Epilogue

  • Vanderbilt University

    Cathy Bender, BS’82: Change Maker

    The first Black woman to receive an athletic scholarship from Vanderbilt, Bender was a member of the nascent women’s basketball program. Today she is the co-chairperson of the Black and Gold Club, Vanderbilt’s alumni association for former student-athletes. Read More

    Jul. 23, 2021

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    Up for the Challenge: Dixon McDonald, BA’11, completes world’s toughest rowing race in 3,000-mile trek across the Atlantic Ocean

    Cathy Bender (Nora Canfield) When she graduated from Vanderbilt, Cathy Bender vowed she would never again set foot on campus. Yet as the current co-chairperson of the Black and Gold Club, Vanderbilt’s alumni association for former student-athletes, she walks that ground quite often these days. For a… Read More

    Jun. 23, 2021

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    Support the Class of 2021

    As alumni, we can help graduating Commodores prepare for the new chapter in their lives by encouraging and supporting them with mentorship and internship and job opportunities. Let’s show the Class of 2021 what it means to be Vanderbilt for Life. Read More

    Apr. 26, 2021

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    Melvyn Semmel, EdD’63, Special Education Pioneer

    Melvyn Ivan Semmel of Santa Barbara, Calif., a researcher, educator and 2007 Peabody Distinguished Alumnus, who helped shape the nation’s understanding and policies relating to students with disabilities, died Feb. 25. Read More

    Apr. 26, 2021

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    Patricia Frist, BA’61, Philanthropist and Community Leader

    Patricia Gail “Trish” Champion Frist, BA’61, of Nashville, who had a great impact as a philanthropist and business advocate, died Jan. 5. Read More

    Apr. 22, 2021

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    Gene Back, BMus’06, BAFTA Breakthrough Talent

    Last November, alumnus Gene Back’s growing list of accomplishments caught the attention of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The organization, which promotes the art of motion pictures on both sides of the Atlantic, selected him as a Breakthrough Talent. Read More

    Apr. 22, 2021

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    Christopher Tuff, BS’03, Millennial Connections

    Alumnus Christopher Tuff, author of bestseller 'The Millennial Whisperer,' says this generation wants to matter to their employers, and they want their work to matter too. Understanding this dynamic results in business tactics that cost zero dollars and provide big paybacks. Read More

    Apr. 22, 2021

  • Vanderbilt University

    Financial Markets Research Center renamed for Hans Stoll

    Thomas Peterffy of Interactive Brokers, whose philanthropic support endowed the Financial Markets Research Center in 2003, recently renamed it the Hans Stoll Financial Markets Research Center in memory of its founder. Stoll, a pioneer in the field and longtime director of the center who passed away in 2020, was emeritus professor of finance and former holder of the Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker Jr. Chair of Finance at Owen. Read More

    Apr. 22, 2021

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    Thomas G. Burton, MA’58, PhD’66, Serpents and Stories

    A profile of Graduate School alumnus Thomas G. Burton, whose book 'The Serpent and the Spirit' was the basis for the recent HBO documentary 'Alabama Snake.' Read More

    Apr. 22, 2021

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    Faculty Fellowship Challenge significantly expands faculty fellowships and directorships

    Vanderbilt University’s Faculty Fellowship Challenge, launched in September 2018 to create fellowships and directorships to fuel research discoveries and expand teaching opportunities, successfully concluded in December 2020 with 36 positions created, supported by 31 unique endowments from alumni and other donors. The university backed the challenge with a matching investment. Read More

    Mar. 12, 2021

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    Betsega Bekele, MEd’14, National Storyteller

    Betsega Bekele, MEd'14, helps lead American Portrait, a multiplatform, national storytelling project tied to PBS’ 50th anniversary celebration. The digital-first initiative that launched online in January 2020 is centered on this question: What does it really mean to be an American today? Read More

    Mar. 11, 2021

  • Volunteer Leadership Week 2021

    Vanderbilt’s Volunteer Leadership Week drives collaboration and support

    Vanderbilt hosts a gathering of the university’s most engaged volunteer leaders each spring for a special weekend of activities designed to foster collaboration in support of the university's mission and momentum. This year all events were held virtually during Volunteer Leadership Week, an extended slate of programming presented Feb. 22–26. Read More

    Mar. 5, 2021

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    Bea Martin, MA’62, Lifelong Educator

    Annie Beatrice “Bea” Martin, a retired teacher and administrator who was committed to education, outreach and social justice, died Oct. 11, 2020. She was 87. Read More

    Feb. 25, 2021

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    James Tuck, BA’40, LLB’47, Witness to Nashville History

    James Richard Tuck of Nashville, retired associate general counsel of the National Life and Accident Insurance Co. and charter member of the Nashville Metropolitan Council, died Aug. 20, 2020. He was 102. Over his long life, he was part of some key stories in the 20th-century history of Nashville. Read More

    Feb. 25, 2021

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    Owen Forward Highlights Alumni Business Leaders

    The Vanderbilt community heard unique insights and discussions with business leaders and innovators at Owen Forward, a weeklong virtual celebration of Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management held Nov. 9–13. Read More

    Feb. 25, 2021

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    Janie Kaiser, BS’15, Education Entrepreneur

    Education Concern Center Nepal, or ECC, was cofounded in 2017 by Janie Kaiser, BS'15, who serves as its managing director. The center uses a four-part program—teacher training, classroom materials, improved infrastructure and teacher support—to expand educational resources in Nepal's remote schools. Read More

    Feb. 25, 2021

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    Janina Jeff, MS’12, PhD’12, Finding Lost Identities

    The first African American to earn a doctorate in human genetics from Vanderbilt, Janina Jeff, MS'12, PhD'12, launched an award-winning podcast called "In Those Genes" that translates cutting-edge genetic research into everyday language that uncovers the lost identities of African-descended Americans through the lens of Black culture. Read More

    Feb. 25, 2021

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    Inaugural ’Dores in Dialogue Event Examines Racial Disparities

    A new Vanderbilt event series highlighting diverse voices on vital issues, ’Dores in Dialogue, kicked off on Dec. 2, 2020, with a conversation on eliminating racial disparities in public safety and policing. The event was presented by the Vanderbilt Alumni Association and the Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni. Read More

    Feb. 19, 2021

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    Bob Rolfe, EMBA’88, Community Investor

    Lessons learned in the executive MBA program at Owen have helped Bob Rolfe, EMBA'88, in business and as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Read More

    Feb. 19, 2021

  • Vanderbilt University

    Kim Wolensky: Creative Philanthropy

    Kim Wolensky, BS'79, MBA'80, has documented her intent to establish the Kim E. Lazarus Scholarship to provide need-based financial support for deserving students at Owen by designating Vanderbilt as the beneficiary of an individual retirement account to endow the scholarship, with a separate portion directed to her sorority Alpha Delta Pi–Zeta Rho chapter. Read More

    Feb. 19, 2021