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Teach, Pray, Lead

Divinity students, faculty and staff will welcome new leadership when the Rev. Emilie M. Townes is installed in August as the school’s 16th dean. She is also the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Chair and professor of womanist ethics and society. Townes, an ordained American Baptist clergywoman, most recentlyRead More


Watershed Event

By Brenda Ellis On April 10, 1963, the nuclear submarine USS Thresher departed Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, headed for a rendezvous with the submarine rescue ship USS Skylark, which would accompany it during deep-dive tests. Designed to hunt and destroy enemy Soviet vessels, the Thresher was the ultimateRead More

Fishy Business

Fishy Business

Attorney Chris Frohlich, BS’06, has parlayed a lifelong love of fishing into a thriving charter company based in Punta Gorda, Fla. When he’s not catch-and-release tarpon fishing for his own pleasure, he’s taking others out on the water or overseeing his staff of eight fishing guides. Photo by Perry JamesRead More

On Track

On Track

  If Kristen Findley had gotten her wish, she might never have set foot on a track, or at least not to compete. Growing up near the snow-capped mountains of Boise, Idaho, she dreamt of becoming a downhill skier one day. She was so taken with the idea, just aboutRead More

Helen Tuel and Sgt. Dan Stein with “Imp,” Dan’s four-legged therapist. Dan, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in the Army, now volunteers two days a week at TRRC helping children with physical and mental disabilities as part of his own recovery. (Credit: James Ferry)


For millennia horses were an integral part of warfare. While they are no longer needed for battle, today they have a new purpose: helping to heal catastrophically wounded warriors. Helen Tuel aids in their recovery by offering hippotherapy for wounded soldiers at her Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center (TRRC) inRead More


Pig and Plume

By Will Tarnell, Class of 2015 Let me tell you what happened to all the other pigs, how I became the last pig. It is true, the other pigs were mostly all eaten. But before the last pigs, the very last group to be raised, there were always more pigs.Read More

Havana | March 5, 2013

Havana | March 5, 2013

PHOTO BY STEVE YOUNG   During our Vanderbilt Alumni Association-sponsored  “Cuba Libre” trip in March, we visited an organic farm—they even cultivate their own worms—in the  Alamar district on the outskirts of Havana. Hundreds of thousands of Cubans live there in a huge housing project of prefabricated concrete buildings, andRead More

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High Noon

Eagle-eyed observers and Luddites accustomed to marking time by a campus landmark were the first to notice something amiss in early June. The clock atop Kirkland Hall’s tower had stopped keeping time. Until then, the clock’s motor, installed in 1966, had run continuously for nearly half a century, says PaulRead More

Eric Johnson (Credit: John Russell)

Top Brass

Three of Vanderbilt’s graduate and professional schools have new deans. M. Eric Johnson rejoins Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, while Linda Norman takes the top job at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and the Rev. Emilie Townes leads Vanderbilt Divinity School. Norman is the only in-house selection. “Having workedRead More

The old coal smokestack will be dismantled as Vanderbilt moves to a natural-gas power plant. (Credit: Joe Howell)

Lights Out for Coal

Vanderbilt will replace its coal-fired cogeneration facility, converting to natural gas to meet power needs of the university and medical center. The university’s Board of Trust approved the conversion during its spring meeting, and the project is expected to get underway this fall. Currently, coal produces about 210,000 pounds ofRead More