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Wake Parents & Families

E-newsletter from the Office of Parent Programs

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“With this pin, I declare I am in!”

This was the loud and proud declaration of the Class of 2017 during “The Making of a Demon Deacon” at Orientation. During this ceremony, which was a new addition to Orientation, members of the Class of 2017 received a pin that is a replica of the University Seal. Our new students were asked to introduce themselves to someone standing near them and to pin their seal on their neighbor. After the pinning, Provost Rogan Kersh (’86) told the students to proclaim: “With this pin, I declare I am in!” (he also shared with the group that it is a tradition that we do not step on the seal inlaid in the Quad – something good to remember for Family Weekend!). And then our newest Deacs got a lesson in how to roll the Quad. It was a wonderful way to begin their time at Wake Forest.

So class is now in session, and we are thrilled to have everyone back on campus. We also have three new completed buildings: Magnolia and Dogwood residence halls, and Farrell Hall, home to our Schools of Business. It’s a great time to be a Deac!

Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for ZSRx Parents and Families: Deacon Development 101. This is a free, online course that will explore Generation Y. It begins in October, but if you provide your email address on this form, we’ll email you when registration is available in late September.

Best wishes to your students for a wonderful fall semester.

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

Academics and Events

The Office of Academic Advising has posted important dates and deadlines in the academic calendar. Parents and families want to be sure their students are aware of these dates, particularly for dropping and adding classes. It is important to note that if a student thinks he/she will drop a class, he/she must be sure to have at least 12 credit hours in order to remain a full-time student. Some students might need to add a new class first before dropping one, lest they dip below the 12 credit hour limit.

Campus Life

President Hatch sent a message to members of the campus community to share his thoughts about the start of the semester: “Whether you have been at Wake Forest for several decades or mere days, a new academic year signals overwhelming promise and potential. I hope you are prepared to embrace the many opportunities that surround you this semester. As a member of the Wake Forest community, I am grateful that I see many people – faculty, students and staff alike – who are deeply committed to the common good. We see it in the keen interest in making Wake Forest a better place to study and live, particularly in the attention that faculty and other academic advisors devote to individual students and their learning.” Read his full message online.

Roommates and the Residential Education – Residence Life and Housing offers a perspective on the roommate assignment process for first-year students, as well as the many resources available to them as they adjust to residential life on campus. Information about Room Thaw – the process by which students can request a room change – is also included.

Faculty Fellows are providing support to first-year residence halls this year. Faculty Fellows will work closely with the residents throughout the year, creating programs, hosting dinners and hanging out in the building. The program gives faculty the opportunity to engage with students outside the classroom and provides a model for students to talk with and get to know faculty one-on-one.

Magnolia and Dogwood residence halls are now open for upperclassmen, offering a mix of suites with double and single rooms for approximately 480 students. The rooms feature everything from motion and heat activated lights to reconfigurable couches and computer chairs that can be detached from their base. Both buildings were designed with input taken from student focus groups and an administrative and student committee.

My Journey is a comprehensive, holistic, collaborative, approach to student development. Students face distinct challenges as they progress through each year of the collegiate experience. Each student has the opportunity to take part in a truly transformational experience by taking an active role in their personal collegiate journey. Visit the My Journey website, or read about some of the activities planned for September for your students in the My Journey newsletter that goes to other campus administrators. Each class also has its own Tumblr account: first-years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Alumni perspective: Men in Johnson? Are you kidding? For alumni families who moved in new students during Orientation, some of the changes to campus were startling. An example is that back in the day, most men lived on the Quad and most women on South campus. So moving a son into Johnson would have been unthinkable. Read more about some of the changes to campus from then until now from alumni families.


Student Health has announced information about several opportunities for students to receive the flu vaccine this October. Please share this with your students as you see fit.

Could your first-year student use a mentor? First-Year in Focus is a relationally-based program that matches a first-year student with an upper-class student by gender for a designated period of time. This one on one relationship establishes a friendship base which forms a platform for conversation, personal reflection and role-modeling between the first-year student and upper-class mentor. If you have a student who is trying to find his/her niche on campus and could benefit from a peer mentor, you can recommend your student for First-Year in Focus.

ZSRx Parents and Families: Deacon Development 101. Parents and families are invited to join us for a four-week, free online course for parents and families of Wake Forest students. This course seeks to bring participants to a fuller understanding of how this generation experiences their college years. The course will explore how parents can help their students develop crucial skills like resilience and self-advocacy, and how students might develop greater awareness of their own identities. Interact with student development experts on campus and hear from student support representatives as you learn about how students can reach their potential and find their niche on campus. Add your email now to be alerted about when registration will begin in late September.

Alternative transportation: Encourage your student to zip around Winston-Salem and beyond with the help of Zipcar, a car-sharing service, and Zimride, a campus carpool network. These WFU programs, offered through the Office of Sustainability, reduce the need for, and hassle of, bringing a personal vehicle to campus. Find out more.

Direct Deposit for student account refunds and expense reimbursements is now available. Enrollment can be completed via the student WIN login and involves three easy steps. If a student chooses not to enroll in direct deposit, then any student refund or expense reimbursements will be mailed to the student's primary address in the form of a paper check. More information can be found under Student Refunds located on the Student Financial Services website.

For parents and families of first-year students (aka P’17s) – did you know that the Parents’ Page offers a special message for first-year families each week? These messages cover topics that your students might be experiencing that week and offers suggestions on how to understand and support them. Bookmark this page and visit weekly for new topics.

Parents' Page

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

Read the Daily Deac, our blog for Wake Forest parents and families. This is a great way to get a snapshot of campus every day. Read it and share it with your student!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Have a question? Consult our Q&A page.

For first-year parents, we have a special message each week about how to support your student during the college transition.

See a list of campus departments frequently needed by families.

Contact the Office of Parent Programs at or 336.758.4237.

Parent Programs

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Registration open for Fall Family Weekend (sponsored by Student Union)
opened July 17

Room Thaw (for students who want to initiate a room change)
September 3-17

Last day to add a class
September 10

Last day to drop a class
October 1

Fall Family Weekend (sponsored by Student Union)
October 4-6, 2013

Fall Break
October 11
NOTE: Fall Break is Friday only; classes resume on Monday, October 14

For a full list of events, view the University Calendar


Student Involvement Fair
September 3, 2013
Today at 3:30 is the Student Involvement Fair on the Manchester Plaza (aka Mag Quad on the south side of campus, nearest the first-year residence halls). This is a great event, because it brings out every student organization on campus to showcase what they do. Student organizations also have email sign up sheets that will get interested folks on their distro list for emails the group sends out about upcoming activities and opportunities.
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