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Students-athletes, faculty, staff visit historic Memphis sites to mark MLK Day

Jan. 16, 2018—Vanderbilt Athletics sponsored a day trip to Memphis Jan. 14 in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The group of Commodore student-athletes, staff members and faculty visited the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, the site of King’s assassination 50 years ago this April, among other historic sites. Watch video and read reflections on their experience.

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Williams named Tennessean of the Year by ‘Tennessee Tribune’

Jan. 4, 2018—Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletics Director David Williams has been named the 2017 Tennessean of the Year by the "Tennessee Tribune," Nashville’s African American newspaper.

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2017 Year in Review

Dec. 18, 2017—It will soon be the start of a new year. But before we enter 2018, let’s look back at the moments that shaped our university in 2017.

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Perry Wallace, pioneer who integrated SEC basketball, has died

Dec. 4, 2017—Perry Wallace, BE’70, the Vanderbilt University student-athlete who integrated Southeastern Conference varsity basketball, died Dec. 1. He was 69.

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Dillard, Wallace honored with Slive Award

Dec. 4, 2017—The Southeastern Conference honored Vanderbilt and league legends Godfrey Dillard and Perry Wallace Friday in Atlanta with the SEC's Michael L. Slive Award. Dillard and Wallace (represented by his nephew James) were honored throughout the day along with four football players from Kentucky who were the league's first four African American football players.

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VU cheerleading and dance teams host annual Game Day Experience Feb. 17

Nov. 30, 2017—Commodore fans, the Vanderbilt spirit squads are hosting their annual Game Day Experience fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, from 9 to 12 p.m.

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Vanderbilt recognizes trailblazers, marks 50th anniversary of SEC basketball integration

Nov. 28, 2017—Vanderbilt is honoring the legacies of the two players who integrated Vanderbilt athletics, Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard, with a series of activities and events this academic year.

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Williams to moderate sports panel featuring VU basketball great, former Titans Dec. 8

Nov. 22, 2017—Former Tennessee Titans stars Chris Sanders and Chris Hope will be joined by Vanderbilt basketball record-setter Shan Foster for a panel discussion Friday, Dec. 8, titled “Life After Sports: Giving Back.” Vice Chancellor and Athletics Director David Williams will moderate the event at Vanderbilt's McGugin Center.

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Women’s basketball’s Education Day will close roads near Memorial Gym Monday

Nov. 15, 2017—Portions of Jess Neely Drive and Natchez Trace will be closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, for Vanderbilt women’s basketball's annual Education Day, when the team will host more than 3,000 elementary and middle school students.

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WilSkills named 2017 football ‘Greenest Group on Campus’

Nov. 10, 2017—WilSkills, Vanderbilt’s student-led wilderness skills course, was named winner of the 2017 Vanderbilt Football Sustainability Competition. The group celebrated its title of “Greenest Group on Campus” at the home football game Nov. 4.

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SEC to honor Dillard, Wallace with Michael L. Slive Award

Nov. 9, 2017—Two former Vanderbilt basketball players who helped break the color barrier in the Southeastern Conference 50 years ago have been named recipients of the Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announced Thursday.

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Commodore Giving: Donate tickets for final three home football games to Nashville youth

Oct. 30, 2017—Following a successful first year of giving the next generation of Commodore fans the opportunity to experience Vanderbilt game day, the athletic department is continuing the program for our final three home games this season against Western Kentucky on Nov. 4, Kentucky on Nov. 11, and Missouri on Nov. 18.

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