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Parent PreVU -- News from Vanderbilt Parents and Family Programs


   JUNE 2012

Parents & Family Programs



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 registration packets.

To sign up for either or both events, please complete the volunteer application by Aug. 3.

Learn more about other volunteer opportunities.



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.
photos from last year's event



Vanderbilt calendar
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
Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory
July 13, 9–11 p.m.

The Dyer telescopes will be open for viewing. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

Around Nashville

Movies in the Park
Warner Park (cross-country field on Highway 100)
June 20, 7:30 p.m.: Twilight: Breaking Dawn
June 27, 7:30 p.m.: Captain America
Enjoy a family-friendly movie, food trucks and more. Admission is free.

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman
Ryman Auditorium
Thursdays during 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.

Frist Fridays
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts
June 24, 6–9 p.m.

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
Riverfront Park
July 3–4

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.
July 6, 7–11 p.m.

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
Cheekwood Botanical 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 deadlines

July 5
First summer session classes end

July 6
First summer session exams

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

July 8
Second summer session residence halls open at noon

July 10
Second summer session classes begin

Aug. 1
Deadline to waive student health insurance (must be done each year)

Aug. 9
Second summer session classes end

Aug. 10
Second and full summer session exams

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

Aug. 15
Deadline for all students to pay fall charges without a late-payment fee





Important links

Parents and Family Programs

Academic Calendar

Commodore Card

Housing and Residential Education


Student Health Center

Student Accounts


Summer Sessions

Family Weekend

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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.





Parent conversations: 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.

College applications
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.

Emotional support
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 presence enough.

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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