Parents & Families E-Newsletter - October 2015

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WakeParents & Families

E-newsletter from the Office of Parent Programs

It was a wet and soggy Family Weekend at the beginning of the month, but hats off to all our students and families who braved the elements and had a terrific weekend anyway. It was great to see so many of you on campus!

One of the signature fall events for students is Project Pumpkin, a student-led carnival for around 1,000 local children. There are a whole host of activities that our students plan so that visiting children have a safe and fun option for trick-or-treating. This year’s Project Pumpkin will take place on Wednesday, October 28th. Students interested in participating can look for sign ups around campus, or can visit the Pro Humanitate Institute for more details.

Wishing you and yours all the best for the fall,

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


Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

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

Lower Division advising period and Major/Minor advising & registration period begins
October 19

Deadline to add a second-part-of-term course
October 20

Midterm grades due by noon
October 21

Deadline to drop a second-part-of-term course
October 30

Thanksgiving break
November 25-29 (Classes resume November 30)

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

Academics

From the Office of Academic Advising: The first of three first-semester check-ins for first-year students has just ended, and the second is about to begin; attendance at these sessions is required.

Check-in #2 (“Academic Success”) will take place between October 11-October 31, and a short reflection for this session was due Monday, October 5; students should have received information regarding date, time, and location for the check-in from their Student Advisers.
Check-in #3 (“Wellbeing”) will take place between November 1-November 20 with exact date, time, and location to be announced by RAs prior to the session.
Students who have university-approved conflicts (a class or lab session, required NCAA athletic event, or job) will be responsible for attending an alternate session.

Second-part-of-term classes begin the week of October 12. The deadline to add a second-part-of-term course is October 20. The deadline to drop a second-part-of-term course is October 30.

The advising period for Spring 2016 registration is October 19-30. During this period, students will have a required meeting with their Faculty Advisers, at which point they will receive their personal PIN numbers for registration. If students do not meet with their advisers, they will not get their PIN numbers and will not be able to register for Spring 2016 classes.

Spring 2016 Registration will be November 2-13. Students will have assigned dates and times at which they can log onto WIN and register using their PIN numbers. The Office of Academic Advising will offer registration assistance for students on November 4, 5, & 12. Time & location TBA; dates subject to change based on demand.

Campus Life and Events

From the Office of Personal and Career Development: Handshake is the university's new career development platform. Students can use the system to access internships and jobs, receive information about career exploration opportunities, and register for workshops and career coaching appointments. Encourage your student complete his or her profile today!

Residence Life and Housing announces the following:

Room Changes - Students have an opportunity to change room assignments and/or meal plans for the spring semester. Students must request to participate in the spring room change process. Students who are leaving Wake Forest University for any reason must officially request to terminate campus housing and dining membership to avoid charges for the spring semester. Those students studying abroad during the fall semester will select on campus housing and a meal plan for the spring semester in December. If you have an on campus assignment and wish to petition to be released to live off campus, please read the Off Campus Housing Policy closely.
Study Abroad (STAB) - Students studying abroad for the fall 2015 semester will log on and choose an on-campus assignment in early December.
Leaving Campus Housing/Wake Forest University - Any student currently assigned to any campus housing location who is leaving Wake Forest University for any reason (i.e., studying abroad, graduating, or transferring to another school) must petition to be released from their Housing/Dining Membership Agreement by completing Petition to be Released from Housing in WIN.
Moving Off Campus - Students living on campus during the fall semester who desire to move off campus in the spring should first review the Off-Campus Housing Policies and Process. All petitions for release from the current academic year Housing Agreement will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed. Students should be aware that official release from the Housing Agreement is required prior to signing any off-campus lease. Also, release from the current academic year Housing Agreement does not guarantee approval through the Off Campus Housing Process nor release from the Dining Membership Agreement. Students who desire to petition to be released from the current academic year Housing Agreement should complete and submit the Petition to be Released from Housing form by Monday, November 2, 2015.

Chat with the Chief is an event that is hosted by the University Police Department. It presents the opportunity for the Wake Forest community to speak informally with the Chief regarding campus safety issues, to enjoy free refreshments, and to engage with others who are interested in creating a safer campus community. This month's Chat with the Chief Event is on Thursday, October 22, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Luter Hall Main Lobby.

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has released an October Dining Update . If your student is running low on food dollars, he/she can stop by Reynolda Hall room 12 to get more or go to our website at www.wakeforest.campusdish.com to do it online!

Thrive has posted a new blog for parents about the October dimension of the month: Financial Wellbeing. Stay in touch with Thrive on Facebook and Twitter for more 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.

Resources

The Student Health Service is now offering the flu vaccine for students in the clinic. Students do not need an appointment and can receive shots between the hours of 9:00 AM-4:00 PM on a walk in basis. The cost of the vaccine is $27 and will be charged to a student's financial account. The cost of the vaccine is covered fully for students with BCBS Student Blue health insurance. Student Health Service staff will also be hosting walk in clinics in the ZSR Library in Study Room 225 every Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 5:00-7:00 PM beginning on October 13, 2015. This clinic will run through the end of October. Fees for the vaccine in the library clinic will be processed in the same fashion as for the walk in clinic in Student Health Service.

Student Financial Services announces that Spring 2015 charges will be shown on the November 1, 2015 DEAC bill. The due date for spring 2015 is December 1, 2015.

Purchasing plane tickets for Thanksgiving or Winter Break – there have been a lot of questions of late about when to purchase airline tickets for students to travel home. Before you make any plane reservations for your student, your student must consult the syllabus for each of his/her classes and be certain of the class/exam schedule for each professor. While families can use the academic calendar as a general guideline of when school is out of session, some professors will schedule exams or assignments on the last day of class before break, and some professors have attendance requirements that only allow a certain number of missed classes. Your student is responsible for knowing the specific requirements for his/her classes. Final Exam schedules are posted on the Registrar’s website.

The Office of Parent Programs continues 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.

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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.

The Daily Deac

Courage
October 12th, 2015

I had a very different blog post ready to go for today – one of those ‘your Deacs should take advantage of this opportunity’ posts – but I got an email over the weekend that made me rethink it. This email was about someone facing adversity with grace and dignity – so instead today I want to talk about courage.

It’s midsemester – and it would be normal for our students to be stressing out or struggling with something. Could be a big something, could be a small something.[more ...]


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