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Civil rights activist and alumnus Francis Guess wins humanitarian award

Dec. 4, 2013—The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has recognized Francis S. Guess, MBM’74,  for his commitment to equality, justice and the advancement of Middle Tennessee with the Kraft Humanitarian Award. He served six years on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and an additional 32 years on the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, where he influenced policy...

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Snapchat snaps up Instagram’s Emily White, BA’00, as its new COO

Dec. 4, 2013—Emily White, BA’00, is the director of business operations at Facebook’s Instagram—a job she has held since April of this year. She recently accepted a job at Snapchat, where she will be second in command to CEO Evan Spiegel.

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Alumni engineering solutions for developing world

Nov. 26, 2013—For CEO and Vanderbilt mechanical engineering graduate Krista Donaldson, BE’95, revolutionary engineering is about changing the world, one life at a time.

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Scholarship students show the impact of Opportunity Vanderbilt

Nov. 20, 2013—Sabre Rucker grew up just a few miles from the Vanderbilt campus in East Nashville. Despite her successes in high school, her dreams of “black and gold” seemed out of reach. But Opportunity Vanderbilt made her dreams real. Her story is featured in a new video on Opportunity Vanderbilt, the university’s initiative to replace all...

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Voices of giving: A Schola Prophetarum perspective

Nov. 18, 2013—Keith Caldwell came to study at the Vanderbilt Divinity School because he wants to help reimagine a better version of this world. “People here are not just doing God talk,” Keith says. “They are pulling it down and putting it in action.” As a community organizer in Nashville for the past fifteen years, Keith’s world...

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Yunus speaks at Global Social Business Summit

Nov. 14, 2013—Muhammad Yunus, Phd‘71, and the 1996 Vanderbilt Distinguished Alumnus, was an inspiring keynote speaker during the fifth annual Global Social Business Summit. After Vanderbilt, Yunus began his active work to fight poverty in Bangladesh by issuing microcredit loans to the poor, eventually creating the Grameen Bank. Yunus and the bank were awarded the Nobel Peace...

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Family’s support enhances cancer research training

Nov. 14, 2013—John F. Brock III, chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, his wife, Mary, and their three children have established an endowment to support an oncology fellowship at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. The Brock Family Fellowship will provide financial assistance long into the future for young physicians, postdoctoral students and medical investigators who are furthering their training in cancer research.

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iPads help late-speaking children with autism develop language

Nov. 12, 2013—The iPad you use to check email, watch episodes of "Mad Men" and play Words with Friends may hold the key to enabling children with autism to express themselves through speech.

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Class of 2012 leads the way in giving back to Vanderbilt

Nov. 9, 2013—The Class of 2012 is accustomed to leading the way. As freshmen, they became the first class to live at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. As seniors, they broke a Vanderbilt record at the time by giving back to Vanderbilt at a rate of 48 percent through the Senior Class Fund. Today, they continue to...

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Arcus grant bridges Vanderbilt Divinity classroom and community

Nov. 8, 2013—Vanderbilt University Divinity School students will work with religious and community service organizations to develop resources on issues surrounding religious beliefs and sexual orientation, thanks to a new grant from the Arcus Foundation, with support from the Carpenter Foundation.

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Alumnus publishes portraits of Freedom Riders

Nov. 6, 2013—After finding the original mugshots of the Freedom Riders, Eric Etheridge, BA’79, took on a unique project; he tracked down 328 of the original activists, photographing them again and displaying their current portraits alongside their mugshots. The portraits are collected in Etheridge’s book, “Breach of Peace.” Etheridge recently visited the Freedom Rides Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Vanderbilt multipurpose facility opens

Nov. 6, 2013—Vanderbilt officially opened up the multipurpose facility wing of its Recreation Center Tuesday morning with a brief media event that included Director of Athletics David Williams and most of the head coaches.

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