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Voice MailSet up new voicemail greeting now

Beat the rush and set up your new voice mailbox as soon as possible. A new system goes online Jan. 10, and requires all employees to go through a setup process and then record a new greeting.

Derek Waller smallPolitical scientist Derek Waller has died

Derek John Waller, a retired Vanderbilt political scientist who taught and wrote extensively about the politics of Communist China, died on Dec. 31. The Sewanee, Tenn., resident, who was 72, had suffered from pancreatic cancer.

BioVU photoMassive DNA databank, BioVU, opens doors to researchers

Late last month Vanderbilt researchers gained access to one of the largest repositories of its kind to conduct genetic studies of human disease and drug response.

SnowmanPlant Operations using earth-friendly de-icer

Plant Operations is ready this winter for snow and ice with a new de-icer that’s eco-friendly. Morton® Eco-Safe Ice Melter will be used in areas where Plant Ops staff distribute de-icing product by hand, such as walkways and stairwells.

MFA in writingVanderbilt’s ‘upstart’ MFA in writing receives national recognition

When the name of a four-year-old master’s of fine arts in writing program appeared as number 18 in the nation in  Poets & Writers magazine, the occurrence was something to note.

BlairMake your New Year Resolution to attend great free concerts and special events at Blair

Highlights from the opera Marriage of Figaro as well as several faculty recitals are featured.

amberhawkswansonMultimedia exploration of The Tao and a collaborative video art show open at Ingram Studio Art Center Jan. 14

Both exhibits are free and open to the public and will be on display until Feb. 12.

scaleNeed help with that New Year’s resolution? Come find out about the VU Adult Weight Management Program

The programs offer a holistic approach to promoting healthy nutrition, motivation, physical activity and well-being.

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*  This Week

Jan. 9: Blair Children’s Chorus Auditions

Jan. 12: Vanderbilt Community Concert Band Rehearsal

Jan. 12: RAD Self Defense Class

Jan. 14: Special Lectures – Discovery Lectures Series: Melanie Cobb & John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture Series: Thomas Zacharia

Jan. 14: Blair Adult Class “New Ears: Developing Your Musical Sensitivity”

* Mark Your Calendars

Jan. 16: CTP Leadership Workshop “Transformational Leadership.” Steve Olson

Jan. 17: Blair Presents Music on Film

Jan. 18-21: 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Series Events

Jan. 20: Africa in the Atlantic World Lectures: Mariza de Carvalho Soares & Yacine Daddi Addoun

Jan. 21: Special Lectures – Jeffrey Jackson & Geoffrey Canada

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Kennedy named associate dean for research at Peabody

Clay Walker Feb. 23 concert to benefit multiple sclerosis research

Thinking about running or walking the Country Music Half-Marathon?

The Furniture Purchasing Program is enhanced

Tax preparation volunteers needed

CRIME ALERT – Armed Robbery at Wendy’s

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Watch: VUCast: A life-changing journey, food that fills the soul and a holiday party that keeps on giving

VUCast wants you to just slow down and “feel good” at this time of  the year. So, watch a life-changing journey, food that fills the soul and a holiday party that proves it truly is better to give than to receive. Happy New Year everyone.

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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.

Jim Bradford

FROM VANDERBILT VIEW: Jim Bradford seeks to give MBA students a broader perspective through his new book club

As the on-the-go dean of a vibrant business school – and during his previous life as a globe-trotting executive – Jim Bradford has spent a great deal of time “hanging in the air” on his way to meet business leaders, corporate executives, entrepreneurs and heads of nonprofit organizations, many of whom are successful Owen Graduate School of Management alumni.

Bradford’s favorite reads on long flights are thought-provoking tomes that help reorder his thinking, challenge his perspective and expand his world view. He began to consider how to impress a similar passion for reading and thinking on business school students, who often are absorbed in their intense courses of study.

The resulting exploration, which began with a summer reading selection for entering MBA students, has morphed into the Dean’s Book Club, which meets once each mod (the academic period at Owen) to discuss influential books that encourage higher-order thinking. The idea is to allow students the opportunity to voluntarily supplement their common course of study with experiential reading that might help them gain an understanding of history, world politics, religion and societal conflicts.

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