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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.

Required Maintenance to the Wireless Network

Information Systems sent the following message to the campus community.


Beginning Wednesday, July 2, 2014, Information Systems will perform required maintenance to the wireless network. The wired network is not affected.

What will happen?

  • From 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, the wireless network will be unavailable.

  • At 7:30 a.m. the wireless network will be available.

What will I see?

  • Faculty, staff and students will see a pop-up regarding trusting the certificate when connecting to the wireless network. There is no security risk when this pop-up appears and you may accept the certificate to continue. The pop-up you see will be dependent on the operating system you are using. Click on the page to view the possible pop-ups.

  • Visitors to Wake Forest University (non WFU faculty, staff, students) will need new visitor wireless accounts to access the wireless network. A sponsor for the visitor can click on to create a new visitor wireless account.  Sponsors can create new visitor wireless accounts on July 2, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.  Any accounts created prior to this time will cease to function on July 2, 2014 at 7:00 a.m.

How can I get help?

You may contact the Information Systems Service Desk at or 336-758-HELP (4357).

Information Systems Service Desk

Pre-Orientation Programs Available

The Campus Life office is sharing the following information with incoming first-year parents about Pre-Orientation programs.  These programs are wonderful enhancements to the Orientation experience, and can help new students get a head start on making friends and finding a niche on campus.  Please encourage any interested incoming students to consider these programs.


Class of 2018: Make a Fast, Firm and Fun Start to Wake with Pre-Orientation Programs!

For new students looking to understand the Wake Forest and Winston-Salem cultures, meet student and administrative leaders, and connect with fellow classmates, the university is offering several outstanding Pre-Orientation programs:

  • Deacon Camp: August 17-20
  • SPARC: August 17-21
  • Summit: August 18-21
  • World Wide Wake: August 17-20

Check out the descriptions and the deadlines for each program on the New Students website.  Participants get to move in early to their residence hall rooms.  For questions, contact Mike Ford, Associate Dean Campus Life, 336.758-5921.