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Fall 2017

Recent Books, Fall 2017

Feb. 16, 2018—Rocky Boyer’s War: An Unvarnished History of the Air Blitz that Won the War in the Southwest Pacific (2017, Naval Institute Press) by Allen D. Boyer, BA’78 In Rocky Boyer’s War, Allen Boyer offers a wry, keen-eyed, and occasionally disgruntled counterpoint history of the hard-fought, brilliant campaign that won World War II in the Southwest...

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Take a Chair: A new $30 million investment to support faculty could lead to innovations that will save your life and shape the world’s future

Nov. 21, 2017—In this feature, Vanderbilt Magazine highlights just a few of the wide-ranging research endeavors being undertaken by the university’s current chair holders—from the creation of low-cost, potentially lifesaving materials that can warn of structural failures to discoveries explaining the mechanisms of addiction.

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Welcomed Change: Shirley M. Collado, BS’94, is transforming Ithaca College—and higher education—in her new role as president

Nov. 21, 2017—Collado represents a distinct departure from earlier presidents at Ithaca. For one, she is the first person of color to head the college—in fact, she is the first Dominican–American in the history of higher education to lead any four-year institution.

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The Art of Teaching: Peabody College amassed an impressive fine arts collection before joining Vanderbilt

Nov. 21, 2017—By Bonnie Arant Ertelt, BS’81 When George Peabody College for Teachers merged with Vanderbilt University in 1979, the agreement came with a little-known perk: The school had acquired a sizable collection of art stored in a basement vault at Cohen Memorial Hall. With more than 1,000 works, the Peabody College Collection includes items ranging from...

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Open for Business: University launches unique undergraduate business minor

Nov. 21, 2017—After four years of planning, a committee led by Susan R. Wente, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, designed a business curriculum that builds upon the achievements of the Managerial Studies program by drawing on strengths from across Vanderbilt.

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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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Mind the Gap: Traveling the world is life—and the experience has changed me

Nov. 21, 2017—Brian Jones, BA’02, writes about how traveling the world has changed his life.

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Hoops Skirts: Stella Vaughn occupies a special place in Vanderbilt’s history—both on and off the court

Nov. 21, 2017—Few people in the university’s history have been as loyal to Vanderbilt as long and as selflessly as Stella Scott Vaughn. She grew up on campus and was one of Vanderbilt’s earliest woman graduates. She served as the university’s first female physical-education instructor and coach, working her first nine years without pay. She also took on the unofficial role as dean of women students.

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Chancellor’s Letter: Pardon Our Dust

Nov. 21, 2017—Learning doesn’t end after those classroom hours. In many ways, that’s when it begins. Especially now, when public dialogue is increasingly discordant, our imperative to teach and model reasoned, civil discourse from all viewpoints and perspectives is more urgent than ever.

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Human Connection: Writer Lee Conell crafts stories full of feeling

Nov. 21, 2017—Lee Conell, MFA’15, is not the sort of writer who cultivates a high profile. While she’s excited about the upcoming launch of her first story collection, Subcortical, she finds the public role of author far removed from the drive that compels her to write. “Writing for me is an intensely private thing,” Conell says. “I...

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The Rule of 10: Zakiya Smith, BS’06, is exploring new models to help students fund their higher education

Nov. 21, 2017—  This year’s recipient of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award, Zakiya Smith, BS’06, has dedicated her career to easing the complications and financial burden associated with paying for a college education—first as a senior policy adviser in the U.S. Department of Education and later in President Barack Obama’s White House. Recognized...

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Black and Goal: Lifelong Vandy fan Grace Jackson triumphs in women’s soccer

Nov. 21, 2017—Grace Jackson, a second-year soccer standout from Atlanta, gives new meaning to the phrase“VU for Life.”

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