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Commodore Connection | November 2023

Anonymous $6.8M gift will support Immersion Vanderbilt student projects

A $6.8 million gift from an anonymous donor will support Immersion Vanderbilt and provide funding to students to carry out creative and ambitious projects that deepen their intellect and broaden their horizons. Part of Vanderbilt’s $3.2 billion Dare to Grow comprehensive campaign, this gift reinforces Vanderbilt’s commitment to creating transformative opportunities for students so they may learn, grow and bring about positive change in society. 
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This Month’s Topics: Study Abroad/Ending the Fall Semester 

We know we are preaching to the choir when we say that a Vanderbilt education extends far beyond the classroom. Our students possess a diverse range of talents and interests they are eager to pursue. Immersion Vanderbilt empowers students to transform their passions and curiosities into immersive experiences that not only deepen their understanding but also allow them to share their enthusiasm with others. What Immersion Experience will your student pursue? Perhaps your student will leverage it as an opportunity to study abroad as a qualifying experience for Immersion Vanderbilt! 
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Upcoming Parent Webinars 

Setting Up Your Student for Career Success: What to Consider Now

Dec. 7 | 6–6:45 p.m. CST  

Studies show that the career ladder that graduates start on after college is the one they stay on for as long as 10 years. This is why it’s important for students to start thinking about their careers early on and to take steps to prepare themselves for the job market. Join Owen Graduate School of Management's  specialized masters team for a webinar and live Q&A session on how students can prepare themselves to land a great job. You will leave with our tips on what students can do now to launch a successful career.
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Greek Life at Vanderbilt: The Joining Process and Membership Experience

Dec. 11 | 11–11:45 a.m. CST 

Members of the Office of Greek Life staff, along with student leaders from the sorority and fraternity community, will host a panel discussion about the joining process for our four Greek governing councils—Panhellenic Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Interfraternity Council and Intercultural Greek Council. In addition, they will cover the benefits and expectations of membership, provide tips and suggestions for family engagement and answer questions that families may have about the community. 
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Connect locally at Parent Socials

Want to meet other Vanderbilt families in your area? Parent Socials are a wonderful opportunity for VU families to engage with one another on a regional level and foster deeper connections in a small casual setting. Check out these upcoming events!  
No social near you? Click the link below if you are interested in having a Parent Social in your area. 
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WATCH: Family Weekend 2023 Informational Sessions  

During Family Weekend, several informational sessions took place on important topics like Immersion Vanderbilt, supporting students and a conversation with Chancellor Diermeier. 
Find recordings of several sessions below:
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College of Arts and Science launches three undergraduate academic programs 

The new programs add to the College of Arts and Science’s 100-plus existing majors and minors and were developed to leverage faculty expertise, respond to student interest and address evolving, real-world issues in contemporary society. 
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Inaugural Free Speech Week fosters dialogue, collaboration at Vanderbilt  

Vanderbilt celebrated its “bedrock principle” of free speech through a series of panels and discussions Oct. 10–17 during the university’s inaugural celebration of National Free Speech Week and in support of the recently launched Dialogue Vanderbilt initiative. 
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Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth is now accepting K-12 applications for on-campus weekend programs this winter. 

If you have an academically advanced learner in your life, Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth has opportunities for them! PTY programs are intended to meet the needs of advanced students with accelerated learning opportunities. Instructors are talented scholars, graduate students and professionals from Vanderbilt and the wider Nashville community. 
PTY is accepting applications for the following programs: 
For information about summer employment opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students and professionals, visit .
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Vanderbilt Chapter Events

Parents are invited to attend the Vanderbilt Chapter events. Come out and meet fellow Vanderbilt parents and alumni in your area. 
Save the Date | Jan. 30: Miami, FL – Dare to Grow Campaign Roadshow  
Check out the latest career webinars: 
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