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Commodore Connection | July 2022
Melissa Gresalfi

Welcome letter from Melissa Gresalfi

Dear Vanderbilt families,

My name is Melissa Gresalfi, and I am the dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt University. It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the Commodore community. As dean of The Ingram Commons, I oversee academic programming for the first-year experience at Vanderbilt with the goal of building inclusive communities among students and faculty from diverse backgrounds and creating opportunities for learning outside the classroom.
We know that preparing for the transition to college can be intense, exciting and a bit intimidating for students and families alike. For that reason, we have developed a series of events to help you learn more about what to expect over the coming months. I enjoyed speaking with many of you at the “Welcome to the Vanderbilt Family” webinar in May, which I’ve linked here in case you missed it. I will also be hosting another webinar, “Life on The Ingram Commons,” on July 20 and hope you will join me there. You may register here. In addition, Residential Colleges offers weekly sessions on Instagram Live every Monday at 3 p.m. CT that address topics from academic resources to housing and dining. 
In the newsletter below, you will find information about how your students can get involved in the many campus opportunities Vanderbilt has to offer. I also invite you to connect with The Commons on Facebook and Residential Colleges on Instagram for the latest updates. 
I hope to see many of you on July 20 and, again, welcome to Vanderbilt!

Melissa Gresalfi
Dean of the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons
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‘Life on The Ingram Commons’ webinar

Join Dean Gresalfi and a panel of campus partners for a discussion about what to expect upon arrival in the fall. Panelists will include representatives from Campus Dining, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Housing and Residential Experience, the Office of the University Registrar, Residential Colleges and the Student Care Network.
July 20
6–7 p.m. CT

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CommonVU Orientation

The required CommonVU Orientation offers activities and programs for first-year students to introduce them to the living-learning communities of their houses and The Ingram Commons, the faculties and academic classes of their schools, the norms and values of the Vanderbilt community, upper-division students and their organizations and Nashville. Additionally, students will meet their student and faculty VUceptors who will serve as guides throughout their first semester at Vanderbilt. The official orientation schedule will be available in early August. 
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Vanderbilt Visions

Vanderbilt Visions allows groups of new students to discover college life together. All first-year students will be assigned to one of 90+ visions groups. These groups—each of which is made up of about 18 first-year students—meet weekly throughout the fall semester. Visions groups help students form strong connections and support networks with classmates across different houses, schools, perspectives and geographical backgrounds and assist with their transition to becoming successful college students. Visions also connect students with a faculty member and an upper-division student peer mentor, called faculty and student VUceptors. Visions encourage students to express their questions, ideas and opinions and learn from and with each other.

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Anchor Link

Anchor Link is a crucial tool for student organizations, helping leaders engage with members, publicize events, post important news or receive applications. As Vanderbilt’s student involvement system, it is the primary source for student to become involved on campus and manage their experiences outside the classroom. Anchor Link serves as the central calendar for student life and has groups for every registered student organization, residence hall and living-learning community on campus as well as a variety of university departments, programs and resources.

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The Hub

The Hub is Vanderbilt’s information portal for undergraduate students. The Hub provides one centralized portal through which undergraduate students can locate the resources they need to reach their academic, co-curricular and personal goals.
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Identity centers

Vanderbilt’s student organizations and identity centers enable students with shared interests to find one another in an environment that is supportive, welcoming and inclusive.

By bringing students together outside of the classroom, these organizations increase collective social mobility and provide additional opportunities for dialogue and immersion. Student organizations and identity centers enhance the vibrant Vanderbilt community and create opportunities for students to empower and learn from one another.
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Student organizations

Vanderbilt is home to more than 500 registered student organizations, united in their goals to embrace students’ commonalities, activate engagement and strengthen the Vanderbilt community. Specific organizations range from Vanderbilt Student Government and other forms of shared governance to special interest groups like the Geology Club, Running Club and Vanderbilt Piano Society, among many others, to official associations like the American Medical Student Association and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.
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Experience Vanderbilt

Experience Vanderbilt is a student-led, university-supported initiative that provides undergraduate students who qualify for need-based financial aid with funding for extracurricular activities that have fees. These extracurricular activities include student organizations, club sports, arts and cultural experiences, service trips, outdoor recreation trips, Greek Life or any official Vanderbilt student organization that has fees associated with participation. 
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Important checklist from the Office of the Dean of Students

Make sure your student has adequate renter’s insurance. More details can be found here.
Make sure your student has the required health insurance coverage, and, if necessary, complete the waiver by the deadline. More details can be found here.
Consider purchasing adequate tuition insurance.  Vanderbilt has partnered with GradGuard to offer a completely optional tuition protection plan. More details can be found here.
Subscribe to the new AlertVU public portal for community members who are not students, faculty, or staff of the university. Learn more and subscribe here.

Family Weekend registration opens July 29

Mark your calendars for Family Weekend on Sept. 9–11! Join the Vanderbilt community for activities, football, open houses, food and fun! Registration will launch on July 29, and a full schedule of events will be coming later this summer.
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The Vanderbilt Alumni Association invites you and your family to a Commodore Launch  

Commodore Launches are a 50+ year tradition focused on welcoming incoming students and families to the Vanderbilt community. Join fellow students, families and alumni as we welcome our newest Commodores and launch their Vanderbilt experience! 
There will be celebrations throughout the summer across the country and globe. More parties may be added, so be sure to check back frequently. 
Find Your Party
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