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Benton stepping down as dean of College of Arts and Science

Lauren Benton will step down as dean of the College of Arts and Science effective Dec. 31. The provost will name an interim dean and a search committee in January.


The 20 most popular research stories of 2017

New clues to Alzheimer’s disease, helping kids deal with stress, understanding why our universe is three-dimensional and electric eels all appear in this year’s look back at the research stories that were visited most frequently on Vanderbilt’s website in 2017.


Healthy Minds Survey provides insight into student mental health

Vanderbilt students know where to go on campus to seek support for their mental and emotional health, but often feel they don’t have enough time to seek assistance. These are just some of the findings of the Healthy Minds Survey launched by Vanderbilt in October 2016.


Smetana named to Human Resources role

Erik Smetana has been named executive director for compensation and talent for Vanderbilt University Human Resources. Smetana, most recently associate vice president and deputy chief HR officer for the University of Missouri system, will join Vanderbilt Human Resources Jan. 3.


VUToday: Chancellor’s visit to LinkedIn headquarters in weekly roundup of VU news

University News and Communications publishes “VUToday,” a compilation of Vanderbilt mentions in the media, each weekday. Read a selection of Vanderbilt news stories for the week of Dec. 11.


Nearly 12,000 turkeys distributed on Friday

Thousands of Vanderbilt faculty and staff members dropped by Langford Auditorium last Friday for the annual “Turkey Toss” Employee Appreciation event.


10 tips to protect your kids’ toys from hackers this holiday season

Internet technology has imbued the toy industry like never before. Yet along with those advances comes a new set of security risks.


Make a gift, receive limited-edition pair of Vanderbilt socks

Now through Dec. 31, when you make a gift of $35 or more, Vanderbilt will send you a pair of limited-edition socks as our way of saying thanks.


Don’t forget to power down before leaving for the holidays

Remember to power down before you leave the office or your home for an extended period over the holidays. Your reductions in energy use can have a large impact when aggregated across the entire university.


Make note of closings, modified hours over Winter Break

Campus libraries, dining halls and the Recreation and Wellness Center will observe modified hours of operation while students are away. Vanderbilt University’s Winter Break for employees will run from Friday, Dec. 22, through Friday, Dec. 29, followed by the New Year’s Day holiday on Monday, Jan. 1.


Vanderbilt Police Department offers safety tips for your holiday season

By staying alert and following a few crime-prevention tips, you can have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.


Parking changes to start Dec. 18 to accommodate West End neighborhood utility work

Members of the Vanderbilt community who park near the West End neighborhood will likely see changes beginning Dec. 18 due to construction and utility work.


SkyVU in-person support available beginning Jan. 8

From Jan. 8 through mid-February, the SkyVU team will offer weekly support meetings designed for specific roles.


Nominate faculty and staff for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award will be presented Monday, Jan. 15, to a faculty or staff member in the School of Medicine, School of Nursing or Vanderbilt University Medical Center who emulates the principles of King through their work.


Advocate for nurses and Americans 50-plus to give VUSN Dean’s Diversity Lecture Jan. 9

Alicia Georges, a leading nursing advocate and the national volunteer president-elect of the 38 million-member AARP, will be the first speaker in the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s 2018 Dean’s Diversity Lecture series.


Learn about MLAS program at open house Jan. 9

Vanderbilt’s Master of Liberal Arts and Science program is now accepting applications for the spring 2018 semester.


Take Note

» Save the date for 2018 MLK lecture for medicine, nursing

» VU cheerleading and dance teams host annual Game Day Experience Feb. 17

» Get discounts on ‘Jersey Boys,’ ‘The King and I’ at TPAC

HR News

» Mindful Breaks come to you—just in time for the SkyVU launch

» Occupational Health Clinic offers expanded hours

» Watch: ‘Unclutter Your Mind, Revitalize Your Life’

Research News @Vanderbilt


Dec. 18
Register for Art and Dance Classes for 2018

Dec. 21 — 11 a.m.
Know Your Numbers - Baker Building, Human Resources, 10th Floor Training Room

Dec. 21 — 7 p.m.
Israeli Dance Session - Schulman Center

Dec. 21 — 8 p.m.
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