Volunteer for Move-In
Day and Family Weekend
We're looking for parents to serve as hosts and
hostesses for Move-In Day on August 18 and/or to assist with
registration during Family Weekend, October 12–13. On Move-In Day, you
would meet and greet parents of our incoming students, hand out
"Vanderbilt Parent" stickers and answer any last-minute questions
they might have. Most of the Move-In Day shifts will be outside during the
heat of the day, so please be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
During Family Weekend, you would assist with the distribution of
To sign up for either or both events, please complete the volunteer application by Aug. 3.
Learn more about other volunteer
Parent volunteers still
needed for Career Center event
The Vanderbilt Career Center, in
partnership with Parents and Family Programs, is organizing the fourth
annual Soiree at Sarratt—a parentstudent networking event during Family
Weekend. The event is scheduled for 3:45–5:45 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.
Please register if you're interested in serving
on the parent panel.
Note: Students who wish
to participate may register with the Career Center in August.
Upcoming campus events
Vanderbilt Farmers' Market
Medical Center Plaza
May 3–Sept. 27
Shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, breads, dairy and meat
from local farmers.
Second Friday Telescope Night
The Dyer telescopes will be open for viewing. Admission is free, but
reservations are required.
Movies in the Park
(cross-country field on Highway 100)
7:30 p.m.: Twilight:
7:30 p.m.: Captain
Enjoy a family-friendly movie, food trucks and more. Admission is free.
Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman
June and July, 7:30 p.m.
This annual bluegrass concert series will feature Vince Gill with Sarah
Jarosz (June 21); Chris Thile & Michael Daves and The Boxcars
(June 28); The Gibson Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers and The Roys
(July 5); Rhonda Vincent with Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
(July 12); Dailey & Vincent (July 19); and Ricky Skaggs &
Kentucky Thunder (July 26). Tickets are $26.50.
The Frist Center for
the Visual Arts
Enjoy art, hors d'oeuvres and music by Grammy-winning mandolin player Sam
Bush. Admission is free for members and $10 for the general public.
Music City Fourth of July: Let Freedom Sing
Celebrate the Fourth with live music, family fun and incredible fireworks
in downtown Nashville. All events are free.
Full Moon Pickin' Party
Equestrian Barn at
2500 Old Hickory Blvd.
These family-friendly fundraisers for Warner Parks feature Middle
Tennessee's finest bluegrass music under the light of a full moon. Tickets
are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Treehouses: Great Works of Literature
Garden and Museum of Art
May 26–Sept. 2
The seven whimsical treehouses in this outdoor exhibition are inspired by
famous works of literature. Admission is free for members, $12 for adults.
Nashville Farmers' Market
900 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Open every day
Important dates and
First summer session classes end
First summer session exams
First summer session residence halls close at 9 a.m.
Second summer session residence halls open at noon
Second summer session classes begin
Deadline to waive student health insurance (must be done each year)
Second summer session classes end
Second and full summer session exams
All summer session residence halls close at 9 a.m.
Deadline for all students to pay fall charges without a late-payment fee
Parents and Family Programs
Housing and Residential Education
Student Health Center
June's most frequently
asked question: waiving student health insurance
All students must be covered
by a health insurance plan that is comparable to or exceeds the Gallagher
Koster Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan offered through
Vanderbilt. If you have other insurance and do not wish to participate in
the university's plan, your student must waive the Gallagher Koster plan annually by
completing the online petition to waive form indicating your other
insurance information. If you do not complete the waiver by Aug. 1,
you will remain enrolled in the university's plan and be responsible for
paying the insurance premium.
Is it bad to be a helicopter parent?
The term "helicopter parent" has become
official: According to the updated Merriam
Webster Collegiate Dictionary, a helicopter parent is a parent
who is overly involved in the life of his or her child. Carrying a
decidedly negative connotation, a helicopter parent might garner an
eye-roll and annoyed reactions from his son or daughter, as well as
professors, university staff and other parents.
But we want to set the record straight: Involved parents are not only
beneficial but necessary for their students' success. Parents who are
engaged and supportive make life easier for everyone—their students,
professors and staff from the admissions office to the financial office.
While overly involved parents might create problems or stand in the way of
their students' gaining independence, involved parents should be commended
and celebrated. Consider the following ways you can be healthfully involved
in your college student's life.
Deciding where to apply to school is huge. Students consider location,
campus size, university size, cost, financial aid, the social scene and
academic strengths, among many other issues. Parents can not only help
their students decide their priorities in finding the right school, but
also answer big questions about how tuition gets paid and how hard college
will be compared to high school. Having a second pair of eyes to read over
applications, and a pair of arms to either comfort or celebrate once the
admission letters start rolling in, is invaluable.
During the transition into college and throughout the four—or five, or
six—years there, students experience a lot of "firsts." Parents
can be a stable support system to listen, help them process, encourage them
and guide them to make wise decisions. While parents won't make decisions
for their students or necessarily be there with them when they have
first-time experiences, being just a phone call or a text message away is
Knowing the details
Parents who are aware of their students' day-to-day happenings can help
thwart unexpected catastrophes and emergencies. Keeping a calendar of
important dates, like when tuition is due and when finals start, can help
parents gently remind their students without being overbearing. When
parents inquire about their students' mental and physical health, they
might see warning signs before they become too serious. Students may be
more likely to recognize the need to visit the health clinic or talk to
someone about depression if a parent suggests it.
Being your student's biggest fan doesn't mean being loud in your praise or
in championing for his well-being. It does mean encouraging him during
difficult times, congratulating him in triumphs, arming him with tools to
stand up for himself and guiding him toward effective problem-solving.
While letting go of a child who is growing up can be difficult, it is
natural and healthy. As a student gains independence, an involved parent
celebrates the growth.
Article reprinted with
permission of University Parent Media.
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