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2016 Magnolia Awards

On behalf of the Office of Student Leadership Development and Student Organizations & Anchor Link, we would like to invite you to apply for a 2016 Magnolia Award! The Magnolia Awards are a celebration of our incredible student leaders and organizations at Vanderbilt.


Has your organization done valuable service in the community, raised awareness about diversity and inclusion issues, or hosted an arts-based showcase? We want to celebrate that!

The following seven organization-level awards will be offered:

Most Meaningful Service

Best Collaborative Program

Best Interfaith Program

Best Arts Program

Best Intercultural Awareness Program

Best Health & Wellness Program

Best Diversity & Inclusion Program


In addition to these student organization awards, we will also be offering over 18 individual student leader awards. To submit your own application or nominate a peer, visit this link and click “Apply for this award” next to the description. You will be taken to an Anchor Link application, which is due by 5:00 pm on Feb. 19th.

Feel free to contact Wil de Los Santos (wil.delossantos@vanderbilt.edu) with questions.


Sign up for a Let’s Talk About Sex, Vandy workshop this spring!

Let’s Talk About Sex, Vandy is a “sex ed 101” workshop that covers all of the basics on topics including barrier methods, STIs, birth control, anatomy, consent, and more.  The workshop will be facilitated by two trained Peer Sex Educators who are members of Vandy Sex Ed. This program is open to all Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff.  Come learn everything you ever wanted to know about sex, but were afraid to ask!

Register on Anchor Link:https://anchorlink.vanderbilt.edu/organization/margaretcuninggimwomenscenter/availableforms


Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 24 at 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m.


Sarratt 331


Sponsor: Vandy Sex Ed


Alexandra Hollifield


Vanderbilt [IM]Perfection Project Website Launch and Student Speak-Out

We invite undergraduate and graduate students to come listen to their peers share stories about topics related to perfectionism, fear of failure, and mental health at Vanderbilt. Attendees will also learn how to navigate the [IM]Perfection Project website and submit their stories. Jake’s Bakes and a hot chocolate bar will be provided.

Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7:00 p.m.
 Kissam C216

Sponsor: The Vanderbilt [IM]Perfection Project


Alexandra Hollifield


More Brave, Less Perfect: Creating a Culture of Courage at Vanderbilt


To support the launch of a new campus-wide initiative called the Vanderbilt [IM]Perfection Project, researcher and storyteller, Dr. Brené Brown will deliver a talk entitled “More Brave, Less Perfect: Creating a Culture of Courage at Vanderbilt.”  Free tickets are available to Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff through the Sarratt Box Office.


Sunday, Feb. 14 at 6:00 p.m.
Ingram Hall


Sponsor: The Vanderbilt [IM]Perfection Project

Cosponsors: Project Dialogue, the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, the Blair School of Music, the Office of Housing and Residential Education, and the Department of Athletics


 Alexandra Hollifield


2016 OUT in Front LGBTQIA+ Ally College Conference

Join the Vanderbilt Office of LGBTQI Life for our 2016 OUT in Front LGBTQIA+ Ally College Conference featuring DARKMATTER!


The conference will take place on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and will be located in Sarratt/Rand Student Center.

We invite all undergraduate students to register for the conference and join us for a rich and invigorating learning experience!

Click here for more information on OUT in Front 2016 or DARKMATTER.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Francesca Walker at francesca.e.walker@vanderbilt.edu for additional information.



Schedule Your Spring Break Travel Consult Today!

Are you traveling abroad for Spring Break?  If yes, then travel safe and schedule your travel consult at the Student Health Center  through Feb. 28, 2016.

Visit the Student Health Website at https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/student-health/travel-medicine for more information on completing your Pre-Travel Questionnaire and submitting your information to Student Health specialists ideally 4 weeks in advance of your departure.

We will contact you regarding an individually tailored Travel Consultation.

Questions? Contact Suzy Hansen at studenthealth@vanderbilt.edu


Effective Philanthropy: Market Failures in Public Policy

For more information follow the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/892396050880473/


International Lens Film Series

Cesar’s Last Fast

Monday, February 8
Presented by: William Luis, Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish 
and Director of the Latino and Latina Studies Program.
USA (2014) Dir: Richard Ray Perez.

Depicting the complicated history of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers, the film is the first to grapple with his mixed legacy revealing both his creativity and his desire for total control. Said to bethe most complex portrayal of Chavez ever captured on film. English. Unrated. 93 Minutes. Blu-ray. Presented in collaboration with the Latino and Latina Studies Program.



Just Eat It

Tuesday, February 9
Presented by: Beth A. Conklin, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology; and Linda Breggin, Adjunct Professor of Law, Senior Attorney for the Environmental Law Institute, and NRDC Nashville Food Waste Initiative Coordinator.
Canada (2014) Dir: Grant Baldwin.

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste by pledging to live six months only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. The duo reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. English. Unrated.75 minutes. Blu-ray. Presented in collaboration with Students Promoting Environmental Awarenessand Responsibility (SPEAR)




(Part of the Fritz Lang series)

Wednesday, February 10
Presented by: James McFarland, Assistant Professor of German, Cinema and Media Arts; with Cynthia Porter, Doctoral Student in German.
USA (1936) Dir: Fritz Lang.

Lang’s first film made in the United States, follows the story of a man who narrowly escapes a lynch mob after being falsely accused of a crime and the revenge he seeks thereafter. Amidst the brewing war tensions raging in Europe during the time of the release of this film,Lang uses the theme of mob mentality to criticize nationalistic group-think. English. No rating. 92 minutes. DVD. Presented in collaboration with the Department of Germanic &Slavic Languages.


Outdoor Recreation Adventure Trips

The Spring 2016 Adventure Trip Schedule is out!! Look for a flier or go to www.vanderbilt.edu/outrec.


Spring Break 2016: Mar. 5 –13 (Sat – Sun)
Canoe-Camping @ Gulf Coast: FL & Blackwater River
Cost: $385
Sign-up by: Monday, Feb. 8 

This Spring Break, we will be driving down to the Gulf Coast for a big canoe-camping trip! First, we’ll check out the wildlife in Big Lagoon State Park, FL. The lagoon is located just inland from the gulf. There will be a chance to hang out at the beach on the coast before heading to Florida’s Blackwater River State Forest. We will camp at Bear Lake where we can go hiking, or canoeing on the small lake. Finally, we will go on a 5-day, 4-night canoe-camping trip down the incredible Blackwater River. (The water is a dark, tannin-stained color, but it contrasts vividly with the snow-white sandy beaches at each bend). This is definitely an area that you have to just be there to experience all of its beauty. We will bring mostly canoes, but also 2-3 touring kayaks that we can take turns paddling. No experience is necessary for this week of camping and paddling, but you must know how to swim. In order to properly prepare for this fun adventure, plan on attending 2-3 Pre-Trip Meetings. Estimated trip duration: 6:30 am Sat. to 4 pm Sun.




Feb 27 (Sat)
Climbing @ Kings Bluff, TN
Cost: $29
Sign-up by: Friday, Feb. 19
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6:00 pm in the ORC

Wall climbers, it’s time to try the “real thing”!  Kings Bluff is a great location for you to experience the fundamentals of rock climbing with our knowledgeable staff. Some climbing experience is preferred, so take some time to try out the wall first!   Shoe rental = $7 extra.  Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 5 pm.




Feb 27 (Sat)
Hiking @ Honey Creek State Natural Area, TN
Cost: $25
Sign-up by: Friday, Feb. 19
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 5:00 pm in the ORC

Honey Creek is located just south of the Big South Fork N.R.A.  This challenging 5.7 mile trail covers rugged, yet amazingly beautiful terrain.  This hike is incredibly “green” due to the pine trees, the rhododendron, and the lush moss found along an intriguing creek.   Estimated trip duration:  7 am – 9 pm





Summer 2016: May 21 –29 (Sat – Sun)
Backpacking, Hiking, and Camping @ Yosemite National Park, CA
Cost: $595 + airfare to and from Sacramento, CA
Sign-up by: Friday, Feb. 26

The Summer adventures continue with the Outdoor Recreation Program and this year’s trip to Yosemite National Park, located in the high sierras of central California. Home to some of the most famous and captivating scenery in the world, we will have a chance to see and explore the impressive granite cliffs and domes, rushing waterfalls, alpine lakes and giant sequoia trees. This trip will include a 4-day backpacking trip and 2.5 days of day hiking. The elevation in the park ranges from around 3,000 feet to 13,000 feet so participants need to be in good shape for this trip. We will mostly be hiking from around 4,000 feet to 7,000 feet in elevation and 6 – 11 miles per day. This will be a trip to remember!




Summer 2016: Aug 6 –14 (Sat – Sun)
Whitewater Rafting, Climbing, and Hiking @ Colorado
Cost: $665 + airfare to and from Denver
Sign-up by: Friday, Feb. 26

This summer, get ready to cross some items off your bucket list! We will meet at Denver International Airport and road trip to experience everything Colorado has to offer. We will start in the famous Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) and hike to hidden waterfalls and glacier lakes before doing some rock climbing at Jurassic Park. Then we’re off to hike some 14ers, mountains that are over 14,000ft. To give you some perspective Clingmans Dome, the tallest Mountain in Tennessee, is 6,644ft high. We will hike over two times that high on Pikes Peak (14,114ft) and Mt. Elbert (14,439ft), the tallest mountain in Colorado! To split up these two big ascents we are going to do some whitewater rafting through the   Royal Gorge. There we will experience the Arkansas River’s big class IV and V rapids.  A hike through Garden of the Gods will be the perfect icing on the cake before heading back to Denver. The majority of this trip will be intermediate day hiking (9-19 miles per hike with elevation) with the addition of rafting and climbing. It’s designed to be a tough but extremely rewarding adventure for experienced hikers, but we will allow enthusiastic beginners to join us on the excursion!






  • 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.  Scroll down to the trip and Click link to register for that trip.
  • You can now pay on-line with a credit card or debit card!  If you cannot pay with this method, please contact Linda Rosenkranz at outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu

For more information about a trip, the climbing wall, kayak workshops or equipment rentals, please e-mail outdoorrec@vanderbilt.edu or call Linda at 615-343-7898.

Outdoor Recreation Hours (through Feb. 14):
 Mon thru Fri 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.


VRWC Climbing Wall Hours: 
Mon-Thurs 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.



Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center

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Intramural Schedule

Registrations can be completed at the Recreation and Wellness Center office from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Mon. – Fri. For more info call 3-6627. There is a $10 Guest Pass for non-student and non-rec center members.


Massage Therapy now available!

Skilled massage therapists provide relaxing, restorative bodywork using a variety of techniques to address your specific needs. Athletes, seniors, parents, and young adults all benefit from the philosophy “EveryBODY in sync, EveryBODY in balance.”


Routine therapeutic massage can help elevate your daily routine by improving your health, your mood, and your life. Beyond the enormous stress relieving benefits, massage improves circulation, joint mobility, and immune system functionality.


For questions, contact Jennifer Ray at Jennifer.e.ray@vanderbilt.edu.

Biggest Winner is back and better than ever!

Putting the fun back into fitness! Join us for fun weekly workouts and nutrition workshops at the Rec Center starting Feb. 15th for only $75. The deadline to register is Feb. 19th so reserve your spot today to start winning!


For more information, contact Wade Evans at wade.e.evans@vanderbilt.edu.

Motion Cage Mondays coming this spring!

This comprehensive, progressive small group training program is taught by VRWC Fitness Associate, Wade Evans, covering the ins and outs of motion cage training. Visit the Motion Cage every Monday from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm between Jan. 25 and Feb. 22. The cost is $50 for the whole program and registration is Jan. 2-22.


For more information, contact Wade Evans at wade.e.evans@vanderbilt.edu.

Join a beginner Dance Class and learn to cha-cha, fox trot, slide, and pop! Join our professional instructors for seven weeks of fun starting Jan. 17th for only $50 per class style. Salsa and ballroom meet on Thursday evenings while Swing and Hip-Hop meet on Sunday evenings.

For questions, contact Jennifer Ray at Jennifer.e.ray@vanderbilt.edu.

Master punches, combos, blocks and footwork with USA Boxing Coach Tramaine Crook in Adult Beginner Boxing Class this spring. This non-contact clinic will have you moving like pro boxer while having fun and getting fit!  Each session is eight weeks and costs $60. Registration and more clinic information online.

For questions, contact Jennifer Ray at Jennifer.e.ray@vanderbilt.edu.




Super-Seedy Granola Bars

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Grab and go information provided once a week in the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center on a nutrition topic to help support our heating healthfully and can be completed in 2-3 minutes.


These grab-and-go bars are packed with fiber, protein and healthy fats. Cover them with plastic wrap to store in the fridge or freezer for a quick, portable snack.

Contact Marilyn Holmes at marilyn.c.holmes@vanderbilt.edu or (615) 343-2638 for questions or other information about this program.

Flower Gardening – Tips and Trends

Thursday, Feb. 11, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Monthly presentations offered by the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center on a variety of tops to support well-being and a balanced life.

Join Laura Barker of Vanderbilt Plant Operations for Flower Gardening – Tips and Trends. At this session you will learn how to start flower gardens, receive information on best flower choices for Tennessee gardens, learn latest trends in flower gardening, and receive growing recommendations. Contact Marilyn Holmes at marilyn.c.holmes@vanderbilt.eduor (615) 343-2638 for questions or other information about this program.

Vandy Cooks with Executive Chef Moran

Friday, Feb. 12, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Join Vanderbilt’s celebrated chefs, registered dietitians, and expert guests for healthy cooking demonstrations along with tasty samples and recipes.

Join Executive Chef Moran as he discusses Heart Healthy Desserts while providing recipes and delicious samples.

Contact Marilyn Holmes at marilyn.c.holmes@vanderbilt.edu or (615) 343-2638 for questions or other information about this program.

Two New Group Fitness Classes at the VRWC

The Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center (VRWC) is offering two new group fitness classes this semester. Hoophoria is a beginner friendly, fun, and playful hula hoop dance class.   The class is available Mondays at 7:00 pm and Tuesdays at 4:00 pm.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 am, try out Tabata with Kathy.  Come out and enjoy these great, new classes!

For questions, contact Lori Cowan at lori.l.cowan@vanderbilt.edu.

Visit Smoothie King at the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center!
New Hours: Mon – Fri 11:00 am – 10:30 pm | Sat 10:00 am – 9:30 pm | Sun 1:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Introducing your new favorite blog:


Words of wellness penned by the savvy and creative minds of the Wellness Center Team. Get your bi-weekly WELLO! fix and explore a range of wellness topics from positive emotional boosters and environmental hacks to musings on sexual exploration, and navigating the social-technological scene.


For more information visit the VRWC Wellness Center website or contact Jennifer Ray at jennifer.e.ray@vanderbilt.edu

Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center Facility Hours:
Mon.- Thu       5:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri                   5:00 am – 12:00 am
Sat                  9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun                 12:00 pm  – 11:00 pm