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A few words from our president

KimballChapter (noun, \'chap-tər\): (1) a main division, as a book (2) a local branch of an organization

When the word "chapter" was first used in the early 13th century, it represented dual meanings: first, it was a division of a book (taken from Old French chapitre)—as in, "Read chapter 10 for the exam tomorrow!" Secondly, its connotation of "local branch" traces its roots to convocations of canons at cathedral churches during which the rules of the order or a chapter of scripture were read aloud.

Just as the church has historically used chapters to further its purpose, Vanderbilt and its Alumni Association use chapters to advance our joint mission. More than 120,000 alumni reside in 141 countries around the world. In areas where there exists a "critical mass" of alumni, we have developed alumni chapters—42 in all—which provide educational, social and volunteer opportunities for Vanderbilt's alumni. The opportunities are as varied and plentiful as our alumni base!

The following snapshot shows that you could: volunteer at a food bank in Birmingham, be informed by Professor John Geer in Boston, attend a Cirque de Soleil event in Atlanta, take part in a book discussion in France, participate in a wine tasting and network with young alumni in Nashville, watch the Vanderbilt women's basketball team take on USC in L.A., volunteer with Alternative Spring Break students in New Orleans, sip tea in London, and hear university updates from Vanderbilt's top administration at many chapters around the country. Whether you're interested in furthering your education, volunteering for a good cause, career networking, or simply socializing with other alumni, there's an opportunity for you!

Thanks so much to all the hard-working volunteers who lead our chapters for our benefit—they connect us with each other, and with the university. If you are interested in assuming a leadership role, please contact your local chapter president—he or she would be delighted to hear from you! To find your local chapter contacts, visit us online.

Finally, if you are interested in starting a local chapter in your area, contact Donna Johnson in Alumni Relations at (615) 322-2929. She will work with you to gauge interest in your area. Similarly, if you want to plan occasional activities in your area and no formal chapter exists, contact Donna.

Chapters are a great way to stay involved—long after your four years on campus. Vanderbilt is for life!

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

  The Vanderbilt Connection

Chapter volunteer spotlight: Jimmy Kerrigan

Even though he spends close to 80 hours a week working as a resident at a local hospital, Jimmy Kerrigan, BA'06, still finds plenty of time to serve as president of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association's St. Louis chapter.

"I started out as the athletics events chair and worked to increase attendance at sports viewing parties and just getting more people involved," Kerrigan says. "About a year and a half ago, we needed someone to run the whole program, and I was selected. Fortunately I have a good group of people around me who help with all the activities."

Kerrigan encourages all alumni to get involved with their local chapter.

"Find an interesting program or event," he says. "If the programming is lacking, let the chapter leadership know. Alumni can help shape their chapters and make them more meaningful."

Maintaining strong relationships between alumni and Vanderbilt is Kerrigan's ultimate goal.

"When you're involved in a chapter, you're strengthening your connection with the school," he says. The St. Louis chapter's involvement with CoRPS strengthens that bond. "You're also helping protect the future of the university by interviewing applicants and making sure that Vanderbilt continues to attract the best and brightest."


Enjoy the movies with Vanderbilt's Alumni Discount Program

January is a great time to catch those movies creating the latest Oscar buzz. The Alumni Discount and Benefits program can help you see all the favorites nominated for Best Picture. Discounts for AMC Theatres are available to all Vanderbilt alumni and are just one click away. There is no fee for the discount program. It's just one more benefit for our alumni.


Make your Reunion memorable

Reunion 2013 will be October 3–5

Vanderbilt ReunionIf your class year ends in a 3 or an 8, your Vanderbilt Reunion is coming up—and our volunteers are a big part of the weekend's success.

If you'd like to help, we have a spot for you, from helping out with your class party and fundraising to simply reconnecting with old friends and encouraging them to attend Reunion.

We'll provide you with the necessary tools, and when the Reunion Weekend is here, you'll know that you've made a real difference to Vanderbilt.

If you're ready to help, email or give us a call at (615) 322-6034 today.


Easy video resumes with Optimal Resume

A video resume lets your personality and speaking skills set you apart from your competition. Vanderbilt is here to help you with Optimal Resume, the newest addition to its Alumni Career Services program. The process could not be easier. Optimal Resume gives you the tools to create your script, an easy to read teleprompter and even screen captions to emphasize key points. The service is free to alumni; you just need a computer and a webcam. When your video is finished, upload it to your professional resume website (another Optimal Resume feature) so future employers will find your video easily.


Travel IsraelTravel Israel with Vanderbilt

Travel to Israel this June and join those who have walked the ancient streets and pathways of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, stood on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, climbed the Golan Heights and toured the Temple Mount. You'll see sights sacred to Jews, Muslims and Christians alike—sites that are revered by pilgrims of every faith. Along the way Barbara Tsakirgis, associate professor of classics and history of art, will enrich your journey with historical background and meaning. Learn more about this fantastic adventure.


Define your dream job with Commodore Career Intensive

Vanderbilt University and Hallie Crawford, BS'95, of Create Your Career Path are partnering to offer a special intensive career coaching program for Vanderbilt alumni, parents, students and friends. The Commodore Career Intensive is a small, dynamic coaching group that combines the benefits of individual coaching with group support. The four-week program starts Feb. 5 and each session takes place over the phone so you can participate from any location. Space is limited, and the deadline to register is Jan. 25.


Alumni Association Board calls for nominations

The Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors is seeking nominations for new members. The Board of Directors leads efforts in support of the Alumni Association's mission—to engage alumni in the life of Vanderbilt University and its students, and to encourage lifelong connections among alumni and support of the university's goals. If you know of an exceptional alumnus or alumna with demonstrated leadership abilities, please make a nomination by March 1.

Oak Leaf Society

Become a member with a gift of any amount to any area of Vanderbilt for two consecutive fiscal years.

Read more about the Oak Leaf Society.

  Chapter News

Alumni go bowling

The Vanderbilt University football team enjoyed an outstanding season, capped off by defeating N.C. State in the Music City Bowl. Our alumni were there to cheer them every step of the way. Black and gold filled downtown Nashville as thousands of alumni enjoyed the pregame festivities, Commodore tailgate and cheered on the 'Dores throughout the game and into the new year. Alumni relished the victory, but the bowl experience is so much more. The game serves as a Mini Reunion, bringing old friends together, basking in the pride of Vanderbilt's academic and athletic success and remembering why Vanderbilt is such an important part of their lives. Enjoy this slide show that captures the bowl game experience as well as alumni tailgates from the entire season.

Connect with Vanderbilt at a University Update

University Update

Did you know the top five overlap universities for undergraduate admissions are Duke, Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford? This is just one example of the news Vanderbilt is sharing during its University Update tour. Provost Richard McCarty and CFO/Vice Chancellor of Finance Brett Sweet are visiting alumni chapters around the country to deliver this information. 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.

Sandoz awarded Chancellor's Cup

M.L. Sandoz, senior lecturer in communication studies and director of Vanderbilt's debate team, was awarded the 2012–13 Chancellor's Cup by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos on Oct. 24. Sponsored by the Nashville Vanderbilt Chapter, the accolade is given annually for "the greatest contribution outside the classroom to undergraduate student-faculty relationships." Full story »


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  Alumni in the News

Blair School of Music
Angela Mace, BMus'06, solves a musical mystery.

Law School
Curtis Bridgeman, JD'03, MA'01, PhD'03, named dean of Willamette University College of Law.

Andrew J. Wertheim, JD'83, received the Secretary of State's 2012 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) on behalf of his company.

Darrin Williams, JD'93, is first African American speaker of the house in Arkansas.

Divinity School
Will Connelly, MTS'03, chosen to lead Metro Homelessness Commission.

Keri Day, PhD' 09, released Unfinished Business: Black Women, the Black Church and the Struggle to Thrive in America.

Klarissa Oh, MTS'08, was named by the NoVo Foundation to join the Move to End Violence program.

Bishop Kenneth L. Carder, DMin'80, has joined the faculty at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.

School of Engineering
Jed Hunter, BE'96, is a rising business leader in Ohio.

In memory of School of Engineering benefactor William W. Featheringill, BE'64.

Bob Tryon, PhD'96, and Animesh Dey, MS'84, PhD'96, featured in Wired article on product failure.

School of Medicine
Michael P. Diamond, MD'81, HS'85, named obstetrics and gynecology chair at the Medical College of Georgia and vice president for clinical and translational research at Georgia Health Sciences University.

Dora L. Hughes, MD'96, former counselor for science and public health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, joins Sidley Austin LLP as senior policy adviser.

Robert M. Carey, MD'65, FE'72, receives 2012 Excellence Award from The Council for High Blood Pressure Research for pioneering work.

Gregory S. Martin, MD'94, FE'01, named director of the Center for Health Discovery and Well Being at Emory University.


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