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Friday – September 18, 2015

Please note the schedule is TENTATIVE and there may be changes, so be sure to check the Family Weekend website often for the most updated 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:

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

Student Life Center, Board of Trust Room

Project SAFE Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response
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

Commodore Yearbook
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Student Life Center, outside of the 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

Vanderbilt University Athletics
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Student Life Center, Board of Trust Room

Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center
12 p.m. – 2 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. Depart from Rand Terrace.
  • Botanical Tours at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. (tour length: 60 minutes) Tours led by Bill Randles, sports turf and facilities manager; Laura Barker, horticultural specialist; and Becket DeChant, arborist. Depart from Rand Terrace (Alumni Lawn Side).
  • Historical Tour at 1 p.m. (tour length: 60 minutes) Tour led by Lyle Lankford, retired university historian. Depart from the 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. Depart 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. Depart 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.

    • Arts & Sciences Lecture College of Arts & Science faculty lecture by Brian Bachmann, associate professor of chemistry. 1:00-1:50 p.m., Sarratt 220
    • Creating Chaos in Haydn’s Creation Blair School of Music faculty lecture by Melanie Lowe, associate professor of musicology and ethnomusicology. 1:00-1:50 p.m., Student Life Center, Ballroom C
    • “What happens when the phones and machines outnumber us? How mobile computing, the Internet of Things, and cyber-security will impact our lives.” School of Engineering faculty lecture by Jules White, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science. 2:00-2:50 p.m., Student Life Center, Ballroom C
    • Peabody College Lecture Peabody College faculty lecture by Rogers Hall, professor and chair, Department of Teaching and Learning. 2:00-2:50 p.m., Sarratt 220.

    Various Open Houses and Events:

    Jean and Alexander Heard Library Special Exhibits :

    Picturing a Changing World: Technology and Perception
    Central Library, second-floor gallery, fourth-floor lobby, Special Collections
    This exhibit examines how our perception of the world has changed, from Victorian curiosity cabinets that displayed artifacts from the rapidly changing 19th-century world, to geospatial mapping tools, to virtual worlds built with digital code. Inspired by the magnifying glass, author Eden Phillpotts remarked in 1914, “The universe is full of magical things waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” This exhibit considers how technology and human ingenuity have heightened our senses over the last 200 years, expanding our perceptions of the university and our place in it.

    Click here for library hours.

    Vanderbilt Students and Stress: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Sarratt Student Center 220
    This panel-style presentation will discuss the 2014 Princeton Review finding that Vanderbilt has the happiest college students. Panelists will discuss the impact of the pressure to succeed at Vanderbilt and ways families can help students manage their stress. Panelists include the directors of the Psychological and Counseling Center and Residential Education, the coordinator for Wellness Programs and Alcohol Education, and student mentors from the Vanderbilt Recovery Support program and Liaisons Educating and Advocating for Psychological Support (LEAPS).

    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.

    Study Abroad Panel Discussion: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Sarratt Student Center 325/327
    Students and parents of students who have studied abroad, along with staff from the Office of Global Education, will provide an overview of study abroad opportunities at Vanderbilt, as well as answer questions.

    Greek Life Panel Discussion: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
    Sarratt Cinema, Sarratt Student Center
    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, as well as answer questions about the Greek community.

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

    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 Your Child Achieve Your Their Career Goals: What Every Parent Should Know: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    Kissam Center Multipurpose Room, C201A
    This event will help parents attain the delicate balance of helping their children make productive career-related choices while also supporting them in becoming independent decision-makers. Leaders from the Center for Student Professional Development and the Psychological and Counseling Center will join current Vanderbilt students in facilitating this interactive session which will include discussion of developmental and career theories, stories of students and families who have worked through these issues, and opportunities for audience participation.

    Commencement 101: Planning Ahead: 2 – 3 p.m.
    Sarratt Cinema, Sarratt Student Center
    Director of Commencement/Special Events and Common VU, 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.

    Opening Reception, Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery Open Reception and Exhibit: Reception: 5 – 7 p.m., gallery hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Cohen Memorial Hall (1220 21st Ave. S.)

    - Forging Identity–Imagining the Enemy: American Propaganda and the Great War
    Click here to learn more.

    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.
    3509 Echo Hill Road
    Nashville, TN 37215

    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 Richie Sessions. Click here for more information about the fellowship or email Richie Sessions.

    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. Alumni Hall 201
    • 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 Offers Networking Opportunities and Great Fun Too

    4:00 – 5:45 p.m.
    Sarratt Student Center, third floor
    (Note: registered participants check in at 3:45 p.m. on the Sarratt third floor).

    Hosted by the Center for Student Professional Development and the Parents & Family Programs Office

    Hundreds of family members will convene for Family Weekend 2015, and the Seventh Annual Soiree at Sarratt aims to make the most of a great networking opportunity.

    This 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 or 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. Please join us!

    NOTE: If you are interested in volunteering for the Soiree at Sarratt, please fill out this form.

    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!

    A Little Night Music

    6 p.m.
    Ingram Hall

    The Blair School of Music will feature short performances by several of our top instrumental and vocal ensembles, including the Vanderbilt Wind Symphony, the Blair Big Band, the Vanderbilt Chorale, and the Vanderbilt Symphony Orchestra. This concert will feature lively classical music, swinging jazz, and new music by living composers. We invite you to attend to find out about some of the incredible things going on at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music!

    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.