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Commodore Connection | January 2024

Upcoming parent webinars

Nurturing Success: A Parent’s Guide to Vanderbilt’s Support Services 
Jan. 29 | 11–11:45 a.m. CT  
As a parent, your child’s success is a priority! University students face a variety of challenges throughout their academic journey that may impact their holistic success. We know it’s not always easy to manage physical, emotional and other wellbeing concerns while keeping up with the rigors of schoolwork. During this presentation, you will learn more about support resources available through Vanderbilt’s Student Care Network that are designed to help nurture your student’s wellbeing and how you can help foster opportunities for your student to be proactive in their own wellness. 
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Immersion Vanderbilt: Cultivating Knowledge through Experiential Learning 
Feb. 22 | 12:00–12:45 p.m. CT 
Immersion Vanderbilt is a degree requirement for all Vanderbilt undergraduate students. Through Immersion Vanderbilt, students transform ideas into action, explore their passions and make a difference in the world. Join Carolyn Floyd, Senior Director, Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt, to learn more about how you can support your student as they engage in their immersive experience and culminating project. 
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This Month’s Topic: Life After Vanderbilt  

Our students’ pathway to an internship or landing that first job is very different from the one many of us took. This month’s article focuses on how our students prepare for this part of college life. Read on for insights from alumni and parents that are taking an active role in helping our students with internships and jobs. We will also reference the university’s on-campus resources. Perhaps these insights can help guide your dialogue when speaking to your student or other students at Vanderbilt about this topic.
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Save the Date for Family Weekend 2024

Start planning your trip to visit campus on Sept. 6–8 for Family Weekend! 
The weekend’s activities will start Friday morning, so we encourage you to make your travel arrangements accordingly to make the most of your time on campus with your Commodore. Our Visiting Nashville page has information on hotel discounts and things to do around Nashville.  
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Connect locally at upcoming Parent Socials  

Want to meet other Vanderbilt families in your area? Parent Socials are a wonderful opportunity for Vanderbilt 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
Boston, MA – Jan. 21
Westchester, NY – Jan. 21
Nigeria (Virtual) – Jan. 21
San Francisco, CA – Feb. 6

Save the date 
Jacksonville, FL – Feb. 18
Orlando, FL – Feb. 25 
No social near you? Click the link below if you are interested in having a Parent Social in your area. 
I am interested in hosting a Parent Social!

Daring to Grow: The stories that shaped Vanderbilt in 2023 

From celebrating its 150th anniversary to launching the most ambitious fundraising campaign in university history, from reaching new heights in research funding to fostering civil discourse and a culture of belonging on campus, Vanderbilt marked its strongest year ever by many measures in 2023. 
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Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education to drive trans-institutional innovation in teaching and learning 

Vanderbilt’s Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education, or AdvancED, helps faculty explore new ways to connect with students—whether on campus or online. 
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Cleaning out your closet? We want your professional attire! 

Help launch Vanderbilt’s new Commodore Closet initiative led by the Vanderbilt Career Center and Vanderbilt Student Government. This initiative aims to provide professional attire for students in need and expand the reach that the Career Center’s gift card program has already provided for students.  
We are looking for gently used clothing, so our students have a diverse selection as we head into spring recruiting season. We will take slacks, blazers, dress shoes, belts, ties, blouses, dresses, skirts, polos, and button-downs. The Commodore Closet space will open in February 2024. 
We will collect donations until Feb. 1.  
Career Center representatives will be available starting Jan. 5 to coordinate drop-off details. We also welcome packages by ordering from this Amazon Wishlist
Thank you for your help in providing professional attire to all students at Vanderbilt University.   

Upcoming Vanderbilt Chapter & Regional Events

Parents are invited to attend Vanderbilt Chapter & regional events. Come out and meet fellow Vanderbilt parents, alumni, and friends in your area. 

Chapter Events 
Jan. 23: New York, NY – New York New Year Party
Jan. 25: Washington, D.C. – D.C. Chapter New Year Gathering 
Find Your Chapter
Regional Events 
Jan. 30: Miami, FL – Dare to Grow Miami 
Save the Date | Mar. 4: Dallas, TX – Dare to Grow Dallas 
Save the Date | Mar. 18: Atlanta, GA – Dare to Grow Atlanta 
Important Links headline

Parents and Family Programs
PMB 401627 | 2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 7240-1627
Parent Information Line: (877) 887 2736 |

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