drop has been extended to 5 PM on Friday, 2/19; this is also the deadline to change courses from graded to pass/fail mode if eligible. Students should make all necessary changes to their schedules by this deadline.

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The School of Business is holding a number of events for first-year students interested in a business major. Read about February in Farrell events.

Do you have a high school student seeking a fun, challenging, and unique summer experience?  LENS@Wake Forest – for rising high school juniors and seniors - provides students an interdisciplinary and experiential learning environment characteristic of the liberal arts education – without the pressure of grades or credit. LENS participants spend three weeks living on campus discovering how to change the way they learn, the way they think and the way they lead.

From the Office of Personal and Career Development: Are you a manager or executive who wants to bring your business to the forefront of innovation and more successful problem-solving, and live in the Charlotte area? The Wake Forest Charlotte Center is offering a Certificate in Design Thinking for Innovative Business Problem Solving. In this certificate program, you’ll learn the best procedure for generating and testing concepts-one that combines brainstorming, visualization, and other right-brained thinking with traditional left-brained analysis. You’ll learn to stop exclusively using the voice of critical reasoning. You’ll study cases of designing and artist thinking in action and work with peers and award-winning faculty to build a systematic solution for one of your current business issues.

Campus Life and Events

The Sutton Center of Reynolds Gym had its grand opening at the end of January. The campus community came together to see the remarkable addition to Reynolds Gym and to enjoy an afternoon of fun and fellowship. See the Sutton Center come to life in this video retrospective.

Residence Life and Housing announces that housing selection for 2016-2017 (for current students only) will take place April 11 - 15, with some specific processes (e.g., Fraternity/Sorority housing selection) occuring in early April;  please see the Room Selection 2016 flyer for specific dates. Room selection times, which will be delivered to students on March 28, are randomly generated based on students’ housing classification. (i.e., all rising seniors have selection times that are randomly assigned for April 11 and 12). The more semesters a student has lived on campus, the earlier the selection time will be.  Selection times are not based on GPA or number of credit hours. Please encourage your student to attend an information session, and consult our FAQs for additional information. Note: for incoming first-year students in the Class of 2020, information about room assignments will be available in May.

Global Wake Week (March 14-18): students can enjoy a week-long celebration of our Global Campus as we focus on Transcending Boundaries: Building a Global Campus Community. We’ll have a week filled with activities, films, food trucks, games and more as we launch the University’s 10-year focus on Global Wake Forest.

Wake ‘N Shake (March 19): After 10 years of students dancing to find a cure, Wake ‘N Shake’s eleventh anniversary is taking place Saturday, March 19 from noon to midnight in Reynolds Varsity Gym.  An entirely student-led event, Wake ‘N Shake has raised over $900,000 for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund, which directly supports the world class research at the WFU Comprehensive Cancer Center. This year’s goal is to raise $225,000 and have more than 1,400 of undergraduates participate.


From the 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. Students traveling to Central and South America, Punta Cana and the Caribbean, should be aware of the possibility of mosquito borne infections, including Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue and malaria. Wake Forest Student Health Service advises students who are planning such travel learn about ways to prevent illness and stay healthy prior to travel. 

University Police will be conducting a Citizens Police Academy Lunch and Learn series to give Wake Foresters an opportunity to gain insight into the daily functions and responsibilities of our law enforcement personnel.  Program graduates will be able to share knowledge gained with others in the community, thereby helping others become more familiar with the University Police.

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has provided its February Dining Update. Please note there is 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. Once students have granted consent, students must also establish Proxy Access for parents or others they wish to have access to this information. Please visit the Student Financial Services website for further information and instructions. 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: From Malika Roman Isler (’99), Director of Wellbeing: “The Office of Wellbeing provides oversight for the Thrive initiative and develops prevention education and partnership throughout the campus.  Our office developed an alcohol-focused social norms campaign because we know that both at Wake Forest and other universities, a student’s alcohol use is heavily influenced by what they believe their peers do and think.”

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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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