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‘Know Better, Do Better’: Charlane Oliver, BS’05, focuses on educating and energizing the Black electorate

Jul. 23, 2020—Oliver is a co-founder of the Equity Alliance, an organization dedicated to educating and energizing the Black electorate.

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Dorothy Gunther Pugh, BA’72: Dance with a different P.O.V.

Jun. 8, 2018—It’s been a long journey for CEO and founding artistic director Dorothy Gunther Pugh, the former junior-high schoolteacher whose dream was to bring a premier ballet company to her native city. For her vision she was named Memphian of the Year last December by Memphis, the City Magazine.

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Caleb Feiring, BA’15: Pedaling tales of the American farm

Feb. 26, 2018—  For Caleb Feiring, riding his bike across the country on a quest to tell the stories of America’s family farmers isn’t without its hazards. Consider the night he bedded down in a Midwestern barn with a nocturnal rooster. “He was pretty unpopular among the whole barn,” Feirig recalls. “He would start going at 3...

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Hattye Yarbrough, MLS’66: History in the Making

May. 29, 2017—Yarbrough's World War II scrapbook is now part of the foundational collection of the Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

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Message Delivered: Christina Sharkey Geist, BS’97, Adds Entrepreneur and Author to Her Résumé

Mar. 7, 2017—Christina Sharkey Geist is many things: a mother, wife, brand strategist, small business owner, “mompreneur” and, now, a children’s book author.

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Math Master: Sylvia T. Bozeman, MA’70, Honored with National Medal of Science Committee Appointment

Nov. 20, 2016—Bozeman's tireless efforts to encourage women from underrepresented groups to pursue graduate degrees in mathematics were recognized by President Obama when he appointed her to the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. The 12-member committee is responsible for identifying nominees for the president’s consideration in selecting recipients for the prestigious award.

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More than 1,000 Words: Master Printmaker Jesse Shaw Exhibits American Epic Series at VDS

Nov. 20, 2016—In his American Epic series, currently on display at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Shaw presents broad themes like religion and technology in lush, detailed and sometimes disturbing imagery, rooting his interpretation in the style of the painters of the Mexican Mural Renaissance.

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Kellye Rosenheim, BA’82, Found Her Calling in Bird-Watching

Jul. 31, 2015—Rosenheim knows her birds. She focuses on fliers from the famous red-tailed hawks occupying a posh perch on Fifth Avenue to the marine fowl of Long Island estates and estuaries.

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From Vanderbilt to Vancouver, Bruce and Vicki Heyman Tackle Challenges as a Team

Dec. 23, 2014—When Bruce Heyman was asked to serve as U.S. ambassador to Canada, he and his wife, Vicki, were ready for the challenge.

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From College Crush to the College World Series, Lee Ann Hawkins Adores the ’Dores

Sep. 26, 2014—As a first-year student at Vanderbilt in 1951, Lee Ann Allen sat on the hillside and watched senior Charlie Hawkins pitch for the Commodores. There were no dugouts and no stands, just simple wooden benches for each team. She fell in love with Charlie—Vanderbilt’s first All-SEC baseball player—and then with Vanderbilt baseball.

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Doors Wide Open

Jun. 18, 2014—Recently, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee awarded Francis Guess, MBM'74, its annual Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award, adding him to a roster of honorees that includes John Seigenthaler, Martha Ingram, Vince Gill and Amy Grant, ’82

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Distinguished Alumnus

Mar. 10, 2014—Hal Moses, the Hortense B. Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and acting chair of the Department of Cancer Biology at Vanderbilt University, has been chosen to receive the highest honor conferred on members of the Vanderbilt alumni community: the Distinguished Alumni Award.

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