Thursday Roundup

In this Issue:

  • Census email some students have received (it’s legit!)
  • Major/minor declaration next week
  • Residential Engagement Communities (RECs) and theme housing
  • Student Health Service Executive Director named

We got a tremendous amount of rain yesterday, so your Deacs are no doubt seeing some soggy grass and random puddles on the sidewalks. It’s still chilly (high of 47) but thankfully the sun is out today. We also have a 61 degree day within our 5-day forecast, and that will bring a smile to my face at least 🙂 five day forecast 1/26-31/23

Census email some students have received (it’s legit!)

I got a great question from a Wake family member this week. Their student had received an email from their Community Director asking them to participate in the Census, and the family wanted to know if this was legit, or if this was phishing.

If your Deac gets such a message, it typically comes from one of the staff from the Office of Residence Life and Housing via their WFU email. And yes, we do have subsets of students fill out a particular type of census:

“The American Community Survey Group Quarters survey process (also known by the acronyms ACS GQ, ACS-GQ, or ACSGQ) collects data that help make sure that communities with residents in group housing [which includes residence halls] get a fair share of federal funds. Group housing facilities are randomly selected throughout the year depending on the size of your facility.”

At Wake Forest, normally 1-2 buildings are selected a month, and then usually around 10 students within that building are selected as a random sample by the census. You can see more here

Major/minor declaration next week

Next week is major/minor declaration for undergraduates who have earned 40 credit hours at Wake (note: that 40 hours is for completed courses, not ones they are currently enrolled in this spring). Students eligible to declare – typically sophomores – get an email from the Office of the University Registrar with information about the process. Eligible students declare both majors and minors en masse through the College academic departments, without each student needing to file individual declaration forms through the Office of the University Registrar; students pursuing the Business School will follow their instructions.

Residential Engagement Communities (RECs) and theme housing

Applications for Residential Engagement Communities (RECs) and theme housing are due February 6th. RECs and theme housing can be a great way for students who share common interests to engage more deeply within their residential space through intentional programming. I am told that we have heard from students and Lower Division Advisers alike that sharing a residential space forged strong bonds among advisees, and RECs and theme housing are just one way to maintain and strengthen those bonds. If your student is interested, this can be a very meaningful option to pursue. theme housing info sheet from Office of Residence Life and Housing This could be an especially attractive option for current first years/rising sophomores, so they can get a block of rooms with a group of friends who all share a commitment to a particular interest.

Student Health Service Executive Director named

Following a national search, Cathy Higginbotham has been appointed executive director of Student Health Service within the Division of Campus Life, effective Feb. 27. Higginbotham comes to Wake Forest from N.C. State, where she serves as Director of Nursing. 

“Her proven track record of public health leadership at N.C. State positions her well to make an immediate impact at Wake Forest: ‘I am beyond excited to see what Cathy’s transformative leadership will mean for the future of campus health at Wake Forest,’ said Warrenetta Mann, the Assistant Vice President for Health and Wellbeing.”

We look forward to welcoming Cathy to campus next month!