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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.

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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 sip@nullwfu.edu. 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.

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

Petitions

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: http://rlh.wfu.edu/petition-to-be-released/  Petitions should be submitted by Monday, November 3rd at 5pm.

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@nullwfu.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