Monthly Archives: November 2007

Our very own shaman

Jim Parker, aka university webmaster, has authored a chapter in what looks to be an interesting new book, “Electronic Tribes: The Virtual Worlds of Geeks, Gamers, Shamans, and Scammers,” coming out in May ’08 from University of Texas Press. Take a look at Jim’s chapter, “Where is the Shaman?”, if for no other reason than to see the word recrudescence used in a sentence. Kudos, Jim.


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All quiet on the Commodore front

A quick survey of Vandy Webcams this morning (screenshots below) confirmed my suspicion that most people have done left Dodge for the Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Turkey Day, everyone.

Rand Terrrace

Iris Cafe

The Commons

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I’d like to thank the academy…

So, get this: Vanderbilt has been nominated for 11, count them, ELEVEN, Emmy awards for our rockin’ Web videos by the Mid-South chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This marks the first time that Vanderbilt has been recognized with the opportunity to compete for the highest honor in television.

NATAS received more than 700 entries for this year’s competition, and
Vanderbilt received more nominations than anyone else in the new
Advanced Media categories. Following are our Emmy categories and

Advanced Media Arts/Entertainment: First & Ten Steel Drum Band AND Star

Advanced Media Documentary: Freedom Ride 2007 documentary (only
nomination in the category!)
Advanced Media Photographer: Pat Slattery

Advanced Media Public/Current/Community Affairs: Rev. James Lawson
Advanced Media Sports: Closer VU: Dee Davis AND More Than Just a Game
Advanced Media Video Editor: Pat Slattery
Advanced Media Writer / Producer: Emily Pearce, Lyle Jackson

Advanced Media Public/Current/Community Affairs: Scholar Identity Institute
Advanced Media Writer / Producer: Lyle Jackson

The Emmy Awards will be presented on January 26 – go ‘Dores!

And if that wasn’t enough, Pat Slattery has been selected by NATAS to be inducted into the Silver Circle, which honors quarter-century contributions to the industry. Phil Bell, the NATAS National Trustee, said “From the many deserving nominations we received, one person stood out for his exemplary work and for having touched so many others in the profession.” Congratulations, Pat.

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More Tube

My compadres at the Vanderbilt Medical Center have also been loading exciting Vanderbilt videos into YouTube – take a look, and watch the video below, a moving testament to LifeFlight.

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Whose tube? OUR Tube!

I mentioned briefly a few weeks ago that we had a new presence on YouTube, but now I am mentioning it more loudly – VANDERBILT HAS A BRANDED CHANNEL ON YOUTUBE.

Sorry, didn’t mean to shout. Guess I’m a little excited. We officially launched the channel yesterday and by the end of today will have over 50 videos in there – not of cats doing tricks or people wrecking on skateboards or talking about shoes – but intellectually inspriring and challenging content from across the university. Full lectures, concerts, news and more.

And people are watching! Watching things you might not think YouTubers would watch, like a lecture on math and science, which has been viewed over 300 times in the past two weeks. The hot video right now is an Insider’s Guide to Admissions featuring our Admissions Dean Doug Christiansen, embedded below. We’re also posting the entire Holocaust Lecture Series, and have video from current Vanderbilt courses. Check it all out.

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