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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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Fernanda Contreras: Game, Set, Match

Aug. 20, 2019—Women’s tennis standout Fernanda Contreras, BE’19, grew up knee-deep in a pile of LEGOs in her living room. Now, having graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering, she feels her path has come full circle.

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Three Commodore coaches reflect on winning national titles

Nov. 26, 2018—What does it take to win a national championship? Three head coaches at Vanderbilt—Bowling's John Williamson, Baseball's Tim Corbin and Women's Tennis' Geoff Macdonald—can answer that question from firsthand experience.

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Grade A Talent: Vanderbilt’s successful recruiting model finds student-athletes who excel both on the field and in the classroom

Aug. 28, 2018—As the only private institution in the Southeastern Conference, Vanderbilt is charged with competing at the highest level of collegiate athletics with student-athletes who also can thrive in the classrooms of a top-15 nationally ranked university.

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‘By a Whisker’: Women’s tennis falls shy of second NCAA championship

Jun. 8, 2018—The Vanderbilt women’s tennis team came up just short in its quest for a second national championship, falling 4–3 in a tight three-set match to the Stanford Cardinal at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, May 22.

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Down-Under Wonder

Feb. 26, 2018—Astra Sharma, a redshirt senior on the women’s tennis team, lived out a dream of many aspiring tennis stars in January when she competed in her first-ever Grand Slam.

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‘Commodore Insider’ podcast: Women’s tennis coach Geoff Macdonald looks ahead to NCAA tournament

May. 3, 2017—The Vanderbilt women's tennis program made history in head coach Geoff Macdonald's 23rd season at the helm. For the first time, the Dores won both the SEC regular-season championship and conference tournament title. Now, No. 4 overall seed Vanderbilt hopes to turn that momentum into another national championship run in the NCAA tournament.

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Bright Spot: Alumna Brings Solar Energy Technology to Vanderbilt’s Tennis Center

Mar. 7, 2017—When the sun shines at Vanderbilt’s Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center these days, it means a little more to former player Marie Casares, BE’15. Two years ago, while Casares was still in school, the civil engineering major wrote a proposal to install solar panels atop the Currey Tennis Center and submitted it to Vanderbilt’s Green Fund, which designates money for student-led energy conservation projects.

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Inaugural Coach Forum draws big crowd

Jul. 22, 2016—More than 250 area athletic coaches came to the Student Life Center Thursday for The Coach Forum, a one-day conference to help them lead, mentor and initiate culture change in their programs.

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Pushed to Extremes: Meredith Dolhare, BS’96, Uses the Power of Sports to Help the Homeless

May. 12, 2016—Several years after graduating in 1996, Meredith Dolhare found a new passion: running. Dolhare completed several marathons and 12 Ironman triathlons before setting her sights on far more arduous adventures. In 2013 she finished third in the Badwater Ultramarathon—a 135-mile race in 120-plus-degree heat that features a grueling climb from California’s Death Valley (279 feet below sea level) to the trailhead of Mount Whitney (8,360 feet).

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Women’s Tennis Wins NCAA Championship

Jul. 31, 2015—The Vanderbilt women’s tennis team claimed its first-ever national title by defeating UCLA 4–2 in the NCAA Championship match May 19. The victory marked only the third time in school history that Vanderbilt has won an NCAA national championship.

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VUCast: Wisdom of the Elders

May. 20, 2015—In the latest VUCast: Learn how students are gaining decades of wisdom through words and images; see engineering student inventions that could improve health care; and celebrate Vanderbilt's newest national champions! Watch now.

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