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Engineering Distinguished alumnus John Gass joins Canada’s Suncor Energy board

Feb. 13, 2014—John Gass, BE’74, former vice president of Chevron Corporation and former president of Chevron Gas and Midstream, has been appointed to the board of directors of Suncor Energy, Canada’s leading integrated energy company.

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Founder of Black Girls CODE to give keynote address during 2014 E-Week

Feb. 10, 2014—A talk by engineering alumna Kimberly Bryant, founder and executive director of Black Girls CODE, will be the highlight of Vanderbilt events celebrating National Engineers Week Feb. 16-22.

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YP Appoints Allison Checchi, BS’99, Chief Marketing Officer

Feb. 9, 2014—YP, the largest local search and advertising company in the U.S., announced that Allison Checchi, BS’99, has been appointed chief marketing officer. In this role, Checchi will be responsible for leading YP’s marketing, advertising, branding and communications efforts to improve the way the company connects consumers with local businesses.

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Phantom of the Opry: Steve Buchanan, BS’80, MBA’85, minds Nashville’s legacy

Feb. 7, 2014—Over the past 28 years with the parent company of the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium, Steve Buchanan, BS’80, MBA’85, the president of Opry Entertainment Group, has resurrected the Ryman into a beloved performance space. Buchanan used his rebranding and rebuilding skills to lead the Grand Ole Opry into a popular rebirth. And, he...

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Curt Welling, JD’75, joins Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business as a senior fellow

Feb. 6, 2014—Former AmeriCares president and CEO Curt Welling, JD’75, has joined Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business as a senior fellow in its Center for Global Business and Government and the Center for Business and Society. Welling assumed the joint appointments Jan. 1, following his 11-year tenure at the nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization.

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ETSU names Robert T. Means Jr., MD’83, new dean of Quillen College of Medicine

Jan. 31, 2014—Robert T. Means Jr., MD’83, has been named dean of the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, effective March 1. He comes to ETSU from the University of Kentucky where he currently serves as executive dean and professor of internal medicine and is a member of the hematology and blood...

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A portrait series by Hannah Stahl, BA’12 remembers women killed at Auschwitz

Jan. 30, 2014—Hannah Stahl, BA’12, received Vanderbilt’s Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award, allowing the means for travel and independent art activity for one year. She visited Italy, Amsterdam and Poland—where her trip to Auschwitz inspired 10 paintings of the faces of female prisoners, shortly before execution. The display is currently on view at Vanderbilt’s Space 204.

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Dr. Christine Benz Smith, BSN’76, named Director of UTC School of Nursing

Jan. 30, 2014—Following a nationwide search, Dr. Christine Benz Smith, BSN’76, has been selected as the Director of the UTC School of Nursing.   She has served in several capacities at the university since she joined the UTC School of Nursing faculty in 1997.

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JPMorgan Chase Names Kristin Lemkau, BA’89, Chief Marketing Officer

Jan. 28, 2014—Kristin Lemkau, BA’89, will become Chief Marketing Officer for JPMorgan Chase. In this role, she will oversee brand strategy and advertising, sponsorships, market research and event marketing across the firm. She will work closely with each of the businesses on their product strategies and marketing approaches, and work to build the core brands and overall...

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Stewart named associate vice chancellor for alumni relations

Jan. 22, 2014—Graham Stewart has been named associate vice chancellor for alumni relations at Vanderbilt University.  He comes to the role from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville where he served as associate vice chancellor for alumni relations and executive director of the Arkansas Alumni Association.  As CEO in charge of alumni programs and activities at Arkansas, Stewart...

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Nissan is fan of grads’ fantasy football stock market game

Jan. 21, 2014—Combining their love of college football and knowledge of the New York Stock Exchange – and some savvy and sophisticated technological skills – Will Schreiber (BA ‘13, economics) and McArthur Gill (BE ’13, mechanical engineering) developed Stadium Stock Exchange during their final semester. In one year, the venture has seen its stock rise. Schreiber had the notion...

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Young alumna’s passions fuel sustainable solutions globally

Jan. 21, 2014—Vanderbilt alumna Leslie Labruto’s early career trajectory illustrates just how many ways a young civil environmental engineer can accommodate both her heart’s leaning and her tangible talents – in as many places as possible. Before she graduated from the School of Engineering in 2011, Leslie’s studies and service work had already taken her to Argentina,...

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