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Parent PreVU -- Especially for parents of incoming first-year students


   JUNE 2012

The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons

Parents & Family Programs



The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt: Living and Learning Communities

All first-year undergraduates live in a residential community known as The Ingram Commons. Separately and together, its 10 houses create opportunities for students to develop their potential to the fullest. The focus is on the education of the whole person—the intellectual, academic, social, ethical and personal sides of each individual. We do this by leveraging the diverse talents and skills of more than 1,700 first-year students, residential faculty heads of house, undergraduate resident advisers 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

Dean of The Ingram Commons and Associate Professor of History Frank Wcislo lives with his family in the Dean's Residence. Their home is the site of frequent dinner conversations, student-organized programs, musical performances, evenings with faculty and alumni, receptions and other events.

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 of the living-learning community that student residents create in their house.

Associate directors (ADs) and area coordinators (ACs) are residential education staff responsible for coordinating community programming and recruitment of student staff. The associate directors live in residence halls on campus, are equipped with cell phones, and are on call 24/7. The area coordinators supervise the resident advisers in each building. The three area coordinators assigned to The Ingram Commons are available to:

  • respond to emergencies in the residence halls,
  • accompany sick and injured students to the emergency room,
  • advise residence hall governments,
  • counsel individual students,
  • promote and assist in the planning of residence hall programming,
  • investigate and resolve student disciplinary matters.

Head resident (HR) and resident advisers (RAs) are undergraduate or graduate student paraprofessionals who are supervised by staff professionals in Vanderbilt's Office of Housing and Residential Education. They are first responders for issues of conduct, safety, health and wellness. They also provide peer mentorship and help residents build community on their floors.

The House Advisory Council (HAC) is the representative council of first-year students elected in each house through Vanderbilt Student Government. The council, which comprises a president, vice president, secretary, floor representatives and house service commissioner, meets regularly and advises the faculty head of house about the expenditure of the house programming budget.

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

June 4–22
Registration period

June 15
Deadline for roommate requests

June 22
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 forms

Important Links

The Road to Vanderbilt

The Ingram Commons

Common Place Class of 2016

Parents and Family Programs

Housing and Residential Education

Vanderbilt Dining

Commodore Card

Student Health Center

Student Accounts

"like" us on Facebook



The Commons Center

The Commons Center is a central gathering place containing a dining hall, the Common Grounds coffee shop, the College of Arts and Science Pre-major Academic Advising Resources Center (CASPAR), the Writing Studio, a Career Center satellite office, an exercise room, the Office of the Dean of The Ingram Commons, and the Department of Political Science.



Support Programs for Your Student


CommonVU is a weeklong orientation that begins on Move-In Day and introduces first-year students to their floors and houses, their academic programs, the values and disciplinary procedures of Vanderbilt, upperclass undergraduates and their student organizations, and Nashville.

Vanderbilt Visions

Vanderbilt Visions, a required 10-week program during the fall semester, aims to ease the transition from high school to college. Each first-year student is assigned to a small group led by a peer mentor team consisting of a faculty member and upperclass student, known as faculty and student VUceptors. The groups, which meet in the late afternoon or early evening, provide a safe setting for discourse and help connect students across different houses and undergraduate schools.

Activities include a discussion of The Commons Reading (see below), attendance at the author's lecture and a viewing of the student-run multimedia presentation True Life, which addresses alcohol and substance abuse as well as other mental health concerns. Other programs address goals, aspirations and expectations; balancing academic and social pressures; academic integrity and the Undergraduate Honor Council; and countering stereotypes.

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: Half the Sky

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women WorldwideNow in its third year, The Commons Reading tradition serves as a shared experience for all first-year students, their residential faculty and staff, and their faculty and student VUceptors. This year's selection, Nicholas D. Kristof's and Sheryl WuDunn's Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a passionate call to arms against the oppression of women around the globe. Through inspiring stories of extraordinary women, Kristof and WuDunn argue that the most effective way to fight global poverty is to unleash the potential of women.

Parents are encouraged to read the book as well and will have the opportunity to join a seminar discussing the book during Family Weekend. The seminar, co-facilitated by Associate Professor of Musicology Greg Barz and Dean Frank Wcislo, is at noon on Friday, Oct. 12.


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Parent Helpline: (877) 887-2736

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