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Are you an alum? Then you're a member of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association. It's that simple.
You automatically became a member the day you received your diploma. Membership in the Alumni Association is free, and with your membership comes access to a variety of services and programs provided by the Alumni Association including valuable discounts, networking opportunities and career advice.

  • Chapters—Network, learn and have fun with fellow alumni in your area.
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  • Travel—Explore the world with other alumni and Vanderbilt's top professors.
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  • Benefits and discount programs—Take advantage of everything from short-term medical insurance to discounts on travel and savings at popular stores like Target and Costco.

Questions? Visit our website—redesigned to be even easier to use—or call (615) 322-2929.

 Leadership corner

James E. StofanDear alumni,

The Office of Alumni Relations is making available to you a free, secure resume-building website. Called Optimal Resume, this website will allow you to quickly and easily create world-class resumes and receive expert advice on interviewing prep, cover letters and more.

This is a best-of-breed software with robust tools. It's hosted in the cloud, so it's available to you 24/7. You'll find examples of resumes, cover letters and electronic portfolios along with the tools to create your own. Coaching and examples for all levels and professions are built in along with a video interview option that allows you to record and play back your mock interview. Finally, you can create your own professional website with the online media widgets. Read more »

James E. Stofan
Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations

Carroll KimballEngage (verb, en gayj): to involve somebody or become involved; to hold the attention of or win the affection of somebody.

Vanderbilt in 2012 is a radically different institution than the Vanderbilt from which I graduated in 1984. No more meal points … no more Kissam … no more "White Animals." But, oh, the changes! The energy of our first-year students housed in The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt, the enthusiastic Commodore sports fans, and the emergence of Vanderbilt as a premier and highly ranked university are but a few. Time has marched on, but some things have not changed. Our faculty members remain as distinguished leaders in their fields. We are graduating top-notch students whose liberal arts education is serving them well in society. And you, our alumni, are continuing to make a difference in the lives of so many people around the world. Read more »

Carroll Kimball, BA'84
President, Vanderbilt Alumni Association

 Chapter news

Alumni leaders from across the country gathered in Nashville for the Chapter Leadership Conference. The May event, organized by the Office of Alumni Relations, offered alumni leaders the opportunity to network and compare ideas and success stories on alumni group activities. They also learned about the marketing and social media support the university provides for all alumni chapters and events.

On June 20, Vanderbilt University Vice Chancellor for Investments Matthew Wright held a special presentation at The American Club in Hong Kong which focused on the challenges of managing the university's $3.5 billion endowment.

Professor Lachs and Aliya Coher
The Los Angeles Chapter hosted two Commodore Classroom events in April featuring John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy, whose lecture was titled, "What If This Is As Good As It Gets?"


London Spring Tea
The London Vanderbilt Chapter hosted their annual Spring Tea May 20 at the home of George and Patti, BA'76, White. More than 50 guests attended.

The Seattle Chapter went on an educational tour of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and learned more about its inspiring work.

Coach Franklin speaks to AVBA
Vanderbilt Head Football Coach James Franklin was the guest speaker at the AVBA general meeting. He shared insights about the 2011 season and the Liberty Bowl and reviewed the 2012 recruiting class and the upcoming season. Franklin put an emphasis on ensuring that there will be more "Black and Gold" in the stands this year. The AVBA is planning to purchase a block of 2012 season tickets and host programs around specific games this season.


AVBA Scholarship campaign continues
The Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni held receptions in Washington, D.C., and Chicago in May to support the AVBA Endowed Scholarship campaign. Alumni and friends enjoyed food, drinks and the opportunity to hear from the Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations James Stofan and the AVBA Scholarship co-chairs, Karen Jefferson Morrison, BS'82, and Cathy Bender Jackson, BS'82. The AVBA plans to award its first scholarship in 2013. Learn more about the AVBA Scholarship or make a donation online.
AVBA receptions

The Metro New York Chapter recently hosted an alumni MBA panel, where alumni discussed the process of applying to business school, the b-school experience, and how having an MBA has impacted their career.


Vanderbilt Reunion
Class of '62 marches at Commencement
Vanderbilt ReunionThe Class of 1962 was recognized at Vanderbilt's 2012 Commencement for their milestone 50th anniversary as Vanderbilt alumni. In honor of that achievement, 30 members of the class marched in the processional with the Class of 2012.

Members of the Class of 1962 are invited to submit information for their 50th Reunion memory book. Use this online submission form to let your classmates know what you've been doing lately. Submissions are due August 1.

Reunion registration will open August 1. Be on the lookout for your brochure and registration information.


ASB celebrates 25th anniversary
Alternative Spring Break will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its founding during Reunion 2012. All former Alternative Spring Breakers will be invited to a pregame tailgate and an evening social at the University Club. Some of the first ASB participants, founding faculty members and current Alternative Spring Breakers will be on hand.

Learn more at the Reunion website.


 Vanderbilt Alumni Association news

Kimball named president, new board members announced
At its annual meeting in May, the Vanderbilt Alumni Association board of directors named Carroll Kimball, BA'84, as president as of July 1, succeeding John Hindle, BA'68, PhD'81. Patricia White, BA'76, was named president-elect and the following new members were named to three-year terms: Samar Ali, BS'03, JD'06; Brandon Berger, BA'03; Perry Brandt, BA'74, JD'77; Aliya Coher, BA'99; Thomas Conner III, BA'88; Kasey Folk, BA'02; and Justin Giboney, BS'03, JD'06.

Stay connected
Stay connected with your fellow alumni through Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. Discover the latest happenings and news for alumni. Be sure to "like" us on Facebook—Vanderbilt Alumni—to receive our daily posts, photos and videos. Follow us on Twitter @vanderbiltalum to get our latest tweets. Join our Linkedin group to network, post and view job openings, learn about career events and more.

Donald Stedman receives Peabody Distinguished Alumni Award
Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of education and human development awarded its Distinguished Alumnus Award to clinical and developmental psychologist Donald J. Stedman, PhD'62, during Commencement ceremonies in May. Stedman taught at Duke University, George Peabody College and the University of North Carolina. He also served as professor of education and associate director at UNC's Porter Graham Child Development Center. He retired in 1999.


Senior Class Fund 2012 -- Leave Your Mark
The Class of 2012 far exceeded its initial goal of 40 percent participation goal by reaching almost 50 percent—the highest of any senior class in Vanderbilt's history. The Senior Class Fund committee led the way and did a great job encouraging their classmates to support any area of campus that has been meaningful to them.


Travel insurance
Whether you're traveling with Vanderbilt or on your own, the Vanderbilt Alumni Association now offers travel insurance. Learn more about the many plans and options today.

Join us for a football weekend in Chicago—August 1 deadline
Vanderbilt FootballThe Alumni Association and National Commodore Club are partnering with Anthony Travel to offer a two-night travel package to the Chicago area for Commodore fans. The trip package will include a Commodore tailgate before the Northwestern game, an optional river cruise to enjoy Chicago's architecture, hotel accommodations for two nights, and transportation to and from the airport and the football game. Click here to reserve your travel package now. If you have travel questions, please contact Anthony Travel by email or at (888) 632-6951. Learn more

Two more tailgates are planned for this season:

  • September 22—Athens, Ga., prior to the Georgia game
  • October 6—Columbia, Mo., prior to the Missouri game

Travel to Cuba with the Vanderbilt Alumni Association
The Vanderbilt Travel Program is excited to present its first trip in many years to historic and exotic Cuba. Join us next March to tour the country with Jane Landers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History, who brings a rich history and personal knowledge to our journey. Rest assured, you'll also have plenty of time for cigars and shopping. Contact Cary Allyn at (615) 322-3673 for more information.

Read about our April trip to Holland and Belgium on the Vanderbilt Travel blog.

Deconstructing Kissam
The 56-year-old Kissam Quadrangle is coming down to make way for two new residential colleges. This two-year, $115 million project will raze Kissam's six dorms at the corner of West End and 21st Avenue South. Every effort will be made to recycle as much of the old building materials as possible. You can watch a live webcam of the Kissam construction project, or visit this page to learn about other summer construction projects at Vanderbilt.

  Major league alumni
Mike Baxter

Mike Baxter, BS'10, saves Mets' first no-hitter with catch

Ally Carey

Ally Carey, BS'12, three-peats as first-team All-American in lacrosse


 Alumni: Students need you

Sign up to be an alumni career advisor! As a career advisor, you can make a major impact with a minimal time commitment. Just a brief email or phone call can provide invaluable advice to fellow Commodores. We appreciate all our current career advisors, and encourage you to register today through VUconnect.


 Alumni in the news

College of Arts and Science
Greta Holtz, BS'82, nominated as ambassador to Oman

Andrew Derr, BA'96, writes book about Fred Russell

Heidi Ueberroth, BA'87, has world's best job

Ivan Reich, BA'85, JD'88, named president of the Commercial Law League of America

Adrian Reif, BS'07, launches startup company Yumbutter

Leslie Schichtel, BA'12, writes Huffington Post article "God, Family, Country, Vanderbilt"

Blair School of Music
Jonathan Chu, BMus'03, discovers new career

Chris Mann, BMus'04, reaches finals on "The Voice"

Divinity School
Rev. Kelly Ayer, MDiv'04, named "Hometown Military Hero"

Rev. Dr. J. Bennett Guess, MDiv'91, gives commencement address

Lisa Dordal, MDiv'05, MFA'11, publishes chapbook of poetry

Law School
Frederic F. Manget, JD'79, now visiting professor at Florida State University

Paul M. Kurtz, BA'68, JD'72, honored with UGA Law's highest award


Vanderbilt faculty spotlight
Jarman wins Balcones for new book of poetry
Centennial Professor of English Mark Jarman has been awarded the 2011 Balcones Poetry Prize for his new book, Bone Fires. This annual award recognizes an outstanding book of poetry published during the year. Bone Fires includes poems from Jarman's eight previous books as well as new ones. His title poem reflects on the original meaning of "bonfire" as a religious ritual to ensure the return of light from the darkness of winter. Read more »
Mark Jarman


Reed Brodsky, JD'95, to prosecute high-profile hedge fund case

Samar Subhi Ali, BS'03, JD'06, named to top Tennessee post

Jay B. Angoff, JD'78, named HHS regional director

J. Maria Glover, JD'07, joins Georgetown University Law Center faculty

Thomas Cutting Gean, JD'88, named compliance officer for Wal-Mart

Darrin Williams, JD'93, elected speaker of Arkansas House of Representatives

William Ozier, BA'66, JD'69, elected chair of Tennessee Chamber of Commerce

Wendee Hilderbrand, JD'04, awarded TBA's 2012 Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year

Andrew Kaufman, JD'74, appointed executive director of UCLA law institute

Andrea Perry, JD'00, wins Athena Young Professional Leadership Award

School of Medicine
Thomas Nygaard, BS'74, MD'78, travels to Tanzania for cardiovascular conference

Russell Leftwich, MD'78, receives physician leadership award

Mary Dekker Nettleman, MD'81, named VP at Sanford School of Medicine

Eric Rowinsky, MD'81, joins Stemline Therapeutics

David Reagan, PhD'82, MD'85, named Tennessee's chief medical officer

Robert Means, MD'83, is president of Southern Society for Clinical Investigation

Art Klose, MD'83, named physician of the year at N.C. hospital

Michael Kaleko appointed scientific director of Synthetic Biologics

John Warner, MD'92, named CEO for UT Southwestern Hospitals

Martin Newman, MD'97, ranked among the top physicians in the nation

Sean Kelly named chief medical officer by Imprivata

Kelly Moore, BS'94, MD'00, receives top immunization practice award

Eric Zacharias, MD'93, publishes book on Mediterranean diet

Clifton K. Meador, BA'52, MD'55, publishes Puzzling Symptoms

Daniel Koehler, MD'12, co-founds nonprofit

School of Nursing
Trish Trangenstein, BSN'75, in Vanderbilt Nurse

Elizabeth Gardner Rudolph, BSN'82, MSN'85, JD'89, speaks on nursing and health care

Owen Graduate School of Management
Brent Turner, MBA'99, charts new course for alumni leadership

Megan Allen, MBA'12, establishes Georgie Beauty Cosmetics

Peabody College
Bill Mott, MLS'78, PhD'80, leads new master's program for Trevecca

Kathleen Russell, BS'12, receives the Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellowship

Trevor Burbank, BS'12, starts social enterprise Teach Twice


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