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Friday – September 23, 2016

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starRegistration and Check-in

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Kissam Center Multipurpose  (C210A)

As soon as you arrive, stop by the Kissam Center to pick up your Family Weekend Welcome Packet, which will include a complete schedule of events, nametags, and other important information.

NOTE: Nametags are required for entry into all Family Weekend events.

Information Tables during Registration:

Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Life (LGBTQI)
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Kissam Center, 2nd floor 

Owen Graduate School of Management
10 a.m. – noon
Kissam Center, 2nd floor

Project SAFE Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response
10 a.m. – noon

Kissam Center, 2nd floor

Student Wellness (Student Health, Center for Student Wellbeing, & Psychological and Counseling Center)
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Kissam Center, 2nd floor

Commodore Yearbook
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Kissam Center, 2nd floor

Career Center
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Kissam Center, 2nd floor

Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Kissam Center, 2nd floor

Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life
noon – 1:30 p.m.
Kissam Center, 2nd floor

Vanderbilt University Athletics
noon – 2 p.m.
Kissam Center, 2nd floor

Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center
noon – 2 p.m.
Kissam Center, 2nd floor

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
noon – 4 p.m.
Kissam Center, 2nd floor

Vanderbilt Innovation Center
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Kissam Center, 2nd floor


starOptional Campus Tours:

  • Architectural Tours at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. (tour length: 45 minutes) Tours led by Keith Loiseau and Paul Marshall, university architects. Depart from Rand Terrace.
  • Botanical Tours at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. (tour length: 60 minutes) Tours led by Becket DeChant, campus arborist, and Laura Barker, horticultural specialist. Depart from Rand Terrace (Alumni Lawn Side).
  • Campus Tours hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (tour length: 90 minutes) Tours led by student tour guides. Depart from the Admissions Office (2305 West End Avenue). First come, first served. Families are invited to attend the Admission campus tour. If you would like to participate in an admissions information session for prospective students held prior to the tours at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm, reservations can be made here.
  • Historical Tour at 1 p.m. (tour length: 60 minutes) Tour led by Lyle Lankford, retired university historian. Depart from the front steps of Kirkland Hall.
  • Vanderbilt Innovation Center Tours at 11 a.m. Depart from Innovation Center lobby, 2414 Highland Avenue
  • Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center Tours from 3 – 5 p.m. Depart from the welcome desk in the Student Recreation Center, off 25th Avenue South.
  • Visit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt from 1 – 3 p.m. Parents and families are welcome to visit the first and second floors and learn more about our nationally recognized children’s hospital. Questions may be directed to the Family Resource Center located on the second floor (across from the information desk).

starFaculty Lecture Series:

Get a glimpse of the intellectual life by attending one of these talks by Vanderbilt faculty members. NOTE: Faculty lectures are tentative and subject to change—check the schedule upon arrival.

  • Planetary Health Science: Living in a Glass House College of Arts & Science faculty lecture by David Wright, dean of sciences and Stevenson Professor of Chemistry. 1:00-1:50 p.m., Sarratt 220
  • Blair String Quartet: A Musical Conversation Blair String Quartet performance by Stephen Miahky and Cornelia Heard, violins, John Kochanowski, viola, and Felix Wang, cello. 1:00-1:50 p.m., Rand Hall 308
  • 3D Microfluidic Materials: How to make Blood Vessels with Cotton Candy School of Engineering faculty lecture by Leon Bellan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. 2:00-2:50 p.m., Rand Hall 308
  • Improving the Life Changes of Children Born into Poverty Peabody College faculty lecture by Dale Farran, senior associate director, Peabody Research Institute, Antonio and Anita Gotto Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, and professor of psychology. 2:00-2:50 p.m., Sarratt 220

Various Open Houses and Events:

Jean and Alexander Heard Library Special Exhibits :

The Campus Curates: Illumination, Enlightenment and Discovery
Central Library, second-floor gallery, fourth-floor lobby, Special Collections

Discovery requires one to step off the path and take a few risks.  As André Gide said, “One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore….” This exhibition celebrates the work of our students who stretched themselves by wandering off the path to learn new things while curating exhibitions and completing library dean’s fellowships. Some investigated illuminated manuscripts and rare books to deduce larger stories; others acquired new skills to share oral histories and digital resources.

With subjects such as the Nuremburg Chronicle, printed while Columbus was sailing from Spain, Welsh artists’ books that examine travel in the 21st century, eighteenth century French novels, and contemporary gazetteers of Syria, these projects reflect the diverse scholarship occurring on campus through the vision of our undergraduate and graduate students. Each took a different route to discovery; we invite you to share in their journeys.

Click here for library hours.

Helping Your Child Achieve Your Their Career Goals: What Every Parent Should Know: 11 a.m. – noon OR 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Center for Student Professional Development, Student Life Center 2nd floor
This event will help parents attain the delicate balance of helping their children make productive career-related choices while also supporting them in becoming independent decision-makers. Leaders from the Center for Student Professional Development and the Psychological and Counseling Center will join current Vanderbilt students in facilitating this interactive session which will include discussion of developmental and career theories, stories of students and families who have worked through these issues, and opportunities for audience participation.

Study Abroad Panel Discussion: 11 a.m. – noon 
Sarratt Cinema, Sarratt Student Center
Students and parents of students who have studied abroad, along with staff from the Office of Global Education, will provide an overview of study abroad opportunities at Vanderbilt, as well as answer questions.

Vanderbilt School of Nursing Open House: 11 a.m. – noon
Godchaux Hall, Living Room
Interested in a career in nursing? Please join us for a reception, an information session, and a tour of the School of Nursing. We look forward to meeting you and your family.

Supporting your “Big Fish” in our “Big Pond” : 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sarratt Student Center 220
This panel-style presentation will discuss the 2014 Princeton Review finding that Vanderbilt has the happiest college students. Panelists will discuss the impact of the pressure to succeed at Vanderbilt and ways families can help students manage their stress. Panelists include the directors of the Psychological and Counseling Center and Residential Education, the coordinator for Wellness Programs and Alcohol Education, and student mentors from the Vanderbilt Recovery Support program and Liaisons Educating and Advocating for Psychological Support (LEAPS).

Greek Life Panel Discussion: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema, Sarratt Student Center
Parents of current Greek students and staff from the Office of Greek Life will provide an overview of the fraternity and sorority experience at Vanderbilt, as well as answer questions about the Greek community.

Global Education Office (GEO) and International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) Open House: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Student Life Center, International Suite 103
Join the staff of GEO and ISSS to learn about the many international opportunities and events that are available on campus and abroad.

Human and Organizational Development (HOD) Internship Open House: 1 – 3 p.m.
Mayborn, room 104G
Curious about the HOD mandatory internship requirement? Stop by during the open house and we will be available to answer your questions about this popular aspect of the HOD degree. You can examine the broad range of internship opportunities, peruse student internship projects, and chat with past interns and the internship staff. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to meeting you and your family.

Owen Graduate School of Management Open House: 1 -4 p.m. 
Owen Graduate School of Management- Location TBD
Discover the benefits of Vanderbilt Business. Join staff from the Owen Graduate School of Management to learn more about programs designed specifically for undergraduates, with any major, recent graduates, and experienced professionals. At 1:30 p.m., Dean Eric Johnson will share what makes the Owen experience unique. Talk with Admissions staff from all programs, enjoy refreshments and take a quick tour of the building.

Center for Student Wellbeing Open House and Smoothie Party: 1:30–3 p.m.
Center for Student Wellbeing
Stop by to see our recently renovated space, meet our staff, and learn more about the brand new Center for Student Wellbeing.  Come discover the services and programs offered to cultivate lifelong wellbeing practices in Vanderbilt students. Take a tour of the Center, including the peaceful meditation room and the Vanderbilt Recovery Support, Collegiate Recovery Program, meeting space. A smoothie station with fresh fruit smoothies blended to order will be available.

Commencement 101: Planning Ahead: 2 – 3 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema, Sarratt Student Center
Director of Commencement/Special Events and Common VU, Matthew Redd provides an overview of Commencement and answers your questions about the three-day event schedule: what to expect, accommodations, parking, accessibility options and key deadlines. This information session is not limited to senior parents. All undergraduate parents are encouraged to attend as many families begin planning 12-18 months out.

Diversity and Inclusion Panel: 4 – 5 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema, Sarratt Student Center
Vanderbilt is an increasingly diverse institution, which brings tremendous opportunities for student and faculty growth. First-year students have an opportunity to engage in learning from both the classroom and the social environment through dialogue with multicultural peers. This panel of experts is representative of some of the many aspects of life for our students and will be chaired by George Hill, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer.

Opening Reception, Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery Open Reception and ExhibitReception: 5 – 7 p.m., gallery hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Cohen Memorial Hall (1220 21st Ave. S.)

– Race, Sports and Vanderbilt
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Hillel Shabbat services and dinner: 5:30 p.m. services; 6:30 p.m. dinner
Ben Schulman Center for Jewish Life
Join Hillel in celebrating the beginning of Shabbat. Reform, Conservative and Orthodox services are offered.

Chabad Family Shabbat service and dinner: 6 p.m. services, 7 p.m. dinner
Chabad House, 111 23rd Ave. N.

Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) family open house: 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
1106 Paris Ave.
Nashville, TN 37204

The Reformed University Fellowship open house is a wonderful time to meet other families and learn more about how the ministry engages with students and the campus. Speakers are to include a student, a parent and University Chaplain Richie Sessions. Click here for more information about the fellowship or email Richie Sessions.

starCollege and School Gatherings

3 – 4 p.m.

Meet deans, faculty, peers, and parents at these college and school functions.

  • Blair School of Music Dean’s Hour for Blair students and families. Ingram Center for the Performing Arts Lobby, Blair School of Music
  • College of Arts & Science Dean’s Hour for all A&S students and families. Alumni Hall 201
  • Peabody College Dean’s Hour for all Peabody students and families. Sarratt 220
  • School of Engineering Dean’s Hour for all Engineering students and families. Featheringill Hall, Adams Atrium

starGrandparent Tea and Social

4 – 5 p.m.
Wilson Hall Lobby
Meet and greet other grandparents while enjoying afternoon tea. Grandparents–be sure to pick up your special gift for attending!

star Career Conversations: An Informative and Informal Parent/Student Networking Event

4:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Student Life Center, ballroom C
(Note: registered participants check in at 3:45 p.m. in Student Life Center, ballroom C).

Hosted by the Career Center and the Parents & Family Programs Office

Career Conversations presents the perfect setting for Vanderbilt students to connect with parents from across the country or around the world. Participating parents and students will gather in small groups to learn more about career paths, specific industries, and advice on how to get started in a job search. Parents will share their professional experience and career advice with students. The information and casual setting will allow students to ask questions, get advice and gain insight into their own career path and professional development. Light refreshments will be served! Join us!

NOTE:  Student registration will be available via the Career Center in September.

starFall for the Arts at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons

5 – 8 p.m.
The Commons Center and lawn

Join us for an outdoor festival of the arts including an evening of student performances, original artwork on display and for sale, and art demonstrations. The celebration boasts a mouth-watering chef-crafted menu designed to highlight the colorful flavors of fall. Enjoy grilled bratwursts, freshly tossed salads, caramel apples, fire pits to melt the marshmallows for your s’mores, and more! Out best student writers and poets will be sharing their talents in the lounge, while talented musicians take of the main stage. This event has something for the whole family.

18 Again!

5 – 8 p.m.
The Commons Center and lawn

Step back in time and rediscover with your student who you were at 18.  What were your goals and what has changed? How did those experiences teach you to be resilient? Share your stories with your student, other Vanderbilt parents, and staff from the Center for Student Professional Development and Center for Student Wellbeing. Utilizing an interactive game and a Vanderbilt parent art project “Then & Now,” this creative Family Weekend event helps students understand how educational and career goals evolve and change. Join us for an evening of conversation, fun, and discovery!