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Matters of Opinion

Matters of Opinion

Tennesseans strongly support charter schools, but their feelings about school vouchers are more divided, according to a poll from the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt. “A solid 66 percent of those polled support charter schools,” says John Geer, co-director of the center. Thirty-five percent support aRead More

Guatemala has become a hub for service-learning opportunities that benefit both Vanderbilt students and the local population. (Credit: Armen Henderson)

We Heart Guatemala

Vanderbilt’s expanded commitment to research and sustainable development in Guatemala took a giant step forward this past spring with the opening of a Guatemala City field station that is home to 13 projects. The field station, located at the Moore Pediatric Surgery Center, provides support for diverse programs ranging fromRead More

During Sasser’s stint as ambassador to China, he was trapped in the embassy for four days after Beijing erupted in violence following an inadvertent American-led NATO bombing of  the Chinese embassy  in Belgrade. (Credit: Greg Baker - AP/Wide World Photos)

Paper Trail

James R. Sasser, former U.S. senator and ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, and his wife, Mary Sasser, have donated their papers to Vanderbilt University’s Special Collections. “Mary and I have chosen Vanderbilt as the home for our records because in many ways it is where our journey began,”Read More

Institute Explores MOOCs and More

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and other digital learning platforms are the focus of a new institute being launched this fall. The Institute for Digital Learning will be led by Douglas Fisher, associate professor of computer science and computer engineering at the School of Engineering. It will be housed inRead More


Those Lips, Those Eyes

Vanderbilt Libraries and two student groups that help adoptable dogs teamed up between final exams last spring. “Smooch a Pooch” offered students the opportunity to greet, hug and leash-walk dogs in need of loving homes. The event took place outside the Central Library. The student organization Rehabilitating Adoptable Dogs worksRead More

Mike Yastrzemski, BA’13, greets Assistant Coach Travis Jewett during player introductions at the June 3 game against Georgia Tech at Hawkins Field. With a 7–1 victory, the Commodores earned a berth into the NCAA Super Regionals. Yastrzemski scored twice. (Credit: Joe Howell)


Full Swing New facilities boost golf teams The Vanderbilt men’s and women’s golf teams will soon benefit from improvements at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. The $2.3 million project includes a new instruction facility with state-of-the-art hitting bays and a 4,900-square-foot varsity clubhouse that will house both the men’sRead More

Left to right: Edwin, Emily and Maureen Schloss (Credit: Daniel Dubois)

The Greater Good

Family’s Gift Expands Summer Study-Abroad Opportunities As Emily Schloss, BA’13, prepared to graduate earlier this year, her parents, Edwin and Maureen Schloss, began to think of ways to thank the Vanderbilt community for the opportunities afforded their daughter. “In 2009, Ed and I brought to Vanderbilt a bright, motivated teenagerRead More

Spencer and his daughter, Maddy, a Vanderbilt sophomore and member of the rowing team (Credit: SUSAN WOOG WAGNER)

Vanderbilt for Life

Alumni Association Board Adds New Members The Vanderbilt University Alumni Association Board of Directors welcomes seven new members. “Our new members are active alumni who generously donate time, treasure and talents to Vanderbilt and also represent the increasing diversity of our alumni population,” says Patti Early White, BA’76, chair ofRead More

Conjugation Nation

Conjugation Nation

[gofullscreen][featuresection] PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL DUBOIS, LAUREN HOLLAND, JOE HOWELL and JOHN RUSSELL “Living–learning community” is a phrase bandied about Vanderbilt frequently these days, particularly since inception of the College Halls residential college system and construction of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons in 2008. But it’s hardly a new concept onRead More


Editor’s Letter

Our cover story marks the fifth anniversary of Nicholas S. Zeppos’ tenure as chancellor. While reading Jim Patterson’s account of the past five years, what struck me most was the number of major changes at Vanderbilt during that short span of time, many of them highly visible. If you’re inRead More