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Spring 2013

Dore Number One

May. 7, 2013—BY JIM PATTERSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL DUBOIS, ANNE RAYNER, JOHN RUSSELL AND SUSAN URMY You might expect to find a game ball from Vanderbilt’s 41–18 defeat of Tennessee last season in the spacious, wood-paneled office of Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos. Sure enough, it’s there. In fact, Zeppos so enjoyed that victory—the first against the Volunteers...

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Game Changer

May. 7, 2013—BY ROD WILLIAMSON ILLUSTRATION BY SHAW NIELSEN In December 2010, a relatively unknown Maryland assistant football coach named James Franklin arrived in Nashville to occupy a hot seat that had scorched a long list of more seasoned men—that of Vanderbilt University’s head football coach. In the football-crazy South, a college athletic program can enjoy success...

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Full Impact

May. 7, 2013—[gofullscreen][featuresection] BY JOHN HOWSER AND KATHY RIVERS After Colleen Conway married in 1984, she signed an informal written agreement with her husband, Ted Welch, stating that she would resign as dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing after five years. Eight years later Welch tore up the agreement and handed her the pieces. Conway-Welch,...

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Conjugation Nation

May. 7, 2013—[gofullscreen][featuresection] PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL DUBOIS, LAUREN HOLLAND, JOE HOWELL and JOHN RUSSELL “Living–learning community” is a phrase bandied about Vanderbilt frequently these days, particularly since inception of the College Halls residential college system and construction of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons in 2008. But it’s hardly a new concept on campus. In 1980, Chancellor Alexander...

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Editor’s Letter

May. 7, 2013—Our cover story marks the fifth anniversary of Nicholas S. Zeppos’ tenure as chancellor. While reading Jim Patterson’s account of the past five years, what struck me most was the number of major changes at Vanderbilt during that short span of time, many of them highly visible. If you’re in a Reunion class this year...

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Learning in MOOC Years

May. 7, 2013—BY PROFESSOR DOUGLAS C. SCHMIDT During the past decade I’ve taught software design and programming courses to roughly 600 undergraduate and graduate students at Vanderbilt. Our low faculty-to-student ratio is one of the reasons I like my work—it’s gratifying to watch students’ progress and envision the futures that lie ahead of them. Not every bright student...

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Ear for Language

May. 7, 2013—Few faculty lives intersect with as many Vanderbilt students as that of Fräncille Bergquist, associate professor of Spanish and associate dean of the College of Arts and Science. Bergquist, who helped establish McTyeire International House, retires this spring after 36 years at Vanderbilt. You’ve taught Spanish for many years. Did you have any inkling when...

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No Easy Road

May. 7, 2013—BY JOANNE LAMPHERE BECKHAM, BA’62 Nearly 50 years ago Robert J. Moore watched the countryside pass by his window during a long bus ride from Richmond, Va., to Nashville. As he traveled west, Moore wondered how he would be received as one of the first African American students to attend Vanderbilt University’s undergraduate schools. What...

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1,000 Words: Nashville Shines

May. 7, 2013—Photo by John Russell Named America’s friendliest city for three years running, Nashville has suddenly become a media darling, garnering rave reviews from The Today Show, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, GQ, Condé Nast Traveler and more in recent months. Music City is also the setting for the ABC drama Nashville. Vanderbilt is proud...

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How to Build a Race Car

May. 7, 2013—Vanderbilt Motorsports, an extracurricular team of School of Engineering undergraduates, will compete in May 2014 in the annual Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) event at Michigan International Speedway near Detroit. The event is the culmination of a yearlong process to develop a small, affordable formula car that could be marketed to amateur racers. Teams...

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The Closer: Bo McKinnis, MBA’91, knows baseball—and how to deal

May. 7, 2013—  On New Year’s Eve, as Congress was busy negotiating a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, baseball agent Bo McKinnis was involved in an urgent negotiation of his own. In fact, McKinnis was racing against the clock to beat the fiscal cliff just like Congress. At stake were hundreds of thousands of dollars in...

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Transformer

May. 7, 2013—Thirty years ago John Elkington stood near the Mississippi River and looked east down historic Beale Street. The legendary jazz district, where blues pioneers W.C. Handy, Muddy Waters and B.B. King once played uniquely American music, resembled a war zone. The iconic area had become a wasteland of abandoned and boarded-up buildings where trash littered...

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