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Memorial service set for prominent economist Ren Fels

A memorial service for Rendigs Thomas Fels, who taught economics at Vanderbilt from 1948 until his retirement in 1982, is set for Feb. 26 at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Equity office changes names

The Opportunity Development Center, or ODC, becomes “The Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services Department,” or EAD.

Central Library’s eighth floor renovation pleases student leadership

The Central Library’s eighth floor is set to undergo a major facelift this spring with renovations providing more attractive study areas and meeting spaces for library users.

Community Giving Campaign announces results

This year, the Vanderbilt Community Giving Campaign raised more than $900,000.

Skype gateway offers new way to contact Vanderbilt

Individuals needing to telephone Vanderbilt from overseas or long-distance can now easily use the popular, free software Skype to do so, thanks to a new service being launched by Information Technology Services.

Mural project Feb. 22-27 in Rand Dining Hall

A mural depicting an epic battle between junk and healthy food will transform a large wall of Rand Dining Hall as part of a week-long mural workshop.

Art of Protest exhibit opens at Divinity School Feb. 23

Protest art in many mediums including painting, drawing, electronic and installations will be displayed in the Art Room on the ground floor of Vanderbilt Divinity School.

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*  This Week

Feb. 18: The BSA (Black Student Alliance) Lunchtime Series – ”Black Sexuality” Panel Discussion with L.A. Banks

Feb. 19: Darwin Day at Vanderbilt: A Colloquium on Darwin and His Legacy

Feb. 19: World Premiere – “Gates of Silence” Performed by Soprano Susan Botti and the Blakemore Trio

Feb. 22: Vanderbilt and the Nashville Sit-In Movement: A Fifty Year Retrospective

Feb. 23: Reception and Conversation with Anderson Sa

Feb. 25: Inaugural Elaine Sanders-Bush Symposium

Feb. 25: ”A Japanese Perspective on Japan – U.S. Relations Under the Obama and Hatoyama Administrations.” Professor Koji Murata

Feb. 25: Great Performances at Vanderbilt: Grupo Cultural Afro Reggae

Feb. 26: Lecture by Kenneth Feinberg, Special Master for Executive Pay for the Troubled Asset Relief Program

* Mark Your Calendars

Mar. 1: A Conversation with Gen. David H. Petraeus, Commander, U.S. Central Command

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Sign Up for a Clinical Trial

Overactive Bladder Research Study


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Feb. 19 Dance Marathon to benefit Craniofacial Treatment Center

Traffic Alert – Street closure on Saturday, Feb. 20, due to baseball game

Eat pancakes to help Children’s Hospital Feb. 23

Feb. 25 blood drive, organ donor registration, and bone marrow registration

New Health and Wellness Wellcast: How Well Do You Know Your Heart?

Kennedy Center hosting workshop and pre-workshop for Augmentative and Alternative Communication; Now taking registrations

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Featured Media

Watch: Vanderbilt students launch new apps for iPhone, Android

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From the Vanderbilt View: Passing It Down

For students at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, it’s a ritual they know well: warming up an instrument; running through scales and technical exercises; reading notes from a page; playing and receiving feedback.

This is the process of a typical music lesson, and by now most Blair students have received lots of one-on-one instruction. Post-graduation, some Blair students will become professional performers; others will become professional educators. But virtually all will have opportunities to share their musical knowledge and skills through teaching.

A number of Blair students are getting a jump-start on this endeavor – and gaining valuable new insights into the teacher-student dynamic – by serving as volunteer instructors at the W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School.

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