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OUT in Front LGBTQIA+ & Ally College Conference

OUT in Front LGBTQIA+ & Ally College Conference

To learn more about the conference, please visit:http://www.vanderbilt.edu/lgbtqi/programs/out-in-front.

To register, please visit: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/lgbtqi/programs/out-in-front/out-in-front-registration.

We will also be accepting workshop proposals this year.  We strongly encourage everyone, regardless of enrollment status at a 2- or 4- year institution, to submit a proposal to lead a workshop. Any and all ideas are welcome and we encourage a diversity of perspectives, new takes on previous workshops, and brand new ideas specific to Branching OUT! If you would like to present a workshop at this year OUT in Front Conference please visit: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/lgbtqi/programs/out-in-front/out-in-front-call-for-proposals

If you have any questions at all about the proposals, please contact Alyson Farzad atalyson.farzad@vanderbilt.edu.

To schedule an in-person or video-chat meeting, or to learn more about registration, contact Kait Spear at kaitlin.p.spear@vanderbilt.edu.

Please contact Petey Peterson with any other questions: 

petey.peterson@vanderbilt.edu, (615) 322-3330.

We’d love to see your proposal ideas and we hope you can attend our conference!


Best wishes,

The OUT in Front 2015 Planning Committee


January Safe Zone Workshop

January Safe Zone Workshop

Wednesday January 21st

5:30-8:30pm Sarratt 216/220


by providing an avenue through which any member of the Vanderbilt Community can show their support.  This program also creates an educational experience through the Safe Zone Workshop. The three hour workshop encourages student, faculty, and staff to explore their personal identities, cultural identities, privilege, and what it means to be an Ally. After attending this workshop you have the choice to take a Safe Zone placard.

The visible Safe Zone placards extend a physical safe space for LGBTQI students and their allies throughout the campus. This program also creates ongoing educational experiences between Safe Zone members and the Vanderbilt community that encourage student, faculty, and staff to explore cultural identity, values, and stereotypes in order to better understand how these issues impact the greater community.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Safe Zone Program, please contact Petey Peterson :petey.peterson@vanderbilt.edu


Apply to McTyeire for 2015/2016 Now!

Are you interested in foreign languages and the awareness of the diversity of cultures?
Would you like to eat yummy international food in your hall’s own Dining Room?

Then apply to McTyeire now!


McTyeire is offering two great programs to further your interest:

  • Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Japanese or Russian Halls that focus on improving your foreign language skills
  • The ‘International Interest Hall’ that meets each week to discuss international topics


For more information:
  • come to the McTyeire Open House on Thursday, January 22, at 6:30pm in the McTyeire Fireside Lounge!




All applications are due Friday, February 6, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Housing Office in Branscomb.



Global China Connection

Blair School of Music Spring 2015 Concerts

Spring 2015 concerts at the Blair School of Music

Special events include dedication of new Dobson pipe organ; world premiere of new work by composer Michael Hersch; VORTEX percussion and the American Gamelan; and the 2015 College Band Directors National Association conference


The Spring 2015 concert season at the Blair School of Music is full of firsts. On February 8, we celebrate the dedication of our new Dobson pipe organ in Steve & Judy Turner Recital Hall,
whose construction and installation were made possible through a generous gift from Cal Turner Jr. and Laura Dugas. On February 26, violinist Carolyn Huebl and pianist Mark Wait present the world premiere of a new work commissioned from composer Michael Hersch. On March 15, VORTEX percussion presents the Southestern U.S. premiere performance of the American Gamelan. And March 24-28, Blair hosts the biennial conference of the College Band Directors National Association, including the debut performance with Béla Fleck of a wind ensemble arrangement of The Imposter, the concerto Fleck composed for and performed with the Nashville Symphony.

Other performances of note include the conclusion of a yearlong mini-series in which pianist Craig Nies and violinist Carolyn Huebl are performing all 16 of W.A. Mozart’s Sonatas for Piano and Violin (March 29 and April 17). The Nightcap Concert Series spotlights two theatrical performances: Richard Strauss’ “Enoch Arden,” in piano and poetry (January 20); and “Can You Hear Me,” an original lyric theater piece incorporating popular song, art song, spoken dialogue, trombone and piano (February 10). And violist Matthew Hunter of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra will be in residence this spring for collaborative performances with Blair faculty and students (March 18-19).

Most events at the Blair School of Music are free and open to the public. (Exceptions are clearly noted in the concert calendar.) Free parking is available in West Garage, across the street from the entrance of the school, and free valet parking is provided for many events. The Blair School of Music is located at 2400 Blakemore Avenue, Nashville, Tenn., 37212.

The entire spring 2015 concert calendar may be downloaded from the link below. Please email Kristin Whittlesey for more information about any of these concerts and events. Hi-res photos are available for most events upon request.


Kristin Whittlesey, Director of External Relations. 615-322-7656. kristin.whittlesey@vanderbilt.edu



Leaders Heart Lunch

Ever wondered what it would be like to have lunch with the founder of a non-profit organization? What questions would you like answered?   This semester, you can get answers to your burning questions from great people in Nashville. To sing up for one or more sessions, go to: https://anchorlink.vanderbilt.edu/form/start/47832.

If you would like to learn more about Leaders Heart Lunch, visit our webpage at: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/leadership/programs/lhl/.

Questions may be directed to Wil De Los Santos at wil.delossantos@vanderbilt.edu


The Magnolia Awards

Applications and nominations for the Magnolia Awards are now open! We invite you to apply for awards or nominate someone that is deserving of these awards.  To learn more about these awards, visit our webpage at: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/leadership/programs/magnolia/. Questions may be directed to Wil De Los Santos at wil.delossantos@vanderbilt.edu.

International Lens Film Series


Tuesday, Jan. 20, 7:30pm, Sarratt Cinema

Presented by: Emily Nacol, Assistant Professor of Political Science.

USA, UAE (2011) Dir: Steven Soderbergh. Follows the rapid progress of an airborne virus that kills within days. As the epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart. English, Mandarin, and Cantonese with English subtitles. 35mm. 107 mins. Partially funded by the Department of Political Science.

Movie Trailer


Mauvais Sang

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 7:30pm, Sarratt Cinema

Presented by: Lynn Ramey, Associate Professor of French and Nicolas Kline, Class of 2016.

France, Switzerland (1986) Dir: Leos Carax. A mysterious new disease is killing young people who make love without emotional involvement. While a serum has been formulated, it’s locked away and most of those suffering can’t get it. An electric mixture of French New Wave elasticity and the Coen Brothers’ stark staging. 128 mins. French with English subtitles. DVD.

Movie Trailer



Thursday, Jan. 22, 7:30pm, Sarratt Cinema

Presented by: Petey Peterson, Program Coordinator of LGBTQI Life and Frank Dobson, Director of The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.

USA (2012) Dir: Lisa Biagiotti. Beneath layers of history, poverty and soaring HIV infections, four Americans redefine traditional Southern values in this documentary about the new American South and the people who inhabit its most quiet corners. English. DVD. 72 mins. Re scheduled from last semester in celebration of World AIDS Day (December 1). Partial funding provided by the Black Cultural Center and Office of LGBTQI Life.

World on Wednesdays







“Socio-Cultural Influences on Girls Education in Benin”

Presented by: Hilarion Vegba, Vanderbilt Humphrey Fellow

Wednesday, Jan. 21st, 12:10 pm – 1 pm

Location: Student Life Center, Lower Level Rms 1&2 – Open to the Public

Food and refreshments will be provided

Sponsored by: International Student and Scholar Services

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation Adventure Trips

Feb 7  (Sat)                                               
HIKING @ Bearwaller Gap Trail, TN                            
Cost: $22
Sign-up by:  Fri, Jan. 30
Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tue, Feb. 3 at 5 pm

Join us on a short, difficult, yet rewarding hike on the Bearwaller Gap Trail that overlooks the Cordell Hull Lake.  We plan on hiking 5.6 miles on a trail that climbs and descends numerous times.  The rewards include rocky overlooks, old home sites, rock gardens, beautiful shoreline, and small waterfalls.  Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 5 pm.


Feb 15 (Sun)
CLIMBING (Beginner) @ Kings Bluff, TN
Cost: $22
Sign-up by: Friday, Feb 6
>> Bring $10 cash, check, credit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 9/16 at 5:00 pm 

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 new wall first!   Shoe rental = $5.50 extra.  Estimated trip duration:  9 am – 6 pm.




Spring Break 2015:

FEB 28 – MAR 8, 2015 (Sat – Sun)                                                   
BACKPACKING @ Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 
Cost: $1,066
Sign-up by:  Fri. Jan. 23

2015 marks our 19th trip to the canyon since 1992.  For the fifteenth year, however, we will get there in style, via air to Phoenix and charter bus to the canyon. We are planning on two hiking groups, both of which will hike a 25 – 40 mile trail the entire week, depending on permits.  Needless to say, the Grand Canyon is incredibly beautiful, awesome and spectacular.  Designed for the experienced backpacker, we will allow enthusiastic beginners on this trip.  Everyone who goes must be in good physical shape by the time we leave. Participants are expected to attend one of two all day sessions on a Saturday in 2015.  This will involve a Pre-Canyon Hike and a meeting following the hike.  Expected duration:  7:30 am to 6:00 pm, but specific dates are yet to be determined.  Note: this trip will not be offered again until March 2017.  Estimate trip duration:  6:30 am Sat. to 7 pm Sun.  For more info, please check our web at www.vanderbilt.edu/outrec


Cost includes all transportation, in-canyon food, hotel on both ends of the trip, group equipment, permits, camping and entrance fees.  Space is limited, so don’t delay.


Feb 28 – Mar 7, 2015 (Sat – Sat)
Climbing and Cabin Life @ Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in the Ozarks
Cost:  $519.00 / person
Sign-up by: Fri, Jan 30
Pre-Trip Meeting Date: Wed, Feb 18 at 5 pm

Come join the Outdoor Rec. program as we head to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in the Ozarks for a week of rope climbing, bouldering, and general shenanigans. We will be lodging in style in one of the log cabins on the ranch, complete with a wood-burning stove to warm up after a hard day of climbing.  If that’s not enough comfort for you, we can always go for a dip in the renowned HCR hot tub at the visitor’s center.  All “at the cabin” food is included, but we’ll also be heading into the nearby town of Jasper to see the sights and eat at the legendary Ozark Café.  The trip cost includes all transportation, lodging, cabin meals and climbing lunches, climbing equipment, and instruction!






To sign up for a trip, you must come by 5 pm to the Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC), located at 2600 Children’s Way, and pay the trip deposit, which varies with each trip. The ORC accepts cash, check, credit cards and the Vanderbilt Commodore Card.  For more info on trips, workshops, and equipment rentals, check out the web at www.vanderbilt.edu/outrec.
Outdoor Recreation Hours:
Mon and Fri 12 noon – 6 p.m.
Tue, Wed, and Thu 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.