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Commodore Connection | February 2022
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Help your student make the most of summer break

What can students do over the summer months that will positively impact their college experience and career preparation? Join Cherrie Wilkerson, assistant dean for young professional programs at Owen Graduate School of Management, and Gary Kimball, director of the Undergraduate Business Minor, as they discuss summer business programs, internships, networking and recommendations for students who want to pursue a specialized masters after graduation. This Vanderbilt Business® webinar will take place Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CT.
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Vanderbilt Family Weekend
Sept. 9–11, 2022

Save the dates of Sept. 9–11, 2022, for Family Weekend. It’s a great opportunity to visit your student, learn more about your student’s Vanderbilt experience, and help us cheer on our ’Dores as they take on Wake Forest. Tickets to the game are an additional cost.

We encourage families to arrive early to enjoy Friday activities. More details coming in the summer, including registration.
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COVID-19 updates

As a reminder, all health and safety information, including the COVID-19 weekly dashboard, can be found at vu.edu/healthprotocols. We encourage you to check it regularly for updates on campus protocols.
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Career Center to host two career fairs

In February 2022, the Career Center is proud to host two distinct career fairs. Career fairs provide students a fantastic opportunity to meet and learn about regional and national companies. Students should visit DoreWays for a full list of registered companies.

Feb. 16: Engineering Career Fair
Feb. 17: All Majors Career Fair
3 to 7 p.m. CT
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New Immersion Vanderbilt process provides increased flexibility and support for students

In response to student and faculty feedback, the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs has redesigned the forms students use to submit their plans to fulfill the Immersion Vanderbilt degree requirement. This change applies for the Class of 2024 and classes beyond. The new process will make it easier for students and faculty to navigate immersive experiences and final projects.
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Immersion webinar on Feb. 28

Save the date on Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. CT for a webinar with Carolyn Floyd, director of the Office of Immersion Resources, and Amy Johnson, assistant provost for immersion and experiential learning. They will give an update on Immersion Vanderbilt and answer your questions. More information and a registration link will be sent to you in an email a week before the event.
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Course on unity and democracy encourages civil discourse amid polarization

A new undergraduate course Unity and American Democracy, co-taught by College of Arts and Science Dean John Geer, historian Jon Meacham and international mediator Samar Ali, BS’03, JD’06, generated excitement among students ahead of its launch as hundreds looked to enroll—drawn not just by the reputation of the faculty or the possibility of well-known guest speakers but by the high stakes facing all American citizens. The class asks whether common ground is even possible amid the toxic discourse on both sides of the political spectrum, and what that ultimately means for the future of our democracy.
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A&S announces expansion of language study, changes to McTyeire International House

The College of Arts and Science announced developments that will advance language education at Vanderbilt, including a re-envisioning of McTyeire International House and increased opportunities for the Vanderbilt community to engage in the languages. As a result, McTyeire will transition to traditional upper-division student housing beginning in fall 2022, and, with input from faculty, students and staff, A&S will re-envision language education to align with the many changes the university has made over the past two decades.
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The Pub at Overcup Oak to reopen for limited service in February

After more than a year, the popular Pub at Overcup Oak will reopen for limited service in February, starting with a series of pop-up events. “Our students have been vocal and passionate about their desire for The Pub to reopen as soon as possible, and we’re thrilled our staffing levels are nearly to a point where we can support it,” said Maria Portelli, assistant director of Campus Dining.
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Solar farm groundbreaking advances renewable energy partnership

Vanderbilt’s partnership with Tennessee Valley Authority, Nashville Electric Service and Silicon Ranch Corp. has moved forward with the groundbreaking for a solar farm, advancing the university’s goal of eventually powering campus entirely through renewable energy.
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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.
Find Your Chapter

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.
Volunteer Opportunities
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Parents and Family Programs
PMB 401627 | 2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 7240-1627
Parent Information Line: (877) 887 2736 | parents@vanderbilt.edu

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