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    Barbara Bell, EdD’18: Veteran Vision

    Photo by Susan Urmy As director of the Center for STEM Education for Girls at Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, retired Navy Capt. Barbara Bell wants to give girls the confidence and knowledge to excel in technical careers long dominated by men. A 28-year veteran and one of the first… Read More

    Feb. 17, 2020

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    Message from the Alumni Association President: Support Student Internships

    Internships have the potential to transform students’ lives by providing hands-on experiences and access to professional networks. Alumni play an important role in making internship opportunities possible. Approximately 70 percent of graduating Vanderbilt seniors report completing an internship. Vanderbilt students’ internships run the gamut—from conducting medical research and working on… Read More

    Feb. 17, 2020

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    Fostering Inclusion and Diversity in Business through Philanthropy

    Jasmine Greer, photo by John Russell Jasmine Greer, BE’16, applied to only one MBA program: Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. She wanted to stay at Vanderbilt and chose Owen not only for its top-flight academic program but also its collaborative environment. At Owen, Greer has immersed herself in several… Read More

    Feb. 17, 2020

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    Duc Pham, MD’98: From Vietnam to Vanderbilt

    Duc Pham often speaks about how lucky he has been, despite a difficult childhood during the Vietnam War after which his father, a police captain in South Vietnam, was sentenced without trial by the North Vietnamese to seven and a half years of hard labor in a prison camp. “When… Read More

    Feb. 17, 2020

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    Fred Graham, LLB’59, Legal Eagle

    Photo by Tom Williams/Getty Images Fred P. Graham, whose career as a legal affairs reporter, television anchor and author spanned more than four decades, died Dec. 28 at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 88. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Graham earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University and… Read More

    Feb. 17, 2020

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    Luke Gregory, MA’81, Children’s Hospital Leader

    Photo by Joe Howell Luke Gregory, CEO of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and senior vice president for business development, died Oct. 18, 2019, after a courageous battle with lymphoma. He was 63. The embodiment of a servant leader, Gregory joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2007… Read More

    Feb. 17, 2020

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    M. Fräncille Bergquist, ‘Heart’ of Arts and Science

    Photo by John Russell M. Fräncille Bergquist, a beloved professor of Spanish, emerita, and retired College of Arts and Science administrator who devoted much of her life to advising and mentoring thousands of undergraduate students, died Nov. 17 in Nashville. She was 74. “Fräncille had a wonderful talent for believing… Read More

    Feb. 17, 2020

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    Memphis Vanderbilt Chapter Screens “Triumph” and Shares Perspectives

    Photo by Trey Clark For Jessie Wallace Jackson, the trailblazing experience of her brother Perry Wallace, BE’71, is a story of love and hope for the future. A recent Memphis Vanderbilt Chapter Commodore Classroom expanded his inspiring message. On Dec. 9, more than 60 alumni and friends gathered at the… Read More

    Feb. 17, 2020

  • Elizabeth Spencer, MA’43, Master of the Short Story

    Elizabeth Spencer, MA’43, Master of the Short Story

    Photo by John Rosenthal Elizabeth Spencer, a celebrated author whose irony-laced novels and short stories explored family strife and buried histories, died Dec. 22 at her home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She was 98. Spencer’s seven-decade career, beginning with the 1948 novel Fire in the Morning, was one of… Read More

    Feb. 17, 2020

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    Lauren Mandel, BA’15: The Art of the Possible

    Like many people her age, Lauren Mandel developed her funny bone to the antics of comedians like Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph on "Saturday Night Live." Read More

    Nov. 7, 2019

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    Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, MS’84: UNESCO Education Leader

    It was with a scholarship from the Africa–America Institute that Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta enrolled at Vanderbilt to study educational leadership. Honored with the institute’s Distinguished Alumna Award, she now invests those skills in her native Africa. Read More

    Nov. 7, 2019

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    Amanda Iovino, BA’08: Pushing for Positive Change

    Photo by Pamela Lepold Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in June 1919, and the amendment became law Aug. 26, 1920, giving American women the right to vote after a decades-long fight. This year, the centennial of women gaining the right to vote, a record number of… Read More

    Nov. 7, 2019

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    Tom Mulder, BMus’12: Musician and Mentor

    Photo by Elena Cherkashnya Look no further than Tom Mulder to sing the praises of ArtSmart, a nonprofit begun three years ago in which classical musicians provide free individualized music lessons to high school students in underserved communities. “There’s a power in that one-on-one relationship between a teacher and a… Read More

    Nov. 7, 2019

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    Summer Send-Offs Support New Commodores

    Elizabeth Hawkins, BA’86, and Bill Hawkins, BS’82, hosted the Nashville Summer Send-Off Party this summer. They are the parents of Charlie Hawkins, BA’18, and Eliza Hawkins, Class of 2021. This summer Vanderbilt’s welcoming, supportive community celebrated together at 52 Summer Send-Off Parties held in 31 states and three other countries. Read More

    Nov. 7, 2019

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    Virginia Shepherd and Charles Brau: Promoting STEM Education

    Charles Brau and Virginia Shepherd, photo by Susan Urmy Virginia Shepherd knew in eighth grade that she wanted to become a scientist. Her education and training eventually led to a tenured research scientist position at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Nashville’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Shepherd’s passion for science education… Read More

    Nov. 7, 2019

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    Vanderbilt Faculty Are Highlight of 2020 Vanderbilt Travel Program

    Each year the Vanderbilt Travel Program offers exciting opportunities for alumni, parents and friends. The 2020 lineup features 24 trips, including a scenic Japanese cruise, a journey through Vietnam, and fresh itineraries for popular European destinations. The shining highlight of the program is the addition of Vanderbilt faculty members. Currently,… Read More

    Nov. 7, 2019

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    Dr. John Oates: Iconic leader, physician, scientist

    Photo by John Russell Dr. John Oates, an internationally known physician at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a founder of the discipline of clinical pharmacology, died July 30 in Nashville after a short illness. He was 87. The Thomas F. Frist Sr. Professor of Medicine, he founded the Division… Read More

    Nov. 7, 2019

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    Message from the Alumni Association President

    Vanderbilt Alumni Impact the World Dan Lovinger One of my great pleasures as president of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board is to highlight some of the Commodores who are leading positive change in the lives of people around the world. When Justin Miller, BS’09, was a student at Vanderbilt, he… Read More

    Nov. 7, 2019

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    Emerita Faculty Leader Continues to Inspire through Opportunity Vanderbilt Scholarship

    It wasn’t the unfamiliarity of a new city or the intimidation of a new faculty position that stood out to Fräncille Bergquist when she first came to Vanderbilt in 1977. The new professor of Spanish was taken aback by the rolling hills and green trees of Middle Tennessee—a stark contrast… Read More

    Nov. 7, 2019

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    Martin Katahn: The Rotation Diet

    Vanderbilt University Special Collections and Photo Archives Martin Katahn, a retired psychology professor and best-selling author who wrote The Rotation Diet and other books promoting healthy weight loss and lifestyle, died Sept. 17. He was 90. Katahn, who was known to his family and friends as Dick, was born in… Read More

    Nov. 7, 2019