Parents & Families E-Newsletter - December 2016

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

Finals are here, and that means one more week of hard work and then your Deacs will be off for a long winter break. On behalf of the Office of Family Engagement, here are a few holiday wishes:

We wish your students well as they take their final exams.

We wish them safe travels home.

We wish you and your family a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season – with many wonderful memories to be made.

And we wish you all the best for 2017.

Thank you for being such an important part of our Wake Forest family!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Final exams
December 12, 2016 - December 17, 2016

Residence halls close for winter break
December 18, 2016

Consider a gift to the Parents' Campaign for the 2016 tax year
December 31, 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

Classes begin
January 10, 2017

Orientation for fraternity recruitment
January 12, 2017

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


From the Office of Academic Advising:

The last day of class for the Fall 2016 semester was Friday, Dec. 9.  Final exams will end on Saturday, Dec. 17, with final grades coming out on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Classes will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Students who plan to be part-time for the Spring 2017 semester should review the part-time status information on our website and fill out the online request form as soon as possible.

Summer Session at Wake Forest offers a wide variety of classes for students seeking to get ahead or catch up on needed credit hours. The Summer Session website has been updated with 2017 courses. Registration for Summer Session opens in WIN on March 13 and is open until May 30. Please contact The Center for Global Programs and Studies if you are interested in summer abroad programs, as these may have different application and registration dates. For all other inquiries regarding summer classes at Wake Forest, contact us here.

School of Business undergraduate business program #14 nationally in new ranking.  A new ranking of undergraduate business programs by Poets & Quants for Undergrads positions Wake Forest University School of Business No. 14 among the nation’s top 50 business programs.

Team heads to national KPMG competition: a School of Business team is headed to the national KPMG competition, with a chance to move on to the global finals in Lisbon, Portugal. Junior undergraduate accountancy students Winnie Hu (‘18), Andrea Zhang (‘18),  and Rebecca Liao (‘18), along with senior Litong Fei (‘17) took first place in our annual case competition on November 7. The School has won the global competition twice, in 2010 and 2011.

Campus Life and Events

From Residence Life and Housing: the winter-break-doorhanger-2016 will be placed on all resident students’ doors to alert them to proper closing procedures for the Winter Break. Please be sure your Deac is aware of these important instructions.

Fraternity & Sorority Life Updates:

It's almost time for our formal recruitment processes. Registration for the Panhellenic Council has already closed.  Registration for Interfraternity Council Recruitment opened on Thursday, December 1 and closes 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.

In order to join a fraternity or sorority, all students will need to complete 12 credit hours in college (credits from AP/IB will not count) and have a 2.5 grade point average.  Grade verifications for Panhellenic recruitment will be the week of December 20th; checks for Interfraternity Council recruitment will be done before orientation on January 12th.  All NPHC aspirants will be reviewed based upon the organization's intake dates. If your student does not meet either of these requirements, they may submit an appeal for review here: Academic Appeal for Fraternity & Sorority Life.  Please note that this appeal can only be submitted by the student.

Have questions about fraternity and sorority life?  Unsure what to expect in recruitment?  Join us for one of our Family Webinars: Wednesday, December 14 at 5:30 pm or Thursday, January 12 at 1:00 pm.

The Office of Personal and Career Development would like to share the following Spring 2017 opportunities for WFU students to learn about job/internship opportunities, meet with employers, and network with alumni!

Resources and Deadlines

Is your student traveling this 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!

From Student Financial Services: Access your student's 1098-T tax form online! Please visit the SFS website for more information including instructions for students on granting consent. 2016 1098-Ts will be available by January 31, 2017.

From ARAMARK/Campus Dining: Did your student run out of meals or food dollars this semester? Now is your chance to gain even more by increasing your plan and getting free food dollars! Increase your plan by: 1 Tier: Receive $30 Free Food Dollars, 2 Tiers: Receive $60 Free Food Dollars, 3 Tiers: Receive $90 Free Food Dollars.  This offer is valid until Feb. 15th! Once you increase, call 336-758-5607 or visit Reynolda hall Room 12 to get your free food dollars added to your account! Please call the number above or email with any questions regarding this promotion!

Last call to make changes to the WFU Student Blue Health Insurance plan:  If you need to make a change for the WFU Student Blue insurance plan, the deadline in Monday, January 16, 2017 at 5 p.m.  Please visit to make a change.  The insurance election you made Fall 2016 carries through July 31, 2017 unless you make a change by the deadline.  The benefit year is August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017.

From the Student Health Service:

The Student Health Service will close the Reynolda campus clinic on Saturday, December 17 at 3:00 pm.  There will be no on campus clinic available to students until Monday, January 9 at 8:30 pm.  If a student has a medical emergency they should seek medical assistance from their local primary care provider or emergency/urgent care center.  If a student has a student health clinic related question, the best way to reach us is via email.  Students may email and it should be responded to within forty-eight (48) hours.

It's not too late for a flu shot!  The Student Health Service is offering flu vaccines on a walk in basis Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.  There is a $27.00 charge that will be applied to your student's account. The flu vaccine takes 2 weeks to take effect, so now is the time!!  Don't let the flu bug bite you over winter break!

A reminder to all students who receive allergy shots in the student health service.  The last day to get an allergy shot is Dec. 15thAll serum will need to be picked up by 4:00 pm on Friday, Dec. 16th.

This month, the Office of Wellbeing is focusing on Occupational Wellbeing. Having wellbeing while pursuing your life’s work is more than just a balancing act, it is about cultivating passion and purpose for what you do. No matter what your vocation, it is important to know that your work is making a difference and you are valued.

The full 2017 Travel Program schedule is now available at  Parents and families are welcome to join any and all trips!

Campus Safety

During the winter break each year, Wake Forest students’ off-campus residences near Wake Forest have experienced, historically, a spike in the occurrence of break-ins and property thefts. Recently, Residence Life and Housing sent several security-related tips to students who live off campus to help reduce the potential for such incidents at their residences.

Did you know you can sign up to receive crime alerts from Wake Ready when they are published?  Emails would be sent daily at noon, but only if new updates have been posted in the previous 24 hours.

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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.

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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.

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