Parents & Families E-Newsletter - August 2016

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

Move-In for new students is August 26th, and we could not be more excited to welcome the Class of 2020 and their families to campus! If you are the parent or family member of an incoming first-year student in the Class of 2020, please be sure to look at the special section of this e-newsletter about Move-In.

The Office of Family Engagement is excited for another reason: in addition to changing our office name this summer, we have a newly-created logo for our office, which you see in the header of this email, and we will be launching a new look and feel for our website the week of August 23rd.  The new look and feel will - we hope - be a little less text heavy and a little easier for you to navigate.  It's not quite ready for primetime yet - but sometime during the week of August 23rd we'll be up and running. Check back that week at  We hope you'll like what you see.

As you get ready to pack up your Deacs and send them to school, fill this last week or two with lots of love, their favorite foods, and fun family time.

We wish you all safe travels to campus and a smooth Move-In!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Final deadline to complete student insurance open enrollment or waiver period (you must do one or the other) for incoming students as well as returning upperclassmen/women
August 26

Move-in for new students
August 26

Orientation programs for parents and families of new students
August 26-27

Move-in for returning upperclassmen/women
August 27-28

First day of classes
August 30

Last day to add full-semester classes
September 13

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

For Incoming Parents and Families of enrolling freshmen in the Class of 2020

View the On-Campus Orientation schedule online.  Please note the gold items are for parents and families, and black items are for students.

Please read this important Move-In and parking information from Residence Life and Housing; please be sure to print the Parking Pass that corresponds to your student's arrival.

Having seen many years of Move-Ins, the Office of Family Engagement has compiled some advice on Move-In Logistics as well as Move-In Best Practices.  We hope you will find these useful.

If you want access to your student’s mid-term and final grades or you anticipate needing to speak with a University official about your student’s academic records, your student must give you permission via Proxy Access.  This is a requirement under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which provides college students full control over who can see their academic information.  Representatives of the Office of the University Registrar will be available in the Benson Center at the Campus Services and Information Fair on Friday, August 26 to answer any questions you may have about Proxy Access or FERPA. Read more.

The Intercultural Center cordially invites families to join them for the following Move-In events on Friday, August 26th:

Latino Families Reception
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Reynolda Hall, Magnolia Room

Intercultural Center Information Session
4:30 pm-5:30 pm
Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Room 404

Welcome Reception for Families of International and Multicultural Students
6:00 pm-7:15 pm
Reynolda Hall, Green Room

If you plan to attend Campus Services Day on Friday, August 26th, be sure to stop by the Student Financial Services table in Benson University Center. Representatives will be available to answer your questions and your student will have the opportunity to be entered in a drawing to win a Starbuck's gift card!

Please also stop by the Office of Family Engagement table at Campus Services Day.  We will have some fun giveaways, including Parents are Deacs Too! t-shirts, Wake Forest Parent stickers, and contact cards with information from our office about parent and family resources (while supplies last). You can also sign up for the Daily Deac blog and meet our staff.

The Faculty Fellows program increases faculty-student engagement by promoting informal, regular interactions between students and the Faculty Fellows, who provide programming and events in first-year residence halls.  Having faculty members working with the residence halls helps integrate the life of the mind into students’ social experiences, and helps enhance the sense of community at Wake Forest.  Many of the Faculty Fellows will be there to greet students and parents at the residence halls on Move-In Day.  Encourage your Deac to meet his/her Faculty Fellows and take advantage of the programs and events the Faculty Fellows sponsor.

Just for Parents: Helping with the Transition to College and Beyond: If you have not signed up for this session, please know you are welcome to join us in Wait Chapel on Friday, August 26th at 7:30.  Dr. James Raper (University Counseling Center) and Dr. Joanne Clinch (Student Health Service) will be sharing information and tips for families about the transition to college, issues experienced during the college years, family relationship strategies, promoting emotional and physical health, and more. Pre-registration recommended, but walk-ins welcome.


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.

Does your student plan to take a part-time course load in the fall?  If your student plans to take less than 12 credit hours during the Fall 2016 semester, s/he needs to visit us in the Office of Academic Advising during our walk-in hours (M-F 10-4) for approval.  This can be done at any time prior to the fall add deadline (Sept. 13), but it is financially advantageous to do so before the first day of class (Aug. 30)!

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, or after their study abroad experience to assist with the cultural transitions they will experience. To learn more about the CCE series, visit the CCE website. Interested students may register for courses on WIN.

The School of Business shared information about three of its graduate programs: the MA in Management, the MS in Business Analytics, and the MBA program. Read more about each of these programs and learn more about the students and graduates.

Campus Life and Events

The Office of Personal and Career Development has published a list of 2016-2017 opportunities for Wake Forest students to learn about potential job/internship opportunities, meet with employers, and network with alumni! See the full list of dates and events.

From Fraternity and Sorority Life - Fall fraternity and sorority recruitment events are just around the corner!  Because first-year students are not eligible, fall recruitment is much smaller and less formalized than in the spring.  As a reminder, students must have completed at least 12 hours of college credit and have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Read more.

Family Weekend 2016 will be held October 7-9.  Please visit the Family Weekend website to register for this great weekend!  The Office of Student Engagement plans all Family Weekend activities.

Resources and Deadlines

The 2016-2017 Student Health Insurance deadline to enroll or waive is August 26.  Students who have not enrolled or waived coverage have been emailed several times this summer, and families for whom we had a valid email address were emailed this message.  Student(s) will be automatically enrolled in the Student Blue insurance plan offered by Wake Forest if they do not complete a waiver by Friday, August 26, 2016 at 5 p.m. and the insurance charge will remain on the student account. Please urge your student to check his/her WFU email account for emails with the subject line of "WFU Health Insurance Requirement" and to act on that email to avoid an automatic enrollment.

Thrive and the Office of Wellbeing - We know that for parents and families, your students’ wellbeing is of the utmost importance and we want you to know that it is important to us too! Each month, we’ll post Wellbeing tips, tools, and resources, to help parents and families successfully navigate helping your students become the best version of themselves at Wake Forest, as well as give you peace of mind at home.  Read more.

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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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