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On October 17, Wake Forest publicly kicked off its capital campaign, Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest. There is a wonderful video on the Wake Will website that describes the campaign and our efforts to prepare students to lead lives that matter.

Through Wake Will, the University will significantly increase its impact on our region, our nation and our world. The vision of Wake Will is to invest $1 billion to strengthen and renew our ability to carry out our two campus' respective missions: $600 million dollars will support Reynolda Campus students and faculty and will add enhancements to campus life; $400 million dollars will enhance Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's mission of patient care, research and education.

Parents and families are an important part of life at Wake Forest and your involvement is critical to the success of Wake Will. Look for news and announcements about regional events and other campaign activity over the next several months.

The other major event this past weekend was Homecoming, which welcomed back all alumni, but especially those celebrating milestone reunions (those classes ending in 3s and 8s, starting from the Class of 1963, our newest Half Century Club members.) There was a full slate of Homecoming events for current students, led by Student Union. The University also unveiled a statue of one of our best known (and loved) Demon Deacons, Arnold Palmer. The finale of the weekend was the Deacs’ victory over Maryland.

Finally, Project Pumpkin, an event sponsored by the Volunteer Service Corps, will be held October 30th. This is an annual service event that brings more than 1,000 local children to campus. Wake Forest students provide a safe environment for trick-or-treating, as well as carnival games, clowns, and other entertainment. Project Pumpkin is in its 25th year - if your student has not yet heard of this fantastic event and wants to be a part of it, please encourage him or her to visit the Project Pumpkin website.

Big things are happening at Wake Forest, and we are glad your students and your family are a part of them. Go Deacs!

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

Wake Forest in the News

U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Colleges guide ranked Wake Forest 23rd among 281 national universities — the highest ever ranking for the University. Wake Forest has been ranked in the top 30 in the national universities category for 18 consecutive years. It is the fifth time the University has been ranked in the top 25.

A New York Times Magazine story prominently features the University’s Office of Personal and Career Development. This innovative approach to career development makes Wake Forest a significant contributor to the national conversation on the cost of college and the return on this investment, and this feature story highlights our success.

Wake Forest was also featured in Golf World Magazine. Wake Forest Trustee and current parent Seth Waugh (P ’17) wrote a poignant reflection about caddying for his son Clancy (’17), now a member of the men’s golf team at Wake Forest, during Clancy’s final year of high school.

Academics and Events

The Office of Academic Advising has posted important information about activities and deadlines for the remainder of the semester. The pre-registration advising period will begin October 21st and continue until November 1st. All students must meet with their academic adviser to obtain their PIN. All students must have a PIN to register for courses. Round 1 & 2 of registration will take place from November 4th- November 15th.

To celebrate the Wake Forest's #11 ranking by US News and World Report in universities with exceptional teaching, the College is sponsoring "11 Days of Teacher Appreciation 2013". We are using social media to talk about teaching and teachers at Wake Forest. Through this initiative, we are collecting a multitude of thank yous, notes, and "fun facts" about Wake Forest College faculty. Check out the site or search Twitter for the hashtag #WFUTaughtMe.

Campus Life

Yearbook portraits for seniors are being scheduled now. Students may visit and enter Wake Forest's school code of 87110 to schedule their portraits. The site is open so students can begin scheduling their senior portraits at any time. The following dates are set for senior portraits in the fall and spring: October 28 - Nov 1, 2013 and March 17 - 21, 2014.

89 teams participated in this year’s Hit the Bricks, raising $28,000 for the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Health. Nearly 23,000 laps were run around the Quad (Hearn Plaza). In its 11 years, Hit the Bricks has raised almost $200,000 through the running of about 175,000 laps.


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 number, 336.758.5591 (non emergency) or 336.758.5911 (emergency). They can get in touch with on-call duty staff 24-hours/day.

Does your student still need a flu shot? Student Health has several opportunities for students to receive the flu vaccine. Please share this with your students as you see fit.

Could it be allergies? Sneezing, coughing, runny nose, sinus pressure… “It can’t be allergies- I have never had allergies before!” Many students new to North Carolina will experience allergy symptoms, even without a prior history of this condition. Symptoms typically will arise during the first or second year at Wake Forest. Read more about seasonal allergies.

Residence Life and Housing has posted information for parents of students studying abroad this fall; this article discusses the spring 2014 room selection process for students who are abroad.

The Wake Forest University police department needs your help with encouraging students to register their property. Operation ID is a nationwide program designed to discourage burglary and theft of valuables. It also provides a way to easily identify stolen property, and increases law enforcement’s chances of recovery and conviction. Read more about Operation ID.

ZSRx Parents and Families: Deacon Development 101 is underway. This free online course explores how college students develop and how parents can help their students build skills like resilience and self-advocacy. The course is self-paced and you can take as big (or small) a bite of the course materials as you wish. Though the course began October 8th, interested families can still join! Sign up here and complete the required Orientation module and then catch up as you wish.

First-Year Students find success with mentors. First-Year in Focus is a relationally-based program that matches a first-year student with a trained upper-class student by gender to facilitate a good start for one's college and Wake Forest experience. This one on one relationship establishes a friendship base which forms a platform for conversation, personal reflection, campus connections 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.

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

Midterm grades due
October 22

Applications for sorority recruitment due
November 13

Thanksgiving holiday
November 27 - December 1

Classes end
December 6

December 9 - 14

Residence halls close 9 am
December 15

Winter break
December 14-January 10

Women going through sorority recruitment return to campus
January 8, 2014

Sorority recruitment
January 8 - 13, 2014

Residence halls open (for students not involved with sorority recruitment)
January 11, 2014

For a full list of events, view the University Calendar


New York Career Trek for Students
October 21st, 2013
We’re coming off the high of Homecoming weekend and the kickoff of Wake Will, our capital campaign, and starting you off on Monday with an opportunity for your students. As I hope many of you know by now, we have a very robust Office of Personal and Career Devel0pment. They are a national leader in how colleges can redefine the old ‘career center’ concept of simply matching students with employers, and instead are trying to help students think purposefully about their futures. The OPCD has a whole host of tools that students can use to discern their gifts, talents, interests, and passions – so they can be matched not just with ANY job, but with the job that best suits them and will lead – we hope – to long term happiness.
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