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Author: Jim Patterson

Accolade: Shadle wins inaugural Cohen/RIPM Award

Feb. 19, 2019—Douglas Shadle, assistant professor of musicology, was presented with the American Musicological Society’s inaugural H. Robert Cohen/RIPM Award at this year’s annual meeting in San Antonio for his book Orchestrating the Nation: The Nineteenth-Century American Symphonic Enterprise (2015, Oxford University Press). The award honors a work of scholarship of exceptional merit based upon 18th-, 19th-,...

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Patterns: Visual artist Alicia Henry challenges conventions of femininity

Feb. 19, 2019—Paper dolls have long been used to emphasize cultural norms regarding femininity and beauty. As often happens, childhood play subtly reinforces society’s notions of the “ideal.” Once these playthings are cast off and one enters adulthood, these romanticized notions should fall out of our conscience as easily as clothes from paper dolls. Yet, somehow, they...

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Nicole Feliciano, BA’92, Putting Moms First

Feb. 19, 2019—As a working mother of two daughters, Nicole Feliciano, like countless other moms, would love to have an extra hour in the day. “You become more purposeful about how you spend your day after kids come along because you have less time, energy and money,” she says. “You need to be intentional about the things...

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New Fund Helps Make International Travel Accessible to Owen Students

Feb. 19, 2019—Xiaoyan Jiang, MBA’01, is a strong believer in the transformative power of international travel. While working in global business, she logged addresses in Nashville, Cleveland, Tokyo, Hong Kong and New York. Jiang credits travel as the catalyst that set her on a path to Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management and motivated her to establish...

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Perry Wallace’s Story Brings Alumni Together Nationwide

Feb. 19, 2019—The New York Times best-selling book Strong Inside shares the trailblazing Vanderbilt experience of Perry Wallace, BE’70. The story has resonated with alumni everywhere, and Commodore Classrooms events have provided author Andrew Maraniss, BA’92, visiting author of Vanderbilt Athletics, a venue at which to lead engaging conversations about this important part of Vanderbilt’s history with...

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Todd Miller, BA’88, Entertainment Tiger

Feb. 19, 2019—Entertaining a continent as populous as Asia is no small feat. Todd Miller, CEO of Hong Kong–based Celestial Tiger Entertainment, is doing it with aplomb. “You can think of Celestial as the HBO of Chinese movies,” he says. “We operate six core channels, all of which are programmed primarily or entirely with Asian entertainment and...

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Ana Escobar, BA’92, Advocate for the Underrepresented

Feb. 19, 2019—There were no road maps for Ana Escobar to follow when she was elected Nashville’s first Latina judge in August. Further, the self-described introvert had to step outside her comfort zone to run for the elective post in Davidson County’s General Sessions Court. “I really had to step things up,” says Escobar, who in her...

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Alumna Grateful to Donors Who Help Her Inspire Young Minds

Feb. 19, 2019—A classroom of elementary school students in New York City is receiving a well-rounded education thanks to their teacher, Sarah D’Amico, BS’16, who returned to her neighborhood after graduation to pass the torch of knowledge and ignite passion for learning. While in high school D’Amico did not believe attending Vanderbilt was a possibility—but a donor-funded...

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No one is an island. We are all connected.

Feb. 19, 2019—Few times in my life has this concept been more evident than while I was a student at Vanderbilt. With access to a broad range of ideas and perspectives, I quickly understood the importance of engaging individuals whose lives and stories could impact my own. At Vanderbilt, I was introduced to a larger world and...

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Build on Networking Night with Alumni Career Resources

Feb. 19, 2019—Vanderbilt’s impressive worldwide community of more than 140,000 alumni was on display in November with the Alumni Association’s fifth annual Networking Night. More than 1,100 alumni representing a wide range of professions, ages and Vanderbilt degrees gathered on the same night in 38 cities, including Hong Kong, London, Chicago and Portland, Oregon. “Networking Night continues...

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Dr. Blair E. Batson, BA’41, MD’44, Role Model for Child Health Care

Feb. 19, 2019—Dr. Blair E. Batson, the first chair of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, died Nov. 26, 2018. He was 98. Dr. LouAnn Woodward, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, said Batson’s importance to the health of children in the state “cannot be overestimated....

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Rev. Donald F. Beisswenger, Faith into Action

Feb. 19, 2019—The Rev. Donald F. Beisswenger, a Vanderbilt Divinity School emeritus professor who lived out his faith as a dedicated community activist—serving six months in federal prison for a nonviolent protest—died Nov. 26, 2018. He was 88. As a professor of church and community, he taught for nearly three decades at the Divinity School. Beisswenger became...

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