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Vanderbilt University



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Parent PreVU -- News from Vanderbilt Parents and Family Programs


   JULY 2012

Parents & Family Programs



Zipcar says, "Give them the keys to our car for a change"

Books? Check. Meal plan? Check. Zipcar membership?

Loads of dirty laundry you expect. But parking tickets and towing fees? Not a fun surprise. Keeping a car on campus is just one more hassle to worry about when you send your student off to college. Zipcar allows them access to a car when they want—without all the added costs of owning a car.

Zipcar is a car-sharing service that allows students 18 and older to reserve cars on campus (and all around the world) by the hour or day, gas and insurance included. After signing up, if your student needs to make a late-night snack run or wants to come home for a weekend, all they have to do is reserve a spot.

zipcarTo learn more, visit the Zipcar parents page. Your student can sign up for just $25 here. Have them use the promo code 2012PARENTS to get $40 in driving credit to try the service out. (This offer is only good for students and expires Sept. 15, 2012) You can also give your student the gift of Zipcar.



Important dates and deadlines

July 18–Aug. 29
Fall open enrollment change period

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

Aug. 9
Full session and second session summer classes end

Aug. 10
Exams for full session and second session classes

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

Aug. 19
Residence halls open for upperclass students at 9 a.m.

Aug. 22
First day of fall classes



Vanderbilt calendar
Upcoming campus events

Vanderbilt Farmers' Market
Medical Center Plaza
3–6 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 27

Shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, breads, dairy and meat from local farmers.

Second Friday Telescope Night
Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory
9–11 p.m. August 10

The Dyer telescopes will be open for viewing. Admission is free, but reservations are required. If cloudy, tours of the observatory and "ask an astronomer" sessions will be available.

Bluebird on the Mountain
Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory
July 21
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Show starts at 7 p.m.

30th anniversary celebration of Bluebird Cafe! Songwriters night featuring Thom Schuyler, Fred Knobloch, Tony Arata and Jellyroll Johnson. Tickets are $95 for a carload with up to 8 allowed in a car.

Around Nashville

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman
Ryman Auditorium
7:30 p.m. Thursdays during July

This annual bluegrass concert series will feature Dailey & Vincent (July 19); and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (July 26). Tickets are $26.50.

Frist Fridays
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts
July 27, 6–9 p.m.

Enjoy art, hors d'oeuvres and music. Free for members, $10 for nonmembers.

Bluegrass Underground
11 a.m.–1 p.m. August 11
Cumberland Caverns (McMinnville)

This radio/TV series is filmed 333 feet underground in this cavern in McMinnville. Performers for this taping are The Steeldrivers. Go early and tour the caves. Tickets are $30.

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; $5 for college students with ID and children 3–17; free for children 2 and under.

Nashville Farmers' Market
900 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Bicentennial State Park Mall
Open every day

Home to farmers, artisans, local business merchants and several restaurants.

Country Music Hall of Fame
222 Fifth Ave. S.
Open every day 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Current exhibits: The Bakersfield Sound Exhibit and Taylor Swift



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





July's most frequently asked question: Shipping items to campus for the fall

Packages sent to campus for Move-In Weekend must be shipped via UPS Ground or FedEx Ground only. Please do not ship any packages—for Move-In Weekend or otherwise—before August 9. When shipping, pack all items securely and add extra protection for fragile items. Use filler for empty space in boxes to avoid breakage. Please use shipping boxes that your student can carry or handle easily.

We recommend insuring packages for the value of the contents. UPS and FedEx Ground can insure each package for up to $100 and provide a tracking number free of charge. Please bring the tracking number for each package to the pickup area for confirmation of delivery.

Use the address format below. Be sure the student's full given name and campus address are marked clearly on all packages. Do not address packages to a residence hall. If shipping more than one package at the same time, please number them (1 of 3, 2 of 3, 3 of 3).

Addressing format:
Student Name
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235-XXXX

(XXXX = your student's assigned four-digit PMB number)

*Students keep the same assigned PMB number for all 4 years while at Vanderbilt.





Career Corner: 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 parent-student 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. Students who wish to participate may register with the Career Center in August.
photos from last year's event









Parent conversations

Choosing a major: Researching top jobs and asking the right questions

The only thing harder than picking a major and plotting out a career path for a college student might be standing by and watching as the college student's parent. Parents have expectations and desires for their students that are also affected by their history and experiences with their own careers, making discussions about the choice of a major difficult.

The best advice for parents in this situation? Listen, offer advice, ask questions and stand back. Students who feel supported will be more likely to share their thoughts and fears, which opens up the doors for you to offer advice and help guide them toward sound decisions. But in the end, these decisions have to be the student's own. Mistakes are as important in the process as successes.

As you start discussions with your student, consider the recent New York Times' list of fast-growing jobs. Requirements range from associate's degrees all the way to Ph.Ds. Experts predict the following 10 job positions to have a shortage of workers by 2018:

  • Biomedical engineer
  • Network systems and data communications analyst
  • Home health aide
  • Personal and home care aide
  • Financial examiner
  • Medical scientist
  • Physician assistant
  • Skin care specialist
  • Biochemist and biophysicist
  • Athletic trainer

If your student isn't quite so science- or medicine-oriented, don't worry: compiled a list of top 10 careers that included day care providers and elder care specialists among the top in-demand jobs for the future. With the increased costs of childcare and the aging of the Baby Boomer generation, there will continue to be a high demand for compassionate, skilled workers who cater to either end of the age spectrum.

As you discuss career paths with your student, remember that high pay and job availability aren't necessarily the most important factors. Consider the CNN Best Jobs in America list, which rates jobs according to low stress levels, flexibility, future growth, satisfaction and benefit to society. Help your student determine what factors will contribute to his overall happiness in a job.

Regardless of how your student determines his chosen career, parents can provide invaluable insight that no professor or academic advisor can. Knowing their students' strengths, weaknesses, interests and ambition levels, parents can help take a top 10 list and boil it down to what really matters: Can I see my student finding success and fulfillment in this job?

Help your student research the options and understand his priorities, but don't forget to ask the right question.

See the full New York Times article Top 10 List: Where the Jobs Are from April 13, 2011.

See the full list Top Jobs and Careers for the Next Ten Years.

See the full Best Jobs in America survey from the November 2010 issue.

Article reprinted with permission of University Parent Media.


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