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Vanderbilt University
Commodore Connection | August 2022
Natalee Erb

Welcome letter from
Natalee Erb

Dear Vanderbilt families,

 My name is Natalee Erb, and I serve as the director of Residential Colleges. I coordinate and oversee initiatives across Vanderbilt’s residential college system, including student leadership development and learning outcomes, first-year seminars and orientation programming for incoming undergraduates. 
The Residential Colleges team offers several programs throughout the academic year, including International Student Orientation for international students and CommonVU Orientation and Vanderbilt Visions for all first-year students. Our orientation programming is designed to introduce incoming students to a variety of communities on campus and beyond, including those within their residences, academic classes and extracurricular interest areas. The required Vanderbilt Visions orientation program allows small groups of first-year students to discover college life together through weekly meetings during the fall semester and through connections to VUceptors, the faculty and upper-division student mentors who facilitate the program. We are thrilled to welcome your students to Vanderbilt through these activities that will allow them to ask questions, express ideas, and learn alongside each other.
As you and your students prepare for your arrival in Nashville, please see below for important information about campus and move-in. For a hub of all information relating to your student’s first few days on campus, visit the Welcome Week website. A warm Vanderbilt welcome to each of you as you embark on this exciting next step!

Natalee Erb
Director of Residential Colleges
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Informational Webinars

There have been a variety of informational webinars hosted by Residential Colleges this summer about aspects of campus life, including student involvement, financial aid, dining and more. If you missed any sessions, view recordings at the link below.
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Preparing for Move-in Day

The Office of Housing and Residential Experience looks forward to welcoming your student to their campus home. OHARE is excited about their arrival and has planned to make the move-in process quick and easy so that you can enjoy the day.

Move-in is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20. Students will be provided with a specific move-in time between 7 a.m. and noon with their room assignment information. 

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Family Weekend Registration is Open 

We can’t wait to host you for a memorable Family Weekend celebration on Vanderbilt’s campus, Sept. 9–11, 2022. It will be a weekend full of fun activities and opportunities to learn about your student’s college experience. Make plans to come early as information sessions, panels and open houses begin on Friday, Sept. 9.
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Where to Eat on Campus

Your student’s Vanderbilt Meal Plan can be redeemed in a variety of locations, including residential dining halls, retail dining centers, on-campus cafés and Munchie Marts. Most locations also take cash or credit card, if you would like to join them for a meal.
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Transportation around Campus and Nashville

Vanderbilt offers a variety of transportation options for travel around campus and Nashville for students, including bike racks around campus for personal use, free rides on Nashville’s bus system via the Commodore Card, the VandyRide nighttime shuttle service around campus, designated ridehail pick-up and drop-off locations and more.

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VandySafe App

The VandySafe app, available for iPhone and Android, integrates with the university's safety and security systems to provide students with added safety on campus. With VandySafe, users can contact VUPD via phone call or real-time chat, trigger a mobile Bluelight that shares their location instantly with VUPD, initiate a "Virtual Walkhome" where VUPD can monitor their walk and many more features.
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Everything You Need to Know About...

As Vanderbilt prepares to welcome students back to campus for a new academic year, the health and safety of the university community are still a top priority.

Vanderbilt University was founded almost 150 years ago. As the university has evolved and grown with each class, many favorite traditions have sprung up that celebrate the community and diversity that make Vanderbilt unique.

Campus support:
At Vanderbilt, resources supporting student needs are everywhere. Knowing where to look and whom to ask can help students navigate the university and set them on the right course to success.  

Hidden gems on campus:
Vanderbilt boasts many special places on campus worth exploring. Learn about a few of them at the link above.
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Discount Code for College Care Packages

Parents and Family Programs has partnered with a college care package company that provides gifts themed to six pillars (personal finance, life hacks, making connections, wellness, mindset and productivity) of college life. Gifts include task planning pads, small-space exercise equipment, organization products, healthy snacks and more. 
If you would like to purchase a care package for your student, use the code Vanderbilt22 to receive a 10 percent discount.
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A Special Note from Sandra Robinson, Director of Parents and Family Programs

This is the last of the special Commodore Connection series for incoming parents and guardians. We hope that these newsletters have been informative as you have been preparing to send your student to Vanderbilt. Starting in September, you will receive the same monthly Commodore Connection as all parents and families, and you will continue to do so until your student graduates. We are so glad to have you as part of our Vanderbilt community!
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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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