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   SEPTEMBER 2010
Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt remains in top 20

Vanderbilt maintained its No. 17 spot on the list of best national universities and was No. 11 on the ‘Great Schools, Great Prices’ list in the recently released U.S. News & World Report rankings. Full story »

New students move in

Approximately 1,500 students moved into The Commons, Vanderbilt’s residential community for first-years, on Aug. 21. They then marched through the university’s main gate Aug. 22 during Founders Walk, a tradition that formally welcomes new students to the Vanderbilt community. Full story »

New endowed faculty chairs planned

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos recently announced that Vanderbilt will spend $15 million per year in luring new faculty and will invest substantial resources in creating 60 new endowed faculty chairs during the next two years. Full story »

Personalized cancer program unveiled

Vanderbilt–Ingram Cancer Center has launched a new Personalized Cancer Medicine Initiative, becoming the first in the Southeast and one of the first in the nation to offer cancer patients routine genotyping of their tumors at the DNA level. Full story »

Alumni

Register now for Reunion 2010

Reconnect with friends and classmates Oct. 21–23 and enjoy exciting activities, including class–sponsored educational events, Reunion class parties, and the Homecoming tailgate party and game. Check the Reunion website for details or to register.

Not in a Reunion year?

The Nashville Chapter invites all alumni to the Homecoming tailgate party before the Vanderbilt–South Carolina football game on Saturday, Oct. 23. Visit the event page for more information or to register. Many of the other Reunion events are open to all alumni as well, but advance registration may be required. For more details check the Reunion website.

Share your opinions about alumni career services

The Vanderbilt Alumni Association would like your feedback about the alumni career services and resources that match your needs and interests. Please take a moment to complete our survey.

Alumni Association welcomes new students

During Founders Walk on Aug. 22, Alumni Association Board President John Hindle, BA’68, PhD’81, welcomed members of the Class of 2014, who each received a specially designed Hatch Show Print poster from the Vanderbilt Alumni Association.

Feedback needed from Classes of 2000 and 2005

If you’re a member of the Class of 2000 or 2005, Vanderbilt needs your feedback to improve the educational experience for future students. Please take a moment to complete our undergraduate alumni survey.

Book early for Costa Rica discount

Reserve your space by Sept. 28 and save $1,100 per couple on the March 9–19 tour of Costa Rica’s white–sand beaches and lush rain forests via motorized sailing yacht. Trips with early booking discounts often fill up fast. Visit the Vanderbilt Travel Program page for more information or to download a brochure.

Join the Commodore Tailgate Tour

The Commodore Tailgate Tour is planning three stops this football season: Saturday, Sept. 18, at Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss.; Saturday, Oct. 2, at Connecticut in Hartford; and Saturday, Oct. 16, at Georgia in Athens. Visit the Tailgate Tour page for timely updates.

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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:

Atlanta

Chicago

Nashville

Philadelphia

San Diego

Twin Cities (Minn.)

Washington, D.C.

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

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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

New chief human resource officer named

Traci Nordberg, who has overseen human resources at Massachusetts General Hospital and Dartmouth College, begins work as associate vice chancellor and chief human resource officer for Vanderbilt this month. Full story »

Building projects honored

Two Vanderbilt projects, Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks and The Commons Center, recently earned Excellence in Development awards from the Urban Land Institute’s Nashville District Council. Full story »

New campus smoking policy implemented

A new smoking policy for the Vanderbilt campus took effect Aug. 1, limiting smoking to designated outdoor sites with cigarette urns for disposal. Full story »

School of Medicine welcomes diverse class

The incoming class of the School of Medicine has the largest proportion of underrepresented minority students ever and has great diversity in terms of race and ethnicity, geography and life experiences. Full story »

Library promotes Three Cups of Tea

The Jean and Alexander Heard Library has developed an online resource guide for anyone interested in The New York Times best–seller Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson, who will be giving a public lecture on campus Sept. 22. Full story »

Vanderbilt in the News

New program assists intellectually disabled

The Chronicle of Higher Education—Intended to ease the transition between high school and the working world, Vanderbilt’s Next Step certification program, which enrolled its first class in January, gives students something many of them thought was beyond their reach: a college experience. Full story »

Vanderbilt leads in robotic surgery

The Reporter—Since the first robotic prostatectomy was performed seven years ago, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has established itself as a leader in robotic surgery with procedures ranging from uterine fibroid removal to gastric bypass. Full story »

Vanderbilt, Metro Parks battle childhood obesity

The Tennessean—Vanderbilt’s Department of Pediatrics and the Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation Department are the recipients of a $12 million, seven–year grant for a joint project aimed at stopping obesity in preschoolers. Full story »

Bridge program promotes diversity

Diverse Issues in Higher Education—Programs like the Fisk–Vanderbilt Bridge Program, designed to channel talented minority students toward Ph.D.’s in the physical sciences at Vanderbilt, could be the key to creating a more diverse population of professors. Full story »

O’Dell discusses space odyssey

Vanderbilt View—Bob O’Dell, distinguished research professor of astrophysics, has been involved with the Hubble Space Telescope since before its launch some 20 years ago. Full story »

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Faculty News

Brown to head Department of Medicine

Dr. Nancy J. Brown, the Robert H. Williams Professor of Medicine, has been named the new chair for the Department of Medicine, effective Nov. 1. Full Story »

Reading program pays off for preschoolers

Vanderbilt and Metro Nashville Public Schools have collaborated on an Early Reading First project among preschool children that has yielded promising results in a preliminary study, according to project leaders. Full Story »

Telescope project considered top priority

An ambitious telescope project in Chile involving Vanderbilt has been ranked as a top priority by the National Academy of Sciences. Full Story »

Engineering professor Potter dies

John Leith Potter, PhD’74, MS’76, research professor of mechanical engineering, emeritus, who was internationally known as a pioneer in the aerodynamics of jet fighters, rockets and spacecraft, died July 20 in Homewood, Ala. Full Story »

 
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Sports News

ESPN to showcase Vanderbilt hoops

Both of Vanderbilt’s basketball teams will be in the national spotlight on Jan. 15 when ESPN’s College GameDay covers the Commodores’ double–header against Tennessee in Knoxville. Full story »

Freshman receiver has famous bloodline

Nashville City Paper—Jordan Matthews is the second cousin of former NFL star receiver Jerry Rice, but the Vanderbilt freshman wants to carve out his own career at that position without leaning on his legendary relative for advice. Full story »

Minor earns first major league victory

The Tennessean—Former Vanderbilt pitcher Mike Minor recently claimed his first big league victory when he helped the Atlanta Braves defeat the Washington Nationals 10–2. Full story »

Caldwell sees the big picture

Nashville City Paper—New Vanderbilt Head Football Coach Robbie Caldwell is a hands–on mentor with plenty of enthusiasm. Full story »

iTunesU
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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