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What’s On My Mind: Elevating Trailblazers and reflecting our community through art

Oct. 15, 2018—We must ensure that the artwork displayed at Vanderbilt celebrates role models that inspire all members of our rich mosaic, writes Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in this week's column.

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What’s On My Mind: The global impact of Vanderbilt alumni

Oct. 8, 2018—The upcoming weekend's Reunion provides an opportunity to recognize the achievements of the remarkable alumni making a positive change in today's world, writes Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in this week's column.

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What’s On My Mind: The search for truth through art

Oct. 1, 2018—We must recognize and embrace the disciplines within the arts and humanities that share in Vanderbilt’s mission-critical search for truth in the world, writes Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in this week's column.

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What’s On My Mind: Chancellor’s Lecture Series is rooted in principles of civil discourse

Sep. 24, 2018—Through the chancellor's signature lecture series and partner events like a newly announced book club, Vanderbilt aims to expand opportunities for students, faculty and staff to engage in meaningful dialogue with the leaders shaping global conversations today, writes Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in this week's column.

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What’s On My Mind: Athletics, The Vanderbilt Way

Sep. 19, 2018—Athletics at Vanderbilt is played at the highest levels but different in one vitally important way: Excellence in the classroom is every bit as important as performance on the field, says Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in this week's column.

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What’s On My Mind: Strengthening Vanderbilt’s impact on the global stage

Sep. 7, 2018—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos outlines the importance of amplifying Vanderbilt's reach and reputation globally in this week's "What's On My Mind" column.

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What’s On My Mind: Honoring the lessons that John McCain taught us

Aug. 31, 2018—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos remembers Senator John McCain and how he modeled civil discourse through his service to our country in this week's edition of his column.

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What’s On My Mind: Upholding our core values

Aug. 21, 2018—Vanderbilt's commitment to inclusion, discovery, collaboration, civil discourse and more is driving the university forward in its mission, writes Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in his first message of the new academic year.

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What’s On My Mind: Philanthropy is personal

Jun. 28, 2018—The impact of philanthropy is woven throughout Vanderbilt. Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos, who believes giving back is a privilege, shares his thoughts in the latest edition of his column.

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What’s On My Mind: Courage to change the world

May. 17, 2018—Reflecting on Commencement week, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos shares his thoughts in this week’s column about how each person can make a positive difference in the world.

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What’s On My Mind: Commencement is the first page of a new chapter

May. 10, 2018—In this week's column, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos shares the range of emotions—excitement, anticipation, optimism—evoked by Commencement as Vanderbilt's newest alumni start their next journey.

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What’s On My Mind: Modeling a Conversation Ethic

May. 3, 2018—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos reflects on the host of notable speakers Vanderbilt has welcomed this academic year, and the university's role as a convener of critical conversations and facilitator of civil discourse, in this week's column.

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