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Commodore Connection | July 2022
Jill Stratton

Welcome letter from Jill Stratton

Dear Vanderbilt families,

Greetings! My name is Jill Stratton, and I serve as assistant provost for residential education and associate dean for residential colleges. I oversee the sophomore and transfer student experiences and have broad responsibility for helping students who reside outside of Vanderbilt’s Residential College system engage with the university and Nashville communities. 
My team supports students in connecting with university resources, integrating with the campus community and engaging with the many opportunities Nashville has to offer. We are committed to helping students thrive during their time on campus and beyond.
We are sincerely looking forward to welcoming your students to campus next month, and we wanted to take this opportunity to share information about upcoming programs. Recognizing that transfer students are experienced college students who face unique challenges, we have prepared a host of special orientations and programming to meet their needs. Our weeklong Transfer Student Orientation takes place just before the start of classes, and my colleagues in the newly established Office of Student Transitions and Community Engagement are hosting a series of webinars throughout the summer focused specifically on the transition to Vanderbilt.
Please see below for more details on upcoming opportunities and, again, welcome to the Commodore community!
Jill Stratton
Assistant Provost for Residential Education and Associate Dean for Residential Colleges
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Prepare for move-in

Transfer student move-in is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 19. Students will be provided with a specific afternoon move-in time with their room assignment information. Move-in times will range from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Room assignment information will be emailed to all incoming transfer and exchange students on or before Aug. 10.

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Your New VU webinars

Join the Office of Student Transitions and Community Engagement on Zoom to learn about vital campus resources for incoming transfer students. All webinars are on Wednesdays from noon to 12:45 p.m. CT and will be recorded and uploaded to this webpage. Students and their families are welcome to attend. All those who attend will be entered into drawings for VU swag! 
Questions for the webinars can be submitted in advance here.

July 13: Transfer Credit Course Review (Log in here. Passcode: 870849)
July 27: What I Wish I Knew as a VU Transfer Student: Panel Discussion (Log in here. Passcode: 713364)
Aug. 10: Transfer Student Orientation and Transition Programs (Log in here. Passcode: 994487)
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The Vanderbilt Alumni Association invites you and your family to a Commodore Launch  

Commodore Launches are a 50+ year tradition focused on welcoming incoming students and families to the Vanderbilt community. Join fellow students, families and alumni as we welcome our newest Commodores and launch their Vanderbilt experience! 
There will be celebrations throughout the summer across the country and globe. More parties may be added, so be sure to check back frequently. 
Find Your Party

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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Anchor Link

Anchor Link is a crucial tool for student organizations, helping leaders engage with members, publicize events, post important news or receive applications. As Vanderbilt’s student involvement system, it is the primary source for student to become involved on campus and manage their experiences outside the classroom. Anchor Link serves as the central calendar for student life and has groups for every registered student organization, residence hall and living-learning community on campus as well as a variety of university departments, programs and resources.

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Identity centers

Vanderbilt’s student organizations and identity centers enable students with shared interests to find one another in an environment that is supportive, welcoming and inclusive.

By bringing students together outside of the classroom, these organizations increase collective social mobility and provide additional opportunities for dialogue and immersion. Student organizations and identity centers enhance the vibrant Vanderbilt community and create opportunities for students to empower and learn from one another.
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Student organizations

Vanderbilt is home to more than 500 registered student organizations, united in their goals to embrace students’ commonalities, activate engagement and strengthen the Vanderbilt community. Specific organizations range from Vanderbilt Student Government and other forms of shared governance to special interest groups like the Geology Club, Running Club and Vanderbilt Piano Society, among many others, to official associations like the American Medical Student Association and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.
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Experience Vanderbilt

Experience Vanderbilt is a student-led, university-supported initiative that provides undergraduate students who qualify for need-based financial aid with funding for extracurricular activities that have fees. These extracurricular activities include student organizations, club sports, arts and cultural experiences, service trips, outdoor recreation trips, Greek Life or any official Vanderbilt student organization that has fees associated with participation. 
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The Hub

The Hub is Vanderbilt’s information portal for undergraduate students. The Hub provides one centralized portal through which undergraduate students can locate the resources they need to reach their academic, co-curricular and personal goals.
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Family Weekend registration opens July 29

Mark your calendars for Family Weekend on Sept. 9–11! Join the Vanderbilt community for activities, football, open houses, food and fun! Registration will launch on July 29, and a full schedule of events will be coming later this summer.
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Join our Facebook group for parents and families 

The Vanderbilt Parents & Families Group is a private Facebook group solely for parents and guardians of current Vanderbilt University students and was created to engage, inform and connect members of this community. It is a great place to ask questions of families who have been in your position and to be updated about new ways to get involved with Vanderbilt.
Join Here
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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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