Parents & Families E-Newsletter - December 2014

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E-newsletter from the Office of Parent Programs

It’s the end of the semester at long last. I hope your Deacs did well on their finals and that you’ll have a wonderful winter break with them.

May your students have time to reflect on the semester and relax and renew their spirits. And may you have many good family moments together.

On behalf of the Office of Parent Programs, I wish your family a safe, healthy, and happy winter break and all the best for the New Year.

See you in 2015!

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


Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Winter Break (Campus Closed) [more info »]
December 24 — January 1

Active sorority members return to campus
January 6

Potential new sorority members return to campus [more info »]
January 7

Residence halls open for spring semester
January 10

Spring semester classes begin
January 13

Deadline to register for fraternity recruitment [more info »]
January 14

For a full list of events, view the University Calendar.

Academics

The Final grades for the semester are due on December 17. Students will be able to see their grades in WIN (Wake Forest Information Network) soon after that.

Students can grant others (such as parents) access to view certain pieces of information that is normally available in their WIN account such as mid-term and final grades, and more. This is termed granting “proxy access.” The proxy/student relationship is controlled by the student. The student can create proxy user accounts and assign access to specific pages within WIN. Proxy users can potentially view items such as a student’s class schedule, mid-term and final grades, academic transcript, and degree audit/progress. Learn more about how your student can grant proxy access.

Do you have a high school student seeking a fun, challenging, and unique experience for this summer? LENS@Wake Forest provides students an interdisciplinary and experiential learning environment characteristic of the liberal arts education…without the pressure of grades/credit. Rising high school juniors and seniors spend three weeks living on-campus discovering how to change the way they learn, the way they think and the way they lead.

Campus Life and Events

Campus Dining Campus Dining has shared its Winter Recess Dining Update. Please scroll to page 2 of the site to see January dates.

The Office of Student Engagement has sent this email to all parents and guardians of Potential New Members who will be going through the sorority recruitment process in January. Visit the Recruitment/Intake page for more dates and details about recruitment.

Residence Life & Housing staff, Faculty Fellows who work with the first-year residence halls, and the Women's Center provide additional points of support for our female students throughout sorority recruitment. RL&H staff serve as trained on-site support for individual students, and will join with Faculty Fellows to offer evening events that can be both a fun outlet after a long day of recruitment activity and reaffirm your student's place within our Wake Forest community. The Women's Center will be open throughout recruitment weekend as a space for women to relax between sessions, to find support or reflect on their experiences, and to refuel with snacks and beverages.

Residence Life and Housing sent emails to all Potential New Members (PNMs) and active sorority members about move-in procedures for sorority recruitment. If your daughter is in one of these categories, please be sure she has read the email.

Resources

From the Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD): Winter Break is also a great time for students to check things off of their job and internship search bucket list: research companies, reach out to alumni for informational interviews, and prepare for the Spring Career Fair that is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 21 from Noon-4pm. Over the break, we encourage students to go shopping or browse through your closet for their best business professional look so that they are ready to shine! Get more tips here.

From Student Financial Services: Please remind your student to sign up for the electronic 1098-T tax form via WIN. More information can be found on the Student Financial Services' website.

Before the spring semester begins, University Police reminds parents and families to encourage their students to follow good safety precautions and practices. See University Police recommendations for students.

Students currently enrolled in the Student Blue health insurance plan recently received an email regarding any potential changes they may wish to make for the spring and summer terms. The Student Insurance website has also been updated with this information. The change period is open 11/1/14 - 1/5/15.

We are still seeking parents to participate in Wake on Wall Street, our network of parents and alumni working in finance and the related fields. We welcome interested parents and family members to join our online community to help support Wake on Wall Street's goals of student education, enhanced networking and increased brand awareness.

Parents' Page

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

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

Contact the Office of Parent Programs at parents@wfu.edu 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

Empty
December 15th, 2014

It is so strange to be on campus for the first couple of days after all the students leave for break. Campus seems very, very quiet and empty. You see it in the parking lots and the sidewalks and the main buildings where you normally would see students.

I was on the Quad early this morning and it was almost eerily empty. Sure, there were some staff members coming to work, but clearly not a typical morning. The Quad grass and the flower beds were full of frost, and the sun was glinting off it, silvery and pretty. Oddly enough, Zick’s was closed but playing music; they have speakers that pipe out to the Quad. It was very peppy and upbeat, playing to a crowd of no one. [more ...]


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