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writeELC Academy


chatELC is a program sponsored by the English Language Center that offers semi-structured English conversation groups to spouses and partners of current Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff.

Spring conversation groups will meet once a week from Jan. 26 to Apr. 17 at the English Language Center (1201 18th Avenue S, Nashville, TN 37212).


Come join us to learn about Nashville and Vanderbilt, discuss American culture, improve your conversational English, and have fun!

Visit our website at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/elc/programs/chatelc.php for more information or contact Elizabeth Wheelock at vuchatelc@gmail.com.

Registration ends Jan. 16, so contact us today!


International Lens Film Series


Tuesday, December 2, 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. Josh seeks the support of an underground gay family hours away from his suffocating Mississippi Delta hometown; Monica and Tammy, with no funds and few resources, try to unite reluctant participants at their annual HIV retreat in rural Louisiana; Kathie, an Alabama activist, spends 120 days a year fighting a bureaucracy that continues to ignore the South. English. DVD. 72 minutes. This screening is in celebration of World AIDS Day (December 1). Partial funding provided by the Black Cultural Center and Office of LGBTQI.

Contact: Marci Angevine at marci.angevine@vanderbilt.edu

World AIDS Day and HIV Awareness Week

The Vanderbilt Lambda Association is proud to announce the schedule for this year’s World AIDS Day & HIV Awareness Week! Join us for free HIV testing, an intersectional iLens film, and two brilliant panels, featuring speakers from both community organizations and Vanderbilt institutions!

This year’s HIV Awareness Week will be from Dec 1st through Dec 4th, so mark your calendars! We’ll get the ball rolling as soon as we get back from Thanksgiving Break with free HIV testing in Sarratt 216/220 and tabling in Sarratt Promenade. Stop by and learn more about the campaign!

Curious about our schedule? RSVP to our Facebook Events below:

“Think Outside the Rainbow” & Free HIV Testing:

“deepsouth” iLens Film:

“Redefining Illness” Speaking Event:

“Legislating Change” Panel:

For more information, like Lambda’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/VULambda) or send us an email at vulambda@gmail.com.


Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation Adventure Trips

Spring Break 2015:


FEB 28 – MAR 8, 2015 (Sat – Sun)
BACKPACKING @ Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Cost: $1,066
Sign-up by:  Tue, Dec. 2
Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tue, Dec. 2 at 6:30 pm

2015 marks our 19h 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 to the first 18 people that sign up, 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: Mon, Jan 5, 2015
Registration Closing Date: Fri, Jan 30, 2015
Pre-Trip Meeting Date:  Wed, Feb 18, 2015 

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!





Summer Expeditions 2015:

June 27 – July 11, 2015 (Sat – Sat)
Lost Lake, Denali State Park, Denali National Park
Cost: $1,695 + your airfare to and from Anchorage
Sign-up by: Fri, Jan 16 (2 more spots available)

In the summer of 2015, a trip coordinator from the Outdoor Recreation Program and Linda Rosenkranz, Director of Outdoor Rec., will set out with a crew of 8-10 participants to the great wilderness of Alaska. Our plan will be, over the course of 16 days, to immerse ourselves in the wilderness (via backpacking) as well as the unique cultural and ecological heritage of the state. We will meet in Anchorage and then drive down to Seward on the following day and camp. Next we will begin a 4-day backpacking trip to Lost Lake which is surrounded by mountains in the beautiful Kenai Peninsula. Following this we will lodge in Anchorage for two nights and go whitewater rafting (class IV) on the incredible Six mile Creek in the Chugach National Forest. The thrills and the scenery will both be memorable! Next we will drive north to Denali State Park and begin a 4-day backpacking trip on K’esugi Ridge. This hike will provide us with some incredible views of the south face of Denali and the Alaskan Range. We will end our trip with some camping and hiking in Denali National Park. We plan to take the park bus on the 85 mile journey to Wonder Lake. This is the closest campground to Mount McKinley, aka Denali. The bus ride can be fascinating as the driver will stop whenever he/she sees any wildlife up close, such as grizzly bear, elk, moose, and Dall sheep. We will camp two nights at Wonder Lake, giving us ample time to explore the surrounding area. The final night will be spent in a cabin or hotel before going to the airport in Anchorage. This trip offers a mix, and through balancing our backcountry time with a dose of front country decadence, we hope to offer a well-rounded experience.

Designed for the experienced backpacker, we will allow enthusiastic beginners on this trip. Expect to hike 6-10 miles a day, sometimes with significant elevation change. Everyone who goes must be in good physical shape by the time we leave.

Cost includes: van transportation, hotel/house/cabin for 4 nights, front country camping for 4 nights, whitewater rafting fees, food for whole trip minus 6 dinners and a few lunches, group equipment, bus fees, park fees, etc.

Space will be limited to the first 10 people that sign up, so plan accordingly.
To Register, bring $300 cash, check or credit card to the O.R.C. by Fri, Jan. 16th
DO NOT miss out on this amazing opportunity!


To sign up for a trip, come to the Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC), located on 2600 Children’s Way, kind of behind the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center, and pay a deposit or the full amount of the 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.

Study in the Women’s Center

OACS Global Service Immersion Programs

Now Recruiting!


OACS is now recruiting students for our summer global service immersion programs to Ecuador, London, Morocco, and South Africa. The application deadline is Monday, November 17th. The first info session will be in the OACS lounge on Thursday, November 6th at 5:30.

All interested students should check out the OACS webpage at for more information and details on each program.

Questions can be emailed to david.brown@vanderbilt.edu .


International Education Week 2014

International Education Week (IEW) 2014

Nov. 11 – Nov. 20

IEW is a collaboration between 17 Vanderbilt Departments. There will be over 20 eventsacross campus throughout IEW including: Teaching English Abroad Panels, UNICEF and Education, Tennessee Foreign Language Institute, Job Searching for International Students, and so much more.

Click here for a full schedule of IEW events.

International Education Week is an annual initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the U.S.

Passport Fair

When: November 19, 2014 (9am – 3pm)

Where: Student Life Center, 310 25th Avenue South, Lower Level Room 3

Who: Vanderbilt Students, Faculty, Staff, Community Partners – Open to Everyone!


Click here for more information, including what to bring.




World on Wednesdays

“Improving Education in Qing Hai, China”

Presented by: Lhamo Dongtse

Wednesday, Novemeber 19th, 12:10 p.m. – 1 p.m.

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

Food and refreshments provided


Sponsored by: International Student and Scholar Services