Parents & Families E-Newsletter - April 2015

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E-newsletter from the Office of Parent Programs

In late March, Wake Forest announced the new Dean of the College, Michele Gillespie. Dr. Gillespie came to Wake Forest in 1999 and is the Presidential Endowed Professor of Southern History. In her new role as dean, she will have academic oversight for the undergraduate school of arts and sciences. She will begin serving as Dean of the College on July 1.

“I am humbled and thrilled to be assuming the role of dean of the college,” Gillespie said. “Since arriving at Wake Forest, I have come to know and respect the many incredible faculty and staff who are committed to making Wake Forest a place of transformative education for our students. I look forward to working together with those faculty who have been with Wake Forest for many years and those who are newer to our community and those yet to join us in our pursuit of academic excellence.”

Just as your students are busy preparing for finals and the end of the semester, we are busy preparing for Commencement. If you are the parent of a senior, be sure to visit the Commencement website for information about the weekend’s events.

And as the Class of 2015 prepares to depart, we are eager to welcome our newest students (and their parents and families) of the Class of 2019. If you are a new parent joining our Wake Forest family, we look forward to getting to know you and your students over the next four years! And if you are coming for Campus Day for Accepted Students (April 17 and 24), please be sure to stop by the Parent Programs table in the morning to say hello.

Wishing you a very happy spring, and Go Deacs!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Housing and Dining Selection
April 13-17

Classes end
April 29

Final exams
May 1-7

Residence halls close for non-graduating students
May 8

Residence halls close for seniors
May 18

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


Wake Forest’s Interdisciplinary Performance in the Liberal Arts Center (IPLACe) has been a catalyst to make dance (and all of the arts) more visible and meaningful throughout campus. IPLACe supports research, creative work, and pedagogy with an interdisciplinary focus and a performance component. This April, 26 students in three distinct course environments came together for an IPLACe funded project inspired by Remy Charlip’s Airmail Dances. When Charlip had forgotten to choreograph a dance for a friend, he sent her a series of postcards on which he’d drawn pictures of the body in various positions. Here, Wake Forest art and dance students created airmail dances and interpreted them in the studio for a movement study assignment, carefully considering the order in which they presented the images and the pathways they created in-between them. A glimpse into this collaborative project is featured in this short video. Read the full story of the project.

Campus Life and Events

Residence Life & Housing will hold room selection in mid-April. Encourage your students to read the Where Will You Wake? website and to visit the help desk in Luter Residence Hall Lobby from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm during room selection for assistance or questions. RL&H has also published its move-out procedures for students. Students will be given closing information by their hall staff, but they can also reference the information online now to guarantee a smooth move-out process.

The Senior Sendoff is a celebration for current seniors to come together to look back on their four years at Mother So Dear, and reminisce about the wonderful time! This event will be held April 22 and is put on by the Office of Campus Life and the Office of Alumni Engagement. Encourage your senior to register for this great event!

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

From the Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD): Wake Forest Connects – DC, a networking event on June 3, in Washington, DC, is open to all Wake Forest students and members of the class of 2015 still seeking post-graduation opportunities. All interested students must attend the April 22 prep session. Find out more here.


Does your student need to ship or store his/her belongings for the summer? Residence Life and Mail Services have information about available options.

From Student Health Service: Does your son or daughter have a medical condition that would benefit from continued management while at school? Are they finding it difficult to obtain prescriptions from their physician at home? Do they wait to have routine follow up visits until they are home on break? The board certified primary care professionals in Student Health Service can provide care for most chronic conditions and help students establish a relationship with a local specialist when appropriate. Read more »

The Office of Sustainability encourages you to remind your Deac to give away items at move-out via Deacs Donate instead of throwing them away. Any small unwanted goods should be placed in the blue Goodwill bins in residence hall lobbies. Larger items can be placed outside the residence hall by the Deacs Donate signs. Unwanted books are collected at the WFU Bookstore and donated to Better World Books to support ReadWS. With so many alternatives, the trashcan or dumpster should be the last stop during move-out.

Student Financial Services recently sent all current students an email introducing a new bill design for the monthly DEAC bill. SFS is very excited about the new design and the enhancements to customer service that it provides.

On March 19th, the WFU Police Department hosted a Campus Trust Talk. This event was facilitated by the Human Relations Commission of Winston-Salem using the same model they employ when organizing Community Trust Talks between concerned citizens and the Winston-Salem Police Department. This important step in the building of trust between the student community and the police incorporated both large and small group discussions, and included university student, faculty and staff participants as well as WFU and Winston-Salem Police Officers. At least one Campus Trust Talk will be offered each semester in order to address campus climate issues.

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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

Countdown to Finals – Help from A to Z
April 10th, 2015

Finals start about 3 weeks from now, so the stress level on campus will be going up as exams draw nearer. There are diversions of course – the great weather, beautiful spring flowers, and beach weekend (this weekend, I believe), and the thought of post-exams at the beach as well.

But until then, there’s work to be done, and it would be easy and not uncommon for your Deacs to feel the pinch of semester’s end. [more ...]

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