Parents & Families E-Newsletter - November 2016

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

For generations of Wake Foresters, one of the signature moments in the fall semester is the Lovefeast in Wait Chapel. Held before finals, it is an event where people come together communally to sing, share a small meal, and to light candles. The Lovefeast website explains:

"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."

Read more about the feast, see photos of past Lovefeasts, or make a plan to watch it live on December 4th.

And in the season of Thanksgiving, I am grateful to all our Wake Forest parents and family members. Wishing you and your families all the best for the holiday season.

Go Deacs!

Betsy Chapman ('92, MA '94)
Director of Family Communications and Volunteer Management

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Thanksgiving break
November 23, 2016 - November 27, 2016

Classes end
December 9, 2016

Final exams
December 12, 2016 - December 17, 2016

Residence halls close for winter break
December 18, 2016

Residence halls open for active sorority members participating in recruitment
January 3, 2017

Residence halls open for students participating in sorority recruitment as Potential New Members
January 4, 2017

Residence halls open for spring semester
January 7, 2017

Orientation for fraternity recruitment
January 10, 2017

Classes begin
January 10, 2017

For additional dates, view the Academic Calendar or Events Calendar.


From the Office of Academic Advising:  Round 2 of Spring 2017 Registration concludes on Friday, 11/18.  Students may make adjustments to their schedules via WIN as necessary until the add and drop deadlines for the spring semester.

Students seeking permission to exceed the 17-credit hour limit for the spring semester may begin making these requests on Monday, 11/21.  Overload request forms are available at the Registrar’s office.  Students who are currently abroad should email their adviser and the Office of Academic Advising ( to begin this process remotely.

Students planning to be part-time during the spring semester (less than 12 credit hours) should seek approval from the Office of Academic Advising as soon as possible.  While the deadline to make this change is in mid-January, it is financially advantageous to do so prior to the first day of class.

Do you have access to your student’s midterm and final grades?  If not, your student can provide you with proxy access to view these (instructions here).  Keep in mind that, while all courses must be assigned final grades, some faculty members may choose not to submit midterm grades.

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, class will not be in session Wed-Fri, 11/23-25.  Classes will resume on Monday, 11/28.

The last day of class for the Fall 2016 semester will be Friday, 12/9. Final exams will be held 12/12-17.  The final exam schedule may be found here.

From the School of Business: Steve Hill, KPMG’s U.S. head of innovation and global head of innovation and investments, gave the 2016 Hylton Lecture. As he looks to the future of accounting, and particularly audit services, Hill said he sees new ways for CPAs to leverage technology to gain important insights and advance the industry. Hill suggests the combination of artificial intelligence, Big Data, and cloud computing creates a new form of cognitive technology. It’s a technology he called digital labor. Read more.

Campus Life and Events

From Residence Life and Housing: The season of transition is upon us with upcoming holiday travel, students returning from abroad and those going abroad. Please encourage your students to pack all valuables, including passports, laptops, medications, jewelry, etc. and bring them home during travel for Thanksgiving or winter break. Students should also take their Deacon OneCards and room keys with them when they leave for break as all rooms will be locked when they return.  Read more important travel information and see the following flyer that students will receive on their doors: thanksgiving-break-doorhanger-2016.

Fraternity & Sorority Life Updates: It's almost time for our formal recruitment processes!  Please be advised that recruitment registration for the Panhellenic Council has already closed.  Registration for Interfraternity Council Recruitment will open on Thursday, December 1 and close on Tuesday, January 10. The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) does not have a structured process; please contact our office with any questions regarding a particular chapter.

Have questions about fraternity and sorority life?  Unsure what to expect in recruitment?  Join us for one of our three Family Webinars. Registration is available below:

onCall Shuttle ServiceParking and Transportation has expanded the hours for onCall, the on-demand van service for students, faculty and staff.  The onCall service runs nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. There is no charge to ride. To get a ride, call 336-283-1091. See the area of service map.

The Student Mental Health Ambassadors are participating in the University Counseling Center's 30 Days of Gratitude social media campaign during the month of November.  Students are encouraged to post on the UCC instagram (@wfucounseling) a picture of something they are grateful for during this season of Thanksgiving using the hashtag #GratefulWFU. This can be as simple as being thankful for a roommate's listening ear. We want to promote the positive emotional health strategy of expressing gratitude and focusing on the positive as we head towards the final weeks of this semester!

Various offices within Campus Life have developed a multi-pronged intervention for “Senior Fifth,” which includes a prevention poster campaign aimed at upperclassmen.  Senior Fifth is a very dangerous activity in which some upperclass students attempt to drink an entire 750ml bottle (fifth) of liquor the day of the last home football game before kickoff (11/19/16 v. Clemson).  This unfortunate activity is not unique to Wake Forest. This prevention campaign seeks to foster a campus culture that questions assumptions that this activity is safe or universally accepted and offers those who wish to decline participation support and language with which to resist peer pressure.

This November, the Office of Wellbeing is focusing on Intellectual Wellbeing, or viewing learning as an end unto itself rather than simply a means to a specific personal or professional outcome. We know your student is at school to become academically successful, but it is also important for them to cultivate a true passion for learning.

Resources and Deadlines

Student Financial Services - Payment for Spring semester tuition and fees is due by December 1, 2016. Please visit DEAC to view your student's balance and submit an online payment.

Is your son or daughter traveling this Thanksgiving or Winter Break? The Office of Sustainability encourages students to use Zimride, Wake Forest’s private and secure rideshare community. As the holiday season approaches, have your student sign up for Zimride to offer a ride or find a rideshare partner. It’s free to join!

For students staying on campus during Thanksgiving, ARAMARK/Campus Dining is offering a bundle of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options as well as beverages for $25. Students are welcome to purchase more than one if they want more than a day's supply. They can email with their ID number and she  can send them the list of food they will be receiving! Once the student has agreed, we will charge them $25 food dollars and they will need to come pick up their bags from the Sundry on the Wednesday before thanksgiving between 8am-11am! If there are any concerns with allergens, ARAMARK is more than happy to accommodate those needs!

Note that dining options during Thanksgiving are limited and be sure your Deac has a plan for his or her food needs. thanksgiving-hours-2016

Parking and Transportation has shared information about parking options and shuttle service during Thanksgiving break.

The Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation (CARE) Team serves the Wake Forest University community by evaluating and responding to disruptive, troubling, or threatening behaviors brought to the attention of the Team. As a part of this work, the Team also seeks to help identify members of the Wake Forest community who are in need of support, guidance, or other intervention and to refer them to appropriate campus and community resources. Learn more about the CARE Team.

Campus Safety

To help promote students' safety while on or off campus, University Police has compiled tips about personal safety and crime prevention for students on and off campus.

Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life, sent an email to parents and family members today to describe steps Wake Forest has taken to ensure student safety following a number of crimes reported on and near campus over the past few months. In her message, she also shared some options for parents and family members to receive information about crime alerts shared with the student population. Read more.

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A message about how we disseminate campus news to parents and families:  Any emails that are sent to students, faculty, and staff will be posted on the Family News page.  Those are not routinely emailed to all families.  If you wish to check for family news items often, you may wish to bookmark that page so it is easily available.

See a list of campus resources and our FAQ page.

Contact the Office of Family Engagement 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.

The Daily Deac

November 17, 2016

Today I am winding my way home, but thought I’d pre-post an activity that your Deacs may want to try (or you could do in your own home communities, maybe with a little modification). It’s a Bingo card. [more ...]

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