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Wake Parents & Families

E-newsletter from the Office of Parent Programs

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Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and the campus has a wonderful tradition that was created in the spirit of our University motto Pro Humanitate (“for humanity”). This tradition is called Turkeypalooza.

During Turkeypalooza , Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff volunteers prepare and deliver 400 traditional Thanksgiving dinners to food-insecure Triad-area residents. Turkeypalooza is an annual event hosted by The Campus Kitchen at Wake Forest University during the national Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. More than 150 volunteers will cook with locally sourced food and deliver to families who might otherwise go without a Thanksgiving meal.

Turkeypalooza is one of the many reasons I am proud to be a Deac.

I wish all our Wake Forest families a wonderful Thanksgiving and a very happy start to the holiday season.

Go Deacs!

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

Academics and Events

The Office of Academic Advising offers some advice on how you can help your students in the days and weeks leading up to final exams.

If your student is currently under 12 hours of course registration, please encourage him or her to register for additional courses. The last day to add for a course for the Spring 2014 semester is January 28th, 2014. If your student is having difficulty finding courses, please have him or her visit The Office of Academic Advising for assistance with scheduling.

Campus Life

Make sure you consult the Residence Life & Housing calendar and sorority recruitment calendars before you make travel plans for your student for Winter Break. Any students approved to change rooms will need to make the move before they leave, so make sure you account for that time since they likely have to wait for someone else to move-out first!

Sorority Recruitment will take place in early January, before the start of classes. If your student has registered to participate in sorority recruitment, please see this Q&A and description of the process.

Save the Date! Student Union will sponsor Spring Family Weekend February 28- March 2, 2014. Join us for a weekend of entertainment with your student as our Demon Deacon Men's Basketball team takes on Boston College! Please contact us at with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in the Spring!


Spring tuition is due on December 1st. For information on payment methods, please see the Student Financial Services website.

For families with students traveling home for Thanksgiving, the Benson Center has an airport shuttle page with information on shuttles. There is also a Zimride ride-sharing community for students looking for rides (or passengers to split the cost of fuel).

The Student Health Service has posted important information about prescribing antibiotics. This is part of the Centers for Disease Control’s national campaign “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work.”

Student Insurance Program information: If you wish to continue your current insurance election (enrollment or waiver) for spring and summer 2014, you do not need to complete a form. Your insurance automatically continues for the remainder of the benefit year if you are an eligible student. The benefit year is August 1, 2013 – July 31, 2014. You will ONLY complete a form if you are making a change.

Student Financial Services is pleased to offer tax form 1098-T in electronic format via WIN. This new feature will provide students with a fast, convenient and secure way to access their tax form and also allow them to view prior year(s) 1098-T tax forms.

University Police is sharing the following recommendations for students who live off campus in preparation for the Thanksgiving Break.

While the ZSRx Parents and Families: Deacon Development 101 online course has ended, the complete course materials are all available online. If you want to access the ZSRx Parents and Families Toolkit, you will find information about the Millennial Generation, academics, identity development, and wellbeing.

Parents' Page

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

Want the Daily Deac parent blog to be sent automatically to your email every day? Follow these instructions to subscribe. The Daily Deac is our blog for parents and families. It’s a great way to get a snapshot of life at Wake Forest.

See a list of campus departments and our Q&A page.

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

Thanksgiving holiday
November 27 - December 1

Tuition Due
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

Spring Family Weekend
February 28 - March 2, 2014

For a full list of events, view the University Calendar


Last of the Leaves
November 19th, 2013
We are coming to the tail end of the fall leaves season. Probably 80% of them are down off the trees. Those leaves that still remain seem to be falling into one of two distinct categories: very vivid reds and oranges, or extremely dull brown. Not a lot of middle ground anymore. If you are driving around Reynolda Road and Coliseum drive (near Reynolda Village and Graylyn, close to campus) around sunset, if you catch the light just right, the sunlight falls on the remaining red leaves and makes everything have a deep and fiery red glow. Really, really pretty.
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