Monthly Archives: May 2008


You know how you can be well aware of a momentous change, but it doesn’t really sink in until something relatively minor comes along to remind you? That happened today, when I saw Mike Schoenfeld’s name missing from our news release distribution list. And our divisional phone list. Just like that – no more Mike.

I won’t wax on about Mike’s contributions to the university, to Nashville, to higher education in general. Others already have and will continue to do so more eloquently than I.

But what I can say is this: Mike was a great boss. He pushed us to achieve more than we really thought we could, and then convinced us it was all our idea in the first place. He opened new doors and guided us through them, confident that we’d step in the right place. When things were stormy he kept his cool and took the heat; when they were sunny, he let us soak up the rays. He was always accessible, always insightful and always ready with a pithy quote.

We will miss you Mike. Best of luck at that school to the east.


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Stimulating brains

Have you heard of deep brain stimulation? DBS, for those in the know? If not, or even if so, prepare to have your eyes opened this afternoon with a live webcast of a demonstration of this technique by Vanderbilt neurosurgeons and neurologists.

The DBS technique to be demonstrated today involves the implantation of a “neuro-stimulator to treat movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia.” It also has applications for severe depression and other disorders. Watch a fascinating before and after video of a 12-year old who suffered from hyperkinetic dystonia (essentially contstant seizures) and was treated with DBS on Exploration.

Tune in to OR Live at 4 p.m. CST today to watch the live webcast and learn more about this groundbreaking technique.

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Remembering RFK

The coolest Vanderbilt event happening today isn’t on campus but in D.C. Lessons learned from Robert F. Kennedy’s run for the White House in 1968, and his overall career, are the topic of a forum at the Newseum co-hosted by Vanderbilt underway right now (go to C-SPAN to watch).

The forum, “To Seek a Newer World: The Life and Legacy of Robert F. Kennedy” is being hosted by The Freedom Forum, Vanderbilt, and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, and includes remarks and discussion by Kennedy‚Äôs eldest daughter, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Kennedy associates Frank Mankiewicz, Peter Edelman, John Seigenthaler, John Nolan, John Doar, William vanden Heuvel and James Tolan as well as authors Jules Witcover and Thurston Clarke and others. Television news anchor John Seigenthaler is moderating the discussions.

The event was the brainchild of Mark Dalhouse, director of Vanderbilt’s Office of Active Citizenship and Service, and was pulled off with the help of the News Service’s own fearless leader Elizabeth Latt, Chris Skinker and the Creative Services team.

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More awards

Well it looks like it’s awards season and there’s more good news today for our team:

The Vanderbilt View has won a gold medal in the national CASE competition in the Internal Tabloids / Newsletter category and a gold medal from the Tennessee College Public Relations Association. Congratulations Joan Brasher, Kara Furlong, Deborah Brewington, Donna Pritchett, Jim Patterson and all Vanderbilt View contributors for this tremendous recognition, even more impressive considering it’s The View’s first year in print!

More from the TCPRA awards in Memphis: The News Service’s Ann Marie Owens won a gold medal for her media relations efforts surrounding a survey by political scientist John Geer that revealed bias against Mormons, and our VUCast video team – Emily Pearce, Pat Slattery, Amy Wolf and Princine Lewis – won a gold medal for their weekly VUCast video. Way to go, everyone!

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Go Glenna!

Vanderbilt’s own crack student journalist Glenna DeRoy hs been named to the college journalism association UWIRE’s prestigious Top 100 Student Journalist List for 2008. While carrying a full courseload, Glenna put in over 40-hour work weeks making InsideVandy and The Hustler two of the most innovative student news outlets in the country. Her success is no small feat considering she was competing with students from full-fledged j-schools, which we do not have. Kudos, Glenna!

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CASE logic

Good news for the internal communications team here in Public Affairs – we’ve won a national silver medal from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in the Individual Public Relations and Community Relations Projects category for our new internal communications program that includes for myVU, myVU Preview and the Vanderbilt View. Congratulations everyone!

And that’s not all, stellar shutterbug Daniel Dubois will be taking home a gold national award for a portrait of his featured in our alumni publication. Congratulations, Daniel!!

In other Public Affairs news, Associate Vice Chancellor Beth Fortune is taking the reins of the division from Vice Chancellor Mike Schoenfeld, who officially departs May 31 for bluer shores. Beth is serving as acting vice chancellor; a national search to fill the position is set for late fall.

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Commodore Boom Town

Big news from Vanderbilt Athletics today – $50 million expansion planned for all things Commodore. Improvements underway and planned include upgrades to Vanderbilt Stadium, Memorial Gym, Hawkins Field, the McGugin Center and a new Commodore Hall of Fame. The hall’s inaugural class will be inducted this fall. Get video, photos and more here.

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