Parents & Families E-Newsletter - March 2016

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WakeParents & Families

E-newsletter from the Office of Parent Programs

There is huge, exciting news coming out of campus this week!

“Wake Forest University announced today that new academic programs in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering will anchor the University’s undergraduate presence, referred to as Wake Downtown, in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter beginning in 2017.
Last fall, Wake Forest announced plans to lease space in the rehabilitated former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company 60 series building in the Innovation Quarter, adjacent to what will become the home of the medical education programs of Wake Forest School of Medicine this summer.
Now, newly approved courses of study in Engineering, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery will extend the exceptional faculty-student engagement that is a hallmark of the Reynolda Campus to one of the fastest-growing urban-based districts for innovation in the country. The proximity of the 115,000-square-foot Wake Downtown facility also will make it possible for undergraduates to take classes with faculty from Wake Forest School of Medicine.” Read more.

This is a tremendous opportunity for Wake Forest to expand its academic offerings to students interested in the STEM professions, and is a wonderful collaboration with downtown Winston-Salem.

So proud to be a Deac! Wishing your family a very happy spring,

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Lower division advising
March 14-24

Good Friday observation
March 28

Classes end
April 27

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


From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA)

The fall 2016 Advising Period began March 14 and runs through March 24. During this period, students should be meeting with their academic advisers to discuss registration for fall 2016 and receive a PIN number to access registration. Students who do not meet with their advisers to get their PIN number will not be able to register for fall 2016 classes. Registration will take place March 28 – April 8.
Registration for summer classes runs March 14 – May 31. Find out more about WFU summer school.
Did you know…? There are financial resources available for struggling students. The Office of Academic Advising oversees the Ellis Fund, which is available to help with emergency needs of students who are experiencing financial hardship. Additionally, the Student Financial Aid staff is available to discuss financial needs with students and can work with them to help meet those needs through various other resources.

From the Business School:

If your student has been deferred or denied from the Business School and is struggling with what his/her next steps might be, Dean Betsy Hoppe and her staff at the Business School have offered to meet with each of these students to discuss the student's goals and options for meeting them.  In addition to the guidance Dean Hoppe and her staff have offered to provide, OAA Counselors are available to assist as well.
Beginning summer 2016, students must have a minimum 2.85 Wake Forest cumulative GPA in order to be eligible to enroll in ACC 111 (Accounting 111). It is advised that students who feel they may be at risk for not meeting this cutoff refrain from registering for ACC 111 during the Fall 2016 registration period in late March/early April, so as to avoid being dropped from the course later on when space in other classes will be limited. Students who feel they may not meet the prerequisite GPA are welcome to email Ms. Sharon Payne (, who will maintain a list of these students; upon completion of the Spring 2016 semester, the Business school staff will work to accommodate those students who meet the minimum GPA requirement in a section of ACC 111 that fits their schedule.

Campus Life and Events

Residence Life and Housing reminds families of the following:

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) occurring in early April; please see the Room Selection 2016 flyer for specific dates. Room selection times are randomly generated based on students’ housing classification: 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.
If your student is participating in or attending WFU's 2016 Commencement, or is staying for any other reason besides graduation before or beyond May 16, 2016, he/she must request Interim Housing. To request Interim Housing, your student must apply through WIN>Virtual Campus>Residence Life and Housing before May 2nd at 8 AM. Interim Housing (unless you are a graduating senior, a sibling of a graduating senior, or a student marshal) is $36 per night. For questions, please contact Erin Angel at
Poteat and Huffman Halls will close on May 6 for renovations. Residents of those halls have been sent a communication about interim housing beyond May 6; see details.

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.


ARAMARK/Campus Dining has a special promotion running for anyone who is running low on their meal swipes! We are offering a 50 block plan which consist of 30 regular swipes and 20 old gold swipes for $425 plus tax, a 30 block which has 15 regular swipes and 15 old gold swipes for $275 plus tax, and a 15 block that has 10 regular swipes and 5 old gold swipes for $145 plus tax! To receive this special deal or if you have any questions, call 336-758-5607 or have your student visit Reynolda Hall room 12!

From the Office of the Dean of Students: Wake Forest University strives to work with students and parents to ensure a safe and healthy campus community. One aspect of the physical and emotional wellbeing of our students that Wake Forest’s Office of the Dean of Students is concentrating on is hazing prevention. One of the primary challenges regarding hazing prevention on college campuses is understanding and utilizing the resources on campus to combat hazing, and knowing how to connect with these resources.

Student Financial Services: Electronic 1098-T Tax Forms - Student Financial Services: Electronic 1098-T Tax Forms - Students (and parents!) have the ability to view/print their 1098-T online via WIN. 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: Environmental wellbeing is our March Thrive Dimension of the Month. Studies show that the physical environment can have a significant impact on our overall wellbeing, reducing stress, improving mood, as well as creating calm and balance. Whether that be spending less time with the TV or other screens, a more comfortable sleeping space, or a supportive and safe space that your students can thrive in, the environment is a critical factor in managing and improving student wellbeing!

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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

Senior Orations – Buck Hinman (’16)
March 18th, 2016

It’s the end of a glorious week on campus. It’s been in the 70s and 80s all week, but to my dismay we’re about to hit a cold and possibly rainy stretch this weekend and early next week. [more ...]

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