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Vanderbilt’s health care plan to undergo changes in 2011

Vanderbilt is seeing some success in its drive to protect employees from the runaway costs of health care coverage.

Open enrollment information

The annual open enrollment for Vanderbilt’s benefits-eligible faculty and staff is Oct. 1–15. All faculty and staff must complete the online enrollment form this October or receive default benefits in 2011.

Benefits Open Enrollment: Changes to Health Flexible Spending Account over-the-counter purchases

The ability to make some purchases will change in January 2011, due to federal health care reform legislation.

Constitution Day speaker is Adam Liptak of NY Times

Acclaimed national legal correspondent for The New York Times Adam Liptak will speak at Vanderbilt Law School 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20,  in Flynn Auditorium as part of Vanderbilt University’s federal Constitution Day commemoration.

University of Melbourne officials visit to discuss expanding partnership

University of Melbourne Provost John Dewar and a senior leadership delegation from his university will visit Vanderbilt Sept. 15-16 to discuss ways to expand the universities’ partnership that began in 2007.

Distinguished lineup of authors to appear at Vanderbilt this fall

A series of free public readings at Vanderbilt will kick off this fall with a Sept. 16 appearance by Edward Hirsch, poet, a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and president of the Guggenheim Foundation.

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center opens expanded cancer clinic

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has unveiled its newly expanded waiting area and additional clinic examination rooms for cancer patients and their families. The new, 10,000- square-foot space is located on the first floor of The Vanderbilt Clinic.

Center for Latin American Studies receives $2 million federal grant

Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American Studies will expand its collaborations in Tennessee and beyond through world-class research, teaching and community service – thanks to a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Blackburn guest speaker for elections course

Rep. Marsha Blackburn offered her political views on a variety of current issues, including falling poll numbers for President Barack Obama and fixing the economic crisis, when she spoke to a political science class.

Get vaccinated

Flu season is right around the corner so keep yourself healthy by getting your seasonal flu vaccine.

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.

Car fire causes gridlock near 25th Avenue Garage

Traffic around the 25th Avenue Garage near Highland Avenue was backed up the morning of Sept. 7 while firefighters put out a car fire on the sixth floor.

The football coach, the artist and the country music singer

An unofficial Vanderbilt tradition continued when artist Mike Cooper added new football coach Robbie Caldwell to the mural facing West End Avenue.

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*  This Week

Sept. 9: Encyclopedias as Knowledge Machines: How did Books Organize Traditional and Newly Acquired Knowledge (1500-1800)?” Ulrich Schneider

Sept. 11: “Clarity – Planning – Action: Getting Common Good Done” Workshop

Sept. 13-14: What’s your Green Dot? Workshops

Sept. 14: Panel Discussion: Guantanamo Bay: Current Issues and the Way Forward

Sept. 15-17: Hip Hop Psychology Colloquium and Concert

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Sept. 17: InsideOut of the Lunch Box presents the Nashville Opera’s Andrea Chénier

Sept. 18: Bluebird on the Mountain at Dyer Observatory featuring Tom Douglas, Natalie Hemby, and Lori McKenna

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Vanderbilt Researchers Need Participants at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease


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Lunch and learn with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Wellcast: Understanding the changes to the Go for the Gold Wellness Credit

Free car seat checks Sept. 13

State of the Medical Center Address is Sept. 20

McMillan invited to state Supreme Court advisory committee

Help Shade Tree Clinic win $50,000 by voting online

Oct. 27 benefit at Centennial Park

Oct. 5 conference on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in congregations

Dr. Benet publishes book on parental alienation

Lane closure on Children’s Way through Sept. 16

Recycling available at home football games

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Fall Faculty Assembly: 60 endowed faculty chairs to be added over two years

Vanderbilt will invest substantial resources over the next few years to its faculty, announced Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos at Fall Faculty Assembly. This will include $15 million per year toward luring new faculty and the creation of 60 new endowed faculty chairs.

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Looking Back

During World War II, large numbers of young men left U.S. colleges or deferred enrollment to serve in the military. By fall 1942, the entering class at Peabody College was composed almost entirely of women. In fact, Peabody had too few men to qualify for government-funded military training programs that allowed male students to enroll as civilians but enlist in an accelerated academic program that upon completion led to advanced military positions. Peabody did, however, qualify for programs that brought entire military units to campus.

Beginning in March 1943, Peabody contracted first with the Army Air Force 333rd College Training Detachment, then with the 2185th Army Air Force Base Unit, to bring trainees to campus. Peabody professors designed an academic curriculum to match Army requirements, with emphasis placed on math and physics. In addition to military training at Peabody, the men spent time at a nearby private airfield conducting dual flight training exercises. In all, more than 2,300 trainees were based on campus.

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