Summer 2013

World of Difference

World of Difference

By Kathy Whitney From Africa to Asia to South America, Vanderbilt is represented by hundreds of School of Medicine faculty members, medical students and alumni who leave the comforts of home to endure danger, political strife, homesickness, language barriers, and substandard living and working conditions for the greater good. SomeRead More

Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith

By Jennifer Johnston Although Crystal Finley, BS’13, entered Vanderbilt with a clear plan for success, her life mission would soon change when she became a volunteer mentor with Next Steps at Vanderbilt, a postsecondary program for students with intellectual or other disabilities. As a freshman at Vanderbilt four years ago,Read More

Play Nation

Play Nation

By Brier Dudley Illustration above by Otto Steininger Forty years after Atari’s digital table tennis game Pong bleeped onto the scene and made video games mainstream entertainment, we’ve become a nation of video gamers. We’re playing games on phones, tablets, computers, game consoles, social networks, and even TVs connected directlyRead More

Hot Spot

Hot Spot

Photo essay by Daniel Dubois, Joe Howell and John Russell Long ago in the Land of Commodores, the taking down of Commencement tents ushered in three long and languid months. Professors abandoned their neckties and headed to the cooler elevations of places like Beersheba Springs. Nashville children spent their daysRead More

Ella and Ed J. Albrecht live it up on their 35th anniversary—just past the midway point in their 66-year marriage.

Editor’s Letter

My Grandma Albrecht was an indefatigable snoop. Born in 1901, she married my grandfather when she was 18, and in 11 years they produced seven children—who in turn produced 25 grandchildren. Grandma not only knew all our birthdays by heart, but could tell you who had remembered (and forgotten) hers.Read More