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Helping Your Student Through Exams

The Office of Academic Advising has offered suggestions on how parents and families can help their students during Final Exams.


Final exams at Wake Forest University will take place from May 2nd, 2014 to May 8th, 2014. In late April, students will begin preparation for final exams. During this time of preparation and the final exam period, students may find themselves extremely busy and in some cases overwhelmed or stressed.  Although as a parent or family member you may not physically be there to help, it is important that your college student has your support and encouragement.

Here are some ways that you can help:

  • Send words of encouragement. Send a letter, email, card or e-card that lets your student know that you are proud of all of his or her hard work.  Focus on your student’s effort rather than on the grade. If a student is putting forth reasonable effort, it can be especially unhelpful — even backfire — to pressure him or her to get a specific grade or achieve a specific GPA.
  • Encourage your student to take advantage of all of the resources on campus. If your student is feeling stressed or overwhelmed, he or she can visit places like the Learning Assistance Center, the Office of Academic Advising, and the University Counseling Center.
  • Check with your student’s exam schedule, before you make arrangements for travel home. It is often very difficult for students to make special arrangements to take an exam at an alternate time, and professors are not required to accommodate personal travel requests. Having to make special arrangements may cause additional stress for your student.
  • Send your student a care package. A small, simple package with your student’s favorite snacks or study supplies is another way to show you are thinking of him or her and to show your support.

Unsettled Weather

Due to unsettled weather conditions in the Winston-Salem area today (Friday), 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.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Special Olympics April 23-25 On Campus

Hosted by Wake Forest’s Department of Athletics, the Special Olympics will be held this week on campus for three days.

During these three days, athletes will arrive in large numbers in buses and traffic on campus will be heavy.  Although no roads will be closed, police officers will be directing traffic and pedestrians in front of Reynolds Gymnasium and Manchester Athletic Center. Parking Lot L will be closed to accommodate the loading/unloading of participants for this event.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 23-25 in Kentner Stadium.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Dean Jacque Fetrow to Become Provost at the University of Richmond

President Hatch sent the following email to the campus community earlier this week.


Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

After more than a decade of exemplary service to Wake Forest University, including more than five years as Dean of the College, Jacque Fetrow will become Provost at the University of Richmond on July 1.

Dean Fetrow’s leadership has provided a much-valued steady hand at the helm during turbulent times for a liberal arts education nationally. As Dean since 2009, her tenure has been marked by a strong reaffirmation of the College’s signature tradition of close student-faculty engagement, with support for the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URECA) Center, development of the Office of Academic Advising, and fundraising to support initiatives led by the Associate Dean for Student-Faculty Academic Initiatives. Her support for our teacher-scholar model has been integral in U.S. News & World Report’s 11th place ranking for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” this year, as well as our highest-ever ranking among national universities at 23rd.

Dean Fetrow has been a central figure in Wake Will fundraising, helping to secure over $180 million in gifts and pledges for student scholarships and financial aid, faculty and departmental support including facilities improvements, and strategic initiatives. She also made great strides in aligning the College’s financial and budgeting processes with evolving University systems, and extensively reorganized the structure and management of the Dean’s Office and College more broadly.

We are immensely grateful for Dean Fetrow’s leadership, which has included development of a strong team in the College Dean’s office. Senior Associate Deans Rebecca Thomas and Randy Rogan, along with Associate Deans Anne Boyle, Christy Buchanan, David Levy, and José Villalba, will continue to work with Dean Fetrow in leading the College’s regular operations. A search advisory committee will soon be named to begin the process of choosing a successor as Dean of the College.


Nathan O. Hatch

President Hatch Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

hatch headshot

The following message was sent to the campus community today.


Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,

Wake Forest University is pleased to announce that the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected President Nathan Hatch among its newest members.

One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts and education.

The Academy membership encompasses over 4,600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members and reflects a wide range of disciplines and professions. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.

As one of only a handful of Wake Foresters to ever be named to the Academy, President Hatch’s 2014 member class includes winners of the Nobel Prize; the Wolf Prize; the Pulitzer Prize; National Medal of the Arts; MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Fulbright Fellowships; and Grammy, Emmy, Oscar and Tony Awards.

Since its founding in 1780, the Academy has elected leading “thinkers and doers” from each generation — from its founders John Adams, James Bowdoin, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Maria Mitchell and Alexander Graham Bell. Other distinguished members have included Margaret Mead, Jonas Salk, Barbara McClintock, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Aaron Copland, Martha Graham, John Updike, Georgia O’Keeffe, and John Hope Franklin. Foreign members have included Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Laurence Olivier, Mary Leakey, John Maynard Keynes, Akira Kurosawa and Nelson Mandela.

The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 11, 2014, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. A complete list of the new members is available on the Academy’s website.

Please join us in congratulating President Hatch.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Gmail for Alumni in the Class of 2014

The Office of Alumni Services sent the following email to graduating seniors about a new Gmail option following graduation.  We hope your graduates will take advantage of it, and/or to keep their email address and mailing address up to date via the Alumni website information update form.


Gmail for Alumni

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! We hope your years at Wake have been full of wonderful memories and we are so excited to welcome you into the Alumni family!

This year, the Alumni Office and Information Services will be offering Gmail accounts to all graduating students. This Gmail account will be an actual account with access to Google Drive and all of Gmail’s standard functions. It will allow you the opportunity to transfer your existing content (messages, files, contacts) to your new account.

The new accounts were automatically created for you on March 25. You should have already received an email notification from Information Services about this transition, but for more in depth details and instructions, check out the alumni website at

If you have questions or need help with your new account, feel free to reach out to us at Congratulations on your graduation and enjoy the remainder of your time on campus!

The Office of Alumni Services

University Offices Closed April 18

University offices are closed and classes are not being held today, April 18.

However, 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.


Second Round of Housing / Yet to Be Assigned

Residence Life and Housing provided the following information about the Yet to Be Assigned (YTBA) process for student housing.


Second Round of Housing & Dining Selection

There is a second round of the housing and dining selection process which occurs during the middle of the summer every year.  All rising sophomores and juniors that do not select housing during the first round of housing and dining selection process, are automatically placed on the Yet To Be Assigned list (YTBA) to select during the second round. This is a normal part of the assignments process and occurs each year.

During the summer, rooms open up across campus for a number of reasons, including when students decide to go abroad or transfer. We can’t guarantee a single or a particular residence hall, but there will be housing options available for everyone.

Students on the YTBA list will receive an e-mail with a selection day and time in July to go online and select housing from what is available at that time. Students will select in the same priority order (Juniors and then Sophomores). You will not have to have a roommate to select a bed space in a double during this round.

If you have any questions, please contact Kristy Eanes, Coordinator of Assignments at

Residence Life and Housing
Wake Forest University
P.O. Box 7749, Reynolda Station
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27109
336.758.5185 (p) 336.758.4686 (f)!/WFURLH

Second Round of Housing (Yet To Be Assigned)

Updated Campus Dining Information for April

Campus Dining has provided the following update to their April schedule.


Updated Good Friday hours of operation are available on our homepage.

The Earth Day Old Gold Mag Dinner has been moved to April 17th.

Message from Vice President Rue

The following email was sent to the campus community on April 9th on behalf of Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life.


Dear Wake Forest Community,

I’d like to invite you to be a part of a somber conversation on the Wake Forest Campus.  April is a time for reflecting on a serious issue—sexual assault.  At Wake Forest, and on campuses nationwide, events are underway in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Unfortunately, we began April with a campus-wide crime alert that undercut our commitment to recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month as an educational opportunity for the entire University community.

On the second day of this month, the University alerted students, faculty and staff to a student’s report that she had been sexually assaulted on campus.  The message announced some key details about the student’s report, then clumsily included well-intended, but inappropriate recommendations for avoiding sexual assault.  These comments contributed to a culture of victim-blaming that is all too prevalent in our society.  Sexual assault is never a survivor’s fault. Several members of the campus community responded with insightful suggestions to improve our messaging and, as a result, we will bring together a group of students and staff to help us get it right.

Sadly, it is likely such a message will be needed again, as sexual assault is a reality on and off college campuses, and Wake Forest is not immune.

My message today is an opportunity to make some important points.  First, “no” always means “no.”  From the time our students arrive on campus, it is a powerful message that merits repeating.   We also must recognize that the absence of “no” does not mean “yes.”  Many survivors tell us they struggle to find words at all to express their discomfort or fear when experiencing sexual violence.

Second, Wake Forest focuses on preventing sexual assault at the campus level and intervening once violence has occurred at the individual level.  We are striving to create a campus free from harassment, discrimination and gender bias.  This aspiration takes time to achieve, but we are making strides.  It is a community-wide effort, and we invite all to join us in working towards that goal.  At the same time, we are prepared to offer dedicated support and assistance to the survivors of such violence and we pledge to address the perpetrators through campus judicial and criminal proceedings.

April offers an opportunity to learn more about the University’s expectations and resources regarding sexual assault. Start by visiting the Safe Office’s web site.  You can learn much about the resources available both for the survivor and those who want to help create a healthy culture intolerant of sexual assault.  The Safe Office, providing confidential support 24/7, is a major resource for our community.  It can be reached at 336-758-5285.

Safe’s web site also includes a link to the University’s sexual assault policy.  All on our campus can benefit from knowing it.

Meanwhile, learn more about this month’s events that the Safe Office and PREPARE have organized in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  You will find that they have partnered with “FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture” to bring a national advocacy project to campus.  The project is known as “The Monument Quilt.”  There is also “Jeans for Justice Day” on April 24.

Finally, Wake Forest’s message to all is that this University stands behind survivors of sexual assault.  Our community’s commitment is to serve them and their needs, while working to transform our campus into a place where sexual assault is unthinkable.


Penny Rue
Vice President, Campus Life