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Commodore Connection | September 2023

Vanderbilt University launches Dialogue Vanderbilt

In a reaffirmation of its commitment to free expression, Vanderbilt University launched Dialogue Vanderbilt. The initiative aims to provide a range of programs to students, faculty and the broader community to promote civil discourse and better understand and address political polarization.
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Registration is open for Family Weekend 

Join us on campus Oct.13–15 for a special opportunity as Vanderbilt dares to grow. Learn about your student’s experience, build ties with our community and enjoy the beauty of Vanderbilt in the fall. Weekend events include a Conversation with the Chancellor, campus tours, inspiring informational sessions, a family tailgate and more! Because single-game tickets to the football game against Georgia are sold out, we will provide two TV screens and light snacks for game viewing.
Registration is $50 per adult family member if you register before Oct. 13. Registration includes dinner and entertainment at Fall for the Arts, food and fun at the football tailgate, a chef-crafted menu at Farewell Breakfast and much more! Admission for Vanderbilt students is free, but they must be included on your registration.
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PAFA Perspectives

A monthly feature for parents by parents, written by the  Parents and Family Association Board Chairs Roseann and Jeff Gapusan

For many parents, the prospect of their children receiving a college education is taken for granted. For some, it represents a lifelong dream to be able to contribute to this opportunity. For others, it signifies an achievement unprecedented within the family. Yet, once students set foot on campus, they encounter a shared challenge: discovering their place within the Vanderbilt community. Enrolling at Vanderbilt means more than just acquiring a world-class education. A genuine Vanderbilt experience involves active participation in campus organizations and activities.
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Volunteers needed for Family Weekend! 

If you are looking for a fun way to get more involved in the Vanderbilt community and meet other families, consider serving as a Family Weekend volunteer! Volunteers help with check-in, greet guests, hand out giveaways and more! Complete our volunteer sign-up form below, and we will reach out with more information. 
I Want to Volunteer

You at VU web portal provides belonging, well-being resources

At Vanderbilt, fostering a deep sense of belonging for every community member is a core value. To that end, the university has launched a web portal called “You at VU,” a one-stop spot where students, staff, postdocs and faculty can find ways to connect with others, engage across campus and discover well-being support and resources.
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Fight the flu with Flulapalooza

The Student Health Center recommends that all students get an influenza vaccination this fall—getting the flu shot is the best way to reduce the risk of getting and spreading the flu.

Flulapalooza will be Wednesday, Sept. 27, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the tent between Light Hall and the VA Hospital. This fun filled, efficient and fast-paced event is open to all VU and VUMC faculty, staff and students. There is no cost for the vaccine, and thousands are expected to attend.

Students should bring their Vanderbilt ID and wear short sleeves.
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Send a personalized sweet treat to your student with VandyCakes!

Launched last year exclusively for students, VandyCakes has now expanded its accessibility. Family and friends can now conveniently place orders online to send personalized, fresh-baked treats to Vanderbilt students living on campus.
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Seniors Give Back Executive Board

Senior parents: If your student is looking to be a leader and unify the Class of 2024, talk to them about being on the Seniors Give Back executive board. Seniors Give Back officers are passionate, personable, innovative, hard-working and organized. But most of all, they love Vanderbilt! SGB officers rally the Class of 2024 to come together to make a difference! This is not just another student organization—this is a small group of dedicated students who drive change, make history and leave a legacy for generations of Vanderbilt students to come.

Students can find the officer application HERE

If your student has any questions, they can reach out to

Campus resources for navigating health and wellness during the season of illness

Tis the season! Infectious diseases such as flu, COVID-19 and RSV are more prevalent during this time of the year. To ensure the well-being of your student, please review these important health and safety resources. .
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Vanderbilt Chapter Events

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