Passion has launched thousands of books, paintings, movies and songs. But a number of College of Arts and Science alumni are proof that passion ignites successful careers as well.

“Passion brings laser focus to things,” says Cindy Funk, director of Vanderbilt’s Career Center. “When you’re at a university like Vanderbilt with a strong College of Arts and Science, it provides the opportunity to explore things you’re passionate about. Those things can very well lead nicely to a career, though most people don’t think of it that way.”

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Arts and Science in the World

Time spent abroad experiencing other cultures and gaining new knowledge has been part of the College of Arts and Science experience for thousands of alumni. Groups of students recently traveled to Australia, Britain, China, Egypt, Germany, Greece and Canada (with Washington, D.C. thrown in for good measure) for intensive learning experiences known as Maymester.

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Inside the Trauma Ward of the World's Financial Markets

I feel like I work in the trauma unit. Not in a hospital as you might imagine, but at the heart of the global financial crisis. And for some weird reason I really enjoy it. At Vanderbilt I shifted from premed to economics as I concluded that passing out at the sight of blood might not be good in a medical career. Now I tie tourniquets to stem the hemorrhaging of capital in the credit markets.

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Five Minutes With … Penny Peirce

You can call it kismet, karma or serendipity, but whatever approach you prefer, there is little doubt that Penelope “Penny” Peirce is exactly where she’s supposed to be—at the helm of Technology Support Services for the College of Arts and Science.

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Behavior and the Brain

Forget what you’ve seen on The Sopranos, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Frasier or cop shows. Despite the almost universal depiction of psychology in the media, the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Science focuses on the bigger picture: how brain processes affect human behavior.

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College Cabinet 2008-2009

Every year, we take the opportunity formally to say thank you to the alumni, parents and friends who support the College of Arts and Science in providing students with an exceptional educational experience. This page lists the College Cabinet, which recognizes those donors who contributed $1,000 or more during our last fiscal year, July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009.

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