Winter 2014

James Dickey, left, and Burt Reynolds chat during the filming of Deliverance in 1971. Dickey appeared in the film as the sheriff of the fictitious town of Aintry, while Reynolds played Lewis, the hard-edged Atlanta suburbanite whose canoe trip with his friends ends in tragedy. (Everett Collection)

Readers’ Letters

It was a special treat to find in your latest issue the article by Bronwen Dickey about her father, James Dickey, BA’49, MA’50. She nailed him and that entire era of Deliverance.

At the 2012 Necker Cup, Trista Fredell was paired with former pro Mark Philippoussis, who won 11 titles during his career. (Amy Trahant/

Memory Serves

Paired with former Australian pro Mark Philippoussis at the Necker Cup, Trista Fredell played against some of tennis’ biggest stars, including John McEnroe.

Know Your Vanderbilts

Know Your Vanderbilts

With this handy cheat sheet, get ready to dazzle your friends the next time somebody asks which Vanderbilt family members had ties to your alma mater.

Lasting Impact

Lasting Impact

The theme for this year’s Impact Symposium, set for March 17–19, is “Exploring Our Contemporary Civil Rights and Responsibilities.” Speakers include Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), and former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).

Aaron Clamage

Through a Glass, Darkly

The earthquake that rocked the Washington, D.C., area Aug. 23, 2011, left the National Cathedral with $26 million worth of damage, which will take years to fix.

Sophomore researcher Eunice Jun is collaborating with Professor Ted Fischer, one of Vanderbilt’s first five Littlejohn faculty fellows.

Donor-Funded Program Boosts Undergraduate Research

The Littlejohn Undergraduate Research Program expands opportunities for students from summer-only experiences to full academic-year endeavors.

Tricia Rose Burt, BA’82

Tricia Rose Burt, BA’82

Tricia Rose Burt’s one-woman show, How to Draw a Nekkid Man, was selected for the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival.

Sam Nackman (SpaceX)

Sam Nackman, BE’10

SpaceX launch engineer Sam Nackman is responsible for designing and overseeing construction of the launch pad’s hydraulic, fuel and nitrogen systems.

Mary Brock, John F. Brock III and their family support an oncology fellowship at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. (John Russell)

Brocks Support Cancer Research with Fellowship

John F. Brock III, chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises—along with his wife, Mary, and their three children—have established an endowment to support an oncology fellowship at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

Jackson and Mack to Receive New Awards

Jackson and Mack to Receive New Awards

Todd Jackson, BA’96, EMBA’08, and Evan Mack, BMus’03, are the recipients of the Alumni Volunteer Award and the Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award, respectively.