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January Dining Update

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has provided its January 2016 Dining Update. Please note the shift in hours of service on MLK Day.  There is also a Campus Dish website with information that can be helpful for students (or parents) who want to know more about menu choices, healthy options, and more.

Sorority Recruitment Information

The following message was sent to parents and families of women set to go through the sorority recruitment process in early January; this message was sent by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

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Dear Wake Forest University Parents/Guardians,

With spring semester just around the corner, I am writing to share information about the sorority recruitment process and answer some frequently asked questions. Let me begin by first expressing my excitement for your daughter as she goes through the process of exploring membership in a fraternal organization. This is a thrilling yet challenging process, and I wish the best for your daughter.

Sorority recruitment takes place January 7-11, 2016. The residence halls will open on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 9 am for women to move in early for the recruitment process. Later that evening, at 6:30 pm, participants will have dinner with their recruitment groups, followed by an opening assembly at 8 pm. Four days of events will then follow, running Thursday through Sunday with bid distribution on Monday, January 11, 2016. Traveling significant distances may require some women to arrive in Winston-Salem on January 5, 2016. If this applies to your daughter, please note that she will need to secure her own housing for the night of January 5, 2016. If there are any concerns about travel, please contact me so we can discuss your specific situation. Additionally, it is important to note that our dining operations are limited during sorority recruitment. You can find the winter break dining hours on the WFU Campus Dish website.

In order to participate in recruitment, a woman must have a firm, minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA and must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at Wake Forest University or her transferring institution. In an effort to be supportive of every student’s academic career and the academic mission of the institution, we will not consider exceptions to the GPA requirement. We checked all GPAs and alerted ineligible women last week via email. If your daughter is ineligible for recruitment, she will also receive a $30 refund which is a reimbursement for the early move in fee for the residence halls. Several chapters have made the decision to increase the minimum GPA requirement. Qualifying to participate in recruitment requires a 2.5 GPA, however, six of the chapters’ minimum GPA’s range from a 2.55-2.8. If your daughter is below any of the individual chapter GPA requirements, she would likely not receive consideration in those sororities for membership.

While recommendation letters are not required at Wake Forest, some women choose to send them to one or more chapters. If you are interested in sending in a recommendation, please visit the recommendation letter page on the Fraternity and Sorority Life website.

The recruitment process is successful for the majority of women who participate. However, it is important to recognize that your daughter is exploring membership in organizations that are selective and looking for women they feel best fit their experience. In spring 2015, 439 women participated in sorority recruitment. 88% matched with a chapter, 8% withdrew themselves from the process (although they were still receiving invitations from one or more sororities) and 4% did not match with a chapter.

The recruitment process can be an exciting, yet emotional time for many women. We urge every participant to keep an open mind throughout the process, and we appreciate the emotional support and stability you can provide as a family member. Some of the women that withdraw from sorority recruitment midstream later regret their decision. You can help us by encouraging your daughter to see the process to completion. Not every woman will be invited back to her top sororities, but that doesn’t mean she cannot find great friends and sisterhood in the remaining groups. We often hear students that withdrew from the process reflect that they wished they had been more open-minded to the options available to them.

While we feel there is a chapter for everyone, our statistics show that 1 out of every 8 women does not have their expectations met. Therefore, it can be beneficial to discuss a plan in case your daughter experiences disappointment. Coaching your daughter to develop an alternative plan for campus engagement will help her build resiliency if the plan needs to be enacted. Asking questions such as “what areas of interest do you have at Wake?” and “what makes Wake feel like home?” can be good to start the coaching process. Often women develop their alternative plan around future sororityrecruitment opportunities. For the fall, a few sororities may have membership spots available. We will know which have these openings by summertime. Spring 2017 recruitment is also an option as upperclassmen will be considered separately from freshmen. Furthermore, we have over 150 student organizations to get involved in as well as a myriad of campus activities, committees and more.

There are several important resources for your daughter during and after sororityrecruitment. One of these is her Greek Recruitment Counselor (GRC). These undergraduate women serve as advisors to potential new members. These women are selected through an application process and receive extensive training in order to serve as an advisor for your daughter. Training begins the semester before recruitment and includes education about recruitment policies and procedures, as well information from the University Counseling Center and Mentoring Center. If a woman is upset or disappointed after recruitment, we encourage her to consult with her GRC who has been trained to help students manage a range of reactions they may experience. GRCs are knowledgeable about campus resources that may be helpful to your student.

Additionally, our Residence Life staff, Women’s Center staff and faculty fellows are aware of which residents are participating in the process and will also receive updates when women are no longer participating in the process. If your daughter chooses to withdraw from sorority recruitment or is not matched to an organization, one of these community members will be in contact with her to offer the support of Wake Forest.

Finally, we will host two webinars in January for our parents of students interested in fraternities and sororities. These webinars will discuss the process for joining fraternities and sororities and explain new member education. For those unable to join us for the webinars, it will be posted on our website afterward:

We encourage you to review the resources on the Wake Forest University Fraternityand Sorority Life website, particularly the parent and recruitment pages. Additionally, the Wake Forest Parents Page has fantastic resources, including Information for First Year Parents, Greek Life Questions and Answers and SororityRecruitment Q&A. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about the recruitment process, the sorority community or student organizations in general. We are here to help as much as possible.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth (Betsy) Adams
Director, Fraternity & Sorority Life
adamseh@nullwfu.edu
336-758-8020

Transportation Options

The following information was provided by the Office of Sustainability.

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Is your student thinking about bringing a personal vehicle to campus next semester? Before purchasing a parking pass, review all of the alternative options available to our students.

Car Sharing
Zipcars are an affordable option that are available by the hour or by the day. During the academic year, cars are parked in multiple locations on campus, adjacent to residence halls. They are available 24 hours a day; rates include gas and insurance. For more information or to join the network, visit http://www.zipcar.com/wfu. 

Ride Sharing
WFU’s private ride-sharing board, Zimride, helps students connect with others who are traveling to the same destination or just in the same direction. Ride matches are made between members of the WFU community based on the criteria set by the individuals offering and seeking ride-share partners. Go to https://www.zimride.com/wfu/ to learn more about this private campus portal. 

Bike Sharing
Re-Cycle is Wake Forest’s free bike-sharing program. Students can borrow bikes for short-term or semester-long use. For more information about the program, visit http://sustainability.wfu.edu/bikeshare/.

Shuttles
Wake Forest operates several private shuttle lines. The Gold and Black shuttle lines serve the commuting needs of many students who live in apartment complexes within two miles of campus. Additional shuttles run to other WFU campuses including the WFU Baptist Medical Center and Innovation Quarter. A third shuttle line takes students to and from area shopping malls, grocery stores, and popular big box destinations like Target. Learn more about the Ride the Wake shuttle routes at http://parking.wfu.edu/ride-the-wake/.

Winter Break Off-Campus Residence Safety Information

Residence Life and Housing and University Police have emailed the following information to students living in off-campus residences.

Please consult the Winter Break and Burglary Information PDF for information about how your off-campus student can be aware of important safety tips and resources.

Campus Walkway to Reynolda Village to be Closed Part of December for Repairs

The paved walkway leading from the University to Reynolda Village will be closed during part of December due to construction projects along the path.  The often-used walkway begins on campus just off Faculty Drive, next to Parking Lot S, and winds through a wooded area before reaching Reynolda Village.

Erosion repair projects will be taking place between approximately Dec. 14 to Dec. 23 at two locations.  The largest will occur at the bridge at Lake Katharine, where the dam is also located.  Another project will be at the small bridge that crosses a creek closer to campus.

The exact dates of the project’s duration may be revised due to weather.

Campus Memorial Service Postponed for Jordan Bayer

The campus memorial service for Jordan Bayer has been postponed until next semester, University Chaplain Tim Auman announced today.  The decision to postpone the service was made in consultation with Jordan’s family.  In addition, a number of Jordan’s friends are studying abroad this semester and would have been unable to attend the campus service originally scheduled to be held on December 3.

The University will announce a new date for a campus memorial service in the spring semester after further consultation with Jordan’s family.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

 

Kemper Scholars Program for First-Year Parents and Families

The following information was provided to the Office of Parent Programs to be shared with first-year parents and families.

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Wake Forest University is honored to be part of the Kemper Scholars Program, which began in 1948.  The program combines scholarship aid, mentorship by James S. Kemper Foundation staff, and paid summer professional internship opportunities. The program’s goal is to help students with broad liberal arts backgrounds develop leadership and professional skills through experience. Students from any major and those who have not yet decided on a major are encouraged to apply.  First-year fulltime students registered at Wake Forest (or one of the 15 other participating educational institutions) are eligible to apply for this program. Benefits to the student include:

  • $3000-$10,000 annual scholarship assistance for sophomore, junior, and senior years
  • a fully-paid summer internship in a Chicago non-profit organization after the sophomore year AND a fully paid internship in one of a wide variety of fields with the Kemper Corporation in cities around the U.S. after the junior year
  • participation in the annual Kemper Scholars Conference in Chicago
  • an ongoing association with an exceptional Foundation offering a commitment to undergraduate education and individual mentoring

Students with a record of academic achievement, unusual maturity, broad interests and open-mindedness, extracurricular activity, community service, and demonstrated leadership ability are strongly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will have a background in liberal arts and an interest in exploring careers in organizational administration and leadership.  Scholars will have a commitment to a broad education and must maintain at least a GPA of 3.0. The deadline for application to this year’s program is Friday, January 15, 2016.

To apply, students can reach the online portal by clicking on the words “Kemper Scholars Program Application” at the bottom of our homepage at www.jskemper.org. The online application form is open.  Your student can now begin to draft a proposal. It can be saved multiple times in draft form until the applicant chooses to submit it up to the January 15 deadline.

The application portal also includes a process to request recommendations.  We suggest that you make these requests no later than January 7, as they are due January 31.  You will be able to submit your application even if the recommendations have not been received, but you will not be selected as a finalist without them.

Contact Dr. Holly Brower at browerhh@nullwfu.edu or (336)758-6174 or Ms. Heather Shoemaker at (336)758-6193 if you have questions.

December 2015 Dining Update

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has released its December 2015 Dining Update.  Please share with your students as you see fit.

Thanksgiving Holiday Information

Undergraduate students have a Thanksgiving Break from November 25-29; classes resume on November 30.  Faculty and staff have November 26-27 off for the holiday.

The residence halls will remain open for students staying in Winston-Salem; see information from Residence Life and Housing.

Food service hours will shift during the Thanksgiving break; see details.

Student Health has information about off campus providers for students who may need medical care during the break.

The Wake Forest University Police Administrative Offices, located in the H.S. Moore Building, will be closing in recognition of the Thanksgiving Holiday on Wednesday, November 25th at 12:00 p.m.  They will reopen on Monday, November 30th at 8:30 a.m. As always,  Patrol Officers and the Dispatch Center, located in Davis Hall, are on duty 24/7 and available at any time for those remaining on campus and can be contacted at (336) 758-5911 (emergency line) or (336) 758-5591 (non-emergency line).

We wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!

Wake Forest: Travel Safety Reminders to All Students/Faculty/Staff abroad

David Taylor, Director of Global Abroad Programs, sent the following message to all WFU students, faculty, and staff currently abroad.

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Dear WFU students, faculty, and staff abroad,

This email is to share with you the U.S. State Department’s “Worldwide Travel Alert” which was issued yesterday (11/23/15); it urges the continued exercise of caution for all travelers. As you will see or have already seen, many of the precautions therein parallel recommendations which WFU previously shared with you. These recommendations are reiterated below:

  • Remain alert to your surroundings at all times;
  • Keep a low profile;
  • Follow news reports closely;
  • Make sure you report to your program all independent travel before you depart. This will help ensure staff can reach you immediately in an emergency;
  • Walk away at the first sign of trouble, such as suspicious persons, packages or activities;
  • Avoid large crowds or crowded places;
  • Exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation;
  • Keep your cell phones with you, fully charged and turned on at all times, responding immediately to any calls or messages;
  • Should an incident occur, let your family and program know you are safe;
  • Visit the State Department’s travel website for information and follow them on Twitter or Facebook for latest updates;
  • For U.S. citizens, enroll in State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency;
  • Plan on longer security lines at airports, train stations, bus terminals, etc.;
  • Continue to listen to advice and recommendations of program directors and in-country support.

As always, do not hesitate to contact me with questions related to any of the above information. Warm wishes for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and end of fall semester.

Sincerely,
David

David F. Taylor
Director of Global Abroad Programs