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Commodore Connection | August 2023

A message from G.L. Black, Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students  

Congratulations on joining our Vanderbilt community! We are excited to welcome you and your student. In my role as vice provost for student affairs and dean of students, I am privileged to take a central role in your student’s learning, development and experience as an undergraduate. My office helps students get involved in diverse learning communities and provides structure that enriches the overall student experience.
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PAFA Perspectives

Introducing a monthly feature for parents by parents, written by PAFA Board Chairs Roseann and Jeff Gapusan.
In a few short days, our students will be moving to campus, and we will welcome in a new school year! The years at Vanderbilt fly by, so this is the year to start participating with the Parents and Family Association and/or other Vanderbilt events.
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Your new VU webinars

Residential Colleges hosted a variety of webinars to discuss vital campus resources for incoming transfer students and their parents and families. If you missed any sessions, recordings are available at the link below. 
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Transfer Student Move-In and Orientation

Transfer student move-in is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 18. Transfer Student Orientation begins on Move-In Day and concludes at the end of the first week of classes.
For a hub of all information relating to preparing your student for their first days on campus, visit the new student welcome website.
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Transfer Parent and Family Reception

Parents and families of new transfer students are invited to enjoy refreshments while being welcomed by university leaders. This event is co-sponsored by Parents and Family Programs and Residential Colleges. 
Friday, Aug. 18, 8–9 p.m. 
Engineering and Science Building (Wond’ry) lobby 
Questions can be directed to  
RSVP by Aug. 15.

Eating on campus

Vanderbilt’s dining halls are a key part of campus life, and our meal plans are designed to enhance students’ residential college experience. 
Your student’s meal plan can be used in a variety of on-campus locations, including residential dining halls, retail locations, cafes and our popular Munchie Marts.  
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Transportation around campus and Nashville 

Vanderbilt offers a variety of transportation options for travel around campus and Nashville for students, including bike racks around campus for personal use, free rides on Nashville’s bus system using your Commodore Card, the VandyRide nighttime shuttle service around campus, designated ridehail pick-up and drop-off locations, and more. 
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VandySafe app

The VandySafe app, available for iPhone and Android, integrates with the university’s safety and security systems to provide students with added safety on campus. With VandySafe, users can contact VUPD by phone or in a real-time chat, trigger a mobile Bluelight that shares their location instantly with VUPD, initiate a “Virtual Walkhome” where VUPD can monitor their walk and many more features.  
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Family Weekend Registration opens Aug. 22!

Join the Vanderbilt community on Oct. 13–15 for fun activities that will connect families to Vanderbilt traditions and Nashville, their student’s new home! The whole family will have a blast at this year’s Family Weekend with exciting new additions in and around educational panels, fun campus tours and cheering on the ’Dores.  
This year, families get to help choose the Family Weekend giveaway T-shirts. Cast your vote for your favorite design, and make sure you register on Aug. 22—only Family Weekend participants will find out which shirt won! Families can also go on “Cornelius’ Quest,” a scavenger hunt over the weekend in celebration of our 150th anniversary to win a prize.
A detailed email with registration instructions will be sent on Aug. 22. 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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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!

Vanderbilt Chapter Events 

Vanderbilt vs. UNLV Commodore Tailgate | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 1:30–3:30 p.m. PT  
Parents, alumni, families and friends are invited to join the Vanderbilt Alumni Association and the National Commodore Club in Las Vegas for the official tailgate for the Vanderbilt vs. UNLV football away game. Put on your BLACK and GOLD and Anchor Down with the Commodores!  
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Special note from Sandra Robinson, Director of Parents and Family Programs

This is the last of the special Commodore Connection series for incoming parents and guardians. We hope that these newsletters have been informative as you have been preparing to send your student to Vanderbilt. Starting in September, you will receive the same monthly Commodore Connection as all parents and families, which will continue until your student graduates. We are so glad to have you as part of our Vanderbilt community! 
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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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