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  • Honky-Tonk Heroes and Healing Hands

    Honky-Tonk Heroes and Healing Hands

    Bass guitarist and keyboardist Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts poses with young fans Emma Watson (left) and Gracelyn Mansfield before a sold-out 2007 Rascal Flatts concert at Nashville’s downtown arena. With all proceeds from the show benefiting Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, it was the largest single fundraising… Read More

    Mar. 22, 2012

  • The ’Dores of Summer

    The ’Dores of Summer

    The body count was piling up fast. Two hit the ground first. Then three, four and five went down in quick succession. Onlookers soon lost count as the heap of squirming uniformed men just kept growing. Read More

    Sep. 3, 2011

  • Martha’s Mettle

    Martha’s Mettle

    Several years ago Martha Ingram made a trip to New York City with what was a fairly typical itinerary for her: meetings of the Business Committee for the Arts, a New York Philharmonic black-tie opening night gala with an all-Dvořák program that included Yo-Yo Ma playing the Cello Concerto, cocktails before the concert and dinner after. Read More

    Sep. 2, 2011

  • The Week That Lasts a Lifetime

    The Week That Lasts a Lifetime

    Kristen Keely-Dinger, BS’98, remembers March snow falling on the streets of New York, the sounds of babies crying and people screaming, and the stench of urine in the housing projects as she carried hot meals up flight after flight of stairs. As a Vanderbilt sophomore who had signed up for… Read More

    Apr. 18, 2011

  • Not Self, But Country

    Not Self, But Country

    When she was studying Shakespeare and Milton at Vanderbilt in the late 1970s, Nora Wingfield Tyson never dreamed she’d be making history one day. But last July in a cavernous aircraft-carrier hangar in Norfolk, Va., Rear Adm. Tyson did just that when she became the first woman in U.S. Navy… Read More

    Dec. 2, 2010

  • Shooting from the Lip

    Shooting from the Lip

    For a university that claims just one national championship to its name, Vanderbilt certainly has a national stage when it comes to alumni sports writers. ESPN, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, and the sports website FanHouse all feature writers who honed their craft at Vanderbilt. Read More

    Aug. 22, 2010

  • Vandy in Hollywood

    Vandy in Hollywood

    Opening doors in Tinseltown takes smarts, guts and, if you’re very lucky, alumni on the inside. Read More

    Apr. 7, 2010

  • Brainiacs and Heavy Hitters

    Brainiacs and Heavy Hitters

    A competitive spirit burns in every Vanderbilt student. They wouldn’t be on campus without that drive to succeed at the highest levels of academia. But some students take that spirit even further. They have, in essence, two full-time jobs—student and athlete. Vanderbilt consistently ranks first in athlete graduation rates in… Read More

    Nov. 22, 2009

  • Big Ideas for a Small Planet

    Big Ideas for a Small Planet

    Glacial melting. Amphibian and honeybee populations in precipitous decline. Ocean dead zones. Rain forests burned to make way for agricultural fields. Some days it’s hard to know which we should worry about first. Fortunately for the rest of us, the alumni you’ll meet here aren’t wringing their hands waiting for… Read More

    Aug. 5, 2009

  • Sky’s the Limit

    Sky’s the Limit

    At 1:16 p.m. on an unseasonably warm Middle Tennessee Saturday in late December, the page goes out to the crew of LifeFlight 1, which is based in Lebanon, Tenn.: “ADULT LVL ONE: SCENE: Vanderbilt LifeFlight 1: ETA 10: 18 yom c/c MVA, pt is ett’d poss head inj. BP109/57: HR110:… Read More

    Mar. 16, 2009

  • American Eclectic

    American Eclectic

    Toward the end of high school in Margate, Fla., a small strip of suburbia just north of Fort Lauderdale, Daniel Bernard Roumain managed to land two internships that prefigured his future musical career crossbreeding hip-hop and classical music. For a couple of summers in the late 1980s, he worked… Read More

    Oct. 31, 2008

  • Natural Born Optimist

    Natural Born Optimist

    Pamela King Ginsburg’s first day as a law school student turned out to be even tougher than she expected. It was almost as if she had “PICK ME” stamped on her forehead. In class after class that day, professors singled her out as the very first student they called… Read More

    Jul. 13, 2008

  • In the Face of Destruction

    In the Face of Destruction

    lockwise from top: Max Notowitz is the first boy standing on the left end of a group of Jewish boys wearing Star of David armbands as they shovel snow; Notowitz (in white suit) with a friend before the war; Fred Westfield's identity card; Inge Smith in 1936; Star of David… Read More

    Mar. 11, 2008

  • Big Shoulders, Deep Pockets, Tightened Belts

    Big Shoulders, Deep Pockets, Tightened Belts

    Last winter Shane Thurman, a 42-year-old construction worker from Crossville, Tenn., became one among an estimated 45 million Americans without health insurance when he was dropped from the rolls of TennCare, Tennessee’s state-run Medicaid insurance program. Thurman’s employer didn’t provide health insurance, and his income wasn’t sufficient to meet… Read More

    Nov. 1, 2007