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Opportunity Vanderbilt

Chancellor advocating to protect scholarships, research in tax debate

Nov. 9, 2017—Vanderbilt University, through the Chancellor’s Office and the Office of Federal Relations, is working to make its voice heard on Capitol Hill about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the current tax reform plan being considered by lawmakers. Vanderbilt University has serious concerns with the bill, particularly provisions that could erode support for graduate students and affect financial aid.

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Vanderbilt chancellor calls on federal policymakers to sustain investments in science, higher education

Oct. 26, 2017—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos thanked members of Congress during a visit to Capitol Hill this week for rejecting the administration’s proposed budget cuts that would cripple American innovation and economic growth.

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Vanderbilt welcomes most diverse, accomplished class in history

Oct. 9, 2017—The entering freshman class is the most diverse and academically accomplished to date, the result of university leadership's commitment to making a Vanderbilt education affordable and accessible.

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Vanderbilt opens new Student Center for Social Justice and Identity

Sep. 21, 2017—Students, staff and even some administrators could not resist moving to the beat of the Latin music that filled the third floor of Sarratt Student Center Sept. 19, as guests gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Vanderbilt’s new Student Center for Social Justice and Identity.

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Mayor Megan Barry discusses the shared values of Nashville and Vanderbilt on ‘The Zeppos Report’

Sep. 7, 2017—Two of Nashville's most influential civic leaders talk about the principles of diversity and inclusivity that guide the city and Vanderbilt in the 10th episode of "The Zeppos Report."

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Opportunity Expanded: Levys Announce $10 Million Gift to Support Financial Aid

May. 29, 2017—Longtime Vanderbilt University supporters Robert M. Levy, BA’72, and his wife, Diane, have announced a new gift of $10 million to continue support for their scholarship fund, which provides need-based aid to undergraduate students as part of Opportunity Vanderbilt, the university’s initiative to meet 100 percent of students’ financial need without loans.

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Ariana Fowler, BS’17: Skyscrapers for the Homeless

May. 29, 2017—Fowler graduated from Vanderbilt in May after having received the Allison A. Poarch Scholarship for four years. During her time on campus, she put that investment to good use, giving back to her community as much as she had received.

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Scholarship brings Bridgette Brown home

Apr. 18, 2017—Bridgette Brown came to Vanderbilt for a world-class education but, in addition to finding a new home, she also discovered herself.

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Clark Charitable Foundation makes $15M gift to establish Clark Scholars Program at School of Engineering

Apr. 5, 2017—A visionary $15 million gift from the Clark Charitable Foundation to Vanderbilt University will establish the Clark Scholars Program at the School of Engineering.

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Love at first sight

Mar. 20, 2017—As the next in a series of student profiles related to Opportunity Vanderbilt, Christopher Huerta represents just one of the nearly 9,000 students whose lives have been changed by this financial aid initiative. For more information on Opportunity Vanderbilt, visit vu.edu/oppvu. If it hadn’t been for Disney World, Christopher Huerta may never have come to...

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Generation Next: Trustee Alex Taylor Charts the Future of Cox Enterprises

Mar. 7, 2017—Last July, after having risen through the company ranks over a 16-year career, Alex Taylor, BS'97, was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Cox Enterprises, one of the nation’s largest media companies, with annual revenue of around $18 billion and more than 60,000 employees.

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Wes Powell, BA’91: Crusader for Justice

Mar. 7, 2017—After his law firm agreed to represent Guantánamo prisoners in 2004, Powell—a corporate litigator and antitrust lawyer for 20 years—received a phone call from the partner in charge of pro bono work at his firm. Hours later he was lead counsel to three French citizens who had been held in Guantánamo since early 2002.

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