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Susan R. Wente

Open Mind: Keeping Vanderbilt running—with heart and soul

Mar. 30, 2020—Staff at Vanderbilt University have made the transition to online and alternative learning and remote work possible for many, all while prioritizing the safety, productivity and well-being of those in our university community, writes Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente in her latest "Open Mind" column.

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Alumnus and philanthropist Brownlee O. Currey Jr. has died

Mar. 27, 2020—Brownlee O. Currey Jr., an alumnus, emeritus trustee, financial services executive and entrepreneur noted for his philanthropic leadership at Vanderbilt University and in the community, has died. He was 91.

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2020 Commencement postponed a year due to COVID-19 outbreak

Mar. 25, 2020—Vanderbilt University has taken the extraordinary action—in order to protect the health and safety of the community—of postponing Commencement and all of its related festivities originally scheduled for May 6-8. The Class of 2020 will be formally celebrated next spring.

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Vanderbilt University names new dean of Blair School of Music following international search

Mar. 24, 2020—Vanderbilt University has tapped Lorenzo Candelaria, dean and professor of music at Purchase College, State University of New York, as the next dean of Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music following an extensive international search.

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Open Mind: Innovative solutions for uncommon times

Mar. 23, 2020—Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente offers thanks in a video message to the Vanderbilt community, and discusses how students, faculty and staff are harnessing creative and innovative solutions to continue their work and learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic in her latest "Open Mind" column.

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University launches Public Health Advisory Task Force in response to COVID-19

Mar. 23, 2020—Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente has established a new Public Health Advisory Task Force to serve as a resource for the university during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Board of Trust establishes ad hoc committee to support university’s coronavirus response

Mar. 17, 2020—The Vanderbilt University Board of Trust has established the new Ad Hoc Committee on University COVID-19 Response to support the university's actions around COVID-19.

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Open Mind: Living, learning and working while implementing social distancing

Mar. 16, 2020—In her latest "Open Mind" column, Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente discusses how we can live, learn and work with social distancing, and our responsibility to do so.

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For the Vanderbilt community: University moves to alternative education for remainder of semester

Mar. 11, 2020—On March 11, the university received notice from Vanderbilt University Medical Center that a VUMC health care worker has tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution and based on public health recommendations and best practices, the university will move fully to online and alternative learning for the remainder of the semester, and all undergraduate residential students should make plans to move out by Sunday, March 15.

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Message from Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente: Important information about the university’s response to COVID-19

Mar. 11, 2020—Vanderbilt University is making decisions in consultation with VUMC, federal, state and local public health experts as well as with campus constituents to limit any potential impact of COVID-19 on campus. Decision-making and actions reflect current best practices and are designed to ensure the well-being of all members of the Vanderbilt community.

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Further guidance on events, gatherings and administrative meetings

Mar. 10, 2020—All university-sponsored, non-Athletics events and gatherings are suspended through April 30.

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Message from Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente: Classes suspended and new guidelines

Mar. 9, 2020—Based on a desire to protect the health and safety of the Vanderbilt community from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente is cancelling all university classes for the remainder of the week of March 9. In addition, beginning Monday, March 16, and through at least March 30, the university is suspending all in-person classes and is moving to online and other alternative learning options.

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