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Giving Matters: John Arnold, BA’95, is determined to revolutionize philanthropy

Nov. 16, 2017—When financial traders talk about buying low and selling high, what they really mean is that they’re looking for an edge, a profitable move that nobody else in the market has discovered. This is how Warren Buffett made his money. Starting in his mid-20s, Buffett plowed half his net worth into the sleepy insurance industry...

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Mogul in the Making: Charles D. King’s entertainment career is turning out just the way he scripted it

Nov. 10, 2017—When Charles D. King, BA’91, first arrived in Los Angeles in 1997, his friends were shocked to hear that he had taken a job in a mailroom. After all, King held degrees from Vanderbilt and Howard University Law School. His résumé was bursting with experience at marquee companies, including AOL and MTV, and he’d built...

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Neighborhood Rebound: Former basketball player Jessica Mooney Holman gives back to her South Nashville community

Nov. 2, 2017—The neighborhood where Jessica Mooney Holman grew up is barely 2 miles from the heart of the Vanderbilt campus. But in many ways it’s a world apart. “Yes, it was definitely a tough neighborhood,” says Holman, BS’10, MEd’12, who played on four NCAA Tournament basketball teams while at Vanderbilt from 2006 to 2010. “But I...

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Emily Motayed, BA’10: Interior design on a dime

Nov. 1, 2017—As a freshly minted Vanderbilt graduate, Emily Motayed moved to New York City to work as a health care consultant. But the cost-conscious professional faced an immediate challenge in figuring out how to outfit her first “big-girl apartment.” “I had no idea how to go about buying furniture, and no traditional interior designer would work...

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Hidden figure

Oct. 17, 2017—Harold Jordan, M.D., has had a distinguished medical career that includes many highlights, including being chair of Psychiatry at Meharry Medical College, his medical alma mater, and serving as acting dean of the School of Medicine at Meharry as well. Besides his academic career, Jordan was devoted to improving mental health care for the public...

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Markets Master: Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman, MBA’93, charts the future of finance

Jul. 11, 2017—When Adena Friedman, MBA’93, took over as CEO of Nasdaq at the start of 2017, making her the first woman to lead a global exchange company, she became the subject of numerous profiles in the financial press. Although each piece explored different aspects of her management style and future plans for Nasdaq, one detail always...

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A Sign from God: Q&A with Karen Graham, BA’87

Jul. 10, 2017—Guided by little more than a desire to learn sign language and perhaps some divine intervention, longtime Atlanta television news personality Karen Graham, BA’87, has launched a digital news network for the deaf community. With plans to broadcast two online newscasts a day, the CNN-affiliated Sign1News will be the first of its kind, the only...

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Hattye Yarbrough, MLS’66: History in the Making

Jul. 1, 2017—As a high school student living with her aunt’s family in Paris, Tennessee, Hattye Thomas Yarbrough inherited a room with a bookcase full of books by African American authors. Works by civil rights leader James Weldon Johnson, poet Langston Hughes, writer W.E.B. Du Bois, and copies of magazines and newspapers such as Negro Digest and...

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Health care high-note

Jun. 30, 2017—Tatum Hauck Allsep grew up in Mississippi with parents who bled black and gold. She knew all about the strong traditions, the beautiful campus, and the exceptional reputation of the academics. What she didn’t know was that attending Vanderbilt would be a life-changing experience. Allsep thought she would pursue a career in medicine, following in...

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A tale of two doctors

Jun. 21, 2017—When Michael Caruso walked across the Commencement stage and received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt in 1972, pursuing a Ph.D. seemed unlikely. Despite falling in love with philosophy after taking an introductory course with Centennial Professor of Philosophy John Lachs his sophomore year and declaring it his major, he put his focus on philosophical studies...

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Message in a Bottle: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle—and Refuse

Apr. 30, 2017—Jacques Cousteau said we protect what we love. I have been in love with nature—and aware of how precious it is—since the first Earth Day in 1970 when a group of ecologists took my first-grade class on a nature walk in a nearby park. Escaping the classroom into the relative wild, I looked at the...

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Scholarship brings Bridgette Brown home

Apr. 18, 2017—Bridgette Brown came to Vanderbilt for a world-class education but, in addition to finding a new home, she also discovered herself.

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