MARCH 2010
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Romney, Stossel, Nader headline symposium

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, journalist John Stossel and political activist Ralph Nader will deliver public lectures and sign copies of their books at Vanderbilt's annual Impact Symposium on March 30–31. Full Story »

Vanderbilt leads new transit initiative

Vanderbilt has committed $300,000 during the next three years to help fund the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, a new nonprofit corporation promoting public transportation in the Nashville area. Full Story »

López nominated for PEN/Faulkner Award

A short-story collection by Lorraine López, associate professor of English, has been nominated for the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the largest peer-juried prize for fiction in America. Full Story »

Put your hero in the Athletics Hall of Fame

Roy Skinner. Charles Davis. Chantelle Anderson. Brandt Snedeker. Who will join them in the Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame? Nominate your favorite Commodore for this year's selections by Friday, March 12.


Board calls for nominations

The Alumni Association Board of Directors is seeking nominations for board members. Visit the website by March 8 to nominate an exceptional alumnus or alumna.

'100 Days 'til Graduation' celebrated

The Class of 2010 celebrated 100 days until graduation during the first week of February. The events, which included a special breakfast and "Senior Night at the Pub," were a fun way to inform seniors about the importance of giving back to Vanderbilt.

Update your contact information

A lot can change in five years. Be sure to update your contact information to receive all the updates for Reunion 2010, scheduled for Oct. 21–23. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please email us.

Reunion leaders begin planning

The Reunion Leadership Conference brought more than 75 alumni leaders to campus Feb. 5–6 to begin planning events and setting goals for Reunion/Homecoming 2010.

Seniors to receive advice from alumni

The Alumni Association will distribute the Life after Vanderbilt guide as a gift to seniors during its annual Grad Fair March 18–19. The guide offers real-world advice from young alumni on moving, money, networking and life transitions to help students take their first steps after graduation.

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Tour South America's wine country

Wine columnist Frank Sutherland, BA'70, will lead an excursion through the South American wine country Nov. 5–17. The journey will feature tours of Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires and Mendoza, Argentina. Contact the Vanderbilt Travel Program for more information.

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View the current calendar of events planned in your area, and check back frequently.

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Students launch phone appsFrom the Campus

Students launch phone apps

A team of School of Engineering students has developed three new applications to help mobile-device users find their way around Vanderbilt's campus, look up events and search for nearby restaurants. Full Story »

Dance Marathon benefits craniofacial patients

Hundreds of Vanderbilt students participated Feb. 19 in the annual all-night Dance Marathon, which benefited the Craniofacial Treatment Center at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Full Story »

Twitter site launched

A new Vanderbilt Twitter site provides a daily pulse of faculty, staff and student news by gathering all official university tweets into one place

Twitter site launched

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Faculty News

Guralnick to be inducted into Blues Hall of Fame

Vanderbilt Writer-in-Residence Peter Guralnick, author of acclaimed biographies about Elvis Presley and Sam Cooke, will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame during a May 5 ceremony in Memphis, Tenn. Full Story »

Bachmann receives poetry honor

Beth Bachmann, assistant professor of English, is the 2010 winner of The Kate Tufts Discovery Award, given by Claremont Graduate University to honor a poet's first book. Full Story »

Thomas' research ranks among best

Randall Thomas, John Beasley II Professor of Law and Business, has had his research selected among the "Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles" by Corporate Practice Commentator in each of the past five years. Full Story »

Peabody launches research office

The new Peabody Research Office integrates several previously distinct entities—the Learning Sciences Institute, Office of Research Enhancement and Office of Research Compliance. Full Story »

Three professors, emeritus, pass away

The Vanderbilt community has lost three prominent professors during recent weeks: Rendigs Thomas Fels, professor of economics, emeritus; Richard A. "Pete" Peterson, professor of sociology, emeritus; and Dr. Frank Chytil, professor of biochemistry, emeritus.



Vanderbilt in the News

Free master's offered to dedicated teachers

The Tennessean—Teachers willing to work with some of Metro Nashville's toughest-to-reach middle schoolers for at least five years could earn free master's degrees from Vanderbilt. Full Story »

New disability screening developed

Forbes—A new disability-screening system developed by Lynn and Doug Fuchs, both professors of special education and co-holders of the Nicholas Hobbs Chair in Special Education and Human Development, helps return more children with special needs to mainstream classrooms. Full Story »

Lawson's civil rights legacy recalled

USA Today—Distinguished Visiting Professor James Lawson, who helped lead the Nashville sit-ins 50 years ago, is mentioned in this article about the civil rights movement. Full Story »

Vanderbilt among Nashville's top tax payers

The Chronicle of Higher Education—Vanderbilt pays Nashville between $2.5 million and $3 million in property taxes each year for the commercial use of university property—ranking it consistently among the top 10 payers in the city. Full Story »

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer dies

The New York Times—Vanderbilt alumnus Louis Harlan, MA'47, a historian of American race relations who wrote a Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Booker T. Washington, has died at 87. Full Story »


Sports News

Top-ranked football signee dies

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution—Rajaan Bennett, the highest-rated signee in the Commodores' 2010 football signing class, was killed Feb. 18 by his mother's ex-boyfriend at the family's home in Powder Springs, Ga. Full Story »

Peach Bowl team reunites

Members of the 1974 Vanderbilt Peach Bowl team were honored at halftime of the LSU-Vanderbilt basketball game in mid-February. Full Story »

Johnson shakes up coaching staff

The Tennessean—Head Football Coach Bobby Johnson promoted Jimmy Kiser from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator recently and also made a number of other staff changes. Full Story »

Hall named to Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

John Hall, BE'55, a former Vanderbilt football captain and trustee, emeritus, who has continued to give back to Vanderbilt athletics for more than five decades, has been named to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Full Story »

Signee has Hall of Fame heritage

The Tennessean—Jordan Matthews has the potential to make an immediate impact for the Commodores at wide receiver—a position that his cousin Jerry Rice redefined during his Hall of Fame career. Full Story »

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Download coursework, lectures, news, music, sports, special events and more. Play on your iPod, Mac or PC, or burn a CD. Explore a world of knowledge at Vanderbilt. » Full Story

Pave the way with your own brick
Build your brick today

Vanderbilt fans can now purchase personalized bricks to be installed in two beautiful walkways leading to the newly renovated east and west gates at Vanderbilt Stadium. » Build your brick

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