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Service Learning Comes of Age

Apr. 18, 2011—On a chilly Friday night last November, the area underneath the wide expanse of the Jefferson Street Bridge in downtown Nashville became a scene of rare opportunity for the city’s homeless.

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The Week That Lasts a Lifetime

Apr. 18, 2011—Kristen Keely-Dinger, BS’98, remembers March snow falling on the streets of New York, the sounds of babies crying and people screaming, and the stench of urine in the housing projects as she carried hot meals up flight after flight of stairs. As a Vanderbilt sophomore who had signed up for Alternative Spring Break, she was...

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Conquer and Prevail

Apr. 15, 2011—As university traditions go, music has charms to do more than soothe the savage breast. In fact, music has the ability to invoke nostalgia for the old “alma mater,” pump up school spirit at athletic events, and stitch together collegiate memories in ways that override the years, joining together students of different eras by melodic...

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History Test: Where Is This?

Apr. 15, 2011—Do you know the name of the popular hangout shown in this 1953 photograph? Go here to find out if you’re right.

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History Test: Where Is This? (Answer)

Apr. 15, 2011—The photograph is of the Commodore Room (aka the “C” Room), a grill/short-order dining facility in the front part of Rand Hall, as it appeared when Rand was completed in 1953. Today the space is occupied by another dining facility, Chef James Bistro (see photo). Rand Hall’s “C” Room wasn’t the first at Vanderbilt: Before...

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Vanderbilt for Life: Career Resources for You

Apr. 15, 2011—A range of never-before-offered career resources for alumni is being rolled out, thanks to a strategic partnership between the Vanderbilt Alumni Association and the Vanderbilt Career Center. This collaboration, which began informally in 2009 with the creation of the Career Moves program, seeks to better serve the needs of alumni by fostering professional development, networking...

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Continue Your Vanderbilt Education

Apr. 15, 2011—You spoke up, and your Alumni Association is listening. A recent survey revealed that 77 percent of alumni respondents are interested in continuing education opportunities through the Alumni Association, and in response, we’ve been ramping up our efforts through your local Vanderbilt chapters. Chapter educational events and topics are varied in scope and feature some...

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Food and Finance

Apr. 15, 2011—Mike Dorr, BS’99, MBA’05, talks with seniors Victor de Paiva Buischi (left) and Diego Fernandez Barbara (center) at a recent “Opening Dores” event focused on careers in finance. “Opening Dores” is a series of informal, intimate on-campus dinners—20 of them are planned for this year alone—at which alumni offer advice to students about careers and...

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Explore the World Your Way

Apr. 15, 2011—This year the expanded Vanderbilt travel program offers a little something for everyone. From seasoned Vanderbilt alumni travelers to those who have never taken a Vanderbilt trip before, trips are designed to fit any lifestyle, educational travel interest and budget. Each trip pairs unique educational opportunities with the exceptional destinations for which Vanderbilt travel is...

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The President’s Corner

Apr. 15, 2011—In my interactions with Vanderbilt faculty, students and staff, I always emphasize that alumni are the university’s largest, most diverse, and potentially most powerful resource. With 130,000 individuals in 143 countries, we’re the living brand of Vanderbilt, with the potential to be strategic partners in Vanderbilt’s pursuit of excellence. In the 2009 alumni survey, respondents...

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Autobiography of a White Girl Raised in the South

Apr. 15, 2011—“From the day I was born, I began to learn my lessons.” —Lillian Smith, Killers of the Dream   In any self-portrait from the ’50s, you’d have to see the me that was not me: the black girl trudging along the side of the road while I whizzed past in my daddy’s car. Or the...

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Richard Chenoweth: History You’ve Never Seen

Apr. 15, 2011—RICHARD CHENOWETH, BS’79 In 1814 the U.S. Capitol building was burned by the British, destroying what Thomas Jefferson had called “the handsomest room in the world”: the Hall of Representatives, which had been completed just a few years earlier by architect Benjamin Latrobe. Sadly, no visual record exists of Latrobe’s masterpiece, with its faux-painted domed...

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