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Wake Forest Reynolda Campus to Close for Winter Break

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest will be closed December 24, 2014-January 1, 2015.  Administrative offices will reopen on January 2, 2015.

As a reminder, Police Communications at Wake Forest is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  They can be reached at 336-758-5591 (non-emergency) or 336-758-5911 (emergency).   WFU Police Department Holiday Hours 2014-15.

We wish you and your family a very happy holiday season!

Messages on Weather-Related Closings at Wake Forest

In the event of severe weather that prompts a delay or closing, Wake Forest will use several methods to alert students, faculty and staff to schedule changes.

On occasion, because of snowy or icy weather conditions, Wake Forest officials have announced a decision to close the campus for the day or delay the start of classes and the opening of offices. In such cases, the University will use the following communication channels:

  • The Wake Alert website at wakealert.wfu.edu.
  • On @WakeAlert, @WFNewsCenter  @InsideWFU and @WakeForest1834
  • A headline across the top of the University home page at wfu.edu. It will link to the Wake Alert website.
  • An email message to faculty, staff and students.
  • A voice mail message to faculty and staff.
  • A message on the University’s weather/emergency phone line (336-758-5935).
  • Announcements on radio stations WFDD (88.5 FM) and WSJS (600 AM).
  • Announcements on TV stations WXII, WGHP, WFMY and News 14 Carolina.

Letter to Parents and Guardians on Sorority Recruitment

The following letter is being emailed to parents and guardians of Potential New Members (PNMs) who will return to campus in January to participate in sorority recruitment.

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Division of Campus Life
Office of the Dean of Students

December 12, 2015

 

Dear Wake Forest University Parents/Guardians,

With spring semester just around the corner, I am writing to share information about the sorority recruitment process and answer some frequently asked questions. Let me begin by first expressing my excitement for your daughter as she goes through the process of exploring membership in a fraternal organization. This is a thrilling yet challenging process, and I wish the best for your daughter.

Sorority recruitment takes place January 8-12, 2015. The residence halls will open on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 9am for women to move in early for the recruitment process. Later that evening, at 6pm, sorority recruitment will kick off with an assembly and dinner. Four days of events will then follow, running Thursday through Sunday with bid distribution on Monday, January 12, 2015. Traveling significant distances may require some women to arrive in Winston-Salem on January 6, 2015. If this applies to your daughter, please note that she will need to secure her own housing for the night of January 6, 2015. If there are any concerns about travel, please contact me so we can discuss your specific situation. Additionally, it is important to note that our dining operations are limited during sorority recruitment. You can find the winter break dining hours on the WFU Campus Dish website.

In order to participate in recruitment, a woman must have a firm, minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA and must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at Wake Forest University or her transferring institution. In an effort to be supportive of every student’s academic career and the academic mission of the institution, we will not consider exceptions to the GPA requirement. We will check all GPAs during winter break. If your daughter is found to be ineligible for the process, she will receive an email notification from our office. We will make every effort to get these notifications out prior to January 1. However your daughter will have access to her cumulative GPA faster than our office so we strongly recommend double checking this information. If your daughter is ineligible for recruitment, she will also receive a $30 refund which is a reimbursement for the early move in fee for the residence halls. Several chapters have made the decision to increase the minimum GPA requirement. Qualifying to participate in recruitment requires a 2.5 GPA, however, six of the chapters’ minimum GPA’s range from a 2.55-2.8. If your daughter is below any of the individual chapter GPA requirements, she would likely not receive consideration in those sororities for membership.

While recommendation letters are not required at Wake Forest, some women choose to send them to one or more chapters. If you are interested in sending in a recommendation, please visit the recommendation letter page on the Fraternity and Sorority Life website.

The recruitment process is successful for the majority of women who participate. However, it is important to recognize that your daughter is exploring membership in organizations that are selective and looking for women they feel best fit their experience. In spring 2014, 410 women participated in sorority recruitment. 87% matched with a chapter, 10% withdrew themselves from the process (although they were still receiving invitations from one or more sororities) and 3% did not match with a chapter.

The recruitment process can be an exciting, yet emotional time for many women. We urge every participant to keep an open mind throughout the process, and we appreciate the emotional support and stability you can provide as a family member. Some of the women that withdraw from sorority recruitment midstream later regret their decision. You can help us by encouraging your daughter to see the process to completion. Not every woman will be invited back to her top sororities, but that doesn’t mean she cannot find great friends and sisterhood in the remaining groups. We often hear students that withdrew from the process reflect that they wished they had been more open-minded to the options available to them.

While we feel there is a chapter for everyone, our statistics show that 1 out of every 8 women does not have their expectations met. Therefore, it can be beneficial to discuss a plan in case your daughter experiences disappointment. Coaching your daughter to develop an alternative plan for campus engagement will help her build resiliency if the plan needs to be enacted. Asking questions such as “what areas of interest do you have at Wake?” and “what makes Wake feel like home?” can be good to start the coaching process. Often women develop their alternative plan around future sorority recruitment opportunities. For the fall, a few sororities may have membership spots available. We will know which have these openings by summertime. Spring 2016 recruitment is also an option as upperclassmen will be considered separately from freshmen. Furthermore, we have over 150 student organizations to get involved in as well as a myriad of campus activities, committees and more.

There are several important resources for your daughter during and after sorority recruitment. One of these is her Greek Recruitment Counselor (GRC). These undergraduate women serve as advisors to potential new members. These women are selected through an application process and receive extensive training in order to serve as an advisor for your daughter. Training begins the semester before recruitment and includes education about recruitment policies and procedures, as well information from the University Counseling Center and Mentoring Center. If a woman is upset or disappointed after recruitment, we encourage her to consult with her GRC who has been trained to help students manage a range of reactions they may experience. GRCs are knowledgeable about campus resources that may be helpful to your student.

Additionally, our Residence Life staff, Women’s Center staff and faculty fellows are aware of which residents are participating in the process and will also receive updates when women are no longer participating in the process. If your daughter chooses to withdraw from sorority recruitment or is not matched to an organization, one of these community members will be in contact with her to offer the support of Wake Forest. Finally, we work with partners throughout campus to offer programming separate from recruitment. Information about these events will be available the week of recruitment and posted on our website.

We encourage you to review the resources on the Wake Forest University Fraternity and Sorority Life website, particularly the parent and recruitment pages. Additionally, the Wake Forest Parents Page has fantastic resources, including Information for First Year Parents, Greek Life Questions and Answers and Sorority Recruitment Q&A. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about the recruitment process, the sorority community or student organizations in general. We are here to help as much as possible.

Sincerely,

Steve Hirst
Director, Student Engagement
hirstsr@nullwfu.edu
336-758-4070

Wake Alert: Gun pointed at student on campus

This is a Wake Alert message:

At about 6:25-6:30 p.m. this evening, a man in an orange SUV pointed a handgun at a Wake Forest student on campus in Parking Lot “J”. University Police believe the suspects have left campus.

A Wake Forest student was returning to his vehicle on campus in Parking Lot “J” behind Collins Hall and South Residence Hall at about 6:25-6:30 p.m. on Dec. 11. The student noticed 4 or 5 males in an orange SUV. The orange SUV hit the student’s parked car as the driver pulled out of the parking space.

When the student approached the orange SUV, one man in the SUV pulled out a handgun.  The student ran and called University Police. University Police conducted an immediate search and believe the suspects are no longer on campus.

The suspects in the orange SUV are described by the student as “college-aged” males. Two or three of them may have been white males and two or three of them may have been black males.

If you have any information about this incident, please call University Police at 336-758-5591.
Office of Communications and External Relations

A Message from the Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life

The following message is sent on behalf of Imam Khalid Griggs, Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life:

It is with heartfelt emotion that I express my genuine appreciation for the overwhelming expressions of support that I have received in the aftermath of the unconscionable act directed at me, and by default, Muslim Life at Wake Forest University. The student initiated flower and card campaign has led to literally dozens of flowers, plant arrangements, and cards being delivered to my office door by students, faculty, staff, food service workers, campus police, and campus administrators. These deliveries often cause my eyes to water, especially when students, heretofore unknown to me, hand me cards or flowers while tearfully articulating their sorrow and regret that such an incident had occurred. Frequently, an entire departmental staff has brought me tidings of support.

The disrespectful act has galvanized the entire Wake Forest community to provide a counter narrative for anyone who aspires to reverse the deliberate, intentional direction of diversity and inclusion that the university has decisively embarked upon. I am convinced that there is no better division within the university than the Division of Student Life led by Adam Goldstein, Associate Vice President/Dean of Students and Penny Rue, Vice President of Campus Life, and no better staff than the Office of the Chaplain headed by University Chaplain Tim Auman. University President Nathan Hatch and Board of Trustees Chairman Don Flow have provided unequivocal encouragement and support throughout this difficult period.

I will forever cherish the outpouring of support that I have received and vow to redouble my efforts to see actual inclusion come to fruition for all who comprise our community. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Imam Khalid Griggs
Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life WFU
336.758.2936- office

Information About Sorority Recruitment Move-In

Residence Life and Housing sent the following emails to Potential New Members (PNMs) and current sorority members (respectively) who are approved to move in early for sorority recruitment.

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[TO POTENTIAL NEW MEMBERS]

Good afternoon,

You have been approved to arrive early for the Spring Semester beginning at 9:00AM on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 as a Potential New Member participating in Sorority Recruitment.

If you are moving on-campus for the Spring semester, you will need to come to Alumni Hall Suite 104, which is building 26(B) on the Campus Map between the hours of 9:00AM and 5:00PM. Please plan to park in Lot W1 when you come to Alumni Hall, as parking along the street is prohibited.

Read the Important Information Below:

  • Arriving After Hours:If your planned travel arrangements (or delays en route) will have you arriving on-campus after 5:00PM, then you must notify Residence Life and Housing immediately at housing@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5185 and we will communicate instructions to you regarding checking in to your assignment.
  • Arriving Earlier Than Approved: If extenuating circumstances will have you arriving on-campus before 9:00AM on your approved arrival date above, then you may request to arrive one day early on January 6thby emailing housing@nullwfu.edu for a fee of $100. If your request is not approved or if you choose to do so, you can make your own arrangements to stay off-campus at a place of your choosing. A list of local hotels can be found on the Wake Forest website.
  • Overnight Guests:You are not permitted to have guests (students or otherwise) stay overnight until the buildings open for all students onJanuary 10th, this includes a roommate who is not approved to arrive early.
  • Deacon OneCard: As a reminder, if you are a returning student, please bring your Deacon OneCard with you to check-in.

Thank you and have a good evening!

Erin G. Angel
Coordinator of Assignments and Off Campus Housing
Residence Life & Housing

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[TO CURRENT SORORITY MEMBERS]

Good afternoon,

You have been approved to arrive early for the Spring Semester beginning at 9:00AM on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 as an Active Member of an organization to assist with Sorority Recruitment.

If you are moving on-campus for the Spring semester, you will need to come to Alumni Hall Suite 104, which is building 26(B) on the Campus Map between the hours of 9:00AM and 5:00PM. Please plan to park in Lot W1 when you come to Alumni Hall, as parking along the street is prohibited.

Read the Important Information Below:

  • Arriving After Hours:If your planned travel arrangements (or delays en route) will have you arriving on-campus after 5:00PM, then you must notify Residence Life and Housing immediately at housing@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5185 and we will communicate instructions to you regarding checking in to your assignment.
  • Arriving Earlier Than Approved: If your planned travel arrangements will have you arriving on-campus before 9:00AM on your approved arrival date above, then you will need to make your own arrangements to stay off-campus at a place of your choosing. A list of local hotels can be found on the Wake Forest website. You will notbe allowed to check into your room until the approved date.
  • Overnight Guests:You are not permitted to have guests (students or otherwise) stay overnight until the buildings open for all students, this includes a roommate who is not approved to arrive early.
  • Deacon OneCard: As a reminder, if you are a returning student, please bring your Deacon OneCard with you to check-in.

Thank you and have a good evening!

Erin G. Angel
Coordinator of Assignments and Off Campus Housing
Residence Life & Housing

 

A Message from the Vice President for Campus Life

The following message is sent on behalf of Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue:

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Dear Wake Forest Students,

As the semester draws to a close, and final exams and papers conclude an important period of learning, I hope that you will each take time to reflect on what has been most meaningful to you and to our community this fall.  As I reflect on the many wonderful moments throughout our journey this semester, I am also aware of how national social and political issues played out on our own campus over the last several months. For many members of our community, these issues have been deeply personal. For all of us, I hope these issues underscore the importance of deliberate and inclusive dialogue.

At the start of the semester, our campus recognized the significance of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, MO through a campus-wide vigil and speak-out, and the semester ended as the nation and our community struggled with twin grand jury decisions not to indict police officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.  In between these moments of national conflict, plans for a “rap video” fraternity party were protested, as many in our community deemed this to be racially themed, and an external report that found a lack of bias in problematic police behavior spawned numerous complaints and criticisms.  Throughout this period we have seen some of the very best and very worst of Wake Forest.

Within the framework of the Deliberative Dialogue on campus community and the President’s Leadership conference, we saw Wake Foresters come together in the spirit of collaboration and inquiry to share perspectives and learn from one another.  Recent and forthcoming proposals generated by the Deliberative Dialogues, the President’s Leadership Conference, Deac Tank, Forward Together, and the ODI Campus Climate Collaborative hold great promise for progress in creating a more fair, equitable and inclusive campus community.

However, we have also seen a sad set of behaviors that feel less like Wake Forest to us all.  Our Muslim Chaplain, Imam Griggs, has been attacked online and the Office of the Chaplain was the target of a vile act.  Yik Yak has become a common vehicle to promulgate abhorrent sentiments and personal threats against students and the administration.  As a result, several students have chosen anonymous means to make their voices heard because they do not feel safe.  Those same students have been subjected to judgmental statements, including from me, for striving to improve our community and call forth the best from Wake Forest.  We should applaud their commitment and passion.

I want to reiterate my commitment to open dialogue and a welcoming community.  Please know that any reported act of bias shared through our bias reporting system, or directly with a Campus Life or Office of Diversity and Inclusion staff member, will be confidentially investigated and individuals who come forward will receive caring support from our Bias Response Team.  In the event that people are determined to be acting in ways threatening to individuals in our community, or to our community as a whole, they will be held accountable through both campus conduct and criminal justice systems, if necessary.  We urge members of our community to use this system so that we may properly track incidents and targets of bias and develop strategies to eliminate threats to our community.

President Hatch reminds us that Wake Forest is a place where the arts of conversation and mutual engagement are developed and enhanced.  We are, at our core, a face-to-face university. It is essential that we listen deeply and with empathy to truly understand the perspectives of those who differ from us.  The ability to learn with and from each other, despite the existence of preconceived biases, is an essential learning experience afforded in the Wake Forest community.  Let us not mirror the tendency in Washington, and other parts of our country, to talk only to those with whom we already agree.

As the semester ends, please join me in searching for opportunities to extend understanding and seek to create a more just and equitable Wake Forest.

Sincerely,

Penny Rue
Vice President for Campus Life

Message from Student Health Service to Wake Forest Community

As Wake Forest’s winter break approaches, University officials encourage students, faculty and staff to contact the Student Health Service if any are planning travel to a country where Ebola has prompted a public health crisis.

The reminder comes at a time when Wake Forest continues closely monitoring the international Ebola situation.

In accordance with guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there is still no Wake Forest funded or sponsored travel to regions with an Ebola travel advisory in place.  While the University does not have a policy restricting personal travel to countries affected by this virus, the CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Warning recommending against non-essential travel, including travel for educational purposes to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.  The Student Health Service is prepared to meet with students, faculty and staff considering personal travel to those countries.

The CDC has issued a statement titled, “Advice for College, Universities and Students about Ebola in West Africa,” and updates it as needed. The university is following all recommendations issued by the CDC and will continue to do so. For more information about the university’s Ebola plan and general information about the disease, please visit the Wake Forest Student Health website. The University plan will be revised, as needed.  Any significant revisions will be available to all on the web site.

Wake Forest officials assure all on campus, as well as parents of students, that their close scrutiny of the Ebola situation will not diminish during this time.

Meanwhile, the University will take any appropriate action steps necessary for proper preparedness.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

LENS@Wake Forest – Our Signature Summer Program for High School Students

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December Dining Update

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has released its December 2014 Dining Update.  Students should be aware of changes in hours at dining venues as finals approach.