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SEPT. 6  (Sat)
Cummins Falls AND Burgess Falls State Parks, TN

Cost: $24
Sign-up by: Fri, Aug. 29 // Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue, Sept. 2 at 5 pm

Cummins Falls State Park is the newest in Tennessee’s great State Park system.  We will hike through the woods and along and in a creek bed ending at an incredible waterfall!  Burgess Falls State Park is less than an hour from Cummins Falls and it has 3 large waterfalls on a 1.5 mile hike.  The final fall is the tallest, and the hike to the bottom is rewarded by a chance to get wet!  We will hike less than 7 miles total.  The pools may not be deep enough for swimming, but you will get cooled off. Estimated trip duration: 8 am – 6 pm.


SEPT. 13  (Sat)
Bells Bend Park, Nashville, TN
Cost: FREE!
Sign-up by: Fri, Sept. 5 // Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue, Sept. 9 at 5 pm

Bells Bend Park is a relatively new park in Nashville that is being developed as a more natural park, rather than a “ball field park”. This time we will help build a new mountain biking trail in the park. Experienced trail volunteers and equipment will be provided to help us. Lunch is also provided, and hiking afterward is an option. (Note: this is during the VU Family Weekend.)Estimated trip duration: 8 am – 3 pm.


SEPT. 14 (Sun)
Harpeth River, TN
Cost: FREE!
Sign-up by: Fri, Sept. 5
// Pre-Trip Meeting: Tue, Sept. 9 at 6 pm

We have cleaned this river before, so maybe it will show! This will be a 5-mile canoe trip, except the emphasis will be on picking up the trash from the Harpeth River. Equipment, transportation, clean-up supplies, and lunch are provided. Beginners are welcome. (Note: this is during the VU Family Weekend.) Estimated trip duration: 8 am – 5 pm.




June 27 – July 11
Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, and Whitewater Rafting in ALASKA!!
Cost:  $1,695.00 plus your round trip airfare to Anchorage, AK
Sign up BEGINS:  at 3:00 pm on Wed. Aug. 20 at the ORC
Sign up by: Friday, Sept. 19. // Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 pm.

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 Sixmile 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.

Registration for this trip begins at 3:00 pm on Wed. August 20th. You must bring $300 cash, check or credit card to the ORC. Space is limited to the first 10 people and this is a first come first served trip.  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 Student Rec. Center, and pay a deposit or the full amount of the trip.   The ORC accepts cash, check, 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.


Diverse Dores Community Jamboree

Save the date for Diverse Dores Community Jamboree

Wednesday Sept. 3rd 2:30-5:30 pm
West Side Row, SLC, Sarratt/Rand

You are invited to the Diverse Dores Community Jamboree! The Diverse Dores Community Jamboree is a social event hosted by seven Vanderbilt University offices that focus on supporting and serving Vanderbilt’s diverse students, staff, and faculty. There will be food from Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cart & Nutella crepes (just to name a few) as well as fun activities, and a chance to learn about what resources and programs each office offers for the Vanderbilt community. You can start your Jamboree journey at any of the seven offices. If you collect a sticker from each of the seven offices you can win a prize, so make sure to visit them all!  This event is open to the entire Vanderbilt Community.

For more information regarding location and time of the event utilize #diversedores on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

RSVP at the anchorlink event!

Petey Peterson- petey.peterson@vanderbilt.edu

Program Coordinator, Office of LGBTQI Life


Recreation and Wellness Center

Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center

Follow us on Facebook - Vanderbilt Rwc

Follow us on Twitter - @VandyRec


Intramural Schedule

Registrations can be completed at the Office of Campus Recreation 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
Softball                                                           Aug 22 – 29                  Sept 7
Volleyball                                                        Sept 8 – 12                   Sept 21
Tennis League                                                 Sept 8 – 12                  Sept 21

Co-Rec Programs                                           Entry Date                 Start Date
Softball                                                           Aug 22 – 29                  Sept 7
Volleyball                                                        Sept  8 – 12                  Sept 21
Basketball 4 Person                                         Sept 8 – 12                  Sept 21

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

Visit Smoothie King @ Vanderbilt Student Recreation Center

SPORTS CLUBS – Information regarding specific Sports Clubs and a complete listing is available on our website. Sports Clubs are open to all VU student, faculty and staff. For specific questions please visit our website, contact the Associate Director of Recreation or visit the clubs designated Anchor Link page.


INFORMAL RECREATION -  A host of programs, services, facilities and equipment are available for recreational pursuits. Included are weight room, lighted outdoor sand volleyball court, swimming pool, indoor track, mat room, dance room, racquetball and squash courts, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, and much, much more.

STUDENT WELLNESS PROGRAM – Let the Wellness & Fitness program take care of your mind, body, and spirit! Your Wellness Center is located on the first floor lobby and is open Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm. Let our challenging and educational programs such as Fall into Fitness, Biggest Winner, Vandy Cooks, Wellness Bash and many other holistic wellness workshops inspire you to live your best life! Call 615-343-6073 or visit our website to begin your journey into Wellness!  www.vanderbilt.edu/wellnesscenter

OUTDOOR RECREATION – Trips are offered for the following activities: Backpacking, Canoeing, Camping, Climbing, Hiking, Kayaking, and Whitewater Rafting. A variety of quality outdoor equipment is available for rent: Sleeping Bags, Tents, Backpacks, Cooking Gear, Kayaks and much, much, more! We are located behind the VRWC. Call 615-343-8182.  www.vanderbilt.edu/outrec

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES – Job opportunities are available for staff assistants, intramural supervisors, officials, tournament coordinators, lifeguards, aerobics instructors and recreation center workers. Flexible schedules available for all positions. Contact Office of Campus Recreation for information.

Umpires and Referees Needed
Looking for umpires and referees for the 2014 fall intramural season. Pay is $8.50 per hour.

Officials Meetings and Clinics             Meetings                        Clinics
Softball                                           Sept 2 @ 5:30 pm       Sept 3 & 4 @ 5:30 pm
Volleyball                                        Sept 9 @ 5:30 pm       Sept 10 @ 5:30 pm
Flag Football                                   Oct 7 @ 5:30 pm         Oct 8 & 9 @ 5:30 pm

For more info, please contact Lynn Smith, lynn.a.smith@vanderbilt.edu.

Group Fitness Classes are always FREE

Check us out online at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/recreationandwellnesscenter/fitness/group-fitness/group-fitness-schedule/

Cycling & TRX: You MUST obtain valid NUMBERED CARD from Front Desk to attend.


POUND: Thursdays, 11:15 am-12 pm

  • Channel your inner rockstar with this modern day fusion of music and movement. Using RIPSTIX (weighted drumsticks ) you will drum, lunge, jump, and squat your way through a total body workout! Join us for this high caliber, butt kickin sweat sesh! Instructor: Kathy

AQUA ZUMBA: Saturdays, 10 – 10:45 am

  • Perfect For those looking to make a splash by adding a low-impact, high-energy aquatic exercise to their fitness routine.There is less impact on your joints during an Aqua Zumba® class so you can really let loose. Water creates natural resistance, which means every step is more challenging and helps tone your muscles. Instructor: Hannah

Adult Swim Group Lessons now offered at the Rec

Open to all students, faculty / staff, alumni or community members, new group lessons tailored strictly for you! Class available:

  • Adult Beginner – for adult who never learned to swim.
  • Adult Intermediate – for adults who know a little but needs some additional pointers.
  • Adult Advanced – for adults who can swim various strokes but would like to work on technique, or additional strokes.

For dates, time and to register online, please go tohttps://campscui.active.com/orgs/VanderbiltSwimSchool#/selectSessions/719301

Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center Facility Hours:

Mon.- Thu        5:30 am – 11 pm
Fri                    5:30 am – 12 am
Sat                   9 am – 10 pm
Sun                  12 pm  – 11 pm


Leaders Heart Lunch

Leaders Heart Lunch (LHL) provides you with the opportunity to gain valuable insight from leaders in the Vanderbilt and Nashville community.  In a series of monthly lunches, great minds will share their experiences and address your questions on a leadership topic.  In addition to learning about the latest leadership trends, you can expect to expand your peer network.


Let’s do lunch! LHL will take place during the fall and spring semesters and is open to undergraduates.  To participate in this event, you must complete an “Intent To Attend” form highlighting your interest in the topic of the lunch.  Individual forms must be completed for every lunch that you wish to attend.

McTyeire Fireside Chat

What is (Avant-Garde) Art? The Case of Malevich’s “Black Square”

Dr. Jason Strudler, lecturer in Russian, will be the featured speaker.

Is the “Black Square” art or not?  If so, what kind of art?  If not, what does it say about our definition of art?

The talk will focus on Kazimir Malevich’s 1915 painting of a black square on a white background (pictured above), a work that scandalized the art world and continues to do so to this day. We will use the painting, one of the most iconic images of Russian and international modernism, to discuss the importance of the question of “what is art?” for the avant-garde of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

When: Thursday, Sept. 4th at 7pm

Where: McTyeire Fireside Lounge


Contact: anja.bandas@vanderbilt.edu

World on Wednesdays

WOW presents:

“Biomedical Research Internships in Asia, Europe and United States”

Presented by Takuya Kikuchi – VU Molecular Physiology

This event is open to the public. Food and refreshments will be provided!

When: Wednesday, Sept. 3rd, 12pm-1pm

Where: Student Life Center Lower Lever Rms: 1 and 2


Sponsored by: International Student and Scholar Services


Blair School of Music Concert

Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer to perform at Blair School of Music on September 30
Mandolinist/composer Chris Thileand bassist/composer Edgar Meyer will perform at the Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall at 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 30.
Thile, of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, and Meyer have teamed up again for a new album, Bass & Mandolin, to be released September 9 on Nonesuch Records. The album features 10 original compositions by the two MacArthur Fellows, who have performed together sporadically for more than a decade.
Past projects include the Grammy‐winning Goat Rodeo Sessions (2011), a recording of original compositions (2008, Nonesuch Records) and, most recently, Chris Thile’s 2013 solo recording, Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1, produced by Meyer.
Tickets: $20 general admission, $10 for Vanderbilt students with ID, available at the Sarratt Student Center box office or via Ticketmaster. (Note: Student tickets available at Sarratt box office ONLY.)
On-sale date: 10 a.m. Friday, August 22.


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

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery

The McGill Project

Vanderbilt’s Journey Towards a More Inclusive Campus

All are invited to this conversation with Dean Pat Helland about Vanderbilt’s journey towards a more inclusive campus. Refreshments will be provided and we hope to see you there! 

Date: Thursday, Sept. 4th
Time: 6pm
Location: McGill Hall TV Lounge (Lower Level)

Sponsored by:
The McGill Project

Contact Information:
Luke Nantz
McGill Graduate Program Coordinator


chatELC English Conversation Groups

chatELC English Conversation Groups
English practice for partners and spouses of Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff.

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.
Fall conversation groups meet once a week from Sep. 15 to Nov. 21 at the English Language Center (1201 18th Avenue S, Nashville, TN 37212).
The finalized schedule with exact days of the week and times be made once participants sign up!
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 Nathan Storey and Elizabeth Wheelock at vuchatelc@gmail.com.
Registration ends Sep. 12, so contact us today!