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   AUGUST 2012

Parents & Family Programs



Career Center's new name, mission reflect business climate

Center for Student Professional DevelopmentThe Center for Student Professional Development, formerly the Vanderbilt Career Center, is rolling out a new mission and a new name that reflects its holistic approach to preparing students to be resilient in these uncertain times.

Two years ago, center staff began a quest to learn how they could best prepare students for opportunities while in school and after graduation. After numerous conversations with faculty and staff at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt, the Blair School of Music, the School of Engineering, the College of Arts and Science, the Peabody School of education and human development, debriefs with high-profile employers, feedback from alumni and parents, and connecting with cutting-edge peer schools, a comprehensive strategy was developed.

The model is built on the foundation of professional development and focused on helping students map out the knowledge and behaviors that they will need in their professional lives. These include identifying strengths and interests, understanding change and managing transitions, professionalism at school and in the workplace, understanding and pursuing opportunities, and identifying networks and leveraging personal connections.

The center will continue its successful employer relations program that connects students to some of the top U.S. and international employers. "While these are great opportunities that allow students to walk across campus to interview with Fortune 500 companies, we also want to teach them how to be self-reliant and how to discover and secure opportunities once they leave campus," center director Cindy Funk says.



Career advice abounds at Soiree at Sarratt

If your child had an opportunity to achieve better insight into the career path they've chosen, would you help? If your child had an opportunity to discuss their ambitions with experienced and knowledgeable professionals that were actively engaged in the field they have studied so hard to pursue, would you help? If maybe by your words of wisdom and counsel your child could find the exact position and information they needed to achieve and succeed in their first job, would you help?

Of course, your answer to all of these questions is: YES!

Vanderbilt offers an incomparable program for students to learn about career fields. The Soiree at Sarratt is a very special event held each year during Family Weekend where parents volunteer a couple of hours to be a part of informal panel discussions, talking about their vocation, answering questions and offering suggestions.

I have volunteered for this unique endeavor for the last four years and am anxiously awaiting to be a part of it again this year. I have truly enjoyed listening to the students and answering questions that textbooks may never cover. Hearing parents reflect upon their profession, how they chose their careers, their first interview, advice on success and more has helped so many of our students. Each year volunteers, and that includes me, have left this program feeling assured that Vanderbilt has again trained our children to be leaders for the future. If just one suggestion or significant thought puts them on the path to success, our time with them was well-spent. This program is the result of a partnership between the Parents and Family Programs Office and the Center for Student Professional Development.

If you would like to be an emissary for your profession and counsel students who will be entering into the same field you have enjoyed, please consider volunteering for Soiree at Sarratt on Family Weekend. The event is scheduled for 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. You can find more information and register on the Parents and Family Program's website. I assure you that you will receive as much gratification from the experience as the students do. I hope to see and meet you on one of the panels.

Bruce Ross
Parent of Bryant, BA'12, and Bruce, BA'10
photos from last year's event



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Upcoming campus events

Vanderbilt Farmers' Market
3–6 p.m. Thursdays
Through Sept. 27
Medical Center Plaza

Shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, breads, dairy and meat from local farmers

Federal Work Study Job Fair 2012
11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Aug. 21
Student Life Center

VPB Palooza
8:30 p.m.–midnight
Aug. 24
Student Life Center Ballroom

Welcome to Nashville Fair
3–6 p.m.
Aug. 27
Student Life Center

Local and national businesses will provide door prizes, giveaways, coupons and more

Vandy Fanatics Tailgate
5:30 p.m. until kickoff
Aug. 30
Student Life Center lawn

Cross-Cultural Celebration: Edi ul-Fitr
6:30–10 p.m.
Aug. 31
Commons Center Patio

Students of all backgrounds are invited to enjoy The Ingram Commons' first major cross-cultural festival of the year celebrating Eid ul-Fitr, an annual event which marks the conclusion of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan with fine food, dance and music.

Around Nashville

Music City BBQ Festival
Aug. 24–25
Riverfront Park

Professional & amateur BBQ teams will compete for cash and prizes including gold records and Gibson guitars. Live music. Tickets $10 to $150.

Frist Fridays
6–9 p.m.
Aug. 31
Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Enjoy art, hors d'oeuvres and music. Free for members, $10 for nonmembers.

Treehouses: Great Works of Literature
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
May 26 through Sept. 2

The seven whimsical treehouses in this outdoor exhibition are inspired by famous works of literature. Admission is free for members, $12 for adults; $5 for college students with ID and children 3–17; free for children 2 and under.

Americana Music Festival
Sept. 12–15
Nashville Convention Center

Seminars, panels and networking opportunities along with a stellar lineup of musical showcases

Nashville Farmers' Market
Open every day
900 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Bicentennial State Park Mall

Home to farmers, artisans, local business merchants and several restaurants

Country Music Hall of Fame
Open every day 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
222 Fifth Ave. S.

Current exhibits: The Bakersfield Sound Exhibit and Taylor Swift



Important dates and deadlines

Aug. 18
Move-In Day for first-year students

Aug. 19
Residence halls open for upperclass students at 9 a.m.

Aug. 22
First day of fall classes

Aug. 29
Last day to add/drop a course

Sept. 3
Labor Day/Classes in session

Sept. 4
Last day to drop a course with no entry on the record

Waiving student health insurance

If you missed the Aug. 1 deadline to waive the Gallagher Koster student health insurance, it's not too late. Vanderbilt requires that all students be covered by a health insurance plan that is comparable to or exceeds the Gallagher Koster plan, and students with other health insurance must waive the Gallagher Koster plan each year. If you have other insurance and do not wish to participate in the Gallagher Koster plan, you must complete an online form indicating your other insurance information. If you do not complete the annual waiver, then you will remain enrolled in the plan offered by the university and will be responsible for paying the insurance premium.

Vanderbilt football season opener vs. South Carolina

The Commodores begin their second year under Head Coach James Franklin on Aug. 30 with a nationally televised home game against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Kickoff for this important Thursday-night game is 6 p.m.

New library exhibit opens Sept. 7

Part creativity, part craft and all magic, great performances take us to a place where people sing and dance in the rain, where a young girl can entertain a king with 1,001 stories of Arabian nights, and where animals talk. From the first story told by primitive man to the latest cinematic feature, we draw inspiration from great productions. The works in the new stage and screen exhibition, selected from the Jean and Alexander Heard Library's wealth of performing arts collections, spotlight the world's most beloved entertainers.

Elegant costumes from Emma Calvé as Carmen and revolutionary set designs by Jo Mielziner allow viewers to look behind the scenes while letters, photographs and playbills from the illustrious Enrico Caruso to the dapper Fred Astaire tell the story of the performing arts in the last century. Stage & Screen draws on artifacts from the golden ages of Hollywood and television through the treasures of Oscar-winning director Delbert Mann, including his Oscar for his film Marty. Metropolitan showman Francis Robinson's photographs, playbills and correspondence with celebrated performers from Marian Anderson and John Barrymore and rare country music interviews with Johnny Cash and other legends give us a glimpse into the enchanted world of music, from opera to Opry, and the exotic realm of dance. So come with us behind the curtain. It promises to be a show-stopper.





August's most frequently asked question: Family Weekend Registration

Family Weekend 2012Registration for Family Weekend is now open online. The registration fee is $35 per person, which includes three meals during the weekend. The fee is waived for Vanderbilt students and children 12 and under. *Additional charges will apply for the football game against Florida and the Athenian Sing talent show.

Football tickets for the Florida game will be available as part of the Family Weekend online registration process. The cost will be $50 per ticket. Vanderbilt students may get in free with their Vanderbilt ID, but they must sit in a student-only section. If you do not wish to register for Family Weekend, single-game football tickets will be available beginning Sept. 1 for purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis through the athletics ticket office.









Parent conversations
Goal-setting: Teaching your student a basic life skill

Parents don't have to feel helpless when their college students are overwhelmed. According to a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, the best way to help young adults prepare for college and beyond is to guide them in basic life skills like communication, decision-making and interpersonal skills. Parents can help their students strengthen these skills by walking them through a goal-setting process that will instill self-awareness, confidence and critical thinking skills.

Define the goal. Sit down with your student and encourage him to think about his goal. Help him define what exactly he wants to accomplish and when. Writing down goals will help him keep track and look back to reflect on how much he's accomplished, and he'll also be able to recognize if any of his goals contradict each other. For example, if he wants to work out one hour every day and also get an off-campus job for 20 hours a week, he might not have time for both. He should start to recognize goals in every area of his life—academic, personal, relational, professional, spiritual and more.

Encourage your student to make SMART goals that fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • S: Specific or significant
  • M: Measurable or meaningful
  • A: Attainable or action-oriented
  • R: Relevant or rewarding
  • T: Time-bound or trackable

Believe in the goal. Once your student has determined what he wants to accomplish, expect him to explain why this goal is important to him. Identify the external and internal motivators for the goal. Are other people counting on him to accomplish this goal? Will he get in trouble or fail to meet standards if he doesn't reach his goal? How will reaching his goal benefit him? Is he prepared to put in the time and energy to make this happen?

Plan the steps. Help your student write out the steps he will take to reach his goal. Identify things that are hindering him now and what he will need to meet his objectives. Let your student determine the level of detail that he identifies in these steps; if he gets stuck during the process of attaining his goal, suggest that he break down his steps to smaller, more manageable tasks.

GOALSAssess progress. A written goal has no value if it's never read. Encourage your student to use the steps he has outlined, and periodically ask him about his progress. Celebrate with him when he reaches his goals, and support him in adjusting his ambitions and priorities as he learns more about himself and gains confidence. Remember to stay an observer in this process—it's not your job to define his goals, believe in them more than he does or take the steps to accomplish them.

Article reprinted with permission of University Parent Media.


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