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Orientation Schedule and Some Orientation Slide Shows Online

The Orientation schedule is available online.  Activities listed in gold are for parents and families, activities listed in black are for students.

Additional paper copies of the schedule are available on a first-come, first-served basis outside the Office of Academic Advising (Reynolda Hall 125).

Also, the University is making some of the Orientation materials available online.   We are piloting a recording of some of the Friday, August 22 sessions and hope to have them up in a week pending a quality review.

 

August Dining Update

Campus Dining has posted the August 2014 Dining Update.

Welcome, New Parents and Families!

parents are deacs tooWelcome to all our new parents and families of the Class of 2018!

The Parent Programs office will be available between 8am-4 pm in Benson University Center room 401 on Thursday, August 21st.  Please stop in and say hello at our table!

We wish you and your new students a wonderful Move-In and Orientation expererience!  Go Deacs!

Jasper Memory Lane Closed to Traffic on Aug. 22

Much of Jasper Memory Lane will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from 5 p.m. Friday, August 22, until 3 a.m. Saturday, August 23, due to a University event planned for first-year undergraduate students.

The road will be closed from Luter Residence Hall to Collins Residence Hall for Friday Night Live, an event that is part of first-year orientation.

Access to Faculty Drive will remain open in that area, but no traffic will be allowed in front of the residence halls along Jasper Memory Lane.

Vehicles parked in Lot J, behind Collins and South residence halls, may leave the lot by driving through adjacent Lot H, at the intersection of Jasper Memory Lane and Wingate Road.

All vehicles parked on Jasper Memory Lane must be removed by 5 p.m. on August 22.

Friday Night Live will feature music provided by Wake Radio, food trucks and many outdoor games and activities.  Hundreds of first-year students are expected.

Orientation organizers appreciate the community’s cooperation.

 

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

 

Reminder: Computing Network and Services, Voicemail will be Unavailable August 2

This is a reminder about the computing network maintenance that will take place on Saturday, August 2. While the maintenance work is taking place, the computing network will not be available. Additionally, most of our computing services, such as WIN, Sakai, and Banner will not be available. Google Mail will be accessible from off campus.

Access to the campus voicemail system will not be available between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. No voicemail can be left or retrieved during this time. No existing messages in your voicemail box will be lost.

The maintenance will take place during the following time:

  • Computing network and services not available – Saturday, August 2: 7:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.

  • Campus voicemail system will not be available – Saturday, August 2: 7:00 a.m. through 9:00 a.m.

If you have questions concerning this message, please contact us at help@wfu.edu or 336-758-4357.

Information Systems Service Desk

Traffic Delays Likely on August 4 During Filming

Wake Forest will experience occasional traffic delays on August 4 during filming of scenes for a movie at various campus locations.

Delays are likely in the morning and afternoon during filming of scenes for an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel The Longest Ride.  Part of the movie is set at Wake Forest and includes a character portraying a Wake Forest student.

Delays are expected at the following locations:

–A section of Wake Forest Road that extends from the Reynolda Road campus entrance to Scales Fine Arts Center.

–A stretch of Wake Forest Road between the University Parkway campus entrance and approximately Parking Lot W1 (next to Worrell Professional Center).

–A winding section of Wake Forest Road that runs from the Scales Fine Arts Center to Lot B (between Davis and Taylor residence halls).

Police and film production crew will be involved in directing traffic in those locations when traffic is briefly stopped for filming of a pickup truck traveling to different campus spots.  The pickup will be pulled on a trailer by another vehicle.

A previous message to campus detailed temporary parking lot closings for filming of scenes for the movie.  Most of the filming will occur on and near Hearn Plaza and at Scales Fine Arts Center.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Message Regarding Wake Alert During IS Maintenance August 2

As previously announced by Information Systems, computing network maintenance will take place at Wake Forest on Saturday, August 2.  During the maintenance, the University’s Wake Alert emergency notification system will remain operating.  Some temporary changes will be in place with the Wake Alert system during the maintenance set for 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

If an emergency were to occur at Wake Forest, the University Police Department would be able to send text messages to all registered to receive them, activate the outdoor alert system and the cable TV alert system.

Communications and External Relations (CER) would be able to provide critically important updates on the Wake Alert web site at wakealert.wfu.edu, post a notice at the top of the University’s web site, send voice mail messages to faculty and staff, use the Wake Alert Twitter account and other University social media, and place messages on the Weather and Emergency Phone Line (758-5935).  E-mail will not be used for emergency messaging during the maintenance.

The University’s computing network cannot be used to access the University web site or Wake Alert web site during the maintenance.  Faculty, staff, students and others on campus would have to use off-campus networks to do so.  For example, a person on campus could use a mobile device to access the Wake Alert web site, using a service provider such as AT&T or Verizon.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Parking Lot Closings for Aug. 4 Filming on Campus

Temporary closings of some Wake Forest parking lots will begin occurring this weekend in preparation for the University serving Monday, August 4, as a location for filming of a movie.

Exterior and interior scenes will be filmed throughout the day and into the evening August 4 for an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel The Longest Ride.  The filming will bring crewmembers, actors and extras to campus, along with numerous large trucks and other vehicles.

Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, August 1, the following lots will be closed entirely or in part through Monday, August 4:

–The entire Lot N (between Poteat and Kitchin residence halls)

–Half of Lot W1 (between Poteat Field and Worrell Professional Center).    The area affected is the southern half of the lot, next to Wake Forest Road.

–Approximately 10 to 20 spaces in Lot P will be reserved at the same time for the film production company, too.  The Lot P spaces are next to the sidewalk near Poteat and Huffman residence halls.

Plans call for Lot B (between Davis and Taylor residence halls) and Lot M (between Reynolda Hall and Reynolds Gym) to be closed the entire morning of Monday, August 4.  Closing may continue into early afternoon.

Alternative places for faculty and staff to consider parking include spaces along Wake Forest Road in front of Wait Chapel, Lot Q, (across the road from the Chapel), Lot A (west side of the Chapel) and Lot W4 (behind Worrell Professional Center).

Students may park in their usual lots, including Lot Q.

Much of the filming will take place on and near Hearn Plaza, which could bring limited changes to plaza access for part of the day.  No closings of any buildings or businesses on Hearn Plaza are planned.  Filming is also set for an area in and immediately outside the Scales Fine Arts Center.

 

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Important Information about How Wake Alert System Will Operate July 26

During computing network maintenance at Wake Forest on Saturday (July 26) and Sunday (July 27), the University’s Wake Alert emergency notification system will remain operating.  Some temporary changes will be in place with Wake Alert during the maintenance set for 4:30 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday.

If an emergency were to occur at Wake Forest, the University Police Department would be able to send text messages to all registered to receive them, activate the outdoor alert system and the cable TV alert system.

Communications and External Relations (CER) would be able to provide critically important updates on the Wake Alert web site at wakealert.wfu.edu, send voice mail messages to faculty and staff, use the Wake Alert Twitter account and other University social media, and place messages on the Weather and Emergency Phone Line (758-5935).  E-mail cannot be used for emergency messaging during the maintenance.

The University home page will temporarily have a different look during the maintenance, so no emergency message would appear on the page.  There will be a link to the Wake Alert web site, but no details.

The University’s computing network cannot be used to access the University web site or Wake Alert web site during the maintenance.  Faculty, staff, students and others on campus would have to use off-campus networks to do so.  For example, a person on campus could use a mobile device to access the Wake Alert web site, using a service provider such as AT&T or Verizon.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Roommates and the Residential Education

The following information was provided by the Office of Residence Life and Housing.

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A fundamental part of the Wake Forest experience is that students live with and learn from other students who might be very different from themselves. That’s why our assignments processes don’t involve considerations of entertainment preferences, social values, political views, religious beliefs, economic background, etc.   Cardinal John Henry Newman explained this concept over a century ago in The Idea of a University.

“How is this to be explained? I suppose as follows: When a multitude of young men [and women], keen and open-hearted, sympathetic, and observant as young men [and women] are, come together and freely mix with each other, they are sure to learn one from another, even if there be no one to teach them; the conversation of all is a series of lectures to each, and they gain for themselves new ideas and views, fresh matter of thought, and distinct principles for judging and acting, day by day.  (P. 132)”

As the nation’s premier collegiate university, Wake Forest University and the Office of Residence Life and Housing are committed to creating a residential environment in which there are many opportunities for students to freely mix with one another. We ensure that there are faculty, staff, and students there to teach them both in the classroom and in their residence halls, such as the new Faculty Fellows program in our first-year residence halls, our trained Resident Advisers, and our professional staff.  There are numerous opportunities for students to be involved and engaged in a residential education that is grounded in learning objectives.

The roommate experience is one which prepares students for a life of relationships where there is compromise between different ways of doing things, lifestyles and viewpoints. These lessons will be invaluable to your student as they go through life both with personal friendships, in marriage or committed relationships, and in the workplace.

Whether your student is a new student or a returning student, think about how you might encourage him or her to engage a roommate relationship in a positive way rather than walking away or ignoring issues, because those options will not always exist.  When your student calls you and is talking about his.her roommate relationship, remember that your student may just be venting, and not asking you to intervene. Also, take some time now to think about meaningful relationships you have had in your life that were unexpected, difficult at first, or occurred with someone who is very different from yourself. Tell these stories to encourage your student during difficult times.

A great resource for your student is their Resident Adviser and Graduate Hall Director who live in the buildings and are available to help your student with any roommate concerns, whether your student just met their roommate or they have been great friends.

You are probably thinking, “but what if?”  We do acknowledge that there may be some valid reasons students would like to change rooms. There is a “no questions asked” room change period called “Room Thaw” in which students may request to change rooms. Requests can be submitted online between September 2nd and September 7th and are granted as possible on a space available basis. It is important to know that we have very few first-year vacancies, so it may be more difficult to change rooms. Please know that there will also be an opportunity to change rooms at the end of the Fall semester and beginning of the Spring semester.

We sincerely hope that this is a great year for your student at Wake Forest University.

Larry R. Correll-Hughes, PhD
Assistant Director for Assignments
Office of Residence Life and Housing