Parents & Families E-Newsletter - April 2017

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WakeParents & Families

E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

April at Wake Forest is a beautiful month, with an abundance of flowers and the excitement that comes with knowing Commencement is just around the corner.  We can’t wait to see all our P’17 families who will be here in a few short weeks to celebrate their Deacs’ achievements!

We’re also eager to welcome the Class of 2021 and their families to the larger Wake Forest family.  (In case you didn't know this, the Wake Forest family never gets smaller. We don’t “lose” graduates and their parents and families after Commencement; instead, we expand the circle to add the newest Wake Foresters year after year).

Wishing our students a strong finish to the academic year - and wishing you and yours a happy Spring!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

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

Classes end
April 26, 2017

Final exams
April 28 - May 4, 2017

Commencement weekend
May 14 - 15, 2017

Fall Tuition Notification Issued
June 1, 2017

Complete a Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Form
June 1 - August 1, 2017

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

Families of Incoming First-Year Students –
Class of 2021

The New Students website will go live on May 1st. This comprehensive website will include important information for both students and their families about action items and due dates throughout the summer. A hard copy Forestry 101 book will be mailed to students mid-May, and it will also contain a parents and families calendar with key dates and action items. The New Students website will have a section specifically for families, and we encourage families to register to attend a New Student Reception if one is being offered in your area. Look for more information around May 1st.

Want a taste of campus life every weekday? Sign up to receive the Daily Deac blog, which is a parent and family-oriented blog covering snapshots of campus life. Subscribe on the main Daily Deac page.

Many families may be considering purchasing a laptop for their incoming first-year student.  Before you buy a computer, we want to make you aware of the WakeWare program.  WakeWare is a program that allows you to purchase a laptop that is guaranteed to work with all academic software, has educational-based pricing (for greater discounts), provides a loaner laptop in case repairs are needed, and has built-in accidental damage protection.  WakeWare will go live on May 1.  For students who receive institutional aid from Wake Forest (need- or merit-based), we encourage you to wait until mid-May when Technology Grants will be communicated to eligible students.  More information is available online.

Student Financial Services will pre-bill all students on June 1st, including our new, incoming first-year students. The June 1st bill gives families an idea of what they will owe on the final tuition due date of August 1st; housing typically includes an estimated double room charge. Pre-billing in June also gives students/families time to waive health insurance or make any other changes that are needed. Another bill will be available around July 1st, but the due date for fall tuition is still August 1st.

Commencement 2017

Commencement is May 15th! See full information and coverage about Commencement weekend.  Please take special note of checklists and FAQs.

Is your student scheduled to graduate in May, but worried that s/he won't meet one or more graduation criteria?  Students may still be eligible to participate in Commencement activities if they meet certain requirements.


From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA) :

Part-time status: if your student plans to take less than 12 credit hours during the Fall 2017 semester, s/he needs to visit the Office of Academic Advising during walk-in hours (Monday-Friday, 10 am to 4 pm) for approval. This can be done at any time prior to the fall add deadline (September 11), but it is financially advantageous to do so before the first day of class (August 28).

If your student wishes to take more than 17 hours for the Fall 2017 semester, s/he will need to compete the Exceed 17 Hour Limit Form and get permission from his/her faculty adviser and the Office of Academic Advising. Students should visit the Office of Academic Advising during walk-in hours (Monday-Friday, 10 am to 4 pm) for approval.

From the Business School:

The School of Business is excited to welcome back Anil Rai Gupta (MBA ’92) as the 2017 graduate hooding ceremony keynote speaker. Gupta is the chairman and managing director of Havells India, one of the largest makers of industrial and household electrical products in India.  Gupta, who says he is a firm believer in the transformative power of education, feels that liberal arts studies are essential to shape future leaders. He is one of the founding members of India’s first liberal arts institute, Ashoka University.

Summer Session - Summer is almost here! If your student is unsure of his/her summer plans, there are still a variety of summer courses with openings for registration. Registration is open in WIN until May 30. Students can still register for Summer Session II after that date by contacting the Summer School office at or 336-758-2330. We hope to see you around for a beautiful summer in the forest!

Has your student studied abroad, or is (s)he planning to study abroad? The Center for Global Programs and Studies is pleased to offer a cross-cultural engagement (CCE) series for students who study abroad. Students can enroll in a one-credit course before, during, and/or after their study abroad experience to assist with the cultural transitions they will experience. Completion of all three courses also counts towards the International Studies minor! To learn more about the CCE series, visit the CCE website. Interested students may register for courses on WIN.

From the ZSR Library:

Sources, Citations & Cookies - Students can drop in from 2-6 pm on April 24. ZSR Faculty will be in Room 477 ready to help students with every aspect of their research project. Students unable to attend then can always request a Research Session with a ZSR research librarian. In honor of Intellectual Wellbeing, our friends from Thrive will be on hand to provide brain-stimulating snacks and activities to keep you focused and relaxed!

Wake the Library is coming!  The ZSR Library is open 24/7 for students from 4/27-5/4 during exam week. Students can enjoy pizza, chicken biscuits, sandwiches, burritos and more in the Atrium from Thursday, 4/27 to Wednesday, 5/3. They can also unplug and unwind with the Relaxation Station in the atrium, with coffee, tea, snacks and more, or the ZieSta Room, a 24-hour napping room with recliners.

Campus Life and Events

Residence Life and Housing reminds families of the following: students who live in Davis, Palmer, Piccolo, Poteat, and Huffman Halls have received several messages regarding the early closure of their buildings but we wanted to be sure you have this important information as well. Work on these halls will begin on Saturday, May 6, 2017, which means that the buildings will close for ALL residents on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Students will need to request Interim Housing to stay on campus.

From the Office of Sustainability - Students are encouraged to donate or recycle unwanted books, furniture, clothing, and other materials when they move out this spring. Read more about the donation and reuse stations that make it easy for students to divert waste from the landfill.

Resources and Deadlines

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has provided updates for April 2017.

Student Financial Services: Summer sessions I & II will be billed on May 1st. The due date for both sessions is June 1st. SFS will begin billing Fall 2017 charges on June 1st. The due date for the Fall tuition to be paid is August 1st. Please ensure your student has established you as an authorized payer in DEAC so you will be notified via email each time a billing statement is available. Please visit the SFS website for more information.

The 2017-2018 Student Health Insurance open enrollment period will be 6/1/17 – 8/1/17. All students, new and returning are required to make an election regarding coverage (enroll or waive), as health insurance is required for full-time enrollment at the University. During this time, elections can be made online at In order to waive, you must provide proof of coverage that meets the University criteria. Please visit for more information, or email to

Thrive: The April Thrive Dimension of the Month is Financial Wellbeing. There are some great tips for students and families about maintaining financial wellbeing, as well as an event at month-end for students.

Campus Safety

A crime alert was issued on April 17.  Parents and families can subscribe to crime alerts. NOTE: emails are sent daily at noon, but only if new updates have been posted in the previous 24 hours.

Did you know that Wake Forest has its own Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team? It’s a student-run organization that received impressive news media attention in early April when it participated in a mass casualty drill at LJVM Coliseum.  The Winston-Salem Journal published a story with several photographs when the EMS team and several first responder agencies held the drill on April 1.

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.

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