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Chancellor named as ‘person of 2016’ by Tennessee Tribune

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos was named as a “person of the year” for 2016 by the Tennessee Tribune. Zeppos was honored for the university’s efforts to remove the name “Confederate” from Memorial Hall.


Zeppos invites campus community to January series promoting mental health and well-being

Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a series of January events designed to further conversations around healthy help-seeking behavior and creating a culture in which the stigma of seeking support can be eradicated.


Vanderbilt explores theme of justice and democracy during annual MLK Day Commemoration Jan. 13-17

The theme for this year’s commemoration is “Justice and Democracy? Revolutionizing our American Myths.”


Provost to host Open Dore On Location at Black Cultural Center Jan. 17

The next Open Dore On Location, informal discussion sessions with Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.


January issue of ‘EDI Connect’ now available

Read the January 2017 issue of “EDI Connect,” the official newsletter of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.


Brightspace will replace Blackboard in summer 2017

Vanderbilt will launch Brightspace as its primary course management system in summer 2017 replacing Blackboard, the university’s current system.


Ann Patchett leads off spring 2017 Vanderbilt Visiting Writers

Author Ann Patchett will read and discuss her latest novel, “Commonwealth,” at the Central Library Jan. 26 as part of the Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series.


Faculty Senate, EDI office encourage you to Savor Diversity in January

The Faculty Senate and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are partnering during the month of January for Savor Diversity, a series of hour-long lunch sessions.


Celebrate your colleagues at 2016 Service Award Ceremony

Vanderbilt University’s annual Service Award Ceremony recognizes employees who celebrated significant service milestones in 2016. The winner of this year’s Commodore Award also will be announced at the Jan. 18 event.


Phone service to be temporarily unavailable Jan. 15

Vanderbilt IT will upgrade the telephone system at 4 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, which will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. During this time, the telephone system will be unavailable.


Take VUIT survey for chance to win $100 Amazon gift card

Vanderbilt IT has released its annual Faculty and Staff Satisfaction Survey. This online survey is confidential, should take about five minutes to complete, and contains fewer than 20 questions.


Take Note

» Nominations sought for 2016 Research Staff Awards, 2017 School of Medicine Faculty Awards

» ‘Pharmacy Services Impact on Health of Pharmacy Desert Residents’ Jan. 13

» Sarratt Art Studios offers spring classes beginning Jan. 23

» Acting NCI director Lowy to present HPV research lecture

» Vanderbilt Prize Scholar noms due Feb. 1

» Save the Date: School of Medicine Research Enterprise Forum is Feb. 3

» Adults and children needed for ‘listening in noise’ study

» Get discounts to Nelly, ‘Posterity,’ ‘Sound of Music,’ ‘Raisin’ Cane’ at TPAC

HR News

» VRWC offers personal training

» Babies and You: ‘Exploring child care options’ Jan. 19

» Vandy Cooks: Simple and delicious meals with Vanderbilt Dining’s Bill Claypool

» Health Plus: Follow these 10 tips for a healthier 2017

» Hold the Stuffing final weigh-ins Jan. 4-18

» Use C2HR to set up direct deposit of pay, paper form to update account information

» Follow these Winter Break timekeeping tips

» New retirement plan core fund option coming in January

» Check your weight and blood pressure with Higi

Research News @Vanderbilt


Jan. 13 — 12:10 p.m.
Conceptual Frameworks and New Frontiers in Energy Justice with Benjamin K. Sovacool

Jan. 16 — Noon
Reflecting on Dr. King: Some Thoughts on Inequality in Unusual Times

Jan. 24 — Noon
Equal Pay for Equal Work: Lilly Ledbetter and the Fight for Gender Equality in the Workplace

Jan. 24 — 7 p.m.
Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales - Dean's Diversity Lecture by E. Patrick Johnson

Jan. 26 — 10 a.m.
Chancellor's Town Hall

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