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10th Annual Lawson Lecture

10th Annual Lawson Lecture featuring Perry Wallace, Godfrey Dillard, and Andrew Maraniss

Tuesday, Sept. 27
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Student Life Center Board of Trust Room

All upperclass students, campus partners and community members are invited to view a live streamed screening of the 10th Annual Lawson Lecture.  Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard, subjects of the 2016 Commons Reading Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South by Andrew Maraniss, will participate in a moderated conversation with Mr. Maraniss.  Sponsored by The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, the Lawson Lecture is designed to complement the annual Commons Reading.  Questions about this event should be directed to Natalee Erb at 615-322-2952.


Safe Zone Training

Safe Zone Training

Wednesday Sep. 28. 2016 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Alumni Hall 201

The Safe Zone Training program aims to create a tangible network of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) individuals and their allies by providing an educational experience through which any member of the Vanderbilt Community can show their support.  The three hour interactive workshop encourages students, faculty, and staff to explore their personal identities, cultural identities, privilege, and what it means to be an ally for all communities. After attending this workshop you have the choice to take a Safe Zone Placard, which indicate that you are someone who has received training and is willing and able to engage around issues of sexual and gender identity.

Registration is currently open at https://vanderbilt.edu/lgbtqi/get-educated/safe-zone.

Sponsored by the Office of LGBTQI Life

If you have any questions or would like more information about the P.R.I.D.E. Program, please contact Chris Purcell at chris.purcell@vanderbilt.edu


World On Wednesdays

World On Wednesday presents: “Unraveling reconciliation politics, multi-religious differences, and international intervention in Sarajevo”
Wednesday, Sept. 28th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sarratt Student Center 325/327 – Open to the Public
Food and refreshments will be provided

The phenomenon of reductionist rhetoric by religious, political, and international elites has affected local peacebuilding efforts and grassroots organizational understanding of reconciliation in Sarajevo following the war. Lauren Pak’s independent research project identifies civil society organizations and actors actively engaging in grassroots reconciliation work in Sarajevo and what reconciliation means in practice. The greatest differences come between bottom-up and top-down approaches.

Sponsored by: International Student and Scholar Services
Contact: Derrick Stevens, isss@vanderbilt.edu
Anchor Link: https://anchorlink.vanderbilt.edu/organization/internationalstudentandscholarservices/calendar/details/1056041

International Lens Film Series

He Named Me Malala

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema
2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37240

Presented by: The Vanderbilt Chapter of She’s the First, with Shazia Kanwal and Lal Kumar, Pakistani fellows in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.

Germany (2015) Dir. Davis Guggenheim. After the Taliban tries to kill her for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai emerges as a leading advocate for children’s rights and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. English. Rated PG-13. 88 Minutes. DVD. Presented in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Chapter of She’s the First, and the Hubert H. Humphry Fellowship Program.



Flulapalooza is a Vanderbilt University and Medical Center annual event, providing flu vaccination to faculty, staff and students at no charge.The event is a fun and efficient way to obtain one’s annual flu shot.  With cheerful volunteers and a festive atmosphere, Flulapalooza is a great place to experience Vanderbilt’s sense of community. Flulapalooza will be held Tuesday, Oct.11, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the large white tent between Light Hall and the VA.  Faculty, staff and students are eligible.  There is no charge for the vaccine.
For more information contact Student Health at 615-322-2427.

Limits of Free Speech

Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center


Mon – Thur

5:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.


5:00 a.m. – Midnight


8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Noon – 11:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


5:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. *
11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.


11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.


5:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. *
11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.


11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.


5:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. *
11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Everybody Sets is an invitation for anybody to come down to the VRWC Climbing Wall and set their own bouldering/climbing wall route. Join the climbing wall staff, learn the basics of route setting, and see what kind of boulder problems you can put up.

The first of these monthly events will occur today, Wed., 9/28 from 4pm-8pm.

For more information, please email Sean Wikinson

Commons Students!

Monday, Sept. 26, The Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center invites you to come play kickball in the Commons!

From 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., we will be playing Kickball to launch Intramurals and get you connected! Sign up your team with this link:


Come watch, play, and learn more about Intramurals on Monday!

Fall 2016 swim lessons are coming soon*! Registration will open on Sept. 30 and lessons will run Oct. 1 – Dec. 9.  Swim lessons are available for all ages and skill levels!

Fall 2016 Swim Lessons Pricing:

  • Vanderbilt Students – $20/lesson
  • Vanderbilt Faculty/Staff – $30/lesson
  • Community Members and Non-affiliates – $35/lesson

*Private lessons only

This year the Tough Mudder is returning to Tennessee Sunday, Oct. 30!!

The VRWC Fitness and Outdoor porgrams are so excited that we’re hosting group training sessions every Thursday from Sept. 15 – Oct. 27 to prepare for the race. Cardio Training, Climbing Tips, and overall race questions will be addressed. This group will be following the Tough Mudder training schedule. So join us Thursday’s at 5:30 p.m.!

Signups for the Outdoor Rec’s Adventure Trips have begun!

Sign up here: https://vanderbilt.irisregistration.com/Form/TripsFALL

Be on the lookout for our new Fall Adventure Guide floating around campus, or come by the Outdoor Rec Center to get one for yourself.

For more information or to be added to our email list you can reach us at:

Intramural Schedule

Registrations can be completed at the VRWC from 9 am – 5 pm Mon. – Fri. For more info call 3-6627.

There is a $10 Guest Pass for non-student and non-rec center members.

Men’s/Women’s Programs Entry Date Start Date
Flag Football Sept 26 – 30 Oct 9
Racquetball League Oct 3 – 7 Oct 17
3 on 3 Basketball Oct 17- 21 Nov 1
Racquetball Singles Oct 24 – 28 Nov 13

For a complete calendar of activities and more information, please check out our website at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/recreationandwellness/intramurals

For a full list of group fitness classes, please go to our website at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/recreationandwellnesscenter/fitness/group-fitness/group-fitness-schedule/

Vandy Cooks
Sept. 21st

Join Chef Todd Gillam, executive chef for the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, as he shares his culinary expertise at the September 21st Vandy Cooks. This month’s healthy cooking demonstration is Fall into Healthy Game Day Eating. Take away ideas and recipes for foods to share at all your upcoming gatherings with family and friends. Chef Gillam’s passion for his profession will inspire you as well as delight your palate as you sample chicken verde flatbread with authentic tomatillo enchilada sauce and more.

Chef Gillam was born outside of Chicago and raised in Tucson, Arizona. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He has lived in Nashville for 15 years and executive chef for the Vanderbilt University Medical Center for over 6 years.

The Vandy Cooks demonstrations are offered monthly in the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center’s Demonstration Kitchen to celebrate healthy eating at Vanderbilt.

For more information, contact Marilyn Holmes at marilyn.c.holmes@vanderbilt.edu  or (615) 343-2638.

Department Website: Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center

Bar Wars

Compete as a team of 4 in monthly fitness competitions! Each team member chooses a month to compete and earns points for your team. Winners will be announced at the end of the Semester. For more information and registration contact Wade Evans wade.e.evans@vanderbilt.edu or check http://bit.ly/2cffayT


Outdoor Recreation Adventure Trips


  • To Sign up for an adventure trip online go to www.vanderbilt.edu/outrec. Find the specific type of trip on the Trip Schedule dropdown.  Click link to register for that trip. You can pay with a credit card or a debit card.For more information about a trip, the climbing wall, kayak workshops or equipment rentals, please e-mail to outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu or call Linda at 615-343-7898.

SEPT. 30 – OCT. 1 (Friday -Saturday)
Ocoee River, TN
Cost:  $99
Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 19

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way.

Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River is packed with fun and excitement on back-to-back rapids! After camping out on Friday, we will be guided down the mighty Middle Ocoee in rafts of 5-6 paddlers each. No experience is necessary. We’ll eat lunch and have a chance to shower before heading back. Please bring $5 cash to tip your raft guide. Estimated trip duration: 6:00 p.m. Fri. – 7:00 p.m. Sat.

OCT. 8 (Saturday)
Buffalo River, TN
Cost:  $44
Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 30

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2. Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 5:00 p.m. in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way.

The Buffalo River is one of the last free flowing rivers in Tennessee. It is a fun Class I river that is good for beginners, but has enough interesting turns and ripples to satisfy more experienced canoeists.We will paddle a 6.9 mile stretch of the river. There are cool rock walls and clear water to enjoy. Cost includes transportation, lunch, canoe equipment and the shuttle. Estimated trip duration: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

OCT. 13-16 (Thursday – Sunday)  FALL BREAK
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
Cost: $155
Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 30

You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 5:00 p.m. at the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way.

It’s a relatively long drive, but this park is worth it! Plan on backpacking 5-7 miles-a-day of up, down, and around the beautiful, colorful, Great Smoky Mountains. Specific trails have not yet been determined, but plan on car-camping Thursday night and then backpacking Friday –early Sunday. Hiking boots are advised. Estimated trip duration: 9:00 a.m. Thurs. – 6:00 p.m. Sun.

OCT. 13-16 (Thursday – Sunday)  FALL BREAK
Canoe-Camping and Cave Touring
Green River, Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
Cost:  $149

Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 30

You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!

Pre-Trip Meeting: Thursday, Oct. 6 at 5:00 p.m. in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way.

Although this National Park is known for its caves, it actually has a great river for canoe-camping. The Green River is a fairly deep river with beautiful tree covered hills surrounding it. We plan on going on a cave tour and car camping before beginning an 18.5 mile, 3-day, 2-night canoe-camping trip. Highlights will include the fall colors and checking out a few small caves along the way. We also plan to camp on islands each night. Beginners are welcome. Estimated trip duration: 10:00 a.m. Thurs. – 5:00 p.m. Sun.

DEC. 17-22 (Saturday – Thursday)
Steamboat Springs, CO
Cost: $800
+ your Round Trip airfare to Denver, CO.
Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 30
Ski Trip Deposit = $225

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!

You choose your price/logistics:
>> Meet us in Denver, CO for $800
Price includes:  Shuttle Bus from DEN to Steamboat Springs, 4-day lift ticket, and 5 nights lodging.

>> Meet us in Steamboat Springs for $625
Price includes:  4-day lift ticket, and 5 nights lodging.

>>>> SAVE $75 if you sign up by Friday, Sept. 16!

Pre-Trip Meeting: Thursday, Oct. 27  at 5:30 p.m. in the Outdoor Rec. Center, located at 2600 Children’s Way.

Join us for our 21st annual semester break ski/snowboard trip! The price includes van/bus transportation (from Denver) to our condo, 5 nights lodging,and a 4 day lift ticket to Steamboat Springs, Ski Town USA, with 165 named trails and 16 lifts. You will need to meet us in Denver or in Steamboat. The base elevation is 6,900 feet, with 9,080 feet at mid mountain and 10,568’ on top of Mt. Werner. A shuttle runs from our condo to the resort, but it is also within walking distance. We will be staying in the La Casa Condominiums, located 250 yards from the slopes. These large condos have the usual, plus free wifi and laundry facilities on the premises. There are also inviting outdoor hot tubs for your enjoyment. The rate we are paying is for “full occupancy”, which means two people are assigned per bed. If you want a bed to yourself or if a group wants to secure a unit all to themselves, there will be an additional $320 fee for every spot less than 6.

OCT. 22 (Saturday)
Twin Arches, Big South Fork Nat’l River & Recreation Area, TN
Cost:  $27
Sign-up by: Tuesday, Oct. 11

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 5:00 p.m. in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way.

Join us on either a 5.6 or a 7.8 mile moderately difficult hike in the impressive Big South Fork National Recreation Area. Highlights include Slave Falls, massive rock walls, overhangs, and the Twin Arches, the largest natural bridge complex in Tennessee. Fall colors could add to the beauty of this hike. Estimated trip duration: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Vanderbilt Home Football Game This Weekend


Your Vanderbilt Commodores are home this weekend in an SEC matchup against Florida. Come out and support the Dores!

Saturday, Oct. 1, 11:00 a.m.
Vanderbilt Stadium

-          Students- remember to pick up your FREE tickets at Rand Hall on Sept. 30 between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

-          *11:00 a.m. Kickoff!* Students can check-in for Anchor Points and My Vanderbilt Experience/My Greek Experience

4th Fridays feat. The Vanderbilt Melodores

Join us on Friday, Sept. 30 at 8:00 p.m. in Rand Lounge for the monthly 4th Fridays series. The Office of Housing and Residential Education and Sarratt Student Centers are proud to feature The Vanderbilt Melodores. Doors open at 8:00 p.m., so arrive early to hear this internationally-recognized all-male a cappella group!

For questions or more information on the 4th Friday Series, check out our website at https://www.vanderbilt.edu/resed/residential-education/residential/4th-fridays/