I was at a dinner the other night with Wake Forest alumni and some current parents. It was a wide age range, spanning from graduating in the ’70s to the mid ’00s to having a senior on campus now. Though I did not know any of the people prior to dinner, it was easy conversation because we all shared that common bond of Wake Forest. Wake Forest people have a remarkable way of connecting with each other.
That shared value of the Wake Forest network cannot be overstated. Wake people (whether alumni or parents and families) tend to like to hire other Wake people. And now we have a tool that can make it possible for parents and families to tap into that network.
Our gifted tech folks have created WakeNetwork to make it easy for Wake Foresters to update your information and connect with other Wake Foresters. Within Wake Network, you can search for other parents and families in your area, you can update your information should you change jobs or addresses, and more.
You can easily apply for a WakeNetwork account at https://wakenetwork.wfu.edu/. We take your privacy seriously, so all applications are reviewed and verified before access is granted. It may take a few business days to get back to you.
Once you have a Wake Network account, we encourage you to review your privacy settings. By default, parents and families are only viewable by name and city (no other identifying information so that your privacy is safeguarded). But you can change your privacy settings so you can be ‘found’ by others in your area who are eager to connect with other Wake Forest families. You have the ability to decide whether you want to share your email or other contact information, your job information, and more. The more families who are active on the Wake Network, and who change their default privacy settings to be found, the greater your virtual Wake Forest community could be!
So please consider getting a Wake Network account. And when your students graduates, encourage them to log in to Wake Network and keep their information up to date. Often we find recent grads still carrying their parents’ home addresses as their own, so they get email invites to events in a city they may not be living in – when we could be sending them invites in their current location! It is always important to keep those addresses and emails up to date.
And speaking of connecting with Wake Foresters…it’s that time again! Where in the World Are Wake Foresters? Today we have Ethan Geitz ’17 in Venice, and Tami Berczuk P’14,’19, Will Berczuk ’19, Mike Berczuk P’14,’19, Sarah Berczuk, Kristen Berczuk ’14, Billy Humphrey ’14 in Dubrovnik, Croatia (in front of the Franjo Tudman Bridge). Want to show off your Wake Forest spirit wherever you are in your hometown, your job, or the world? Send your picture and name/location to email@example.com.
Finally, L’shanah Tovah to all those who are celebrating today. May you have a sweet new year 🙂