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Vanderbilt’s historic financial aid initiative attracts $20 million gift

Dec. 8, 2008—Vanderbilt University's recently announced enhanced financial aid program has received a major boost with a $20 million gift from an anonymous donor, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said Monday.

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Federal education policymakers to teach course at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College

Dec. 8, 2008—Two federal policymakers, Kerri Briggs, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education for the U.S. Department of Education, and Catherine Freeman, senior program officer for the National Research Center of the National Academies of Science, will co-lead a new special topics course in education policy at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of education and human development this spring.

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Video: Going Bowling: Music City Style

Dec. 8, 2008—It's official: Vanderbilt is bowl bound for the first time in 26 years. Watch news conference excerpt. (5:11)

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Vanderbilt students offer music piracy solutions

Dec. 8, 2008—At Vanderbilt University, college students – the group most targeted by the recording industry for prosecution for illegal downloading – are proposing solutions instead of complaining.

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Vanderbilt vs. Boston College in the Music City Bowl

Dec. 7, 2008—Vanderbilt will make its first football postseason appearance in 26 years on New Year\'s Eve in Nashville when it plays Boston College in the 11th Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl at LP Field. Vanderbilt accepted an invitation to the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Dec. 7.

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Video: The Big Bang Broth: Cooking Primordial Soup

Dec. 5, 2008—Watch video of a Dec. 3 Thinking Out of the (Lunch) Box presentation.

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Video: Stealing in Music City: Music Piracy Seminar

Dec. 5, 2008—Watch video of a Dec. 2 Music Piracy Seminar.

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Video: "The Case for Inheritance Taxation" with Robin Boadway

Dec. 4, 2008—Watch video of the McGee Public Policy Lecture, "The Case for Inheritance Taxation," with Robin Boadway.

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Progress report on nation’s largest state-funded teacher performance pay program released

Dec. 4, 2008—Paying teachers for their performance was supported by both presidential candidates in the 2008 election and is being tried in school districts across the nation. But the question remains—does it work? A second-year evaluation of Texas' statewide performance pay program, the largest in the nation, released Dec. 1 reveals insights into whether these programs are beneficial and attractive to teachers.

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Payday loan problem: financial ‘quick fix’ leads to personal bankruptcy

Dec. 4, 2008—New research by Vanderbilt Law School Assistant Professor Paige Marta Skiba found that payday loan applicants who received the quick cash after their first application were significantly more likely to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy than those whose initial application was denied.

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TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt expert available to discuss new national report that finds states failing to provide affordable college opportunities

Dec. 3, 2008—Vanderbilt higher education policy expert William Doyle is available to comment on a new report released Dec. 3 by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that finds states are making little or no progress in providing affordable college opportunities or improving college completion rates for their residents.

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Beth Fortune named Vanderbilt’s vice chancellor for public affairs

Dec. 3, 2008—Beth Fortune, a former gubernatorial press secretary and political reporter, has been named Vanderbilt University\'s vice chancellor for public affairs, a position she has held on an interim basis for the past six months, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos announced Wednesday.

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Columbia University Medical Center’s Susie Stalcup named Vanderbilt vice chancellor for development and alumni relations

Dec. 2, 2008—Susie S. Stalcup, the chief fundraising officer for Columbia University Medical Center, has been selected Vanderbilt University\'s new vice chancellor for development and alumni relations, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos announced Tuesday.

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Event recycling and Greening Guides among SustainVU initiatives

Dec. 2, 2008—A new Holiday Greening Guide is the latest initiative by Vanderbilt\'s Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management to encourage everyone to practice the three Rs--reduce, reuse and recycle. Efforts to conserve and reduce waste are especially important during the holidays, says Andrea George, director of the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Vanderbilt students to offer music piracy solutions on Dec. 2

Dec. 1, 2008—First-year students in the "Stealing in Music City" seminar at Vanderbilt University must devise a workable system for distributing music that delivers content for a reasonable price and allows songwriters, artists and other stakeholders to get paid.

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