MAY 2010
Vanderbilt University

Commencement celebrated

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos gave the traditional address to graduating students at Commencement on May 14 and presented Founder's Medals to the top students from each of Vanderbilt's schools. A total of 3,494 degrees were awarded this year: 1,583 to undergraduates and 1,911 to graduate and professional students. Vanderbilt also honored 17 faculty members as emeriti.

To see videos and photos from all of the weekend's festivities, visit the Commencement site.


Peabody ranked No. 1 again

Peabody College has been named the best graduate school of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the second consecutive year. Full story »

Graduate education, construction initiatives announced

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos announced in April that Vanderbilt is creating a $100 million fund to support graduate education and is in the planning stages for the next phase of College Halls at Vanderbilt and new facilities for engineering, the social sciences and humanities. Full story »

Board of Trust names chairman-elect

The Vanderbilt Board of Trust recently elected New York businessman Mark F. Dalton, JD'75, as chairman-elect to succeed Martha R. Ingram, who is to step down in June 2011. Five new members of the board were added as well. Full story »

Campus assists flood victims

Campus officials, faculty, staff and students continue to bring aid and comfort to those affected by May 1–2 flooding in Nashville. A video about the university's flood recovery efforts is available here. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to help flood victims within the Vanderbilt community, please visit the Vanderbilt Flood Relief Fund website. Full story »


Board elects president, seven members

John Hindle, BA'68, PhD'81, was named president of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association by the group's board of directors in April. He succeeds Billy Ray Caldwell, BA'85, who was named to the Vanderbilt Board of Trust. Carroll Kimball, BA'84, is the new president-elect, and seven alumni are beginning terms as new board members.

Alumni eXclusive debuts

The Vanderbilt Alumni Association launched Alumni eXclusive, an e-newsletter exclusively for Vanderbilt alumni, in April. This quarterly publication delivers association news, features alumni spotlights and provides information on the many association programs.

Connect through shared interests

Common Connections provides an opportunity for Vanderbilt alumni to connect through their former student activities, current professional interests, religious affiliations or cultural passions. To see what groups have formed or to create one, visit the website.

Join fellow alumni online

More than 14,000 alumni have already joined the Alumni Career Network on VUconnect, Vanderbilt's online community. Sign up now to connect with fellow Vanderbilt alumni around the world, build networking relationships, and search for or share career advice.

Reunion 2010
Make your plans for Reunion 2010

If your graduation year ends in 0 or 5, let us know if you are planning to attend Reunion/Homecoming October 21–23. Visit the Reunion website for the latest information and announcements.

2011 travel program announced

The Vanderbilt Alumni Association Travel Program is expanding its 2011 agenda to 18 trips, including family-friendly tours and shorter, U.S.-only excursions, to destinations such as Turkey, Rome, Russia, Costa Rica, Peru, the Canadian Rockies and New Mexico. Explore the world your way. For more information visit the travel website.

Tour Cowboys Stadium

Join the Dallas Chapter on May 19 for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Mike Pelton, Vanderbilt's defensive ends coach, will be a special guest. To sign up or for more information, visit the Dallas Chapter page.

Chapter Events - Current Calendar All
Find Vanderbilt events at a chapter near you

Connect with fellow Vanderbilt alumni and friends at chapter events in your area. Cities with upcoming chapter events include:

Los Angeles


NC Triangle
New York City
San Diego
San Francisco

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

Give Now

Every day, every year, Vanderbilt reaches new levels of success thanks to gifts from alumni, parents and friends. Please consider making your online gift now.

From the Campus

Nobel Prize–winner Wiesel gives talk

Elie Wiesel, author and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, spoke at Vanderbilt April 12 as part of the Project Dialogue series, a university-wide program that seeks to involve the community in public debate and discussion. Full story »

M.F.A. students launch literary journal

Graduate creative writing students in Vanderbilt's master of fine arts degree program have launched Nashville Review, an online literary journal.

WWII plane buzzes campus

Members of the Vanderbilt community gathered in early April to watch a plane used in the D-Day invasion fly over campus. The event was arranged as part of a class on World War II. Full story »

Student named among top poets

Stephanie Pruitt, a creative writing student at Vanderbilt, was named one of "Forty Favorite Poets" by Essence magazine in honor of its 40th anniversary. Full story »

Faculty News

Researchers study tumor detection

A Vanderbilt research team is investigating a series of novel imaging agents that could light up tumors as they begin to form—before they turn deadly—and signal their transition to aggressive cancers. Full story »

Hamilton helps discover new element

Joe Hamilton, Landon C. Garland Distinguished Professor of Physics, played a key role in the discovery of element 117, a new superheavy element that has been created and identified by an international scientific team. Full story »

Teaching awards announced

Professors of communication, engineering, law and medicine were recognized with teaching and research awards at the Spring Faculty Assembly in April. Full story »

Farahany to join presidential commission

The White House has appointed Nita Farahany, associate professor of law and philosophy, to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Full story »

Vanderbilt mourns two faculty members

The Vanderbilt academic community lost two members recently: Angela Lin, a German professor and musician, and James Robert Wesson, professor of mathematics, emeritus.

Caferro awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Professor of History William Caferro has been named a 2010 fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Full story »

Scherrer wins science communications award

The American Association of Physics Teachers has selected Robert Scherrer, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt, as the 2010 recipient of its Klopsteg Memorial Award based on his work as a published science fiction writer. Full story »

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Vanderbilt in the News

Vanderbilt tops Yale in a squeaker

The New York Times—The decision came down to Yale or Vanderbilt for New York Times blogger Michael Greshko, who applied to both schools. Citing Vanderbilt's financial aid and a liking for Nashville, he chose Vanderbilt. Full story »

Benbow testifies before Congress

Nashville Public Radio—Camilla Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of Education and Human Development, testified before Congress April 15 about the role schools of education play in ensuring that all students have access to great teachers. Full story »

Vanderbilt welcomes author Hosseini

The Tennessean—Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, delivered the Senior Day address to graduating seniors May 13. Full story »

Echoes of an execution

The New York TimesWillie McGee and the Traveling Electric Chair, a recently released half-hour radio documentary about the trial and execution of a Mississippi handyman in 1951, was inspired by a taped interview preserved by Jim Leeson, a journalist who later went on to advise students at Vanderbilt in the '70s and '80s. Leeson passed away just days before the release of The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South, written by his former student and Vanderbilt alumnus Alex Heard, BA'80. Full story »


Sports News

Women's golfers honored by SEC

Nashville City Paper—Vanderbilt sophomore Marina Alex was named the Southeastern Conference's women's Golfer of the Year, and two of her teammatesAnna Leigh Keith and Lauren Strattonwere named to the SEC's All-Freshman team. Full story »

Harris takes lumps to get on base

Nashville City Paper—No one can say that Brian Harris won't take one for the team. On average, Vanderbilt's shortstop gets hit by a pitch nearly once every game. Full story »

Vanderbilt pitcher makes courageous play

Vanderbilt pitcher Corey Williams sustained a broken kneecap last month versus Florida but made an incredible play to throw out the runner. Watch the video here.

VU + iTunes = iTunesU

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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