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Austin Schiff, BA’12: The Virtues of Squash

Austin Schiff, BA’12: The Virtues of Squash

In 2014, Austin Schiff was named the first executive director of the Cincinnati Squash Academy, a nonprofit that seeks to transform talented students in underserved communities into scholar-athletes. He was only 24 years old. His charge: to build an organization from the ground up.

The BonnaGrannies: They are the coolest grannies at Bonnaroo—and the twenty-somethings love them

The BonnaGrannies: They are the coolest grannies at Bonnaroo—and the twenty-somethings love them

Decked out in matching red “#BonnaGrannies” T-shirts and sparkly red and blue cowboy hats, the women, all in their late 80s and early 90s, pose for photos and take selfies with many of the 80,000 tattooed festival-goers one-fourth their ages.

Perry Brandt, who for years has given his time and talents to Vanderbilt, is the new president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. (BRYAN CAVE LAW FIRM)

Perry Brandt, BA’74, JD’77: Lifelong Loyalty

Forty-six years ago Perry Brandt arrived at Vanderbilt for a seven-year experience that remarkably changed the trajectory of his life.

Allison Brown Jones, BS’91: Addiction to Music

Allison Brown Jones, BS’91: Addiction to Music

As senior vice president for artists and repertoire at Big Machine Label Group in Nashville, Jones represents a who’s who of music stars, including Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Reba McEntire, and popular newcomers such as Thomas Rhett.

Leapin’ Lucy: Bull Terrier Brings Top Honors to Hannah Stahl, BA’12, at Westminster

Leapin’ Lucy: Bull Terrier Brings Top Honors to Hannah Stahl, BA’12, at Westminster

Last August, Hannah Stahl won first place in the Westminster Kennel Club’s dog art contest—held several months before the club’s 140th annual dog show, in partnership with the New York Academy of Art—by wowing judges with Lucy, an oil-on-canvas painting of a leaping Staffordshire bull terrier.

Whittle, left, joins Capt. Mariel Hechavarria Casas on a Cuban research vessel as part of a “floating workshop” bringing together Cuban, American and Mexican fishermen, scientists and government officials to discuss how to end overfishing and protect marine habitats. (ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND)

Dan Whittle, BA’84: Cuban Preservation

Since 2000, Dan Whittle, a senior attorney for the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund, has been working to preserve Cuba’s natural resources, including pristine coral reefs and mangrove forests that form a thriving marine habitat.

Snyder performs craniofacial 
surgery in 
Vietnam.

Dr. Brett Snyder, BS’85, MD’89: Giving Children Something to Smile About

For more than 20 years, Dr. Brett Snyder has provided volunteer pediatric craniofacial care to children overseas and in his community.

Kate Hendricks as Kate the Wasp (SHIA LEVITT)

Kate Hendricks, BA’05: Kate the Wasp

Kate Hendricks’ career in comedy started off slowly. In fact, she only realized she wanted to pursue comedy during an interview for a job at an ad agency. So she did what a lot of self-respecting comedians do: She moved to New York City and performed anywhere that would have her.

Jim Emison (AP PHOTO/MARK HUMPHREY)

Cold Case: Jim Emison, BA’65, Is Determined to Solve a 75-Year-Old Hate Crime and Bring Justice to Tragedy

Emison, a retired lawyer, is investigating an unsolved murder that took place more than 75 years ago. The murdered man, Elbert Williams, was a member of the NAACP who organized meetings of African Americans in West Tennessee’s Haywood County. He was found in a river and buried without autopsy in an unmarked grave.

Dr. Annabelle de St. Maurice, MPH’15:  Disease Detective

Dr. Annabelle de St. Maurice, MPH’15: Disease Detective

Dr. Annabelle de St. Maurice rapidly is ascending to the cutting edge of addressing the practical problems of world-impacting diseases. After earning her master’s degree in public health at Vanderbilt, in July 2015 she began work in Atlanta at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer.