Alphabet card, France, early 19th century; from the George Clulow–U.S. Playing Card Co. Gaming Collection, Vanderbilt University Special Collections

Winning Hand: Vanderbilt now home to extraordinary gaming collection

The George Clulow and United States Playing Card Co. Gaming Collection—one of the world’s premier collections of books about card games, games of chance, playing cards and chess—has been acquired by the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries. The collection of approximately 1,000 volumes dating from the 15th to the 20thRead More

Human Connection: Writer Lee Conell crafts stories full of feeling

Human Connection: Writer Lee Conell crafts stories full of feeling

Lee Conell, MFA’15, is not the sort of writer who cultivates a high profile. While she’s excited about the upcoming launch of her first story collection, Subcortical, she finds the public role of author far removed from the drive that compels her to write. “Writing for me is an intenselyRead More

Stella Vaughn (front row, left) and her team won the first women’s basketball game 5–0 in 1897, prompting Vaughn to become Vanderbilt’s first female coach. (VANDERBILT SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES)

Hoops Skirts: Stella Vaughn occupies a special place in Vanderbilt’s history—both on and off the court

Few people in the university’s history have been as loyal to Vanderbilt as long and as selflessly as Stella Scott Vaughn. She grew up on campus and was one of Vanderbilt’s earliest woman graduates. She served as the university’s first female physical-education instructor and coach, working her first nine years without pay. She also took on the unofficial role as dean of women students.

 

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Stella Vaughn (front row, left) and her team won the first women’s basketball game 5–0 in 1897, prompting Vaughn to become Vanderbilt’s first female coach. (VANDERBILT SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES)

Hoops Skirts: Stella Vaughn occupies a special place in Vanderbilt’s history—both on and off the court

Few people in the university’s history have been as loyal to Vanderbilt as long and as selflessly as Stella Scott Vaughn. She grew up on campus and was one of Vanderbilt’s earliest woman graduates. She served as the university’s first female physical-education instructor and coach, working her first nine years without pay. She also took on the unofficial role as dean of women students.

Pardon Our Dust

Pardon Our Dust

Learning doesn’t end after those classroom hours. In many ways, that’s when it begins. Especially now, when public dialogue is increasingly discordant, our imperative to teach and model reasoned, civil discourse from all viewpoints and perspectives is more urgent than ever.

The Rule of 10: Zakiya Smith, BS’06, is exploring new models to help students fund their higher education

The Rule of 10: Zakiya Smith, BS’06, is exploring new models to help students fund their higher education

  This year’s recipient of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award, Zakiya Smith, BS’06, has dedicated her career to easing the complications and financial burden associated with paying for a college education—first as a senior policy adviser in the U.S. Department of Education and later in PresidentRead More

A Faire to Remember: 2017 Nashville Mini Maker Faire

A Faire to Remember: 2017 Nashville Mini Maker Faire

More than 4,000 visitors interested in making everything from wool yarn and origami to robots and supercomputers visited Vanderbilt’s Wond’ry at the Innovation Pavilion on the first weekend in October for the Nashville Mini Maker Faire, the largest in the event’s five-year history.

Faculty Are for Life: Message from the Alumni Association president

Faculty Are for Life: Message from the Alumni Association president

Vanderbilt faculty are among the many reasons our students have been voted the happiest in the U.S. We all have professors we remember with fondness and admiration. For me, two were life-changing. Professor Robert Birkby was rough, tough, demanding, intimidating—and beloved by his students. He did not suffer fools gladly,Read More

Black and Goal: Lifelong Vandy fan Grace Jackson triumphs in women’s soccer

Black and Goal: Lifelong Vandy fan Grace Jackson triumphs in women’s soccer

Grace Jackson, a second-year soccer standout from Atlanta, gives new meaning to the phrase“VU for Life.”

Photo by Joe Howell

Mary Cohron: Shattering the Glass Ceiling

When Mary Cohron, EMBA’88, received her degree from Owen Graduate School of Management, she was one of only eight women in her class of about 50. “Back in 1988 there weren’t that many women in top-tier business schools, and Vanderbilt took a chance on me,” Cohron says. She credits VanderbiltRead More

Heather Hubbard: A Tanzanian Epiphany

Heather Hubbard: A Tanzanian Epiphany

Ten years into a high-achieving law career, Heather Hubbard, JD’04, found herself captivated by a promotional brochure for the Tanzania Migration trip with the Vanderbilt Travel program, sponsored by the Alumni Association. Before they could get cold feet, she and her husband paid the deposit. It was life-changing. “We madeRead More

Cal Turner Jr. (photo by Susan Urmy)

New Law School Clinic Assists Low-Income Entrepreneurs

Low-income entrepreneurs are receiving much-needed legal support thanks to a recent $2 million investment in Vanderbilt Law School by Cal Turner Jr., BA’62, former chairman and CEO of Dollar General Corp. The Turner Family Community Enterprise Clinic, which was funded from the growth of a previous endowed gift from Turner,Read More

Star Struck: Vanderbilt’s front-row seat to the total solar eclipse

Star Struck: Vanderbilt’s front-row seat to the total solar eclipse

Vanderbilt’s newest first-year students will likely remember Aug. 21, 2017, for a long time to come. Not only did the date mark their official welcome to the university, but the approximately 1,600 students also donned safety glasses on The Commons Lawn to witness the total solar eclipse that appeared in Nashville that day—the first time in 538 years that such a sight had been visible in Middle Tennessee.