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What’s On My Mind: A Legacy of Courage

Chancellor Zeppos’ debut MyVU column talks about the lessons we learned—and continue to learn—from Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard, and the university’s advocacy efforts to protect scholarships and research in the tax bills advancing in Congress.


Red-carpet premiere of film celebrates Perry Wallace’s life

Hundreds of people—including family, friends, teammates and fans—gathered at Vanderbilt’s Langford Auditorium Monday for the premiere of “Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace,” a documentary of the late Wallace’s courage and struggles as a student-athlete breaking the color barrier in the SEC.


Celebration honors 11 new endowed chair holders

Eleven Vanderbilt University faculty members named to endowed chairs were recognized for their outstanding scholarship and research during a celebration at the Student Life Center Nov. 29.


University begins capital planning assessments of humanities, sciences

Vanderbilt University is embarking on discovery and planning processes, guided by the Academic Strategic Plan and FutureVU, to chart a course for capital planning in the humanities and the sciences.


International Strategy Working Group issues final report

To strengthen Vanderbilt’s international research, scholarship and creative expression efforts and to raise the global profile of the university as a research institution, the new International Strategy Report recommends a four-point strategy to build on Vanderbilt’s strengths while supporting the university’s Academic Strategic Plan and its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


New undergraduate degree requirement launches in fall 2018

Immersion Vanderbilt will become a degree requirement for all incoming first-year students starting in fall 2018, all incoming sophomore transfer students starting in fall 2019, and all junior transfer students starting in fall 2020. This initiative follows on the heels of the four undergraduate schools’ formal review and approval of Immersion Vanderbilt during the last calendar year.


VU receives best possible review and reaffirmation of institutional accreditation

Vanderbilt has earned a 10-year reaffirmation of its accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Faculty encouraged to submit Discovery and Research Scholar grant proposals beginning Dec. 11

The Office of the Provost invites faculty to submit proposals by Dec. 11 for the next round of Discovery Grants and Research Scholar Grants. In addition, the Provost’s final Open Dore On Location of the fall semester is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at MRB III.



Read about the latest faculty, staff, student and alumni awards, appointments and achievements.


Beyond Politics: Private industry needs to step up on climate change

Two Vanderbilt experts say evidence shows that progress can continue to be made on environmental issues regardless of what the government is doing.


Economics senior Sasha Pines creates business sisterhood

Sasha Pines, a senior majoring in economics, believes combining solid business strategy with a sense of empathy can change lives.


Law, neuroscience student earns NIJ fellowship

A student from the nation’s first joint law and neuroscience J.D. and Ph.D. program, housed at Vanderbilt University, has earned a $50,000 graduate research fellowship from the National Institute of Justice.


SkyVU Town Hall is today

Come to the SkyVU Town Hall at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in Langford Auditorium. During this one-hour event, members of the executive steering committee will discuss program updates. In addition, the SkyVU Flight Check-In, “Student Pay,” is scheduled for Dec. 14.


Employee Assistance Program open house is today

Vanderbilt’s Work/Life Connections–Employee Assistance Program will host an open house for university faculty and staff from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. EAP counselors and staff members will be available to discuss the wide range of services provided by the office.


Deadline for VIDL Macrogrant applications today

The Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning invites applications for Macrogrant awards for the fall 2017 cycle. These grants provide seed funding to promote development and research in digital learning.


Williams to moderate sports panel featuring VU basketball great, former Titans Friday

Former Tennessee Titans stars Chris Sanders and Chris Hope will be joined by Vanderbilt basketball record-setter Shan Foster for a panel discussion Friday, Dec. 8, titled “Life After Sports: Giving Back.” Vice Chancellor and Athletics Director David Williams will moderate the event at Vanderbilt’s McGugin Center.


Humane dispersal of roosting crows set to begin Dec. 11

Plant Operations will implement distress calls and other methods in an effort to drive roosting birds from campus. As in previous years, humane methods of dispersal will be used to frighten the birds away without causing them harm.


Software Store temporarily unavailable for departmental transactions beginning Dec. 11

In preparation of SkyVU going live, Vanderbilt IT has determined that the final day to make any departmental purchases using cost centers in the university’s Software Store is Monday, Dec. 11.


Annual Vanderbilt University Turkey Toss set for Dec. 15

Get your free turkey, tofurkey or oven mitt at Vanderbilt University’s annual Turkey Toss on Dec. 15 from 6 a.m. to midnight at Langford Auditorium.


University users to begin placing telephone orders with new form Dec. 15

Starting Friday, Dec. 15, university users will begin submitting a new form to place telephone orders and to request any voice service previously ordered in eProcurement.


Parking changes 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.


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.


Participate in survey gathering feedback on pedestrian and cyclist safety

Faculty, students and staff can access and fill out a five-minute survey created by Vanderbilt Public Safety until Dec. 15.


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.


Watch Video

Sorry, Grumpy Cat: Study finds dogs are brainier than cats

The first study to actually count the number of cortical neurons in the brains of a number of carnivores, including cats and dogs, has found that dogs possess significantly more of them than cats.


Take Note

» Barnes & Noble offers faculty and staff additional discount tomorrow

» Sarratt Holiday Arts Festival continues through Saturday

» Medical Center Drive closed Dec. 9-10

» Food for Thought presents ‘Nick Cave: Feat.’ Dec. 12

» SECURITY NOTICE: Sexual assault on campus

HR News

» Vandy Cooks: ‘Holiday Desserts Served Up Healthy’ is tomorrow

» Babies and You: ‘Getting Back in Shape After Baby’ Dec. 14

» Occupational Health Clinic offers expanded hours

» Health Plus comes to you

» Sync your Higi account to send weight and blood pressure measurements to Health Plus

Research News @Vanderbilt


Dec. 7
Register for Art and Dance Classes for 2018

Dec. 7 — 5:30 p.m.
Victory in Arizona: Defending the Rights and Education of Chicanx/Latinx Youth

Dec. 7 — 7 p.m.
Israeli Dance Session at Schulman Center

Dec. 7 — 8 p.m.

Dec. 7 — 8 p.m.
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