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Parent PreVU -- News from Vanderbilt Parents and Family Programs

 

   MAY 2013

Parents and Family Programs

 

 


Parents—welcome to The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons!

 

Frank Wcislo

 

Suzanne Thigpen

Frank Wcislo

Dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons

Associate Professor of History and European Studies

Suzanne Thigpen

Director, Parents and Family Programs

Welcome to the summer Parent PreVU, an email newsletter series designed especially for parents of incoming first-year students. You'll receive PreVU throughout the summer in the hopes that you'll discover what Vanderbilt has to offer prior to Move-in Day next August. Discovery is our business and we want you to be active participants in it. Our planned topics, listed below, result from consultation with parent members of the Parents and Families Association Advisory Board.

Remember, we'd love to hear from you.

New Student Hotline: (615) 343-5180
Parent Helpline: (877) 887-2736

 

 

Summer PreVU topics

  • The Ingram Commons first-year experience
  • Academic resources and services
  • Student health and wellness
  • Preparing for your arrival on campus: housing,
    moving in, and business services
  • Student organizations and social life at Vanderbilt
  • CommonVU (orientation) and VUcept groups
  • Safety on campus

 

 


Upcoming dates and deadlines

May 15
Recommended deadline to return the disability self-identification form

May 15-June 21
Submit photo online for Commodore Card

June 1
Online housing application due

June 10-28
Class registration period

June 14
Deadline for roommate or hall mate requests


Important links

Road to Vanderbilt

Class of 2017 CommonPlace

The Ingram Commons

AnchorLink

Parents and Family Programs

Housing

Dining

Commodore Card

Student Health

Student Accounts

 


Move-in Day–
August 17

A full move-in and orientation schedule will be mailed to your student and emailed to you through this email series later this summer. Move-in and related activities take place from 7 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, through noon on Sunday, August 18. Below is a tentative list of activities during this busy weekend. Parents and family members are welcome at events unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, August 17

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Receive Commodore Card and room key

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Move into house

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Meet faculty head of house and house residential staff

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Resource and information fair

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Parent/student meetings with school deans

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Various information sessions

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House dinners

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Dean of The Ingram Commons reception

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Mandatory floor meetings (students only)

 

Sunday, August 18

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Breakfast send-off and departure of parents and families

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Students continue orientation activities after parents depart (students only)

 

 

A welcome letter from Dean Wcislo

Welcome to Vanderbilt University and The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt. The Ingram Commons is Vanderbilt's first-year living and learning community. We hope your children will come to call it home this year.

The Ingram Commons is a set of interconnecting academic and social networks that tie together life inside and outside the classroom at Vanderbilt. Ten houses, elsewhere often called dorms, bring together students from every American state, over two dozen international countries, and diverse backgrounds and interests. Vanderbilt students teach and learn from each other, whether the subject is calculus or what to do on a Friday night.

Every house has a faculty head, a distinguished scholar and teacher who lives in the faculty apartment and is present in the house as mentor and intellectual guide. We want your students to engage over their four years here with the internationally distinguished faculty of this university. We know that faculty in residence increases the likelihood that this will happen.

Within our ten houses are 45 floors, and each of those is a community, where the poet lives next to the engineer and the student-athlete, who hangs out with the premed student and the Peabody major, who has become good friends with a cellist from Blair. All talk among themselves about being a bit undecided, as are most first year students. Every floor has a resident adviser (RA), an upperclass student who serves as a role model for eighteen-year olds encountering all the challenges associated with coming of age. Living and learning involves the safety, health and wellness of all our students.

Student agency and empowerment is a key to The Ingram Commons experience. House Advisory Councils are forums for student governance, where elected and appointed residents discuss house programming, community service projects, and house norms. Outside the houses, Vanderbilt Visions is a first semester program that divides the class into 92 small group discussions, each one led by a team of a faculty member and undergraduate peer mentor, who help these groups discuss the heady and often challenging transition that all students experience moving from high school to college. The program begins with a discussion of this year's Commons Reading– College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be–by Andrew Delbanco. You'll receive your copy in June. You will hear more about the Visions program later this summer from your student and faculty VUceptors.

We want your students to feel at home. The sooner they do, the sooner they begin to contribute to our university community that unique talent that won them their places at Vanderbilt. We believe that your children are the future leaders of the 21st century. Their intellectual strengths, social interests, ethical perspectives and cultural experiences are the pieces of the mosaic that we will assemble this year in The Ingram Commons. We ask you to join us in that educational partnership. You can learn more about The Ingram Commons online.

I look forward to seeing you on Move-in Day, August 17.

Frank Wcislo
Dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons
Associate Professor of History and European Studies

 

 

The Road to Vanderbilt

The Road to Vanderbilt, a small spiral-bound book, was mailed to your student in early May. Inside The Road is a checklist of tasks that need to be completed before students arrive on campus. Additionally, you can find information on campus services and resources. Be sure to discuss this publication with your student. A PDF of this publication can be found here.

 

 


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Academic Advising and Course Registration: Coming Soon

Academic advising is offered through the school or college in which your student is enrolled. In late May, students will receive a registration packet from their school or college with detailed instructions about the registration process and academic advising. The College of Arts and Science has an advising center in The Commons Center, while the advisers for Peabody College, the Blair School of Music and the School of Engineering are coordinated by the dean's office of each school. Our next email in this series will focus on academic advising and resources in more detail.

 

 


What to expect from Vanderbilt in the coming months

Please note that anything listed below as emailed will be emailed to your student's Vanderbilt email account.

To Students

May

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Receipt of the matriculation fee, Undergraduate Student Account Agreement, and request to submit photo for your Commodore Card (mail)

 

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Materials and instructions for class registration (mail or email)

 

 

 

June

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Copy of the Commons Reading: College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be by Andrew Delbanco (mail)

 

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Information about health insurance (mail), health questionnaire can be found here

 

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Postcard about meal plan (mail)

 

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AlcoholEdu letter (mail)

 

 

 

July      

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Directory of Dining Services (mail)

 

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Information from the bookstore about ordering textbooks and course materials (email)

 

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Letter from VUceptors (mailed or email)

 

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Notification of housing and room assignment, roommate information, mail box number and Vanderbilt address, shipping instructions, move-in instructions (mail)

 

To Parents

June

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Parent calendar (mail)

 

 

 

July

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Welcome letter from Parents and Families Association Advisory Board chairs (mail)

 

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Welcome phone call from a Vanderbilt staff member during Phone-A-Thon

 

 

 

August  

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Family Weekend brochure (mail)

 


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Parent Helpline: (877) 887-2736

 


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