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  Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021  
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Return to Campus update for Jan. 20
As Vanderbilt prepares to welcome students back to campus for the spring semester, the university is sharing some updates and reminders with faculty about plans to bolster community safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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Presidential inauguration to feature Vanderbilt senior Sarah Fuller
Vanderbilt senior student-athlete Sarah Fuller, the first woman to play and score points on a Division I football team in the Power 5, has been selected to participate in a televised prime-time presidential inauguration event on Wednesday, Jan. 20.  
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Celebrated novelist Dinaw Mengestu challenges American exceptionalism in MLK Commemorative keynote
Ethiopian American novelist Dinaw Mengestu gave an impassioned personal view of growing up in an immigrant family in the United States during his keynote address for this year’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative event, hosted in partnership with the Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Lecture Series.
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Ellis to lead Vanderbilt Posse Scholar Program
Franklin Ellis Jr., who has devoted his career in higher education to helping students of diverse backgrounds and identities succeed at the university level, is the new director of the Vanderbilt Posse Scholar Program.
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Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to transition to vice provost for graduate education’s portfolio
On Feb. 15, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will transition to the portfolio of André Christie-Mizell, the new vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School. Moving forward, he will assume the title of director of the office.
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Trans-Institutional Programs initiative task force announced
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente has appointed a new advisory task force comprised of faculty from across the university to holistically review the Trans-Institutional Programs initiative. TIPs completed its sixth and final award cycle last academic year as part of the university’s $50 million strategic investment.
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Center for Teaching conducts student focus groups to study online and hybrid learning
Faculty and students found themselves teaching and learning in new contexts last fall, from online courses to hybrid classrooms. In October and November, the Center for Teaching in the Office of the Provost conducted a series of focus groups with students to better understand their experiences learning in these environments.
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Alumni co-founders of Leaf Global Fintech to discuss social entrepreneurism Jan. 27
Two Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management alumni will discuss the company they created to provide banking services to refugee populations. The event, “Vanderbilt Changemakers: Leaf Global Fintech,” will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to noon CT.
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Success is all about making social connections—or is it?
In a new study published in “Social Psychology Quarterly,” Lijun Song, associate professor of sociology in Vanderbilt University’s College of Arts and Science, examines how the theories of “social capital” and “social cost” predict an individual’s life satisfaction.
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USAC sponsors virtual food drive to donate 10,000 meals
Vanderbilt’s University Staff Advisory Council is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to raise $2,500 and provide 10,000 meals before the end of February.
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Employees enrolled in dental or vision plans should expect new ID cards
Vanderbilt University employees who enrolled in the DeltaDental or DeltaVision plan during Open Enrollment should expect to receive new ID cards in the mail. The current set of ID cards do not have an alternate ID listed on them, which leads providers to ask plan participants for their full social security number as their plan ID.
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View your 2020 W-2 in Oracle Cloud
Vanderbilt University employees can now view, download and print their 2020 W-2 forms in Oracle Cloud.
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VUIT implements text for help option
As of Jan. 18, the Vanderbilt community can solicit help from VUIT by texting 615-343-IT4U (4848). The number can be texted like any other cell phone number and will put you in touch with a VUIT employee who can assist you.
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Employees encouraged to update profile in Oracle to further career goals
Human Resources is excited to announce that “Job Search” and “Postings” have moved to Oracle Recruiting, and the new “Profiles” feature will help employees further their careers at Vanderbilt.


Take Note

Connect with colleagues at USAC’s next Virtual Coffee Break

Managing demanding behaviors topic of Caregiver Support Group Jan. 21

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Difficult Conversations’ Jan. 21

Healthier You presentation: ‘A New Year, A New Start’ Jan. 27

‘Eliminating Bias in Letters of Recommendation’ topic of Women in the Academy talk Jan. 28

‘Mental Health, Involuntary Treatment, Legal Capacity and Human Rights’ Feb. 5

VERA Live Demo Open House held each Tuesday

Ideator and Builder offerings at the Wond’ry

Submit abstracts for 2021 Global Health Symposium

Registration is open for 2021 Global Health Case Competition

Register for upcoming ‘Disrupting Everyday Bias’ workshops

Benefits apps make access and use easier

Get help submitting tuition benefit applications for spring 2021

Set SMART goals for the new year

January Nutrition Corner: Cheers to the new year


Coming Up

· JAN ·
  Info session for Ancora request for applications focused on rare genetic disease research
· JAN ·
  Discovery Science Emerging Scholars Lecture: Florentine Rutaganira
· FEB ·
  ‘Control is the Goal’ blood pressure management program starts
· FEB ·
  Vanderbilt offers free math club fun for middle, high schoolers


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Vanderbilt in the News
Nashville Business Journal: People to watch in 2021
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is featured.
The Tennessean: Insurrection and impeachment do not have to be the death knell for civility (opinion)
The launch of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy is highlighted.
Associated Press: Mix of extremists who stormed Capitol isn’t retreating
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
ABC News: Trump impeachment: Here’s how the process works
Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal: COVID-19 vaccine distribution changes draw concern at local level
Helen Keipp Talbot, associate professor of medicine, is quoted.
Newsweek: Four of the worst states for COVID vaccinations are in the deep South—here’s why
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and professor of medicine, is quoted.
The Tennessean: ‘These are humans.’ Obituary project honors 131 homeless people who died in Nashville in 2020
Marybeth Shinn, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of human, organizational and community development, and Vanderbilt student India Pungarcher are quoted.
The Conversation: What is the ‘boogaloo’ and who are the rioters who stormed the Capitol? 5 essential reads
Amy Cooter, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
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