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.
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
Important dates and
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
May session exams
May session residence halls close at 9 a.m.
Residence halls open at noon for full summer session and first-half summer
Registration for summer sessions in most schools
Full summer session and first-half summer session classes begin
First-half summer session classes end
First-half summer session exams
First-half summer session residence halls close at 9 a.m.
Second-half summer session residence halls open at noon
Second-half summer session classes begin
Second-half summer session classes end
Second-half and full summer session exams
All summer session residence halls close at 9 a.m.
Parents and Family Programs
Housing and Residential Education
Student Health Center
Upcoming campus events
versus Ole Miss
versus Ole Miss
May 19, 2 p.m.
versus Ole Miss
Bluebird on the Mountain
May 19 and
Gates open at
Show starts at
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
Gates open at
Show starts at
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).
Nashville Songwriters Festival
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
*Additional charges will
apply for the football game against Florida and the Athenian Sing talent
Football 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.
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.
Five tips for a productive summer break
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
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 textbooksRus.com, Alibris.com and
AbeBooks.com, 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.
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
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
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