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Community Connections

Vanderbilt is actually a cool place to work – filled with plenty of interesting people. With such amazing resources here, why not share them? That’s how Community Connections was born.

This program is a grassroots collaborative initiative from USAC, MCSAC and Employee Celebration. Our goal is to bring Vanderbilt staff (both University & VUMC) together - providing opportunities for personal enrichment, exploring common areas of interest, learning new skills and making connections across the University as a whole.

We are just starting out and are taking our first baby steps but we have big dreams. There are so many ways we can share experiences – a traditional class room is not the only option.   There are seminars, book groups, clubs focused on specific hobbies or interests, groups where employees meet together to work on life issues and support each other.  There are some examples of all of this scattered throughout Vanderbilt but imagine what we could do if we put our minds to it and got focused!

We want to hear from you!

Let us know what you are interested in, how you want to learn, what you want to share, groups you want to form. Our goal is to find ways to connect people with shared interests. Contact us at


MyVU article with Janiece Vincz and Lara Beth Lehman
Community Connections aims to enrich the work lives of Vanderbilt staff 



Preparing Your Garden for Spring

Cindy Wedel, Director, Service Excellence Coaching & Consulting and Middle TN Perennial Plant Society past-president presents the 2nd Gardening Series event.  Cindy comes from a long line of gardeners learning from her families floral businesses in Michigan.  She has also completed the Davidson County Master Gardener Program and volunteers at Cheekwood as a Garden Guide.  Click below to view her informative PowerPoint presentation and helpful suggestions on preparing your garden beds for Spring!

Preparing your garden for spring with Cindy Wedel (PowerPoint)


Event Videos:

Vanderbilt Tunnel Tour


Container Gardening

Holiday Hints with Ms. Cheap

Putting Your Garden to Bed

Car Care for the Automotively Challenged

Healthy Living 

Stacey Kendrick shares healthy cooking recipes.

Ms. Cheap

Upcoming Events

Personal Safety Seminar

Tuesday 5/21/1 12 - 1:00pm

Room 502, 2525 West End Bldg (where the bookstore lives)

Please join us as LT. Rochelle Berrios of VUPD Community Relations/Victim Services provides us with some information on personal saftey, crime prevention, risk reduction and awareness.



 RSVP for all events to community.connections@ vanderbilt . edu  

Check the campus map to find the event locations http :// www . vanderbilt . edu /map/