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Parent PreVU -- News from Vanderbilt Parents and Family Programs


   July 2013

Parents and Family Programs



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Dear Parents and Families of the Class of 2017,

Welcome to the Vanderbilt community! I have the privilege of serving as the president of VUcept, a student organization composed of undergraduate peer mentors dedicated to the success of the first-year class. The 92 Student VUceptors who serve in this role represent the diversity and vibrancy of campus life at Vanderbilt.

Opportunities for campus involvement start with The Ingram Commons. Each residence hall has a House Advisory Council composed of first-year students who help field a variety of intramural teams, sponsor service opportunities, and host social and cultural events.

A university-wide fair held during CommonVU week brings the leaders of the more than 400 student organizations on our campus directly to The Ingram Commons, providing first-year students with a chance to explore the breadth of Vanderbilt's campus life.

My own experiences outside the classroom have been as challenging, enriching, and meaningful as my academic pursuits. Campus involvement is a way for your students to explore their passions and take advantage of all that Vanderbilt has to offer.

The enthusiasm of Faculty and Student VUceptors in personally welcoming incoming first-year students and assisting in their transition to campus life is only one example of the dynamic and inclusive nature of the Vanderbilt community of which your students are all now a part.

We are delighted to welcome the Class of 2017 to the Vanderbilt student community.

Alex Scavone
VUcept President

Community Standards

Students are asked to complete two online modules that are designed to provide critical information and reinforce our community's expectations.

1.     Alcohol: Every year, a number of students wind up in the emergency room for overconsumption of alcohol or expose themselves or others to unnecessary risks because of alcohol-induced behavior. The AlcoholEdu module can assist students in making safer and healthier choices in regards to alcohol use. AlcoholEdu for Parents is also available as a resource to continue the challenging conversation about alcohol and other drugs before and after your child arrives on campus. Please access both here.

Deadline for completion: August 12 for Part 1 and October 7 for Part 2

2.     Personal Empowerment: Power-based personal violence is an issue on college campuses across the nation, and Vanderbilt is not immune. This module is in response to new obligations on colleges and universities under the Campus Sexual Violence Act (SaVE Act) provision of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) signed into law on March 7, 2013. The series of videos educates students about the types of power-based personal violence as well as the relevant laws, policies, warning signs, and campus resources available. Students can access this module by logging on to OAK and selecting the module entitled "VU PETSA 2013." Parents can access the videos here.

Deadline for completion: August 9, 2013



Anchor Link: Getting Involved at Vanderbilt

Anchor Link is Vanderbilt's student engagement platform that helps students become involved on campus and manage their experiences outside the classroom. Anchor Link serves as the central calendar for student life and has sites for every registered student organization, Commons House, and a variety of other university departments, programs, and resources.

With over 400 student organizations and a multitude of
co-curricular programs across the university, Vanderbilt students have a wide range of opportunities for getting involved on campus and in the Nashville community. Anchor Link can help your student learn more about organizations and programs of interest to them including:

  • Campus Programing
  • Club Sports
  • Community Service
    "As a part of such a privileged community like Vanderbilt, I have always considered it a part of my responsibility to donate my time and effort to those who need it most. As a sophomore and junior, I participated in and co-led trips through Manna, a service organization that sends undergrads abroad to Central and South America. Aiding impoverished communities with fellow classmates has been a very rewarding experience, and my participation through Manna has fostered my desire to work with the organization after I graduate."
    Luke Nicholaou
  • Cultural Organizations
  • Environmental Organizations
  • Greek Life
    "Greek Life has connected me to many diverse students at Vanderbilt. It has also allowed me to pursue leadership positions in my chapter and in the greater Greek community. Greek Life has been an important part of my personal Vanderbilt experience!" Mara Rivera
  • Honor Societies
  • Performing or Fine Arts Groups
    "Working behind the scenes for various Vanderbilt University Theatre productions taught me to better appreciate performing arts and developed my leadership skills by allowing me to observe how directors and stage managers collaborate with the whole team to put on a successful performance." Ruidan Ma
  • Political Groups
  • Pre-Professional Societies
  • Religious or Spiritual Groups
  • Student Media
  • Student Government

Click here for a full listing of student organizations.

It is important that all first-year students log on to Anchor Link and create their user profiles before getting to campus. By designating "Interests" in his or her profile, a student can get customized recommendations for organizations and events. While the wealth of opportunities for engagement can be overwhelming, Anchor Link helps narrow the scope for students by directing them to groups that match their particular needs and areas of interest.

Encourage your first year-student to log on to Anchor Link today so they can begin exploring opportunities to get involved at Vanderbilt. To learn more about Anchor Link and for instructions on how to set up a user profile, visit vanderbilt.edu/anchorlink.


Dean of Students Office
The Office of the Dean of Students serves a central role in student learning and development at Vanderbilt. The office advances the university's mission of teaching, research and service by fostering academic and social networks through which students develop as intentional learners and global citizens.


The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt
The Ingram Commons is a living and learning community where first-year students are encouraged to both learn and develop as young adults as well as contribute their intellectual, social, ethical and personal talents to their community. Among many opportunities, you can expect that your student will have the chance to:

  • have dinner at Dean Wcislo's house with a special guest
  • attend weekly house signature programs
  • strike up a conversation about campus events with fellow residents in their House's common room
  • take a day trip on the Commons Magic Cool Bus to a fun place outside of Vanderbilt's campus
  • participate in the Dean's Book Club
  • go to the Commons February Ball
  • participate in a Commons Cup House Event

These are just a few of the many programs available to students living on the Ingram Commons. For up-to-date information on what is going on at the Commons and in your student's residence hall, we encourage you and your student to explore CommonPlace.


There are many other opportunities to get involved on campus. Click here to learn more about some below:

  • Vanderbilt Student Government
  • House Advisory Councils
  • CommonDores
  • Arts at Vanderbilt
  • Sports
  • Greek Life
  • Religious Life
  • Community Service
  • Women's Center
  • Office of LGBTQI Life



Upcoming dates and deadlines


July 24 August 28
Open enrollment/student change period


August 1
Deadline to waive student health insurance


August 1
Deadline to submit the student account agreement form


August 5
Family Weekend 2013 online registration available


August 8
Packages may be shipped to campus


August 14
Deadline for payment of fall tuition/fees


August 16
Deadline to sign up for AlertVU


August 17
Move-in Day!

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