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July 30 Email from the Office of Academic Advising

The following message was sent to new students on July 30th from the Office of Academic Advising.

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July 30, 2015

Dear Newest Demon Deacons,

August is almost here.  Move-In Day is about three weeks away and many of you will be arriving even earlier than that for Pre-Orientation programs. Consider this email your friendly reminder of August 1 deadlines, along with some information about parking and about mentoring opportunities.

At this time, we are still very busy working on your schedules.  Schedules will not be finalized for another couple of weeks.  You will be able to view your schedule on WIN on August 17.  I will send another email just prior to this time with more information about schedules.  We respectfully request that you hold any questions about your schedule until after you have read that email.

Deadlines!

By August 1 – Saturday! – you need to:  pay tuition, complete MyStudentBody, and complete your health insurance enrollment or waiver form.  If interested,Saturday is also the deadline to submit applications for the Proteges Mentoring Program (see more information below) and for two pre-Orientation programs:  Marching Band and SUMMIT Christian Ministries Conference.  Remember to consult Forestry 101 or newstudents.wfu.edu for details on all deadlines, including August 1deadlines and the upcoming August 18 deadlines.

On-Campus Orientation:  Special Dietary Needs?

Wake Forest Dining is committed to providing a safe and comfortable dining experience for all students and their guests. Should you have special dietary needs or concerns during orientation activities, please contact Nutrition Director, Kate Ruley, to discuss options for the family picnic and other such events. She can be reached on campus at (336) 758-2341 or ruleyk@nullwfu.edu.

Parking

On August 3, you can begin registering vehicles for parking.  Please see this attachment for all the details: Freshman_Vehicle_Registration_2015_2016

Advising and Mentoring Opportunities

We expect to release your lower division and student adviser assignments in about a week.  Let me take this opportunity to remind you of the video messages about academic advising that I’ve recorded for you at http://advising.wfu.edu (see message to new students on right side of the page).  Part II of the video message addresses what you can expect from your academic adviser.  This video is only about three minutes long – please be sure to review it as soon as possible and before you come to campus.  Additionally, please see this document that gives you some tips about what YOU can do to make the most of these advising relationships: Building Effective Relationships for First Year Students.

In addition to your relationships with your lower division and student advisers, you will find many other opportunities to develop mentoring relationships that can enrich your time at Wake Forest.  What follows are just a few of the formal mentoring programs you will discover here; for more information please contact the specific individuals listed as “Program Coordinators.”

*First Year in Focus (for men)
First Year in Focus connects a first-year male student with an upper-class male mentor for the first year of college. This one-to-one relationship opens doors for new friendships, helps first-year men successfully navigate the ins and outs of college life, and supports first-year men as they seek out a personally fulfilling experience at Wake Forest.
Program Coordinators: Mike Ford, Director of Philanthropy and Legacy Programs, Pro Humanitate Institute (336.758.5565); and Matt Clifford, Director, Residence Life 

*First Year in Focus (for women)
First Year in Focus connects a first-year female student with an upper-class female mentor for the first year of college. This one-to-one relationship opens doors for new friendships, helps first-year women successfully navigate the ins and outs of college life, and supports first-year women as they seek out a personally fulfilling experience at Wake Forest.
Program Coordinator: Candice Johnston, Associate Director, Student Engagement (336.758.2925) 

*Magnolia Scholars (http://college.wfu.edu/magnolia/program-overview/mentoring)
Upperclass Magnolia Scholars serve as Magnolia Mentors to first year students and also assist in the important aspects of transition to Wake Forest expectations and opportunities. The Magnolia Mentors assist students in transitioning to Wake Forest in general, but their specific focus is on the academic environment.  Students engage their mentors in intimate settings where they are assisted in time management, understanding how to study, how to navigate the library and general concerns of student life. The Magnolia scholars also participate in “brown bag” lunches beginning with “What I wish I knew when I started at Wake Forest University.”
Program Coordinator: Nate French, Director (336-758-3107) 

*Proteges Mentoring Program, Office of Multicultural Affairs (http://www.wfu.edu/multicultural/enrichment.php)
The Proteges Mentoring Program serves as a resource to incoming students of color by assisting with their academic and social transition into the Wake Forest University community. New students will have an upper-class mentor to help them learn the ins and outs of Wake Forest and become actively involved in new and exciting opportunities around campus.
Program Coordinator: SheRea DelSol, Graduate Assistant (336.758.5864)  

*Reading Between the Lines, Office of the Chaplain (http://chaplain.studentlife.wfu.edu/worshipmeditation-opportunities/reading-between-the-lines/)
Reading Between the Lines is administered by the Office of the Chaplain and focuses on students’ spiritual lives as they grow at Wake Forest as a whole person. With a faculty/staff mentor, students explore one-on-one how a spiritual story is being written between the lines of the story of who we are.
Program Coordinator: Tim Auman, University Chaplain (336.758.5210) 

*CHARGE (http://leadership.campuslife.wfu.edu/programs/)
Now in its 28th year, CHARGE is Wake Forest’s flagship program for student leadership development. Seventy selected freshmen and sophomore students together with twenty upper-class mentors are able to share this ten-week leadership development experience each spring semester. The program format includes a  kick-off, retreat, weekly leadership labs, small group projects, mentoring and a banquet. Over the years many of the CHARGE student group proposals have been the catalyst for positive and concrete change at Wake Forest.
Program Coordinator: Candice Johnston, Associate Director, Student Engagement (336.758.2925)

These opportunities and more are highlighted at WFU’s Mentoring Resource Center (http://mentoring.opcd.wfu.edu/mentoring-programs/).  I encourage you to begin reflecting on the opportunities that await you at Wake Forest so that you will be be prepared to begin taking advantage of those that seem most fitting for you once you arrive on campus.

All the best,

Dean Buchanan


Christy M. Buchanan, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Advising
Professor of Psychology
PO Box 7225, Reynolda Hall 125
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
E-mail: buchanan@nullwfu.edu
Tel: 336.758.3320