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Need to Know: Q&A with Jon Meacham

Need to Know: Q&A with Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham, executive editor and executive vice president at Random House and author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, joined the Vanderbilt faculty last summer with a three-year appointment as Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Wilda Tinsley’s students at  the Centennial Club, May 21, 1964: (from left) Helen Norris, Dottie Diveley, Elizabeth  Ann Dittes, Connie Heard  and Anna Johannaber (Courtesy of Connie Heard)

Remembrance of Lessons Past

When Blair Academy of Music first opened its doors in the fall of 1964, I was a violin student of Wilda Tinsley [MMus’43], having lessons in a beautiful old house on West End Avenue. I still remember my first lesson with Miss Tinsley at the new school on 18th Avenue.

Heart and Soles

Heart and Soles

Vanderbilt University Athletics partnered in July with Soles4Souls to send student athletes on a 10-day journey to deliver shoes to those in need in Tanzania, Africa.

Hirt has retired after 50 years of promoting recreational sports  on campus. (Daniel Dubois)


Long before there was a Student Recreation Center or any of the adjacent outdoor facilities, Sam Hirt was doing what he could to promote sports activities on campus.

Catch This

Catch This

Jordan Matthews, a senior wide receiver from Madison, Ala., set two school records against the Missouri Tigers Oct. 5 with a seven-catch, 123-yard performance.

Nick Christiani of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Sept. 29. (Jamie Sabau / Getty Images)

Pro ’Dores

Alumni sports highlights from Marina Alex, Pedro Alvarez, Nick Christiani, Josie Earnest, Brittni Hamilton, Sonny Gray, Mike Minor, and Brandt Snedeker

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12 for 12

When it comes to government funding of basic science training programs for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, Vanderbilt University Medical Center is batting a thousand this year.

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Thundering Horde

Back in 1938, homecoming was a citywide affair. At the Saturday morning homecoming parade in downtown Nashville, floats passed by the judges’ stand on Sixth Avenue.

The Kefi Project

The Kefi Project

Just outside Rand Hall, chalkboards beckoned returning students to add their own endings to the sentence “Before I die I want to … .”

Daniel Dubois

Bird’s-Eye View

Vanderbilt photographer Daniel Dubois took to the sky in a helicopter Aug. 29 to capture the season-opening football game against Ole Miss.