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2014-2015 Health Insurance Information

The Student Insurance Program office provided the following information for parents and families about the 2014-15 Student Insurance Plan.

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Wake Forest University is pleased to continue offering a comprehensive student health insurance plan that includes a low deductible in-network, no lifetime plan maximum, reasonable co-pays and unlimited prescription drug coverage.

Whether our students are in Winston-Salem, at home or studying abroad, they have the option to receive excellent health benefits compliant with the Affordable Care Act and standards endorsed by the American College Health Association through BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina.

Our 2014-15 rates and benefit changes are available at www.wfu.edu/sip. Those enrolled in the 2013-2014 student insurance plan will notice certain benefit and rate changes, including “age-banding” premium changes.   The State of North Carolina no longer allows “age-banding” of premiums within individual products (i.e., Student Blue, BCBSNC plan). For the 2014-15 year, Wake Forest must pay a consolidated rate for all students to BCBSNC. Wake Forest has elected to subsidize the cost of majority of our students under the age of 25. Therefore, the rates you see will show only a slightly higher rate for students over age 25.

Historically, Wake Forest students have enjoyed rates lower than competitive plans, and we have done everything within our power to keep coverage as affordable as possible. Plan changes are not unique to Wake Forest, although our 2014-2015 rates remain comparable to other college and university offerings. However, they were necessary to keep pace with rising health care costs nationally and to deliver the quality of health insurance many students rely upon.

Additional information about our student insurance plan, including benefits, rates, deadlines and FAQ, are available online. 

If you have any questions, please contact our Student Insurance Program staff at sip@wfu.edu or (336) 758-4247.

The Grille at Deacon Tower Will Be Open for Commencement Weekend

For families coming to town for Commencement Weekend, The Grille at Deacon Tower will be open for lunch all next weekend during the following hours:

Saturday, May 17 – 11-2pm (regular menu)
Sunday, May 18 – 11-2pm (regular menu)
Monday, May 19th Graduation Day – 11-3pm (lunch buffet; reservations preferred).

Call 336.671.6545 for reservations.

Campus Crime Alert

The University and Winston-Salem Police Departments are investigating the armed robbery of a Wake Forest student that occurred outside a University-owned house on Polo Road at 3:30 a.m. today, May 4.  The student was taken this morning to a local hospital for treatment of a facial injury sustained when the robber struck him in the face with his fist.

After parking behind the house located across from Spry Soccer Stadium, the student was approached by a man on foot. When the student rolled down the window of his car, the man spoke to him, struck him with his fist and then pointed a pistol at him.  The robber took the student’s wallet and then got back into a car driven by someone else and drove away.

The student immediately called the University Police Department.

The student described the car as a blue SUV.   He described the robber as a black man approximately 20-years-old with short hair and wearing a baseball cap, jeans and long-sleeve shirt.

He said the car followed him from a Cook-Out restaurant he visited on Akron Drive.  When he arrived at the Polo Road house, the car briefly stopped nearby, then moved close to his car.  A man then got out of the car and approached the student, who had remained in his own vehicle.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call University Police at 336-758-5911.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

May Dining Update

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has provided its May 2014 Dining Update.  They have also posted dining locations and hours of operation in May.  For graduating students staying on campus between exams and graduation, please make note that many dining venues will be closed or will have reduced hours, so plan accordingly.

Update to Campus Security Alert

This message is a follow up to last night’s message (April 29) regarding a potential threat to two specific students by a family member.  The University Police Department in conjunction with local law enforcement has located the family member, who has since been placed in the care of medical professionals at a local hospital.

No immediate threat to members of the campus community is perceived by University officials, but the University Police Department is taking precautions.

University Police will continue to monitor the situation.

Gatehouse operations have returned to normal.

As always, University Police asks that you report any suspicious activity immediately by calling 336-758-5911.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations will communicate further to the campus community about this situation if conditions warrant it.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

First Destination Data for Graduating Seniors

The Office of Personal and Career Development asked that the following information be shared with parents and family members of graduating seniors.

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It’s no surprise that our students find themselves in a wide and diverse range of functions and industries following graduation. In fact, 98 % of the Class of 2013 was employed or attending graduate or professional school six months after graduation*.

The time is near for us to bid farewell to another crop of excellent seniors, and the Office of Personal and Career Development recently announced First Destination data collection for the Class of 2014. The First Destination form provides an opportunity for seniors to share where they will go and what they will do immediately following graduation and is valuable information for the university. It takes less than one minute to complete and can be found here on the OPCD website.  Please encourage your senior student to complete the form.

For those with seniors still seeking a job or admission into graduate school, it’s not too late. OPCD career coaches are available to help review resumes and LinkedIn profiles, provide networking and search tips, and offer mock interviews and professional development resources.

Seniors students still seeking might also consider the Wake Forest Connects, a large-scale networking event that gives students and recent alums (class of 2014) the opportunity to engage prominent alumni from various industries and job functions. The next Wake Forest Connects event is scheduled for June 5 in Washington DC at 6:00 p.m. For more information visit the Career Connects webpage.

*Calculated from a 77% response rate

Campus Security Alert

The University Police Department tonight, April 29, is taking precautionary steps on campus in response to a potential threat by a family member against two specific students who live on campus.  Both students are safe.

After learning of the potential threat, the University Police Department closed the Polo Road gate and initiated early staffing by security officers of the Reynolda Road and University Parkway gatehouses.

No immediate threat to members of the campus community is perceived by University officials, but the University Police Department is taking precautions.

University police recommend not allowing anyone to enter locked campus buildings without a Wake Forest ID card.

As always, University Police ask that you report any suspicious activity immediately by calling 336-758-5911.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations will communicate further to the campus community about this situation if conditions warrant it.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Stay Alert to Weather Reports This Week

The following message was just sent to the campus community about local weather.

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Due to the potential for severe storms today and Wednesday, the University recommends that students, faculty and staff stay alert to weather reports available through several means–including area TV and radio stations and their web sites.

The University will activate the Wake Alert system if weather conditions require action or impact campus operations. The Wake Alert website –  http://wakealert.wfu.edu -  is your best official source of emergency information.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

WFU Well-being Research Featured in Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed is featuring a story on Wake Forest’s efforts to measure well-being:

“Wake Forest University is looking to find a new way to measure the “well-being” of its students and alumni.

The university’s administration and a few faculty members have been working on a longitudinal survey that is designed to determine whether the college is helping its students find meaning and purpose in their lives, though questions are also likely to include more practical matters, such as post-collegiate pay.

The survey, which is perhaps a year or more away from widespread deployment at the private university in North Carolina, is a new entrant into a small but potentially growing field of measurements designed to find out more about students.

The measurement attempts to contrast with those being explored by the federal government, which would measure completion, salaries after graduation, recruitment of low-income students and more, as well as with other efforts to quantify college competitiveness and campus life by the likes of U.S News & World Report and the Princeton Review.”

Read more:  http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/04/29/wake-forest-u-tries-measure-well-being#ixzz30Hy65PNV
Inside Higher Ed

University Police Reminder: Identity Theft

University Police is offering the following recommendations for students regarding identity theft.

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We all want to protect our identity. We should always be cautious about giving information online about who we are including addresses and phone numbers. This includes email that redirects us to websites that “Look” real. Here are some other tips:

  • When getting medication at your local drug stores, it has become the practice for the store to ask you for your name and address. Speak quietly and/or lean over to the clerk if possible so you are not overheard.
  • When buying groceries and using your ATM card, sometimes you are asked if you would like additional cash back. Say Yes. This keeps you from going to the ATM by yourself. One less stop = one less risk.
  • Do not reserve your table at a restaurant or fast food place by leaving your purse or book bag at the table.
  • Always lock your car. Often there are items in the car that reveal your identity.
  • If traveling overseas, take some local currency with you. Have a support system back home that has all your credit card numbers and the phone numbers to call if those cards are lost or stolen. Call right away if they are missing.
  • Enroll in a credit monitoring service.
  • Always check your credit card invoices to ensure the charges are correct.
  • Shred your mail prior to putting it in the garbage.
  • Do not leave bills lying in plain view when you have others in your room or apartment. Bills should be stored in someplace out of sight/protected until paid.
  • Do not respond to phone calls from people you do not know who request your information.
  • When traveling overseas, use your credit cards or cash if possible. Do not use your ATM card connected to your checking account.