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Writer-in-residence shares the story of Perry Wallace on ‘The Zeppos Report’

On the latest episode of “The Zeppos Report,” Vanderbilt writer-in-residence Andrew Maraniss tells Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos about his personal journey to Vanderbilt and how it led him to write Perry Wallace’s biography.


Chancellor celebrates an early Thanksgiving with students staying for break

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos hosted students for a traditional Thanksgiving feast at the Student Life Center Nov. 20.


Clark Scholars dinner brings students, visionary donor together

Ten first-year engineering students who represent the first cohort of A. James Clark Scholars at Vanderbilt were recognized at a Nov. 1 dinner that marked the first time Courtney Clark Pastrick, daughter of the program’s namesake, was able to hear in person what the scholarship program means to the students.


VUPD designates area for safe exchange of items bought, sold online

Vanderbilt University Police Department has designated an “Exchange Area” or “Safe Deal Zone” to provide a safe environment for Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff to trade legal new or used items bought or sold online through various apps.


Crisis management panel talks campus safety at USAC meeting

VUPD Assistant Chief Rick Burr and a panel of Vanderbilt administrators trained in crisis management addressed the University Staff Advisory Council at its November meeting to discuss protests, demonstrations and other types of events that may lead to unrest on campus.


Celebrate Giving Tuesday tomorrow, Nov. 28

Put your best foot forward this Giving Tuesday and make a gift to Vanderbilt. We’ll send you a pair of limited-edition Vanderbilt socks as our way of saying thanks.


‘Green Roof Day’ to highlight FutureVU sustainability efforts Nov. 29

FutureVU and SEMO are hosts of this event, in which participants must photograph themselves at all five green roofs on campus to win prizes. The Nov. 29 event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Vendor to demonstrate new system for proposal submissions, grant and contract management Nov. 29

One of two finalists to replace Vanderbilt’s current systems for proposal submissions and grant and contract management will provide a demonstration on campus from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the Student Life Center Board of Trust Room.


ORNL science and technology deputy to speak Dec. 1

Michelle Buchanan, deputy for science and technology at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will discuss ORNL’s “Current Capabilities and Future Directions” from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Engineering and Science Building.


Strengthening Tennessee’s education labor market focus of Dec. 4 colloquium

Jason Grissom will discuss his new research on school leadership Monday, Dec. 4, at the Wyatt Center Rotunda.


SkyVU Town Hall scheduled for Dec. 7

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.


Employee Assistance Program open house is Dec. 7

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.


Teacher, activist Acosta to speak on rights and education of Chicanx and Latinx youth Dec. 7

Activist Curtis Acosta’s talk is titled “Victory in Arizona: Defending the Rights and Education of Chicanx/Latinx Youth.”


VIDL Macrogrant applications due Dec. 7

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 Dec. 8

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.


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.


SkyVU transition necessitates temporary retirement plan contribution freeze

Because of the need to convert current retirement plan contributions to Oracle Cloud, there will be a period of time when employees are unable to make changes to their retirement plan contribution percentages.


IRS announces 2018 retirement plan contribution limits

The IRS has announced retirement-plan contribution limits for the 2018 calendar year.


SkyVU wants to hear from you: Take survey for chance to win $50 Amazon gift card

SkyVU has released a follow-up survey to measure the university community’s preparedness to navigate upcoming process changes and to use Oracle Cloud’s new software tools.


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.


Take Note

» Special evening InsideOut of the Lunchbox event: ‘A Christmas Carol’ Nov. 28

» Women’s Center presents workshop on maintaining physical health at work Nov. 30

» ‘Navigating the MNPS school choice application’ Dec. 5

» Sarratt Holiday Arts Festival coming Dec. 1-9

» Barnes & Noble offers faculty and staff additional discount Dec. 8

HR News

» Vandy Cooks: ‘Holiday Desserts Served Up Healthy’ Dec. 8

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

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

» Celebrate good health with Hold the Stuffing challenge

» Fall session of Weight Watchers at Work now underway

Research News @Vanderbilt


Nov. 27
Register for Art and Dance Classes for 2018

Nov. 27 — 4 p.m.
Digital Initiatives in Community Engagement

Nov. 28 — 7:30 p.m.
Vanderbilt Symphonic Choir and Vanderbilt Chorale

Nov. 28 — 8 p.m.
Vanderbilt Percussion Group

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