Monday news

Happy Monday, Deac families! There are a handful of news items to make you aware of, so bear with me.

As I hope you read on Friday, we have announced some of the top-level plans for the fall on our new Our Way Forward website (if you missed it, read Dr. Hatch’s message here). Side note: Our Way Forward replaces our former website and will be the hub for fall reopening information. It does NOT replace, which contains information for incoming ’24 students and P’24 parents/families. We are working to update with revised dates for the first day of class; stay tuned.

To follow up on the announcement last Friday, we are having two Zoom calls this week with President Hatch; these are for students and parents/families. A few excerpts:

There will be a virtual gathering specifically for families of the Class of 2024 on June 17 at 7 p.m. EST. We expect the call to last about an hour. We do plan to share a video recording of the call with students and families unable to participate at this time. [Note: there will also be a call for the Classes of ’21, ’22, and ’23 and their parents/families on June 18 at 7 p.m. EST)

I look forward to the opportunity to share with you how we are preparing for the fall semester. I will be joined by other University leaders who will share insight into what to expect from academic and residential campus experience.

As previously noted, we will officially announce details about the fall semester on June 30, but we know you have questions now. We will set aside time on the call to address those we are able to address at this time, however, as I am sure you can appreciate, fielding questions from 1,400 families on a Zoom call presents a logistical challenge. I invite you to submit your questions in advance, and we will answer as many of them as possible. We will also provide information about how to get answers to the questions we are not able to address on the call. 

P’24s and ’24s, please register for this event and submit your questions  by June 17 at 12 p.m. EST. At that time, we will send log-in information to all registered participants. Read it here.

P’21s-’23s and ’21-’23 students, please register for this event and submit your questions by June 18 at 12 p.m. EST. At that time, we will send log-in information to all registered participants. Read it here.

Students who were scheduled to go abroad this fall received an email today announcing the difficult decision to cancel our fall study abroad programs (both WFU-sponsored and affiliate programs). You can read that message here. There are also some FAQs.

Want to end today on a high note. This was a highly popular post on our Facebook page last week, but one of our graduates, Matt James (’14), was named as the next contestant on the TV show The Bachelor. ET Online did a story about Matt, which gives some info about the show and a little about him. But the Wake Forest Magazine did a really lovely profile of Matt a few years ago, which is definitely worth your time to read. Even if you are not a reality TV fan, knowing a Deac is on TV is a pretty good reason to tune in.


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

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