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Commodore Connection | December 2023

Vanderbilt works to expand global engagement; Sharpley-Whiting named to new vice provost role

The university will expand its presence, reputation and impact around the globe with the appointment of Tracy Sharpley-Whiting as vice provost for global engagement, a new role that will lead efforts to bring the world to Vanderbilt and bring Vanderbilt to the world.
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This Month’s Topic: Academic Advising and Registration 

As we seek to support our students at Vanderbilt, I wanted to share some information about registration and the unique approaches to academic advising across four undergraduate schools. It is important to note that each school handles advising differently. However, they all utilize the Undergraduate Catalog to guide students. The Undergraduate Catalog is a wealth of information regarding courses of study at Vanderbilt.
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Volunteers needed for Incoming Parent Welcome Outreach!

As a volunteer, you will receive a list of five to 10 incoming parents. Your role will be to engage with them through a welcome email during the spring admissions phases, contributing to a supportive network. Our goal is for every incoming parent to receive a welcome email from a current parent. Help us welcome and connect with the newest members of our Vanderbilt community!
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Supporting your student’s career journey 

The Career Center shares the top five things that parents can do to support their students on their career empowerment journey during Winter Break:
  1. Encourage them to engage with the VandyPASS Winter Break experience set: Winter break is an excellent time for your student to enhance their skills and build their professional portfolio. Being on winter break offers a prime opportunity for networking, attending career-related events, completing skills courses or even job shadowing, all of which can expand their professional network and open doors for their future. The VandyPASS winter break experience set provides students with a variety of activities for students to complete to hone their professional skill sets to make themselves more marketable to employers. Students who complete a select amount of activities in the winter break experience set will also be put in a drawing for an Echo Dot speaker. Encourage your student to lean into making the most of their break while still allowing them time to connect with family and friends.
  2. Review the Picture Your Career Workbook: Using visual thinking techniques, this workbook will help your student discover their strengths, develop their vision, design a path forward and deliver their talent.
  3. Explore the What Can I Do with This Major online resource. Have them click the Career & Major Exploration menu option and select the link from the drop-down list.
  4. Have them watch A Student’s Guide to Rocking the Networking Game – listening to Vanderbilt graduates share their experiences with networking.
  5. Remind them to update their Handshake Profile to include new industry interests or post-graduation goals—this helps the Handshake algorithm expose them to more relevant opportunities, events and employers!
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Connect locally at Parent Socials

Want to meet other Vanderbilt families in your area? Parent Socials are a wonderful opportunity for VU families to engage with one another on a regional level and foster deeper connections in a small casual setting. Check out these upcoming events! 
Minneapolis, MN – Jan. 18 
Arlington, VA – Jan. 20
Raleigh, NC – Jan. 21

Save the Date! Registration coming soon. 
Boston, MA – Jan. 21
San Francisco, CA – Feb. 6

No social near you? Click the link below if you are interested in having a Parent Social in your area.
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Ingram Scholars Program celebrates 30 years 

The Ingram Scholars Program, founded in 1993 by then-Board of Trust Chairman E. Bronson Ingram, has led to transformative student experiences for many at Vanderbilt who, in turn, have given service to Nashville and communities around the globe.
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Sophomore Sharmila Adapa awarded prestigious Future Nobel Laureate Scholarship 

Adapa, an Ingram Scholar double majoring in medicine, health and society and economics in the College of Arts and Science, will travel to Sweden in December as one of only 10 students globally to receive a 2023 Future Nobel Laureate Scholarship.
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Berg family gift to establish global artist-in-residence program and Dean’s Faculty Fellowships in the arts

A landmark gift from current Vanderbilt parents Allison and Larry Berg will establish the Berg Global Artist-in-Residence program to bring visiting artists to campus, as well as two Berg Dean’s Faculty Fellowships in the College of Arts and Science.
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Save the dates for Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth’s summer programs

It might be getting chilly in Nashville, but PTY is already thinking about summer 2024!

PTY programs are intended to meet the needs of advanced students with accelerated learning opportunities. Instructors are talented scholars, graduate students and professionals from Vanderbilt and the wider Nashville community. 

Vanderbilt Summer Academy – Residential experiences for students in rising 7th through 12th grades. One-week and two-week options are available based on grade. 

Find program dates and timelines here.

Summer Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young – Day program for students in rising first through sixth grades. Six one-week options in June and July are available. 

 Find session dates and application information here.

Career Connections at SAVY – Day program for students in rising seventh and eighth grades. Three one-week July options are available.  

For information about summer employment opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students and professionals, visit 
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Vanderbilt Chapter Events

Parents are invited to attend the Vanderbilt Chapter events. Come out and meet fellow Vanderbilt parents and alumni in your area.

Save the Date | Jan. 30: Miami, FL – Dare to Grow Miami
Atlanta Chapter Event |  Jan. 7: Atlanta, GA – Skate the Station
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Parents and Family Programs
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Nashville, TN 7240-1627
Parent Information Line: (877) 887 2736 |

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