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Parent PreVU -- News from Vanderbilt Parents and Family Programs


   JUNE 2013

Parents and Family Programs



A Residential College Community:
The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt

All first-year students are registered in one of Vanderbilt's four undergraduate colleges and schools. They live together in a residential living-learning community known as The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt. Separately and together, its 10 houses create opportunities to educate the whole person–the social, intellectual, academic, ethical and personal sides of each individual. We do this by encouraging the diverse talents and skills of students, faculty, undergraduate peer mentors and professional staff. On The Ingram Commons, teaching and learning involve the entire community–and help Vanderbilt produce the kinds of citizens and leaders that our diverse, cosmopolitan 21st century demands.



Who's Who on The Ingram Commons

Frank Wcislo


Dean of The Ingram Commons and associate professor of history Frank Wcislo lives with his family in the dean's residence. Their home is a place of welcome and the site of frequent dinner conversations, student-organized programs, musical performances and evenings with faculty, alumni and distinguished guests.

Faculty heads of house (FHOH) are 10 faculty members who have been appointed to live in the different houses on The Ingram Commons and serve as mentors and intellectual guides who can help students connect to the university.

Associate directors (ADs) and area coordinators (ACs) are student affairs professionals in Vanderbilt's Office of Housing and Residential Education who live on campus, are equipped with cell phones, and are on call 24/7. They supervise undergraduate residential advisers, work with faculty and students to organize community programming, and are responsible for safety, health and wellness, and conduct concerns, including:

  • respond to emergencies in the residence halls
  • accompany sick and injured students to the emergency room
  • counsel individual students
  • investigate and resolve student disciplinary matters

Head resident (HR) and resident advisers (RAs) are undergraduate or graduate student paraprofessionals living on every floor of The Ingram Commons. These very accomplished Vanderbilt students serve as role models, first responders for safety and health concerns, and builders of floor communities for groups of students living on their own for the first time.

The House Advisory Council (HAC) is the elected representative council of first-year students in each house. The council, which comprises a president, vice president, secretary, floor representatives and house service commissioner, works with house faculty and staff to develop house programming during the year.



Upcoming dates and deadlines

June 10–28
Academic registration period

June 14
Deadline for roommate and hall mate requests

June 21
Deadline for Commodore Card photo to be uploaded

June 30
Deadline to submit housing requests for special consideration

July 1
Deadline to submit student health form

July 15
Deadline to select Commodore Cash funds for Commodore Card

Important links

Road to Vanderbilt

The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt

Class of 2017 CommonPlace

Anchor Link

Parents and Family Programs



Commodore Card

Student Health

Student Accounts


Anchor Link

Anchor Link is Vanderbilt's student engagement platform that helps students get involved on campus and manage their experiences outside the classroom. Anchor Link serves as the central event calendar for student life and has sites for every student organization, Commons House, and a variety of university programs and resources. Encourage your first-year student to log on to Anchor Link and create their profile today so they can begin exploring opportunities to get involved at Vanderbilt.



The Commons Center

The Commons Center is just that, a town square and a central gathering place for the entire community. It contains the main dining hall, the Common Grounds minimarket, the College of Arts and Science Premajor Academic Advising Resources Center (CASPAR), satellite offices of The Writing Studio and the Center for Student Professional Development, an exercise gym, the Office of the Dean of The Ingram Commons, and the Department of Political Science.



Support Programs for Your Student

CommonVU is a required weeklong orientation that begins on Move-in Day and introduces first-year students to each other, their floors and houses, academic classes and university resources, the Community Creed and Undergraduate Honor Code, the conduct and disciplinary procedures of Vanderbilt, upperclass undergraduates and their student organizations, and the city of Nashville.

Vanderbilt Visions
Vanderbilt Visions is a required university core program that meets during the fall semester through Thanksgiving break. All first-year students are assigned to one of 92 Visions groups. Teams of upperclass peer mentors and faculty members (student and faculty VUceptors) facilitate these small groups as they explore the always challenging and exciting transition from high school to university life.

The semester-long format of Vanderbilt Visions helps students find friends and acquaintances, become more knowledgeable about the university, learn how to approach upperclass students and professors, and feel more confident in a new environment. The Visions group becomes a unique academic and social network of information, group support, personal friendship, and academic resources.

Visions groups and scheduled times will appear on your student's Your Enrollment Services (YES) schedule in mid-July. Faculty and student VUceptors will be contacting students in their groups at the end of July.

The Commons Reading:
College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be

The Commons Reading is a shared intellectual experience for Vanderbilt and The Ingram Commons community. Every member of the class receives a copy of the book during the summer, and it is discussed in Visions groups and Commons programs. This year's selection, Andrew Delbanco's College, invites first-year students and the Vanderbilt community to consider the past, present and future of one of the world's great institutions, the American university. Andrew Delbanco, Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and winner of the 2011 National Humanities Medal, will come to campus in October to address both the Class of 2017 and the Vanderbilt University Faculty Senate, the representative and deliberative body of the faculties of the university.



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