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Commodore Connection | May 2023

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

Dear Vanderbilt families,

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 creates opportunities to involve students in diverse learning communities and provides a critical structure for enriching the overall student experience.

To help students navigate the expansive opportunities and inevitable stressors of their first year at Vanderbilt, seeks to cultivate vibrant, inclusive communities that foster a student’s sense of belonging and wellbeing.

Once your student has settled in and is getting into their academic routine, they will have the opportunity to attend the Student Involvement Fair and the Service Fair where they can learn about the over 475 student organizations we have on campus. The Student Affairs team members who support these organizations will help them find meaningful experiences and develop the leadership skills to make a difference in their communities.

And inevitably, your student will need additional support while navigating life at Vanderbilt at one time or another, and the Student Affairs team will be here to support them then as well. Our Student Care Network provides a holistic network of health and wellness resources bolstered by four primary offices, including Student Care Coordination, the University Counseling Center, the Student Health Center and the Center for Student Wellbeing.

Vanderbilt’s health and wellness infrastructure is intended to provide the care, guidance and support for your student to grow and thrive at Vanderbilt and beyond. Please read the rest of this newsletter for more information on all aspects—physical, mental and emotional—of student well-being at Vanderbilt.

Again, we could not be more thrilled to welcome your student to campus in August.

G.L. Black
Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
 Student care network

Student Care Network

The Student Care Network is a holistic network of services and resources pertaining to health and wellness available to all Vanderbilt University students who have paid the Student Health Fee. Resources are available for categories such as emotional, financial, physical and social wellness.

Student Care Coordination is the first stop for students wanting to utilize these services. After filling out the Student Care Coordination Intake Form, students will meet with a care coordinator who can help connect them with the best resources for their needs. 
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Zerfoss Student Health Center

Zerfoss Student Health Center

The Zerfoss Student Health Center is here to serve the primary care needs of the Vanderbilt student community. There are no office co-pays for routine visits, and all registered students are eligible for care, regardless of insurance coverage. The Student Health Center’s mission is to enhance the academic experience of students by providing quality primary health care services in a nurturing and cost-effective manner. All of our physicians and nurse practitioners have chosen college health as their area of expertise and interest, and they are dedicated to meeting the unique health care needs of the student population. Whether you are sick or injured, managing a chronic health problem, or working to develop a healthier lifestyle, the VU SHC is here to help.
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Health care provider resources 

For most medical situations, it is best to begin with a visit to the Student Health Center (for students) or a primary care physician. During evenings and weekends, urgent care centers are an option if you cannot wait for treatment. The Student Health Center has compiled a list of health care providers in Nashville that are available for students, scholars and families. The list can be found here
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Student Health Insurance Plan

All degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students (excluding the Division of Unclassified Studies and consortium students) enrolled in 4+ credit hours, a 0-credit research/dissertation course, or any other course that is considered to equate to full-time enrollment are automatically enrolled in—and will be billed for—the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), which is administered by Vanderbilt’s plan administrator, Academic Health Plans (AHP).

Students with comparable health insurance coverage may request to waive the SHIP by completing the waiver form found here. The waiver form will become available on June 15, 2023. The deadline to submit the waiver form is Aug. 1, 2023.
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Care Planning

It is important that your student arrive on campus with an understanding of their specific health care needs, including any allergies and associated reactions, and medications, including doses. If they are taking medicine, it is important to ensure that they bring an adequate supply and/or refills that they can access while on campus. If they are currently seeing a health care professional for medical and/or mental health concerns, they should consider discussing a plan for ongoing care, which may include short-term services on campus and/or long-term care off campus.

Your student can contact Student Care Coordination before arriving to campus to discuss existing health care needs and for assistance in developing a plan for ongoing care. 
Family Weekend

Save the date for Family Weekend 2023 on campus Oct. 1315 

Join us on campus during our historic Sesquicentennial year. Make plans to come early as information sessions, panels and open houses begin on Friday, Oct. 13. Help us cheer on our 'Dores versus Georgia on Saturday, Oct. 14. 
Registration will open Aug. 22. Be on the lookout for a schedule of events. 
We strongly encourage you to reserve your accommodations now as hotels and rentals are filling up! For additional resources as you plan your trip, please visit the Visiting Nashville page for hotel discounts and more. 
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The Vanderbilt Alumni Association invites you and your family to a Commodore Launch  

Commodore Launches welcome incoming students and families to the Vanderbilt community and have been a tradition for more than 50 years. Join fellow students, families and alumni as we welcome our newest Commodores and launch their Vanderbilt experience! 

Celebrations will be held throughout the summer across the country and globe.  More parties may be added, so be sure to check back frequently. 
Find Your Party

Welcome website – Everything you need to know!

Visit the Welcome website for incoming students to check out important dates, plan to-do lists, explore pre-arrival programs and so much more. In addition, your student will receive emails to their Vanderbilt email (VU Gmail) throughout the summer with important dates and information. 
The messages that have been sent to incoming matriculated students can be found here

Summer webinars

Welcome to the Vanderbilt Family Webinar
On May 24, Dean of The Ingram Commons Melissa Gresalfi welcomed members of the Class of 2027 and their parents and families. In this webinar, Dean Gresalfi provided an overview of the checklist of items each student should plan to complete before arriving in the fall. She outlines essential information found in The Road to Vanderbilt and answers questions live.
Watch: Welcome to the Vanderbilt Family
Infor-MAY-tional Series 
Throughout the month of May, Residential Colleges shared a series of short videos aimed at informing and exciting new students for the upcoming fall.
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