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100 Reasons Vanderbilt Is a Great Place to Work


HEALTH & WELLNESS

    • 1   Health benefits--Vanderbilt offers comprehensive medical benefits, with a choice of health plans.
    • 2   If you need to, you can see a doctor fast--The Vanderbilt Family Appointment Program (V-FAM) offers medical appointments to staff, faculty, and their immediate families within 48 hours for the treatment of acute/chronic problems. This doesn't necessarily mean you'll see your regular doctor, but you are guaranteed to see somebody who can help. An R.N. and a patient services coordinator guide you through when you call.
    • 3  Occupational Health Clinic--For everything from on-the-job injuries to a case of the sniffles, OHC provides acute care visits for staff and faculty at no charge. You can also reach a nurse 24 hours a day for any health care questions.
    • 4   The Kim Dayani Center--The Dayani Center has a great location for people who work at the Medical Center. Members have access to classes, exercise equipment and a pool, and memberships are discounted for staff and faculty.
    • 5   Student Rec eligibility--Memberships in the Student Recreation Center--a comprehensive state-of-the-art exercise facility--are available to staff and faculty and their families.
    • 6   Pharmacy discount--Staff and faculty get a discount on prescriptions filled at any of the Vanderbilt Pharmacies: Outpatient Pharmacy in The Vanderbilt Clinic, Medical Arts Pharmacy or Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Pharmacy.
    • 7   Discount orthodontics--The Vanderbilt Orthodontic Center gives a discount for staff and faculty and their families. A payroll deduction is available.
    • 8   Free Personal Wellness Report--One of the many services of Health Plus is the staff and faculty wellness program. A Personal Wellness Report can help identify potential health problems before they become serious, and may point you in directions to help you live a more healthy life.
    • 9 Discounts at Vanderbilt Optical--Staff, faculty, and students get a discount at Vanderbilt Optical Services, located in Medical Center East.
    • 10 Free aerobics classes--Lots of them--some low impact, some in water, some early, and some late. And all available for full time staff and faculty at no charge.
    • 11 Pilates--Pilates builds core body strength and flexibility, it's relaxing, and you can take classes in it offered by Health Plus at Light Hall or at the Memorial Gym facility.
    • 12 Free skin screenings--The VUMC division of Dermatology regularly sponsors skin cancer screenings, which provide an opportunity to have your skin examined by an expert who can tell you if there's something you need to be concerned about.
    • 13 Work/Life Connections-EAP--A resource of Vanderbilt faculty and staff meeting various life challenges. Confidential, professional assessment, short-term counseling, and referrals to community resources are provided as an employee benefit. Problems may range from personal/work stress, parenting, couples issues, elder care, or family concerns to depression, substance abuse, and domestic violence. There also is a Hardship Fund to help employees who are suffering from temporary financial hardships.
    • 14 Family Therapy--The Vanderbilt Group Health Plan for Faculty and Staff covers family therapy in addition to individual therapy. Sometimes the best way to deal with a problem is to have the whole family in on the solution, and this coverage recognizes that.
    • 15 Discount mammograms--The VUMC Breast Center offers mammograms at reduced cost to Vanderbilt staff, faculty, and spouses. It costs less, and it may save your life or the life of somebody you love.
    • 16 Free vaccines--Those seeking to avoid the flu, not to mention afflictions such as hepatitis A and B, chicken pox, rubella, and other communicable diseases, have a friend in the Occupational Health Clinic. The service offers free vaccines, based upon your occupational risk, for Medical Center staff and faculty.
    • 17 Yoga classes--Both the Kim Dayani Center and Health Plus offer yoga classes for those wishing to slow down and limber up.
    • 18 Hepatitis B peace of mind--Medical Center staff and faculty who have completed the Hepatitis B vaccine series in the previous six months can get a free blood test at the Occupational Health Clinic to determine if they have developed immunity.
    • 19"Hold the Stuffing" program--"Hold the Stuffing" is an annual program from Health Plus to help staff and faculty avoid weight gain during the holidays. The average American gains weight during the holidays, the average "Hold the Stuffing" participant loses weight during the holidays. Coincidence? You be the judge.
    • 20 Vanderbilt Swim School--If you have a child who needs to learn how to swim--or if you managed to reach adulthood without knowing how to swim--the Vanderbilt Swim School teaches how to swim, or how to swim better.
    • 21 Breast Center luncheons--Every October, in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Vanderbilt Breast Center and the Vanderbilt Cancer Center host a series of informational luncheons designed to provide the most up-to-date information on the fight against breast cancer.
    • 22 Free depression screening--If sometimes you wonder if you may have clinical depression or substance abuse problems, the Work/Life Connections-EAP offers free, anonymous telephone and online screening for staff, faculty, and their families.
    • 23 Weight loss opportunities--The Vanderbilt Weight Management Program is available on campus to help you lose weight and eat in a healthier manner. Complete the program and receive a cash reimbursement from Health Plus.
    • 24 Smoking cessation classes--The Occupational Health Clinic (OHC) Quit Rx Smoking Cessation program offers counseling and treatment services, including medication prescriptions when recommended. Call 936-0955 to schedule an appointment or for more information. The Kim Dayani Center Smoking Cessation Program offers an 8-week program including counseling and medication (when advised) that is covered by benefits. This program is offered on-site or in your department (with four or more individuals). To register call Barbara Forbes, M.S., A.P.N., G.N.P. at 322-4751 or email barbara.forbes@vanderbilt.edu.
    • 25 Psychological and Counseling Center--The center provides counseling and psychological services to staff, students, and faculty. There is a fee for most services; insurance sometimes covers some of those fees.
    • 26 Pet insurance--Staff and faculty have the option to purchase medical insurance that covers veterinary care for their dogs and cats, which is pretty good to have if your furred beast needs some major surgery or treatment.
    • 27 Nurse and Physician Wellness Programs--Being a health care provider can be stressful, and people who give so much of themselves every day at work sometimes need a little support of their own. The Work/Life Connections EAP has specialized programs for nurses and physicians that are designed to help people in those professions.
    • 28 Dental insurance--Two dental programs are available to staff and faculty.
  • 29 Walking Club--For a few weeks in the spring and fall, Health Plus sponsors a Walking Club that meets at the Medical Center North shuttle drop off at noon. Participants walk for a half-hour (through the tunnels if it's raining), then return to work feeling a little better and with a few more steps on the pedometer. And possibly humming the Neil Young song "Walk On."
  • 30 Ergonomic worksite checkup--The Occupational Health Clinic ergonomist will come to your worksite and check it out to be sure it is as safe as possible. The time to call is before you hurt.
  • 31 Go for the Gold program--Vanderbilt's award winning Go for the Gold program helps faculty and staff and their families lead healthier and more productive lives by identifying health risks and taking action to reduce those risks. A wellness credit of up to $240 per year is also offered to faculty and staff paying for Vanderbilt Health Plan benefits.
  • 32 Va nderbilt Maternity Discount Program--Staff and faculty and their covered spouses who have insurance through one of Vanderbilt's health care plan options can use the "insurance only" program on normal deliveries, including Cesarean section deliveries. This discount doesn't cover doctor bills, any additional hospital charges, and the deductible must be met before the initiation of the insurance only program. Not quite "born free," but not bad.
  • 33 Vanderbilt Center for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery--Since cosmetic procedures usually aren't covered by insurance, it's good to know you can get a 10 percent discount from this center.
  • 34 Tai Chi--This Chinese art of gentle movement and relaxation is both physically invigorating and an aid to meditation--and classes in it are offered by Health Plus at Light Hall.
  • 35 Blood pressure screenings--The Occupational Health Clinic and Health Plus offer free blood pressure screenings. Good numbers to know, and easy and free to find out.
  • 36 Cancer Answer Evenings--This regular series of informal conversations with cancer experts is a way to learn about topics relating to cancer. A couple of programs a month are scheduled throughout the school year.
  • 37 Life Phases Series--Presentation series designed to help support the quality of work life by providing programs to help manage areas of our lives other than work.

MONEY MATTERS

  • 38 Retirement plan--This is a good deal. The retirement plan is mandatory after one year of service for staff and faculty who are eligible. There is a mandatory retirement contribution and it is matched up to a set percentage.
  • 39 Tuition discounts for children--Eligible dependent children may qualify for tuition benefits if you have been a full-time member of the Vanderbilt staff or faculty for the past five continuous years, or have equivalent service at another accredited college or university within three months of joining Vanderbilt. For Vanderbilt, the discount is 70 percent; for courses at other accredited universities or colleges, the benefit is tied to that school's tuition amount.
  • 40 Savings at Credit Union--Members of the Vanderbilt University Credit Union--and all full-time staff and faculty are eligible to join--can have savings deducted from paychecks. With the money going directly into your saving account, it's easier to save because you never see the money. And the interest rate on the money is better than at local banks.
  • 41 Free traveler's checks--Members of the Vanderbilt University Credit Union--and all staff and faculty are eligible to join--can get traveler's checks with no processing fee.
  • 42 Good deals on loans--Members of the Vanderbilt University Credit Union have access to VERY competitive rates on car loans, boat loans, signature loans, and other loans.
  • 43 U.S. Savings Bonds--Payroll deductions for the purchase of U.S. Savings Bonds are available, and your money can build up before you know it.     
  • 44 Financial Planning Workshops - Human Resources brings retirement investment companies to campus regularly for educational workshops and one-on-one advisory sessions to answer questions related to retirement planning.
  • 45 Personal Spending Account for medical expenses and dependent day care expenses--Full-time staff and faculty can hold back a portion of their pay, pre-tax, to pay for medical expenses or for day care for children or dependent older adults. This puts worth-more, pre-tax dollars to work on these predictable expenses.
  • 46 Save money at the bank--Four local banks--AmSouth, Bank of America, First Tennessee, and SunTrust--offer discount programs to Vanderbilt employees.
  • 47 Bookstore discounts--Staff and faculty get a 10 percent discount at Vanderbilt bookstores. This also applies to cool stuff like T-shirts and other Vanderbilt gear.
  • 48 Faculty and Staff Discount Program--A couple of times a year Human Resources compiles a list of merchants who give discounts and special deals to people who work at Vanderbilt. While the University is not endorsing these businesses, giving these folks your business can save you some money.
  • 49 Save money on your next car--The Vanderbilt University Credit Union has a program called Gold Key that allows members to buy cars from some local dealers with a pre-negotiated price. And the Vanderbilt Faculty/Staff Discount program also has several car dealers who offer discounts to Vanderbilt people. A car is a big expense; these deals are worth looking into.  
  • 50 Life Insurance for staff and faculty--Vanderbilt provides to staff and faculty a life insurance benefit equal to their annual salary and employees can purchase up to three times their annual salary, if they choose.   
  • 51 Long-term disability insurance--If you become disabled and are not able to work at your job for 6 months or more, this coverage will pay 60% of your salary.
  • 52 Short-term disability insurance--If you become disabled and are not able to work at your job, this optional coverage will provide a percentage of your salary for up to 24 weeks.
  • 53 Life insurance for dependents--Vanderbilt provides life insurance for your spouse and eligible children. Coverage for a spouse is $5,000 and coverage for a child from birth to 19 years (23 years if a full-time student and eligible dependent) is $2,500.
  • 54 Accelerated Benefit Option of life insurance --In the event that you become terminally ill and are diagnosed with less than six months to live, you may receive up to 50% of your supplemental life insurance.          
  • 55 Accidental death and dismemberment insurance--Vanderbilt makes this coverage available to staff and faculty as part of its benefit package.
  • 56 Sick leave is applicable to family members--Vanderbilt sick time may be used to care for family members who are sick.           
  • 57 Hardship Fund--Faculty and staff who are facing a one-time financial hardship can apply for money from this fund to help get back on their feet.    
  • 58 Retirement payments made during long-term disability --If you have the misfortune to need to leave your job due to long-term disability, you don't have to lose out on your retirement. Vanderbilt continues retirement contributions of 10% until you return to work or through age 65.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

  • 59 Tuition discounts for staff and faculty--Staff and faculty receive a large tuition discount for one course per semester. The course doesn't have to be job-related, and can be in pursuit of a bachelor's, graduate, or professional degree.
  • 60 Free course auditing for staff and faculty-- You may audit one Vanderbilt class, and tuition will be waived. This applies to any course of up to three hours per semester, including a fourth hour for lab, if applicable. You must have the instructor's permission to attend.
  • 61 Help with courses at other institutions--The Vanderbilt tuition reimbursement is not just limited to Vanderbilt. It also applies if, with your supervisor's approval, you take a job-related course at another accredited institution. If you get a C or better in the course, a large percentage of your tuition will be refunded. If the course is job-related, you get a tax benefit, too.
  • 62 Training and Organization Development classes--Human Resources' division of Training and Organization Development conducts classes that help people who work at Vanderbilt learn new skills and further career goals. Sample classes: How to Schedule Meetings, How to Manage an Office, and the ever-popular Dealing with Difficult People.
  • 63 Holocaust Lecture Series--Vanderbilt hosts the longest continuous Holocaust Lecture Series at any American university. Every year a group of theologians, philosophers, historians, artists, and Holocaust survivors bring their perspectives to examine and remember this stain on human history.
  • 64 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series--The MLK Series, at it's fondly known--has lectures and events designed to educate the Nashville and Vanderbilt communities about King's life and legacies of peace, justice, and equality.
  • 65 Vanderbilt Police educational programs--The VUPD's office of Crime Prevention provides educational programs on a variety of topics to the Vanderbilt community. Whether your office or group wants to know about personal safety, the Rape Aggression Defense System, travel safety, or other security related topic, they've got you covered.
  • 66 Master of Liberal Arts and Science program--MLAS --is a degree program for working adults. Classes meet one night per week, one class per semester, and are taught by some of the best professors at Vanderbilt. After nine semesters, students get to put on the cap and gown, shake the Chancellor's hand, and put a Vanderbilt master's degree on the wall.
  • 67 Tuition discounts for spouses--Spouses of staff and faculty members can receive a tuition discount. This applies to a single three-hour course per semester, including a fourth hour for lab, if applicable, provided they are not pursuing a degree and are not enrolled in a full-time program.  
  • 68 GED class--This class prepares staff and immediate family member adults to earn a General Equivalency Diploma and improve math and reading skills. For people who didn't finish high school, this is a second chance at a leg up in education and life.
  • 69 Presentations covering a variety of health education topics or work place safety can be provided in your department by the Occupational Health Clinic staff.
  • 70 Craft classes and work areas--Classes in crafts and arts such as photography, pottery making, jewelry-making, and weaving are available at Sarratt Center, as are facilities, such as a darkroom and a pottery room.
  • 71 ESL class--For Vanderbilt employees for whom English is a second language, this is a class in speaking, reading and writing that can help the participant's job performance, as well as everyday life.
  • 72 Vanderbilt Dance Group--Classes in all kinds of dancing--ballet, modern, tap, ballroom, even line dancing--are offered to staff, faculty, and students.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

  • 73 Employee Celebration Month--September is the month set aside by the University to honor the people who work here. There are lectures, events, dances, food, fun, and ceremonies, all designed the recognize the "Heart and Soul" that employees bring to the place.
  • 74 Rites of Spring--Every spring there are several days of music and gaiety perfect for getting out in the warm sunshine and letting the winter bake out of your bones.
  • 75 Blair concerts--Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music has several concerts or recitals a month featuring faculty and guests. For music lovers, having this many talented people performing here is a real treat.
  • 76 Rental of recreational equipment--The Student Recreation Center has a wide variety of recreational equipment--stuff like backpacks, volleyballs, and camping tents--available for rental to staff and faculty. The Center also organizes recreational trips.
  • 77 Movies--Sarratt Cinema, in Sarratt Student Center, shows good movies several times a week and has good popcorn, too. And don't forget that discount passes to Carmike theaters are for sale at the Medical Bookstore in Light Hall, the Rand Hall bookstore, and the Vanderbilt Valet locations in the Medical Center North and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
  • 78 Theme park discounts--Heading to Disney World, Six Flags, Busch Gardens, Nashville Shores, or other big time theme parks? Check out the discounts in the Faculty/Staff Discount Program before you go and save some money.
  • 89 University calendar of events online--There's so much stuff going on around campus--sports, parties, musical events, and other things--that it's hard to keep up with it all. Luckily, you don't have to.
  • 80 Sarratt Gallery--Monthly exhibitions of works by distinguished artists, available at no charge and within walking distance of the Medical Center.
  • 81 Vanderbilt University Theater--Student productions of plays, in Neely Auditorium on campus.
  • 82 Cultural Enrichment--VUMC's Office of Cultural Enrichment puts on exhibits of art, programs of music, and other activities that make the Medical Center more pleasant for our patients, as well as staff and faculty. Pleasant surroundings are better for patients and the rest of us, too.
  • 83 Get crafty--The Needles and Pins craft fair is sponsored every year by the Medical Center Staff Advisory Council. It's a festival of food, music, and crafts, and the money raised benefits staff and patients of VUMC.
  • 84 Discounts on athletic tickets--Full-time staff and faculty are eligible for two reduced-price tickets on Vanderbilt football, baseball, and women's and men's basketball tickets.
  • 85 Vanderbilt Art Gallery--Located in the Fine Arts Building (The Old Gym), the gallery features exhibitions from guest artists and displays from the university's permanent art collection.
  • 86 What's Opera, Doc?--Tickets to performances sponsored by the Nashville Opera Association are 10 percent off for Vanderbilt employees who present their IDs at the box office.
  • 87 Free use of libraries--People who work at Vanderbilt can use their staff ID card or badge as a library card that gives them access to all the libraries in the University system--hundreds of thousands of books, journals, and videos full of stories, pictures, and facts. The collective memory of the human race and the riches of the world.
  • 88 Vanderbilt Concerts--Popular music of all varieties comes to campus through the promotion of Vanderbilt concerts, and staff, faculty, and students get discounts on tickets. 
  • 89 TPAC discounts--On some selected shows, Vanderbilt people can save 20 percent at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. The password for the discount is "vandytix."
  • 90 Great Performances at Vanderbilt--Jazz, dance, classical music, and theater are all a part of the annual programs of Great Performances at Vanderbilt, a catch-all title for a wonderful collection of culture and entertainment. Staff, faculty, and students get tickets at a discount.
  • 91 Gaylord Entertainment Center discounts--On some selected shows and concerts, the GEC cuts Vanderbilt people a deal. This is usually last-minute stuff, so you need to pay attention to your e-mail. Sometimes free tickets become available; this is how, over the past couple of years, lots of your co-workers have had sunshine on a cloudy day with the Temptations and partied like it's 1999 with Prince.
  • 92 Discounts on tennis--Staff and faculty can purchase an annual membership at half price over the community rate. You get free use of one of the nine outdoor courts (some are lighted until 10 p.m.), or use of the indoor courts for a discounted price.
  • 93 Tailgate--Every fall there is a University-wide tailgate party, featuring food, games, getting together with family, and a Vanderbilt football game. It's quite a blowout.
  • 94 Golfing at Legends--The University owns the Legends Club golf course in Franklin, Tenn., and the course offers reduced rates to staff and faculty on greens fees and memberships.

KIDS AND FAMILIES     

 

  • 95 Lactation rooms--To support moms who would like to breast feed or express breast milk after returning to work, there is a dedicated employee room in Medical Center East, and rooms shared with new moms and visitors are also available in Vanderbilt University Hospital and Moroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.  
  • 96 Child Care--On-site child care services support working parents while providing care and education for the children enrolled. Vanderbilt offers early childhood education/child care at two locations, both sites serving children aged six weeks to 5 years.
  • 97 Sibling at Birth program--Brothers and sisters aren't left out when it comes to welcoming the addition to the family--this program prepares children to be present to welcome a new baby into the world.
  • 98 Summer Camps--The Vanderbilt campus is brimming every summer with camps to keep youngsters amused and to teach them new skills. There are music camps, a baseball camp, football camp, basketball camps for both boys and girls, soccer camps, lacrosse camp, tennis camp, science camps, and engineering camp, and Camp Rec, which is based at the Student Recreation Center.
  • 99 Faculty and Staff Swim Nights--Health Plus offers free Swim Nights, when staff and faculty can bring a friend or family members and splash around and have fun.
  • 100 Domestic partner coverage--Vanderbilt extends health insurance and other benefits to certified same-gender domestic partners.
  • 101 Reaching for the stars--Dyer Observatory, at 100 Oman Drive (near Radnor Lake), and the Stevenson Observatory, on the 10th Floor of Stevenson Center (next door to Medical Center North), each have programs on astronomical phenomena and make their telescopes available for public viewing from time to time. Get acquainted with some of the local planets, stars, and galaxies.
  • 102 "Babies and You" program--The "Babies and You" program of Health Plus offers information and support to staff, faculty, or spouses who are expecting. Successful completion of the program also nets the newborn a U.S. Savings Bond, so they have a jump on college costs.         
  • 103 Adoption Assistance-- Vanderbilt will reimburse up to $3,000 per child for eligible expenses toward adopting a child.

CONVENIENCE & QUALITY OF LIFE

  • 104 The Vanderbilt Valet--This service is a real time saver. At no extra cost to you, The Vanderbilt Valet arranges to handle errands such as cleaning pick up and drop off, oil changes, film developing, car washing and detailing, and others.
  • 105 Free bus rides to and from work--Staff and faculty can ride Metro Transit Authority buses to and from work for free, using only their ID badges. A great deal for those who live near the bus line, but good for those who live elsewhere, too, because there is a park and ride option. And this gives you an opportunity to sit on the bus and hum the old Edgar Winter Group song "Free Ride."
  • 106 The Campus--The Vanderbilt Campus is--let's not mince words--beautiful. It has 330 acres, 6,400 trees, and 220 buildings, and is classified as an arboretum by the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. The Peabody section of campus has been a Registered National Landmark since 1968. Both the Peabody and main campuses are wonderful places to walk through the shade, sit in the sun, or listen to birds in an oak. And this is your workplace.
  • 107 Get a haircut at work--The Vanderbilt Hair Salon in Medical Center North offers quality, reasonably priced haircuts and other salon services and products.
  • 108 Access to information--The University and Medical Center work hard to keep staff and faculty informed about what is going on. There are publications, including House Organ, VUMC Reporter, the Register, and EQ Employee Quarterly, (an insert into the Reporter) devoted to employee features and news. And there are the University and Medical Center Web sites, which are the gateway to HR information and policies and a plethora of information and links to individual departments and divisions within the University.
  • 109 A month off a year--After five years of service for salaried staff and six years for hourly paid staff, the minimum amount of vacation anybody who works here full time gets is three weeks, which, combined with the holidays and personal days you get off, adds up to more than a month of days off every year.  
  • 110 Bereavement leave--It's good to know that you can take up to three paid days off if there is the death of a spouse, son, daughter, mother, father, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister, brother, grandparent, or grandchild.
  • 111 Quality of Work Life Task Force--Vanderbilt has a task force dedicated to looking at the needs of employees attempting to balance work and family. It's an informal group who meets to study our problems and suggests solutions to people who can make things happen.
  • 112 Anytime Teller Machines at work--Convenience is king, with ATMs in The Vanderbilt Clinic, Medical Center North, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital, and other campus locations.
  • 113 Free fingerprinting--Sometimes for licensing, citizenship or internship applications you need to send in a copy of your fingerprints. Where the heck can you get THAT done, short of getting arrested? The Vanderbilt Police has a free fingerprinting service for times when you need to prove who you are when your mom's not around to vouch for you.
  • 114 Connect to HR--Human Resources operates a Web site that allows staff and faculty to access payroll information, leave balances, and other information that--you know this is true--you can get an intense need to know in the middle of the night.
  • 115 Proximity to Hillsboro Village--The Village has great places for lunch, banks, a cook store, a hardware store, a place to pick up some beverages, and lots of other cool places--all within walking distance.
  • 116 Commodore Awards--People who work at Vanderbilt who have made it a better place are eligible for the yearly Commodore Awards. There is honor involved. There is cash involved.
  • 117 The VUH Gift Shop--The Gift Shop on the VUH mezzanine is the ideal place to pick up items from the greeting cards, magazines, candy bar part of the spectrum. Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • 118 Crime prevention--We know that the best way to deal with crime is to prevent crimes from happening, and Vanderbilt Police has a person dedicated to teaching staff, faculty, and students how to avoid being victimized. It's good to have an employer that takes protecting its employees seriously.
  • 119 University Club Membership--Staff and faculty are eligible for membership in the University Club, located just behind the Medical Center on Garland Ave. The club offers a daily lunch buffet, dining and meeting facilities, and a bar.
  • 120 Holiday turkeys--The Medical Center, for the past few years, has provided a turkey to its staff and faculty members at holiday time, and now the University is in on the act as well. This is great if you like turkey, but even if you don't, the extras are donated to a local charity.
  • 122 Help for those from abroad--The Office of Student and Scholar Services is here to help international staff, faculty, and students at Vanderbilt. That help may include immigration matters, orientation, or cross-cultural workshops.  
  • 123 Computer kiosks available--The Occupational Health Clinic provides computers in the waiting room for faculty/staff who want to check their e-mail or complete the online Health Risk Assessment. Health Plus also has a computer available for completion of the online Health Risk Assessment or the Silver Level Wellness Category Sheet. Staff members at both sites are available to assist faculty and staff.
  • 124 Proximity to West End--Vanderbilt is in a great location to get things done during lunch--including renting movies at Tower or Blockbuster, picking up a gift at Scarlett Begonia or Borders, or getting your bike repaired at Cumberland Transit.
  • 125 Eats on campus--The Medical Center has McDonald's, the Courtyard Cafe, and the food court at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital (which includes a Subway), but it's possible to branch out culinary-wise without leaving campus. There are eateries at Rand Hall, the Schulman Center for Jewish Life, the Divinity School Refectory, Carmichael Towers East, Hill Student Center on the Peabody Campus, and Sarratt Student Center--all beckoning to the adventurous palate.
  • 126 Convenient Ticket Master outlet--If you want to buy tickets to area concerts, sporting events, tractor pulls, or whatever, it's good to know there is a Ticket Master outlet right on campus, at the Sarratt main desk.
  • 127 Campus Copy--Full and self-serve copying and binding are available at both the Rand Hall location and the Chestnut Street location of Campus Copy. You have to pay for the work, but pick up and delivery are free.
  • 128 Massage therapists at work--There is nothing more relaxing than a good massage, and both Health Plus and the Kim Dayani center have massage therapists available to help work out the tensions of the day.
  • 129 Free internet access--A dozen or so terminals at the Eskind Biomedical Library provide (very fast) Internet access.         
  • 130 Proximity to downtown--Vanderbilt is centrally located, which means your workplace is actually near all those trendy downtown joints where trendy people go with their trendy friends. You can even go to lunch and get back in an hour. About.
  • 131 Chapels available--Rhea Chapel in the Medical Center, the Chapel at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital, and Benton Chapel and All-Faith Chapel at the Divinity School are available to staff and faculty for weddings, memorial services, and other events.
  • 132 Religious services--Worship services are held every Sunday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. in the Rhea Chapel, which can be entered from the hospital lobby. In addition, people of the Baptist, Episcopal, United Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic, Jewish, and Buddhist faiths all have services on campus during the school year. Vanderbilt is a place of learning, and also a place of faith.
  • 133 Staff Advisory Councils--Both the Medical Center and University have Staff Advisory Councils who act as representatives and informational conduits of information between the non-faculty staff and administration. They are made up of elected representatives who are dedicated to making Vanderbilt a better place.
  • 134 Faculty Senate--One way faculty members make their voices heard in the administration of the University. The Faculty Senate is the representative, deliberative, legislative body of the faculties. It is composed of the deans of the colleges and schools, elected members, and ex officio members, including the Chancellor.
  • 135 Jump starts and help with lock-outs--Got a dead battery or lock your keys in your car? Good thing you work for Vanderbilt. Staff, faculty, and students may request help with their vehicle (it has to be on campus), and most of the time, Vanderbilt Police are able to help.
  • 136 Benefits Fair--Every fall the Benefits Office sponsors a 'Benefits Fair' during the annual Open Enrollment period.  Insurance providers and retirement companies, along with other vendors are on campus to present information and answer questions.
  • 137 Really good coffee--There are coffee stands with both fancy brews and the ultra-potent wake-you-up-from-a-coma stuff in the Courtyard Café, hospital and Medical Center North lobbies, as well as at the Rand Dining Hall and the Hill Student Center at Peabody. There are also Fido's in Hillsboro Village and two Starbucks within walking distance. You have no excuse for sleeping on the job.
  • 138 The Friends Shop--This fine retail establishment, located in the Monroe Carell Children's Hospital, stocks lots of neat stuff for kids and grown-ups, too.
  • 139 Employee Satisfaction Surveys--Regular surveys are conducted among both Medical Center and University staff and faculty to find out what people like and don't like about Vanderbilt, so that we can work to make the place better.
  • 140 Alternative work arrangements--Vanderbilt supports alternative work arrangements as viable options for staff in some situations based upon the needs of the job, work group, or organization. This may mean telecommuting, job sharing, flex time, or shorter shifts to accommodate the needs of parents. Obviously, not all jobs lend themselves to such arrangements, and both the employee and the department have to be OK with this new way of getting a job done--but sometimes an alternative arrangement is the best arrangement, and the University has a policy for putting it all together.
  • 141 State of the Medical Center address--Every year the vice chancellor for Health Affairs gives an update on where the institution stands, outlines plans for the future, and takes questions from anybody who has one. A great chance for everybody to hear from the institution's leadership--and vice versa.
  • 142 Vandy Vans and walking escorts--These are a couple of ways to get safely around campus after dark. Vandy Vans is a shuttle service that operates from dusk to 2 a.m. weekdays and 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings. And for the times when a walking escort is needed for safety, the Vanderbilt Police provide that, too.
  • 143 Tornado/Violent Storm siren--The threat, though remote, is always around that dangerous weather can come our way. The University has an early warning weather alert system that sounds in conjunction with the Nashville/Davidson County warning siren. Vanderbilt sounds its siren, a three minute "wail tone," whenever a tornado is on course to strike the campus within 15 minutes as a warning for staff, faculty, and students to take cover and protect our patients.     
  • 144 Great co-workers--Vanderbilt has the most diverse workforce in Nashville. You have co-workers from all over the world, co-workers of all races, ages, backgrounds, and sexual orientations. You have co-workers who are fascinating people, co-workers who are involved in their communities, and, if you ask around, probably co-workers who know most of the dialogue to Caddyshack. And, most important, co-workers who are good people to work with.
  • 145 Being involved in things that matter--This is an institution dedicated to some of humanity's highest callings: healing the sick, scientific advancement, educating others, making the world a better place. This is an institution that contributes tremendously to our community--as an institution, through staff, faculty, and students individually, and through our economic impact. This is an institution that contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars to the United Way, gives blood to the Red Cross by the gallons, and gives millions in charity care to those less fortunate in our area. All of us who work here--whatever our jobs--are a part of these achievements, and can take pride in the accomplishments and mission of our institution.

The above list was taken from Vanderbilt's September 2004 House Organ and is reproduced here as a sampling of the kinds of benefits enjoyed by Vanderbilt employees. Length of service or position status may affect eligibility for some of these benefits. Updated August 9, 2005.


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