News & Events

LGBTQI+ History Month Events this week

Monsters and Mindfulness

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, at 3:00 p.m.
Center for Student Wellbeing

Come relax and meditate after an eventful month at the Center for Student Wellbeing. Kat Drotos will be leading a silent meditation session followed by treats and good times. The Office of LGBTQI Life is bringing health to Halloween, and they hope to see you there!

Center for Student Wellbeing

Looking for a calm place to get away?

The Center for Student Wellbeing have weekly yoga, mindfulness meditation, and recovery support groups, as well as quiet study space. Appointments for life skills and academic coaching are also available!

OACS Global Service Programs

OACS Global Service Programs challenge students to question their perspectives and roles in the shared human experience through pre-service curriculum, intensive service immersion, post-service skills application, and continuous reflection. The programs are planned in order to best facilitate students’ abilities to connect meaningfully with people different from themselves through humble engagement and reciprocal dialogues within international host communities. Through this exposure to firsthand knowledge and lived experiences, students will examine the deeper issues related to equity and justice and identify systematic barriers to equality and inclusivity. Students with a sincere desire to grapple with the complexity of human connectedness, to challenge their known values, and to reconcile academic knowledge with an authentic exploration of social and environmental injustices are encouraged to apply for an OACS Global Service Program.

Applications are currently available for the OACS Global Service Programs and are due November 15th. Students are encouraged to apply for the Nichols Humanitarian Fund for financial support, although additional financial aid is available through OACS.  

Dates and times of Information Sessions are included on the flyer below. If any students have questions or would like further information, they are encouraged to stop by our office at Sarratt|Rand 305 or send an email to


OACS Global Service Immersion Programs


South Africa




Academic Integrity Week



Academic Integrity Week Panel—The Importance of Integrity: A Path to True Success

Wednesday, Oct, 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Kissam MPR C210

The Undergraduate Honor Council is excited to host the signature event of Academic Integrity Week, The Importance of Integrity Panel, with guest faculty and staff members discussing academic integrity beyond Vanderbilt and the professional implications of integrity and ethics. Dinner is provided and this is a GME/MVE approved event for students.

Boo to the Flu


Did you miss Flulapalooza and now you are afraid you will get sick?

If yes, then come to Boo to the Flu on Friday, October 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Sarratt Cinema. Boo to the Flu is a Vanderbilt University and VUMC event providing flu vaccinations to faculty, staff and students at NO CHARGE.

So don’t be scared! Just bring your ID badge, wear short sleeves and your treat is a free flu shot!

Also, getting your flu shot at Boo to the Flu qualifies for Greek Member Experience and My Vanderbilt Experience Health & Wellness track.

For more information contact Student Health at

World On Wednesdays

World On Wednesday presents: “Water and Food Security in Sri Lanka and the United States”
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sarratt Student Center 325/327 – Open to the Public
Food and refreshments will be provided


Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center




Register today for $450!

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures, or simply see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.

Starting October 26th, the VRWC is hosting Scuba Shack’s PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Certification class. This certification course is open to Vanderbilt University students, faculty, staff, and VRWC community members!

To learn more and register, visit our website and contact Ken Charnock at or 980-875-1255.



Registration has opened and lessons will run Oct. 1 to Dec. 9.  Swim lessons are available for all ages and skill levels!

Register here:

Fall 2016 Swim Lessons Pricing:

  • Vanderbilt Students – $20/lesson
  • Vanderbilt Faculty/Staff – $30/lesson
  • Community Members and Non-affiliates – $35/lesson

*Private lessons only

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Intramural Schedule

Registrations can be completed at the VRWC from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday to Friday. 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
Racquetball League Oct 3 – 7 Oct 17
3 on 3 Basketball Oct 17- 21 Nov 1
Racquetball Singles Oct 24 – 28 Nov 13
Table Tennis Oct 24 – 28 Nov 13

For a complete calendar of activities and more information, please check out our website at

Group Fitness InnerVU

For a full list of group fitness classes, please go to our website at


Outdoor Recreation Adventure Trips


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To Sign up for an adventure trip online go to Find the specific type of trip on the Trip Schedule dropdown. Click link to register for that trip. You can pay with a credit card or a debit card.

For more information about a trip, the climbing wall, kayak workshops or equipment rentals, please e-mail to or call Linda at 615-343-7898.


DECEMBER 17 – 22 (Saturday – Thursday)
Steamboat Springs, CO

Cost: $800 + your Round Trip airfare to Denver, CO.
Sign-up by: Friday, Sept. 30
Ski Trip Deposit = $300

1. You must be part of VU and have an email address.
2. Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!


You choose your price/logistics:

>> Meet us in Denver, CO for $800

Price includes:  Shuttle Bus from DEN to Steamboat Springs, 4-day lift ticket, and 5 nights lodging.

>> Meet us in Steamboat Springs for $625

Price includes:  4-day lift ticket, and 5 nights lodging.

NOTE:  Each price increases by $50 on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Pre-Trip Meeting: Thursday, Oct. 27  at 5:30 p.m. in the Outdoor Rec. Center, located at 2600 Children’s Way.

Join us for our 21st annual semester break ski/snowboard trip! The price includes van/bus transportation (from Denver) to our condo, 5 nights lodging,and a 4-day lift ticket to Steamboat Springs, Ski Town USA, with 165 named trails and 16 lifts. You will need to meet us in Denver or in Steamboat. The base elevation is 6,900 feet, with 9,080 feet at mid mountain and 10,568’ on top of Mt. Werner. A shuttle runs from our condo to the resort, but it is also within walking distance. We will be staying in the La Casa Condominiums, located 150 yards from the slopes. These large condos have the usual, plus free wifi and laundry facilities on the premises. There are also inviting outdoor hot tubs for your enjoyment. The rate we are paying is for “full occupancy”, which means two people are assigned per bed. If you want a bed to yourself or if a group wants to secure a unit all to themselves, there will be an additional $320 fee for every spot less than 6.

Picture2DECEMBER 16 – 21 (Friday – Wednesday) WINTER BREAK
Canoeing and Island Camping
Cayo Costa State Park, Cayo Costa Island, FL
Cost:  $330

Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 21




  1. You must be part of VU and have an email address.
  2. Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!
  3.  Pay either $200 registration fee or pay the $330 in full.

Pre-Trip Meeting: Thursday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way.

Have you ever wanted to paddle out to a tropical island paradise and simply relax away from everything? If so, than this is the trip for you! Trade in the white snow up here in Tennessee for the white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. This trip starts with a road trip down to Southwest Florida, followed by a saltwater paddle to the barrier island of Cayo Costa, which is only accessible by boat. We will spend 2 days relaxing and exploring the island, and even a day paddle to Cabbage Key (the location Jimmy Buffet wrote “Cheese Burger in Paradise”) for… well … a cheeseburger in paradise! It is going to be a great mixture of adventure and relaxation in sunny South Florida this winter break. Estimate trip duration: 7:00 a.m. Fri. to 8:00 p.m. Wed.

COST INCLUDES: transportation (via 12-passenger van) to and from Vanderbilt University, camping/hotel fees, group and canoeing equipment, and in-camp meals. Space is limited to the first 10 people that sign up, so don’t delay.


NOVEMBER 5 – 6  (Saturday – Sunday)
The Great Stone Door at Savage Gulf, South Cumberland State Park, TN
Cost: $63
Sign-up by: Friday, Oct. 28


  1. You must be part of VU and have an email address.
  2. Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!


Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 5:00 p.m. at the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way.

Savage Gulf, home to the Great Stone Door, is a great place to go backpacking. On Saturday, we will hike to and through the door enroute to a trail on the bottom of the gorge, camping at the Alum Gap campsite. On Sunday a side hike to a pair of waterfalls and panoramic overlooks is a great way to start the day! Expect to hike 5 – 6 miles a day on moderately difficult trails. This trip is designed for the experienced backpacker or the ambitious beginner. The trails are rocky (and challenging) in places, and easy in other places. Overall,the reward is well worth the effort. Estimated trip duration: 7:00 a.m. Sat. – 6:00 p.m. Sun.

NOVEMBER 12 (Saturday)
Spelunking (aka Caving)
Indian Gravepoint Cave, TN
Cost:  $35
Sign-up by:  Friday, Nov, 4


  1. You must be part of VU and have an email address.
  2.  Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!


Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way.

This cave serves as a good introduction to the underground world.  Features include stalactites, pits, domes, crawls, walks, and climbs.  Be prepared for a physical workout,  to get dirty and to HAVE FUN!  Price includes caving equipment and batteries.  Estimated trip duration:  7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

NOVEMBER 13 (Sunday)
Kings Bluff, TN

Cost:  $33
Sign-up by: Friday, Nov. 4


  1. You must be part of VU and have an email address.
  2.  Click here to SIGN UP and pay on-line!

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 5:00 p.m. in the Outdoor Rec. Center, 2600 Children’s Way.

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 try the wall first!  Shoe rental = $7 extra. Estimated trip duration: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.



STUDENTS: Come out to MEMORIAL MADNESS this Friday, Oct. 28 to meet your 2016-17 Vanderbilt Basketball team and coaches!!


There will be FREE PIZZA for the first 200 students, FREE T-SHIRTS for the first 200 fans, and students can enter to win a pair of BEATS HEADPHONES! Following the pep rally, there will be an autograph session for all.

We can’t wait to see you at MEMORIAL MADNESS!

International Lens Film Series

In My Father’s House

Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sarratt Cinema
2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37240

Presented by Katherine Drotos Cuthbert, Student Wellbeing Coordinator.        

USA (2015) Dir. Annie Sundberg, Ricki Stern. The film explores identity and legacy in an African-American family as Grammy award-winning rapper Che ‘Rhymefest’ Smith and his long-lost father reconnect and try to build a new future in Chicago’s South Side. The film offers a probing take on memory and identity as it tracks Che and father’s shared journey to create a new legacy for themselves, their community and the next generation of family. English. Rated R. 93 Minutes. Blu-ray. Presented in collaboration with the Center for Student Wellbeing.