Can’t see this email? View it in your browser. Friday, Dec. 18, 2020
Vanderbilt University: MyVU
  13 things you need to know this week  
1.   A message from Chancellor Diermeier about our common purpose
    Chancellor Daniel Diermeier reflects on reaching the end of a historic semester at Vanderbilt as well as a year of unprecedented challenges around the world, and conveys his sense of pride and gratitude in serving as the university’s chancellor, in a message to the VU community. [ Read More ]
2.   VUMC deploys initial supply of COVID-19 vaccine
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center has received a limited amount of COVID-19 vaccine approved under an emergency use authorization and, consistent with the Vaccination Plan for the State of Tennessee, is giving first priority to its health care workforce, health professions learners in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing who provide direct patient care, and Vanderbilt University Public Safety officers who are first responders.  [ Read More ]
3.   Update for undergraduates on spring semester COVID-19 testing
    Guided by the lessons learned this fall, Vanderbilt is updating its spring semester testing program and adjusting quarantine guidelines based on new CDC guidance. [ Read More ]
4.   Vanderbilt taps Lea to lead Commodores
    Vanderbilt has named Clark Lea as the 29th head football coach in program history. Lea, a two-time Vanderbilt graduate and former student-athlete, will be introduced officially at a news conference next week. [ Read More ]
5.   Story Photo Jason Isbell, entertainers and university leaders come together to thank Vanderbilt community
    Members of the Vanderbilt community joined Grammy-winning musician Jason Isbell and his band, The 400 Unit, and other entertainers for a “show of gratitude” hosted by Chancellor Daniel Diermeier to honor the hard work and dedication shown by staff, faculty and students during this unparalleled year. [ Read More + Watch Recording ]
6.   Purcell to step down as director of LGBTQI Life; Nelson named interim director
    Chris Purcell, director of Vanderbilt’s Office of LGBTQI Life since 2013, will leave the position Dec. 31 to become assistant dean of students at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Rob Nelson, assistant director of LGBTQI Life, will serve as the interim director while a national search is conducted to fill the role. [ Read More ]
7.   Explore Student Care Network website for wellness resources
    Students are encouraged to explore the wellness resources found on the Student Care Network website so that they may become familiar with what is available and how to access support. [ Read More ]
8.   Students surprise professor with special act of gratitude
    On the last day of fall classes, Associate Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies Shaul Kelner received a heartwarming surprise from his class of mostly first-year students. [ Read More ]
9.   Vanderbilt medical student uses ‘design thinking’ to help overcome racial discrimination in health care
    A Vanderbilt medical student credits the strong focus on design thinking in the Medical Innovators Development Program with his leadership role in an international competition to promote racial equity in health care. [ Read More ]
10.   Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence and identity centers’ fall programming supports VU community
    Vanderbilt’s Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence and identity centers coordinated a number of initiatives and events during the fall 2020 semester to support the university community—in particular, those members with systemically nondominant identities—amid the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing social and political unrest in the country. [ Read More ]
11.   Vanderbilt alumnus named Schwarzman Scholar
    Bryan Stromer, BS’17, has been chosen from more than 3,600 applicants to be one of 154 Schwarzman Scholars for the Class of 2022. The Schwarzman Scholars Program is one of the world’s most prestigious graduate fellowships and was designed to bring together the best minds from around the world to study the economic, political and cultural landscape of China. [ Read More ]
12.   Peabody College adds master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis
    Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development is offering a new master’s degree program in Applied Behavior Analysis for licensed special education teachers who want to practice ABA in educational settings or are specifically interested in training focused on school-based applications that integrate best ABA and special education practices. [ Read More ]
13.   Submit biweekly time cards, report holiday time in advance of winter break
    Biweekly employees and student workers are strongly encouraged to submit their time cards, and their managers are encouraged to approve those time cards, as soon as work is completed and prior to departure for the winter break, unless the employee will be working during the break. [ Read More ]
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