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Alumni career services expanding
The Vanderbilt Alumni Association will expand career service programs including Career Moves and other resources that will be offered exclusively to alumni.

Career Moves"Through benchmarking with peer institutions, several program areas have been identified that will benefit alumni in their career development or job search," Associate Vice Chancellor James Stofan said. "At this stage, we need all alumni to weigh in before we move into final implementation to make sure these programs match alumni career needs and interests."

To share your opinions, fill out the career program survey.

"In addition to career programs, we encourage our alumni to join the Vanderbilt Alumni Group on LinkedIn and sign up to be a career advisor on VUconnect, Vanderbilt's online community," Stofan added.

Campus partnership taps alumni network
A partnership between Alumni Relations and the Vanderbilt Career Center will tap into the vast alumni network, sharing information and experiences as well as giving students learning and networking opportunities.

"Alumni have so much to offer our students in terms of advice and knowledge in specific industries," said Cindy Funk, Career Center director. "Hearing stories about the paths our alumni have taken along with their challenges and success is a powerful learning tool. It helps students understand there is no one way to reach a destination." Read more »

expand your horizons --

Expand your horizons
More than 14,000 alumni have joined the VU Alumni Career Network of VUconnect, Vanderbilt's online community. Don't wait—sign up today! Start networking and give and share career advice with fellow alumni across the global alumni network.

SHARE YOUR STORY about using VUconnect to make a career connection. Contact You might be featured in an upcoming ad or alumni publication.

Leadership corner

James E. StofanVanderbilt is a university rich in history and traditions. From Founder's Walk to Summer Send-off Parties, it's exciting to see these and other important alumni and student traditions continue year after year.

In this issue, you'll also read about several new traditions that have recently been introduced by the Vanderbilt Alumni Association, including the unique Hatch Show Print poster that all first-year students received at Founder's Walk and the Alumni Fellows program bringing alumni together with students to share meals and their Vanderbilt experiences throughout the year.

Traditions are the foundation for bringing alumni and students together through a common history. As alumni, I hope you'll enjoy remembering traditions and becoming involved in the many new opportunities at Vanderbilt.

James E. Stofan
Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations

John Hindle U.S. Army Gen. and President Dwight Eisenhower was fond of quoting an old Army maxim, "Planning is everything; the plan is nothing." What he meant, of course, is that by setting objectives and identifying resources, the planning process sets in motion a series of intentional activities with a high likelihood of success in a constantly changing environment.

Central to the work of your alumni association is our strategic plan, the result of a yearlong, research-based process involving numerous alumni volunteers, trustees, staff and student leaders. This comprehensive plan is a living document, to be renewed annually, that defines the mission, values, goals and objectives of your alumni association. Its intent is to give purpose, structure and governance to our ongoing work. Read more »

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

Vanderbilt Alumni Association news

Help Vanderbilt beat out 11 SEC schools for best tailgate recipe. Voting open August 20–November 5

Meet new members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors

New board meets over Reunion/Homecoming weekend, Oct. 21–22

Board president Hindle invited to speak at Founder's Walk
Alumni board president John Hindle, BA'68, PhD'81, welcomed first-year students with a speech at Founder's Walk on August 22. Founders Walk is a Vanderbilt University tradition formally welcoming the first-year class. Each house of The Commons, led by its faculty head of house and resident advisers and accompanied by VUceptors, entered the university's main gate and passed the statue of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos led the welcome to the Class of 2014.

  Vanderbilt faculty spotlight

Michael Vollman, MSN'94, PhD'03 conducts research on heart failure and depression
Michael VollmanAs a researcher at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Michael Vollman is examining the impact of depression in patients with heart disease and especially those diagnosed with heart failure. "We have at least 10 years worth of solid research evidence indicating that once a patient with heart disease develops a clinically significant depression, things get very complicated," said Vollman, assistant professor of nursing. "Their clinical trajectory worsens due to a number of psychosocial, behavioral and biological factors, some of which we are just now beginning to explore and understand."

Through his secondary research faculty appointments in cardiovascular medicine and psychiatry, Vollman is working with colleagues around the Vanderbilt University Medical Center on this critical issue because depressive symptoms impact morbidity and mortality, as well as decrease quality of life. Read more »

    Common Connections

Mini Reunions allow alumni to connect through shared interests
Reunion is all the more special when alumni organize their own small group gathering. This year, Mini Reunions will take place across campus during Reunion weekend. Groups gathering include the Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni, band alumni, Class of 1965 Kappa Alpha Theta, Naval ROTC, Phi Delta Theta, Class of 1960 Sigma Chi, Vanderbilt Hillel and Vanderbilt rugby. Find out more about these events and how to organize your own Mini Reunion.


Alumni making headlines

Six alumni inducted into 2010 Student Media Hall of Fame

Fulbright Scholarships awarded to three Vanderbilt University graduates

College of Arts and Science
1955 Gator Bowl teammates take trip to Jerusalem
Hutchings, BS'86 and active AVBA member, installed as 117th president of Georgia State Medical Association
Joseph Bozich, BS'85, pays far above industry averages in Dominican Republic plant
Cynthia Hewitt, BA'73, honored in Barron's list of Top 100 Financial Advisors
John M. Coogan, BA'80, honored as a leading lawyer for business by Chambers USA
Greg Fischer, BA'80 and community advocate, runs for mayor in Louisville
Blair School of Music
Big Red Sun by Georgia Stitt, BMus'94, to be presented at the Festival of New Musicals
Paul Epp, BMus'04, captures the littlest fans with Animal Friends
Evan Mack, BMus'03, composes Angel of the Amazon: A New American Opera
Divinity School
Rev. Ann B. Day, MDiv'78, to receive Pride Award
News from McGugin Center

Robbie CaldwellWatch Coach Caldwell Wired
Off the field, Robbie Caldwell has become known for his country style, Southern drawl and quick wit. On the field, he's the man in charge of Vanderbilt football, eager to encourage players and prepared to correct mistakes. Enjoy this clip of Coach Caldwell Wired and follow him on twitter @RobbieCaldwell.

Virtual Vanderbilt
Check out Virtual Vanderbilt
As an Alumni eXclusive reader, be one of the first to experience Virtual Vanderbilt, a recently launched virtual website loaded with news, videos and information on Vanderbilt athletics.

Follow the 'Dores daily on Tickets on sale now, call (615) 322-GOLD.

  School of Engineering
Former BP exec Cynthia Warner, BE'80, left Big Oil for Big Algae—and she's not alone
Graduate School
Elizabeth Spencer, MA'43, one of the South's greatest writers, discusses her work, her years in Tennessee and her friendship with Eudora Welty
Law School
Samar Ali, BS'03, JD'06, appointed White House Fellow
Dan Coffman, BA'54, JD'60, recognized by Florida bar for 50 years of practicing law
Mark Dalton, JD'75, and Jack Moore, JD'73, to assume leadership roles on board of trustees
Maria Glover, JD'07, awarded Harvard fellowship
School of Medicine
Dr. W. Bedford Waters, BA'70, MD'74, receives honors in medical education
Dr. W. Ben Kibler, BA'68, MD'72, FE'73, HO'74, receives two awards for educational merit and achievement
School of Nursing
Amy Bull, MSN'94, named program director for the family nurse practitioner program
Owen Graduate School of Management
Owen alumni 2010 emerging leader finalists: Jeff Gowdy, MBA'06, Justin Crosslin, EMBA'04, and Jarratt Bell, MBA'00
Peabody College
Winner of Keegan Fellowship and latest Young Alumni Trustee, Wyatt Smith, BS'10, will travel across six continents
Derrick Gragg, BS'92, elected to Huntsville-Madison County Hall of Fame

Join the Commodore Tailgate Tour
Commodore Tailgate TourThe Commodore Tailgate Tour is planning three stops this football season: Saturday, September 18, versus Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss.; Saturday, October 2, versus Connecticut in Hartford, Conn.; and Saturday, October 16, versus Georgia in Athens. Visit the Tailgate Tour page for timely updates. To check game ticket availability for these games, contact Sarah Woodall in Alumni Relations at

For Homecoming tailgate tickets, visit the Homecoming page.


Student-alumni programs

Alumni Association Hatch Show Print poster is a new tradition for first-year students
Each incoming first-year student received a newly designed Hatch Show Print poster as a welcome from the Vanderbilt Alumni Association. Posters were distributed during the annual Founder's Walk, where Alumni Association Board President John Hindle, BA'68, PhD'81, was one of the speakers to the Class of 2014.

Program links alumni and students
The Vanderbilt Alumni Association will partner with The Commons for a new Alumni Fellows program. Alumni will adopt a house on The Commons and meet with its students throughout the year to share meals and Vanderbilt experiences. The program aims to build new bonds between alumni and students and increase students' awareness of the global Vanderbilt alumni network.

Student-alumni programs update
The Vanderbilt Alumni Association has another exciting year planned to increase student-alumni connections. Students and alumni will come together to share their Vanderbilt stories and experiences, and alumni will offer advice about life after college. In addition to the Hatch Show Print poster and Alumni Fellows, other fall offerings include:

  • Opening Dores dinners—Informal, family-style meals connecting students and alumni for discussions of career or industry-related advice.
  • Alumni in the Field panels—Alumni panels where students may explore a specific career path such as government and policy.
  • Law School 101—An alumni panel offering real-world advice about choosing and applying to law school.
  • Student Alumni Board events—With a board representing each class year, the SAB creates events to allow students to engage with alumni and build class-specific traditions. SAB programs include networking events, Seniorfest on Alumni Lawn, Sophomore Slamdunk Tailgate and more.

Find out more »


Chapter news

New students and alumni gather at Summer Send-off Parties
Summer Send-off Parties took place in more than 40 cities this summer to welcome new students and their families to the Vanderbilt community. From Los Angeles to Boston, these informal gatherings allowed students, alumni and parents the opportunity to share their Vanderbilt experiences.

"These parties are a wonderful Vanderbilt tradition dating back to the '70s. Alumni really enjoy reliving the excitement that incoming and current students share as they prepare to move in," said Donna Johnson, director of alumni outreach. "We are grateful to our alumni and current parents who have done so much to welcome the newest members of the Vanderbilt family." Read more »


Come back, Give back, Reunion 2010

Register now for Reunion October 21–23

Reunion 2010 registration is now open for the classes ending in 5 and 0. Check out the schedule of events and register today. From conversations with the chancellor, professors and coaches to parties for Reunion-year classes, there is something for everyone at Reunion.

Remember familiar faces, recall old hangouts and return to your alma mater. All alumni are welcome to attend campus events during Reunion/Homecoming weekend. Check the website for details.


Vanderbilt Travel Program

Explore the world your way with the 2011 travel program
This year the expanded Vanderbilt travel program offers something for everyone. With five new trip categories, each tour pairs unique educational opportunities with the exceptional destinations for which Vanderbilt travel is known. Visit the program's website to find out more information today.

Early booking discount on Costa Rica by yacht
Reserve your space by September 28 to save $1,100 per couple on this exciting journey along the majestic coast of Costa Rica next spring. Trips with early booking discounts often fill up by the first deadline. Don't miss the opportunity to embark on a motorized sailing yacht March 9–19, 2011, and discover the diverse plant and animal life found among the region's white beaches and lush rain forests. Visit the travel program for more information and to download the full itinerary.

Tour South America's wine country
Join Vanderbilt alumnus and syndicated wine columnist Frank Sutherland, BA'70, Nov. 5–16 to explore the best of South American wine country along with culture and arts in three cities: Santiago, Mendoza and Buenos Aires. Visit the travel program for more information and to download the full itinerary.


Campus news

Peabody and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools launch new tuition-free master's degree program

Chronicle of Higher Education: The end of admissions as we know it?

In memoriam, Board of Trust member Frederick Rentschler

Peabody national center on scaling up grant led by Tom Smith

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute celebrates 15 years at Vanderbilt

Visit the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt to learn about its educational programs, stimulating tours and trips and social events for Vanderbilt alumni.

Class Notes

Thank you to the following alumni for sending Alumni eXclusive an update. To submit your news, visit VUconnect, Vanderbilt's online network of alumni, students and friends worldwide.

Read about them in Class Notes.


Mary Wyatt Allen, BA'54
Leigh Branham, BA'67
Richard A. Sayles, BA'71
Paul Schklar, BA'78
John E. Tull III, BA'80
Courtney Cowart, BA'82


Clarke Futch, BA'89
Chris Maddux, BS'96
Sarah Wilkins, BA'96
Jimmy Patton, EMBA'00
Spencer Moss, BS'01
Lindsay Beckner, BA'04


Carmen Ware, JD'04
Jonathan Felbinger, BE'06
Laura James Radel, BS'06
Katherine Chloé Cahoon, BS'08
Tasha Ross, MBA'08

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