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If the $1.94 billion raised in Vanderbilt’s recently concluded Shape the Future fundraising campaign seems like a mind-boggling figure, then consider this. Each gift has a purpose and fills a need. Each gift makes possible someone’s education, research, experience or growth. Alumni, parents, donors, corporations and foundations, faculty, staff and friends contributed more than $165 million to the College of Arts and Science as part of Shape the Future. These examples—there are hundreds more—demonstrate how generosity and belief in a liberal arts education are shaping Arts and Science now and in the future.

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Since the Shape the Future campaign started, the number of endowed faculty chairs in the College of Arts and Science increased to 78. One new chair is Sandra Rosenthal, the Jack and Pamela Egan Professor of Chemistry. In Stevenson Center, Rosenthal studies semiconducting nanocrystals, which might be used for new methods of drug delivery and more efficient light sources.
If more entrepreneurs come out of Arts and Science, credit in part the Hoogland Family Foundation, spearheaded by Keith Hoogland, BA’82, and Susan Moore Hoogland, BS’82. The foundation supports entrepreneurial studies in the managerial studies program, based in the FEL Center building.
One of campus’s most interesting buildings is the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center. Built in 2005, the structure was named for the late Board of Trust president through a lead gift by his daughter, Robin Ingram Patton.
Douglas W. Grey, BE’83, understands the importance of financial research. In 2010, he established the Douglas W. Grey Faculty Research Fund in Economics, supporting the economics faculty in Calhoun Hall.
Spanish classes in Furman Hall made Mike Malloy want to double major in the language. Now a senior, Malloy couldn’t have attended Vanderbilt without the Lummis Family Scholarship funded by Claudia Owen Lummis, BA’76, and Frederick R. ’76. More than $79 million for scholarships and financial aid was raised during the campaign—and the need for more continues.
Family counselor Gayle Fambrough Snyder, BA’56, credits Vanderbilt with teaching her to think as a scientist. She’s helping draw outstanding psychology graduate students to do the same through the Gayle Fambrough Snyder Graduate Fellowship for clinical studies in Wilson Hall.
Of Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamin included Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, now housed in Cohen Memorial Hall, on its national tour. That was made possible by a donation from Susan Braselton Fant, JD’88, and Lester
“Ruff” Fant, BA’63.
Not all Arts and Science programs take place on campus. Donors such as Sandra and Roger Deromedi, BA’75, and Frances Von Stade Downing, BA’78, and John Downing, BA’78, have established funds that support travel and study abroad opportunities for undergraduates, grad students and faculty. Students can explore such opportunties at events like this 2011 Study Abroad Fair.

photo credit: Campus aerial by John Russell. Additional photos by Neil Brake, Daniel Dubois, Steve Green and John Russell

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