Parents & Families E-Newsletter - March 2017

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

Spring Break is over, and that means we’ve rounded the halfway point in the semester - hard to believe that, isn’t it? For our P’17 parents and families, that means Commencement is now less than two months away!

This morning we announced our Commencement speaker Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian. He is the author of highly acclaimed books on Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, George H.W. Bush, and other key figures in US history. As Dr. Hatch said, “There is no better time for us to understand and appreciate how the past informs our future. We are honored he will deliver Wake Forest’s commencement address.” Our Baccalaureate speaker is Wake Forest alumna Killian Noe (’80), founder of the Recovery Cafe in Seattle, Washington and 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. There is a plethora of information on the Commencement web site, including checklists and FAQs for both students and families; these are well worth your time so you can be fully prepared for the big weekend

In addition to getting ready to send the Class of 2017 off to do great things, we look forward to welcoming the new Class of 2021. For those of you with ’21 Deacs, please look for the Office of Family Engagement table at Campus Day for Accepted Students (on April 7 and 21)!  We’d love to meet you and your students and say hello.

Go Deacs!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

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

Fall tuition deposit due (for current students, not incoming ’21s)
March 31, 2017

Campus Day for Accepted Students (students can choose April 7 or April 21)
April 7, 2017

Good Friday observance
April 14, 2017

Campus Day for Accepted Students (students can choose April 7 or 21)
April 21, 2017

Final exams
April 28, 2017 - May 4, 2017

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


From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA) :

The Fall 2017 Advising Period for current students (not incoming first-years) began March 13 and runs through March 24.  During this period, students should be meeting with their academic advisers to discuss registration for Fall 2017 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 2017 classes. Registration will take place March 27 – April 7.

Last day to change from pass/fail to a letter grade in an approved course is April 7.

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 students who are experiencing financial hardship. In addition to the Ellis Fund, the Office of Financial Aid is available to discuss financial needs with students and can work with them to help meet those needs.

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, please be aware that 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.

Beginning this summer (2017), students must meet a prerequisite requirement of a 2.85 Wake Forest cumulative GPA to be eligible to take Accounting 111 For fall 2017 online registration, if a student feels he/she may not have this GPA by the end of the spring semester, we suggest that the student not register for the class during online registration.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the School of Business Part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs #13 in the nation. Rising six places in the national rankings, Wake Forest continues to hold the top spot among North Carolina business schools. It is the 8th consecutive year the School of Business MBA program has been #1 in the state.

The Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) has named Professor Jon Pinder’s textbook Introduction to Business Analytics Using Simulation Models as the “Most Promising New Textbook.” The award recognizes excellence in first edition textbooks and learning materials.

Summer Session offers a wide variety of classes for students seeking to get ahead or catch up on needed credit hours. Beyond that, summer is the perfect time to explore study abroad or internship opportunities. We also offer a small variety of online classes so your student can stay connected with Wake Forest regardless of where they are living during the summer.  The Summer Session website is your one stop shop for all undergraduate summer information. Registration for Summer Session opens in WIN on March 13 and will run through the beginning of Summer Session I until May 30.

The Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program is a hands-on learning experience for high school students. These programs take a dive deep into a field of study with access to world-class faculty, researchers, and industry professionals.  The Summer Immersion website shows a number of exciting options which are viewable under the Institutes drop-down menu.

Campus Life and Events

Rethinking Community - Wake Forest University has launched a campus-wide planning effort to culminate in a yearlong Rethinking Community series of conferences, dialogues, national speakers, performances, and much more during the 2017-2018 academic year.  Wake Forest plans to convene our counterparts across higher education and continue our efforts at building a stronger campus community through a year-long focus that invites us all to understand and grapple with a more virtual, diverse, polarized and global society. Learn more.

From Residence Life and Housing - there are a number of information sessions coming up about 2017-18 housing selection (for current students only - not incoming first-years).  As a reminder, there is a three year residency requirement for students.

Resources and Deadlines

From ARAMARK/Campus Dining: Over Spring Break, ARAMARK added over 150 new sustainable items in the Benson Sundry shop featuring organic, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO, vegetarian, nature grown, and kosher products.  There is also a new vegan station in the Pit, and a March meal promotion for students needing to add to their meal plans.

Student Financial Services: An email was sent to students and authorized payers on March 2nd reminding them of the $500 non-refundable tuition deposit required for all returning undergraduate students (not incoming first-year students; their process will take place later). The deposit is due by March 31st. Don't forget your student's 1098-T tax form is now available in WIN! Please visit the SFS website for more information. Is your student graduating this year? Please encourage them to check their WFU email often for important graduation information.

Thrive: The March Thrive Dimension of the Month is Environmental Wellbeing. There will be a number of campus activities that support environmental wellbeing; these will be held as part of Celebration of the Earth Week: Beauty in the World We Find.

Campus Safety

Wake Forest’s Office of Parking and Transportation adopted a new app (TransLoc Rider) this spring that the office encourages all shuttle riders to download and begin using immediately. The app is designed to make the shuttle service more convenient for all riders by offering real time tracking. Riders know where the shuttles are and when they are expected to arrive. In addition, the app offers enhanced Safe Ride/OnCall service. Instead of calling for such service, a rider can arrange to be picked up through the app. Safe Ride/OnCall service is available every day from 5:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. The Safe Ride/OnCall app can also be accessed from the University’s LiveSafe app. Read more

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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.

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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.

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