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  Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019  
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Caroline Kennedy to deliver Vanderbilt Graduates Day address
Best-selling author, attorney and former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy will receive the Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal when she speaks to Vanderbilt graduating students and their families in May 2020.
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Little, Pinker and Zimmer to discuss global challenges at Chancellor’s Lecture
Amanda Little, Steven Pinker and Carl Zimmer will discuss with moderator Jon Meacham “2020 and Beyond: Tackling Global Issues in the Decades to Come” at the Dec. 3 Chancellor’s Lecture Series event.
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Overflow space available for Al Gore’s ‘24 Hours of Reality’ global climate crisis presentation at Vanderbilt
Former Vice President Al Gore’s presentation, “24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action,” led by Gore and The Climate Reality Project in partnership with the Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Lecture Series, takes place today at 6 p.m in Langford Auditorium. Overflow space is available in Light Hall Rooms 202, 208 and 214, and the Student Life Center Board of Trust Room.
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University administrators to host third staff listening session Nov. 25
The third stop in a staff listening tour planned for the 2019-20 academic year will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in the Blair School of Music’s Turner Recital Hall. All university staff are invited to attend.
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Sallie McFague, Vanderbilt Divinity School dean, emerita, has died
Sallie McFague, the first woman to lead Vanderbilt Divinity School and an influential scholar on feminist Christian theology and alternatives to the traditional model of God, has died.
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Peter Cummings is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
Peter T. Cummings, John R. Hall Professor of Chemical Engineering and the School of Engineering’s associate dean for research, has been named a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
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Nominations for 2019 Commodore Award due today
Nominations are due today for the 2019 Commodore Award, Vanderbilt’s highest staff honor. The annual award recognizes staff members who have made significant contributions to Vanderbilt University’s pursuit of excellence in education, research and community service each year.
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Nominate a staff member for the Diversity Leadership Award
Nominations are open for the 2019-20 Diversity Leadership Awards recognizing staff members who demonstrate exemplary leadership that puts the ideals of equity, diversity and inclusion into practical action. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Nov. 25.
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Faculty Senate to host Nov. 22 community conversation follow-up to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie CLS event
The Faculty Senate will host a community conversation for faculty and staff from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, to discuss themes from the Chancellor’s Lecture Series event with acclaimed author and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie taking place the prior evening.
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vummiv WiFi outage Nov. 19-25 in preparation of Dec. 3 network retirement
Vanderbilt’s vummiv WiFi network will be retired on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 6 a.m. In preparation of the retirement, vummiv will be unavailable from 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, through 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25. 
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Benefit spotlight: Will preparation
Make sure you have a plan in place to protect your loved ones when you’re gone. All benefits-eligible employees have access to MetLife’s basic self-serve online will preparation service,
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Thankful Thursday: Showing appreciation
Join Employee Appreciation as we make each Thursday in November a “Thankful Thursday.” During meetings this week, save a few minutes for team members to share a quick appreciation.
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Visit Barnes & Noble pop-up shop in Vandyville on Saturday
All faculty, staff, alumni and fans are invited to stop by the Barnes & Noble pop-up shop in Vandyville this Saturday, Nov. 23, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the corner of Jess Neely Drive and Natchez Trace. This week’s shop will feature festive holiday products and cold-weather gear.
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From ‘Vanderbilt Magazine’: The Art of Healing
Cuban artist and Vanderbilt professor Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons wants to change the world through art.


Take Note

Limited-edition Vanderbilt socks are back

Vanderbilt Campus Dining announces meal swipe partnership with Athletics

Feedback sought on Emergency Department services

Vanderbilt-wide Limited Submission Opportunity: St. Baldrick’s Foundation Research Grants

Health Plus offers prenatal classes for expectant employees or spouses

Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony today at Scarritt Bennett

Philosophy professor to discuss research on political polarization Nov. 21

Heard Libraries survey responses due Dec. 1

Open house for faculty interested in Residential Colleges Dec. 2

Heard Libraries, Women’s Center Book Club: ‘Giovanni’s Room’ Dec. 3

Discovery Sciences Emerging Scholars Lecture features Chantell Evans Dec. 3

Caregiver Appreciation Celebration set for Dec. 4

Extra discount at Barnes & Noble for faculty and staff Dec. 6

‘A Co-Learning Model for Community Engaged Program Evaluation’ Dec. 6

Employee discount offered for hearing aids through Jan. 31


Coming Up

· NOV ·
  Chat with VU Master of Public Health representatives during virtual fair
· NOV ·
  Books and games for kids topic of Parenting Group meeting
· NOV ·
  Author and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to deliver Chancellor’s Lecture
· NOV ·
  Hold the Stuffing weigh-ins


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Vanderbilt in the News
Voice of America: Trump fights back as Democrats home in on impeachment
Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of residential faculty and associate professor of communication studies, is quoted.
Forbes: How observing a new class of black holes can help us understand the universe
Karan Jani, postdoctoral fellow, is quoted.
The Atlantic: How to rein in an all-too-powerful Supreme Court
Ganesh Sitaraman, professor of law, writes about ideas for structural reform of the Supreme Court
ABC News: Trump impeachment hearings: Here’s how the process works
Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, is quoted.
Tampa Bay Times: What else is Congress doing besides impeachment hearings
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
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