Parents & Families E-Newsletter - December 2015

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E-newsletter from the Office of Parent Programs

Final exams are finished and your Deacs should be home with you (or at least en route). May your students’ Winter Break be filled with rest, relaxation, reflection, and renewal – and peace, love, and happiness for your whole family.

Because we are nearing the end of the calendar year and tax year, many of you may be making charitable gifts. I hope you will consider giving to the Parents’ Campaign of the Wake Forest Fund. Parents’ Campaign gifts are used this fiscal year to directly benefit your students – through enhanced programs, resources, and to support our outstanding faculty. You may give securely online here. We rely on gifts from parents, alumni, and friends, to be able to provide all the special extras that make up the Wake Forest experience.

Wake Forest will be closed December 24–31, so it’s time for faculty and staff to refresh and recharge too. On behalf of the Office of Parent Programs, I wish you all the best for the holiday season.

See you in 2016!

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


Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

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 campusĀ 
January 6

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

Spring semester classes begin
January 12

MLK Holiday – no class
January 18

Deadline to add classes
January 26

Deadline to drop classes
February 16

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

Academics

The Office of Academic Advising announces the following key dates for Spring 2016:

First Day of Class – January 12
MLK Holiday – no class – January 18
Deadline to add classes – January 26
Deadline to drop classes – February 16

Grade Expectations - Particularly for parents of first-year students and sophomores, but really for ALL parents, framing the issue of grades in a realistic way could be enormously helpful in alleviating stress and anxiety in your students. Learn more about grades at Wake Forest and hear valuable advice from the Office of Academic Advising and the University Counseling Center.

Kemper Scholars - Wake Forest is honored to be part of the Kemper Scholars Program. The program combines scholarship aid, mentorship, and paid summer professional internship opportunities. First-year fulltime students registered at Wake Forest are eligible to apply. Successful candidates will have a background in liberal arts and an interest in exploring careers in organizational administration and leadership. Scholars will have a commitment to a broad education and must maintain at least a GPA of 3.0. The deadline for application to this year’s program is Friday, January 15, 2016.

Campus Life and Events

Sorority recruitment and fraternity recruitment will take place in January 2016; information is also available on NPHC and NMGC organizations. If your student is participating in recruitment, please visit the Fraternity and Sorority website for more details.

Residence Life and Housing advises of the following:

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.
Room Thaw begins on January 19.
Spring Meal Plan - Students wanting to decrease their spring meal plan must request to do so by January 1st, 2016 through WIN>Virtual Campus>Residence Life and Housing.

From the Office of Personal and Career Development: Recently, the Office of Personal and Career Development launched Marketplace, a new resource designed just for Wake Forest students. It’s designed to help students find opportunities and information for a wide variety of fields, especially in industries that do not rely on college recruiting. There are job opportunities, brief industry videos, social media accounts to follow and more.

Resources

Travel with Wake Forest - Dr. Peter Siavelis of Politics and International Affairs is hosting a trip to Argentina and Chile in March 2016. This trip – like all Travel Program trips – is open to Wake Forest parents and families. You can read more about the Argentina and Chile trip and/or sign up via the Travel Program web site.

Last call to make changes to the WFU Student Blue insurance plan: If you need to make a change for the WFU Student Blue insurance plan, the deadline is Monday, January 4, 2016 at 5pm. Change forms are available on the student insurance website at www.wfu.edu/sip. The benefit year is August 1, 2015 – July 31, 2016. Note that you will ONLY complete a form if you are making a change for spring or summer.

Student Financial Services: Electronic 1098-T Tax Forms - If you wish to view your student's 1098-T online, your student must first grant consent to receive their 1098-T forms electronically. Instructions for students on granting consent can be found on the Student Financial Services website. Once students have granted consent, students must also establish Proxy Access for parents or others they wish to have access to this information. Information and instructions for students regarding proxy access can be found on the Registrar's website. Please note, those with proxy access will only be able to view 1098-T forms online if the student has granted consent for receiving 1098-T's electronically.

From the Office of Sustainability - Is your student thinking about bringing a personal vehicle to campus next semester? Before purchasing a parking pass, review all of the alternative transportation options available to our students.

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

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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

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