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Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 25  |  Friday, October 26  |  Saturday, October 27  |  Tailgate Parties

Thursday, October 25 | Build your itinerary »

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Undergraduate Admissions Campus Tours

2305 West End Ave.

11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

VUSN Class of 1962 Quinq Luncheon with the Dean

Godchaux Hall Living Room
Quinq nursing alumni are invited to a luncheon with Dean Colleen Conway-Welch. The luncheon is complimentary for all Quinq nursing alumni; cost for spouses and guests is $20 per person. Reservations are required. Valet parking is available at Godchaux Hall from 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (tipping is acceptable)

7 p.m.

Divinity School Cole Lecture

Anthea Butler, associate professor of religious studies and graduate chair of religion, University of Pennsylvania
Benton Chapel
Reception immediately following

7–9 p.m.

Blair School of Music Alumni/Student Networking Supper

Wilma Ward Courtyard
R.S.V.P. at (615) 343-7819 or email

7–9 p.m.

School of Engineering Development and Alumni Relations Meet the Dean

Featheringill Hall, Adams Atrium  
This is an invitation-only event.

Friday, October 26 | Build your itinerary »

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Reunion Registration/Packet Pickup

Sarratt Promenade, second floor

9:30–11:30 a.m.

Quinq Brunch and Program—Classes of '62 and Prior

The Quinq Society's premier event—don't miss this chance to reconnect with old friends and classmates. Seating is limited. Reservations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Quinqs and one guest only, please.

10 a.m.

Divinity School Cole Lecture

Anthea Butler Benton Chapel

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Undergraduate Admissions Campus Tours

2305 West End Ave.

11 a.m.–1 p.m.

McGugin Center Open House

2601 Jess Neely Drive
Tour the newly renovated facility where our student-athletes train to be champions in competition and study to be champions in the classroom. Following the open house, we invite you to hear Vice Chancellor David Williams speak at Rand Hall from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 

VUSN Lunch and Learn: Then and Now—A Conversation between Nursing Alumni and Students

Frist Hall, Room 140
Lunch reservations are required.

11:30 a.m.

Peabody Pioneer Lunch

Peabody Library, Fireside Reading Room
R.S.V.P. at (615) 936-5510 or email

11:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Educational Programs

Below is a list of the education programs

John Geer11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

The Silver Lining of Attack Advertising in Presidential Campaigns

Sarratt Cinema
John Geer, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science
The 2012 presidential campaign will witness many attack ads, fueled in part by the new Super Pacs. Most people view these attacks as weakening the very foundation of democracy. Geer challenges that notion, contending that attacks in fact advance democracy. He will offer, in other words, a defense of negativity.

11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Vanderbilt Travel Program—Explore the World your Way in 2013

Student Life Center, Board of Trust Room
Cary Allyn, A’75, director of the Vanderbilt Travel Program
From national parks in the U.S. to exotic Bhutan, The Vanderbilt Alumni Association Travel Program offers a destination for everyone. Cuba, Australia and Israel are just a few of the customized adventures offered in 2013. Come hear what’s in store and why traveling with Vanderbilt will become your favorite way to travel. Professors will also be on hand to answer questions about their trips and to discuss their roles as study leaders.

11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

The World of College Admissions

Sarratt 189
Thom Golden, senior associate director of undergraduate admissions; Janet Schneider, BA’73, MAT’76, director of college counseling at University School of Nashville; Terry, BE’81, and Dawn Graser Moore
Applying to college is one of the most exciting and nerve-racking times for students and their parents. This panel of will share firsthand knowledge of today’s college admissions.
Co-sponsored by Parents and Family Programs

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos1–2 p.m.

Conversation with the Chancellor

Sarratt Cinema
Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will deliver a campus update.

John Lachs2:15–3:15 p.m.

Good Enough

Rand Function Room
John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy
We suffer from the desire for the perfect. But the good enough is enough for a satisfactory (and not overstressed) life.

2:15–3:15 p.m.

The Ingram Commons Turns Five and What’s Next

Dean’s Residence at The Commons (1235 18th Ave. S.)
This presentation will reflect upon the first years of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt and see plans for the new College Halls at Kissam project. A tour of The Ingram Commons follows.

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Networking Tips and Tricks for Success (You might even use them this weekend!)

Sarratt Room 189
Adam Small, founder and CEO of Strategic Business Network
Brush up on your networking skills, learn tips and tricks to be a success, and then practice with your fellow alumni. Learn how to comfortably mingle and have an effective conversation with a stranger.

David Williams2:15–3:15 p.m.

Vanderbilt Athletics Update with Vice Chancellor David Williams

Sarratt Cinema 
The momentum is building in Vanderbilt athletics—from bowl trips and SEC championships to new and improved facilities, excitement is all around. David Williams, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletics director, knows the daily workings of the Commodore nation better than anyone. Hear his thoughts on what’s ahead for our favorite teams.

Lucuis T. Outlaw, Jr.3:30–4:30 p.m.

“Becoming a USA Like Never Before, Never Intended…”

Sarratt Room 189
Lucuis T. Outlaw, Jr., Professor of Philosophy and of African American and Diaspora Studies
Demographic developments are bringing about a composition of citizenry decidedly unlike all our country’s previous history, and at odds with its founding and most of its history. The implications are profound.

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Campus Shuttle Tours

Leaving from Sarratt Cinema Lobby
Think you know Vanderbilt’s campus? Come see what’s changed since you were here five, 10, or even 50 years ago. Shuttles will take you on a tour of campus with students as your guides. Self-guided walking tour maps are also available at registration.

Tricia Rose Burt3:30–4:30 p.m.

How to Draw A Nekkid Man

Rand Function Room
Tricia Rose Burt, BA’82
Burt will share excerpts from her one-woman show (formerly known as I Will Be Good) and upcoming memoir, which chronicle her journey from corporate executive to contemporary artist. Burt performs regularly with The Moth, the national storytelling collective the Wall Street Journal calls “New York’s hippest, hottest, literary event.” Her recent Moth podcast was downloaded a quarter million times. She has performed her show throughout New England and the South, most recently in New York City and was featured at the 15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival, where it was selected for the prestigious Fringe Encore Series.

General Anthony Zinni3:30–5 p.m.

"The Evolving Role of U.S. Military Intervention and Its Implications for U.S. National Security"

Sarratt Cinema
General Anthony Zinni will discuss the changing role of U.S. military intervention and its implications for national security and international relations. Zinni served as the director for operations for the Unified Task Force Somalia for Operation RESTORE HOPE, assistant to the U.S. Special Envoy to Somalia during Operation CONTINUE HOPE, military coordinator for operation PROVIDE HOPE in the former Soviet Socialist Republic, and deputy commanding general of Combined Task Force PROVIDE COMFORT during the Kurdish relief effort in Turkey and Iraq. He possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience and will deliver a frank and insightful analysis of U.S. foreign policy—past, present, and future.
Co-sponsored by the NROTC Vanderbilt Alumni Association

1–2 p.m.

Conversation with the Chancellor

Sarratt Cinema
Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will discuss university updates.

2–3:30 p.m.

AVBA Alumni/Student Panel: Life as a Vanderbilt Alumnus/a

Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center
Call (615) 322-6034 or email

2–3:30 p.m.

K.C. Potter and the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) Life Open House

Euclid, 312 West Side Row
Email or visit

2–4 p.m.

Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy Reception

Magnolia Courtyard (just outside the Stevenson Center)

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Divinity School Alumni/ae and Faculty Memorial Service

Benton Chapel

2:30–3:30 p.m.

School of Nursing Dessert Social and Tour

Godchaux Hall Living Room
Tour begins at 2:45 p.m. Reservations are requested.

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Wilson Hall Tour

301 Wilson Hall
Sponsored by the Department of Psychology
R.S.V.P. at (615) 322-0070 or

3–4 p.m.

Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center Open House

316 West Side Row
Visit or email

3 p.m.

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery

Fine Arts Gallery, Cohen Memorial Hall
Tour the current exhibit "Long Story Bit by Bit: Liberia Retold, Photography by Tim Hetherington" led by Gallery Director Joseph Mella

3–5 p.m.

Managerial Studies Program Open House for Alumni and Faculty

FEL Keck Center, Suite 315

3:30–5 p.m.

Student Media Hall of Fame: Inducting Lee Jenkins, BA’99, Willie Geist, BA’97, and Clay Harris, BA’72

First Amendment Center (corner of 18th and Edgehill avenues)
R.S.V.P. at

5–6 p.m.

AVBA Annual Business Meeting

Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center
Call (615) 322-6034 or email

5–7 p.m.

Greek Open Houses

5:30–7:30 p.m.

Hillel Shabbat Services and Dinner

Ben Schulman Center for Jewish Life
5:30 p.m. services, 6:30 p.m. dinner
Visit or email

6:30 p.m.

Class Parties Begin

7 p.m.

Landon House 40th Reunion Social

University Club
Call (615) 322-6034 or email

8 p.m.

Commodore Quake

Memorial Gym
Details and ticket information

9:30 p.m.

All-Class Party

Alumni Lawn
Desserts and dancing to the Jimmy Church Band

Saturday, October 27 | Build your itinerary »

8:30–11:30 a.m.

School of Nursing Reunion Brunch

University Club
Reservations required. Call (615) 936-3046 or email

10–11:30 a.m.

Blair School of Music Reunion Breakfast

Wilma Ward Courtyard
R.S.V.P. at (615) 343-7819 or email

11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Landon House 40th Reunion Picnic

Fannie Mae Dees Park
2400 Blakemore Avenue


National Panhellenic Council Step Show

Memorial Gym
Purchase tickets at the door or at the Sarratt Box Office.

3 p.m.

AVBA Homecoming Mixer

Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center

6:30 p.m.

Landon House Reunion Evening Social

Home of Barbara Moss, BA’72
2707 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212

Tailgate Parties | Build your itinerary »

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Concert Choir Alumni Reunion

Music Rehearsal Hall (MRH)

11:30 a.m.

Alpha Tau Omega Homecoming Tailgate

ATO House, 2422 Kensington Place
All ATO alumni and families are welcome. Catered lunch provided. RSVP to

2 p.m.

Alumni Band Tailgate

Deck at the Music Rehearsal Hall
204 28th Ave. S.

R.S.V.P. at

3 p.m.

Vanderbilt Programming Board Student/Alumni Homecoming Tailgate

Student Life Center Lawn
VPB invites all alumni to the student Homecoming tailgate

3 p.m.

Alpha Omicron Pi Homecoming Tailgate

AOII house
2415 Kensington Place

All AOPi alumni and families are welcome. Please R.S.V.P. to by October 6, 2012.

4 p.m.

Alternative Spring Break 25th Anniversary

Student/Alumni Tailgate
Student Life Center Courtyard

4 p.m.

Army ROTC Alumni Cookout

Army ROTC Department, 1114 19th Ave. S.
R.S.V.P. at or (615) 322-8558.

4-6 p.m.

Homecoming Tailgate

Olin Lawn
$18 per person, includes brunch buffet and soft drinks
$10 per child (ages 6–12)
Free for children 5 and under

Cash bar with great prices.
Tailgate price does not include tickets to the game.

Questions? Contact Alumni Relations at (615) 322-2929.
Register Online
Sponsored by Nashville Vanderbilt Chapter

6 p.m.

Homecoming Football Game

Dudley Field
Vanderbilt Commodores vs. University of Massachusetts Minutemen
Come cheer the 'Dores on to victory! Football tickets will not be mailed—pick yours up 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Oct. 26 at registration (Sarratt Promenade) or on Oct. 27 at the Homecoming tailgate (Olin Lawn).