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Benefits Open Enrollment: Three benefit fairs to be held

This year, Human Resources will host three Benefit Fairs at the end of September. Attend whichever one is convenient for you to review the changes to benefits for 2011, meet with HR staff and meet company representatives from the various benefit administrator companies.

Candidates Picnic is Sept. 16

Vanderbilt will host its annual candidates picnic on Olin Lawn, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16. The candidates picnic has become a tradition over the last decade at Vanderbilt. The candidates join several thousand members of the greater Vanderbilt community gather for a free picnic lunch, a live Dixieland jazz band, and to discuss current events and issues of the day.

Author Greg Mortenson speaks Sept. 22

Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea.  One Man’s Mission to promote Peace…One School at a Time, will be speaking at Vanderbilt on Sept. 22. Mortenson’s book, which details his efforts to build schools in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan, is the first annual Commons Reading, a book distributed in June to Vanderbilt’s incoming first year class.

Synesthesia conference Oct. 1-3

A conference on synesthesia will bring together psychologists, neuroscientists and artists at Wilson Hall Oct. 1-3 to discuss the latest information about what is described by some as a unique “sixth sense.”

Dance troupe performs Sept. 24 to music of Sly and the Family Stone

Don’t miss the Sept. 24 United States debut performance of Prophets of Funk – Dance to the Music, a dance tribute to Sly and the Family Stone performed by the David Dorfman Dance company.  The performance is the first of this season’s Great Performances at Vanderbilt series.

Canned food drive and scarf giveaway at soccer game Sept. 26

Fans who attend the Vanderbilt women’s soccer game on Sept. 26 have the opportunity to help the community and also get some free Vanderbilt gear by taking part in a canned food drive.

Sarratt hosting some of International Black Film Festival Nashville

The International Black Film Festival Nashville will kick off in Sarratt Cinema Sept. 29. All films will be screened at 7 p.m. in Sarratt Cinema unless otherwise noted. For a screenings schedule, go to

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*  This Week

Sept. 16: Vanderbilt Visiting Writers – author Edward Hirsch

Sept. 17: Hip Hop Is My Psychologist Concert – Hip Hop Psychology Colloquium

Sept. 20-21: Evaluating and Rewarding Educator Effectiveness: Navigating the Evolving Landscape

Sept. 22: Greg Mortenson discusses Central Asia Institute

Sept. 23: Medical Center Special Presentations – Dean Lecture Series: Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith; Billingham Lectureship: Dr. A. Benedict Cosimi and  Discovery Lecture Series: Dr. Jacek Hawiger

* Mark Your Calendars

Sept. 27: Service Awards Ceremony

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Sign Up for a Clinical Trial

Vanderbilt Researchers Need Participants at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease


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Flu shots offered

VUH Drive to close over weekend for resurfacing

Free car seat checks in September

Free women’s wellness event Sept. 21

Race for the Cure is Oct. 9

Travel info sessions Sept. 20

Bring the little ones to We Care for Kids Day Oct. 3

Cupcake-palooza is Sept. 25 at Fido’s

Forum on Sailar Travel benefits is Sept. 21

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Featured Media

VUCAST: Controlling your “inner elephant”

See what a group of Vanderbilt engineering undergrads and Owen MBA students built to help those at the bottom of the financial pyramid and how controlling your “inner elephant” can make you a better leader.

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Tune in to VUCast, for audio and video of events happening around campus. You can also find VU podcasts on iTunes and VU videos on YouTube.

FROM HOUSE ORGAN: Billy Hamblin, one of LifeFlight’s original pilots, hangs up his wings

Billy Hamblin says he had a simple goal every shift he flew as a Vanderbilt LifeFlight pilot: “For the nurses to go home each night.”
For 26 years,  since the LifeFlight program’s beginnings in 1984, Hamblin achieved that goal. He was in the pilot’s seat for more than 5,000 LifeFlight missions and, at the end of every shift, the nurses went safely home. Of course, a lot of other people did, too. LifeFlight’s coverage area of Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky is full of former patients—mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers—who are living today because Hamblin was there to get them to medical care at a critical time.“Billy has been here so long he is a part of the institution,” said John Morris, M.D., director of the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. “There is not one part of the program since day one with the first LifeFlight mission in 1984, where he has not been a part of and made contributions.”

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