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Commodore Connection | June 2022
G.L. Black

Welcome letter from G.L. Black

Dear Vanderbilt families,

Congratulations on joining our Vanderbilt community! We are excited to welcome you and your student. In my role as vice provost for student affairs and dean of students, I am privileged to take a central role in your student’s learning, development and experience as an undergraduate. My office creates opportunities to involve students in diverse learning communities and provides a critical structure for enriching the overall student experience.

To help students navigate the expansive opportunities and inevitable stressors of their first year at Vanderbilt, our Student Affairs division seeks to promote a culture of connection, care and flourishing that enables students to achieve their academic and interpersonal goals.

We hope your student will quickly become familiar with Vanderbilt’s Student Care Network—our holistic network of student health and wellness services and community resources bolstered by four primary offices, including Student Care Coordination, the University Counseling Center, the Student Health Center and the Center for Student Wellbeing.

Vanderbilt’s health and wellness infrastructure is intended to provide the care, guidance and support for your student to grow and thrive at Vanderbilt and beyond. Please read the rest of this newsletter for more information on all aspects—physical, mental and emotional—of student well-being at Vanderbilt.

Again, we could not be more thrilled to welcome your student to campus in August.

G.L. Black
Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
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Student Care Network

The Student Care Network is a holistic network of services and resources pertaining to health and wellness available to all Vanderbilt University students who have paid the Student Health Fee. Resources are available for categories such as emotional, financial, physical and social wellness.
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Zerfoss Student Health Center

The Zerfoss Student Health Center is here to serve the primary care needs of the Vanderbilt student community. There are no office co-pays for routine visits, and all registered students are eligible for care, regardless of insurance coverage. The Student Health Center’s mission is to enhance the academic experience of students by providing quality primary health care services in a nurturing and cost-effective manner. Whether your student is sick or injured, managing a chronic health problem or working to develop a healthier lifestyle, the Student Health Center is here to help.
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Health Care Provider Recommendations

For most medical situations, it is best for students to begin with a visit to the Student Health Center or a primary care physician. During evenings and weekends, urgent care centers are an option if they cannot wait for treatment. The Student Health Center has compiled a list of health care providers in Nashville that are available for students. The list can be found here.
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Student Health Insurance Plan

All students are automatically enrolled in—and will be billed for—the Student Health Insurance Plan. Students with comparable health insurance coverage may request to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan by completing the waiver form. The waiver form will become available on June 15, 2022. The deadline to submit the waiver form is Aug. 1, 2022.
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Family Weekend 2022

Save the Date for Family Weekend 2022 on campus Sept. 9–11!

Your family is part of ours, and we want to celebrate that with you. It will be a weekend full of fun activities and opportunities to learn about your student’s experience on campus. Make plans to come early as information sessions, panels and open houses begin on Friday, Sept. 9. Plus, help us cheer on our ’Dores versus Wake Forest in football on Saturday, Sept. 10!

Registration opens July 29. More information, including 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! Celebrations will be held throughout the summer across the country and globe. More parties may be added, so be sure to check back frequently.
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Summer Orientation Webinars

WATCH NOW: Welcome to the Vanderbilt Family Webinar
On May 25, Dean of The Ingram Commons Melissa Gresalfi welcomed members of the Class of 2026 and their parents and families. In this webinar, Gresalfi provided an overview of the checklist of items each student should plan to complete before arriving in the fall. She outlined essential information found in The Road to Vanderbilt and answered questions live. Watch the recording here.

UPCOMING EVENT: Life on The Ingram Commons | July 20, 6-7 p.m. CT
Join Dean Gresalfi and a panel of campus partners for a discussion about what to expect upon arrival in the fall. Panelists 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. Register in advance to receive the Zoom link.
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