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Invitation to WFU Deliberative Dialogue

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

Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty, and Staff: 

Please join us on the evening of Monday, November 3 as we hold a campus-wide dialogue in which we discuss together issues that face our community. What does it mean to be a member of a community? What does it mean for all of us when some members of our community feel marginalized? How should we proceed together? We will address these important questions within a spirit of open dialogue, collegiality, and generous listening.

This dialogue will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel. All students, faculty and staff are invited to participate.  Please register here (http://phi.wfu.edu/deliberative-dialogue/) and read the linked Issue Guide in preparation for our time together. The perspectives outlined in the issue guide will form the foundation for our conversation. 

I look forward to joining you in this meaningful conversation.  

Sincerely,  

Penny Rue
Vice President for Campus Life 

Message about WFU Preparedness Regarding Ebola

At a time when Ebola is a subject of considerable international attention, Wake Forest officials have learned that the risk of the disease’s transmission to the campus community is low.  Still, the University is taking all appropriate actions to support the safety and wellbeing of students, staff and faculty.

University officials monitor the Ebola situation regularly and with great care. The Centers for Disease Control (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.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, there will be 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.  Any individual associated with Wake Forest—including students, staff and faculty—planning travel to an affected country should contact the Student Health Service to discuss the potential risks of travel.

For more information about the university’s Ebola plan and general information about the disease, please visit the Wake Forest Student Health web site for FAQs. 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

Charges to Bills for Students Currently Studying Abroad

All students who are currently studying abroad will see a billing amount on their November bill.  The returning from abroad students will be billed an estimated meal plan of $1445.20 and a double room rate of $4120.00.  Parents or authorized payers should pay those amounts on the November bill.

When students select their meal plan and room in December, any appropriate adjustments will be made to the student’s account to reflect the true cost of the meal plan and room chosen.

For any questions, contact Kristy Eanes at eaneska@wfu.edu.

Welcome, Wake Forest Parents and Families!

On behalf of the Office of Parent Programs, we welcome you to campus for Family Weekend!  We wish you and your students a wonderful time together.  Wear your black and gold and cheer hard for our Deacs on Saturday!

Parents and families are a very special part of our larger WFU family.  Thank you for being involved in the life of Wake Forest and for joining us this weekend!

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Redefining the Wake Forest MBA

The following message is from School of Business Dean Charles Iacovou and President Nathan Hatch:

Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

This morning, the Wake Forest University School of Business announced it is refocusing how its MBA program is delivered based on the changing needs of the market. We determined that the best value for Wake Forest’s employer partners and students are programs that focus on professional development without interrupting careers. Current data shows that more students prefer flexibly delivered programs that allow them to continue working, enrolling at twice the rate as traditional daytime MBA programs.

In the past five years, Wake Forest has experienced double and triple-digit growth in its MBA programs for working professionals and its pre-experience graduate programs. To allow Wake Forest to focus on emerging opportunities and continue to expand its successful and flexible MBA, the School announced today that it will no longer offer incoming students admission to a traditional daytime MBA program.

There will be no changes for MBA candidates currently enrolled. They will continue to receive the same high-quality graduate business education they came to Wake Forest to pursue. Similarly, permanent faculty and staff members will continue to have roles at the School of Business.

While Wake Forest is not the first business school to focus on pre-experience and flexibly scheduled graduate education, it is the most prominent. The change in its MBA program is also not the first time Wake Forest has made bold moves at the forefront of national higher education trends, having been among the first in the nation to offer a pre-experience master’s program that uniquely blends liberal arts and business education, the first top-30 national university to implement test-optional undergraduate admissions, and the first University to appoint a Cabinet-level career development professional.

As Wake Forest prepares tomorrow’s business leaders for an ever-changing global economy, we must be nimble and innovative in how we educate them today. We believe redefining the Wake Forest MBA is the right move for our students, our alumni, our employers and our institution.

Charles Iacovou, Dean of the School of Business

Nathan O. Hatch, President

Power Outage On and Near Campus

A Duke Energy power outage has affected part of the western side of the Reynolda Campus and nearby neighborhoods today.  Duke Energy is estimating electricity will be restored to the affected areas between 2-4 p.m. today.

The outage is also affecting some nearby traffic lights, including the one at the Polo Road entrance to campus.

On campus, buildings known to be affected include North Campus Apartments, the Porter Byrum Welcome Center and Starling Hall.  Also without electricity are many University-owned residences on and near Polo and Reynolda Roads, as well as on University Parkway near campus. The Human Resources office at Polo and Reynolda Roads is also without electricity.

Duke Energy reports that numerous private residences, as well as University-owned houses, are affected in the area near campus. An initial estimate was that up to 5,000 Duke Energy customers might be without electricity.

The power outage occurred late in the morning today, shortly before noon.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Family Weekend Football Game Time Announced

The Wake Forest vs. Boston College football game on October 25th during Family Weekend will have a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.  This was announced on Wakeforestsports.com.

Add On Sale for Meal Swipes

ARAMARK/Campus Dining wants to make families aware of an Add On Sale for Meal Swipes taking place.

Any student with a current meal plan who does not have enough meal swipes to make it to the end of the semester can add more swipes. Students can take advantage of the Add On Sale for Meal Swipes by going to Reynolda Hall, Room 12.  Prices are available here: Add On Sale for Meal Swipes.

Spring Room and Meal Plan Changes

Residence Life and Housing sent the following email to students regarding spring room changes and meal plan changes.

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Dear Student,

If you are planning on requesting a room change or requesting to leave campus housing for any reason for the spring semester, please review the Spring Housing & Meal plan Information below and on our website paying special attention to all published deadlines.  The information can answer the following questions:

  • Are you interested in moving to a new assignment and/or changing your meal plan?
  • Will you have a vacancy and wish to pull a friend into your room?
  • Is your roommate going abroad or graduating and you want to know what is going to happen to that empty space?
  • Are you planning on studying abroad or graduating in December?

Spring Room & Meal plan Changes 

How do I request a room or meal plan change?

1. Complete the online Spring Room Change Request at http://rlh.wfu.edu/room-change-2/ and submit byFriday, November 7, 2014.

2.  Room change decision letters with further instructions will be e-mailed to your WFU address Monday, December 1, 2014. If you are approved for a room change based on your request you must move to the new assignment.

3. E-mail all meal plan change requests between October 6, 2014 – January 1, 2015 to housing@wfu.edu .Please include your full name, student ID #, and the meal plan requested.

What kind of room or meal plan changes can I request? 

1.   A move to a single room.

2.   A move to, or change of assignment within, Greek Block or Theme Housing.

3.   A “Pull-In” to a vacant bed in a friend’s room.

4.   A move within your current, or to another, building.

5.   A meal plan change for spring term adhering to residence hall or class year minimums (freshmen).

Please refer to the specific instructions for each type of change request online at http://rlh.wfu.edu/current-students/you-choose/processes/room-change/

Release from Housing & Dining Agreement

What do I do if I am in order to terminate my financial responsibility for room and/or meal plan charges if I am: 

  • leaving campus housing to study abroad, or
  • graduating, or
  • withdrawing/transferring, or
  • going on continuous enrollment

1.    Submit the online Petition to be Released request by 12 noon Monday, November 3, 2014

2.    Confirmation letters will be e-mailed to your WFU e-mail address by Friday, November 21, 2014.

What if I am interested in moving off campus?

All undergraduate eligible students desiring to reside in off campus residential areas must complete the online Off-Campus Housing Registration process.  Remember there is a three-year residency requirement, and students who have not satisfied this requirement are not eligible to move off-campus.  Students are not guaranteed a release from on-campus housing or their meal plan by submitting a petition to move off-campus.  Only sign a lease if you have received written approval to move off campus.  To apply for off-campus housing: 

1.    Submit the online Petition to be Released request by noon Monday, November 3, 2014.

2.    Decision letters will be e-mailed to your WFU e-mail address by Monday, December 1, 2014.

3.    Please refer to the RL&H website at http://rlh.wfu.edu/current-students/you-choose/off-campus/ to review the official Off-Campus Housing Policy.

If you have any questions please contact Residence Life and Housing at 336-758-5185.

 

Thanks,

Kristy Eanes
Assignments Coordinator
Residence Life and Housing

 

 

Upcoming Events in the OPCD

The Office of Personal and Career Development invites you to encourage your student to participate the following opportunities for development.

Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students should complete the Work Experience Survey to have their Fall 2013- Summer 2014 work experience included in the university’s data. Setting up an appointment with a career coach is also a great way for your student to learn how to talk about their experience with potential employers.

First Year Students should register via DeaconSource to attend FreshStart on October 22. This power session equips your student with tangible next steps to help jumpstart the career development journey.

Seniors should register via DeaconSource to attend the Senior Summit on October 28. They will learn directly from WFU alumni about what it takes to thrive in the real world.