Parents & Families E-Newsletter - February 2017

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

The date for Family Weekend 2017 has been set!  Family Weekend will take place Friday, October 27-Sunday, October 29. More information will be available over the summer from the Office of Student Engagement (who plans and facilitates Family Weekend activities).  For now, be sure to mark your calendars!

Wishing our Deac families a belated Happy Valentine’s Day!  We are grateful for your engagement in the life of your students' alma mater.  And a reminder that for Valentine's Day, birthdays, and other special occasions, you can send your student a Deacon Greetings e-card.

The Office of Alumni Engagement has been running a Deacs in Love photo contest for Valentine's Day.  Will some of your Deacs end up there one day???

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Spring break
March 4, 2017 - March 12, 2017

Midterm grades due
March 8, 2017

Last day to add a second part of term class
March 14, 2017

Fall 2017 class registration (for current students only, not incoming ‘21s)
March 27, 2017 - April 7, 2017

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


From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA) - The last day of first part of term classes will be on February 28. Classes for second part of term will begin on March 1. The last day to add any second part of term classes, is March 14.

Are you and your student connected to OAA on social media? Make sure you both are up-to-date on important announcements from OAA!  Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Wake Forest accounting students achieve #1 CPA pass rate in the nation - The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy has reported Wake Forest University School of Business students in the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program have once again achieved the #1 pass rate in the nation on the Certified Public Accounting exam, among all U.S. universities with accounting programs. Wake Forest students have earned this number one ranking thirteen times since the School began offering an MSA degree in 1997, more than any other university during the same time period.

Summer school – Is summer school something that might benefit your student? Some students choose to attend summer school so they can focus on a critical course that is a prerequisite for their intended major (such as Accounting 111, organic chemistry, etc.), while others may want to repeat a course, or complete their foreign language study, or ... you name the reason! These are Wake Forest classes taught by Wake Forest faculty so no need to worry about transfer credit or course equivalencies. See the Summer Session website for more information.

Campus Life and Events

Founders' Day Convocation will be held Thursday, Feb. 16th.  Each year, the Wake Forest family gathers for the Founders' Day Convocation to observe the University's founding in February of 1834. During the ceremony, the Medallion of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the University, will be bestowed on James Barefield, Professor Emeritus of History and Herman E. Eure, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Biology.  Faculty awards will be presented in the areas of advising, teaching and service.

On Friday, Feb. 17, Wake Forest will hold a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for Maya Angelou Hall, a residence hall named for poet, author, professor and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.  The ceremony will be livestreamed at

Wake ‘N Shake Dance Marathon After 11 years of students dancing to find a cure, Wake ‘N Shake’s twelveth anniversary is taking place Saturday, March 18 from noon to midnight in the Sutton Center.  An entirely student-led event, Wake ‘N Shake has raised over $1,200,000 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 $300,000 and have more than 1,400 undergraduates participate. Great fun in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. Go Wake! Beat Cancer!

From the Women's Center: Save the Date! Your student can expand her alumni network and develop new skills at this year's Women's Leadership Symposium on March 24, 2017. Alumnae-facilitated workshops, panels, and a networking reception connect students to the larger community of Wake Forest women while expanding their toolkit to help them be successful leaders on campus and beyond.

Resources and Deadlines

The Student Health Service has staff on duty to take care of your student 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We always recommend that your student use the Web Portal to make an appointment that works best with their schedule. During times of high clinical demand (such as flu season) web appointments may be difficult to find. The Student Health Service is committed to providing timely care to our students and therefore reserves appointment spots for students whose illness or injury requires same day evaluation. If your son or daughter cannot find an appointment on the web portal, please have them call the office at 336.758.5218. The staff at Student Health will assist your student to work them into the schedule for emergent needs. A nurse staffed triage clinic is also available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

From Student Financial Services: Need a copy of your student's 1098-T tax form? Students can grant electronic consent and instantly access their important tax form via WIN! Please visit the SFS website for more information.

From ARAMARK/Campus Dining: Is your student running low on food dollars? Well now is the time to take advantage of our special offer! If you purchase $50 or more in Food Dollars, your student will get 10% Bonus Food Dollars for free! You can purchase these through or call 336.758.5607 to get this deal! This offer is valid until Feb. 28. Please email for any questions regarding this promotion.

Now that Wake Downtown is open, the Provost's office sent an email to students outlining services and amenities available at Wake Downtown.

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

From the 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.

Parents and Families Page

The Parents and Families Page is your portal to news and information specifically for Wake Forest families.

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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

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