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January 2014


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A few words from our president

Distinguished (adjective, /distiNGgwiSHt): commanding great respect, celebrated, notable, influential; from late 16th century: formed irregularly from French distinguer or Latin distinguere

The Vanderbilt alumni community is incredibly talented and makes many contributions across the globe. They are also remarkably generous in the time they give back to our university. Your Alumni Association Board of Directors and its Awards Committee have worked hard to expand the opportunities to honor our alumni. This spring we will recognize three alumni—Dr. Hal Moses, MD'62; Todd Jackson, BA'96, EMBA'08; and Evan Mack, BMus'03. I encourage you to read the articles in this issue about each recipient. I know you will be proud to call them fellow alumni.

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Dr. Harold "Hal" Moses, MD'62, to receive Vanderbilt Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Harold "Hal" Moses, MD'62, the Ingram Professor of Cancer Research at Vanderbilt University, is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award—the highest honor for a member of the Vanderbilt alumni community. Dr. Moses is a highly acclaimed international lecturer and world renowned scholar in the field of cancer biology.

Established in 1996 by Vanderbilt's Alumni Association, the award recognizes an alumnus/alumna whose accomplishments and contributions have had the broadest impact and most positive effect on humankind. Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award are celebrated for going beyond their successful vocation and bringing benefit to the universal community.

Much of Dr. Moses's research career has been related to cellular activity and growth in breast cancer and the crucial discoveries from his research team have served as building blocks for other cancer scientists. His achievements have also been recognized with the 2013 American Association of Cancer Research Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research, the Earl Sutherland Prize for Achievement in Research at Vanderbilt and the T.J. Martell Foundation Lifetime Achievement Medical Research Award.

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Todd Jackson, BA'96, EMBA'08, to receive new Alumni Volunteer Award

Todd Jackson, BA'96, EMBA'08, is the recipient of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Director's new Alumni Volunteer Award. The award honors an alumni volunteer with a significant pattern of volunteer service to the university that has positively represented the university and its mission. Todd was the president of the Owen Graduate School of Management Alumni Council and he and his wife, EB, are the founders and co-chairs of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Young Ambassadors.

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Evan Mack, BMus'03, to receive Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award

Evan Mack, BMus'03, is the recipient of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award. This new award honors an alumnus/a age 40 or under, with a significant record of career achievement and a promise for future professional success. Evan, an assistant professor of piano at Skidmore College, is a distinguished composer and concert pianist.

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Alumni Association Board expands award opportunities

The Vanderbilt Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award and five additional awards intended to recognize alumni for the many contributions they make for Vanderbilt and in their professions.

"The Distinguished Alumni Award remains Vanderbilt's most prestigious honor for alumni, but these new awards provide a way to celebrate the many talents of our alumni," explains Thomas Conner, BA'88, chair of the awards committee.

Alumni, faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate alumni for the following awards: Distinguished Alumni Award, Alumni Volunteer Award, Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award, Young Alumni Volunteer Award, Alumni Public Service Award, and the International Alumni Professional Achievement Award. A full description of each award can be found here.

Graham Stewart named associate vice chancellor for alumni relations

Graham Stewart has been named associate vice chancellor for alumni relations at Vanderbilt University. He comes to the role from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville where he served as associate vice chancellor for alumni relations and executive director of the Arkansas Alumni Association. As CEO in charge of alumni programs and activities at Arkansas, Graham served more than 135,000 alumni and 26,000 dues-paying members.

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Alumni in the News


Five Alumni named to "Forbes" 30 Under 30 list

Miles Clark Barr, BE'06, Ryan James Farris, MS'09, PhD'12 , Matthew Ian Rubinger, BA'10, Danielle Snyder, BS'07, and Zakiya Wells Smith, BS'06, named to "Forbes" 30 Under 30 list.

Other Alumni News:

College of Arts and Science Blair School of Music Divinity School School of Engineering
Law School School of MedicinePeabody College Peabody College

Vanderbilt Connection

New Year, New (Professional) You

Gearing up to land your dream job? Dedicated to making an even greater impact in your current role? Vanderbilt Alumni Career Services can enhance your journey!

Visit our online toolbox for strengths assessments and how-to videos. Fine-tune resumes, cover letters and interview skills at no cost via Optimal Resume, or engage with a career coach for tailored career exploration.

At every stage, tap into the global Vanderbilt alumni network—including 5,500 Alumni Career Advisers—on VUconnect, and join discussions on the 15,000-strong Vanderbilt Alumni LinkedIn group, where jobs are posted weekly. Fellow 'Dores worldwide will love to help you succeed in 2014!

Help make your Reunion the one they talk about for years

Volunteers make Reunion great—and your class needs you! If your class year ends in 4 or 9, sign up today to be a part of Vanderbilt's premier alumni event. You'll reconnect with old friends, make new ones and have fun every step of the way.

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By land or by sea—the choice is yours

Whether you like your feet firmly planted on the ground or on the deck of a gently rocking boat, the Vanderbilt Travel Program has the adventure for you. You can expect attention to detail, excellent local guides and carefully selected cuisine with every journey. Learn more and book your travel today.

Class of 2012 leads the way in giving back to Vanderbilt

The Class of 2012 is accustomed to leading the way. As freshmen, they became the first class to live at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. As seniors, they broke a Vanderbilt record with their 48 percent participation to the Senior Class Fund.

Today, they continue to set an example for students and alumni alike through their commitment to alumni giving. Read more about how the Class of 2012 is giving back.

Nominate talented, active alumni for the Alumni Board

The Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors is seeking nominations for new members. Nominees should be talented, active alumni who want to lead engagement efforts in support of the university's mission.

Nominate an alumnus/a today!

Save money this tax season

It is tax season and, while we can't take away all the pain, the Vanderbilt Alumni Discount Program can help you save on tax preparation. Take advantage of a 15 percent discount on TurboTax when you purchase your federal product or use TurboTax® for the WebSM.

Chapter News

Alumni show Commodore pride at BBVA Compass Bowl

Thousands of alumni painted Birmingham black and gold for the BBVA Compass Bowl. Vanderbilt chapters helped drive attendance as the Nashville and Atlanta chapters scheduled buses for the game and tailgate party. The Commodore pride was clear before and after the game as an estimated 30,000 Anchored Down to dominate the crowd of 42,717.

Thanks to our chapter volunteers

Alumni throughout the world stay active with Vanderbilt through participating with their local chapter. These chapters are led by alumni volunteers who help plan and organize community service projects, game-watching parties, happy hours, and career and networking events. In short, our chapter volunteers are the key to keeping thousands of alumni involved with Vanderbilt. Thank you so much for your leadership and great work.

Because you play such an important role in providing opportunities at Vanderbilt, we would love to hear your story about why you give back to your alma mater. Click here to share your story today.

Vanderbilt has 41 chapters around the world. Updating your mailing address in VUconnect will ensure you receive news on upcoming chapter activities.

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