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Parent PreVU -- News from Vanderbilt Parents and Family Programs


   MAY 2012

Parents & Family Programs



Summer Welcome Committee

Upcoming parent volunteer opportunity

In August we will welcome the Class of 2016 and 250 transfer students to Vanderbilt University. One of our most appreciated volunteer programs involves reaching out to the parents of these new students. A brief note of introduction or phone call from current parents is reassuring and lets them know that Vanderbilt will be a positive experience for everyone.

volunteer nowIf you are willing to write or call new parents in your region, please let us know. This is one of the most important programs of the Parents and Family Association.

Learn more about other volunteer opportunities.



Important dates and deadlines

Summer Sessions at Vanderbilt
May 7–June 1: May session
June 5–July 5: First summer session
June 5–August 10: Full summer session
July 10–August 10: Second summer session

June 1
May session exams

June 2
May session residence halls close at 9 a.m.

June 3
Residence halls open at noon for full summer session and first-half summer session students

June 4
Registration for summer sessions in most schools

June 5
Full summer session and first-half summer session classes begin

July 5
First-half summer session classes end

July 6
First-half summer session exams

July 7
First-half summer session residence halls close at 9 a.m.

July 8
Second-half summer session residence halls open at noon

July 10
Second-half summer session classes begin

August 9
Second-half summer session classes end

August 10
Second-half and full summer session exams

August 11
All summer session residence halls close at 9 a.m.



Important links

Parents and Family Programs

Academic Calendar

Commodore Card

Housing and Residential Education


Student Health Center

Student Accounts


Summer Sessions

Family Weekend

"like" us on Facebook

Vanderbilt calendar
Upcoming campus events

Vanderbilt Baseball
May 17, 6:30 p.m.
versus Ole Miss
May 18, 6:30 p.m.
versus Ole Miss
May 19, 2 p.m.
versus Ole Miss

Bluebird on the Mountain
May 19 and June 16
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Show starts at 7 p.m.

Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets for a relaxing evening of music under the stars at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory. The telescope will be open for visitors following the shows. Artists to be announced. Tickets are $95 for a carload (up to eight people).

Opera on the Mountain
June 2
Gates open at 6 p.m.
Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of popular arias and Broadway standards performed by the Nashville Opera as you picnic under the stars at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory. The telescope will be open to visitors after the performance. Tickets are $60 for a carload (up to eight people).

Around Nashville

Nashville Songwriters Festival
June 1–3

This annual festival held on Music Row is an opportunity for songwriters to showcase their material, meet fans and network with others in the industry. Tickets range from $10 to $70.

CMA Fest
June 7–10

Thousands of fans come to downtown Nashville for CMA Fest, including four nights of concerts at LP Field. Performers include Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band. Tickets start at $135 and often sell out, but some CMA events are free.

Tennessee Renaissance Festival
Saturdays and Sundays in May

Drive to Arrington, Tenn., to travel back to 16th century England. The festival features more than 60 skilled artisans, food and drink, and live music. Tickets range from $18 to $70.



May's Most Frequently Asked Question: Family Weekend Schedule

Schedule: We are happy to announce that a tentative schedule of events for Family Weekend 2012, October 12–14, has been posted on our website! Check back for updates throughout the summer. A brochure and comprehensive schedule will also be mailed to you in early August.

Hotel accommodations: If you have not done so, we encourage you to make your reservations soon since hotels near campus fill up quickly. You can find a list of nearby hotels here.
Registration: Online registration will be available at 10 a.m. Monday, August 6. 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.

Vanderbilt FootballFootball tickets for the Florida game: Football tickets will be available as part of the Family Weekend online registration process beginning August 6. 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.





Vanderbilt Career Center Corner

Parent volunteers needed for networking event

The Vanderbilt Career Center, in partnership with Parents and Family Programs, is organizing the fourth annual Soiree at Sarratt—a parent–student networking event during Family Weekend. The event is scheduled for 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. Parents will serve on panels and briefly share their job-hunting experiences. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and network with panelists.

Help us make this year's event even more successful than last year's. If you're interested in serving on the parent panel and sharing your knowledge and expertise with Vanderbilt students, please register online.

Please note: Students who wish to participate may register with the Career Center in September.
photos from last year's event







Parent Conversations: Five tips for a productive summer break

If time is money, your college student's summer vacation is valuable, even if it's spent sleeping in or working a part-time retail job. Consider the following tips to ensure that your student's break is productive and well-spent:

Recap and prepare
Advise your student to go back through all of her notes, tests, textbooks and important class materials at the beginning of summer, while the information is still fresh in her mind. By organizing schoolwork now that she'll need later, she'll save herself time and frustration—and avoid a messy pile of loose papers and notebooks that will lose meaning as time passes. By making a list now of supplies and materials she needs at the beginning of the next semester, your student will feel more prepared and ready to jump back into classes in the fall. Also, it's never too early to start scouring used textbook sites, like, and, if your student knows what textbooks she'll need. Students can also look up and prepurchase textbooks for each of their courses on the Vanderbilt Bookstore website.

Shadow a professional
Even if your student didn't land a summer internship, that doesn't mean she has no opportunity for professional development. Encourage her to contact family friends or relatives or even cold-call local business people in the line of work she's pursuing. They might have an opportunity for her to shadow a professional for a day, learning the ins and outs of the job and industry. Also, many associations and network groups get together regularly and welcome college students to attend their meetings.

Open a book
If your student isn't taking summer classes, her textbooks will likely be closed until she receives the next round of syllabi. And if your student is taking summer classes, extra reading is probably the last thing on her list of to-dos. But reading for pleasure and personal growth can be a productive way to spend free time. Whether it's a self-help book or a novel, reading can help broaden your student's perspectives and get the creative juices flowing.

Save, save, save
For students who move back home during the summer, cutting down on living expenses is a great motivation to start saving and refining the budget. Help your student analyze her finances and the upcoming costs for next year. Students who have paid internships or jobs should decide early on to save a portion of their income, and parents can help form a plan to allocate the rest of their money.

Get some R&R
Rest and relaxation is as important as anything else this summer. Make sure your student has time to spend with friends and unwind from the school year. Learning to make time for work and play can be a challenging balance, and summertime is a good reminder that we need time off if we want to be efficient and diligent when it's time to work. Consider taking a family vacation to reconnect with your student and help her—and you—prepare for next year.

Article reprinted with permission of University Parent Media.


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