The New Parents and Families Site is Live!!!

Happy Move-In Day to all our P’20s!  Please, please come see me in the Benson Center Room 401 between the hours of 8-4 at the Campus Services and Information Fair.  My colleagues from the Office of Family Engagement and I will have some giveaways – WFU Parent stickers, and an important card with info from our office about parent and family resources, plus great Parents Are Deacs Too! t-shirts to give away while supplies last.

A note on the t-shirts: I believe we have them in XL and L.  Many a Deac Mom might be smaller than that, but don’t let that keep you from getting one. These are great yoga shirts, gardening shirts, sleep shirts – you get the idea.  Plus, it would be a wonderful addition to your wardrobe for Black and Gold Friday – which is the cause I try to promote, the wearing of black and/or gold (or WFU apparel) every Friday to show your WFU spirit.

new parents pageAnd a note to all our Deac families: our new website is live! Hooray and my kudos to our talented web team for making it happen!  So when you get a chance, visit parents.wfu.edu and check out the new layout.  We’ve tried to make it user-friendly so you can find what you need:

There is a gray navigation bar at the top that reads ‘My Student is a(n)…’  ‘Daily Deac’  ‘Communications’ ‘Engage’  ‘FAQ’ and ‘Resources and Deadlines.’  You can click on and drop down to see more subpages.

You can also navigate a menu at the top left with Resources (some of the stuff that might be the most helpful)

If you scroll down the web site, you can see graphical buttons for the main content areas and more.

A couple of program notes, or things to get used to.  Typically, when you see all gold text, it is a hyperlink.  For example, if you go to the Campus Resources page, you’ll see the first office listed is Academic Advising.  If you click on the gold words “Academic Advising,” you’ll go to their page.  Similarly, if you read the Daily Deac online (as opposed to having it come to your email box), on the Daily Deac page, you will see the title of each new post in gold, and then you will see a few lines of that day’s blog. Those lines of text end abruptly – they are just meant to give you a hint of what’s to come. To see the full post, you must click the blog post title in the gold, bold text.

So I hope you’ll take a minute to poke around the Parents and Families page and try out the various parts of the site. Play around. See what you like.

A caveat – there will no doubt be a few hitches in the transition – so if you find a broken link or something isn’t working, you can email parents@nullwfu.edu and we will try to fix as soon as Orientation is finished.  For example, yesterday’s Daily Deac emailed out headings for all the posts that week (though it only contained the Thursday message). Not sure what is going on, but we are aware of it and are working on a fix.

Enough about the website.  To all the parents and families moving in new students today – or our returning P’17s-19s bringing your upperclassmen/women back – I wish you a smooth Move-In, good weather, and a warm welcome to campus. We are so happy to have your students back, and so glad you are part of the larger WFU family.  Go Deacs!

— by Betsy Chapman
for questions or comments about the Daily Deac, email parents@nullwfu.edu

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