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Past Programs

2022-2023 Monthly Programs

October 2022

October 1

Target Audience: First-Year Students

The first athletic event of The Commons Cup was an Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. All ten houses completed and residents were encouraged to come cheer on their houses for Commons Cup points.

This was a closed students-only event.

 

 

 

 

October 2

The 16th Annual Lawson Lecture

Target Audience: All Undergraduate Students

All undergraduate students were invited to join the Office of the Dean of The Ingram Commons for the 16th annual Lawson Lecture. This event was held in person and recorded for future viewing.

This was a closed students-only event.

 

 

 

 

 

October 22

Commons Cup Yoga

Target Audience: First-Year Students

For the next Commons Cup event, all houses were invited to take part in a yoga class. Points were earned for houses based on the number of residents who came and participated in the event.

This was a closed students-only event.

 

 

 

 

 

A Commons Mix-Up Event: Fall Fun Fest

Target Audience: First-Year Students

All first-year students were invited to take part in our first of three Commons Mix-Up events – Fall Fun Fest! This event was hosted by Hank Ingram, Memorial, and Stambaugh houses. Students were able to do fall themed crafts while enjoying delicious snacks and fun activities!

This was a closed students-only event.

 

 

 

 

 

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September 2022

September 9

Fall for the Arts

Target Audience: All Undergraduate Students + Families 

To kick-off Family Weekend, the Office of the Dean of The Ingram Commons partnered with Parents and Family Programs to put on Fall for the Arts. This event celebrated art in all of its forms – from live student performances, to arts and crafts, delicious fall-themed food, caricature artists, and a screen-printing station with Hip Hues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 2022

August 17 – August 19

International Student Orientation (ISO)

Target Audience: First-year International Students

International Student Orientation (ISO) was a special orientation put on for all international first-year undergraduates. International transfer students and domestic students currently living abroad were also welcome to attend. After International Student Orientation, first-year international students participated in the required CommonVU Orientation.

This was a closed students-only event.

 

 

 

 

 

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August 20 – August 28

CommonVU Orientation

Target Audience: First-Year Students

CommonVU Orientation took place primarily before classes began, with some programming the weekend following classes. Orientation included sessions and activities that prepared students for their Vanderbilt journey. Through CommonVU Orientation, students learned more about their academic program, were introduced to extracurricular opportunities and campus resources, and got to know other members of the Class of 2026.

This was a closed students-only event.

 

 

 

 

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August 24, 2022

Upper Division Residential Colleges Welcome Back Parties

Target Audience: Residents of E. Bronson Ingram College, Moore College, Nicholas S. Zeppos College, Rothschild College, and Warren College

All residents of all four upper division residential colleges were invited to participate in a Welcome Back Party hosted by Residential Colleges and their faculty heads of college.

This was a closed students-only event.

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August 27, 2022

Class Celebration

Target Audience: First-Year Students

All first-year students were invited to participate in their Class of 2026 Celebration co-hosted by Orientation Leaders and Commons Resident Advisers to officially kickoff their time at Vanderbilt. This event featured fun activities, local food trucks, and tons of fabulous photo opportunities.

This was a closed students-only event.

 

 

 

 

 

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2021-2022 Year-Long Programs

Dinner at The Dean’s Residence: Telling Your Story

Target Audience: First-year Students

Throughout the 2021-2022 year all first-year students were encouraged to attend at least one of the Dinners at the Dean’s Residence. Each week students were able to enjoy a meal with Dean Gresalfi and a special guest to learn about the importance of telling our stories.

Some of the guests from this past year included:

  • Prof. Kitt Carpenter – Founder and Director of the TIPS-supported Vanderbilt LGBT Policy Lab, the Director of the Program in Public Policy Studies, and the faculty facilitator for Q&A (Queer & Asian).
  • Prof. Luis Leyva – A first-generation, queer Latino college graduate who grew up in a Cuban immigrant household. He has worked for several years in undergraduate enrichment programs for historically marginalized students in STEM and is passionate about issues of intersectional justice.
  • Chancellor Diermeier – Daniel Diermeier is the ninth chancellor of Vanderbilt University and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research. He is an internationally renowned political scientist and management scholar whose teaching and research focus on formal political theory, political institutions, the interaction of business and politics, text analytics, behavioral models of politics, and crisis and reputation management.
  • Provost Raver – C. Cybele Raver is Vanderbilt’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Raver oversees all faculty, staff, programs and initiatives for Vanderbilt’s 10 schools and colleges. She also leads the university’s research, admissions, student affairs and residential life.
  • Vice Chancellor André Churchwell – Dr. Churchwell currently serves as the vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and is the chief diversity officer for Vanderbilt University. He was selected as the the inaugural Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D. Chair, an honor awarded to a medical school faculty member who is a leader in diversity, and serves as a professor of medicine (cardiology), radiology and radiological sciences, and biomedical engineering.

This was a closed students-only event.

The Commons Cup Spring Events

Target Audience: First-Year Students

The Ingram Commons was excited to continue the annual Commons Cup competition throughout the spring semester! Students competed in competitions ranging from athletic to academic, service-minded and community-focused. Houses earned points based on winning as well as participating in events planned and put on by The Ingram Commons. Students were encouraged to cheer on their house and try something new throughout the many competition offerings.

This was a closed students-only event.

 

Weekly Study Break Events – The Ingram Commons

Target Audience: First-Year Students

Each week all ten houses hosted a social event for their residents and other members of The Ingram Commons. Events typically involved a variety of snacks for students to enjoy.

This was a closed students-only event.

 

 

 

Weekly Study Break Events – Upper-Division Colleges

Target Audience: Upper-Division Students

Each week each of the colleges hosted a social event for their residents and other members of the upper-division colleges. Events typically involved a variety of snacks for students to enjoy.

This was a closed students-only event.

 

 

 

 

2021-2022 Monthly programs

April 2022 Programs

April 8, 2022

The Murray Murder Mystery at the Gillette Roulette: A Commons Mix-Up Event

Target Audience: First-Year Students

All first-year students were invited to join Murray House and Gillette House for casino games and a chance at some cool prizes while trying to figure out whodunnit from a list of fun characters.

Everyone who guessed the culprit correctly were entered into a drawing for one of three prizes (including an Amazon Echo Dot!). There were also be tiny prizes for everyone as a thank you for coming!

This was a closed students-only event.

 

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April 24, 2022

The Commons Ball 2022: The Botanical Ball

Target Audience: All Undergraduate Students 

The Commons Lawns

The House Presidents cordially invited all undergraduate students to The Commons Ball 2022. The Commons Lawns were transformed into a magical new landscape with dancing, activities, photos, and decadent food. This event was open to all members of the Vanderbilt community and was a meal swipe event.

This was a closed students-only event.

 

 

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March 2022 Programs

March 21, 2022 – March 25, 2022

Service Week 2022: Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness

Target Audience: First-Year Students

As part of The Commons Cup this year the Service Commissioners hosted a week dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual assault. First-year students were encouraged to attend events aimed at bringing awareness to sexual assault and helping prevent it in the future.

This was a closed students-only event.

 

 

 

 

 

March 22, 2022

The Crawford Lecture

Target Audience: All Undergraduate Students + Campus Partners

Residential Colleges and the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs hosted this year’s Frank Armstrong Crawford Lecture on Women, Leadership, and Engaged Citizenship. This year’s speaker was Sarah Smarsh, author of Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 25, 2022

North House x Stambaugh House Commons Mix Up Event: March Radness

Target Audience: First-Year Students

All students were invited to join Stambaugh House and North House for another Commons Mix-Up Event! This carnival-style extravaganza featured delicious food, games, and more.

This was a closed students-only event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 27, 2022

Commons Cup Volleyball Tournament

All first-year students were invited to take part in the FINAL Commons Cup event of the year! Students from all ten houses were able to earn last minute points by playing and cheering on their team through this fun and friendly outdoor competition.

This was a closed students-only event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 30, 2022

Commons Field Trip Series: What the Constitution Means to Me

Target Audience: First-Year Students

All first-year students were invited to the next installment of our Commons Fieldtrip Series. In celebration of Women’s History Month, participants met for dinner at the Dean’s Residence and then carpooled to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center to view the 2019 Tony nominated Best Play and Pulitzer Prize finalist, What the Constitution Means to Me.

This was a closed students-only event. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2022 Programs

February 3, 2022  – February 10, 2022

Pull Tab Competition

Target Audience: First-Year Students

As part of The Commons Cup this year each house donated pull tabs to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville. This was a great opportunity to earn points for the Commons Cup while giving back to an amazing cause.

This was a closed students-only event.

 

 

 

February 18, 2022

Espresso Yourself

Target Audience: Upper-Division Students

All residents of Bronson, Moore, Warren, and Zeppos Colleges were invited to join their college presidents and Residential Colleges for Espresso Yourself! This coffee-house themed event featured Proverbial Cup, desserts, and student performances by residents from all four colleges.

This was a closed students-only event.

 

 

 

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February 18, 2022

Commons Mix-Up Event: Game Show Night Hosted by East and Hank Ingram Houses

Target Audience: First-Year Students

Residents of The Ingram Commons were invited to join East House and Hank Ingram House for the next Commons Mix Up Event. The two houses hosted a Game Show Night with tons of games to play and prizes to win.

This was a closed students-only event.

 

 

 

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February 20, 2022

Indoor Recreation Tournament

Target Audience: First-Year Students

This event for The Commons Cup featured a variety of indoor games and competitions. Students were encouraged to come and either compete or cheer on their house for points.

This was a closed students-only event.

 

 

 

 

February 23, 2022

14th Annual Murray Lecture

Target Audience: All Undergraduate Students + Campus Partners 

Members of the Vanderbilt community were invited to join Residental Colleges in hearing from special guest Assistant Professor of Education at Penn State College of Education LaWanda W. M. Ward for the annual Murray Lecture. Professor Ward’s talk was titled “Make it Make Sense: Racial Justice, Spirituality, & Law.”

 

 

 

 

 

February 27, 2022

Commons Cup Spring Trivia

Target Audience: First-Year Students

Students were invited to come take part in Spring Trivia as part of The Commons Cup. Students were able to earn their house points by competing or simply showing up and cheering on their house!

This was a closed students-only event.

 

 

 

January 2022 Programs

January 19, 2022

eVALUEating your Motivation: Using Values to Drive your Life

Target Audience: First-Year Students

Throughout the year, the Commons Leadership Council hosts workshops aimed at helping all first-year students to grow in a variety of ways. In January the Commons Leadership Council Workshop partnered with the Office of Student Organizations, Leadership, and Service to discuss values.

In this session students dove deeper into the things that motivate, drive decisions, and make us all who we are.

This was a closed students-only event

 

December 2021 Programs

December 1, 2021

Commons Leadership Council Seminar: Is the Win Worth It?

Target Audience: First-year Students

Over the course of the year, The Ingram Commons offers four Professional Development Seminars during the CLC meetings. These sessions are open to all Commons residents and cover a variety of topics. This seminar was led by the Project Safe and counted towards The Commons Cup.

Ask yourself: Is the Win Worth It? What elements contribute to healthy competition? What role can you play in contributing to a healthy environment on The Commons and in the Vanderbilt Community?

This was a closed students-only event.

 

December 3, 2021

Pajama Night Stress Relief Event: Hosted by the HPAC Vice Presidents

 

Target Audience: First-year Students

Commons residents were invited to join their HPAC vice presidents for a fun-filled pajama night event to relieve stress before finals. S’mores, hot chocolate, fuzzy socks, and Vanderbilt beanies were available.

This was a closed students-only event.

 

 

 

December 4, 2021

Disney’s The Muppet Christmas Carol in live concert with the Nashville Symphony

Target Audience: First-year Students

Throughout the year the Office of the Dean of The Ingram Commons hosts fieldtrips for students to take part in various experiences off campus. These events typically involve a meal and activity on campus before going off-campus to take part in something unique to Nashville.

On Friday, December 2, students participated in a night of gingerbread house decorating and pizza, followed by a trip to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center to hear the Nashville Symphony perform the score for Disney’s The Muppet Christmas Carol.

 

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December 10, 2021

End of Semester Study Break

Target Audience: First-year Students

All first-year students were invited to take a break from studying to destress at The Ingram Commons! There was delicious food, fun activities, massage therapists, and more. 

 

 

 

 

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November 2021 Programs

October 31, 2021 – November 7, 2021

Commons Unplugged Week

Target Audience: First-year Students 

Students were invited to join The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons for a week dedicated to “unplugging” and creating a more sustainable Vanderbilt. Several events were offered throughout the week to help students learn more about the importance of sustainability and how to be more sustainable. Commons Cup points were given for participation throughout the week.

This was a closed students-only event.

November 9, 2021

Friendsgiving

Target Audience: Upper-division Students 

Upper-division students from across the residential college system were invited to the Kissam Center for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and fall celebration. This event featured custom-made coffee from Proverbial Cup, a Veterans Day service project, delicious fall themed food, and a fun craft. 

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This was a closed students-only event.

November 11, 2021

Fisk Jubilee Singers: The Sesquicentennial Concert

Target Audience: First-year Students 


Students joined the Office of the Dean of The Ingram Commons for a concert with the Fisk Jubilee Singers at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The Fisk Jubilee Singers were organized as a choral ensemble in 1871, playing an important role in introducing and sustaining the tradition of the Negro spiritual. The ensemble traveled throughout the world in the 1800s, singing songs that were sacred to them and raising money to support Nashville’s Fisk University. Dinner took place at the Dean’s Residence before attending the concert.

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This was a closed students-only event.

November 12, 2021

Commons Mix-Up Event between Memorial and West Houses -“MemWest Inter-NASH-ional Fest”

Target Audience: First-year Students 

First-year students were invited to join Memorial and West Houses for a fun event centered around delicious food from all over the globe! The event featured snacks from around the world while also creating space for students to relax and unwind after a busy week. This event was the second of four Commons Mix-Up Events.

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This was a closed students-only event.

November 14, 2021

Commons Cup Fall Trivia

Target Audience: First-year Students

All first-year students were encouraged to come cheer their houses on as they competed in the final Commons Cup event of the semester – Fall Trivia! Students formed teams and answered trivia questions from any number of topics. Points were given out to the overall winners as well as the houses with the most support and participation from its residents.

This was a closed students-only event.

November 29, 2021

Chanukah at The Commons

Target Audience: First-year Students


Students were invited to an event co-hosted by The Ingram Commons and Vanderbilt Chabad celebrating Chanukah! There were hot latkes, a menorah lighting, dreidels and gelt, menorah decorating and more!

This was a closed students-only event.

RECOVER Holistic Healing Workshops

Target Audience: All Undergraduate Students

As part of The Ingram Commons Rejuvenation Series, students were invited to a RECOVER Holistic Healing Workshop. This event featured a healing touch session with Shay Jackson.

Shay Jackson is a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner (HTP) and Reiki Master, and the owner of Chakra Shay. She’s passionate about spreading awareness about the chakra system and benefits of healing.

This was a closed students-only event.

October 2021 Programs

Friday, October 1

Fall for the Arts

Target Audience: All Undergraduate Students + Families 

To kick-off Family Weekend, the Office of the Dean of The Ingram Commons partnered with Parents and Family Programs to put on Fall for the Arts. This event celebrated art in all of its forms – from live student performances, to arts and crafts, delicious fall-themed food, caricature artists, and a screen-printing station with Hip Hues.

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Sunday, October 10

The Lawson Lecture

Target Audience: All Undergraduate Students

All undergraduate students were invited to join the Office of the Dean of The Ingram Commons for the 15th annual Lawson Lecture. This event was held in person, but also live-streamed and recorded for future viewing.

This was a closed students-only event.

Sunday, October 10

The Commons Cup Kickball Tournament

Target Audience: First-year Students

All first-year students were able to cheer on their houses as they competed in this year’s kickball tournament. Every house created a team made up of students representing each floor of the house. Points were given to the winner of the tournament, as well as the house with the most participation for the event.

This was a closed students-only event.

Friday, October 29

Commons Mix-Up Event between Crawford and Sutherland Houses – “Nightmare on Upper Quad”

Target Audience: First-year Students

Students were invited to join Crawford House and Sutherland House for a spooky event with something for everyone! There was a Haunted House at Crawford house with three floors of jump scares and thrills. Food and activities were spread out throughout the first floor of Sutherland house. Murray House also hosted a photo booth and delicious ‘Murray Mocktails’.

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This was a closed students-only event.

 

September 2021 Programs 

Sunday, September 12

The Commons Cup Kick-Off 

Target Audience: First-year Students

First-year students were able to meet and learn more about the annual Commons Cup event! Each house had the opportunity to earn points and get their peers excited for the upcoming competitions.

This was a closed students-only event.

Sunday, September 26

The Commons Cup Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

Target Audience: First-year students

The first event of The Commons Cup was an Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. All ten houses competed. Residents came out to cheer on their houses and Hank Ingram House walked away with the gold medal.

This was a closed students-only event.

August 2021 Programs

Wednesday, August 18 – Friday, August 20

International Student Orientation

Target Audience: First-year international Students

International Student Orientation (ISO) was a special orientation put on for all international first-year undergraduates. International transfer students and domestic students currently living abroad were also welcome to attend, but it was not required. After International Student Orientation, first-year international students also participated in the required CommonVU Orientation.

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Saturday, August 21 – Tuesday, August 24

CommonVU Orientation 

Target Audience: First-year Students

CommonVU Orientation took place prior to the start of classes in August. Orientation included sessions and activities that prepared students for their Vanderbilt journey. Through CommonVU Orientation, students learned more about their academic program, were introduced to extracurricular opportunities and campus resources, and got to know other members of the Class of 2025.

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Wednesday, August 25

Welcome Back Parties 

Target Audience: Upper-division Students

Upper-division students were able to spend time with their faculty head of house and other college residents. There were crafts, free screen-printing with Hip Hues, delicious food, and more!

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This was a closed students-only event.

Saturday, August 28

Class of 2025 Party 

Target Audience: First-year Students

All first-year students were invited to participate in their Class of 2025 Party co-hosted by Orientation Leaders and Commons Resident Advisers to officially kickoff their time at Vanderbilt. There was screen-printing from Hip Hues, dancing, delicious treats from Retro Sno and other local food trucks, and tons of fabulous photo opportunities.

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