Shiraz, Schumann and Space Cadets


Katrina Markoff, BA’95

Alumni who are part of the 37 Vanderbilt Chapters nationwide are staying connected by planning dozens of events each year, from simple get-togethers for ballgames and happy hours to elaborate wine tastings and educational lectures. Here’s just a sampling: The New York and Chicago chapters each hosted a “Chocolate and Cheese Tasting Soiree” in October, featuring Katrina Markoff, BA’95, from her Vosges Haut-Chocolat boutiques in those cities.

In Denver, alumni enjoyed a wine tasting followed by a tour of the “Artisans and Kings: Selected Treasures from the Louvre” exhibit at the Denver Art Museum in November.

Exploration and the challenge of encouraging America’s brightest students to enter careers in science and engineering was the subject of a Houston Chapter lunch and lecture in November by Rick Chappell, professor of physics and director of Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory. Vivien Fryd, professor of art history and American studies, engaged the Philadelphia Chapter the same month with a lecture and guided tour of an exhibit of Renoir’s masterpieces at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Music enthusiasts in Atlanta gained insight into Beethoven and Schumann prior to a symphony performance, with the help of Michael Rose, associate professor of music, while in Nashville, Vice Chancellor for University Affairs David Williams chatted about Motown history.

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