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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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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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Vanderbilt students get sneak preview of film honoring Vanderbilt civil rights pioneer

Nov. 9, 2017—Vanderbilt students got a sneak preview of the documentary film "Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace" on Nov. 8, when Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos welcomed the students and others to the Wednesday night showing at the Belcourt Theatre near campus.

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The Care and Keeping of Commodores: Editor’s Letter, Spring 2017

May. 29, 2017—When I think of Vanderbilt, my mind immediately goes to my friends and classmates. But what about alumni from the graduate and professional schools, staff and faculty members, sports fans, even prospective students? Each one of these individuals helps make the Vanderbilt community a special place filled with smart, capable people willing to lend a hand when needed.

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Courtside Commemoration: Vanderbilt Athletics Honors Civil Rights Leaders During ‘Equality Weekend’

May. 29, 2017—Equality Weekend, a three-day event that honored 21 of Nashville’s civil rights leaders, celebrated the 50th anniversary of Vanderbilt’s breaking the SEC color barrier with men’s basketball players Perry Wallace, BE’70, and Godfrey Dillard. The 21 leaders were honored at the Commodore men’s basketball game Feb. 18 and the women’s game Feb. 19—both of which were Vanderbilt victories.

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To Honor and Educate: Equality Weekend

May. 29, 2017—As part of Black History Month, Vanderbilt’s basketball teams suited up in specially made jerseys for their winning games on Feb. 18 and 19. The back of each uniform featured the name of an individual who played an influential role in the civil rights movement.

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For Vanderbilt student-athletes, each study abroad trip is unique

May. 4, 2017—Last month, Vanderbilt Athletics announced plans to send 11 student-athletes on study abroad trips that will be funded solely by the department. For David Williams II, Vanderbilt’s vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletics director, the opportunity is part of what makes Vanderbilt a unique destination for student-athletes.

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Vanderbilt, Nashville major draws for NCAA and SEC championships and tournaments

May. 3, 2017—Vanderbilt will co-host the 2021 NCAA Regional Championship for Division I men’s golf—the latest in a string of NCAA and SEC events the university has helped bring to Middle Tennessee.

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The House That ‘Corbs’ Built: Former Vanderbilt Players Help Fund New Baseball Facilities to Honor Coach Tim Corbin

Mar. 7, 2017—To show their appreciation for Head Coach Tim Corbin and their confidence in the continued success of the Vanderbilt Baseball program, many of his former players—an impressive 60 percent of them, in fact—as well as a number of other donors, recently contributed to a $12 million fundraising effort to support the construction of new baseball facilities at the university.

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Motion on the Field: Vanderbilt Football Program Advances Under Mason

Mar. 7, 2017—After playing in only three bowl games during its first century of football, Vanderbilt has now reached the postseason five times in the past nine seasons—most recently at the Independence Bowl played Dec. 26, 2016, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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Vanderbilt athletics honors civil rights leaders during Equality Weekend

Feb. 27, 2017—Vanderbilt recently celebrated Equality Weekend, a two-day event that honored 21 of Nashville’s civil rights leaders and marked the 50th anniversary of Vanderbilt breaking the SEC’s color barrier with men’s basketball players Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard. The 21 leaders were honored at the Commodores’ men’s basketball game on Feb. 18 and the women’s game on Feb. 19—both Vanderbilt victories.

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Vice Chancellor David Williams recaps a great weekend for Vanderbilt Athletics

Nov. 30, 2016—Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletics Director David Williams recaps a great weekend for Vanderbilt Athletics and his excitement for the future.

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