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Richard McCarty croppedA message from Provost Richard McCarty

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Richard McCarty addresses the global economic downturn, how Vanderbilt is faring and the future.

Braxton - Chancellor's Cup smallBraxton wins prestigious faculty award

Peabody professor John M. Braxton was surprised Oct. 14 in his Payne Hall classroom by Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos, who presented him with the 2009 Chancellor’s Cup.

VUlogocolorOpen Enrollment for 2010 benefits ends Thursday, Oct. 15

Complete your Open Enrollment now by clicking the Open Enrollment link on the HR home page at Be sure your computer is connected to a working printer so you can print your Benefits Enrollment Receipt.

ARRA logoRecovery Act gives boost to university research

Since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was signed into law in February, it has given a significant boost to scientific and medical research at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Community Giving CampaignConsider giving to the Community Giving Campaign

The Vanderbilt Community Giving Campaign for 2009 – “Where Will You Fit In” – is in full swing. The campaign features four federations dedicated to improving local communities – United Way of  Metropolitan Nashville, Community Health Charities of Tennessee, Community Shares and the Nashville Alliance for Public Education. The campaign runs until Nov. 5.

Technology MonitorDon’t get hooked by phishing attack

There have been recent reports of universities being targeted with phishing e-mails attempting to obtain usernames and passwords.  For both personal and overall Vanderbilt University security reasons, please never give anyone any personal information through e-mail.

Paint It BlackPaint it Black Saturday against Georgia

All Vanderbilt fans are urged to wear black when the Commodores host the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday for their annual Homecoming football game. Vanderbilt officials say these school color days demonstrate support for the football program while the strong color tints create fun and interesting stadium images.

DBRDo not miss DBR in Oct. 17 multi-media orchestral event at Ingram Hall

Great Performances at Vanderbilt brings the virtuosic violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) to Ingram Hall with his seminal multi-media orchestral event, Darwin’s Meditation for the People of Lincoln featuring Blair School of Music faculty and students.

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*  This Week

Oct. 15: Health Plus Life Phase Series: Feng Shui – The Ancient Art of Placement

Oct. 16: National Security Symposium

Oct.17: Huntington’s Disease: A Guide for Families Conference

Oct. 18: BESA: Muslim Families Who Saved Jews in World War II – Norman Gershman/Stuart Huck Johanna Neumann

Oct. 19: “The Paradox of People and Things in Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Slave Society.” Daryle Williams

Oct. 22: 28th Annual Awards Celebration of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities (Off Campus)

* Mark Your Calendars

Oct. 25: School Choice & School Improvement – National Invitational Conference

Oct. 27: Lunchtime Federal Forum: “The Federal Outlook for Energy Research and Sustainability”

Oct. 27: “Avoiding the Evils of Eugenics in a Genomic Age.” Professor Ellen Clayton

Oct. 28: Chancellor’s Lecture Series – Dr. Woodie Flowers

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Blood drive, organ donor registration, and bone marrow registration Oct. 21

Food Not Bombs co-founder speaks Oct. 28

Stress & Worry Workshop starts Oct 21

Music City Star testing Lakewood stop through Oct. 23

Run or walk Nov. 7 to support cancer research

Trick Or treat with Greeks and athletes

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Featured Media

Video: VUCast: Fast food facts, a little “Magic,” and “Jeopardy” — Vandy style

Video: Health Care Business Alliance keynote speech

Video: Debating Obama’s Health Care Reform

Video: “Air and Dreams”

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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 Vanderbilt View:

Southern cuisine, political intrigue and well-seasoned characters grace Alice Randall’s new novel, ‘Rebel Yell’

It is safe to say that Rebel Yell – Alice Randall’s third novel, which hits stores this month – is as layered as the recipes in the myriad cookbooks lining the shelves of the New York Times best-selling author’s kitchen.

“Cooking is an abiding love of mine,” explained Randall, the writer in residence at Vanderbilt who took up the art as a child in Detroit and later studied with famed chef Julia Child while attending Harvard University.

Rebel Yell, which chronicles the life of Abel Jones Jr., the son of a civil rights lawyer who becomes a prominent Washington neoconservative.

From Commodore Nation:

MyronLewis09Brothers inspire Lewis’ play on the field

Inscribed on the eye black he wears for games and etched on the inside of his right bicep are the words “4 Brothers.” To Vanderbilt senior cornerback Myron Lewis, the words are more than just a reminder of his family, but a way of life.

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