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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander donates pre-Senate papers to Vanderbilt
In honor of his celebration as a Quinq, Senator Alexander, BA'62, has donated his pre-Senate papers and other important memorabilia to the university. Read more »

Leadership corner

James E. StofanFall is one of the most beautiful times to be on the Vanderbilt campus. As the school year begins, the walkways fill with eager students, cool air dispels the summer heat and Saturdays come alive with the cheers of SEC football from our stadium brimming with black and gold!

Fall is also the time for our Homecoming/Reunion weekend, October 21-22. As in past years, a full array of activities will include class parties, the conversation with the chancellor and a variety of seminars and workshops. And our annual tailgate will rev up our fans prior to the football game against Army. Read more »

James E. Stofan
Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations

John Hindle Along with Chancellor Zeppos, Dean of the Commons Frank Wicslo and Student Government President Adam Meyer, I had the privilege of welcoming the Class of 2015 and transfer students at the Founders Walk ceremonies on Alumni Lawn in August. This is an important opportunity for the Alumni Association to speak directly to new students during their first weekend on campus and welcome them to the global family of Commodores.

How important is it? Well, there are only two times that the entire class comes together as a group during their time at Vanderbilt: Founders Walk and Commencement—the beginning and the end of their student experience. Read more »

John Hindle, BA'68, PhD'81
President, Vanderbilt Alumni Association

Vanderbilt Alumni Association news

Recruit the Class of 2016
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions needs alumni to represent Vanderbilt at college fairs and to interview applicants in the United States and abroad for the Class of 2016. Enroll today to volunteer or contact CoRPS coordinator Dustin Lynn by email or calling (615) 343-8286.

Podcasts for career advice
Check out our new podcasts of expert advice for our alumni in career transition. Hear from Vanderbilt professors, career coaches and Vanderbilt Career Center staff on topics including cover letters, informational interviews, networking, job search strategies, acing interviews and using LinkedIn.

Join our alumni LinkedIn groups
LinkedInNetwork and stay connected with fellow alumni through LinkedIn. The Alumni Association supports groups and many subgroups on the professional networking website, including the official Vanderbilt Alumni Group (with more than 8,500 members) and subgroups for former RAs, alumni with interest in business, Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni and engineering management professionals.

Continuing tradition: "Opening Dores" dinners
Each year, the Alumni Association sponsors small, family-style meals on campus for students and alumni to discuss various industries. Topics for this fall's Opening Dores dinners include finance, consulting, entrepreneurship and more. Now in its fifth year, Opening Dores continues to be very popular with both students and alumni. Last year almost 75 alumni and 300 students participated. Nashville alumni interested in participating may email Kate Stuart or call (615) 343-7890 for details.

Feedback needed from the classes of 2000 and 2005
Vanderbilt University is surveying alumni and wants your opinion to improve the educational experience for future students. For more information and to access the survey, click here.

  Vanderbilt faculty spotlight

Engineering Professor Michael Goldfarb leads "bionic leg" breakthrough
A new lower-limb prosthetic developed at Vanderbilt allows amputees to walk without the leg-dragging gait characteristic of conventional artificial legs.

The device uses the latest advances in computer, sensor, electric motor and battery technology to give it bionic capabilities: It is the first prosthetic with powered knee and ankle joints that operate in unison. Read more »


Vanderbilt Travel Program
Check out our NEW lineup of worldwide educational adventures
Visit the Vanderbilt Travel Program website for details or email us. Follow the Vanderbilt Travel Blog.


Alumni making headlines

College of Arts and Science
Jeremy Barlow, BA'95, chef/owner of Nashville's Tayst restaurant, invited to prepare dinner at the famous James Beard House. Read more »

School of Engineering
Robert G. Anderson, BE'65, John D. Gass, BE'74, and Thomas R. Walters, BE'76, named to Academy of Distinguished Alumni. Read more »

Law School
Henry Callaway III, JD'83, receives prestigious pro bono award

David Gerregano, BS'92, JD'95, named deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Revenue

Jim Redwine, JD'81, receives ABA environmental award

William H. Roach Jr., JD'72, named American Heart Association chairman

Daniel W. Van Horn, JD'97, sworn in as president of the Tennessee Bar Association

School of Medicine
Dr. Anderson Spickard Jr., BA'63, MD'57, HO'57 and '63, pens memoir

Dr. Stephen L. Jones, BA'74, MD'78, promoted to major general

School of Nursing
Leah Albers, BSN'71, MSN'74, received the American College of Nurse-Midwives most prestigious honor, the Hattie Hemschemeyer Award. The "Hattie" was presented to Albers in May at the organization's annual meeting.

Melissa Willmarth, MSN'05, DNP'10, was the 2011 winner of the Kitty Ernst Award, is one of the highest honors bestowed by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. She is the fourth Vanderbilt certified nurse midwife to receive the Kitty Award in the last six years.

Peabody College
Deborah Barnhart, EdD'94, named director of U.S. Space and Rocket Center


Vanderbilt Reunion -- October 20-22, 2011 -- Come back, give back
Reunion 2011 video
Football, food, fun and revisiting some of your favorite hangouts with friends—is there a better way to spend a weekend?

It's not too late to make plans to attend Reunion Oct. 21–22. You can register on site at Reunion registration in the Sarratt Cinema lobby during Reunion weekend. Please note that we can only accept cash or checks during Reunion weekend.

Classes ending in 1 and 6 are celebrating their Reunions this year, but all alumni are invited to enjoy the excitement during Reunion/Homecoming. You'll see the interesting educational events featuring Centennial Professor of Philosophy John Lachs, an update on Vanderbilt athletics with Vice Chancellor David Williams and a presentation and tour of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt. Check the Reunion website for complete details.

All alumni are invited to attend the Homecoming tailgate before the Vanderbilt vs. Army football game on Saturday, Oct. 22. Visit the Vanderbilt Homecoming web page for more details.

  News from McGugin Center

Game Day 2011 Central
Catch all the latest news and stats on your Commodore Football team here. Go Dores!

Follow the 'Dores daily on



The Atlanta chapter, with the Georgetown Atlanta chapter, collaborated in a Habitat for Humanity Build. Alumni and friends worked during four weekends to build a house for an Atlanta family. Thanks to Sara Tabor, BS'08, MAcc'09, for coordinating this event.

The Birmingham chapter welcomed James Franklin, the new football coach, at a reception on July 20. Coach Franklin spoke to about 65 Vanderbilt alumni and fans about the upcoming football season.

Check out all Vanderbilt chapter events nationwide and around the world!



Common Connections -- Alumni with shared interests
Mini Reunions
With Reunion 2011 right around the corner, now is your chance to plan a gathering of your friends and classmates—and Alumni Relations wants to help. Mini Reunions reconnect you with friends from Greek organizations, sports teams, service organizations, study abroad groups or whatever group was most meaningful to you. For details, visit the Mini Reunions website or contact Special Interest Liaison Chris Griffin.

Vanderbilt for life -- Sustaining Alumni
Alumni eXclusive and all Vanderbilt Alumni Association programs mentioned in this publication are made possible in part by your donations to the Sustaining Alumni program. Thank you for your support.

  Campus news

Vanderbilt named the 17th best national university in nation by U.S. News & World Report for third consecutive year

Vanderbilt is awarded a $4.85 million grant to manage the newly established MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience

Country singer Gary Allan is back on the road after help from the Vanderbilt Voice Center

Alumni Hall on Alumni Lawn has been named to the National Register of Historic Places

The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management has launched a new Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program

School of Engineering celebrates its 125th anniversary with a yearlong lineup of events


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