Parents & Families E-Newsletter – October 2016

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

October has two signature events on campus: Project Pumpkin and Homecoming.

Project Pumpkin, an event sponsored by the Pro Humanitate Institute, Volunteer Service Corps and Food Lion, is an annual event for over 1,000 children from local agencies; these kids come to campus for a safe environment where they enjoy trick-or-treating, carnival games, and entertainment. Project Pumpkin takes place each October and is planned and run by student volunteers. It is one of the best days of the year, where everyone is happy and feeling festive. Project Pumpkin will be held on October 26th.

Then Homecoming follows on October 28th and 29th and will feature a full slate of events for alumni of all classes, and special activities for the Half Century Club (alumni who graduated 50 years ago or earlier) and reunion classes ending in 1s and 6s. You can see the full alumni Homecoming schedule online.

And as alumni gather together for Homecoming, one alumnus will be especially missed. Arnold Palmer, perhaps Wake Forest's most famous athlete, passed away last month at the age of 87. There are a number of great articles on this web site, plus a place for you to leave your own remembrance or a story about Mr. Palmer. He was universally loved on campus and beyond.

In his honor, let's all say a big "Go Deacs!"

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Fall Break
October 21
NOTE: this is one day only, just Friday off

Advising Period for Spring Class Registration
October 24 - November 4

Deadline to Petition to Be Released from Housing
October 31

Spring Tuition Notification Issued
November 1

Deadline for Spring 2017 Room Change Request
November 4, 2016

Spring Course Registration
November 7 - November 18

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


The lower division advising period, as well as major/minor advising and registration, will be held October 24 - November 4.

The general registration period for spring classes will be held November 7 - 18.

Midterm grades are due October 26th! If you will want access to your student's grades, or if you anticipate ever wanting to talk to a University staff member about your student's educational progress, your student must give you Proxy Access due to FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.) For more information on FERPA, and how your student can indicate permission for you to access educational information, visit the Registrar's web site and discuss Proxy Access with your student.

Global AWAKEnings — Learn more about Wake Forest University's world-class, first-year abroad experience in Copenhagen, Denmark — a city at the heart of both medieval and modern-day Europe. Applications are now being accepted.

Is your student graduating in May? If so, he/she will need to apply for graduation in WIN no later than November 30. At this time, only about a third of the class of 2017 has applied. Your student may find instructions and screen shots on our Registrar's Office webpage. In the next few months, we will direct you to the Wake Forest Commencement website for detailed information regarding the big day.

Summer School: We know it is still very early for families to be thinking ahead to next summer, but we wanted to get on families' radar at this early stage so you are aware of the summer opportunities that exist, and you can explore the details more deeply as the summer draws nearer.

From the School of Business: the School of Business is hosting several Homecoming Events:

Back to the Classroom: "Why Business?"
Friday, Oct. 28, 2-3 p.m., Farrell Hall
School of Business professor and director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism Matthew Phillips will showcase the new "Why Business?" course. The course takes students into the foundations of business and society so that they graduate from Wake Forest with technical business skills and the ability to share how, as business professionals, they create value for society. The course is recommended freshman year and is a prerequisite for admission into the Business School.

"Taste of North Carolina" Wine-Tasting
Friday, Oct. 28, 3-4 p.m., Farrell Hall
Join faculty and friends for this by-registration-only wine tasting event. Wake Forest University's Ian Taplin, an expert on the business of wine, will guide attendees through their tasting experience. Also, be the first to hear details about an exciting alumni excursion to Napa Valley in the Summer of 2017.

School of Business Alumni Tailgate
Saturday, Oct. 29, Bridger Field House
Connect with fellow School of Business alumni for a pre-game tailgate at Bridger Field House, including an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the facilities at BB&T Field. The tailgate will occur approximately four hours prior to kickoff and prior to the University Alumni Tailgate, so you can attend both! Cost is $15 for adults, free for kids!

Register to attend these events here!

Campus Life and Events

onCall Shuttle Service: Parking and Transportation has launched onCall, a new, late-night van service for students, faculty and staff who prefer catching a ride with the van instead of walking on and near campus. Parking and Transportation offers the onCall service nightly from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. during fall and spring semesters. It is intended entirely for students, faculty and staff. There is no charge to ride. To get a ride, call 336-283-1091. See the area of service map.

Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life: for students interested in exploring membership in fraternities and sororities, there is information about recruitment registration and important dates.

Reynolds Gym Renovation: a campus open forum was held for students, faculty, and staff to discuss the project. See their slide presentation for more information on what has already been done, as well as what is to come for Reynolds Gym.

Resources and Deadlines

Student Financial Services — Spring 2017 tuition and fees will be displayed on the November 1 bill online in DEAC. The due date for Spring 2017 is December 1, 2016.

Thrive and the Office of Wellbeing — The October Thrive Dimension of the Month is Emotional Wellbeing. Learn more about activities and actions to support students' emotional wellbeing.

Residence Life and Housing announces the RA Selection Dates for Fall Selection Process — this is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Applications are online and are due October 21st at 5 p.m. The RA Selection Process for all students will occur next semester with applications reopening in December. More Information about the Resident Adviser job is available online.

If you missed the important Residence Life and Housing dates for Spring 2017 room changes or housing selection for students currently studying abroad, those are available in the September e-newsletter.

Changing Dining Membership — If you are interested in changing your Dining Membership for the spring 2017 semester, log into WIN>Virtual Campus>Residence Life and Housing>Meal Plan Change.

Travel with other Wake Foresters! — Did you know Wake Forest has a travel program for alumni, parents and families, and friends? This coming January, you can join Cross Cultural Journeys and Peter Siavelis, Wake Forest University Professor of Politics and Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, on an amazing journey to experience richness of the social, political and cultural fabric of Chile and Argentina. Learn more about the Chile trip, or the other travel program offerings.

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

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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As a reminder, most administrative offices work on a Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 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 from a variety of offices 24-hours/day.

The Daily Deac

Post Family Weekend wrapup

Despite the really dreadful rainy weather, I hope that all our visiting Deac families had a good Family Weekend! It was wonderful to see so many families on campus. To those of you who braved the rain for the football game Saturday night, you were rewarded with a fantastic win over Syracuse. Our football team looked terrific, and we are now 5-1! Is a bowl game in our future?? I don't want to jinx anything, but I am hopeful. [more ...]

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