Contributors for the Summer 2008 Issue


Michael Lee Woodard

Michael Lee Woodard, BS’90, came to Vanderbilt in 1978 on a football scholarship. In 1982 he left college to enter military flight training, later returning to complete his education. Woodard has spent his adult life involved in military flying all over the world and has also found time to earn a master’s degree in political science from American Military University. He enjoys triathlons, reading ancient history, and flying with the Tennessee Army National Guard.


Ray Waddle

Ray Waddle, MA’81, lives in Connecticut, where he is editor of Reflections, the theological journal of Yale Divinity School. A journalist for more than 20 years, Waddle from 1984 to 2001 was religion editor of The Tennessean, to which he continues to contribute pieces about religion. His work has taken him deep into the Bible Belt and as far away as Yugoslavia and the West Bank. The author of Against the Grain: Unconventional Wisdom from Ecclesiastes, he also contributed a chapter on religion for the book Nashville: An American Self-Portrait.


Taylor Holliday

Taylor Holliday is a Nashville-based writer and editor who specializes in the arts, food and travel. She earned a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University with a focus in media and communications. A former Wall Street Journal arts editor, she now freelances regularly for the Journal as well as The New York Times and other national publications.


Hugh Owen Nash Jr.

Hugh Owen Nash Jr., BE’67, is the author of Patriot Sons, Patriot Brothers, which tells the story of American Revolution figures Abner Nash and Francis Nash, and how three Nashvilles–including Tennessee’s capital–came to be named for Francis Nash. A native of Savannah, Ga., Hugh Nash is a partner in the Nashville engineering firm Nash Lipsey Burch LLC. He received his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Tennessee State University.


Ario Hosseini

Ario Hosseini is a rising senior in the College of Arts and Science and the recipient of the Bernard Fensterwald Memorial Scholarship. He was born and reared in Lexington, Ky., after his parents left Iran in the wake of the Islamic Revolution. A neuroscience major, he is applying to medical schools this summer. At Vanderbilt he founded and served as president of the Iranian Cultural Society, president of the Aikido Club, executive member of the Neuromajors Society and the Middle Eastern Student Association, a member of the Multicultural Leadership Council, and a volunteer for teaching children in Nashville about science and mentoring high-school youth.

Additional Contributors:

Melissa Carro, Stephen Doster, Lisa A. DuBois, Brenda Ellis, Jessica Ennis, Frye Gaillard, Larry Leathers, Jenny Mandeville, Ann Marie Deer Owens, Missy Pankake, Jim Patterson, Kami Rice, Lisa Robbins, David F. Salisbury, Ryan Schulz, Bill Snyder, Cindy Thomsen, Whitney Weeks, Amy Wolf

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