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An Important Message About the Flu at Wake Forest

The following message is sent on behalf of the Wake Forest Student Health Service:

The Student Health Service has begun to see large numbers of students (especially undergraduates) with influenza, “the flu”.  Typical symptoms include sudden onset of fever, body aches, headaches, sore throat, cough, and fatigue.  Influenza is typically a self limiting illness that last from 5-7 days.  Influenza is a highly contagious illness that is easily spread in a classroom setting.

The purpose of this e-mail is to inform faculty, staff and students of this outbreak and to encourage appropriate public health measures with respect to class attendance and participation in other mandated activities.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that anyone with symptoms of influenza stay home from work and/or school until the fever associated with the illness has been resolved for at least 24 hours. These individuals should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings.

To reduce the spread of this illness, students should not be expected to attend class, labs, or other academic gatherings with these symptoms.  Because of high demand for clinical services, students should not be required to obtain documentation of this illness from the Student Health Service; faculty are encouraged to accept the verbal report from the student. We also encourage students to avoid contact in other settings including social gatherings, the library and eating in public dining venues.

Additional general information about the flu can be found at:

Students: Please read additional information about how to manage this illness, obtain meal passes and avoid catching the flu in our “FAQs for Students.”


Wake Forest Communications and External Relations

Student Health Service Information about the Common Cold and Flu

The following information was shared by the Student Health Service.


Common Cold or the Flu?

Coughing and sneezing are common sounds in crowds this time of year. As we enter the winter season, respiratory infections such as influenza (the flu) and common colds increase in frequency. The staff in Student Health Service would like to provide some information regarding prevention, self-care, and when your son/daughter should seek evaluation by a medical provider for these conditions.

  1. It is not too late to receive a flu shot which is the best method of prevention for influenza. Additional measures to prevent contracting illness include practicing good hand hygiene and avoiding close contact with people who have symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. Flu shots are still available in Student Health Service Monday- Fridays.
  2. Individuals with fever (temperature of 100.4 or higher) along with sneezing, coughing or runny nose are very contagious and should isolate themselves to reduce the risk of infection others until they have been without fever for 24 hours.
  1. Symptoms of the common cold and the flu can be similar. Information on how to differentiate between the two illnesses, when to seek care and options for self-care can be found here in our Cold Vs. Flu page, as well as in the following links:

January Dining Update

ARAMARK/Campus Dining has published its January 2015 Dining Update.  Students will want to make note of dining hours on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

A Message from President Hatch

The following message was sent to the campus community today.


Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Welcome back to Wake Forest. I hope each one of you enjoyed time with family and friends and have returned to campus refreshed and eager for the semester ahead.

At the start of 2015, we stand at the threshold of a new beginning, where together we face opportunities to better our Wake Forest community. Each semester, we are offered an invitation: what will we do with our time on this campus? Many who have come before us have left their compelling answers to that question.

Jane Sherrill Stroupe (’67) posed an idea, and with the encouragement of the late Chaplain Emeritus Ed Christman, started the Wake Forest Lovefeast. In December, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of this tradition, which has become a Wake Forest signature event and the largest Moravian-style lovefeast in North America.

In 1995, Jessica Davey (’95), a student with vision and initiative, organized a trip to India to serve alongside Mother Teresa. The City of Joy program still sends Wake Foresters to volunteer to meet the needs of the people in Calcutta 20 years later.

This spring, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Wake ’N Shake, a student-initiated tradition that has grown to become one of our largest campus-wide philanthropic efforts.

In each of these examples, members of our community took an idea, combined it with passion and ingenuity and created traditions that we enjoy today. So what is it that you will do this semester? How will you contribute to building our community? What idea will you pursue that might inspire friends, neighbors and generations of Wake Foresters to come?

To get you started thinking about the possibilities, here are some upcoming events that might engage your imagination.

Leadership Project on February 4, 2015
Interested in how to motivate people to make a difference? Nancy Lublin has turned into one of the largest youth organizations in the world with more than 2.5 million active members providing support for activities that make a difference, such as holding a jeans drive for homeless teens or creating activity books for children in hospitals. Ms. Lublin will be speaking on February 4 as part of Wake Forest’s Leadership Project.

WISE Conference on February 4-6, 2015
Wake Forest has become a leader in helping students get the most for their international experiences and improving intercultural skills. The WISE Conference, to be held February 4-6, explores intercultural learning both abroad and on U.S. campuses. Faculty, staff and students can attend any or all parts of the conference free of charge to learn more about sharing life experiences with people from countries and backgrounds different from our own.

Voices of our Time on March 26-27, 2015
On March 26, Mary Robinson, president of the Mary Robinson Foundation — Climate Justice, an organization advocating for people affected by climate change, will speak as part of a two-day interdisciplinary symposium on environmental inequality. Andrew Revkin, author of Dot Earth blog on the New York Times, will also speak as part of the conference. It is an opportunity to learn more about how each of us can make a difference in building a more sustainable world.

Thrive: Our Comprehensive Focus on Wellbeing
Throughout the semester, we will focus on two aspects of wellbeing a month. In January, we will concentrate on occupational and financial wellbeing.

As you start new classes, reunite with friends and deepen relationships with your peers and colleagues, I am eager to see where our creativity and thoughtfulness might lead us.

Best regards,

Nathan O. Hatch

Dining Options for Women Back for Sorority Recruitment

For young women returning to campus for sorority recruitment this week, they will notice that campus dining venues have limited hours (see page two of this link).  Students can plan to go to those dining venues to eat (and/or can purchase food to be eaten during times of day when the venues are closed).  In addition, the Greek Recruitment Counselors (GRCs) meet with their groups of about 8 women on the first day and go to the grocery store for those who wish to purchase food for their rooms.  Additionally, students can also take advantage of the Zipcars to make trips to eat off campus or go to the grocery store, or carpool with friends who have cars.

Wake Forest Reynolda Campus to Close for Winter Break

The Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest will be closed December 24, 2014-January 1, 2015.  Administrative offices will reopen on January 2, 2015.

As a reminder, Police Communications at Wake Forest is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  They can be reached at 336-758-5591 (non-emergency) or 336-758-5911 (emergency).   WFU Police Department Holiday Hours 2014-15.

We wish you and your family a very happy holiday season!

Messages on Weather-Related Closings at Wake Forest

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
  • On @WakeAlert, @WFNewsCenter  @InsideWFU and @WakeForest1834
  • 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.

Letter to Parents and Guardians on Sorority Recruitment

The following letter is being emailed to parents and guardians of Potential New Members (PNMs) who will return to campus in January to participate in sorority recruitment.


Division of Campus Life
Office of the Dean of Students

December 12, 2015


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 8-12, 2015. The residence halls will open on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 9am for women to move in early for the recruitment process. Later that evening, at 6pm, sorority recruitment will kick off with an assembly and dinner. Four days of events will then follow, running Thursday through Sunday with bid distribution on Monday, January 12, 2015. Traveling significant distances may require some women to arrive in Winston-Salem on January 6, 2015. If this applies to your daughter, please note that she will need to secure her own housing for the night of January 6, 2015. 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 will check all GPAs during winter break. If your daughter is found to be ineligible for the process, she will receive an email notification from our office. We will make every effort to get these notifications out prior to January 1. However your daughter will have access to her cumulative GPA faster than our office so we strongly recommend double checking this information. 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 2014, 410 women participated in sorority recruitment. 87% matched with a chapter, 10% withdrew themselves from the process (although they were still receiving invitations from one or more sororities) and 3% 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 sorority recruitment opportunities. For the fall, a few sororities may have membership spots available. We will know which have these openings by summertime. Spring 2016 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 sorority recruitment. 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 work with partners throughout campus to offer programming separate from recruitment. Information about these events will be available the week of recruitment and posted on our website.

We encourage you to review the resources on the Wake Forest University Fraternity and 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 Sorority Recruitment 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.


Steve Hirst
Director, Student Engagement

Wake Alert: Gun pointed at student on campus

This is a Wake Alert message:

At about 6:25-6:30 p.m. this evening, a man in an orange SUV pointed a handgun at a Wake Forest student on campus in Parking Lot “J”. University Police believe the suspects have left campus.

A Wake Forest student was returning to his vehicle on campus in Parking Lot “J” behind Collins Hall and South Residence Hall at about 6:25-6:30 p.m. on Dec. 11. The student noticed 4 or 5 males in an orange SUV. The orange SUV hit the student’s parked car as the driver pulled out of the parking space.

When the student approached the orange SUV, one man in the SUV pulled out a handgun.  The student ran and called University Police. University Police conducted an immediate search and believe the suspects are no longer on campus.

The suspects in the orange SUV are described by the student as “college-aged” males. Two or three of them may have been white males and two or three of them may have been black males.

If you have any information about this incident, please call University Police at 336-758-5591.
Office of Communications and External Relations

A Message from the Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life

The following message is sent on behalf of Imam Khalid Griggs, Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life:

It is with heartfelt emotion that I express my genuine appreciation for the overwhelming expressions of support that I have received in the aftermath of the unconscionable act directed at me, and by default, Muslim Life at Wake Forest University. The student initiated flower and card campaign has led to literally dozens of flowers, plant arrangements, and cards being delivered to my office door by students, faculty, staff, food service workers, campus police, and campus administrators. These deliveries often cause my eyes to water, especially when students, heretofore unknown to me, hand me cards or flowers while tearfully articulating their sorrow and regret that such an incident had occurred. Frequently, an entire departmental staff has brought me tidings of support.

The disrespectful act has galvanized the entire Wake Forest community to provide a counter narrative for anyone who aspires to reverse the deliberate, intentional direction of diversity and inclusion that the university has decisively embarked upon. I am convinced that there is no better division within the university than the Division of Student Life led by Adam Goldstein, Associate Vice President/Dean of Students and Penny Rue, Vice President of Campus Life, and no better staff than the Office of the Chaplain headed by University Chaplain Tim Auman. University President Nathan Hatch and Board of Trustees Chairman Don Flow have provided unequivocal encouragement and support throughout this difficult period.

I will forever cherish the outpouring of support that I have received and vow to redouble my efforts to see actual inclusion come to fruition for all who comprise our community. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Imam Khalid Griggs
Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life WFU
336.758.2936- office