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Commodore Connection | June 2022
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Career Center launches Handshake partnership

The Career Center has launched a partnership with Handshake, the No. 1 online resource for students to find jobs. With more than 550,000 employers and 3.5 million jobs and internships in every industry, Handshake focuses on guiding your student to the right opportunities and makes it easy for employers to recruit them.

The Career Center has already created a profile for each student, and the goal is to achieve 100 percent student activation by Sept. 1. Here’s how you can help:
  • Make sure your student activates their profile
  • Have them fill out their job preferences and experience
  • Help them choose five interesting employers to follow
Activate Now
For any questions, email Grace Foy at
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Family Weekend registration opens July 29

Your family is part of ours, and we want to celebrate that with you at Family Weekend 2022! It will be full of fun activities and opportunities to learn about your student’s experience on campus. Make plans to come early; information sessions, panels and open houses begin on Friday, Sept. 9. Then help us cheer on our ’Dores when they take the gridiron against Wake Forest in football on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m.
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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.
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Volunteers needed for Move-In Day and Family Weekend

We invite our parent and family community to participate in the Vanderbilt experience by volunteering for the following campus events:
Move-In Day, Aug. 20
Welcome new Vanderbilt parents and families, answer questions and hand out flyers.
Family Weekend, Sept. 9–11
Greet families and assist with check-in.
If you are interested in volunteering, email We appreciate your help in welcoming our student families to campus.
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The Vanderbilt Alumni Association invites you and your family to Commodore Launch

For more than 50 years, Commodore Launch events—formerly Summer Send-Off parties—have taken place across the country and internationally to welcome incoming undergraduate students and their families into the Vanderbilt community.

As this hallmark series offers more than 45 events across the country this summer, there’s sure to be one near you!
Learn More and Register
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New vice provosts lead undergraduate education and arts and libraries

Two highly respected Vanderbilt faculty members, known for their academic leadership and impactful research, have taken on new roles to advance undergraduate education, scholarship and creative expression at the university. Tiffiny Tung, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Social and Natural Sciences, is vice provost for undergraduate education, and Tracy Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities and professor of African American and diaspora studies and French, is serving as vice provost for arts and libraries.

The vice provost roles have taken over the responsibilities held by Vanessa Beasley, who stepped down as vice provost for academic affairs and dean of residential faculty on June 30 to become the next president of Trinity University.
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John Kuriyan

Vanderbilt School of Medicine Basic Sciences names renowned scholar John Kuriyan as next dean

John Kuriyan, one of the world’s most esteemed structural biologists, will become dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Basic Sciences effective Jan. 1, 2023. Kuriyan’s appointment will advance the university’s goal of expanding its global research impact by leveraging fundamental investigations in molecular, cellular and developmental biology into foundational advances in drug discovery, pharmacology and genetic engineering.
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Vanderbilt ranked among nation’s top institutions for experiential learning

Vanderbilt is ranked among the nation’s top colleges and universities for experiential learning in Forage’s inaugural Experiential Learning Awards. The trans-institutional nature of Immersion Vanderbilt was cited as a key reason for the university’s strong results. Vanderbilt’s experiential model, which provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to pursue their passions and cultivate intellectual interests through an intensive learning experience and culminating project, seeks to cultivate students’ personal and professional skills beyond the classroom.
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Unity Project launches summer conversation series, ‘Unity Talks’

The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy has launched a series of conversations and interviews this summer featuring experts on the important issues facing America today. Guests include New York Times national political correspondent Jonathan Martin, American Enterprise Institute senior fellow Yuval Levin, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina and more.
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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.
Find Your Chapter
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Parents and Family Programs
PMB 401627 | 2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 7240-1627
Parent Information Line: (877) 887 2736 |

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