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Hattye Yarbrough (JOHN RUSSELL)

Hattye Yarbrough, MLS’66: History in the Making

Yarbrough’s World War II scrapbook is now part of the foundational collection of the Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Michael Caruso, BA’72, PhD’16: A Tale of Two Doctors

Dr. Michael Caruso, BA’72, PhD’16: A Tale of Two Doctors

Caruso graduated with his Ph.D. in philosophy in 2016, and today he uses what he learned to teach ethics to medical school students.

Tatum Hauck Allsep, BS’97: Health Care High-Note

Tatum Hauck Allsep, BS’97: Health Care High-Note

In 2012 Allsep founded her own nonprofit, Music Health Alliance (MHA), to help members of the music community protect themselves through health insurance and health care planning, and now serves as its executive director.

Christina and Willie Geist with their two children, George William, 7, and Lucie Joy, 9 (COURTESY THE GEIST FAMILY)

Message Delivered: Christina Sharkey Geist, BS’97, Adds Entrepreneur and Author to Her Résumé

Christina Sharkey Geist is many things: a mother, wife, brand strategist, small business owner, “mompreneur” and, now, a children’s book author.

Wes Powell, BA’91: Crusader for Justice

Wes Powell, BA’91: Crusader for Justice

After his law firm agreed to represent Guantánamo prisoners in 2004, Powell—a corporate litigator and antitrust lawyer for 20 years—received a phone call from the partner in charge of pro bono work at his firm. Hours later he was lead counsel to three French citizens who had been held in Guantánamo since early 2002.

Sykes Wilford (COURTESY SMOKINGPIPES.COM)

Sykes Wilford, BA’02: Smoking the Competition

Wilford launched Smokingpipes.com in the summer after his sophomore year. It was the dawn of the Internet era, and technology promised to jolt an industry bound by its tweedy tradition. Eighteen years later Smokingpipes.com is among the world’s top pipe retailers, with $15 million in sales in 2016—and this at a time when smoking is at an all-time low in the United States.

Sylvia Bozeman (KAY HINTON)

Math Master: Sylvia T. Bozeman, MA’70, Honored with National Medal of Science Committee Appointment

Bozeman’s tireless efforts to encourage women from underrepresented groups to pursue graduate degrees in mathematics were recognized by President Obama when he appointed her to the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. The 12-member committee is responsible for identifying nominees for the president’s consideration in selecting recipients for the prestigious award.

Storey at her April book-signing event on campus (SUSAN URMY)

Stephanie Storey, BA’97: A Tale of Two Rivals

Storey, a self-described art fanatic who has worked as a writer and television, film and news producer in Hollywood for the past 15 years, embarked on a national book tour last spring to promote her debut novel. In April she stopped at the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt Bookstore for a signing and reading—coincidentally on the same weekend that a film she helped produce, called Broke*, was screened at the Nashville Film Festival.

Amanda Havard, BS’08, MEd’10: High-Tech Medicaid Management

Amanda Havard, BS’08, MEd’10: High-Tech Medicaid Management

Drawing on her passion for technology solutions, Havard launched Health:ELT in 2014 with her business partner and father, L. Cade Havard.

Miles Barr, BE’06: Solar Power Innovator

Miles Barr, BE’06: Solar Power Innovator

As a Ph.D. student at MIT, Barr came up with the idea of creating transparent coating that would convert light into power. Today his company, Ubiquitous Energy, is in the business of making “solar technology invisible,” as Barr puts it.