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Covid-19 Supporting the Community

‘This Holding’ premiere with Jana Harper moves online May 29

May. 26, 2020—The OZ Arts online premiere of "This Holding: Traces of Contact," a performance video emerging from an interdisciplinary collaboration led by Associate Professor of the Practice of Art Jana Harper, will be May 29.

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Vanderbilt Athletics to host virtual 5K; proceeds benefit Feed Our Heroes

May. 22, 2020—Commodore fans are invited to participate in a virtual 5K event from June 5 to 8, the proceeds of which will benefit Feed Our Heroes, an organization that delivers end-of-shift meals to local health care workers fighting COVID-19.

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Bordeau appointed president of Pulse: International Health and Safety Professionals in Higher Education

May. 20, 2020—Andrea Bordeau, global safety and security manager for Vanderbilt University, has been appointed the inaugural president of Pulse: International Health and Safety Professionals in Higher Education. The announcement of her appointment comes as Bordeau has worked to ensure the safety of Vanderbilt community members while abroad.

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A classical singer pivots during pandemic to bring cheer through parody

May. 19, 2020—When Chris Mann, a Vanderbilt alumnus with a degree in opera, started making music parody videos and posting them online, he struck a positive chord with millions of people also struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CEO A.J. Kazimi, MBA’94, is ramping up production of vital COVID-19 drugs

May. 15, 2020—A.J. Kazimi is chief executive officer of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, which is ramping up production of a vital drug needed to treat pneumonia resulting from COVID-19.

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Engineering alum leads DENSO’s effort to donate face shields to Tennessee hospitals

May. 15, 2020—Britt Autry, vice president of DENSO, is spearheading an effort to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to Tennessee hospitals in need.

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Vanderbilt grads are ‘Feeding the Front Line’

May. 15, 2020—Vanderbilt Peabody College alumni Allie Golden, BS'18, Jacqueline Gottuso, BS'18, Andrea Liberman, BS'19, Ben Schecter, BS’18, and Josh Ulino, BS'18, have started the nonprofit Feed the Front Line to support local restaurants while providing meals for health care workers.

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Alex Jahangir, MMHC’12, coordinates Nashville COVID-19 response

May. 15, 2020—As chairman of Metro Nashville’s Board of Health, Alex Jahangir is coordinating the city’s COVID-19 response and providing leadership that has likely saved lives.

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Alumni help Fuel the Fight

May. 15, 2020—As the coronavirus pandemic forced stay-at-home orders around the country, Woody Klemmer, BA’13, and his coworkers spent the morning of March 20 seeking a way to help.

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Andy Beshear, BA’00: Leading Kentucky through COVID-19 response

May. 15, 2020—Gov. Andy Beshear is receiving praise for how he is leading Kentuckians through the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response.

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Dr. Liza Weavind, MMHC’14, is on the frontlines at VUMC

May. 15, 2020—Dr. Liza Weavind, professor of anesthesiology and surgery and associate division chief of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, is on the frontlines of caring for patients affected by COVID-19 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Katie McGinnis, MPH’17: Caring for orphans during COVID-19

May. 15, 2020—Katie McGinnis is the director of psychosocial service for Family Legacy, a large nonprofit that serves 15,000 orphaned and vulnerable children in Zambia. Her team is providing developmentally appropriate COVID-19 disease education resources and have even left their own families to move into the residential care facility for the duration of their lockdown (at least three months) to provide counseling and psychosocial services to the 650 children who live full-time at the facility.

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