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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, 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.


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

First Year Student Vehicle Registration Process

The following information has been provided for first-year (freshman) students and parents from the Office of Parking Management.


Welcome First Year Students!

Anyone student who wishes to park a vehicle on a university parking lot at any time of day or night, including after 5:00 p.m. weekdays, on weekends, during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekdays, and during breaks must register that vehicle with the Parking and Transportation office.

Vehicle Registration for freshman/first year students will begin August 1, 2014. Go online at  to register your vehicle. This website is also a great place to find information about parking during certain events like Thanksgiving, Winter Break or Spring Break.

Freshman Student Permit - $315

Permit Distribution Information:

If you ordered parking permits on or before August 20, 2014:

When: Thursday, August 21, 2014 during Campus Services Day, between 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Benson University Center, Room 344. Look for the “Parking and Transportation” sign. Additional information will be available on alternative transportation (shuttles, Zipzar, etc.) during this time.


If you ordered permits after August 20, 2014:

When:  Monday, August 25 @ 8:30 a.m.

Where: The Parking and Transportation Office in Alumni Hall.  Lobby hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Expect long lines and delays for distribution at this location. Your Wake Forest ID is required to pick up your permit.

Action: Place both permits (Gate Pass and rear Parking Permit) on your vehicle immediately after picking them up. After moving into your dorm, all freshman/first year cars are required to relocate to the University Corporate Center (UCC) freshman parking lot adjacent to Bridger Field House. The exact location and directions are as follows:


Freshman Student Parking

Turn right onto University Parkway. Proceed on University Parkway to Reynolds Blvd. Turn left onto Reynolds Blvd. Turn right at the second stop light, just past the University Corporate Center.

The freshman parking lot is equipped with a security guard from 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m., is well lite and is equipped with security cameras. Shuttle service is provided on a regular fixed schedule and the schedule can be found at

Occasionally freshman vehicles will need to be relocated to allow for event parking at Bridger Field House. These events are:

  • Home football games
  • The Dixie Classic Fair
  • Davis Cup Tennis Tournament
  • Other Miscellaneous athletic events, as announced


Contact Us:

Parking and Transportation
336-758-PARK (Don’t forget to mark Parking and Transportation email as “safe” so you can get all email announcements from the Parking and Transportation office!)
Location: Alumni Hall, Suite 138.
Lobby hours: 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

NOTE:  Because of the large volume of calls we expect in August, if you cannot speak to someone, leave a detailed message with your question/concern, name, WFUID number and a contact number to call you back. We will return your call as soon as possible!

7/26 and 8/2 Computing Network and Services will be Unavailable

The following information is on the Information Systems website re: a planned upgrade to computer systems that will affect access to WFU web pages and many computing services.


Information Systems wants you to know about computing network maintenance that will take place on Saturday, July 26 and 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 Google Mail, WIN, Sakai, Banner, and web pages will not be available.

The maintenance will take place during the following times:

  • Saturday, July 26: 4:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 27

  • Saturday, August 2: 7:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.

Announcement of Film to be Shot on Campus August 4

The following message was sent to the campus community from Communications and External Relations.


Preparations are underway for Wake Forest to serve as a location for scenes to be filmed for an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel The Longest ride.

On August 4, the company making the movie will spend approximately 12 hours on campus filming exterior and interior scenes.  (Filming is also planned for the interior of the Coliseum on other dates.)

The filming will bring crewmembers, actors and extras to campus, along with numerous large trucks and other vehicles.  Final details are now being settled on precisely what areas will be occupied by the company on August 4.

It is expected that the one-day film shoot will require closings or partial closings of certain parking lots, potentially a detour of traffic on one or more campus roads, and more temporary changes on campus.

Much of the filming will take 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 likely will occur, also, in one classroom building, but that location has not been finalized.

Later in July, additional information will be sent regarding the film shoot to students, faculty and staff.

Any Wake Forest student interested in working as an extra (paid position) should email with the heading “Wake Forest University Student.”  Interested students are also encouraged to visit the Facebook page for Marty Siu Casting, which is

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations


7/26 and 8/2 Computing Network and Services Update

The following message was sent from Information Systems.


Information Systems wants you to know about computing network maintenance that will take place on Saturday, July 26 and 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 Google Mail, WIN, Sakai, Banner, and web pages will not be available.

The maintenance will take place during the following times:

  • Saturday, July 26: 4:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 27

  • Saturday, August 2: 7:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.

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

Information Systems Service Desk

Continuous Open Bidding for Sororities

The following information was provided by the Office of Student Leadership and Organizations.


This fall, the Panhellenic Council is rolling out a new system for fall membership recruitment. Continuous Open Bidding (COB) is the process supported by the National Panhellenic Council and is in place at most other institutions with sorority communities. Here is an overview of the process:

Chapters are permitted to recruit up to a designated number voted upon annually by the Panhellenic Council. Chapters with available membership spots can take members continually throughout the year until they fill these spots. When we become aware of these organizations, we will post this information on our website.

Timeline – In the fall, bids can be distributed beginning August 26, 2014.

Process – To fill open membership spots, chapters can extend bids in a variety of ways, whether that means hosting a COB event or just communicating directly with a potential new member. While registering for COB is not required, the Panhellenic Council is happy to provide the contact information of any interested women to chapters that have available membership spots. If you would like to be contacted by a chapter, please submit a COB Interest Form on our website. Similarly, when the Panhellenic Council is made aware of chapter’s hosting COB events, this information will be distributed to anyone who has submitted this form. There is no registration fee associated with COB.

Eligibility – To be eligible to join a chapter through COB, students must meet the following:

  • One semester of college credit
  • Cumulative 2.5 GPA (collegiate)
  • Must not have initiated into an NPC sorority or have pledged an NPC sorority since the prior recruitment period

Wake Will Campaign Passes $400 Million Mark

President Hatch sent the following message to students, faculty, and staff.


Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

Thanks to the largest fundraising year in Wake Forest University’s 180-year history, Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest has raised more than $402 million of the $600 million Reynolda Campus goal through just its fourth year.

The University received a record $98.5 million in gifts and commitments between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, following our public launch of the campaign last October.

Wake Will has had a wide-ranging impact on our campus, including more scholarships and increased financial aid; additional funding for faculty, academic and campus programs; and a number of new, planned and renovated facilities. You can read more about this tremendous milestone in a related WFU news story, in a Q&A with Provost Rogan Kersh on Inside WFU, and on the campaign website.

Unprecedented philanthropic support for Wake Forest – for everything from world-class faculty and undergraduate research, to financial aid and facilities enhancements – helps fulfill our commitment to create opportunity, educate the whole person and inspire excellence.

I would like to thank the entire campus community for your innovative spirit and compelling ideas that have inspired alumni, parents, corporations and foundations to invest in Wake Forest and be part of something special. They give because they believe in you, they believe in us, and they believe in our promise to prepare students to lead lives that matter.


Nathan O. Hatch

Family Weekend Registration Goes Live July 15th

This information is from the Family Weekend Registration Information page:

“Registration Opens Tuesday, July 15!

Registration will open at 10 AM, offering tickets to exciting events and fun t-shirts for families to wear while visiting! Those who have attended in the past may notice that our site looks and functions differently from past years. We hope our latest updates will make registering for the weekend and purchasing your event tickets a breeze! 

Late in the day on Monday, July 14, if you stop by the site you’ll notice that a link to “My Account” has become live in the upper lefthand corner of your screen. Feel free to use this link to create a user account. At 10 AM on the 15th, events will become available to add to your shopping cart. You can access these by clicking the “Purchase” link in the upper left of your screen, or by visiting individual event pages directly from the Family Weekend Schedule of Events.

Your $30 registration fee, just one per family, will be charged when you make your first purchase. And everything you buy will be available for you to pick up when you arrive on campus!

Please feel free to visit our FAQ or call our office at 336-758-4869 if you have questions or trouble getting started. On the 15th, it’s possible the phones could be a little busy, but don’t worry. Events rarely sell out during the first week of sales.

We’re looking forward to seeing you this October!”


Reminder of Emergency Contact During Fourth of July Weekend

As a reminder, most administrative offices work on a Monday-Friday 8:30am-5 pm schedule.  However, with the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaching, we wanted to remind parents and families of how to reach a staff member after hours for urgent requests.

If you have an urgent need to reach someone at the university because you have a concern that must be addressed quickly, we have designated the University Police as our 24/7 contact.  They can assess the situation and determine who best to address your concern. The 24-hour contact number for  University Police number, 336.758.5591 (non emergency) or 336.758.5911 (emergency). They can get in touch with on-call duty staff 24-hours/day.