Epilogue

  • Vanderbilt University

    Three Decades of Impact

    Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans On clinic day every week, first-year nursing student Brooke Hazen’s 12-hour shift starts at 6:30 a.m. “We’re taking vital signs, helping patients shower and walk, administering shots and IVs, and interpreting lab results,” she says. Hazen is in Vanderbilt School of Nursing’s prespecialty… Read More

    May. 23, 2019

  • Vanderbilt University

    Jarred Amato, BA’09, Watering ‘Book Deserts’

    Photo by John Russell Reading, and a child’s access to books, is a precursor to success by all yardsticks. But the lack of reading materials in many neighborhoods across America—regions known as “book deserts”—threatens the educational achievements of countless students. English teacher Jarred Amato decided to do… Read More

    May. 23, 2019

  • Vanderbilt University

    ‘Commodores in the Community’ Celebrates Alumni Passion for Service

    Left to right: Nick Lovinger, BA’15; Jake Goldklang, BA’15; and Liam Byrne, BA’14, braved a snowy Saturday morning with other members of the Metro New York Vanderbilt Chapter to volunteer for their service project benefiting the Bowery Mission. Vanderbilt’s long-standing commitment to community service includes strong student traditions such… Read More

    May. 23, 2019

  • Vanderbilt University

    Alumna Pays It Forward Through Advocacy

    Karen White, BA’11, was born to be an advocate. Her first experience in advocacy was for herself at the age of 15, when she left a volatile home life and struggled to support herself through periods of homelessness. “I remember sleeping on the couch in the tattoo parlor… Read More

    May. 23, 2019

  • Vanderbilt University

    Yvonne Young Clark, MS’72, First Lady of Engineering

    “Y.Y.” Clark at thebeginning of her groundbreaking career. Photo courtesy Society of Women Engineers Yvonne Young Clark, the first woman to earn a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Howard University, the first woman to earn a master’s degree in engineering management from the Vanderbilt University School… Read More

    May. 23, 2019

  • Vanderbilt University

    Barbara Tsakirgis, Renowned Scholar of Classical Archaeology

    Photo by Daniel Dubois Barbara Tsakirgis, a noted scholar on ancient Greek domestic architecture as well as a strong community advocate for Nashville’s Parthenon, died Jan. 16. Tsakirgis, 64, had been diagnosed with ALS three years ago and died at her home. She was a professor of classical… Read More

    May. 23, 2019

  • Vanderbilt University

    Harold Bradley, ’49, Hall of Fame Guitarist

    Bradley in 1961. Photo by Joe Rudis/THE TENNESSEAN Harold Bradley, member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, famed guitarist, and cog in the family that led the ascent of country music in Nashville, died Jan. 31. He was 93. Bradley grew up in Nashville and took up… Read More

    May. 23, 2019

  • Vanderbilt University

    Everett H. Erlick, BA’42, ABC’s Chief Lawyer

    Everett H. Erlick, a distinguished veteran of the broadcast industry and longtime public servant, died March 8, 2019, at his home in Stuart, Florida. He was 97. As executive vice president, general counsel and director of the American Broadcasting Cos. Inc. for 25 years, his expansive portfolio… Read More

    May. 23, 2019

  • Portrait of Alumni Association Board President Dan Lovinger

    No one is an island. We are all connected.

    Dan Lovinger Few times in my life has this concept been more evident than while I was a student at Vanderbilt. With access to a broad range of ideas and perspectives, I quickly understood the importance of engaging individuals whose lives and stories could impact my own. At… Read More

    Feb. 19, 2019

  • Color portrait of Nicole Feliciano in orange blouse and white pants on a city street

    Nicole Feliciano, BA’92, Putting Moms First

    Nicole Feliciano’s Momtrends blog helps “busy, style-starved women keep in touch with what’s hip and cool.” The website attracts almost 100,000 unique visitors each month. As a working mother of two daughters, Nicole Feliciano, like countless other moms, would love to have an extra hour in the day. Read More

    Feb. 19, 2019

  • Alan Hicks, BA’66, left, speaks with Strong Inside author Andrew Maraniss, BA’92, at the San Francisco Commodore Classroom event.

    Perry Wallace’s Story Brings Alumni Together Nationwide

    Alan Hicks, BA’66, left, speaks with Strong Inside author Andrew Maraniss, BA’92, at the San Francisco Commodore Classroom event. The New York Times best-selling book Strong Inside shares the trailblazing Vanderbilt experience of Perry Wallace, BE’70. The story has resonated with alumni everywhere, and Commodore Classrooms events have provided… Read More

    Feb. 19, 2019

  • Color portrait of Sarah D'Amico in black and gold Vanderbilt Commodores shirt

    Alumna Grateful to Donors Who Help Her Inspire Young Minds

    Sarah D’Amico, BS’16, takes a moment to put up her feet after a rewarding day of teaching. A classroom of elementary school students in New York City is receiving a well-rounded education thanks to their teacher, Sarah D’Amico, BS’16, who returned to her neighborhood after graduation to pass the… Read More

    Feb. 19, 2019

  • Todd Miller on a bicycle in Wyoming surrounded by hills and mountains

    Todd Miller, BA’88, Entertainment Tiger

    Entertaining a continent as populous as Asia is no small feat. Todd Miller, CEO of Hong Kong–based Celestial Tiger Entertainment, is doing it with aplomb. “You can think of Celestial as the HBO of Chinese movies,” he says. “We operate six core channels, all of… Read More

    Feb. 19, 2019

  • Judge Ana Escobar in her black judges robes outside the Justice A.A. Birch courthouse in Nashville

    Ana Escobar, BA’92, Advocate for the Underrepresented

    Judge Escobar outside the Justice A.A. Birch courthouse in Nashville. (John Russell) There were no road maps for Ana Escobar to follow when she was elected Nashville’s first Latina judge in August. Further, the self-described introvert had to step outside her comfort zone to run for the elective post… Read More

    Feb. 19, 2019

  • Xiaoyan Jiang in printed blue suit sitting in front of a window

    New Fund Helps Make International Travel Accessible to Owen Students

    Xiaoyan Jiang, MBA’01, is helping to ensure that Owen Students can expand their educations by traveling abroad. (Chad Driver) Xiaoyan Jiang, MBA’01, is a strong believer in the transformative power of international travel. While working in global business, she logged addresses in Nashville, Cleveland, Tokyo, Hong Kong and… Read More

    Feb. 19, 2019

  • A large group of alumni gathered at a Beijing restaurant

    Build on Networking Night with Alumni Career Resources

    Alumni gather for November’s Vanderbilt University Networking Night in Beijing. Vanderbilt’s impressive worldwide community of more than 140,000 alumni was on display in November with the Alumni Association’s fifth annual Networking Night. More than 1,100 alumni representing a wide range of professions, ages and Vanderbilt degrees gathered on… Read More

    Feb. 19, 2019

  • black and white portrait shot of Elizabeth Klepper

    Elizabeth Lee “Betty” Klepper, BA’58, First in Soil Science

    Elizabeth Lee “Betty” Klepper, a retired scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Columbia Plateau Conservation Research Center in Pendleton, Oregon, died at her home Oct. 26, 2018. She was 82. Born in Memphis, Klepper attended school in Tennessee and graduated summa cum laude in chemistry as… Read More

    Feb. 19, 2019

  • Color 2017 portrait of Claudia S. Jack

    Claudia Spence Jack, JD’83, Public Defender

    Claudia Spence Jack, public defender for Tennessee’s 22nd Judicial District, died Nov. 9, 2018. She was 75. A native of Columbia, Tennessee, she graduated from Auburn University in 1965 with a bachelor of science degree in English education, then earned her master’s degree in education from Auburn… Read More

    Feb. 19, 2019

  • Color portrait of Rev. Don Beisswenger in front of prison fence

    Rev. Donald F. Beisswenger, Faith into Action

    Photo by Neil Brake The Rev. Donald F. Beisswenger, a Vanderbilt Divinity School emeritus professor who lived out his faith as a dedicated community activist—serving six months in federal prison for a nonviolent protest—died Nov. 26, 2018. He was 88. As a professor of church and community, he… Read More

    Feb. 19, 2019

  • Portrait of Dana Kelley with her viola on an urban street

    Dana Kelley, BMus’12, Music from Within

    Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee Being a student at the Blair School of Music kept Dana Kelley busy, but being a professional musician in New York City adds a whole new meaning to the word. Kelley is violist with the Argus Quartet, the Juilliard School’s quartet-in-residence, which played on the… Read More

    Feb. 19, 2019