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Welcome from the Dean of The Ingram Commons

Dean WcisloThe Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt University is a residential living and learning community for all first-year students. Each entering class lives together in the ten Houses of The Ingram Commons. Each House has an apartment for its resident Faculty Head of House, a member of the university faculty who serves as the House's mentor and helps House residents create its community norms, identity, and activities. An experienced staff of student life professionals and undergraduate and graduate resident advisers assures the health, well-being, and safety of each member of The Ingram Commons community. Through educational and social events, music, community service, celebrations, meals, conversations, and unpredictable encounters, residents of The Ingram Commons connect with each other, as well as upperclass undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and administrators from across one of the world's great research universities. Together in The Ingram Commons, they create a first-year experience that enriches the first of four transformative Vanderbilt years, where university undergraduates are encouraged to develop and contribute their intellectual, social, ethical, and personal talents to the fullest.

We think of The Ingram Commons as a neighborhood. It is a beautiful new place set within one of the most historic sections of the university campus. Its ten Houses are divided among a historic area of stately shade trees and lawns, and a newly constructed district grouped around two quads. My family's home, The Dean's Residence, and The Commons Center are crossroads, where students meet, study, interact with faculty and staff, and dine.

At the core of The Ingram Commons are its students, each with a unique background, place, and social setting. Connected with each other in The Ingram Commons, they are a mosaic of personal, intellectual, social, and cultural experiences. They mix and mingle their ideas and histories. They teach and learn from each other. They interact readily with faculty. They are community builders, leaders, people who can inquire and create. As the saying goes, they live and learn.

I hope you will join us and become a part of one of the most exciting projects in American higher education today. I look forward to seeing you on The Ingram Commons.

Frank Wcislo
Associate Professor of History

Dean of The Ingram Commons