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Expertise

Egon Alapatt, BA’00, offers tips on how to collect vinyl records

Jul. 29, 2020—The term “vinyl enthusiast” doesn’t do justice to Alapatt’s work. He has released dozens of new and almost-lost-to-history singles and albums through Now Again Records, launched in 2002 while he was general manager for the influential independent hip-hop label Stones Throw Records.

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Chip Brantley, BA’95, offers tips on how to produce an investigative podcast

Feb. 12, 2020—Chip Brantley, BA’95, explains the steps that went into producing White Lies, a podcast about the 1965 unsolved murder of a white Unitarian minister and civil rights activist named James Reeb.

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How to conduct a successful college search

Nov. 7, 2019—Vice Provost Douglas L. Christiansen, who oversees undergraduate admissions and enrollment management, offers a few tips here for helping your child execute a successful college search process.

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How to be a grill master

Aug. 20, 2019—Chef Jon Bonnell, BS’94, shares his tips for success as both “grill master” and host.

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How to mind your manners—in 1890

May. 23, 2019—Just in time for the debut of a new television series this year on NBC exploring the Gilded Age, Cecelia Tichi, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English, has published her latest book, What Would Mrs. Astor Do? (2018, NYU Press).

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How to bowl a strike

Feb. 19, 2019—Josie Earnest Barnes, BS’10, associate head coach of Vanderbilt's bowling team, offers tips to novice bowlers, rented shoes and all, on how to improve their scores.

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How to collect antiques

Nov. 5, 2018—Murray Hudson, PhD’69, offers tips on collecting, caring for and donating historical printed material.

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How to prepare kids for back-to-school

Aug. 6, 2018—Cicely Woodard, MEd’03, the 2018 Tennessee Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year, offers several tips for helping kids get back into the school routine.

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How to navigate a nutritious diet

Jun. 8, 2018—A registered dietitian, Jamie Pope says nutritional guidelines should reflect current science, but be livable and practical. “We need to be honest with ourselves about which healthy lifestyles are possible and sustainable for us,” she says.

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Expertise: How to write a joke

Feb. 26, 2018—Zhubin Parang, BS’03, always wanted to work in politics. And he does—in a way. But instead of taking a job on Capitol Hill or working for the Democratic Party, like he imagined, Parang writes jokes about politicians. Lots of them. As head writer for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Parang is tasked...

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Katrina Markoff, BA’95: How to build a business you love

Nov. 21, 2017—Markoff, founder of Vosges Haut-Chocolat and Wild Ophelia, offers several tips for converting something you love into your life’s work.

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A guide to good etiquette

Sep. 7, 2017—Alumni Association President Perry Brandt, BA’74, JD’77, offers several tips for proper etiquette.

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