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Vanderbilt receives $20 million gift thanks to Facebook founding engineer and his wife

Vanderbilt University has received a transformational $20 million gift from a donor-advised fund of alumnus and Board of Trust Vice Chairman-Elect Jeffrey Rothschild and his wife Marieke that will accelerate ongoing development of its residential colleges program, College Halls.


Vanderbilt No. 4 on Kiplinger list of ‘best value’ private universities

Vanderbilt University is ranked No. 4 among private universities on the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of “Best College Values” for 2017, behind only Princeton, Duke and Harvard.


December issue of provost’s ‘Open Dore’ newsletter now available

Read the December issue of “The Open Dore,” Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente’s newsletter, which is now available online.


Brazil TIPs project may unlock key answers in health care delivery while creating immersive student research opportunities

Through a TIPs award, Vanderbilt University faculty and students are researching Brazil’s universal health care system to find out why residents give the system failing marks.


MFA graduate named NEA creative writing fellow

Edgar Kunz, a 2015 graduate of Vanderbilt’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship in poetry for 2017.


New course gives undergrads taste of patient care experience

Many doctors and nurses recall their first patient interaction — a rite of passage that occurs during medical or nursing school training. Now an innovative program is pushing the patient encounter for a few Vanderbilt University students into the undergraduate years.


American Talent Initiative, opioid addiction featured in roundup of VU news stories

Vanderbilt has joined a new alliance to recruit more students from lower-income families, and a new study from assistant professor Stephen Patrick reveals the growing problem of opioid addiction in rural communities. Read a selection of Vanderbilt news stories for the week of Dec. 12.


Blackboard support team at Center for Teaching announces holiday schedule

The Blackboard support team at the Center for Teaching announces its holiday schedule to assist instructors preparing for spring courses.


Finance reminders, deadlines for upcoming Winter Break

Review these deadlines to make sure all of your check requests, expense reports, eProcurement and other Finance-related needs are covered over the holiday break.


Make note of closings, modified hours over Winter Break

Vanderbilt undergraduate colleges and schools are observing Winter Break Dec. 19-Jan. 6, while Vanderbilt University’s six-day Winter Break for employees will run from Friday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Dec. 30, followed by the New Year’s Day holiday, which will be recognized on Monday, Jan. 2.


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.


Independence Bowl travel packages available

Vanderbilt Athletics is offering two travel packages to the Camping World Independence Bowl. A charter flight will be offered with roundtrip airfare from Nashville to Shreveport, as well as a hotel-only package.


Take Note

» Children’s Hospital pastoral care department offers Christmas Eve service

» My Southern Health: Lower the risk of macular degeneration

» Register now and get early bird pricing on Owen executive education programs

» Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth announces summer courses

» U.S. deputy surgeon general to speak Jan. 9

» Vanderbilt Dance Program resumes classes Jan. 16

HR News

» Learning Exchange will be unavailable Dec. 16–20

» Health & Wellness services for faculty and staff available during holidays

» Some campus services available during upcoming holidays

» 10 healthier ways to manage holiday stress

» Get help with the holiday blues from Vanderbilt EAP, benefit providers

» Check your weight and blood pressure with Higi

Research News @Vanderbilt


Dec. 21 — 6 p.m.
Vandy @ UD

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. 17 — 4 p.m.
Open Dore On Location

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