Monthly Archives: December 2007

Wanna buy five copies for my mother

Remember the old Dr. Hook song “On the Cover of the Rolling Stone”? (For those of you who do, that song will now be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. You’re welcome). That dream came true in its own way for Vanderbilt photographer extraordinaire John Russell, whose photo at the NAIA championship game in Savannah, Tenn., Dec. 15 has been chosen as the cover shot for Sports Illustrated 2007 “Year in Pictures” issue. Way to go, John!



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Johnson staying

Coach Bobby Johnson is sticking with the ‘Dores, Vandy Athletics announced this afternoon. Coach has removed his name for consideration for the head coaching job at Duke. Color the Commodore Nation happy! Get the whole story here.

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On the board he is

Congratulations to Vanderbilt special education prof Ted Hasselbring for being named to a six-year term on the national advisory board of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, which sponsors the cool Web site and publication Edutopia. May the force be with you, Professor Hasselbring.
Ted Hasselbring and a statue of Grand Master of the Jedi Order Yoda at the George Lucas Foundation’s digs

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Grammy nomination goes to Blair prof

You may recall a report on this blog a few weeks ago that Vanderbilt had been nominated for 11 Emmy awards. Former student Al Gore won an Oscar last year. Completing the trifecta is Blair School of Music Professor of Ethnomusicology Greg Barz, who found out yesterday that he has been nominated for a Grammy. Barz earned the nod in Best Traditional World Music Album category for his album “Singing for Life: Songs of Hope, Healing, and HIV/AIDS in Uganda.” Congratulations Professor Barz! Read all about it.

I don’t need to point out that it’s kind of unusual for Emmy and Grammy nominations to be handed out to academics and a bunch of university staff. But that’s just how we roll.

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Go ‘Dores!

I crawled out from under my virtual rock long enough last night to watch the Commodores beat Wake Forest in a heckuva (I guess it should be heckuvan) exciting game – 83-80, touch and go until the last second of course in fine Commodore tradition. So, hey, turns out it’s basketball season! Turns out the Vandy men are undefeated: 8-0, and the women are tearing it up too, 8-1 so far! Turns out I remember I love college basketball and we’re in the midst of a great year! Where have I been? Oh well, better late than never. Go ‘Dores!

In other athletics news, our unique mascot has gotten a face lift. Check out video of the extreme makeover here, here and here.

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Want more? Expect more

Read this op-ed by Jim Guthrie, professor of education and public policy in Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education on human development, calling for higher expectations of Tennessee students by teachers, administrators, policy makers and parents. “Tennessee expects too little of its students. Consequently, our students learn too little. This is not opinion. This is fact,” Guthrie writes. Take a look.

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