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She Said Yes: Ruth and Eugene Lamb, BE’47

She Said Yes: Ruth and Eugene Lamb, BE’47

Ruth and Eugene Lamb celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Feb. 14.

“The memories and experiences I’ve had with Vanderbilt are so positive and such a big part of my life,” says university trustee and Cincinnati pediatrician 
Dr. Robert Schiff Jr. Through his family’s charitable foundation, he is supporting Opportunity Vanderbilt and ensuring future generations of students can 
afford a Vanderbilt education. (JOHN RUSSELL)

’Dore of Opportunity: Parents’ Example Sparks a Major Commitment to Students’ Financial Needs

Hoping to ensure that the door to a Vanderbilt education is open to every talented student inspired Board of Trust member Dr. Robert Schiff Jr., BS’77, a Cincinnati pediatrician, to make a transformative $10,000,000 commitment to Opportunity Vanderbilt.

John Geer speaks to the 
Nashville Vanderbilt Chapter. (SUSAN URMY)

Chapters Bring Vanderbilt Classrooms to Alumni

Vanderbilt alumni share a passion for lifelong learning and often request educational programs. The Alumni Association is responding by sponsoring more Commodore Classrooms events in chapter cities.

Parents Challenged with Opportunity to Give

Parents Challenged with Opportunity to Give

Vanderbilt supporters play a crucial role in advancing Vanderbilt’s mission to educate, discover and lead—and parents of current undergraduate students have a unique opportunity to give back and directly impact their student’s experience as a Commodore.

Vandy Proud: Derrick Gragg, BS’92

Vandy Proud: Derrick Gragg, BS’92

Former Commodore football player Derrick Gragg, BS’92, vice president and director of athletics at the University of Tulsa, was honored during halftime at the Vanderbilt–Kentucky men’s basketball game Feb. 27 by David Williams II, Vanderbilt athletics director and vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs.

Abbey, left, and Brigit may be twins, but they have different majors. Abbey is earning a bachelor of music degree in musical arts/teacher education (voice); after graduating, she plans to stay an additional year as part of Blair’s MA5 program to become a music educator, earning a master of education through Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Brigit is also earning the B.Mus. degree, majoring in bassoon performance with a second major in mathematics. The two had no classes together this spring, but they meet for tacos on Thursdays to check in with each other.

Blair School Confidential: Blair Students Combine the Resources of a Major Research University with Intense Music Study

Blair students know they’ll be majoring in music—often in addition to other disciplines—but frequently they choose Vanderbilt for the other social and academic opportunities the university offers that a traditional music conservatory cannot. This means Blair students are among the busiest on campus, continuing their intense focus on music while juggling the demands of other classes.

Vanderbilt mourns Taylor Force

Vanderbilt mourns Taylor Force

The Vanderbilt community is mourning Taylor Force, 28, a student at the Owen Graduate School of Management who was killed in a terrorist attack March 8 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Brené Brown (DANIEL DUBOIS)

Picture (IM)Perfect: Brené Brown Helps Launch New Mental Health Initiative

Vanderbilt’s new [IM]Perfection Project—a joint initiative of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center and the Office of Wellness Programs & Alcohol Education designed to address mental health issues around the fear of failure—brought the perfect speaker to campus in February to help launch the effort: best-selling author and researcher Brené Brown.

Law 2.0: Vanderbilt Law School Innovates to Stay Ahead

Law 2.0: Vanderbilt Law School Innovates to Stay Ahead

Traditional players in the legal industry continue to face significant challenges in adapting to the new terrain after the Great Recession. But at the same time, the shifting landscape has created substantial opportunities for new kinds of players—especially those with a technology focus.

DANIEL DUBOIS

Bright Spot: The Biophotonics Center Shines Light on the Intersection of Physics, Engineering and Medicine

The Biophotonics Center is a state-of-the-art laser laboratory that serves as a kind of hub of cross-disciplinary research at Vanderbilt. Forty faculty members from across the university and VUMC—working on topics ranging from astrophysics to cancer treatments—have an affiliation with the center.