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  11 things you need to know this week  
1.   A Word with Wente: Celebrating our 2020 graduates
    Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente kicks off the celebration of Vanderbilt’s 2020 graduates in a new video message. The university will honor the Class of 2020 through stories, video, social media and more over the next week, culminating with a special address from Wente to graduates at 9 a.m. CST on Friday, May 8. [ Watch Now ]
2.   Open Mind: Learning from the unexpected
    In her latest “Open Mind” column, Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente reflects on the many unexpected short-term and long-term shifts members of the Vanderbilt community have had to make during the COVID-19 pandemic. [ Read More ]
3.   Campus Connection Program to enhance undergraduate experience
    The new Campus Connection Program will offer undergraduate students personalized support and guidance in navigating experiential learning and campus services related to their collegiate experience. [ Read More ]
4.   Vanderbilt Fulbright finalists and alternates announced for 2020-21
    Twelve Vanderbilt students and alumni have been awarded funding to pursue graduate study, conduct research and teach English around the world through the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program. An additional eight students have been named alternates and may subsequently become grantees. [ Read More ]
5.   Story Photo Special edition Zoom backgrounds available for Class of 2020 celebrations
    Class of 2020 graduates, their friends, family members and supporters can now download university-, school- and Commencement-themed virtual backgrounds for their Zoom meetings, meetups and online celebrations. Giphy stickers also are available for Instagram Stories by searching #VU2020. [ Read More ]
6.   Winner of Hamblet Award, top student art prize, named for 2020
    The Department of Art announces senior Rebecca Arp as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award and will receive a $25,000 prize providing funds for a year of art research and travel, culminating in a solo show at Vanderbilt in one year. Senior Sydney Kaemmerlen is the recipient of the Merit Award and $10,000. [ Read More ]
7.   Notable ’Dores drop in on Vanderbilt students during last week of classes
    As Vanderbilt students finished up their last full week of spring semester classes through online and alternative learning, a few familiar faces dropped in on some classes to show their support and share advice. [ Read More ]
8.   Philanthropy class donates funds to support local nonprofits and relief efforts
    A unique Vanderbilt University class has ended the year on a high note by distributing $77,000 in donations to Nashville nonprofits and relief efforts related to the March 3 tornadoes and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. [ Read More ]
9.   Vanderbilt jazz program honored by ‘DownBeat’ magazine 
    Blair School of Music’s budding jazz program earned top ranking in the category of Best Blues/Pop/Rock Group for “Commercial Break,” a self-titled debut album written and recorded by an ensemble of Vanderbilt undergraduates. [ Read More ]
10.   Writing seminar considers chivalry in the age of COVID-19
    Students in “King Arthur and the Literature of Chivalry,” a writing seminar taught by University Librarian and Professor of English Valerie Hotchkiss, devoted recent class time to what 21st-century chivalry looks like, especially during COVID-19. [ Read More ]
11.   Arts and Science undergrads advocate for the humanities in Washington, D.C.
    Before the COVID-19 outbreak necessitated the move to online and alternative learning earlier this spring, undergraduate students Barton Christmas and Miranda Cross traveled to Washington, D.C., and with guidance from the Office of Federal Relations, advocated for robust federal support for the National Endowment for the Humanities. [ Read More ]
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