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Parent PreVU -- News from Vanderbilt Parents and Family Programs


   APRIL 2012

Parents & Family Programs



Greetings from Vanderbilt Parents and Family Programs!

We are thrilled to be debuting a new PreVU design this month! We hope you will take some time to familiarize yourself with the new layout. Based on feedback from parents like you, we are working to increase the breadth and depth of the content. You will still find upcoming dates and deadlines plus links to resources for parents. We will also be featuring various campus and area events, messages from campus partners, and articles to help parents of college students. If you have any questions or feedback for us, we would love to hear from you at

Anna Thomas and Suzanne ThigpenWe also want to take a moment to remind you about a great resource, the Parent Helpline. The helpline is your primary source of information at Vanderbilt. We can provide referrals, advice or just serve as your university operator, connecting you with various campus resources. Remember, we are just a phone call away!

Parent Helpline: Call us at (877) 887-2736 or email us at


Suzanne Thigpen and Anna Thomas



Important dates and deadlines

Through April 27
Registration for all summer school sessions
Students should register on YES

April 20–21
Rites of Spring Music Festival
A Vanderbilt tradition. Featured performers include Wiz Khalifa, MUTEMATH, Sleigh Bells, Fitz and the Tantrums, Gloriana and Tyler Hilton. Visit the Rites of Spring website for more information and a complete list of performers.

April 23
Spring classes end

April 24–May 3
Examinations and reading days

May 5
Unless registered to stay, all undergraduates must vacate their rooms by 9 a.m. To view the spring closing memo from the Housing office, click here.

May 9–11
Commencement 2012. For a complete schedule of events please visit the Commencement webpage. Festivities begin Wednesday with The Party. Thursday is Senior Day featuring keynote speaker Tom Brokaw. Friday morning, the Commencement ceremonies take place.

May 12
All residence halls close at 1 p.m.



Important links

Parents & Family Programs

Academic Calendar

Commodore Card

Housing and Residential Education


Student Health Center

Student Accounts


"like" us on Facebook

Vanderbilt calendar
Upcoming campus events

April 19
7–8 p.m.
Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series
Maile Meloy Fiction Reading
Buttrick Hall 101

April 20
8–10 p.m.
Nashville Jazz Orchestra concert
The Music of Stevie Wonder
Ingram Hall
$5 for Vanderbilt students with ID.

April 24
7–11 p.m.
Commodore Coffee Break
Student Life Center
Take a study break and enjoy free coffee and food!

Around Nashville

April 21
11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Nashville Earth Day Festival
Centennial Park

April 28
7 a.m. start
Country Music Marathon
Centennial Park to LP Field
A half and full marathon with more than 30,000 runners!

May 4–6
Tennessee Association of Crafts Artists Fair
Centennial Park

Saturdays and Sundays in May
Tennessee Renaissance Festival
Arrington, Tenn.
Travel back to 16th century England with more than 60 skilled artisans, food and drink and live music. Buy tickets online.



April's Most Frequently Asked Question: Summer Storage

Limited summer storage space is available on campus in university storage rooms on a first-come, first-served basis. Luggage, footlockers, metal garbage cans and refrigerators that have been properly defrosted are accepted for storage, and each student may only store two personal items. All items should be labeled with:

  1. Student name
  2. Date stored
  3. Fall residence hall and room
  4. Permanent address and phone number

Storage rooms will be open from April 23 to April 25 from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Storage space is not guaranteed.

UPS Store Storage Services
While there are many storage facilities in Nashville, the UPS Store is Vanderbilt's preferred vendor for shipping and storage. For student safety, only UPS has the privilege to enter the residence halls for pick up or delivery to students. Other moving vendors may not enter the building to collect items; students will have to bring their items outside to meet these vendors.

The UPS Store will come on campus, sell boxes and packing supplies, and either ship boxes home or hold them in storage for fall delivery to students. boxesVisit the UPS student storage website for dates, times and locations along with information about other UPS services. It is the responsibility of the students to deliver their packed boxes to specified areas for pick up, shipping or storage. For more information, call (615) 327-0407.





A message for parents of seniors: Vanderbilt class rings

Parents of graduating seniors: Congratulations on this important milestone in your student's life. This May, your student will graduate and join the worldwide Vanderbilt alumni community, carrying on the Vanderbilt tradition of becoming leaders with integrity and civility.

As an emblem of students' achievements, the Vanderbilt Alumni Association is proud to offer official Vanderbilt University rings. These rings are reserved exclusively for Vanderbilt students who have completed at least 60 credit hours and are in good standing with the university. Designed by a group of Vanderbilt students, alumni and administrators, the rings are a tangible connection to Vanderbilt's past, present and future.

The Vanderbilt ring representative from Balfour will be at the Vanderbilt Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 2525 West End Ave. during Commencement activities, May 9–11.

Questions? Contact Christina Barnes in Alumni Relations at (615) 322-2044 or visit the Balfour website.





Vanderbilt Career Center Corner

Internships provide valuable experience and connections

According to the 2011 Graduating Student Survey, 69 percent of seniors had at least one internship and more than half had multiple internships by the time they graduated.

Internships have become increasingly important for students to gain valuable work experience, help clarify interests and develop professional relationships that can help them in the future. In some industries, internships may serve as pipelines to full-time employment after graduation.

The Vanderbilt Career Center internship webpage is a great starting point for students looking for information on summer internships. Career Center staff are available throughout the summer via email, phone and Skype to help students identify opportunities, develop application materials, learn how to connect with their networks and prepare for interviews.

For more information, visit the Career Center website or call (615) 322-2750.





Parent Conversations: The benefits of summer school

When school's out for summer, there's a lot of celebrating. But when summer means more school for your college student, there can be a lot of complaining and a loss of motivation. Help your student think positively and get the most out of summer school by keeping these things in mind.

Get ahead
By taking classes during the summer, students are able to knock out some required courses, making them ready to jump into their major come fall semester. For classes that students are less than thrilled about but need to take, getting them out of the way during a summer semester can help. Those classes can be more laid back and feel less demanding than during a full-blown semester.

Save money
By not taking any breaks in schooling—even in summer—students will save money. While students pay for classes and textbooks whether it's the regular semester or summer school, they will save money in the long run. Racking up credit hours helps students reach graduation requirements faster, shaving off a semester or two of college and saving all the money that goes along with that—living expenses, spending money, etc.

Take advantage
Many campuses clear out for summer and classes have fewer students, which presents a unique opportunity to build community with peers and professors. By jumping into the summer school camaraderie, students will build friendships and establish relationships with classmates and professors for future networking.

Improve GPAs
For students who have failed a class or want to raise their GPA, summer school is a great opportunity. After a summer of studying and going over material, students can start the next semester with higher confidence and a better foundation for more advanced classes.

Explore the options
To still have some benefits of summer, like living at home and seeing old friends, students may be able to take classes at a nearby community college, saving money on tuition and living expenses while still furthering their education. At Vanderbilt, transfer credits must be approved in advance. Visit the summer sessions website to learn more about Vanderbilt's summer school options.

This article reprinted with permission of University Parent Media.


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