Chalene Helmuth, Faculty Head of Sutherland House
Chalene Helmuth, faculty head of Sutherland House, is a senior lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Originally from Costa Rica, she is the author of two books on contemporary Latin American literature and culture. She has designed study abroad programs in several Latin American countries, emphasizing service-learning and internship opportunities. Professor Helmuth serves as faculty director of Costa Rica VISAGE (Vanderbilt Initiative for Scholarship and Global Engagement), an innovative program that is open to first-year students. She also supervises and trains graduate students in Spanish-language instruction.
A message from Dr. Helmuth
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“¡Bienvenidos a la Casa Sutherland!”
Sutherland House celebrates its residents for the discoveries and learning that take place during this first year at Vanderbilt. Dance is our theme, and aside from providing fantastic opportunities for celebrating together, dance also serves as an apt metaphor for our year of living together: as a participatory, communal activity, dance becomes a gateway for learning about ourselves when we try something new. Dance also nourishes a healthy curiosity about others; it gets us moving (active, in service and cooperation, in helping others) and, in the process, helps grow a genuine sense of community here. Welcome to Vanderbilt!
Opened in August 2006, Sutherland House is located on the Commons. Sutherland provides modern features in a classic building housing 162 first-year students in traditional double rooms. The building is co-residential, with men and women living on separate floors.
The Faculty Head of House lives in an apartment on the first floor, while students live on floors 2-5 of this five story building. Each residential floor has a study area and three shared bathrooms with showers. In addition, there is a lobby, study area, laundry room, seminar room, music room, and communal kitchen on the first floor. The building is fully air conditioned. Corridors and common areas are carpeted. Student rooms have tiled floors.