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A few words from our president

Kimballwow (interjection \ˈwaú\): Scottish origin. Used to express strong feeling (as pleasure or surprise). First known use: 1513 in Bishop Gavin Douglas’s translation of Virgil’s Aeneid

I have no doubt that Bishop Gavin Douglas would also say, “Wow!” if he took a look at Vanderbilt’s eye-popping website. Have you explored it recently? REALLY explored it? Did you know that on the alumni association website you can:

  • Track down your long-lost roommate, people who lived on your freshman hall, or your sorority pledge class through VUConnect?
  • Join Vanderbilt’s Alumni Discount Program and save money at thousands of your favorite stores?
  • Reinvigorate your career by tapping into resources such as Optimal Resume and Career Coaching?
  • Post and search for jobs on the Vanderbilt Job Board (there are 90 jobs from around the country currently posted), or join more than 13,250 other alumni on Vanderbilt’s LinkedIn network?

If you have a burning question for Coach Franklin, there’s “Ask a Coach,” or join a live chat with David Williams. Maybe you want to watch our top-ranked baseball team—you can do that, too, on the athletics website. You can even upload a fan video.

Channel your “inner student” by signing up for RSS feeds on research subjects of interest or press a link taking you to Vanderbilt’s YouTube channel where you can watch Vanderbilt professors in action in more than 190 available lectures. You can even learn how to keep using the library. If you’re interested in the latest developments in the College of Arts and Science (or any other school for that matter) the academics website will keep you current. Medical breakthroughs? Vanderbilt is on the forefront. Read all about them online.

If volunteering is more your interest, sign up for CoRPS (admissions interviewing), Reunion, a local chapter, or the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, all through the website. Maybe you would prefer to be an alumni career adviser to a current student; if so the website is your go-to place.

Explore the website—you’ll be amazed at what Vanderbilt has to offer you! Vanderbilt is for Life.

Carroll Kimball
Carroll Kimball, BA'84
President, Vanderbilt Alumni Association



Alumni Resources

Keep up with your ‘Dores on Athletics

Channel Your Inner Student

Volunteer for Vanderbilt

CoRPs Volunteer Spotlight

For Jeffrey Spencer, becoming a CoRPs volunteer 15 years ago was a natural fit.

“CoRPs was the first way I got involved at Vanderbilt. At the time I just thought I could help recruit some really good kids from the New York area.”

Now the New York undergraduate student population has exploded—only Tennessee sends more —and Spencer is still heavily involved.

“I have spent many Sunday afternoons interviewing high school students about Vanderbilt. I am a big New York Giants fan, so I have had to coordinate my weekends carefully.”

Spencer shares the core values of his experience—classes taught by full professors and the fact that Vanderbilt really cares about its students. “I had the department chair for my first-year engineering class and Stan Cohen, who later won the Nobel Prize for Medicine, taught one of my first medical school classes at Vanderbilt.”

But the best anecdote comes from his daughter Madeline, a first-year student at Vanderbilt, who tells him “Dad, everything is better than I thought it would be. I have a great group of friends and a great set of classes.”

After 15 years, Spencer has no plans to step down from his CoRPs duties.

“That’s the whole thing with being a CoRPs volunteer. It is fun talking with high school students. There is nothing better than getting an email from a student after their first year and hearing that their experience was wonderful. That makes me want to keep doing it.”


CoRPs volunteers extend admissions reach

Applications for undergraduate admission at Vanderbilt continue to rise in both quantity and quality. Alumni volunteers for the Commodore Recruitment Programs—CoRPs—play a vital role. CoRPs volunteers represent Vanderbilt at 160 college fairs across the country and interview more than 4,000 applicants, providing a one-on-one interaction that would otherwise be impossible. This month, during 44 Vanderbilt and You events, they are sharing their lifelong Vanderbilt experience with accepted students anxiously considering their college decisions.

Learn more about CoRPs

Vanderbilt Connections

Free GMAT webinar

Are you considering an MBA? The Vanderbilt Alumni Association is sponsoring a free, informative GMAT webinar led by Jeff Miller from Target Test Prep Tue., April 30, noon–1 p.m. (EST). This webinar, exclusive to Vanderbilt alumni, will provide you with insider tips and strategies in preparation for the exam, as well as the MBA application process.

Sign-up today. One lucky registrant will receive a free hour of tutoring from Target Test Prep.


Travel England with Dean Carolyn Dever

londonTraveling with Vanderbilt is always great, but traveling with a Vanderbilt dean is even better. In September, Carolyn Dever, dean of the College of Arts and Science, will join us as we tour London and the Cotswolds. Dean Dever’s extensive knowledge of Victorian literature and culture will enrich your journey. While in the Cotswolds, we’ll be staying in one of England’s most historic venues, the Lygon Arms Hotel. Highlights of the trip include tours of Blenheim and Buckingham palaces, visits to Oxford and the British Museum and gathering with members of the Alumni Association’s London chapter. Read more about the trip online.


New opportunities to recognize fellow alumni

The Alumni Association Board of Directors recognizes the diverse talents and accomplishments of Vanderbilt alumni with a variety of awards. The Distinguished Alumni Award celebrates those truly exceptional careers. The Alumni Public Service and the Alumni Volunteer awards recognize a wider range of accomplishments. More information and a form to nominate deserving candidates is available online.


Save on your next vacation with the Alumni Association Discount Program

Do you still need to plan your summer vacation? The Vanderbilt Alumni Association Discount program has multiple options for you. You can save up to 15 percent on a network of over 75,000 hotels with the Travel Center, find flexible and affordable Walt Disney World packages, and take advantage of discounts to hundreds of attractions across the country. Learn how you can save on your next trip today.



Work on Reunion 2013, October 3–5, is well under way and if your class year ends in a 3 or 8 it’s time for you to start making plans. Educational programs, class parties and lots of time catching up with good friends make Reunion an unforgettable experience. This year, we’ll also see great SEC action on the gridiron as Vanderbilt takes on the Missouri Tigers.

Take a look around the Reunion website to see your class page. While you’re there, please add your name to the “planning to attend” list—it might just be the nudge your classmates need to come themselves. Remember, the best hotels sell out early so check our list and find the codes for Vanderbilt discounts.

See you in October!


Celebrating Dean Berquist

After more than 35 years of helping undergraduates in the College of Arts and Science, Associate Dean M. Fräncille Bergquist has announced she will retire in May. Bergquist joined Vanderbilt in 1977 and became associate dean of academic affairs in 1983. To recognize the dean and honor her impact, the College of Arts and Science has created a website, Celebrating Dean Bergquist. Colleagues, friends, students, alumni and parents are encouraged to submit stories, photos or congratulations for the dean.

Gold Challenge
Chapter News

New University Updates for the spring

What are Vanderbilt's future goals? What is our strategy for the undergraduate and graduate school experience? What are the financial resources to support these initiatives? Provost Richard McCarty will answer these questions this spring when he visits the Birmingham and Memphis Alumni Association Chapters to present a university update. He will be joined in Memphis by CFO/Vice Chancellor of Finance Brett Sweet.  Attending an event will not only get you up to speed on the latest developments on campus, but also connect you with other engaged alumni and show you how to take an active role with your alma mater. Visit the University Update webpage to learn more.

Commodore Tailgate Tour

We’re taking our winning ways on the road again this year with the Commodore Tailgate Tour. The 2013 tour includes a visit to University of Massachusetts on Sept. 21 and a stop in College Station before the Oct. 26 game against Texas A&M. Additionally, we will have smaller gatherings at other away games.  Watch for details later this summer. The tour is a great way for you to show your black and gold pride before an away game. Fan support is important to the team and coaches, so come join other Commodore fans as we Anchor Down and cheer on the Dores.

Stay in touch with your chapter

From educational events in Memphis and St. Louis to happy hours in Atlanta and Seattle, alumni association chapters are busy. Make sure you don’t miss any opportunities to network, learn or just have fun by updating your contact information in VUconnect—Vanderbilt’s exclusive online community. All chapter communications are based on the physical address for our alumni, so be sure to keep that address current.

Each Vanderbilt Alumni Association chapter has its own webpage and many have Facebook pages as well. The chapter pages have listings of upcoming events as well as contact information for chapter leadership. If you’ve recently moved to a new city with a chapter, make contact today and find other Commodores in your area.


Vanderbilt for life | VUconnect
Don't miss out on another Chapter event. Update your contact information in VUconnect today.

Alumni in the News

Peabody College
Mark Edwards, EdD’91, wins the National Superintendent of the Year Award from the American Association of School Administrators.

Lauryn England, BS’08, earns National Board Certification for teaching.

Roger Drake, EdD ’11, is president of Central Methodist University.

Owen Graduate School of Management
Gary Ridner, MBA’84, joins Clearwater Compliance as principal consultant.

Mario Avila, MBA’12, offers alternative to payday loans with Contigo Financial.

School of Nursing
Sarah Hart, MSN’97, launches Achilles International charity.

Amy Clark-Cole, MSN’07, opens family practice.

Vicki Schwartz Beaver, BSN’73, is the executive director of Nurses for Newborns, a nonprofit nurse visitation program for at-risk mothers and babies.

College of Arts and Science
Christian Stahl, BS’02, joins Quarles & Brady's Intellectual Property Group.

Dr. Gaurav Guliani, BA’03, joins the Department of Neurology at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Bill Holden, BS’83, named executive vice president and senior adviser at Taffrail Group.

Blair School of Music
Chris Mann, BMus ’04, announces dates for his first headlining tour.

Divinity School
Becca Stevens, MDiv’90, releases new book, Snake Oil: The Art of Healing and Truth-Telling.

The Rev. Jim Lawson, ’71, donates significant portion of his papers to Vanderbilt.

Monica Coleman, MDiv’98, delivers the 2013 Antoinette Brown Lecture.

Jon Berquist, MA’99, PhD’89; Alice Hunt, MTS’96, MA’99, PhD’03; Cheryl Anderson, MA’00, PhD’00; Deborah Appler, PhD’04; Jennifer Koosed, MTS’97, MA’03, PhD’04; David Penchansky, PhD’88; Ken Stone, MA’92, PhD’96; Kristin Swanson, PhD’99; and Herbert Marbury, MA’99, PhD’03 surprised Professor Doug Knight with a “festschrift,” or book of original essays, on the occasion of his 40th year of teaching.

Anthea Butler, MA'00, PhD'01, and the 2012 Cole Lecturer, was featured on HLN's “Raising America with Kyra Phillips” addressing the implications of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.

Monica Coleman, MDiv'98, was featured on Rachel Held Evans' blog segment “Ask a Liberation Theologian.”

School of Engineering
Baratunde A. Cola, BE’02, MS’04, receives the AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science.

Army Capt. Gabriel G. Surratt, BE’04, is Bronze Star Medal recipient.

Steve M. Hays, BE’73, receives the Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award.

Theodore McCullough, BE’87, is executive vice president of engineering and construction services for Southern Company Operations.

Jonnathan “Jonn” Kim, PhD’99, earns U.S. Chamber of Commerce small business award.

Halsey R. Fischer, BE’71, is senior vice president at ICS Merrill.

Kevin Kemmerer, BE’90, named iPipeline’s executive vice president of product management.

Law School
Julie P. Samuels, JD’05, Electronic Frontier Foundation attorney, holds the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents.

Brad Hume, JD’77, becomes president of Louisville Bar Association.

Carol Honigberg, JD’80, is the new managing partner of Reed Smith’s Falls Church, Va., office.

Louise Rankin, JD’81, joins American Baptist Homes of the West as senior vice president and general counsel.

David Gregerson, JD’92, is the newest and youngest sitting judge in Clark County Superior Court in Vancouver, Wash.

School of Medicine
James David, MS’96, PhD’00, is commercialization director at Launch TN.

Richard Johnston, MD’61, HS’63, former March of Dimes medical director, receives Godfrey Oakley award for significant contributions in the field of birth defects.

Will Ross, HS’87, receives Samuel Goldstein Leadership Prize at Washington University.

Landon S. King, MD’87, is the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s executive vice dean.

Michael P. Diamond, MD’81, HS’85, is chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Georgia and vice president for clinical and translational sciences at Georgia Health Sciences University.

Dora L. Hughes, MD’96, joins Sidley Austin LLP as senior public adviser.

John E. Anderson, MD’86, HS’89, is president, medicine and science for the American Diabetes Foundation.

Victoria Vetter, HS’75, receives Edward S. Cooper M.D. Award from the American Heart Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Scott Murkin, MD ’92, medical director of Hospice of Randolph County, earns board certification.


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