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Friday – September 12, 2014

Please note the schedule is TENTATIVE and there may be changes, so be sure to check the Family Weekend web site often for the most up-to-date schedule of events.
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starRegistration and Check-in

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Student Life Center, Board of Trust Room
As soon as you arrive, stop by the Student Life Center, Board of Trust Room, to pick up your Family Weekend Welcome Packet, which will include a complete schedule of events, nametags, and other important information.

NOTE: Nametags are required for entry into most Family Weekend events.

Information Tables during Registration:

Commodore Yearbook
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Student Life Center, outside of the Board of Trust Room

Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Life (LGBTQI)
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Student Life Center, Board of Trust Room

Project SAFE
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Student Life Center, Board of Trust Room

Psychological and Counseling Center
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Student Life Center, Board of Trust Room

Center for Student Professional Development
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Student Life Center lobby

Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Student Life Center, Board of Trust Room

Owen Graduate School of Management
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Student Life Center, Board of Trust Room

starOptional Campus Tours:

  • Architectural Tours at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. (tour length: 45 minutes) Tours led by Judson Newbern, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Facilities and Environmental Affairs. Leave from Rand Terrace.
  • Botanical Tours at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Tours led by Bill Randles, Manager, Sports Turf and Facilities, and Laura Barker, Horticultural Specialist. Leave from Rand Terrace (Alumni Lawn Side).
  • Historical Tour at 1 p.m. Tour led by Lyle Lankford, retired university historian. Leave from front steps of Kirkland Hall.
  • Campus Tours hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (tour length: 90 minutes) Tours led by student tour guides. Leave from the Admissions Office (2305 West End Avenue). First come, first served. Families are invited to attend the Admission campus tour. If you would like to participate in an admissions information session for prospective students held prior to the tours at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm, reservations can be made here.
  • Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center Tours from 3 – 5 p.m. Leave from the welcome desk in the Student Recreation Center, off 25th Avenue South.
  • Visit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt from 1 – 3 p.m. Parents and families are welcome to visit the first and second floors and learn more about our nationally recognized children’s hospital. Questions may be directed to the Family Resource Center located on the second floor (across from the information desk).
  • starFaculty Lecture Series:

    Get a glimpse of the intellectual life by attending one of these talks by Vanderbilt faculty members. NOTE: Faculty lectures are tentative and subject to change—check the schedule upon arrival.

    • On Building Forests: Theatre and Activism College of Arts & Science faculty lecture by Leah Lowe, associate professor of theatre and chair of the Department of Theatre. 1:00-1:50 p.m., Sarratt Cinema
    • Special Performance by the Blair Woodwind Quintet Performance by Philip Dikeman, flute; Jared Hauser, oboe; Bil Jackson, clarinet; Leslie Norton, horn; Peter Kolkay, bassoon. 1:00-1:50 p.m., Student Life Center, Ballroom C
    • Engineering the Cities of Tomorrow–There are 9 Billion People Counting on Us, So We Better Get It Right School of Engineering faculty lecture by Doug Adams, Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and professor of mechanical engineering. 2:00-2:50 p.m., Student Life Center, Ballroom C
    • Electronic Education: Will Screen Media Turn Baby into Einstein? Peabody College faculty lecture by Georgene Troseth, associate professor of psychology. 2:00-2:50 p.m., Sarratt Cinema

    Various Open Houses and Events:

    Jean and Alexander Heard Library Special Exhibits :

    Click here for library hours.

    –Beautiful Books: Artist’s Books
    Special Collections
    Book artists conceive of their publication as a whole, with contributors working together on a common vision. This exhibition examines the techniques of folding, cutting and binding and how paper selection and           construction contribute to the overall result.

    –The Fight for Freedom
    Central Library, fourth floor gallery
    This vivid exhibit profiles the ongoing struggle for equality–specifically in American civil rights–through a compelling collection of broadsides, letters and eyewitness reports.

    –The Golden Age of Sports Journalism: Grantland Rice and Fred Russell
    Central Library, second floor gallery

    Grantland Rice and Fred Russell were legendary sports journalists–and Vanderbilt graduates–who were integral in the shaping of the Golden Age of Sports. Their coverage of sports set a standard, profiling athletes in a positive light–as role models who exemplified the American way of life.

    Vanderbilt School of Nursing Open House: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Godchaux Hall, Living Room
    Interested in a career in nursing? Please join us for a reception, an information session, and a tour of the School of Nursing. We look forward to meeting you and your family.

    Office of Student Accountability, Community Standards and Academic Integrity Open House: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Rand Hall, Room 301
    Please join the staff of the Office of Student Accountability, Community Standards and Academic Integrity to learn more about the standards and values that serve to foster and uphold integrity and good citizenship within the Vanderbilt community.

    What Parents Need to Know about Substance Abuse at Vanderbilt: 12 – 1 p.m.
    Sarratt Student Center, Room 220
    This panel-style presentation will discuss the potential impact of substance use on young adult development and provide information about programming, campus policies, and support resources related to substance use. The panel will also address the critical ways parents can contribute to their child’s decision-making around these issues. Panelists include the director of the Psychological and Counseling Center, the senior director of Residential Education, the coordinator for Wellness Programs & Alcohol Education, and an undergraduate student leader. Boxed lunches will be provided.

    Human and Organizational Development (HOD) Internship Open House: 1 – 4 p.m.
    Mayborn, room 104G
    Curious about the HOD mandatory internship requirement? Stop by during the open house and we will be available to answer your questions about this popular aspect of the HOD degree. You can examine the broad range of internship opportunities, peruse student internship projects, and chat with past interns and the internship staff. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to meeting you and your family.

    Helping You Child Achieve Your Their Career Goals: What Every Parent Should Know: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    Alumni Hall, Room 201

    Leaders from the Center for Professional Development and the Psychological and Counseling Center will join current Vanderbilt students in facilitating this interactive session. This event will help parents achieve the delicate balance of helping their children make productive career-related choices while also supporting them in becoming independent decision-makers through discussion of developmental and career theories, stories of students and families who have worked through these issues, and opportunities for audience participation.

    Global Education Office (GEO) and International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) Open House: 1:30 – 3 p.m.
    Student Life Center, International Suite 103
    Please join the staff of the GEO and ISSS to learn about the many international opportunities and events that are available on campus and abroad.

    Greek Life Panel Discussion: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    Sarratt Student Center, room 220
    Parents of current Greek students and staff from the Office of Greek Life will provide an overview of the fraternity and sorority experience at Vanderbilt and answer questions about the Greek community.

    Commencement 101: Planning Ahead: 2 – 3 p.m.
    Sarratt 189
    Director Matthew Redd provides an overview of Commencement and answers your questions about the three-day event schedule: what to expect, accommodations, parking, accessibility options and key deadlines. This information session is not limited to senior parents. All undergraduate parents are encouraged to attend as many families begin planning 12-18 months out.

    Dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons open house for first-year parents and families: 4 – 5 p.m.
    Dean’s Residence at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons
    Hosted by Frank Wcislo, dean of The Ingram Commons, and Jane Wcislo

    Opening Reception, Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery Exhibit: 5 – 7 p.m.
    Cohen Memorial Hall (1220 21st Ave. S.)

    Gallery Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    - I am Unbeatable: Documenting and Celebrating Stories of Empowerment (Photographs by Donna Ferrato)

    - From Tomb to Temple: Unearthing Ancient China through the Vanderbilt University Fine Art Collection

    For more information, visit  Click here to learn more.

    Vanderbilt Men’s Lacrosse: Season Kick-Off 5:30 – 7 p.m.
    Natchez Field
    Join the Vanderbilt men’s lacrosse team for the first scrimmage of the season. A donation of $15 per person will help . Vanderbilt students and children 12 and under are free. For further information contact Friends of Vanderbilt Lacrosse at (516) 633-2056(516) 633-2056 or via email.

    Hillel Shabbat services and dinner: 5:30 p.m. services; 6:30 p.m. dinner
    Ben Schulman Center for Jewish Life
    Join Hillel in celebrating the beginning of Shabbat. Reform, Conservative and Orthodox services are offered.

    Chabad Family Shabbat service and dinner: 6 p.m. services, 7 p.m. dinner
    Chabad House, 111 23rd Ave. N.

    Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) family open house: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Location TBD
    The Reformed University Fellowship open house is a wonderful time to meet other families and learn more about how the ministry engages with students and the campus. Speakers are to include a student, a parent and University Chaplain Stacey Croft. Click here for more information about the fellowship or email Stacey Croft.

    Vanderbilt University Orchestra and Vanderbilt Symphonic Choir: 8 p.m.
    Blair School of Music, Ingram Hall
    Vanderbilt’s acclaimed orchestra and choir, under the director of Robin Fountain and Tucker Biddlecombe respectively, join forces for an unforgettable evening of lively and energetic selections of classical and romantic music.

    starCollege and School Gatherings

    3 – 4 p.m.

    Meet deans, faculty, peers, and parents at these college and school functions.

    • Blair School of Music Dean’s Hour for Blair students and families. Ingram Center for the Performing Arts Lobby, Blair School of Music
    • College of Arts & Science Dean’s Hour for all A&S students and families. Sarratt Student Center, Room 220
    • Peabody College Dean’s Hour for all Peabody students and families. Student Life Center, Ballroom C
    • School of Engineering Dean’s Hour for all Engineering students and families. Featheringill Hall, Adams Atrium

    starGrandparent Tea and Social

    4 – 5 p.m.
    Wilson Hall Lobby
    Meet and greet other grandparents while enjoying afternoon tea. Grandparents–be sure to pick up your special gift for attending!

    star Soiree at Sarratt–Networking Opps and Great Fun, Too!

    4:00 – 5:45 p.m.
    Sarratt Student Center, third floor
    A parent/student networking event hosted by the Vanderbilt Center for Student Professional Development and the Parents and Family Programs Office
    (NOTE: 3:45 p.m. Check in for registered participants on the Sarratt third floor.)

    Hundreds of family members will convene for Family Weekend 2014, and the sixth annual Soiree at Sarratt aims to make the most of a great networking opportunity.

    The Family Weekend signature event presents the perfect setting for Vanderbilt students to connect with parents from across the country or around the world. Participating parents gather in small region-specific groups, where they are joined by students interested in learning more about employment in that region of particular cities of interest. The resulting small-group discussions enable parents to share their professional experience and career advice. Students have the opportunity to ask questions and network with parents. The great conversations are followed by food and music. Small-group conversations, sharing their professional experience and culture of their region with students. At the conclusion of the event, students will have the opportunity to ask questions and to network with parents. Please join us! Parents may register here.

    NOTE: Registration for interested students will take place via the Vanderbilt Center for Student Professional Development in September.

    starFall for the Arts at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons

    4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    The Commons Center and lawn

    Join us for an outdoor festival of the arts including an evening of student performances, original artwork on display and for sale, and art demonstrations. The celebration boasts a mouth-watering chef-crafted menu designed to highlight the colorful flavors of fall. Enjoy grilled bratwursts, freshly tossed salads, caramel apples, fire pits to melt the marshmallows for your s’mores, and more! Out best student writers and poets will be sharing their talents in the lounge, while talented musicians take of the main stage. This event has something for the whole family.

    star18 Again!

    4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    The Commons Center and lawn

    Step back in time and rediscover with your student who you were at 18.  What were your goals and what has changed?  Share your stories with your student, other Vanderbilt parents, and staff from the Center for Student Professional Development.  Utilizing an interactive game and a Vanderbilt parent art project “Then & Now,” this creative Family Weekend event helps students understand how educational and career goals evolve and change. Join us for an evening of conversation, fun, and discovery!

    Athenian Sing

    7:30 – 8:45 p.m.
    Langford Auditorium, Light Hall

    This student-organized, campus-wide talent show and competition was initiated by Dinah Shore in the late 1930s. Athenian Sing began as an a cappella singing contest among fraternities and sororities. The Athenians junior honor society now produces this event to highlight the campus’ premier performance groups.
    Note: Tickets are $8. Tickets have been set aside for parents and are available through our office. Tickets will also be available via the Ticketmaster box office in Sarratt Student Center a month before the event.