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Vanderbilt welcomes most diverse, accomplished class in history

The entering freshman class is the most diverse and academically accomplished to date, the result of university leadership’s commitment to making a Vanderbilt education affordable and accessible.


Chancellor’s Town Hall to focus on campus accessibility, transportation and mobility, and sustainability

The campus community is invited to a town hall meeting about prominent updates regarding FutureVU. The meeting is scheduled for Oct. 17 in the Student Life Center Board of Trust Room.


Campus remembers and mourns victims of Las Vegas tragedy

The All Faith Chapel on the ground floor of the Divinity School will be open today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a time of prayer, reflection and community.


Investing in community

Melissa Thomas-Hunt, Vanderbilt’s inaugural vice provost for inclusive excellence, sees a big part of her new role as breaking down the traditional notions of “diversity.” Read profiles of select new faculty members in the fall print issue of “MyVU,” available the week of Oct. 16.


New faculty: Kejia Hu

Kejia Hu, new assistant professor of operations management, believes big data can be used as a tool for good, bringing about positive change in the marketplace. And her research can prove it. Read profiles of select new faculty members in the fall print issue of “MyVU,” available the week of Oct. 16.


New faculty: Matthew Zaragoza-Watkins

As one of the architects of California’s successful statewide carbon cap-and-trade program, Matthew Zaragoza-Watkins, a new assistant professor of economics at Vanderbilt, worked to find a way for companies in California to reduce their carbon emissions while still remaining competitive with firms in states with fewer environmental regulations. Read profiles of select new faculty members in the fall print issue of “MyVU,” available the week of Oct. 16.


Rattner’s Alaskan dog mushing film to be screened at Nashville festival

Jonathan Rattner’s passion for creating films that draw the audience into places often unseen or forgotten is reflected in “The Interior,” to be screened at the Southern Festival of Books.


VUToday: Gun violence and mental health in weekly roundup of VU news

University News and Communications publishes “VUToday,” a compilation of Vanderbilt mentions in the media, twice weekly. Read a selection of Vanderbilt news stories for the week of Oct. 2.


Submit nominations for Commodore Award and new diversity award

Nominations will be accepted for two Vanderbilt University awards beginning Oct. 15: the 2017 Commodore Award and the new Distinguished Leadership Award to Recognize Staff Leadership in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.


Open Enrollment for 2018 benefits is Oct. 17–31

Open Enrollment is Oct. 17-31. All benefits-eligible VU employees must complete OE. This is the annual opportunity to choose the benefits that best meet your needs.


Great news about the retirement plan for eligible faculty and staff

Open Enrollment Oct. 17-31 is a good time to review your 403(b) Retirement Plan. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, VU will match voluntary contributions of 1 percent or 2 percent (up to 5 percent total, mandatory and voluntary).


Don’t forget to power down before fall break

Vanderbilt community members who are going to be away from their dorm, office or home for an extended period of time during fall break should remember to power down before they leave.


Celebrate Campus Sustainability Month with SEMO/SustainVU in October

In celebration of Campus Sustainability Month, join SustainVU for several sustainability-themed events in October.


Impact of war on modern beauty culture topic of Goldberg Lecture today

David Lubin, author of a book about World War I soldiers’ facial injuries and their significance to modern plastic surgery and beauty culture, will deliver the Goldberg Lecture in Art History Oct. 9.


16th annual Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., Lecture set for Oct. 10

Dr. Levi Garraway, senior vice president for global development and medical affairs for Lilly Oncology, will present the 16th annual Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., Lecture Oct. 10.


HR workshop: ‘Becoming a Leader’ Oct. 10

“Becoming a Leader,” an HR workshop offered Oct. 10, describes some of the challenges that new leaders face and suggests some strategies for meeting those challenges.


Special symposium to honor Moses’ cancer research contributions is Oct. 11

A research symposium honoring the career of Harold (Hal) Moses, who founded and served as director emeritus of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, has been slated for Oct. 11 at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.


Free luncheon Oct. 16 to recruit volunteers to support ACA open enrollment

Come for a box lunch and hear how you can help others sign up for the Affordable Health Care Act.


Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jesse Eisinger to speak at Vanderbilt Oct. 17

Investigative reporter Jesse Eisinger will speak at Vanderbilt Law School Oct. 17.


‘I Am Not Your Negro’ filmmaker to speak at Vanderbilt

Filmmaker Raoul Peck, whose works include the Oscar-nominated ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ will speak on campus Oct. 18, and two of his films will be screened at Sarratt Cinema Oct. 4 and 16.


‘Dismantling Ableism’ to feature panel of disability advocates Oct. 26

Disability advocates will share their personal and professional journeys and discuss how to dismantle ableism.


Enjoy safe trick-or-treating with Greeks and student-athletes Oct. 31

Vanderbilt’s Office of Greek Life and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee host the annual Trick-or-Treat with Greeks and Student-Athletes from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.


Watch Video

Tolerance, participation in local government up in the Americas

New data gathered by the Latin American Political Opinion Project (LAPOP) include some upticks but also discouraging news about the state of democracy in the Americas.


Take Note

» Learn about the forest that inspired Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred-Acre Wood Oct. 18

» VINSE announces new facilities open house Oct. 24

» Nominations for School of Medicine Research Staff Awards open through Oct. 27

» SECURITY NOTICE: Aggravated robbery off campus

» Limited submission opportunity: 2018 David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program

» My Southern Health: Sleep apnea – what you need to know

HR News

» Vandy Cooks: ‘Latin American and Caribbean Cuisine’ Oct. 18

» Register for the Health Plus pumpkin carving competition

» Get up to $240 wellness credit for completing Go for the Gold by Oct. 31

» All benefits-eligible employees must complete Open Enrollment

» Register for group or private swim lessons at the VRWC

» Work/Life Connections–EAP recommends annual depression checkup

Research News @Vanderbilt


Oct. 9 — 12:30 p.m.
Diversify Sponsorship of Your Research: NIH to NSF

Oct. 9 — 5 p.m.
Documentary film showing of Look and See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

Oct. 9 — 6 p.m.
Indigenous Peoples' Day Event

Oct. 9 — 8 p.m.
Vanderbilt Wind Symphony

Oct. 10 — Noon
Food for Thought with The Frist

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