DECEMBER 2011

  Vanderbilt University

Football team earns bowl eligibility

Vanderbilt became bowl-eligible for the fifth time in school history by beating Wake Forest 41–7 on Nov. 26. Zac Stacy, who ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns, set Vanderbilt's single-season rushing record in the victory. A bowl announcement celebration will take place at the Student Life Center at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Watch your email inbox that evening for ticket information and visit Vanderbilt Bowl Central for more details about the bowl game. Full story »

Barnes & Noble at VanderbiltNew Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt opens

The new Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt, located at 2525 West End Ave., celebrated its grand opening Nov. 11. Offering the same selection of books and items found at other Barnes & Noble stores, it also serves as the university's new bookstore, selling textbooks, course materials, Vanderbilt apparel and other university-related products. Full story »

Christiansen to serve on College Board

Douglas L. Christiansen, vice provost for enrollment, dean of admissions and assistant professor of public policy and higher education, is among three new national trustees elected to the College Board, a nonprofit organization that helps more than 7 million students each year prepare for a successful transition to college. Full story »


News from the Vanderbilt Alumni Association
Happy holidays from your Vanderbilt Alumni Association

We wish you and your family the best and brightest during this holiday season.

Highlights from Reunion 2011

Highlights from Reunion 2011 are now online! Check out the weekend's photo gallery and Homecoming Tailgate slideshow.

Make plans for Reunion 2012

It's time to start planning Reunion 2012, scheduled for Oct. 25–27. If your class year ends in 2 or 7, we hope you'll consider volunteering for your class' attendance, fundraising or party committee. Visit the Reunion website for more information and to let us know if you're planning to volunteer or attend.

Student Alumni Board creates connections

The Vanderbilt Alumni Association's Student Alumni Board creates student-alumni connections and builds class traditions through events like Seniorfest, Sophomore SlamDunk Tailgate and Junior Networking Lunch. If you'd like to volunteer for any of these events, including the Class of 2013 Day of Service on Dec. 3, please contact Christina Barnes.

Travel to Florence, Italy

Surprise a loved one this holiday season with an unforgettable trip to Florence, Italy, this spring. Led by Robert Mode, associate professor of history of art, the Florence Getaway trip, scheduled for March 3–9, 2012, will introduce you to the best art, architecture and cuisine in the renowned Renaissance city.

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:

Charlotte, N.C.
Kansas City, Mo.
Los Angeles
New York City
San Diego
San Francisco
St. Louis
Twin Cities (Minn.)

Click here for the current calendar of all 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

Alumni Hall to be renovated

The Vanderbilt Board of Trust's Executive Committee voted Nov. 10 to begin significant renovations to Alumni Hall next summer. Expanded terraces, a new classroom, music lounge, exercise room, writing center, faculty office suite and café are planned for the Collegiate Gothic-style building originally completed in 1925. Full story »

Wuerth named to Clinton advisory committee

Ingrid Wuerth, professor of law and director of the International Legal Studies Program at Vanderbilt University Law School, has been named to the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on International Law, which brings together professors, practitioners and policymakers to advise Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Full story »

Chinese education delegation visits campus

A delegation of Chinese educators participating in the Education Leadership Learning Exchange visited Vanderbilt Oct. 24–Nov. 4 to learn the latest in U.S. education policy and experience American classrooms and techniques firsthand. Full story »

Seligson named to governing body of human rights group

Mitchell Seligson, Centennial Professor of Political Science and director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project, has been confirmed to the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights General Assembly, which consists of 40 human-rights experts from throughout the Western Hemisphere. Full story »

Former bookstore space to be repurposed

The Office of the Dean of Students has announced that renovations to the former bookstore space in Rand Hall will include several ideas suggested by students, including a new dining option, campus store, additional meeting and conference rooms, and an extensive student organization and leadership suite. Full story »

Dykens recognized for service to individuals with disabilities

Elisabeth Dykens, the Annette Schaffer Eskind Chair and director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities in early November. Dykens is also co-director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Full story »


MLK Day -- January 16, 2012
Celebrate MLK Day 2012

Honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. by registering for one of 300 MLK Weekend of Service volunteer opportunities available Jan. 13–15. Numerous events also are planned on campus Jan. 16, including a keynote speech by U.S. Rep. John Lewis. Full story »

VUCast: How we kill innovation

VUCast: Vanderbilt on Grey's Anatomy

VUCast: Occupy Wall Street


Vanderbilt in the News

The Occupy Movement and the First Amendment

NPR—Gene Policinski, senior vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center, is interviewed about the conflict between the First Amendment rights of the Occupy Movement and the government's ability to cross the line because of issues such as public safety. Full story »

Risk of sexual harassment can mean a bigger paycheck

The Washington Post—Research by Joni Hersch, professor of law and economics, indicates that there's a quantifiable pay bonus for workers exposed to the risk of sexual harassment in much the same way that there's a wage premium for the risk of fatality or injury in the workplace. Full story »

Getting to know the 99 percent of ancient Rome

CNN—Kristina Killgrove, lecturer in anthropology, is telling the story of the "99 percent" of ancient Rome—the commoners, slaves and others who left few documents behind—by sequencing the DNA found in their skeletons. Full story »

Alumnus helps auditors fight fraud

Forbes—Alumnus Brian Fox, MBA'01, founder of Capital Confirmation, a Brentwood, Tenn.-based firm that verifies whether companies' books are accurate, recently gave a presentation to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants showing how easily auditors can be fooled by fake websites. Full story »


Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt -- Where discovery brings hope
Support children's health through Holiday Project

Show your support of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt by purchasing unique Holiday Project merchandise featuring artwork by patients and their siblings. Proceeds from the sales help the Friends of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt provide extra touches for patients and their families. Email or call (615) 343-8660 for more information.

research news @ Vanderbilt

Academic partnership with University of Melbourne expands

Vanderbilt and Australia's University of Melbourne have awarded $344,000 to support the expansion of eight joint projects announced last fall, including research collaborations and exchange programs for students, faculty and staff. Full story »

Breastfeeding problems can be linked to a tied tongue

Doctors and researchers at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt have streamlined a process to quickly diagnose and treat "tongue-tie," also known as ankyloglossia, a condition that prevents newborns from breastfeeding properly. Full story »

Study finds no heart risk in ADHD medications

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications do not increase the risk for heart disease or heart attack in children and young adults, according to a Vanderbilt study of 1.2 million patients taking drugs including Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and Strattera between 1998 and 2005. Full story »

Perceptual Expertise Network grant renewed

The Perceptual Expertise Network—a team of psychologists, neuroscientists and computer scientists who study how the brain acquires visual expertise—has received a five-year renewal of support from the National Science Foundation. The seven-institution network is coordinated at Vanderbilt. Full story »


Sports News

Men's basketball wins Legends Classic

Senior Brad Tinsley hit a dramatic 15-foot jumper with 4 seconds left to give Vanderbilt a 64–62 victory over Oregon State in the championship game of the TicketCity Legends Classic on Nov. 21. Full story »

Women's cross-country finishes sixth at NCAA Championships

The Vanderbilt women's cross-country team placed sixth out of a 31-team field during its first-ever appearance at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 21. Senior Alexa Rogers led the way for the Commodores, finishing in the top 40 and earning All-American honors. Full story »

Greene named soccer head coach

Derek Greene, a 16-year veteran of collegiate women's soccer, has been named head coach of the Vanderbilt soccer program after serving as the team's interim head coach since July. Full story »

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