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  • 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

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    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

  • Black and white photo of a grinning Dr. Blair Batson in his messy office

    Dr. Blair E. Batson, BA’41, MD’44, Role Model for Child Health Care

    Photo courtesy of University of Mississippi Medical Center Dr. Blair E. Batson, the first chair of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, died Nov. 26, 2018. He was 98. Dr. LouAnn Woodward, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of… Read More

    Feb 19, 2019

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    Transforming Community: Nyree Ramsey, BS’97, MEd’00, and Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, BS’96

    Ecclesiastes, left, and Ramsey are working together to rejuvenate and transform a long-neglected, 25-block New Orleans corridor that stands in the shadow of an elevated expressway constructed more than 50 years ago. Photo by Greg Miles When Nyree Ramsey visited New Orleans in 1995, three words came to… Read More

    Nov 19, 2018

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    Bailey Spaulding, JD’09, Something’s Brewing

    Photo by Ashley Hylbert Shortly after graduating from law school, Bailey Spaulding got a harebrained idea: She’d open a brewery and name it the Jackalope Brewing Co., after the mythical rabbit–antelope hybrid that she believed in as a kid. Seven years after the business was launched in Nashville’s… Read More

    Nov 19, 2018

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    A Family Legacy Inspires Students

    Natalie Vlach, BMus’18. Photo by Joe Howell As a young girl, Natalie Vlach, BMus’18, fell in love with her electronic keyboard. Unlike some childhood infatuations, however, Vlach’s passion for piano endured and deepened, leading eventually to her winning the Linde B. Wilson Scholarship at the Blair School. “Blair… Read More

    Nov 19, 2018

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    Garrett Spiegel, BE’10, Systems-Level Thinker

    Photo by Shia Levitt Garrett Spiegel long intended to make the design of custom-fabricated orthotics and prosthetics easier and quicker, especially in parts of the world with limited medical resources and high need. His company, Standard Cyborg, which he co-founded in 2015 with Jeffrey Huber, now has a… Read More

    Nov 19, 2018

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    Ronald Hoffman, BA’64, American History as Sacred Trust

    Ronald Hoffman, former director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and professor of history at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., died Sept. 4. He was 77. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1969 and joined the history department at… Read More

    Nov 19, 2018

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    Jo Ann Eddy Somers, BE’67, Singular Engineer

    The only female member of the School of Engineering’s 1967 graduating class, Jo Ann Eddy Somers of Huntsville, Alabama, died July 11, 2018. She was struck by lightning while inspecting a seawall under construction in Huntsville’s Hampton Cove neighborhood and died two weeks later. Somers, 73, was a… Read More

    Nov 19, 2018

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    James Sandlin, MDiv’69, Heart of the Arts

    James Sandlin, a former Sarratt Student Center director who worked tirelessly to expand cultural offerings on campus and to improve the quality of life in Middle Tennessee, died Sept. 19. Sandlin, 77, passed away at his home in Unionville, Tenn., after a brief illness. Sandlin, who earned… Read More

    Nov 19, 2018

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    Virginia George, BSN’47, MS’72, Champion of the Nurse Practitioner

    Virginia Maxwell George, professor of nursing, emerita, and an early champion of nurse practitioners, died of natural causes July 26 in Nashville. She was 94. George was founding director of Vanderbilt’s Family Nurse Practitioner program, one of the first in the Southeast. A 1947 VUSN graduate, she taught… Read More

    Nov 19, 2018

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    Colleen Conway-Welch, Nursing Legend

    Photo by Anne Rayner Colleen Conway-Welch, who during her 29 years as dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing transformed nursing education at Vanderbilt and nationally, died Oct. 12 following a battle with cancer. Linda D. Norman, current dean of the School of Nursing, knew Conway-Welch for… Read More

    Nov 19, 2018

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    Jack Wei-chieh Lin, BA’89, Asia Pacific Asset Manager

    Jack Wei-chieh Lin is making an impact on global investors. In May he was appointed managing director and head of Asia Pacific client coverage for MSCI Inc., a leading provider of indexes and portfolio construction as well as risk-management tools and services for global investors. MSCI’s clients rely… Read More

    Nov 19, 2018

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    NYC Vanderbilt Chapter Receives Chancellor Update

    Chancellor Zeppos (center) chats with New York-area alumni at the event. Photos by Teri Bloom Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos recently shared an update on Vanderbilt’s strategic priorities with alumni, parents and friends at a special Metro New York Vanderbilt Chapter event, highlighting the opening of E. Bronson Ingram College,… Read More

    Nov 19, 2018