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Immersion Vanderbilt Pathway Creative Expression

Find Your Impact: English major mixes silly with serious in musical tackling climate change

Oct. 7, 2019—Junior Foster Swartz is pursuing his passions for writing and directing with “Global Warming: The Musical,” which will be performed Oct. 11 and 12 in Sarratt Cinema. 

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Class of 2017: Nicole Long looks at the big picture of arts administration

Apr. 25, 2017—The combination of music, high academic standards and an openness to explore is what brought Blair School of Music senior Nicole Long to Vanderbilt. She knew from the beginning she wanted to double major in percussion and something academic, though she wasn’t sure what her second subject might be.

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Class of 2017: Zachary Bednarke thrives at the intersection of science and music

Apr. 25, 2017—After hours of thinking about theoretical physics, senior Zachary Bednarke relaxes by playing his trumpet. While running through scales on the instrument, he is also, technically, still doing schoolwork.

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Class of 2017: David Rodgers is composing a life in music

Mar. 14, 2017—Blair School of Music senior David Rodgers is graduating with a newly released album of jazz originals he composed, arranged and performed, as well as a spot in the touring band of Grammy Award-winning blues musicians Keb’ Mo’ and Taj Mahal.

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Class of 2016: Michaela Novakovic mixes music and science

May. 5, 2016—Michaela Novakovic’s majors take her from the grand to the microscopic on a daily basis. The Sorrento, Florida, native and Blair School of Music senior is a double major in harp and molecular and cellular biology.

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Class of 2016: Connor D. Henderson advocates for human rights and the arts

May. 4, 2016—In his four years at Vanderbilt, Connor D. Henderson has become a strong advocate for expanded campus space and resources for student productions. Some of his favorite memories are of cultural showcases by the Vanderbilt performing arts community filled with music, dance and food.

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Class of 2016: Jack Coen creates a song cycle—from scratch

Apr. 29, 2016—On Leap Day—Feb. 29—Blair School of Music senior Jack Coen took a leap of faith. That night Coen, a composition and theory major, premiered his capstone project "Folk and Flora"—a song cycle based on flowers and how people relate to them—in Sarratt Cinema to a full house.

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Class of 2016: Rani Banjarian discovers America—and his voice as a writer

Apr. 20, 2016—For Rani Banjarian, the summer of 2006 was the defining moment of his young life. For a month that summer, artillery and airstrikes were a daily occurrence as the unrest between his home country of Lebanon and neighboring Israel grew into the July War.

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What’s your story? Meet the student behind #halfthestory

Mar. 2, 2016—A Vanderbilt University student and entrepreneur is spearheading a social media campaign aimed at helping people be more authentic. Meet Larissa May and #halfthestory.

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Vanderbilt Student-Designed App Unites Coffee Community

Aug. 11, 2015—You may like your coffee in the morning, but chances are you don’t savor it as much as Sam Reilly, an intern at The Vanderbilt Institute for Coffee Studies who is marketing his new app for lovers of a good cup of joe. Reilly prefers “coffee that is sourced from a specific farm within a...

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Wisdom of Elders

May. 29, 2015—Can you think of a story from a grandparent or great-grandparent that has been passed down in your family?  For some, time and distance make it hard to learn from our elders.  That’s why a special immersion program here at Vanderbilt is so significant.  

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Class of 2015: Caroline Hatfield mines insight from studying the female image

May. 5, 2015—If you’re funny, you don’t have to be perfect. That’s what senior Caroline Hatfield discovered in a research project about the cultural expectations by which female celebrities are judged compared to how society judges female comedians.

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