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Sorority Recruitment Q&A

This past week, Wake Forest women (mostly first-year students and sophomores) registered for sorority recruitment, which will take place in January. The Parent Programs office sat down with Annie Carlson Welch, Associate Director of Student Leadership and Organizations, to talk about the women’s sorority recruitment process and answer questions parents might have.

What are key dates for spring 2014 formal sorority recruitment?

Spring recruitment takes place the week prior to spring classes beginning. Here is a list of upcoming dates associated with the process:

Nov 13            Recruitment Applications Due (11:49pm on the Fraternity/Sorority Life website)

Nov 14            Potential New Member Information Session (4:30pm, Brendle – required)

Jan 7               Residence halls open at 9 am for active sorority members ONLY to return to prepare for recruitment

Jan 8              Residence halls open at 9am for women participating in the recruitment process (potential new members)

Jan 8              Information Meeting (6pm, Brendle – required)

Jan 9-12         Formal Recruitment

Jan 13             Bid Distribution

How do women navigate sorority recruitment?
Women are assigned to a group with a Gamma Rho Chi (Recruitment Counselor or GRC). Each GRC is a member of a sorority but has disassociated from her chapter throughout the fall semester and recruitment period to prevent conflicts with her assigned women and her sorority.

The GRC acts as an advisor during the recruitment process, answering her group’s questions and helping them to feel comfortable with the activities. GRCs go through a 3 part training series, meeting with staff members from the Counseling Center and the Mentoring Resource Center as well as with student leaders. Each of these trainings provides the GRCs with better knowledge for the support role they play during and after the recruitment process. 

What should students consider before joining a sorority?
Each student should look inward and be very self-aware. Every student should know their preferences and limitations, the things that they value and who they want to surround themselves with. For example, if time management is a struggle for a student, they need to be aware that sorority membership does bring mandatory service and other events – and they should have a plan in place to manage all of their commitments. 

What’s your best advice to potential new members?
Have an open mind. We speak with a lot of women each year who are disappointed because their expectations weren’t met at some point during the process. Even if your “favorite” group does not invite you back, stick with the process and go to all of the events that are available to you. We know amazing, remarkable women in every sorority on campus. Each group can offer students sisterhood, service, philanthropy and fellowship – and women can make lifelong friends no matter which organization they choose.

How does the formal sorority recruitment process work at Wake Forest?
Day 1 – Women go to each sorority’s event with their GRC group (8 sororities will host events on Day 1).  Every GRC group goes to every sorority event, even if a woman does not think she is interested in a group.  At the end of Day 1, sororities choose which women they would like to invite back for Day 2 events. The women select the chapters they are most interested in returning to the next day. This process is called “mutual selection” (please see below for more information).

Day 2 – Women are invited back to a maximum of six sorority events (though less is a possibility). At the end of Day 2, sororities choose which women they would like to invite back for Day 3 events, and the women select the chapters they are most interested in returning to the next day.

Day 3 – Women are invited back to a maximum of four sorority events (though less is a possibility).  At the end of Day 3, sororities choose which women they would like to invite back for Day 4 events, and the women select the chapters they are most interested in returning to the next day.

Day 4 – Women are invited back to a maximum of two sorority events (though less is a possibility). Day 4 is also called Preference (or Pref) Night, where the rank their preferred order of the sorority(ies) for which they are still eligible. The sororities also select the women in whom they are most interested.

Day 5 – Bid Day: women are notified if they receive a bid. Chapters host events to welcome their new members. Please note, if a woman does not receive a bid she is contacted prior to the start of this day. 

At any time in the recruitment process, women are free to withdraw from recruitment. 

What is “mutual selection?”
Mutual selection is what we call the process that occurs at the end of each day of events. While women are choosing which organizations they are most interested in, chapters are doing the same. Think of it like a job interview – while you are trying to decide if this is a place you want to work, the company is also trying to decide if you are the best fit for employment. Unfortunately the company only has so much money to pay its employees, so there are a limited number they are able to take (see next question). All metaphors aside, the system works in favor of the potential new member, taking her interests into account before considering the interests of the chapter. This system is computerized and is dictated by the National Panhellenic Conference. 

How many women will sign up for recruitment? How many will each chapter take?
We expect about 400-450 women to sign up for spring recruitment. The number of women each chapter takes depends on the number of women that remain at the end of the recruitment process. Therefore, pledge class sizes vary from year to year. There is no set number before recruitment begins. The recruitment process is largely dictated by the National Panhellenic Conference, which attempts to maintain an even distribution of membership on any given campus. This means that not everyone can join the same one or two chapters and not everyone will receive their #1 choice throughout the process. Again, we encourage women to have an open mind and consider membership in any of our groups.

Do all women going through the process receive bids to join?
Unfortunately no, not all women will receive a bid for membership. There are two reasons this occurs. First, the vast majority of women not receiving bids elect to withdraw from the recruitment process before it is completed. Often this is because they have their heart set on a particular sorority, and if they don’t get invited back to the next event, they choose to not pursue any other groups. Second, there are regrettably a very small number of women who go through the entire process but do not receive a bid on Bid Day. This is typically as a result of a woman not “maximizing her options.” This means that during the process, a woman was unwilling to consider membership in one or more of the sororities that were interested in her.

What about legacies? Are they guaranteed a bid?
No, legacies (potential new members who have family in a sorority) are not guaranteed a bid. Each chapter has its own policies on how they make decisions about legacies. This is dictated by their national organization. 

What support mechanisms are in place for women who don’t get invites back or don’t get bids? There’s bound to be disappointment and hurt feelings.
Each woman’s Gamma Rho Chi (GRC) is there to help support her during the process. The GRC meets with her group daily to answer and questions or concerns and can also meet on a one-on-one basis. When there is a woman who is very upset about the process, the GRC will reach out to her and, if helpful, incorporate her RA to offer support as well. There are activities planned in the evening for any woman who withdrew or was released from the recruitment process.

Additionally, we have several support mechanisms on campus, including the Counseling Center, the Chaplain’s Office and Campus Life. We also have a wonderful group of role models that includes female staff and faculty members who reach out to every woman who is unsatisfied with her experience, oftentimes becoming great mentors and resources for our students. 

If a woman refuses a bid from a sorority, can she join a different sorority? I heard fall recruitment is a lot easier. Is that an option?
If a woman is offered a bid during spring formal recruitment and declines it, she is ineligible to join a different sorority for one calendar year (meaning she has to wait until the next spring recruitment). Similarly, if a woman is offered a bid, accepts the bid and then decides to leave the sorority before she initiates, she has to wait a calendar year. If a woman initiates into a sorority, she is bound to that organization for a lifetime, regardless of discontinuing her membership.

If a woman withdraws from the recruitment process before signing a preference card, she is welcome to go through fall recruitment. We do not recommend women withdraw from spring recruitment to give fall recruitment a chance. During fall term, only some chapters are eligible to take additional members so fewer women receive bids. 

I also heard there are changes in fall recruitment. What does that mean?

Changes in Fall Sorority Recruitment
At a recent meeting of the Panhellenic Council, the member sororities voted in favor of shifting fall recruitment into a system called Continuous Open Bidding. Below is a brief explanation of this process. You may also find the Old Gold & Black’s coverage helpful.

To explain COB, it is important to first understand what the term “total” means. Total is the maximum size a sorority can be. This number is voted among the sororities annually with one total existing for the spring and another for the fall. These differing numbers take into account the graduating senior members and smaller membership numbers in the fall. Total is typically set as the average membership size of the Panhellenic sororities. Chapters with membership sizes below total can then offer bids until they fill their available spots. It is possible for a chapter to exceed total. This can occur during spring recruitment when chapters try to take the maximum quota of new members. Quota is a number based on the potential new members remaining in the process on the final day of recruitment. Taking the full quota of new members can cause a chapter to go above total, but this is the only exception to the definition of total.

COB is therefore the process of offering bids when there are open membership spots. This process has been in place at the conclusion of spring recruitment, but was not previously used in the fall. Previously, all chapters participated in fall recruitment, taking new member classes ranging from 2-9 members on average. The placement rate for fall recruitment was historically low – averaging 50% over 5 years, meaning that only half of the women interested in joining a sorority received a bid on bid day. While the COB process will limit chapter involvement to those with available membership spots, a greater emphasis will be placed on chapters filling these spots. It may seem that COB is limiting, but a closer examination shows that it provides all of the same benefits of the previous fall informal process. Fall COB will still provide opportunities for sophomores and transfer students to explore membership in a truly informal process – participating chapters will host events throughout the start of fall semester at varying times rather than a week’s worth of structured events. COB will also be free to those who are interested in joining and be far less costly for participating chapters. Of the colleges and universities across the country who have sororities, most utilize the COB process so this vote allows the sororities at Wake Forest to “catch up” to other campuses. 

Is sorority membership required to have a full social life on campus?
We hear some women say it is, but we do not believe that to be true. There are over 150 student organizations and many, many places that students can belong to find their niche. There are many students with active social lives who are not fraternity and sorority members. 

How long is the pledge period?
Six weeks – it begins on bid day and sorority initiation is to be six weeks later. 

Parents often ask about hazing – does it happen, and what does the University do about it?
The University has a strict policy against hazing, which is outlined in the Student Handbook. Hazing has occurred on most college campuses at some time. At Wake Forest, if an organization is found responsible for hazing its new members, they are held accountable as an organization.  There is also a hazing hotline at 336-758-HAZE (4293) for members of the Wake Forest community who wish to report anonymously any student behavior which may be of a hazing nature.  If parents encounter behavior they think could be hazing, they are encouraged to report specifics to the Dean of Student’s office at 336.758.5226 or deanstud. Parents and students can request (and will be given) anonymity, but the University does need some specifics (name of organization, activity the student faced, etc.) to be able to investigate a charge of hazing. 

How much does it cost to be in a sorority?
Average new member dues are $615, with subsequent semesters at an average of $335. The costs cover national chapter dues, housing fees and sorority activities. 

What are some of the benefits of sorority membership in your opinion?
The most significant benefit is that a sorority can shape the lives of its members through its founding principles and beliefs. By encouraging positive interactions among members, sisters can influence one another to lead healthy, productive lives that empower one another as leaders and women. On a more basic level, benefits include making friends and having a group to which the women feel they belong; it gives fellowship and camaraderie.  Fraternities and sororities also teach valuable skills like networking and being comfortable meeting new people, which is a plus for most people’s professional lives. There are opportunities to take on leadership roles, which will teach students how to accomplish major tasks and mobilize a large group toward a common goal. Each sorority has a service or philanthropic component to, so the women are giving back to the local or national community as well. Of course, students are at Wake to get a degree first and foremost and membership in a fraternity or sorority can enhance a student’s ability to succeed by providing mentorship from older members and members within a student’s major.

Where can parents go for more information?
The Fraternity/Sorority Life page of the Wake Forest web site has more information. You can also contact Annie Carlson Welch, Associate Director of Student Leadership and Organizations, at



Very Sad News from Campus

Our hearts are very heavy today.  Yesterday we received an email from President Hatch saying that one of our students, sophomore Andrew Pillow, had passed away.   Read his full email here.

Some of you may have students who are feeling Andrew’s loss profoundly and are grieving.  President Hatch’s email had great advice for our campus at this time of sadness:

“Each of us is affected by loss in different ways. Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The Counseling Center (118 Reynolda Hall) may be reached at 336-758-5273 and the Office of the Chaplain (22 Reynolda Hall) may be contacted at 336-758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493. Please do not hesitate to seek support.”

The Counseling Center has some good information about the grieving process.  Please urge your students to talk to others and get assistance and support in the grieving process.   And to be gentle with themselves and each other in the coming days and weeks.

On behalf of the Daily Deac, our thoughts and prayers are with the Pillow family, as well as Andrew’s many friends.





Select News and Events

Provost Rogan Kersh (’86) sends a newsletter out to faculty and staff each month, and there are a few items that might be of interest to your students (or you, if you are going to be in the area).  The first is an announcement of the faculty for the 2015-16 year at our residential study abroad houses.

The following faculty members have been selected to serve as resident professors at the WFU Houses in 2015-2016:

Worrell House (London): 
Fall 2015 – Page West (Business)
Spring 2016 – Mary Wayne-Thomas (Theatre)

Flow House (Vienna):  
Fall 2015 – Robert Hellyer (History)
Spring 2016 – Lisa Kiang (Psychology)

Casa Artom (Venice):  
Fall 2015 – Jacqui Carrasco (Music)
Spring 2016 – Wanda Balzano (Women’s and Gender Studies)

Much closer to the time, your students will be able to look on the Study Abroad website and see more about the application processes for programs they are interested in.

The Provost’s newsletter also mentioned two events that are holiday-themed.  The Secrest Artist Series will be hosting an event at 7:30 on Thursday, November 21st at 7:30 in Brendle Recital Hall.  ”Cantus and Theater Latté Da present All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by Peter Rothstein, with musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach.  Through new arrangements of European carols and war-songs for a capella voices, All Is Calm recalls the remarkable World War I truce between Allied Forces and German soldiers in no man’s land on Christmas, 1914.”  As with all Secrest Artist Series events, students get in free by showing their WFU ID card.  (Note, seating is not guaranteed; go early to reserve your place).

Finally, we note that “tickets are on sale now for candlelight tours of Reynolda House December 5, 6, and 7. Learn why Katharine Reynolds decorated with nandina berries rather than holly and what interesting items found their way to the menu for Christmas dinner. The dining table will be set with Katharine’s china, an organist will play carols on the original Aeolian organ, and family Christmas cards and letters will be on view from the Museum archives. Tickets include refreshments and live entertainment each night: Grimsley High School Madrigals (Thursday), the Central Carolina Children’s Chorus (Friday), and RJR ACappella (Saturday). Tickets: Members/students $12, non-members $18.”

This is just a smattering of some of the international and cultural events taking place in the coming weeks.  Your students can see more at the Events Calendar online.    Urge your students to try something new every month.  Whether that is a lecture, a concert, a sporting event, a service project.  Their time at Wake Forest will pass quickly.  They should drink up every opportunity they have.



How to Help Your Student During Finals

2012 finals zsr v2Final exams will be held December 9-14 – so it’s less than a month from now.  Many of you will get to see your students during Thanksgiving, and it will certainly be a time where they want to recharge their batteries as they push toward the end of the semester and finals.

The Office of Academic Advising (OAA) has some advice on how parents and families can best support your students in the days leading up to finals.  Many thanks to Sharonna Taylor-Howard, one of our OAA Academic Counselors, for sharing some of these best practices.


How to Help your College Student through Final Exams

Final exams at Wake Forest University will take place from December 9th, 2013 to December 14th, 2013. In late November, students will begin preparation for final exams. During this time of preparation and the final exam period, students may find themselves extremely busy and in some cases overwhelmed or stressed.  Although as a parent or family member you may not physically be there to help, it is important that your college student has your support and encouragement.

Here are some ways that you can help:

  • Send words of encouragement. Send a letter, email, card or e-card that lets your student know that you are proud of all of his or her hard work.  Focus on your student’s effort rather than on the grade. If a student is putting forth reasonable effort, it can be especially unhelpful — even backfire — to pressure him or her to get a specific grade or achieve a specific GPA.
  • Encourage your student to take advantage of all of the resources on campus. If your student is feeling stressed or overwhelmed, he or she can visit places like the Learning Assistance Center, the Office of Academic Advising, and the University Counseling Center.
  • Check with your student’s exam schedule, before you make arrangements for travel home. It is often very difficult for students to make special arrangements to take an exam at an alternate time, and professors are not required to accommodate personal travel requests. Having to make special arrangements may cause additional stress for your student.
  • Send your student a care package. A small, simple package with your student’s favorite snacks or study supplies is another way to show you are thinking of him or her and to show your support.
This is all great advice.  The Daily Deac would add one editorial note:  send a care package no matter how close you live to campus.  Make sure to treat your local students the same as you would if he or she had gone to college far away from home.  One of my good friends was from Greensboro and was thrilled every time his mom sent a care package.  It’s more special if you don’t have to drive home to get it.
Finally – Round 2 of Registration is taking place this week.  Two quick notes:
1) Remind your student to check his/her account balance and clear any holds that would prevent him/her from being able to register on time.  Payment can not be made after hours, so check now!
2) The Registrar’s office has placed a lot of information on their web site regarding registration, including how students can Gmail chat if they need to reach a staff member while they are registering.

Friday at Farrell

Thought it might be fun to take a stroll over to Farrell Hall on this cool and sunny Friday and see what it was like midday.  Here are some observations in the “five senses” model.

I smell [I had to make smell first, because it was the first thing I noticed when I opened the door.]

  • Soup.  Delicious, hearty, cold weather soup.  As I got closer to Einstein’s bagels, I could see from their sign they had some sort of chili.
  • Hazelnut coffee (also at Einsteins).  Smelled freshly brewed and delicious.

I hear

  • Shockingly little, considering this is the Living Room of Farrell and traditionally this is like a beehive of activity.  A lot of our business students don’t have class on Friday, so the relative quiet of Farrell was startling.  But what I do hear is…
  • The beeping of microwaves at Einstein’s bagels preparing peoples’ lunches.
  • The rustling of newspapers.  The Farrell Hall student crowd tends to be avid readers of the Wall Street Journal, and you could hear some of the papers shuffling in the quiet.

I see

  • Nearly all the tables filled in the Living Room.  Many of them were students, some staff and faculty.
  • Lots of open laptops on the student tables.
  • A student with very large earphones (not buds).  If you watched the summer Olympics, these looked like the kind Michael Phelps wore.  There is a proper name for them I am sure but I am not hip enough to know it.
  • Empty arm chairs and wing chairs.  If you were not able to snag a table, you at least had these options available.
  • An advertisement for Dawn with the Dean on the large screen monitors.  Dean Reinemund is an avid runner and he has a group (open to all) that runs together at like 6:20 in the morning.

I taste

  • A deliciously toasted Einstein’s bagel


I can only really give you 4 of the 5 senses – nothing particular to touch.  But if your students are looking for an easy day to lunch at Farrell, Friday appears to be it.  And as a reminder, since it is Friday – call your students.  Helps spur them to less-risky behavior, even if you don’y specifically mention alcohol.

Have a great weekend!


You Can Have It All

You know the old saying “you can’t have it all”?  Well, for today at least we are saying you can, in fact, have it all!  What I mean by this is that we have formally concluded our ZSRx Parents and Families: Deacon Development 101 online class – BUT our incredible E-learning Librarian, Kyle Denlinger, has migrated all the course materials to a web site that will be accessible to all, regardless of whether you signed up for the ZSRx Parents and Families class.

Kyle has set up a separate site with all of the reading materials and videos from the course. On this new site, you will be able to access the course material at your own pace or share it with fellow parents, without needing to log in or navigate through the formal course in Canvas.

As a reminder, the ZSRx Parents and Families: Deacon Development 101 class was designed to help you understand the behavior and developmental milestones of your college students.  In that course, we talked about the following – and those sections are all represented on the new web site:

- An overview of the Millennial Generation

- Academics (development and challenges, sources of support)

- Identity (how college students explore and refine it)

- Wellbeing (the various dimensions of wellbeing and how to attend to them)

Think of this web site as a tool kit that has everything that was included in the ZSRx course except the online discussion boards. There is no special signup or login needed – it’s a regular website like any other.

So if you didn’t sign up for ZSRx Parents and Families: Deacon Development 101 – or if you did and did not have time to navigate through the course week by week – bookmark this site and access the materials whenever you like.

On behalf of the ZSRx team, we want to say thank you to all of you who signed up, tuned in, shared your thoughts.  And many thanks to the ZSR Library and our campus partners who provided content.  We couldn’t have done this without you!

Stories to Share

This week has been a chilly one.  This morning as I drove onto campus, I saw many students walking to classes in their North Face fleece jackets, backpacks or messenger bags slung over their shoulders.  It’s a grey day, and quite cool (37 at 7 am, highs in the mid 50s today at best).  The fall leaves are gorgeous, every shade of red and gold and orange imaginable.  If your Deacs like fall, it finally feels like it is here to stay.

There have been a number of good stories about WFU in the past week or so, and thought you might enjoy some of them.

- The Winston-Salem Journal had nice coverage of the dedication of Farrell Hall this past Friday.   There was also coverage of the opening on the WFU web site as well.

- One of our documentary film students, Chris Zaluski (MFA ’13), is a finalist in Our State magazine’s documentary film contest.  Zaluski is a program director for Wake Forest’s student-run Wrought Iron Productions.  His film, “The Duke of Rougemont,” is a short documentary that explores the eccentric hobbies of artist, storyteller and craftsman Stacey Harris.

- Tomorrow (November 6) at 4 pm in the Z Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium (room 404), Dr. Christian Miller, associate professor of philosophy and one of the key faculty on the Character Project, will be speaking about cheating and ethics.  ”Cheating is very much in the news today. Based on recent research findings, Christian Miller, associate professor of philosophy, will talk about what motivates people to cheat and why they choose to, or choose not to, be dishonest.”  If you haven’t read about the Character Project, there is a great website about it, and you can read more on the WFU site as well.

- A number of WFU community members have been in local media stories of late.

That’s just a snapshot of some of the stories about Wake Forest, and the Wake Foresters who are making news.


No One Is Perfect

Happy Monday, Deac families.  Impossible as this is to believe, it is somehow November.  Your students have a scant 5-6 weeks of school left, and then they will return to you for the winter break.

I saw something this weekend via Facebook that made me think a lot about our students.  This particular article was meant for parents of young kids who are trying to create the perfect family picture (holiday card season is coming after all).  It is all about how social media outlets like Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram help feed the idea that everyone else is doing a great job with life – amazing food! fabulous house decorations! beautiful and well-dressed kids! – and that in reality it isn’t true.  And seeing everyone else’s so-called perfection is daunting.

This quote jumped out:  ”Live your messy life and don’t apologize for it. Don’t scrub the ink off your toddler’s arms before you Instagram it or move the dirty pile of laundry in the background. Because your real life moments are a beautiful mess. And they are more encouraging to your friends than you know when they show up on their screens and feeds.”

Think about that for just a minute.

Live your messy life and don’t apologize for it.

Your real life moments are a beautiful mess.

And they are more encouraging to your friends than you know when they show up on their screens and feeds.

How does this relate to your students?

Quite often I hear students talking about how everyone else seems to have it together.  They look good, they are getting good grades, they are socially happy, yadda yadda.  And students can – wrongly – assume if they are having a bad day, get a bad grade, are homesick or sad or worried etc. that they are somehow not as good as their compatriots at Wake Forest who appear to have everything going for them.

And whenever I hear this, I try to remind the person I am talking to is that what he sees is everyone else’s ‘game face’ – the face you turn to the world to make yourself look as best you can to others.  But inside all of us, we have our own issues and concerns and struggles, and when something looks perfect, it rarely is.

One of the things I would love to see is more students find the place within themselves that allows them to shed that game face.  If they are having a bad or mad or sad day, show it (constructively, of course).  Or be willing to self-disclose their challenges and issues – just to normalize for the rest of their cohort that everyone has things they have to overcome.  That might encourage others to show their authentic selves, flaws and all.

None of us can be perfect, but we are a college of enormously high achievers.  In those moments when our lives are a beautiful mess, what if we let it show?

Food for thought.  I welcome your comments as always at


Some Musings on Registration

Happy Friday, Deac families!   If you are not aware, we have designated Fridays as Black and Gold Friday, which means we hope you are wearing black and gold (or even better, official WFU apparel) wherever you are.  You can help us boost school spirit and name recognition by representing Wake Forest wherever you live – so join us and go black and gold every Friday.

It’s a big day on campus with the dedication of Farrell Hall later today.  That is going to be an incredible event, so I hope your students attend any parts of the day they can.  And because it is Friday, this is your gentle reminder to call your Deac today and give them that unconscious reminder of home, which tends to reduce risky behavior.

Coming up next week is spring 2014 course registration, and that is certainly figuring in to students’ minds.  Here are some musings about registration.

- Students (or authorized parents/family members) need to check the student’s financial account to ensure there are no unpaid balances or registration holds.   Check it now, pay any balance off, and check it again the day before AND day of registration, just to be sure.  An unpaid balance could be even just a nominal charge from a parking ticket, student health bill, etc.

- Registration is scheduled AFTER 5 pm.  This came at the request of Student Government several years ago, who wanted registration to take place after most classes have ended.  The one catch to this is that administrative offices are closed after 5 pm, so if your student doesn’t check his/her financial account during the business day and finds there is an unpaid balance, he/she will be blocked from registering until the account can be settled the next business day.  So please, please check that account balance and clear any holds.

- In talking to some students (my own advisees and others) as well as other academic advisers, some students seem to be feeling some uncertainty about their potential major choice because they don’t think they are going to love ALL the requirements.  For example, a student who loves psychology but isn’t a huge fan of math may be rethinking that major because he doesn’t want to take Research Methods, or a student who loves modern American lit might be a little hesitant to declare an English major because she doesn’t want to take one of the “Single Author” courses (Shakespeare, Chaucer, Milton, or James Joyce).  VERY rarely will a student love ALL the requirements for a major.  So if your student is worrying about a major because of just one course, encourage him or her that it is normal to feel that way.

- Because Wake Forest students are high achieving and want to do well, they tend to be pretty worried about GPA.  This can lead to students trying to determine class schedules based on perceived reputation of what will be an easier class, easier professor, easier grading.   This is not the ideal way to search for classes.  Students should take a class because they are interested in the course material, not because they think it will be an easy grade.  If your student is deeply interested in Middle East history, for example, I would argue he should take that class rather than a class on Medieval history (if the only reason he is taking the Medieval class is because he has heard the class is easier).  My own experience was that when I was really intrigued by the subject, I did not mind working harder in a class.  Far better to work more in a class that stimulates you than slog through a class that you have chosen simply because you think it might have fewer tests or papers.

- Contrary to popular opinion, 8 am classes are not a tragedy.  If there is a class your student needs and the only open section is at 8 am, your student should think about signing up for it.

- Finally, urge your students not to stress out too much about registration – particularly our first-year students.  Between basic requirements and divisional requirements, they have a LOT of courses to take.  And so there will be time to take care of them.  So jump in and register for the best classes they can, and try not to worry!


Farrell Hall Grand Opening November 1

Happy Halloween to all our Deac families.  We hope your students were able to participate in Project Pumpkin (if not as a volunteer, at least as a witness to the joy and excitement it brings the children who attend it!)  We have another huge event coming up on Friday, and like the big tent for the kickoff of Wake Will, this one will only happen once so it is not to be missed.  It’s the Grand Opening of Farrell Hall.

There will be events from 11am-4 pm on Friday, November 1st.  The full schedule of events is online.  Whether your student is a business major or a music major or a philosophy major, he/she should attend.

20130919farrell9148This great building is a resource for the entire university.  The great Living Room on the ground floor of Farrell is packed with students – business and non-business alike – who are using the space to study and meet and hang out.  Farrell also has a new food option on campus, Einstein’s Bagels, which is also vastly used by students.  And the Brockway University Recruiting Center, which has been named by former WFU parents, Trustee Peter and Susan Brockway (P ’09), is there for students of all majors who are doing on campus interviews and other recruiting activities.

The Grand Opening of Farrell has a very impressive speaker lineup (see below).  This is an opportunity for your students to hear from Wake Forest alumni and parents who are captains of industry and journalistic giants.  It is also a chance to honor the memory of Mike Farrell, who with his wife Mary helped kickstart this project and make it a reality.

Friday, November 1 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Keynote Broadcast
(Broyhill Auditorium)

Moderator; Al Hunt (’65, D.Litt. ’91), columnist for Bloomberg View
and host of “Political Capital”
with Special Guests & Alumni Panel;

“The Noble Profession of Business”
Charlie Ergen (MBA ’76), Co-Founder & Chairman, DISH Network Corporation and EchoStar Corporation
David Farr (’77, P’07), Chairman and CEO, Emerson
Eric Wiseman (’77, MBA ’88, P ’07), Chairman, President and CEO, VF Corporation

“The Legacy of Mike Farrell (P’10, LLD’13)”
Mary Farrell (P’10), University Trustee
Wellington Denahan, Chairman and CEO, Annaly Capital Management, Inc.