Happy Friday

Happy Friday, Deac families! It’s been a couple of absolutely gorgeous days. Fall is here and it is delightful to have cool mornings and the need for a sweater. Trying to catch up on announcements that piled up while I was out of the office. Here goes:

Study Abroad:

For students who are considering going abroad (but may not want to do a full semester, there are some attractive options for summer 2020, and even some shorter jaunts during spring break. You can see details here: Summer abroad Preview 2020 and Short term abroad options.

Academic Advising and Registration:

Academic advising for spring 2020 classes is beginning, and registration for the Spring 2020 semester (for students who have not yet declared their major – i.e., first-years and sophomores) will be from Monday, November 4 through Friday, November 15, 2019.

Students will have assigned dates and times when they can log into WIN and register for the semester with their registration PIN. In the first round students can register for up to 8 hours. In the second round, students can complete registration up to 17 hours.  Each student can register at any time after his/her assigned time and up to the closing time for each round.  Registration times are set based on completed hours, so most second-year students will begin registration on Wednesday of each week and most first-year students on Thursday, although some will have earlier start times if they are in a higher classification by credit hours.

On Thursday, November 7 in Luter Hall and Thursday, November 14 in Angelou Hall, Office of Academic Advising staff and student advisers will provide registration assistance from 5:00-9:00 p.m. to first-year students. Registrar staff members will also be available in the evenings during registration rounds to answer student questions using Google Chat. (see https://registrar.wfu.edu/registration/registration-after-hours/). 

There is more helpful information about registration logistics at the Registrar’s website (http://registrar.wfu.edu/). See, for example, “Registration How-To’s” at https://registrar.wfu.edu/registration/registration-how-to/ for answers to frequently asked logistical questions.

Note that students who have already declared their majors/minors will be advised and will register during this same time. Students should look for information from their adviser/major/minor about that process.

University Counseling Center (UCC):

To better meet the needs of our students, the University Counseling Center will be migrating to walk-in clinic hours for initial visits, beginning October 21. As of this date, students will no longer need to schedule an initial appointment to meet with one of our clinicians. This change represents a strategic effort to increase capacity and accessibility for students seeking support for mental health concerns and challenges experienced in a rigorous collegiate environment.

Walk-in hours will be from 9:30-12:30 and 1:30-4:30, Monday through Friday (unless otherwise noted). We ask that students arrive before noon for a morning appointment and before 4 p.m. in the afternoon session. Students will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Any closures or adjustments to the clinic hours will be posted on our homepage and through our social media accounts (@WFU_Counseling on Twitter and @wfucounselingcenter on Instagram). 

Fraternity and Sorority Life:

For those with students interested in Fraternity and Sorority Life, it’s time to start talking about the process. Here are some important dates to keep in mind as you have these conversations: Panhellenic (sorority) recruitment registration will close on November 6. The link is available here, along with other pertinent information about the process. Please note that all potential members are required to move in on Tuesday, January 7th by 5:30 p.m.

Fraternity recruitment will take place after classes begin in January; there will be meet-and-greet events in October and November and registration will open in late November (look for flyers). For students interested in National Pan-Hellenic Council recruitment, they should speak with Mr. Shane Taylor, Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life.

 

— by Betsy Chapman, Ph.D. (’92, MA ’94)

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