The Observers, 2006, graphite on paper, 30 by 22 inches

The Art of perception: Marilyn Murphy’s art is celebrated as she retires from teaching

At the end of the spring 2017 semester, after 37 years of teaching Vanderbilt undergraduates drawing and painting, Professor of Art Marilyn Murphy will retire. From the beginning Murphy has brought an interesting point of view to her artwork, one expressed in her Realism Subverted exhibit, now on view atRead More


Message in a Bottle: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle—and Refuse

In 2009 three friends and I co-founded Plastic Pollution Coalition at my dining room table, adding a fourth “R”—Refuse—to the traditional three: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Why “refuse”? Because disposable plastic is made from petroleum, is used for only brief periods and lasts forever, causing great harm to wildlife and humans.



• The Blair Big Band, directed by Ryan Middagh, director of jazz studies, was invited to play the recent annual conference of the Jazz Education Network, the professional organization for jazz musicians and jazz educators, in New Orleans. The conference features the finest professional and educational jazz musicians and ensembles.Read More

The Night Bear Bryant Came to Town: Football Coaching Legends at Vanderbilt

The Night Bear Bryant Came to Town: Football Coaching Legends at Vanderbilt

No doubt Bear Bryant is the most legendary figure ever to walk the sidelines at Dudley Field as a Vanderbilt assistant, but the list of former assistants includes a number of impressive names, notable for their achievements in college and professional football.


Other News

Heavy Mettle: Editor’s Letter, Winter 2017

Heavy Mettle: Editor’s Letter, Winter 2017

Our fair institution has always prided itself on academic rigor, deservedly so. And while the battle wounds inflicted on me by a well-armed set of microeconomic curves 20 years ago haven’t fully healed, more and more I appreciate the demands that were placed on us at Vanderbilt.

The roof of the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center (DANIEL DUBOIS)

Bright Spot: Alumna Brings Solar Energy Technology to Vanderbilt’s Tennis Center

When the sun shines at Vanderbilt’s Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center these days, it means a little more to former player Marie Casares, BE’15. Two years ago, while Casares was still in school, the civil engineering major wrote a proposal to install solar panels atop the Currey Tennis Center and submitted it to Vanderbilt’s Green Fund, which designates money for student-led energy conservation projects.

Readers’ Letters, Winter 2017

Readers’ Letters, Winter 2017

Your article (wish it had been on the cover) caught my attention. I so appreciated the lessons learned—they seem timeless and still relevant. Thank you for taking time to share the story … and thanks, too, to the editor for including it. So important!

Small World: HeLa Cell Photomicrography

Small World: HeLa Cell Photomicrography

This magnified image of a cancer cell dividing into two daughter cells placed 12th in the international 2016 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition.

Matthias Schwab (JOHN RUSSELL)

The Masters: Men’s Golf Earns Top Ranking as Season Begins

The Vanderbilt men’s golf team is entering its spring season as the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation, earning the top ranking from Golfweek, the Golf Coaches Association of America and

Coach Mason and the team celebrate their 45–34 victory over Tennessee last November. (JOHN RUSSELL)

Motion on the Field: Vanderbilt Football Program Advances Under Mason

After playing in only three bowl games during its first century of football, Vanderbilt has now reached the postseason five times in the past nine seasons—most recently at the Independence Bowl played Dec. 26, 2016, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

For Erica Santiago,  It’s Good to Be G.O.L.D.

For Erica Santiago, It’s Good to Be G.O.L.D.

Growing up in Staten Island, New York, Erica Santiago, BS’10, never dreamed of being able to attend Vanderbilt. A four-year, full-tuition Posse Scholarship she received through Vanderbilt’s partnership with the Posse Foundation changed that.

Engage from a Distance through DoresAtWork

Engage from a Distance through DoresAtWork

The manager of West Coast promotions for Warner Music Nashville, Braun recently was a guest volunteer on the Vanderbilt Alumni Association’s DoresAtWork Twitter account. DoresAtWork is a monthly series that invites Vanderbilt alumni to share their work-life experiences.

Rick Hilles, far right, leads a 
writing workshop seated next to Steve Garrison and his daughter.

‘Commodore Classrooms’ Event Inspires a Young Writer

Last fall, lovers of reading and writing of all ages gathered in Denver for a Commodore Classroom that doubled as a writing workshop led by Rick Hilles, associate professor of English, who also teaches in the university’s acclaimed MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Lillian Harpole Hazelton, right, with two of her three children: Elizabeth Hazelton, a 2017 master of accountancy student, and John Hazelton, a first-year engineering student studying computer science. Not pictured is daughter Margaret Ann Hazelton, MEd’13. (DANIEL DUBOIS)

From Generation to Generation: One Family’s Vanderbilt Legacy

Five generations of Lillian Harpole Hazelton’s family have attended Vanderbilt—and higher education has played a particularly important role for the women in her family.