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Ebola Information and Pre-departure Orientations for Students Studying Abroad in Spring 2015

The Center for Global Programs and Studies is currently hosting Pre-departure Orientations (PDOs) for students studying abroad in Spring 2015.

At the PDOs, students are given a copy of the World Health Organization FAQ document about Ebola.  This document was sent out to Fall 2014 study abroad students as well.  The WHO FAQ has good detail about Ebola and what to do when traveling.  

Students studying abroad in Spring 2015 have also received the letter below from the Center for Global Programs and Studies.


Message for Wake Forest students studying abroad in Spring 2015

At a time when Ebola is a subject of considerable international concern, 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 and Prevention (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. The University issued a letter to all students, faculty and staff on October 27, 2014, as well as a list of Frequently Asked Questions, which are available online.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, there will be no Wake Forest funded or sponsored travel to regions with an Ebola travel advisory in place. The CDC has issued a Level 3 travel warning recommending against non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Any individual associated with Wake Forest who is planning travel to an affected country should contact the Student Health Service to discuss the potential risks of travel.

For Wake Forest students studying abroad during Spring Semester 2015, university officials believe the chance of transmission among study abroad students is extremely low. The university recommends that study abroad students:

  • Continue to take basic precautions to protect their health, including washing hands thoroughly with soap and water or hand sanitizer
  • Avoid close contact with sick individuals. Ebola virus is only transmitted through blood and bodily fluids.
  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
  • Remember that it impossible to get infected if you have not had direct contact with the body fluids of an Ebola infected person


For more information on Ebola virus disease, please visit the CDC website:


WHO information about Ebola and response can be found here:


European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control can be found here:

Our Ongoing Commitment to Building Community

The following message is sent on behalf of Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue, Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Campus Life Adam Goldstein and Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Barbee Oakes.

Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

Are you interested in working toward a positive, inclusive campus climate? Here are several ways your efforts can make a difference:

  • Deac Tank: We are pleased to introduce Deac Tank, a campus-wide competition to find and fund new student-centered ideas to help Wake Forest live up to our ideal of a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Students with the best submissions will receive funding in the spring semester to implement their ideas to improve our community. Students must express initial interest by Dec. 5 and submit proposals by Jan. 23.
  • Deliberative Dialogue Action Teams: Last week, hundreds of Wake Foresters participated in a campus-wide Deliberative Dialogue to address the fundamental question of “what does it mean to live in community?” By the end of next week, the Pro Humanitate Institute will announce the opportunity to participate in action teams to transform the aspirational into the practical as we work toward ensuring our campus is a place where all feel welcome and a sense of belonging.
  • Celebrate Civility: This past summer, first-year students read P.M. Forni’s Choosing Civility for Project Wake. In a continuation of related campus events and experiences, the Student Advising Leadership Council and the Pro Humanitate Institute have organized a campus-wide banner-decorating event celebrating civility on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Manchester Plaza.
  • Town Hall about Campus Climate: A group of dedicated student leaders has organized a second Town Hall for Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium to address race relations, curriculum requirements, policing practices and more.

A comprehensive calendar of related events is available on the Provost’s website.

Thank you to the diverse groups of student, faculty and staff who have taken numerous actions and engaged in countless conversations relating to campus climate issues such as bias, event planning and management, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. While there is room for progress, Wake Forest is becoming a better place each day because of your efforts to foster a more equitable and inclusive campus community.


Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life
Adam Goldstein, Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Campus Life
Barbee Oakes, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

Wake Alternative Break Application

The Pro Humanitate Institute shared this information with the Parent Programs office.


I am pleased to share that the Wake Alternative Break (WAB) application for Spring 2015 service trips is LIVE!  We have an exciting lineup of 12 sites this year and a great group of student leaders joining our faculty/staff leaders to develop these exciting opportunities for our community.  Additionally, these WAB trips represent efforts in collaboration as the Pro Humanitate Institute and Volunteer Service Corps have partnered with the Office of the Chaplain, LGBTQ Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and ZSR library to support these trips.

The application can be found here  and will be open until January 20th.  On November 11th, VSC is hosting an interest meeting to provide information and answer questions about the WAB program for interested students at 5pm in Pugh Auditorium.

I hope that you will share this opportunity with students in your networks.  In preparation for that, I wanted to share a few pieces of information about the WAB program to ease your conversations with students about these opportunities. All of this information is also shared on the application.

– WAB has existed at Wake Forest for 15 years.  In the last 5 years, we have more than doubled the number of trips available to students and shifted their focus away from direct service to critical engagement with social issues.  WAB leaders undergo a rigorous training process in the Spring to prepare them to lead in this more complex environment.

– The mission of WAB is to facilitate service in the community, connect participants to each other, encourage experiential learning around a social issue, and inspire participants to return to campus motivated to positively impact their university, local, national, and international communities.

–  A primary goal of WAB is to create an experience that is not mitigated by a student’s financial resources.  As a result,financial assistance is available for WAB trips through VSC.  Both monetary and extended payment plans are available to students.  However, students must contact me directly by the January 20th deadline to discuss their need.  This is done as a separate step in the application process in order to preserve the selection process as need-blind.

Thank you again for your partnership and support in sharing this with our students,


Shelley Graves Sizemore ’06, ’09
Assistant Director
Pro Humanitate Institute

Round 2 of Registration This Week

Round 2 of Registration is this week.  Students will select the remainder of their schedules on the day and time specified to them in WIN.

Here are a couple of reminders:

All holds must be cleared before your students can register for classes.  Your students can check for holds by going into WIN-Virtual Campus-Check Your Holds and Registration Status to check for any holds.  Having a hold means you cannot register until the hold is cleared; it could be a hold for an unpaid fee of some sort, etc.  Students are advised to make sure that they don’t have any holds before the second round of Registration.  It is wise to check it a couple of times this week – once now, then once the morning they register.  From the Registrar’s web site: “Offices such as Finance & Accounting, ZSR, etc. will NOT be available to remove holds after 4 p.m.  In addition, the Office of the University Registrar staff cannot remove a hold placed by another office.”

Registration information is available online at the Registrar’s site.  A helpful tool is the Google Mail Chat function that is available after hours.  If your student runs into a technical issue or some question, they can use this Chat option to get after hours assistance.

H.S. “Pete” Moore

We are saddened to inform you that H.S. “Pete” Moore, retired director of the physical plant, died November 5 at his Winston-Salem home on Royall Drive, adjacent to the University.

We grieve Mr. Moore’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.

Mr. Moore’s family is planning a memorial service that will be held at a later date on campus.  The family expects to place an obituary in the Winston-Salem Journal soon.

Mr. Moore joined Wake Forest in 1953 as superintendent of buildings and grounds and remained at the University until his retirement in 1991 as director of the physical plant.  He was extensively involved in the construction of the Reynolda Campus before the University made its move from the town of Wake Forest. The H.S. Moore Building on campus is named in his honor.  The building provides offices for Facilities and Campus Services, in addition to University Police.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

President Hatch to Present State of the University Address November 11

President Nathan O. Hatch will present his annual State of the University Address, sponsored by the Faculty Senate, on November 11 at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

The Senate invites faculty, staff and students to attend as President Hatch reflects on the year that has passed and anticipates the opportunities that are ahead.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Remind Your Students to Check their Holds and Registration Status

Round 1 of Registration for spring classes takes place this week.  Students must be sure there are no registration holds on their accounts.

From the Registrar’s website:

“All HOLDS must be cleared prior to Registration Rounds appointment times. Check in WIN for any registration holds.  All holds must be cleared before Registration Rounds. For further instruction, please visit our Registration How-To page.

Offices such as Finance & Accounting, ZSR, etc. will NOT be available to remove holds after 4 p.m.  In addition, the Office of the University Registrar staff cannot remove a hold placed by another office.”

November Dining Update

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has published its November Update 2014.  Students will want to make special note of the Thanksgiving hours of operation if they are planning to stay on campus then.  There are also options for Thanksgiving Care Packages with non-perishable food.

Spring 2015 Student Blue Change Info

The following information has been communicated to all students currently enrolled in the Student Blue plan regarding any potential change they may wish to make for the spring and summer terms.  The Student Insurance website has also been updated with this information.  The change period is open 11/1/14 – 1/5/15.


Current Students

If you wish to continue your current insurance election (enrollment or waiver) for spring and summer 2015, you do not need to complete a form. Your insurance automatically continues for the remainder of the benefit year if you are an eligible student. The benefit year is August 1, 2014 – July 31, 2015. You will ONLY complete a form if you are making a change.

Want to make a change? If you elected to waive for the fall term but want to enroll for the spring/summer term or elected to enroll for the fall but want to waive for the spring/summer term, select the link below to complete the insurance election change request form. The form must be submitted by January 5, 2015. Late forms will not be accepted.

Spring 2015 Insurance Election Change Form

New Students

Click here starting November 1 to enroll in the Student Blue health insurance or waive coverage if your current health insurance meets the minimum criteria set by WFU. You will be automatically enrolled in the Student Blue insurance plan offered by WFU if you do not complete a waiver by January 5, 2015.

If your current insurance plan offers comparable coverage to Student Blue and meets the criteria below, you may waive the plan offered by WFU (within given deadlines).

1) Have a lifetime maximum benefit of at least $1,000,000. Plans with per incident, per illness or maximums that are less than the lifetime maximum are not acceptable

2) Provide access to health care providers in the Winston-Salem, NC area for emergency and non-emergency conditions, including mental health care. If you have an HMO and Winston-Salem, NC is out-of-network, your coverage doesn’t meet our criteria. If your HMO offers guest privileges, you must contact your insurer to receive guest privileges and do so prior to waiving coverage

3) Provide prescription drug benefits

4) Remain in effect while enrolled at WFU

International students with F or J visas will not have the option to waive from Student Blue unless they are covered with a plan with comparable benefits and it is reviewed and approved by the University based on the criteria above. Additionally, the plan must be provided by a company licensed to do business in the U.S. with (a) a U.S. claim payment office, (b) a U.S. telephone number, and (c) plan literature available in English.

To have your plan reviewed, email your policy to If you are considering purchasing insurance in lieu of Student Blue, please contact the Student Insurance Program in advance to ensure the plan is acceptable.


Spring Housing Reminder for Students on Campus and Returning from Abroad

Residence Life and Housing sent an email recently to students about the spring room change/petition process and information for students studying abroad.   Please make note of details that might pertain to your student.


This is a reminder about the Spring Room Change/Petition process.


If you would like to be considered for off campus housing or you are transferring, graduating for the Spring, please fill out the Petition to be Released.

Petitions should be submitted by Monday, November 3rd at 5pm.

Spring Room Change

Remember to fill out a room change request if you want a move:

  • To a Double
  • To a Single
  • Within a Theme or Greek Block
  • Or are being pulled in by someone

Spring Room Change request forms are due not later than November 7th at 5pm.

Spring Room Selection if Returning From Abroad

If you are returning from abroad and are not being pulled in by someone, living in a Theme or Greek Block, or petitioning to live off-campus, you will select housing online the week of December 15thIf you wish to petition to live off campus when you return from abroad – whether for a medical reason or any other reason (including simply preference to live off campus) – you must fill out this form to be considered:  Petitions should be submitted by Monday, November 3rd at 5pm.