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Jim Emison (AP PHOTO/MARK HUMPHREY)

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.

MTV calls Williams’ sound “an original blend of country, soul and rock-and-roll.” (MIMOSA ARTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

Sarah Williams, BMus’06: It’s All About Balance

As a busy Nashville singer, songwriter, performing pianist and recording artist, Sarah Williams spends her days balancing creativity, efficient practice and time management.

Missy Tannen, BS’99 and Scott Tannen, BS’99:  Ethical Luxury

Missy Tannen, BS’99 and Scott Tannen, BS’99: Ethical Luxury

A simple quest for new sheets a few years ago led to the creation of an international luxury brand—Boll & Branch—a company as well-known for its ethical practices and philanthropy as it is for the quality of its products. Boll & Branch is the brainchild of Missy and Scott Tannen.Read More

Mohamed Abdel-Kader, MEd’03: Global Perspective

Mohamed Abdel-Kader, MEd’03: Global Perspective

Helping young Americans succeed in a global environment is both a vocation and a passion for Mohamed Abdel-Kader. “Students and business people need a global understanding and mindset to exist in the world today,” says Abdel-Kader, deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of International and ForeignRead More

Jack Minardi (© JIM HARRISON)

Jack Minardi’s Advanced 3-D Electronics Printer Grabs National Spotlight

Minardi, BE’12, is co-founder and software engineering lead for Voxel8, developer of a custom-electronics-producing 3-D printer that is a darling of tech media.