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Subject:                          May Parent PreVU



Parent PreVU January 2014

May 2014

Parents and Family Programs

Vanderbilt's Statement on MERS Cases in United States

Dear parents:

You may have heard media reports about the increase in cases of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the Arabian Peninsula. MERS cases are increasing in the Arabian Peninsula and three cases have now been identified in the United States. The first two U.S. cases occurred in travelers returning from Saudi Arabia. The third U.S. patient had contact with one of the first patients, and represents the first case of known transmission within the United States.

We want to reassure you that Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Vanderbilt campus are both working closely with Medical Center Infection Control officers and public health authorities to monitor this situation. We remain vigilant and are prepared in the event of further spread of MERS in the United States.

Please visit the Student Health Center site or the CDC's MERS site for more information and feel free to contact the Student Health Center at (615) 322-2427 or if you have questions or concerns.

Summertime parent volunteer opportunity!
In August, we will welcome the Class of 2018 and 250 transfer students to Vanderbilt University. One of our most appreciated volunteer programs connects current parents with parents of these new students—and you are a valuable resource, as you remember what it was like to be in their shoes! A brief note of introduction or phone call from a current parent is reassuring and lets parents know that Vanderbilt will be a welcoming and warm environment for everyone.

If you are interested in writing or calling parents in your area, please let us know! This is one of the most important programs that the Parents & Family Association fosters.

May's most frequently asked question:
What is the schedule for Family Weekend 2014?

We are excited to announce that a tentative schedule for Family Weekend 2014 is posted on our website! Please check back for updates throughout the summer. A brochure and comprehensive schedule will be mailed to all parents in early August.

If you have not already booked your hotel accommodations, we highly encourage you to do so, as local rooms book up very quickly. You may find a list of nearby hotels here.

Online registration for Family Weekend will be available Monday, July 28, at 10 a.m. CDT. The registration fee will be $35* per person, which includes three meals for the weekend. The fee is waived for Vanderbilt students and children 12 and under.

*Additional charges apply for the Vanderbilt vs. University of Massachusetts football game, as well as for the Athenian Sing talent show.

Football tickets for the Vanderbilt vs. University of Massachusetts game will be available as part of the Family Weekend online registration process, beginning July 28. The cost will be $35 per ticket.

Family Commencement photos needed!

We would like to include your family photos from Commencement, Move-in Weekend, Family Weekend, Homecoming, Spring Break, Bowl Games, etc. in the 2014 Commodore Yearbook. Please visit the Commodore Yearbook website to upload your photos, give photo credits and write your own captions for your photos. We fit as many photos as we can annually in the Scrapbook Section of the yearbook at no cost.



Important dates and deadlines


May 5–May 30


May 30
Maymester exams


May 31
Maymester residence halls close at 9 a.m.


May 31
Extended deadline to order 2014 Commodore Yearbook


June 1
First summer session residence halls open at noon


June 3–July 3
First summer session


July 5
First summer session residence halls close at 9 a.m.


July 6
Second summer session residence halls open at noon


July 8–August 8
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Around Nashville

May 24 & 31; June 7, 14, 21 & 28


East Side Hootenanny
East Park

June 5–8


CMA Music Festival
Downtown Nashville

June 7


Porter Flea
4th Ave. and Chestnut

June 14


Nashville Wine & Food Festival
Riverfront Park

June 21


20th Annual RC Cola and Moon Pie Festival
Downtown Bell Buckle

June 21


Nissan Taste of Music City Festival
Public Square Park

June 25


Paul McCartney
Bridgestone Arena


Five more things your student must know before leaving for college

For a parent trying to let go and allow their student to gain independence at college, watching him or her learn life lessons and make mistakes can be challenging, albeit imperative. Many times the best—and only—way to support your student is to impart your knowledge and hope she or he takes it to heart.

Whether your student learns these through experience or by talking to you, consider the following five lessons a few University Parent Media parents said were important for their students:

Coping and bouncing back after challenges

Life is full of setbacks and victories, successes and disappointments. While that doesn't start in college, your student's way of coping will change in college.

With a different set of challenges and friends—and new ways to relieve stress and relax (some of them constructive and some destructive)—your student will set lifetime patterns for coping and handling stress. Help her process through her emotions, or encourage her to talk to another positive influence in her life.

Balancing freedom and responsibilities

There's much more to college than classes, and students often struggle with setting priorities and dealing with all the demands on their time. Help your student define his most important responsibilities, and encourage him to establish a good scheduling system: an iPhone calendar, daily planner or post-it notes.

Handling illness

Getting sick can cause your student to fall behind in her classes, and catching up can seem impossible. If she hasn't found balance in her new life, getting sick is likely.

Talk to your student about how to stay healthy and what to do when illness strikes. Help her know how to watch for signs of dehydration, mono, the flu, etc. and when a trip to the clinic is necessary.

Utilizing resources

Your student can stay on top of his classes by recognizing where he needs help and getting it early. By reaching out to people who are there to help him, he will save time and energy and learn to solve his problems effectively. Point him toward university resources like his adviser, tutors, study groups and online resources, and remind him to get to know his teachers and teacher assistants.

Recognizing personal accountability

As your student ventures out on her new life with more independence, she will learn that the choices she makes impact her future as well as people around her. Identifying consequences and outcomes will become a big part of her decision-making process.

Allow her to learn this on her own by not bailing her out immediately when she makes a mistake and finds herself with an unintended outcome. Owning her decisions will strengthen her character and self-worth.

Reprinted with permission from University Parent Media.



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