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For Students Who Plan to Have On-Campus Employment

The following message was provided by Campus Recreation, which is one of the largest employers of students on campus.


For students who will be working on campus, they will have to complete an I-9 form within 3 business days of their first day of employment.  If the form isn’t complete, the student employee cannot work.

To complete the I-9 form, the student employee has to present acceptable forms of ID.  This is the list of acceptable forms of ID:  Acceptable I-9 Documents.

Typically, student employees present a drivers license and either a social security card or certified birth certificate, or, alternatively, a passport.  By law, these must be original documents,  not copied, scanned, texted, emailed, or other electronic duplication.

Understandably, students and their families would like Wake Forest to accept non-original documents or permit the student to start working before they have presented original documents.  However, the supervisor has to sign off on the I-9 form attesting under penalty of perjury that they have examined the document(s) the student employee has present and that the documents appear to be genuine.

If your student plans to work on campus, please be sure to send him/her to school with acceptable forms of ID for 1-9 documents.

Move-In and Parking Information

Residence Life and Housing will be sending emails to students about Move-In and parking beginning around August 17th.

There are different versions of emails, with move-in parking passes and instructions specific to students’ status :  early arriving students and Pre-Orientation Program students, first year students moving in on August 26th, transfer students moving in on August 26th, and returning students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors).  Those emails will be sent in stages to the four groups of students.

Here are links to those emails.  Please read the one that best represents your student’s Move-In status.

Email to Early Arriving Students and RAs (arriving prior to August 26th; this includes Pre-Orientation Program participants)

NOTE: If you are a parent or family member of a Pre-Orientation program student and you will be returning to campus on August 26th to bring the rest of your student’s belongings, please be sure to read the next email and print the parking map it contains.

Email to New First-Year Students in the Class of 2020 (arriving August 26th)

Email to Transfer Students (arriving August 26th)

Email to Returning Students (arriving August 27-28)

Fall Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment Information for Sophomores and Above

Fall fraternity and sorority recruitment events are just around the corner!  Because first-year students are not eligible, fall recruitment is much smaller and less formalized than in the spring.  As a reminder, students must have completed at least 12 hours of college credit and have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.

Interfraternity Council:
Chapters will each host their own events, and no registration is necessary.  Typically all fraternity chapters in the IFC will have a fall class.  Bids will be distributed Thursday, September 22.

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC):
This council does not have a coordinated recruitment calendar.  Please contact Fraternity & Sorority Life with questions about specific chapters or the general process to join.

Panhellenic Council:
Each chapter will determine if they will take new members through Continuous Open Bidding (COB).  We will not know until early September which chapters will host recruitment events and extend bids, and it is likely that only 3-4 chapters will participate.  If your student is interested in Panhellenic Council, she may complete the interest form found here and we will keep her informed on the COB process.

If you have any questions, please go to the Fraternity & Sorority life website or reach out Betsy Adams, Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, at

Student Health Insurance Email to Families of Students Who Have Not Enrolled in Student Blue or Waived Coverage

The following message was emailed on August 10th to all families for whom we had a valid email address AND whose student has not yet either enrolled or waived the student health insurance requirement.

Dear Wake Forest Families:

We hope your student is getting excited about moving to campus soon. As you may know, all full-time Wake Forest students are required to have health insurance. All new and returning students must either enroll in the insurance program or request to waive enrollment if they carry comparable personal health insurance meeting the criteria set by WFU.

At this time, we have not received your student’s insurance decision to either waive or enroll in the Wake Forest Student Insurance Program (SIP) and wanted to bring this to your attention so you can take appropriate action. (If you had waived or enrolled in coverage earlier this week, please disregard this message.)

Your student(s) will be automatically enrolled in the Student Blue insurance plan offered by Wake Forest if s/he does not complete a waiver by Friday, August 26, 2016 at 5 p.m. and the insurance charge will remain on the student account. In other words, if we do not have either a waiver or an enrollment in Student Blue, your student will be charged for the health insurance premium for fall 2016 (even if he/she is already insured); this charge will not be able to be refunded.

INTEND TO WAIVE COVERAGE? Then please do so at this time by You will need your current insurance ID card along with the student ID number to complete the waiver. Please be sure to select the “New Users” tab, rather than the “Log In” tab, as we are operating on a new portal for elections this year, and all students are considered new this one time. Once you complete the waiver, you will receive a confirmation email from Blue Cross and the health insurance premium will be removed from the student account within 7 days. Please be sure to check your junk/spam folder for an email from, and retain this email for your records. You may check the student account online through DEAC (Daily Status) to confirm the waiver has been applied, and credit issued, as it will appear as “Health Ins. Premium Waiver” on the student account. If uncertainty remains, please contact our office for confirmation.

INTEND TO ENROLL IN STUDENT BLUE? You may enroll now at Be sure to select the “New Users” tab, rather than the “Log In” tab for enrollment, as we are operating on a new portal for elections this year. All students are considered new this once. Please pay the appropriate premium on DEAC (Deacon Electronic Account Center), so you can ensure your student will not have a hold on his/her account. Merely paying the student bill with the insurance charge DOES NOT automatically activate SIP coverage; you must complete the online enrollment. ID cards will be delivered via US postal service 7-10 days following enrollment.

The Student Insurance Plan (SIP) is administered by BCBS of North Carolina. A full plan detail, rates, and schedule of benefits are available at The University also provides a very informative site about the plan at

Should you have questions or comments, please contact the Student Insurance Program staff at or 336.758.4247.


Mandy Martin
WFU Student Insurance Program
PO Box 7312
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
Phone: 336.758.4247
Fax: 336.758.4227

School of Business Graduate Programs

The School of Business shared the following information about their graduate programs.

MSBA-classM.S. in Business Analytics: Our first class begins
The inaugural class of the M.S. in Business Analytics (MSBA) at the School of Business presents some compelling numbers: students from 27 colleges and universities around the world, more than a dozen different majors, nine Double Deacs, and two veterans. But this is not the whole story. Beyond these impressive statistics are even more impressive students. Meet some of them in the accompanying video.

MA-class-photo-webM.A. in Management: Ten years of excellence
Young professionals gathered in Farrell Hall at the School of Business to meet their classmates, professors and other support staff of the Master of Arts in Management (MA) program. The Class of 2017 represents 75 colleges and universities with 45 liberal arts, science and engineering majors in the mix. This year more than half the incoming class had an international learning experience, such as a study abroad program. These numbers represent a major leap from the program’s start ten years ago. Find out what brings these students to campus now in our video.

WFU School of Business MBA students develop nanotechnology to fight lung cancer
Accelerated NanoTech, a startup medical device company founded by a team of Wake Forest School of Business MBA students, has proposed a new, faster and more reliable test for non-small cell lung cancer. This sharply reduces both costs to patients from hundreds of dollars to $10 and diagnosis time from days to hours.  For their innovation, the Wake Forest team was named finalists in the Nanotechnology Startup Challenge. The Challenge features inventions conceived and developed by scientists at the National Institutes of Health, and business plans developed by teams to accelerate and increase the volume of commercialized cancer nanotechnology to market through startups.

Post Office Hours for Move-In Weekend

Mail Services has announced extended hours for Move-In weekend:

Friday, August 26:  7:30 am-6:00 pm
Saturday, August 27:  8:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday, August 28: 12:00-4:00 pm

Parking Registration Begins in August

Parking registration will take place in early August; the date registration opens depends on your student’s classification as on- or off-campus.

Please see Parking and Tranportation information here.

Please be sure your students are aware of the parking registration process, particularly for seniors living off campus.  The website states that for commuter students “Limited availability sold on a first come, first serve basis” – that applies to on-campus parking for seniors as well as the off-campus designated commuter lots.

Tragic and Troubled Times

The following message was emailed to the campus community on Thursday, July 21st.

Dear Wake Forest Community, 

The wave of tragic and troubling events of recent days in our country has brought me back to another tumultuous time: the spring and summer of 1968. 

I remember it well because I was a college senior about to graduate. I remember the night of April 5 when Julie and I had planned to go into Chicago for an event. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated the day before in Memphis, and that night, Chicago seethed and exploded: a 28-block stretch of Madison Street was left largely in ruins; 36 major fires were reported; 11 people were killed; 48 were wounded by police gunfire and 90 policemen were injured. In two days 2,150 people were arrested. Thousands of Army troops were sent in to restore order. 

The summer before I had worked with teenagers in the Cabrini-Green Homes on Chicago’s Near North Side. I lived in a largely African-American church community. I felt comfortable joining pick-up games on the asphalt basketball courts and visiting families in these high-rise apartments. After the spring of 1968, gunfire became commonplace from the upper floors of Cabrini-Green, and deep racial tensions made my normal kind of coming and going impossible.   

On the Saturday of our graduation weekend, June 5, 1968, I awoke to learn that Bobby Kennedy had just been assassinated in Los Angeles after winning the California Democratic Primary. I can remember a deep sense that our nation seemed to be splitting apart – a fear that seemed to be coming true when the Democratic National Convention met later that summer in Chicago and spiraled into chaos. Ten thousand demonstrators gathered outside and were met by 23,000 police and National Guard members. These violent clashes were broadcast live to the nation.   

The current moment in America reminds me of 1968: the heightened racial tension, repeated incidents of violence, denunciations and defense of police – all against the backdrop of an overheated political season. Then, many young people felt alienated from the system and found little hope in either candidate of the major parties.   

In such troubled times, what are we to think? How are we to act? I have no grand answers to our deep problems as a nation and as a society. The fact is there are no easy answers. But what can we do here, as a Wake Forest community? What can I do? Here is what I am committing myself to, as best I can:

  1. Acknowledge hard truths. The dilemmas of race continue to plague our society. Racial disparity and racial conflict are serious problems that we must not ignore. Instead, we must rededicate ourselves to the unfinished work before us: shaping a society in which everyone, created as equals, receives treatment as such.
  2. Listen and learn. I am convinced that party lines and pat answers are not sufficient to address such troublesome times. We must listen to voices other than accustomed ones. We must be open to adjusting our thinking and our behavior. We must push ourselves beyond what is comfortable, broadening our network of friends and deepening our capacity for empathy. How long has it been since we have, even imaginatively, seen the world through the eyes of someone very different than ourselves?
  3. Start a conversation. A place like Wake Forest must foster honest, face-to-face conversation, however difficult, in the classroom, in residence halls, and in structured and unstructured occasions. Do the hard work of dialogue with those with whom we disagree.
  4. Retain hope. The United States has a wonderful – and deeply flawed – history. As the historian Edmund Morgan has emphasized, we were a nation founded both in liberty and in slavery. Whatever progress has been made in race relations and attitudes, racism is still a troubling reality. Today, we must redouble our efforts in the noble quest for which so many have given their lives: to build a society where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness remain within the grasp of everyone.

In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. implored those who would listen. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that,” he said. “Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” As we walk through what feels like another dark hour, let us be people who carry the light and let us be people who choose to love.

Nathan O. Hatch

News About Reynolds Gym’s Transformation for Students, Faculty and Staff

The following message is sent on behalf of Joe Cassidy, executive director for campus fitness and recreation:

A fully transformed Reynolds Gym is closer than we originally expected, thanks to a recent change in the construction project’s schedule. The entire project is now expected to be finished by March 2018, approximately six months early.  That means all of the facility will be available for students, faculty and staff earlier than we once expected.  And, the University will realize significant cost savings with the new schedule.

The project is broken into three phases.  Phase I was completed with the opening of the Sutton Center.  Phase II is under construction and will be completed in August 2017, as originally planned. The phase will bring significant space for fitness and weight training, new locker rooms and new offices for the Office of Wellbeing.

Phase III will bring even more, including an expanded indoor pool, new pool area locker rooms, new group exercise areas, new varsity volleyball locker and training spaces, an improved Varsity Gym, new offices for Campus Recreation (including intramurals), and some classrooms.

Work on Phase III will begin August 1, bringing about immediate changes for gym users.  The pool will be closing down on Wednesday, July 27 at 1 p.m.  All remaining areas of the gym will close on July 31, with the exception of Sports Medicine and the varsity soccer locker rooms, which will close next January 2017.

The Phase III-related closings will affect all remaining Campus Recreation office and club areas, classrooms, the Varsity Gym, the pool, faculty/staff locker rooms and the faculty/staff fitness room. Campus Recreation staff have moved to the lower level of the Sutton Center.  Parking Lot L (between the Manchester Athletic Center and Reynolds Gym) will also close, but a sidewalk will be maintained between Manchester and Reynolds Gym to permit access to the Miller Center.

The Sutton Center will continue current operations and hours. The current fitness area on the first floor of the Miller Center will continue to be available to students, faculty and staff.  Also open will be the Miller Center’s group fitness studio on the fourth floor.

While construction is underway, limited locker and shower facilities will be available in the restrooms on the 4th floor of the Miller Center and lower level of the Benson Center.

Campus Recreation recognizes that the construction of this wonderful facility will bring about temporary inconveniences for our campus community.  In the long run, we will all have a facility that will serve students, faculty and staff for many years to come with amenities on a level we have never experienced in past years.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations


Special Gathering on Campus Today at 2 p.m. in Davis Chapel

Wake Forest is holding a gathering at 2 p.m. today, July 8, in Davis Chapel (Wingate Hall) to engage in dialogue regarding the violence and resulting grief that continues to impact both our community and many others.  All Wake Forest students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Wake Forest Office of Communications and External Relations