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The fall semester has begun and we are so happy our students are back on campus. During Move-In and Orientation Weekend, we welcomed nearly 1,300 new students and their families. The Class of 2018 had a full slate of Orientation activities, including learning how to roll the Quad. Later in the weekend, the upperclass students returned to campus. Classes are in session now, and the semester is full of possibilities.

President Nathan O. Hatch sent a welcome message to the campus community on August 26. In it, he talked about making a difference in our world:

“We, at Wake Forest, are in the business of trying to make a difference in the world — to lead lives that transcend mere self-interest. We aim to commit ourselves to larger purposes — Pro Humanitate. Yet that is not easy in a world of problems that seem mounting and intractable. Where does one find a place to stand, a place of leverage from which one can begin to speak and act and make a difference?

At such times, I am grateful for the tradition and the promise of a liberal arts education. What we need, more than ever, is understanding; and that can only come through serious study and engaged inquiry. We need firmer grounding in history and the social sciences, literature and the arts, religion and philosophy, science and economics. We need greater understanding of ourselves and our own assumptions and beliefs. We need empathy to understand the convictions of others and communication skills to engage them with civility….

I have a simple personal hope for this year: to use the great resources of Wake Forest to grow in understanding. Please join me on this journey.”

A wonderful goal to think of as we live, learn, and grow at Wake Forest.

Go Deacs!

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


The Office of Academic Advising announces the following important dates and deadlines for Fall 2014:
  • September 9 - Last day to add classes
  • September 30 - Last day to drop a class
Declaring Part-Time Status - Students who plan to declare part time status for the Fall 2014 Semester will need to do so prior to the Last Day to add, which is September 9. Students will need to visit the Office of Academic Advising to speak with an Academic Counselor to obtain permission. Additional information and the Part-Time Status Request Form are available online.

Orientation 2014 – If you were not able to attend Orientation activities for the new first-year students (Class of 2018), some of the resources and presentations are available online. We hope these are helpful to you.

Campus Life and Events

Fraternity and sorority recruitment and intake for the fall semester has started. This recruitment time period is for upperclass students only. For more information, check out the Recruitment/Intake page. Dates for women’s spring 2015 recruitment can be found at the bottom of the PHC Recruitment page; women going through sorority recruitment return before the start of the spring semester, so please be aware of those dates as you make travel plans.

Wake Forest University Fall Family Weekend 2014 will take place October 24-26th. Online registration is open and ticket sales are available online only. Several of the weekend’s events include: Student a cappella Concert - Friday 10/24, 8-10 pm, Wait Chapel; Football Tailgate - Saturday 10/25, Time TBA, Baseball Park; Family Trivia - Saturday 10/25, 8-10 pm, Shorty's (Benson); Sunday Brunch - Sunday 10/26, 8:30 am-1 pm (3 seatings), Benson 401.

Campus Dining has shared its September 2014 Dining Update.


The Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD) announces its fall Career Fair (September 17) and Walk In Hours for career coaching appointments. Students are also being encouraged to submit their work experience for this past summer and academic year. Whether they had a full or part-time job or an unpaid internship, their information is helpful for other students and necessary for institutional reporting. Read more about these events and programs.

From the Registrar’s Office: beginning in the Fall 2014, Wake Forest students can grant others access to view certain pieces of information that is normally available in their WIN account. This is termed granting “proxy access.” The proxy/student relationship is controlled by the student. The student can create proxy user accounts and assign access to specific pages within WIN. Proxy users can potentially view items such as a student’s class schedule, mid-term and final grades, academic transcript, and degree audit/progress. Learn more about how your student can grant proxy access.

Student Financial Services announces that text messaging alerts are now available via DEAC. You can now receive a text message when your student's monthly bill is ready to view via DEAC. Please visit the SFS DEAC page for instructions on how to use this new functionality.

The Office of Parent Programs has begun its series of Weekly Messages for First-Year Families. These messages are designed to help new Wake Forest parents and families understand the transition to college and life on campus, as well as and activities or events your student may experience that week. Visit the Weekly Messages page at the start of each week to see a new message.

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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.

Parent Programs

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Last day to add a full term class
September 9

Last day to drop a full term class
September 30

Fall Break
October 17-19

Fall Family Weekend
October 24-26

For a full list of events, view the University Calendar


Student Involvement Fair and Thrive
September 4th, 2014
I had been hoping to be able to get to and from the Student Involvement Fair yesterday in time to add some pics to the Daily Deac (since I had talked about the Student Involvement Fair there), but alas I couldn’t get back in time. So today is some belated coverage of this event. [more ...]
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