• Hart Takes Lead for Shape the Future Campaign

    Hart Takes Lead for Shape the Future Campaign

    Nashville businessman Rodes Hart has been named chair of Vanderbilt’s Shape the Future campaign. Hart, who graduated from Vanderbilt in 1954, succeeds Monroe Carell Jr., BE’59, who led the ongoing campaign to raise $1.75 billion until his death on June 20. Hart joined the Vanderbilt Board of Trust upon the… Read More

    Oct 31, 2008

  • Lessons Learned the Hard Way

    Lessons Learned the Hard Way

    [Smiley Pool/MCT] It seems every time we turn on the news, a disaster has occurred. With all our knowledge, skill and technology, why can’t we do something to prevent them, or at least keep them from causing such devastation? Watch video of Mark Abkowitz discussing risk management Several years… Read More

    Oct 31, 2008

  • First Impressions

    First Impressions

    “Welcome to the greatest university in the world,” proclaimed Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos to first-year students as they arrived on campus in late August with duffle bags, twin-size bed linens and teary-eyed moms in tow. They are the first entering Vanderbilt class to live and learn in The Commons, in… Read More

    Oct 31, 2008

  • Dreaming Out Loud

    Dreaming Out Loud

    In the biggest commitment to financial aid in its 133-year history, Vanderbilt on Oct. 1 announced that it will eliminate all need-based loans and replace them with Vanderbilt grants and scholarships for all eligible undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need. Starting in the 2009–2010 academic year, all undergraduate… Read More

    Oct 31, 2008

  • Take Flight with the Alumni Travel Program

    Take Flight with the Alumni Travel Program

    Participants in the alumni trip to China in October 2007. Embark on a world of adventure in 2009 with family, friends, fellow alumni, and the Vanderbilt Travel Program. Sponsored by the Vanderbilt Alumni Association, 11 culturally rich destination packages are planned—each featuring a Vanderbilt professor who will offer an exclusive… Read More

    Oct 31, 2008

  • Help Vanderbilt Find Its Next Great Class!

    Help Vanderbilt Find Its Next Great Class!

    The Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions have consolidated several alumni volunteer programs under one umbrella, Commodore Recruitment Programs—or CoRPs. This allows Vanderbilt to work more efficiently with alumni volunteers around the world. Through CoRPs, alumni are encouraged to register with the admissions office and select… Read More

    Oct 31, 2008

  • Caldwell Elected Alumni Association President

    Caldwell Elected Alumni Association President

    Longtime Vanderbilt volunteer Billy Ray Caldwell, BA’85, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors. He took office July 1. A member of the board since 2004, Caldwell is a former president of the Nashville Vanderbilt Chapter of the Alumni Association. Read More

    Oct 31, 2008

  • Capitol Idea

    Capitol Idea

    Ben Hindman, BS’07, and Brody Davis, BA’07 “The best things in life are free … tours.” That’s the favorite quote of Brody Davis and Ben Hindman, entrepreneurs and founders of DC by Foot Tours. Their 90-minute “More than Monuments” tour is entirely tip-based. Former Vanderbilt fraternity brothers Davis, a… Read More

    Oct 31, 2008

  • The Longest War

    The Longest War

    TO: Mick Jagger, Barry Manilow, Joe Namath, Al and Tipper Gore, Tuesday Weld, and the other nearly 3 million Americans turning 65 this year FROM: The Baby Boomers Happy birthday, everyone. (To be frank, the rest of us weren’t sure all of you would make it this far.) Now… Read More

    Oct 31, 2008

  • Dirty Dozen

    Dirty Dozen

    “You must be Catholic.” It’s the most common reaction I hear when someone finds out I’m the youngest of 12 children. (And they’re right—we’re Catholic, raised by the Sisters of Mercy.) The next most common reactions: “Your parents did know what causes pregnancy, didn’t they?” (I guess so—but, really, I… Read More

    Oct 31, 2008

  • Where Few Dare Tread

    Where Few Dare Tread

    I was sitting in the Peabody Library last semester when I overheard a conversation between two students that ended with one saying to the other, “Well, I guess public school isn’t for everyone.” This sentiment was spoken with what I judged to be irony aimed at humor. The fact that it… Read More

    Oct 31, 2008

  • American Eclectic

    American Eclectic

    Toward the end of high school in Margate, Fla., a small strip of suburbia just north of Fort Lauderdale, Daniel Bernard Roumain managed to land two internships that prefigured his future musical career crossbreeding hip-hop and classical music. For a couple of summers in the late 1980s, he worked… Read More

    Oct 31, 2008

  • Family Inheritance

    Family Inheritance

    From the time she was arrested at the age of 4 months, Sheryll Cashin's life was shaped by her parents' activism It’s Aug. 11, 1969. Another hot day in Greene County, Ala. I am 7 years old, about to start the second grade. We are here to watch the swearing… Read More

    Oct 30, 2008

  • Books and Writers

    Books and Writers

    Brecht at the Opera (2008, University of California Press) by Joy Calico, associate professor of musicology. Calico’s book analyzes the German playwright’s lifelong ambivalent engagement with opera, arguing that Brecht’s simultaneous work on opera and Lehrstück (or “learning play”) in the 1920s generated the new concept of… Read More

    Oct 30, 2008

  • Accolades


    Associate Professor of History William Caferro has received the 2008 Otto Gründler Book Prize for his biography John Hawkwood: An English Mercenary in Fourteenth-Century Italy (2006, The Johns Hopkins University Press). Western Michigan University offers this prestigious award annually for the best book or monograph on medieval studies. David E. Read More

    Oct 30, 2008

  • Summer Excursion

    Summer Excursion

    The portraits of Maria Louisa Kissam Vanderbilt and her daughter, Emily Thorn Vanderbilt Sloane, spent the summer in Hamburg, Germany, at the Bucerius Kunst Forum as part of the exhibition High Society: American Portraits of the Gilded Age. Maria Louisa and Emily were the wife and daughter, respectively, of… Read More

    Oct 30, 2008

  • The Privilege of Woodworking

    The Privilege of Woodworking

    Like many small boys growing up during the 1950s and ’60s, Alfred Sharp enjoyed making wooden models. That early love of woodworking ultimately would become his life’s calling, bringing him national and international recognition and awards. But the long, winding road for this self-described former hippie had a few detours… Read More

    Oct 30, 2008

  • Vanderbilt, Curb Embrace Creative Campus Concept

    Vanderbilt, Curb Embrace Creative Campus Concept

    The Mike Curb Creative Campus Program, administered by the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt and funded by recording-industry executive Mike Curb, will affect every student on campus through new courses, faculty, internships, guest speakers, and implementation of the first national research program on creativity, the… Read More

    Oct 30, 2008

  • Music: Street Smarts

    Music: Street Smarts

    Gayle Shay joined the Blair School of Music faculty in 1998 with a directive from Dean Mark Wait to make opera an important part of the vocal program. In her role as associate professor of voice and director of the Vanderbilt Opera Theatre, Shay has helped to do just that. Read More

    Oct 30, 2008

  • The Creative Campus

    The Creative Campus

    If the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt is, as its mission states, “dedicated to designing a new road map for cultural policy in America,” its cartographer is Bill Ivey, the center’s founding director. It’s a course Ivey has been charting his entire professional life, and… Read More

    Oct 30, 2008