Parents & Families E-Newsletter - November 2015

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E-newsletter from the Office of Parent Programs

With the holidays on the horizon, there are a number of great activities that will take place on campus. Turkeypalooza is Campus Kitchen's biggest event of the year. Turkeypalooza gives Campus Kitchen’s partner agencies a special Thanksgiving by serving them over 400 homemade meals.

The Lighting of the Quad will take place on December 1. Then on Sunday, December 6 are two celebrations: the Lovefeast and the start of the observation of Hanukkah. Hillel will be hosting events every evening of Hanukkah; information will be available soon on the events calendar.

The Lovefeast is in its 51st year and is one of the most cherished Wake Forest traditions. You can experience it yourself in two ways: 1) the Lovefeast will be live streamed on the web so you can watch it online at (a link will be available on the day of the Lovefeast), and 2) Lovefeast Kits are available for purchase (quantities are limited). The kits provide the fixings for Moravian buns and coffee, as well as candles to use during the service. Here are a few words about the Wake Forest Lovefeast tradition:

The world’s religious and philosophical perspectives, among their magnificent diversity, also all articulate a variety of shared values. These are noble virtues such as mercy, compassion, and love, as well as more tangible virtues such as service, community, and philanthropy. These deeply held, widely shared Wake Forest beliefs provide the platform for our Annual Christmas Lovefeast. We continue to frame this uniquely Christian event around these shared values so that the spirit of hospitality becomes a medium for creating bridges across the chasms of our religious differences. Though a Christian service of worship, all are welcome to participate.

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude. On behalf of my colleagues in the Office of Parent Programs, I want you to know how grateful we are to have you as part of the Wake Forest family.

Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving.

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Thanksgiving break
November 25-29

Classes Resume
November 30

Tuition due for spring semester
December 1

Classes End
December 4

Final Examination Period
December 7-12

All Fall Final grades due by noon
December 16

Active sorority members (who are approved through the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life) return to campus
January 5

Potential new sorority members (who are approved through the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life) return to campus
January 6

Residence halls open for spring semester for all other students
January 9

Spring semester classes begin
January 12

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


The Office of Academic Advising announces the second of three first-semester check-ins for first-year students has just ended, and the third (and final) has just begun; attendance at these sessions is required. Check-in #3 (“Wellbeing”) are taking 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.

Spring 2016 Registration ended on Thursday, November 12. Registration via WIN will now be open until the add and drop deadlines for the Spring 2016 semester.

Thanksgiving Break is November 25-29; there will be no classes during this period. The last day of class is December 4, and final examinations will take place December 7-12. If you are trying to determine when to schedule airline travel for your student at breaks, ask him/her to consult the final exam schedule and the course syllabus for each of his/her classes to be sure of when he/she will be free to leave.

Sources, Citations & Cocoa: Z. Smith Reynolds Library will be holding drop-in research help sessions on Monday evenings throughout the month of November, where there will be snacks, stress-relief activities, and lots of librarians on hand to help with research in any phase.

Where: Mandlebaum Room (Wilson Wing 4th floor)
When: Monday, November 23 from 2 PM – 6 PM
Monday, November 30 from 2 PM – 6 PM

No appointment required. Students are welcome to submit a Personal Research Session Request through ZSR’s website if they are unavailable at these times.

Summer academic programs for high school students: Wake Forest is proud to offer two summer learning opportunities for high school students:

LENS@Wake Forest: Do you have a high school student seeking a fun, challenging, and unique summer experience? LENS@Wake Forest provides an interdisciplinary and experiential learning environment characteristic of the liberal arts education – without the pressure of grades or credit. Read more.

Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program: this an unforgettable experience that allows rising sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to test-drive their career goals and get a glimpse of the future. Led by renowned industry experts, this five-day experience includes sessions taught by Wake Forest faculty, access to industry professionals, facility tours and even the chance to live on campus for the week. Select programs will take place both at the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center, and on the Winston-Salem Reynolda campus; read more.

Campus Life and Events

From Student Health: Flu season is right around the corner. If your son/daughter has not yet received a flu shot, we recommend they do so this month. Wake Forest Student Health Service is providing flu shots in their clinic Monday- Friday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. This is a walk in clinic; no appointment is needed. If your student has not received a vaccine before Thanksgiving, we strongly recommend he/she do so while home for the break. It takes 2 weeks for the flu shot to give protection against the flu.

Campus Dining has announced that hours of service will temporarily shift due to Thanksgiving Break. More information about hours will be available at There are other options for students who are staying on campus for Thanksgiving to have shuttles to local grocery stores and shopping venues, as well as a free meal from the ZSR Library.

Sorority recruitment will take place in January 2016. Visit the Recruitment/Intake page and the Recruitment Q&A page for more dates and details. Women going through sorority recruitment as Potential New Members (who are also approved through the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life), may move in on January 6th at 9 AM. Please be aware of that date as you make travel plans.

Residence Life and Housing announces the following:

Thanksgiving and residence halls – residence halls will be open during Thanksgiving break. There is important information for students about what to expect during this time (whether they stay on campus or go home).
Study Abroad (STAB) - Students studying abroad for the fall 2015 semester will log on and choose an on-campus assignment on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015. In early December, students will be notified via email of their log-in time.
Spring Meal Plan - Students wanting to decrease their spring meal plan must request so by January 1st, 2016 through WIN>Virtual Campus>Residence Life and Housing.
Fall Closing - All students must be out of the residence halls by 9 AM on Sunday, December 13th, 2015.
Spring Opening - Residence halls will open at three distinct times based on campus activities: Current sorority members participating in sorority recruitment, who are approved through the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, may move in on January 5th at 9 AM. Potential new members participating in sorority recruitment, who are also approved through the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, may move in on January 6th at 9 AM. Returning students who are not involved in sorority recruitment may move in on Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at 9 AM.

From the Office of Personal and Career Development: Did you know that the F.M. Kirby Grant awards need-based grants and stipends for undergraduate students. The grant is designed to cover expenses related to the job search process. Students in need of professional wardrobe and career materials for the January 20th Career Fair should apply by November 30th.


Student Blue health insurance plan – members of the WFU Student Blue insurance plan who need to make changes for spring and summer 2016 may do so through Monday, January 4, 2016 at 5pm. Change forms are available on the student insurance website. If you wish to continue your current insurance election (enrollment or waiver) for spring and summer 2016, 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, 2015 – July 31, 2016. You will ONLY complete a form if you are making a change.

Also, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina recently mailed requests to members for whom there was not a social security number on file. If you or your student received this request, this is a legitimate request.

Student Financial Services advises that Spring 2015 tuition and fees are due December 1, 2015; information about payment methods is available on the SFS website.

Thanksgiving travel options: The Benson University Center offers airport shuttle service to airports in Greensboro and Charlotte, NC.

Parking and Transportation reminds families of the following: thinking about sending your student back to campus with a car for the spring semester? There are more than a few ways for students to navigate around campus using alternative modes of transportation. Here are a few reasons students do not need a vehicle.

Zipcar - Wake Forest offers this car-sharing program as an alternate to bringing a vehicle to campus. Information for this car-sharing program can be found at
Zimride is an electronic ride-sharing board that helps students connect with others who are traveling to the same destination or just in the same direction. Rides are matched based on the criteria set by the individuals offering and seeking ride-sharing partners.
Bike Sharing - Students can borrow a bike for the whole semester or for the weekend from our free bike-sharing program, Re-Cycle.
Ride the Wake is a system of complimentary shuttles available to students that provides transportation to Downtown Winston Salem, Hanes Mall, Target and a local shopping strip mall.

Thrive’s November Dimension of the Month is Intellectual Wellbeing. Visit the Thrive Parents’ Blog for information on how to encourage your Deacs to attend to their Intellectual Wellbeing.

Special information for first year parents (P’19s): Did you know that the Office of Parent Programs runs a special message for first year families once a week that covers something your students might be experiencing that week, with tips on how best to support them? You may be especially interested in Family 101: Or How It’s Different Once Your Student Comes Home for Thanksgiving. We encourage you to bookmark the site and check it weekly.

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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

November 13th, 2015

It’s a sunny Friday – was cold in the morning but now the sun is out and it feels pretty good to let it warm you. Even when the weather gets cold, we have some terrific looking flowerbeds on campus. The flowers and greenery near the entrance to Farrell Hall look fantastic. [more ...]

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