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Commodore Connection | April 2023
 Family Weekend

Family Weekend registration opens Aug. 22

Mark your calendars for Family Weekend on Oct. 13–15! Join the Vanderbilt community in fun activities that will connect families to Vanderbilt traditions and Nashville, your student’s home away from home. Registration will launch on Aug. 22, and a full schedule of events will be available later this summer.
During Family Weekend, the ‘Dores will play reigning national champion Georgia. VU parents and families will have an opportunity to purchase tickets early through a unique link on a first come, first served basis. If you would like your student to sit with you during the game, you will need to purchase an additional ticket for them. Be on the lookout for an email with ticket information soon!

We strongly encourage you to reserve your accommodations now; hotels and rentals fill up quickly. For additional trip planning resources, please visit the Visiting Nashville page for hotel discounts and more.
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Posse Scholar

VU strengthens partnership with Posse Foundation

Chancellor Daniel Diermeier announced July 7 that Vanderbilt University is expanding its nearly 35-year partnership with The Posse Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that teams up with selective colleges and universities in the United States to provide student scholarships and leadership training. Vanderbilt will add two additional cohorts of Posse Scholars to its campus—a second cohort from New York City, and one from Houston.
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Mabel Cummins

A double crown: Mabel Cummins’ reign as a bowling star and academic superstar

Mabel Cummins has made the most of her surroundings at Vanderbilt, athletically and academically. She seized the opportunity to realize her full potential on the lanes, most recently leading Vanderbilt bowling to the program’s third national championship and earning recognition as the 2023 National Player of the Year. A neuroscience major, she was recently accepted into Vanderbilt’s master’s program for biomedical science. 
Family Weekend

Secure Dores initiative to enhance safety on campus

The Division of Administration will complete a project this summer to enhance the security of university buildings by installing key card lock systems on all buildings that do not have them. It also will enable Vanderbilt University Public Safety to monitor and remotely lock exterior-facing doors on campus. Vanderbilt takes a multilayered approach to security and regularly reviews emergency preparedness and security measures to improve and enhance them.

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STARS College Network

Vanderbilt–initiated startup gets $30M to build, launch nuclear-powered

Zeno Power, a startup initiated through the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, is on track to launch the first commercially developed space nuclear system in history. The satellite will be used by the U.S. Space Force to conduct first-of-its-kind mission types.
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Howe to enhance Vanderbilt’s expertise in national security 

Vanderbilt has appointed Niloofar Razi Howe, a technology entrepreneur, influential thought leader and strategist on national security and cyber threats, as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Arts and Science, effective July 1.
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Rocket Team wins Altitude Award in 2023 NASA Student Launch 

The Vanderbilt University rocket, New Ham, successfully flew to within four feet of its 4,500-foot altitude target to place first and collect the coveted Altitude Award in the 2023 NASA Student Launch competition. The team also earned a first-place award in the STEM Engagement category. 
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Attend Vanderbilt Chapter and regional events

Commodore Launches are a summer tradition focused on welcoming incoming students and parents to the Vanderbilt community from cities around the world. Join fellow Vanderbilt students, parents and alumni as we celebrate our newest Commodores. 
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Parents are also invited to attend the Vanderbilt Chapter events. Come out and meet fellow Vanderbilt parents and alumni in your area. 
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Volunteer with Vanderbilt 

Parents and families are an important part of our Vanderbilt community. Learn more about volunteer opportunities, such as participating in networking opportunities and volunteering at regional chapter events.
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Parents and Family Programs
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Nashville, TN 7240-1627
Parent Information Line: (877) 887 2736 |

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