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Open Mind: Keeping Vanderbilt running—with heart and soul

Mar. 30, 2020—Staff at Vanderbilt University have made the transition to online and alternative learning and remote work possible for many, all while prioritizing the safety, productivity and well-being of those in our university community, writes Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente in her latest "Open Mind" column.

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Remote work for staff extended through April 11

Mar. 20, 2020—Given the unpredictable nature of the ongoing national and local COVID-19 situation, Vanderbilt University leadership has decided that an additional two-week remote work period will be implemented. Remote work will continue through April 11.

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Campus Dining feeds, comforts Vanderbilt community

Mar. 19, 2020—Campus Dining leadership, general managers, chefs and staff are working around the clock to feed the students, residential faculty and support staff who remain on campus amid the challenges presented by COVID-19.

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Facilities department enhances cleaning protocols around campus

Mar. 18, 2020—As students complete their academic requirements through online and alternative education, and many faculty and staff work remotely to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Vanderbilt continues to take precautions to ensure the health and well-being of the campus community.

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Message from Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain: Information for staff on COVID-19 announcement

Mar. 9, 2020—In partnership with Vanderbilt Public Safety Emergency Preparedness, department operational continuity plans have been developed in response to COVID-19.

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Kopstain, Breggin to co-chair Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee

Feb. 28, 2020—Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain and Vanderbilt Law School lecturer Linda Breggin, a senior attorney with the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., and project director for the Nashville Food Waste Initiative, have been named co-chairs of the Nashville Sustainability Advisory Committee. 

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‘Perry Wallace Way’ dedicated in honor of first African American varsity basketball player in the SEC

Feb. 24, 2020—More than 200 people gathered in front of Vanderbilt University’s Memorial Gym Feb. 22 for the dedication of Perry Wallace Way, the portion of 25th Avenue South recently named in honor of Vanderbilt trailblazer and Nashville native Perry Wallace, the first African American to play varsity basketball in the Southeastern Conference.

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Wente, Kopstain launch new Sustainability Advisory Council

Feb. 21, 2020—Vanderbilt has established a new Sustainability Advisory Council to guide and support the university’s progress toward its comprehensive long-term sustainability strategy. The council will include students, staff and faculty selected by Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente and Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain.

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Vanderbilt Campus Dining earns allergen-free certification

Feb. 19, 2020—After passing a rigorous and thorough audit by Kitchens with Confidence, a leading independent food service accreditation system, Vanderbilt University has become the first U.S. university where all commercial on-campus kitchens are “Certified Free From” tree nuts and peanuts. In addition, Rand Dining Center’s 2301 platform is “Certified Free From” the top eight allergens.

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Vanderbilt to develop plans for new on-campus university residence as part of FutureVU

Feb. 7, 2020—Vanderbilt University is developing plans for a potential new university residence to serve as home to future chancellors and as a gathering space for the university community. The plans are part of Vanderbilt’s FutureVU land use framework and would represent a return to the historical tradition of Vanderbilt’s chancellors living on campus.

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Spring staff listening tour kicks off Feb. 14

Feb. 6, 2020—Interim Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Dr. André L. Churchwell, Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for People and Business Services Laura Nairon and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Safety and Special Initiatives August Washington will continue a series of listening sessions for Vanderbilt University staff beginning Friday, Feb. 14.

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Vanderbilt launches new hub to encourage sustainable commute options

Feb. 3, 2020—The Transportation and Mobility Office has launched the MoveVU Commute Hub as a one-stop commuter information resource for the Vanderbilt community. The Commute Hub, which includes a new app and website that tracks users’ commuting behavior, allows Vanderbilt staff, faculty and students to better understand their commute options beyond driving alone.

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