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Leapin’ Lucy: Bull Terrier Brings Top Honors to Hannah Stahl, BA’12, at Westminster

Leapin’ Lucy: Bull Terrier Brings Top Honors to Hannah Stahl, BA’12, at Westminster

Last August, Hannah Stahl won first place in the Westminster Kennel Club’s dog art contest—held several months before the club’s 140th annual dog show, in partnership with the New York Academy of Art—by wowing judges with Lucy, an oil-on-canvas painting of a leaping Staffordshire bull terrier.

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Dr. Brett Snyder, BS’85, MD’89: Giving Children Something to Smile About

For more than 20 years, Dr. Brett Snyder has provided volunteer pediatric craniofacial care to children overseas and in his community.

Whittle, left, joins Capt. Mariel Hechavarria Casas on a Cuban research vessel as part of a “floating workshop” bringing together Cuban, American and Mexican fishermen, scientists and government officials to discuss how to end overfishing and protect marine habitats. (ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND)

Dan Whittle, BA’84: Cuban Preservation

Since 2000, Dan Whittle, a senior attorney for the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund, has been working to preserve Cuba’s natural resources, including pristine coral reefs and mangrove forests that form a thriving marine habitat.

Kate Hendricks as Kate the Wasp (SHIA LEVITT)

Kate Hendricks, BA’05: Kate the Wasp

Kate Hendricks’ career in comedy started off slowly. In fact, she only realized she wanted to pursue comedy during an interview for a job at an ad agency. So she did what a lot of self-respecting comedians do: She moved to New York City and performed anywhere that would have her.


Cold Case: Jim Emison, BA’65, Is Determined to Solve a 75-Year-Old Hate Crime and Bring Justice to Tragedy

Emison, a retired lawyer, is investigating an unsolved murder that took place more than 75 years ago. The murdered man, Elbert Williams, was a member of the NAACP who organized meetings of African Americans in West Tennessee’s Haywood County. He was found in a river and buried without autopsy in an unmarked grave.

Vivé Griffith, BS’89:  Free Minds

Vivé Griffith, BS’89: Free Minds

Vivé Griffith says her Vanderbilt years tie directly to her present leadership of the Austin, Texas-based Free Minds Project, which offers under-resourced adults a free, yearlong, college-level course in subjects ranging from history to Shakespeare, along with free books, child care and dinners.

James H. Hill, MS’06, PhD’09: Hard Drive

James H. Hill, MS’06, PhD’09: Hard Drive

James Hill, an associate professor of computer and information science at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, is one of the youngest African Americans to become a tenured professor in computer science at a research university in the United States.

Dr. Annabelle de St. Maurice, MPH’15:  Disease Detective

Dr. Annabelle de St. Maurice, MPH’15: Disease Detective

Dr. Annabelle de St. Maurice rapidly is ascending to the cutting edge of addressing the practical problems of world-impacting diseases. After earning her master’s degree in public health at Vanderbilt, in July 2015 she began work in Atlanta at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer.

David Graeflin (JOHN RUSSELL)

Runner’s High: David Graeflin, BE’68, closes the doors of The Athlete’s House

Runners are a group Graeflin knows well. He ran track at Vanderbilt, and is the longtime owner of The Athlete’s House in Nashville, the first store in Tennessee devoted to running apparel and gear.

Rachel Romo, ’03: Coffee with a Cause

Rachel Romo, ’03: Coffee with a Cause

Romo and a group of like-minded friends formed Atlanta-based Cozzee (pronounced like “coffee”), which sells high-end, ethically produced coffee and donates 100 percent of its profits to charity.