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Schedule of Events

Friday, September 9, 2022

Friday CHECK-IN and Registration
  • Time: 9 a.m.– 6 p.m.
  • Location: Student Life Center, Board of Trust Room

Make the Student Life Center Board of Trust Room your first stop! Name tags, the weekend schedule, and more will be available. Check-in closes promptly at 6 p.m. and reopens at Pre-game tailgate on Purdy Field at 8:30 a.m. 

Note: Name tags are required for entry into all Family Weekend events.

Grandparent Social and Tea
  • Time: 3–4 p.m.
  • Location: E. Bronson Ingram Hall, Great Room
    • Meet and greet other grandparents while enjoying afternoon tea. Be sure to pick up your special gift for attending this event. 
University Update  
  • Time: 4-5 p.m. 
  • Location: Student Life Center, Ballroom
    • Join Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, Provost C. Cybele Raver, and other university leaders for a conversation about the university with opportunities to ask questions and gain a greater understanding of Vanderbilt’s priorities.

      The Vanderbilt Melodores, former champions of NBC’s The Sing-Off, will open the event with a special performance!

Fall for the arts
  • Time: 5:30–8:00 p.m.  
  • Location: Wyatt Lawn
    • Join us for an outdoor festival of the arts, including an evening of student performances and opportunities to explore your creative abilities with arts and crafts. The celebration boasts a mouth-watering, chef-crafted menu designed to highlight the colorful flavors of fall. The festival brings the “creative campus” to life with a special program, including musical and dance performances from the main stage. This event has something for the whole family. 
REsource Fair
  • Time: 10 a.m.– 2 p.m.
  • Location: Student Life Center
    • Stop by and meet staff from these various campus partners.
      • Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center
      • Career Center
      • Center for Student Wellbeing*
      • Global Education Office
      • Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center +
      • Project Safe Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response
      • Next Steps at Vanderbilt
      • Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt
      • Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) Life*
      • Office of Religious Life
      • The Wond’ry: Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center
      • Vanderbilt Business*
      • Vanderbilt Travel Program
      • Vanderbilt University Athletics
      • Vanderbilt University Libraries

*denotes an early end time of 1 p.m.

+denotes an early end time of noon.

Campus tours

Architectural Tours

  • Times: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Depart from Rand Terrace facing towards Wilson Hall
    • Tour length: 45 minutes
    • Led by Megan Sarget, Campus Planning manager

Botanical and Arboretum Tours

  • Times: 11 a.m. and noon
  • Location: Depart from Rand Terrace, Alumni Lawn side
    • Tour length: 60 minutes
    • Led by campus biologist Steven Baskauf and university landscape architect James Moore

Fine Arts Gallery

  • Time: Noon, 2:30 p.m., and 5 p.m.
  • Location: 2nd floor, Cohen Memorial Hall, Peabody Lawn
    • Tour length: 30 minutes
    • Explore the work of French-Japanese artist Tsugourara Foujita The exhibit includes 19th-century ukiyo-e  prints Foujita knew growing up in Tokyo as well as Foujita’s etchings from the 1920s – 1930s.

Historical Tour

  • Time: 1 p.m.
  • Location: Depart from front steps of Kirkland Hall
    • Tour length: 60 minutes
    • Led by Kathy Smith, University Archivist

Vanderbilt Athletics Venue Tour

  • Times: 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Location: Depart from outside of the McGugin Athletic Center entrance
    • Tour Length: 60 minutes
    • Led by Vanderbilt Athletic Fan Engagement and Hospitality Unit
    • Join members of the Vanderbilt athletic department’s fan engagement and hospitality unit for a fun and engaging tour of many of the department’s venues. From the David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center to Vanderbilt Stadium to the historic Memorial Gymnasium, it’s a tour you won’t want to miss!
Information sessions

We Know What You’re Thinking: A Guide to Career Conversations

  • Time: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Alumni Hall, Alumni Memorial Room
    • This program addresses the questions and concerns parents think about regarding their student’s career journey.  We will talk through pivotal moments in the college experience and how you can support your child(ren) to make productive, career-related choices while also supporting them to become independent decision-makers. Leaders from the Career Center will share stories about how they support students charting a course toward post-graduate opportunities whether that is a job, graduate school, or fellowship.
    • The last 30 minutes will provide an opportunity to engage with Career Center staff.

Supporting Your “Big Fish” in Our “Big Pond”

  • Time: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Community Event Space, Community 108 Multi-Purpose Room 
    • This panel-style presentation will discuss the 2014 and 2017 Princeton Review findings 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. You will hear from staff members of the Center for Student Wellbeing and student mentors from the Vanderbilt Recovery Support program and the Peer Guide program.

Library Resources for Student Presentations

  • Time: 1–1:45 p.m.
  • Location: 418A, Central Library
    • In addition to the thousands of electronically available books and journals, Vanderbilt librarians teach students a range of skills from critical thinking to how to create an engaging presentation. In this session, you will learn about the latest services and resources available from the Vanderbilt Libraries. We’ll share strategies for ensuring your students’ academic success as well as provide tips for getting the most out of the libraries’ spaces, people, and collections.

Human and Organizational Development (HOD) Capstone Program Presentation

  • Time: 1–2 p.m.
  • Location: Mayborn Building, Gallery 117 (signage in the lobby)
    • Are you curious about the academic HOD Capstone experience? Please join us for a brief presentation and Q&A. You will hear more about the broad range of capstone options and speak with the capstone team

Siblings Office of Undergraduate Admissions Information Session and Campus Tour – FULL CAPACITY

  • Time: 1 – 2 p.m.  
  • Location: 108 Multi-Purpose Room, Community Event Space 
    • Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Vanderbilt siblings are invited to hear the latest on admissions and financial aid processes. This interactive program will attempt to demystify the college admissions process while also providing practical tips. All are welcome, but the content will be tailored to high school students. Registration is required and this session is full. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has other sessions available during Family Weekend. Please register with their office by visiting their site at https://myappvu.vanderbilt.edu/portal/informationsession

Demystifying Financial Aid 

  • Time: 1-3 p.m. 
  • Location: Alumni Hall, Alumni Memorial Room  
    • Come to this information session to learn answers to your Financial Aid questions!
Panels

Study Abroad Panel Discussion

  • Time: 11 a.m.–noon
  • Location: Sarratt Student Center, Sarratt Cinema

Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt Information Session

  • Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Sarratt Student Center, Sarratt Cinema 
    • The Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt functions with three pillars: Experiential Learning, Capstone Experiences and Assessment, and Programming and Funding. Experiential learning and Immersion Vanderbilt advising are situated within the office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt. Experiential unit offices are staffed with advisers who guide students through a mentored immersive experience in and beyond the classroom. To satisfy the Immersion Vanderbilt requirement, students apply what they learned during their experience to create a final piece under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Examples of immersive experiences include internships, study away, community engagement, and civic involvement.

Greek Life Panel Discussion  

  • Time: 2–2:50 p.m. 
  • Location: Sarratt Student Center, Sarratt Cinema 
    • 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 and answer questions about the Greek community. 
Commodore classroom

Life for Life: Using the Power of Light to Change Healthcare 

  • Time: 2–2:50 p.m.
  • Location: Community 008 Multi-Purpose Room, Community Event Space
    • Experience a lecture from one of Vanderbilt’s outstanding faculty. Led by School of Engineering faculty Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, professor of biomedical engineering. 
open houses and other events

Discover the Wond’ry: Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center 

  • Time: 1-2:30 p.m. 
  • Location: 2414 Highland Avenue, 2nd Floor 
    • Come meet the Wond’ry team and some of its most exciting innovators during this informal open house. The Wond’ry, Vanderbilt University’s Innovation Center, is a space designed to inspire and the home for creative collisions where all of Vanderbilt’s 10 schools and colleges gather. Explore the resources available to the Vanderbilt community to foster making, design thinking, social innovation, and entrepreneurship.  

International Student & Scholar Services Open House 

  • Time: 1–3 p.m. 
  • Location: Sarratt Student Center, Suite 100 
    • Meet the staff of ISSS to learn about the many services available on campus.  

Black Cultural Center Open House and Tour 

  • Time: 1–3:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center 
    • Meet the staff of the Black Cultural Center, tour the beautiful center and learn more about the wonderful programs offered at the BCC

Vanderbilt Business® Meet and Greet 

  • Time: 1:30–3:30 PM  
  • Location: Sarratt Student Center, Promenade
    • Discover what makes the Vanderbilt Business Experience unique! Join staff and students from the Owen Graduate School of Management and the Undergraduate Business Minor to learn more about programs designed to help students from all majors succeed in business–ranging from a summer business immersion to a business minor to one-year specialized masters in accounting, marketing, or finance, plus our traditional MBA and VU2MBA programs. Learn how our comprehensive approach to business education sets graduates up for long-term success. Drop by to enjoy snacks, swag, and a chance to connect one-on-one with representatives from each program.

Center for Student Wellbeing Open House and Smoothie Party 

  • Time: 1:30–3 p.m. 
  • Location: Center for Student Wellbeing, 1211 Stevenson Center Lane (across from the Student Health Center) 
    • Stop by to meet our staff and learn more about the 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 (VRS) Collegiate Recovery Program meeting space. A smoothie station with fresh fruit smoothies blended to order will be available.  

Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center Open House 

  • Time: 2–4 p.m. 
  • Location: Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, 2304D Vanderbilt Place 
    • The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center is an affirming space for women and for all members of the Vanderbilt community that actively resists sexism and all forms of oppression by providing resources and educational programming. Visitors can tour the Center, view the portraits in the newly unveiled Women at Vanderbilt Portrait Project, have a snack, and chat with our staff. All are welcome! 

 Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt Open House 

  • Time: 2–3:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Student Life Center, Suite 109 
    • Join the Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt staff to learn about exciting experiential learning opportunities and Immersion Vanderbilt – an undergraduate degree requirement. Experiential learning opportunities include internships, study away, community engagement, and civic involvement. 

 KC Potter Center Open House 

  • Time: 2-4 p.m. 
  • Location: KC Potter Center, 2304E Vanderbilt Place 
    • The KC Potter Center is a space and resource center dedicated to all LGBTQIA+ communities and allies. Visitors can get a tour of the center and its educational, social, and wellness resources, grab some tea and chat with our staff, or just check out the campus’s most comfortable couches. All are welcome. 

Alumni Parent Pick-Me-Up 

  • Time: 2-4 p.m. 
  • Location: Sarratt Student Center, The Overcup Oak Pub
    • Alumni parents are welcomed to come back to one of your favorite places on campus! Meet up with other alumni parents and grab a little pick-me-up for the afternoon.

Next Steps Family Weekend Reception

  • Time: 5-6:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Alumni Hall 201 Classroom
    • Come learn about Next Steps, the only Inclusive Higher Education Program at a Top 20 University. Meet the wonderful members and their families from the Ambassa’dore program which is a multi-award-winning student organization directly linked to the Next Steps program. Learn about the impact you and/or your child have made on Vanderbilt’s campus.

Hillel Shabbat Open House Dinner 

  • Time: 5:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Ben Schulman Center for Jewish Life, 2421 Vanderbilt Place 
    • Join Hillel for an open house reception in celebration of Shabbat. Services begin at 5:30 p.m. and are followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. 

 Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) Family Open House  

  • Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.  
  • Location: 905 Alder Drive, Nashville, TN 37220 
    • The Reformed University Fellowship open house is a wonderful time to meet other families and see how this ministry engages with students and the campus. Speakers will include a student, parent, and Affiliated Chaplain Chase Daws. Learn more at ruf.org/vandy or by contacting Chase Daws at chase.daws@ruf.org 

The Rohr Chabad House Vanderbilt Family Shabbat Service and Dinner 

  • Time: 6 p.m. service, 7 p.m. dinner 
  • Location: Center for Spiritual and Religious Life – 401 24th Avenue S. 

Cello recital by Felix Wang with Heather Conner, Piano, An evening of American Music  

  • Time: 8 – 10 p.m.
  • Location: Turner Hall
    • This recital focuses on American music, with influences from Jazz to the Blues, Appalachia and Americana. It includes works by legendary 20th Century composers Samuel Barber and Leonard Bernstein as well as current figures well known to Nashville, fiddler Mark O’Connor and Gary Nash, faculty member at Fisk University.
Campus exhibits

Jean and Alexander Heard Central Library Special Exhibits 

 “Reverend James M. Lawson: A Life of Good Works” 

  • Open: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Location: Central Library, second-floor gallery, fourth-floor lobby, Special Collections 
    • An exhibit documenting the life of Reverend James M. Lawson from his early days to his incarceration for resisting the Korean War draft, his important roles in the Civil Rights Movement, and his career in the Methodist Church. 

“Miniature and Small Books from the Vanderbilt Library” 

  • Open: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Location: Special Collections Library, 2nd Floor of Central Library 
    • This exhibit features some of the most interesting and unique miniature books in our collections. One book is only centimeters big! Come see these beautiful books in Special Collections. 

 

Vanderbilt University Fine Art Gallery Exhibits 

Foujita’s cats &c. 

  • Open: Monday – Thursday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Location: Cohen Memorial Hall, 1220 21st Ave. South  
    • Artists, writers, models and creatives met, partied, and worked in the cafes, bars and restaurants of Montparnasse, the 14th arrondissment of Paris. In the early 20th century, artists drawn to Paris dreaming of success included Picasso from Spain, Modigliani from Italy and their friend Tsugouharu Foujtia from Japan.  Foujita enjoyed huge success for his blend of Japanese painting techniques and European conventions. His paintings of women, children and cats are on view in Foujita’s Cats &c., a new exhibition at Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery opening June 7 and running through September 18.  The exhibit includes some of Foujita’s felines as well as Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints of cats. Admission is free. For more details, contact https://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/gallery/

Saturday, September 10, 2022

saturday CHECK-IN and new Registration
  • Time: 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Purdy Field, Pre-game tailgate
    • If you haven’t already checked in to pick up your nametags, you can do during the pre-game tailgate on Purdy field. Note: Name tags are required for entry into all Family Weekend events.
Pregame tailgate picnic
  • Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Purdy Field (Field 1)
    • Enjoy food, music, face painting, games, and more! Mr. C and the Spirit of Gold Marching Band will make a special appearance.
Vanderbilt vs. Wake Forest
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Come cheer the ’Dores on to victory! In compliance with the SEC, Vanderbilt Stadium has a clear bag policy for all home football games. See vucommodores.com/clearbag for details.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Farewell Breakfast
  • Time: 9–11 a.m.
  • Location: Student Life Center, Ballroom
    • Come have breakfast with us and other families before heading home! We will have a special performance by a student jazz trio.  

 

On-Campus Religious Services
Episcopal Eucharist
  • Time: 9–11 a.m.
  • Location: Benton Chapel

The Rohr Chabad House Vanderbilt – Open House
  • Time: 9–11 a.m.
  • Location: Center for Spiritual and Religious Life – 401 24th Avenue South

HILLEL BAGEL BRUNCH
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Location: Ben Schulman Center for Jewish Life, 2421 Vanderbilt Place 

Catholic Mass
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Benton Chapel

 

The details of Family Weekend are subject to change at any time based on Vanderbilt University’s current Health and Safety Protocols. This includes event locations (indoor or outdoor), food and beverage offerings, masking requirements, and other physical distancing measures as required for the health and safety of the university community. Visit vu.edu/coronavirus for more information.

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