Parents & Families E-Newsletter - June 2015

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E-newsletter from the Office of Parent Programs

Happy Summer, Deac families! It has been an unseasonably hot one in Winston-Salem, with temperatures in the 90s the last week or two.

We are wrapping up the University’s academic and fiscal year on June 30th and I want to thank all the current, incoming, and past parents who have supported the Parents’ Campaign in record numbers. Your support makes it possible for us to do everything we do for our students. (If you haven’t made a gift but want to, you can give securely online).

We are blessed to have such a passionate and devoted parent constituency at Wake Forest. Whether you have encouraged prospective students to consider applying, shared the Wake Forest story with folks in your hometown, attended a WFU event on or off campus, and/or helped support the Parents’ Campaign, you have made a real difference in the life of the University.

On behalf of my colleagues in Alumni Hall, thank you for all you do for Wake Forest!

Go Deacs!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Student insurance open enrollment or waiver period (you must do one or the other, for incoming students as well as returning upperclassmen/women)
June 1-August 3

Summer Session 2
July 6-August 8

Family Weekend Registration goes live at 10 am
July 15

Fall tuition due
August 1

Move-in for new students
August 21

Move-in for returning upperclassmen/women
August 22-23

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

For Incoming First Year Families (Class of 2019)

For Class of 2019 parents from the Office of Academic Advising (OAA):

Your students have been receiving emails at their WFU email address from the Office of Academic Advising (from Dean Buchanan specifically) with reminders of deadlines and guidance to prepare them for registration and their arrival on campus. It would be helpful for you to ask whether your student is checking his/her WFU email regularly. Students should also be using Forestry 101 and the website to get information about everything from housing and dining to registration to parking to pre-orientation programs.
Questions about registration or other academic matters over the summer can be directed to academic counselors in the Office of Academic Advising. They can be reached at or (336) 758-3320. Students can also contact a trained student adviser by emailing
If you will want access to your student’s grades, or if you anticipate ever wanting to talk to a University staff member about your student’s educational progress, your student must sign a FERPA release (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.) For more information on FERPA, and how your child can indicate permission for you to access educational information, see Please read this web site and talk about it with your student.

Information about Vehicle registration for first-year students is available online: Freshman_Vehicle_Registration_2015_2016

Dietary considerations for Orientation: Wake Forest Dining is committed to providing a safe and comfortable dining experience for all students and their guests. Should you have special dietary needs or concerns during Orientation activities, please contact Nutrition Director, Kate Ruley, to discuss options for the family picnic and other such events. She can be reached on campus at (336) 758-2341 or

The Fall 2015 Student Health Insurance Program, enrollment/waiver period is open until August 3 at 5pm. All students, new and returning, must elect to enroll or waive coverage during this time. If no action is taken by August 3, your student will be charged for the health insurance premium, and WFU will be unable to waive the Student Blue coverage or credit your student’s account for the premium. Complete the Enrollment/Waiver online, or see additional details.

Just for Parents: Helping with the Transition to College and Beyond: Led by Dr. James Raper (University Counseling Center) and Dr. Joanne Clinch (Student Health Service), this parents-only presentation and discussion will focus on a variety of topics including: the transition from high school to college, common issues experienced during the college years, child/parent relationship strategies, suggestions for maintaining emotional and physical health, healthy boundaries, and when/how to access the multitude of support systems on campus. The session will be a 75 minute presentation with an opportunity to ask questions and engage with the presenters during the reception afterwards. Registration required.

New Student Receptions are underway. Register for these optional programs via the New Student Receptions website.

Keep checking the website and the purple Parents and Families section on the bottom left of the main page throughout the summer. Pay special attention to Important Dates and Deadlines, emails students received, announcements, advice for new parents, and more.


The fall Academic Calendar is available online. While the academic calendar is a general guideline of when school is out of session, before you make any firm travel arrangements, students will need to consult the syllabus for each of his/her fall classes and understand the class/exam schedule to be sure they are still on campus for required classes and exams. See more at the Parents’ Page Academics FAQ.

Campus Life and Events

Registration for Family Weekend 2015 (October 2-4) goes live at 10 am July 15th. Events can sell out, so mark your calendars and register early!

The Secrest Artists Series presents world-class performances free of charge to students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest. See the 2015-16 schedule of events.

Resources and Deadlines

Student Health Insurance requirement: parents of returning students are reminded that you must elect to enroll or waive coverage by August 3 at 5pm. If no action is taken by August 3, your student will be charged for the health insurance premium, and WFU will be unable to waive the Student Blue coverage or credit your student’s account for the premium. Complete the Enrollment/Waiver online; additional details. Currently enrolled students have been notified of the insurance requirement and enrollment/waiver period. The notice and instructions on how to complete this process have been sent to their WFU email address.

Student Financial Services would like to remind students and their families that the due date for fall tuition and fees is August 1st. If a parent or third party needs to view a student account via DEAC, the student must grant them authorization: Set Up Authorized Payers.

Student Financial Services also encourages students to utilize direct deposit for student refunds. Sign Up for Direct Deposit.

Parents’ Page

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

Want the Daily Deac parent blog to be sent automatically to your email every day? Follow these instructions to subscribe. The Daily Deac is our blog for parents and families. It’s a great way to get a snapshot of life at Wake Forest.

See a list of campus departments and our Q&A page.

Contact the Office of Parent Programs 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

May 20th, 2015

It’s technically barely the start of summer but we have already reached the dreaded 3 Hs: Hazy, Hot and Humid. No lie, Deac families, it has been oppressively hot here. I have two degrees in English from WFU and I am starting to run out of hyperbolic adjectives to say how beastly hot it is. [more ...]

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