Parents & Families E-Newsletter - September 2015

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E-newsletter from the Office of Parent Programs

The fall semester is here and in full swing. During Move-In and Orientation Weekend, we welcomed nearly 1,300 new students and their families from the Class of 2019. And we are happy to have our returning upperclassmen/women back as well.

To kick off the semester, President Nathan O. Hatch sent a welcome message to the campus community. In it, he offered three thoughts on how students can make the most of this new academic year:

I encourage you to follow your curiosity this year. Ask “What if...?” Take a course that you might not have considered at first glance. Consider and challenge the ideas of your peers...
Even as we learn together, we serve together, investing our skills and knowledge in each other and in our community. Giving back is an important part of the Wake Forest experience...
Another part of the Wake Forest experience is simply living life together. Spend a Saturday with your roommates at BB&T Field cheering on the Demon Deacons...Meet a friend for a conversation over coffee...Part of living life together is also contending with complex questions, engaging in tough conversations and finding our collective identity as a community.

Looking ahead, we anticipate a great Family Weekend, which will be held October 2-4. If you have not already made your plans via Student Union’s Family Weekend website, please do so as soon as you can.

Finally, one of the great campus traditions, Hit the Bricks, will take place on October 1st. This all-day walk/run for cancer is a signature event and a wonderful way for your students to have fun and live out our Pro Humanitate motto. Encourage your students to get involved.

See you Family Weekend! Go Deacs!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Last day to drop a full term class
September 29

Hit the Bricks
October 1

Family Weekend
October 2-4

Fall break
October 16, 2015 (Note: Fall Break is one day out of class, Friday 10/16)

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


Registration Reminders from the Office of Academic Advising:

The last day to drop a course is September 29th. The minimum number of hours that a full-time student may take is 12 per semester.
If your student is considering switching a course from graded mode to pass/fail mode, the last day to do so is September 29th. The last day to change a course from pass/fail mode to graded mode is November 13th. Please note that classes fulfilling divisionals, major requirements, or minor requirements cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis.

Student Government’s annual Major/Minor Fair is coming up on September 30th; first-year students and any students who are unsure of their major(s) or possible minor(s) are encouraged to attend this event.

An important message on student academic integrity and parental assistance: this message is being shared with Wake Forest families at the request of David Levy, Associate Dean of the College and Chair, Honor and Ethics Council. “As a parent and grandparent, I am aware of the strong desire to be helpful to your student when s/he encounters difficulty in her or his studies in school. Now that your student is at Wake Forest, it is important to bear in mind that there should be limits to the extent and nature of support that you as a parent or family member may offer.” Read more about the boundaries of parental involvement in their students’ academics.

Orientation 2015 – If you were not able to attend Orientation activities for the new first-year students (Class of 2019), some of the resources and presentations are available online. We hope these are helpful to you.

Campus Life and Events

From the Office of Personal and Career Development: the Fall 2015 Career Fair is scheduled for September 16, from 12-4 pm. Career Fairs help students gather information and learn about all types of career fields and organizations. Over 65 employers will come to campus to meet students, provide information about their companies, and share job and internship opportunities. Companies represent a broad range of industries & job functions.

Residence Life and Housing will soon email students studying abroad about their housing selection for spring 2016. Students will receive information about how to be pulled in to an existing friend’s room or a Greek block, as well as how to petition to live off campus upon their return. Petitions to live off campus will begin to be accepted on October 1 and are due November 2nd. Students must articulate the circumstances and rationale in their petition to live off campus. Students currently abroad should watch for their email about the spring housing process and should submit petitions to live off campus as soon as possible, as preference may be given to early submitters.

Hit the Bricks – the 13th annual Hit the Bricks will take place on Thursday, October 1st from 11 am-7 pm. During this student-led event, teams of students, faculty, and staff run or walk laps around Hearn Plaza to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer. The day fosters a strong sense of community, which culminates with the final remembrance lap for cancer victims and survivors. Last year, 90 teams representing 1,135 participants raised $33,309 for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund to support research at the WF Cancer Center. Please encourage your student to participate in this fun and beloved campus tradition! If you will arrive in town for Family Weekend on Thursday, come to the Quad to see Hit the Bricks!

Fall Family Weekend 2015 will take place October 2-4. Online registration is open and ticket sales are available online only. See the Family Weekend website for full details.

Rising Voices: A Wake Forest LGBTQIA Alumni Conference will bring together students, faculty, staff, and alumni to discuss current work in LGBTQ scholarship, arts, and public policy, provide mentorship to students, and create an oral history documentary project. The conference will be held October 23-24, 2015. For more information, please visit the Rising Voices website.

Thrive has suggestions about how to help your students attend to their social wellbeing this fall. Stay in touch with Thrive on Facebook and Twitter for more details.

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has released a September 2015 Dining Update. Please encourage your students to refer to this reference as needed. Also, the last day to upgrade your students Meal Plan is September 15th! You can also add Food Dollars or Deacon Dollars to your students account through our website at at any point during the semester.


Student Financial Services announces that mobile functionality is now available for DEAC. Simply log into DEAC as normal and it will automatically read the mobile platform that you are using. See DEAC in this new user friendly format via your mobile device.

The Office of Sustainability announces a new (and free) bike sharing program, Re-Cycle. Bicycles are available for students who wish to borrow one for the semester, or for a shorter term such as a weekend.

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 P’19 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.

Human Resources has shared a list of all-gender restrooms on campus.

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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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