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What’s going on at Vanderbilt on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Haslam speaks to ‘Politicians’ class

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was the guest speaker at an undergraduate political science class on Feb. 8. The class, titled “Politicians,” is taught by John Geer and Jon Meacham.

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Dykens to step down as director of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Elisabeth Dykens, Annette Schaffer Eskind Professor and director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, has announced plans to step down from her role as the center’s director. To assist with the transition, she will continue to serve in this role until a successor is identified.

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Alice Randall receives NAACP Image Award

Vanderbilt writer-in-residence Alice Randall and her daughter, Caroline Randall Williams, have been named 2016 NAACP Image Award winners for the cookbook they co-authored, "Soul Food Love."

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Humane dispersal of roosting birds begins today

Sounds of fireworks and flashing light will fill the air a couple of times each day beginning Thursday, Feb. 11, as Vanderbilt undertakes its latest effort to drive roosting birds from campus.

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University new staff orientation moves to new locations on select dates in February, March

New staff orientation for university employees will relocate during select dates this month and next.

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Get resources for improving your financial health

Along with physical and emotional health, financial health is a significant component of overall well-being. The counselors at Work/Life Connections–EAP can direct you to available resources to assist you in improving your financial health.

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Report 2015 contributions to outside retirement plans by April 1

If you contribute to a non-Vanderbilt retirement plan through an outside business in which you are at least a 50 percent owner, you need to report your 2015 contributions to Human Resources by April 1.

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Sign up to be a Giving Day volunteer

With Valentine’s Day approaching, show your love for Vanderbilt by signing up to be a volunteer for the university’s first-ever Giving Day on April 21. As a volunteer, you’ll be asked to make a gift and spread the word about Giving Day through social media. Find out more at

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Three Vanderbilt alumni named to Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ list

Three Vanderbilt alumni–the co-founder of a digital innovation company, the founder of a creative services agency specializing in crowdfunding, and an education reformer–have been named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list.

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Nashville premiere set for civil rights documentary

The civil rights documentary "Eyes on Mississippi" will have its Nashville premiere Feb. 25 at the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with suggestions from

Valentine’s Day is coming this weekend. If you’re still making plans for Sunday, see recommendations from for fun ideas on active dates out and for heart-healthy food ideas to make at home.

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Rites of Spring lineup announced; tickets on sale tomorrow

Vanderbilt’s 2016 Rites of Spring music festival is scheduled for Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, on Alumni Lawn. This year’s headlining acts are Future and Porter Robinson.

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Feb. 11 — noon
BCC Book Club: “Simple Justice” by Richard Kluger

Feb. 12 — noon
”Cleaning Up Your Data with OpenRefine”

Feb. 12 — 3:10 p.m.
”Intersectionality: Why We Can't Wait for a Racial Justice Agenda That Centers Us All”

Feb. 12 — 4 p.m.
”A Conversation with J.J. Johnson”

Feb. 13 — 11 a.m.
”Our Story Matters: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon”

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