2010 Archive

  • Baseball Reaches Super Regional

    Baseball Reaches Super Regional

    The Commodores extended their year well beyond the regular season and came within one game of moving on to the College World Series. The team finished with a 46–20 overall record. After a 40–15 regular season finish, Vanderbilt exited the SEC Tournament with losses to LSU and Florida, but won… Read More

    Dec 1, 2010

  • Where Are They Now?

    Where Are They Now?

    MATT FREIJE, BA’04 It’s autumn in Middle Tennessee, and Matt Freije, BA’04, is enjoying the cooler weather and outdoor chores at his home in Brentwood. He also enjoys the company of his wife, Amy, and their newborn son, Benton Matthew, born in March. “He’s keeping me busy,” Freije admits with… Read More

    Dec 1, 2010

  • 2010 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

    2010 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

    Ten new members were inducted into the Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 3, 2010. They make up the third class to be named to the hall. The new members are: Ernest “Bucky” Curtis, BA’51 (football, 1947–1950), first-team All-American in 1950, when he led the nation in receiving. Shan… Read More

    Dec 1, 2010

  • Coming to America

    Coming to America

    With his head down, Steve Tchiengang nonchalantly ambles through a group of students on the sidewalk near Rand Hall. His trip is interesting to watch. And at 6 foot 9 inches, it’s hard to miss, too. With a few graceful strides, he’s through the pack and well on his way… Read More

    Dec 1, 2010

  • Soap Floats

    Soap Floats

    First-year students mix it up at the Student Organizations Fair held in August. Read More

    Dec 1, 2010

  • Details


    This little goldfinch adds a bit of life and color to the “Tree of Learning” sculpture just outside the Central Library. The sculpture by Greg Wyatt is the centerpiece of the Garden of Great Ideas, bronzes sponsored by the Newington Cropsey Foundation and scattered throughout campus. Read More

    Dec 1, 2010

  • Inquiring Minds

    Inquiring Minds

    Performance Pay Alone Doesn’t Raise Scores Rewarding teachers with bonus pay, in the absence of any other support programs, does not raise student test scores, according to a study by the National Center on Performance Incentives at Peabody College. This and other findings from a three-year experiment—the first scientific study… Read More

    Dec 1, 2010

  • Doctoral Applications Climb

    Doctoral Applications Climb

    Vanderbilt’s commitment to graduate education is paying big dividends. Applications have risen by 36 percent during the past five years, from 5,203 in 2005 to 7,109 in 2010. The university made offers of admission to 13 percent of applicants in 2010, as compared to 17 percent in 2005. The… Read More

    Dec 1, 2010

  • VU, Metro Parks Expand Childhood Obesity Work

    VU, Metro Parks Expand Childhood Obesity Work

    Vanderbilt’s Department of Pediatrics, in partnership with the Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Department of Parks and Recreation, has been awarded a $12 million, seven-year grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) for an ambitious project aimed at stopping obesity in preschoolers before it can take hold. The project,… Read More

    Dec 1, 2010

  • Teach for America Draws Vanderbilt Graduates

    Teach for America Draws Vanderbilt Graduates

    Vanderbilt is among the top 20 medium-sized colleges and universities contributing the greatest number of graduating seniors to Teach for America’s 2010 teaching corps. According to Teach for America’s recently released annual rankings, Vanderbilt tied for 10th, up from 17th last year, with 36 graduates teaching this fall in urban… Read More

    Dec 1, 2010

  • VU Leads in Robotic Surgery

    VU Leads in Robotic Surgery

    A 68-year-old male with advanced prostate cancer lies on the operating table. A 1,500-pound contraption looms over him, its metal arms extending like tentacles into tiny holes in his abdomen. At the opposite side of the room, his surgeon sits with face pressed into a large console, hands and feet… Read More

    Dec 1, 2010

  • Vanderbilt University

    New Comprehensive Care Center at One Hundred Oaks feels like home to its first patient

    Dr. Stephen Raffanti, M.D., with Loren Antes at the Comprehensive Care Clinic opening. (Photo credit: Joe Howell, Vanderbilt University) Loren Antes, 41, was dying to stay alive – literally. Diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 1987, Antes was subjected to a pharmaceutical regime that just about killed him. Each day he faced… Read More

    Dec 1, 2010

  • Why Are Some Urban Schools More Effective?

    Why Are Some Urban Schools More Effective?

    A new national center based at Peabody College is tasked with identifying key elements that make some high schools in urban districts more effective at improving outcomes for low-income and minority students, as well as English language learners. The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has awarded $13.6 million over five… Read More

    Nov 30, 2010

  • Selectivity Hits All-Time High

    Selectivity Hits All-Time High

    Vanderbilt’s new expanded aid program has resulted in the most selective class in the university’s history. Beginning in the fall of 2009, Vanderbilt eliminated all need-based loans for admitted students, choosing to substitute scholarships and grants for those with demonstrated need. Applications jumped to 21,811 for the Class of 2014,… Read More

    Nov 30, 2010

  • Quote/Unquote – Greg Mortenson

    Quote/Unquote – Greg Mortenson

    “If we don’t educate girls, communities will never, never change.” —Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time, speaking Sept. 22 on The Commons. His best-selling book was given to all members of Vanderbilt’s first-year class to… Read More

    Nov 30, 2010

  • Basketball Legend Roy Skinner Dies

    Basketball Legend Roy Skinner Dies

    Beloved Commodore Coach Roy Skinner passed away Oct. 25 of respiratory failure at Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville. He was 80. The Skinner years as men’s basketball coach spanned the ’60s and ’70s and were marked by major milestones and achievements as yet unequaled by his successors. He compiled… Read More

    Nov 30, 2010

  • Vanderbilt to Add 60 Endowed Chairs

    Vanderbilt to Add 60 Endowed Chairs

    During the next two years, Vanderbilt will create 60 new endowed faculty chairs, bringing the total number of endowed chairs at the university to 267. Endowed chairs, the highest honor Vanderbilt can give to a faculty member, help attract and retain distinguished senior scholars. In the academic world they represent… Read More

    Nov 30, 2010

  • Letters to the Editor

    Letters to the Editor

    Major League Writers Please add to your list of accomplished Vanderbilt sports writers [Summer 2010, “Shooting from the Lip”] the name of my good friend and Alpha Epsilon Pi brother Henry Hecht, BA’69. Henry was the major league baseball beat writer for The New York Post during the tumultuous… Read More

    Nov 30, 2010

  • Shoehorn No Longer Required

    Shoehorn No Longer Required

    I married my high school sweetheart after my freshman year at a small Iowa liberal arts college. He was several years older, and his work required frequent relocations. I earned a bachelor’s degree in four years by attending three undistinguished colleges. Most of that time I had a long commute… Read More

    Nov 30, 2010

  • Chart(er)ing a Path to Success

    Chart(er)ing a Path to Success

    Jeremy Kane’s emergence as a key figure in Nashville’s charter schools movement may well have taken root in seventh grade. That was the year he transferred from a Metro Nashville public school to Montgomery Bell Academy, a private college preparatory school. Read More

    Nov 29, 2010