GayNelle Doll, an editor of Vanderbilt publications for nearly 30 years—the last eight as editor of Vanderbilt Magazine—retired at the end of March. In response to her final Editor’s Letter in the Spring 2015 issue, many readers wrote to wish her well. Here’s a sampling.
Halpern, a 12-time National Park Service artist-in-residence, is currently working at Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico.
Being denied admission to Vanderbilt was more painful for us than our kid’s first trip to the emergency room. We agreed to write this in the hope that our family’s story might be helpful to some fellow alums.
To help smooth the application and audition process for prospective students, Blair adopted the online tool Decision Desk, which allows applicants to upload a video audition, as well as letters of recommendation from music instructors.
Founded for the education of young men, Vanderbilt from its earliest days allowed a handful of women to attend classes as “listeners.” In 1879, 20-year-old Kate Lupton silently broke the gender barrier when she received her diploma in private for a master of arts degree.
Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos visited with members of Congress in Washington, D.C., June 8–9 to encourage members to reach a budget agreement that allows for additional discretionary funding for important priorities such as research and education.
The Vanderbilt women’s tennis team claimed its first-ever national title by defeating UCLA 4–2 in the NCAA Championship match May 19. The victory marked only the third time in school history that Vanderbilt has won an NCAA national championship.
The Commencement ceremony capped two days of activities for graduates and their guests, including the Senior Day speech by Walter Isaacson, author and former chairman and CEO of CNN. In all, the university awarded 1,644 undergraduate and 2,212 graduate and professional degrees this year.
Vanderbilt researchers have received a five-year, $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to design more effective flu vaccines and novel antibody therapies.