MEDIA ADVISORY: On the road to enhance regional ties, Vanderbilt Chancellor, faculty, students tour Tennessee and Alabama

Nashville, Tenn. – The fourth annual Vanderbilt Roads Scholars Tour rolls out on Wednesday, Aug. 17, taking Chancellor Gordon Gee and about 50 faculty, senior administrators, staff, student leaders and a member of the Board of Trust to parts of Tennessee and Alabama. Initiated in 2002 with a trip to East Tennessee, the annual tour is designed to welcome new faculty and to familiarize them and other members of the Vanderbilt community with the region.

Traveling on a bus – emblazoned with “Vanderbilt Roads Scholars Tour” – the entourage will make the two-day trip across two states with stops at the University of the South in Sewanee, Whitwell Middle School in Marion County, Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Southeastern Conference headquarters, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville and Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg. This is the second year the tour will reach beyond Tennessee’s borders, emphasizing the importance Vanderbilt places on creating and strengthening partnerships in the entire region it calls home. Last year the tour traveled to Kentucky.

WHAT: Vanderbilt Chancellor Gordon Gee, along with new and newly tenured faculty, students and administrators, leave for a two-day tour of Tennessee and Alabama

WHERE: Vanderbilt University’s Office of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations, 2007 Terrace Place

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 17. Registration and breakfast, 6:30-7:15 a.m. Group photo, 7:15 a.m. Departure promptly at 7:30 a.m.

Roads Scholars Tour 2005 Itinerary

Day One – Wednesday, August 17

6:30 – 7:15 a.m. CST
Registration and Breakfast for Roads Scholars Tour participants at the Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations House, 2007 Terrace Place

7:15 a.m. CST
Group picture of the Roads Scholars Tour participants

7:30 a.m. CST
Depart from Vanderbilt

9:00 a.m. CST
Arrive at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn.

10:20 a.m. CST
Depart from the University of the South

11:05 a.m. CST
Arrive at Whitwell Middle School, Whitwell, Tenn.

11:40 a.m. CST
Lunch at Whitwell Middle School

12:40 p.m. CST
Depart from Whitwell Middle School

2:35 p.m. EST (1:35 p.m. CST)
Arrive at Erlanger Hospital
Chattanooga, Tenn.

3:55 p.m. EST (2:55 p.m. CST)
Depart from Erlanger Hospital

5:20 p.m. CST
Arrive at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Birmingham, Ala.

6:05 p.m. CST
Depart from Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

6:10 p.m. CST
Arrive at the Tutwiler Hotel
Birmingham, Ala.

6:45 p.m. CST
Depart from the Tutwiler Hotel

6:55 p.m. CST
Arrive at The Summit Club for dinner

Day Two – Thursday, August 18

7:15 a.m. CST
Begin Loading Bus

7:30 a.m. CST
Depart from Tutwiler Hotel

7:45 a.m. CST
Breakfast at Southeastern Conference (SEC) Offices
Birmingham, Ala.

9:05 a.m. CST
Depart from Southeastern Conference (SEC) Offices

10:45 a.m. CST
Arrive at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Huntsville, Ala.

11:00 a.m. CST
Lunch at NASA

1:15 p.m. CST
Depart from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

2:30 p.m. CST
Arrive at Jack Daniel’s Distillery
Lynchburg, Tenn.

3:45 p.m. CST
Depart from Jack Daniel’s Distillery

6:00 p.m. CST
Return to Vanderbilt
Nashville, Tenn.

Media contact: Susanne Hicks, (615) 322-NEWS

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