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Winston-Salem Water Supply Not Impacted by Coal Ash Spill

News media continue to report on a leaking stormwater pipe that dumped tons of coal ash and wastewater into the Dan River in Eden, near the North Carolina-Virginia state line.

The City of Winston-Salem has confirmed to Residence Life & Housing officials that the city’s water supply, which services Wake Forest University, comes from the Yadkin River and is not impacted by the spill.

From Inside WFU

Senior Portraits and Ordering Yearbooks

The Benson Center reports that senior portraits will be taken March 17 – 21, 2014.  This will be the last opportunity for seniors to have their picture taken for the yearbook.

Appointments can be made online at; the school code for Wake Forest University is 87110.

The site is open now so students can begin scheduling their senior portraits now.

To order 2014 yearbooks,  visit The order # for Wake Forest is 13941.  Yearbooks cost $90 and the deadline to order is May 12, 2014.

How WFU Announces Weather-Related Closings or Delays

In the event of severe weather that prompts a delay or closing, Wake Forest will use several methods to alert students, faculty and staff to schedule changes.

On occasion, because of snowy or icy weather conditions, Wake Forest officials have announced a decision to close the campus for the day or delay the start of classes and the opening of offices. In such cases, the University will use the following communication channels:

  • The Wake Alert website at
  • A headline across the top of the University home page at It will link to the Wake Alert website.
  • An email message to faculty, staff and students.
  • A voice mail message to faculty and staff.
  • A message on the University’s weather/emergency phone line (336-758-5935).
  • Announcements on radio stations WFDD (88.5 FM) and WSJS (600 AM).
  • Announcements on TV stations WXII, WGHP, WFMY and News 14 Carolina.

Special 10% Promotion When You Purchase $50 or more in Food Dollars

Wake Forest Dining/ARAMARK wanted to make parents and families aware of a special opportunity that begins today (Monday, February 10).

For any of our students who have purchased meal plans,  there is a promotion giving 10% extra on at least $50 food dollars added through our website,, and at our main office at Reynolda Hall Room 12 (operating hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm).

So if your student needs additional food dollars, please have him or her visit the website or the main office to receive an additional 10% extra above their purchase of $50 or more.

This is a limited time opportunity and will end on February 28th.

Major/Minor Declaration

The period for eligible students (typically sophomores) to declare their major (and minor if applicable) is February 10-14.  The Office of the Registrar has a web site with information on how students declare their major.   Students who are ready to declare a major or minor should consult this web site for details.

Fall Family Weekend 2014 Date Announced

The date for fall Family Weekend 2014 has been set.  Family Weekend will be held Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26, 2014.

Family Weekend is planned and executed by Student Union, the major programming organization at Wake Forest.  The schedule for the weekend and registration for events is typically released in mid-July.  When more information is available, it will be posted on the Parents’ Page as well as the Student Union website.

Study Abroad Housing Information

Residence Life and Housing has published a flyer about the room selection process for students who are considering going abroad for the 2014-15 academic year.  Please see the following Study Abroad Flyer for Housing.

LENS@Wake Forest Program for High School Students

The LENS@Wake Forest program has made the following information available to Wake Forest families.  Please consider the LENS@Wake Forest program for your own high school students, or feel free to refer others to the LENS@Wake Forest web site.


LENS@Wake Forest is now accepting applications from rising high school juniors and seniors for our 2014 summer program.  I invite you to share the program information below with students, families, colleagues and other interested parties.

As the University’s flagship summer program for high school students, LENS@Wake Forest is a three-week summer experience that equips current high school students with an academic foundation necessary to become global citizens.  The 2014 academic theme is Global Sustainability.

The Experiential Classroom offers participants hands-on opportunities to explore scientific concepts underlying current issues of sustainability.  Living Labs allow participants to explore local businesses and industries incorporating principles of sustainability.  The Writing Seminar provides skills necessary to communicate with a broad range of audiences and introduces students to college-level writing.  Working in small groups, students partner with a community agency to research a sustainability-related need and put their knowledge into action through Service Learning Projects.  In addition to interactive learning, LENS offers a variety of fun activities to introduce the social life of college.

If you have a child or know a student who desires a meaningful way to gain academic and problem-solving skills while experiencing collegiate life, encourage them to apply now for LENS@Wake Forest:  LEARN. EXPERIENCE. NAVIGATE. SOLVE.

Rising high school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply.  Program dates for 2014 are June 23 – July 11.

Questions?  Contact Janice Claybrook at or 336-758-2561.



University Police Safety Tips for February

University Police has shared the following information about dating violence as part of its ongoing safety awareness program.   Also, students are encouraged to like Wake Forest University Police Department on Facebook.  In addition to seeing updates and tips about safety, they will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad on February 25.


University Police Resource Officers will be focusing on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness in February.

Dating/Relationship Violence is the intentional use of abusive tactics and physical force in order to obtain power and control. It is not just physical violence, it is emotional and psychological as well. Here are some signs that you might be in a relationship that is not healthy. Does your partner:

Track your time

Accuse you of being unfaithful

Criticize you for little things

Anger easily when drinking or taking drugs

Force you to have sex when you say no

Make you feel worthless or powerless

Intimidate or harass you verbally or physically

Become inappropriately jealous

If so you need to seek the services of Victims Assistance with University Police.


Sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact obtained without consent and/or through the use of force, intimidation or coercion. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted:

Get to a safe place

Call University Police

Seek medical assistance from Student Health (336.758.5218,) Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (336.713.9000,) or Forsyth Medical Center (336.718.2001).


Prior to seeking medical attention:

Do not take a shower

Do not change your clothes

Do not take medications

Do not urinate if possible

Seek a friend you can trust to be with you.


On or off campus, Wake Forest University Victims Assistance will assist you.  Contact them by calling 336.758.5591 or you can speak with a PREPARE student advocate by calling 336.671.7075.

Obtain counseling at University Counseling Center (336.758.5273).

Have a Senior Student? OPCD is Here to Help with Their Post-Graduate Plans

The Office of Personal and Career Development asked to have this message shared with Wake Forest families.


A student’s life is often filled with academics, social and extracurricular commitments, and all that college life offers. For many, thoughts of careers and life beyond Wake don’t arise until senior year is upon them. The Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD) is working to change that mindset and encourage students to start the journey as early as freshman year, but rest assured that no matter when a student decides to start, we’re always here to help.

Now is the perfect time to encourage your senior student to take the reins. The office’s resources cover the spectrum of student needs. From career exploration and discovery tools such as assessments and mind mapping to internship and job search tools such as resume reviews and mock interviews – OPCD creates a safe and supportive environment for students.

Helping students pursue their passions and getting them on track to achieving fulfillment is a worthwhile investment. The staff of expert career and personal development professionals of OPCD come to know students by name and are excited to partner in their future success.

Making an appointment is easily done by walk-in or having your son or daughter call 336.758.5902. Students can also familiarize themselves with the office resources by visiting