Conjoined twins separated at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

Guest post by Emily Pearce, Vanderbilt News Service associate director for video, who witnessed the separation of conjoined twins Keylee and Zoey Miller at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt yesterday:

twinsphotoAmazing. Sometimes one word is all you need to describe a medical miracle. At 12:52 p.m. conjoined twins, Keylee and Zoey Miller, were separated during surgery at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Videographer Pat Slattery and I got to see the moment when one becomes two separate babies. It was a well orchestrated surgical dance that, again, left me in awe of the work that goes on daily at Children’s Hospital. We use the word ‘team’ so many times in our sports-dominated world. It can start to lose its meaning. But, watching the nurses, doctors and technicians change two lives for the better by working together as one- and, well, there are no words left. We will always remember 12:52 p.m., Keylee, Zoey, and mom and dad’s quiet reverance as they saw their children lying in separate hospital beds for the first time. As mom, Victoria said, “amazing.”

(A video of the suregery will be featured in an upcoming VUCast–Vanderbilt’s weekly newscast.)

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Friday Night Lights, Twitter and Vanderbilt

April 2 Update: Chronicle of Higher Education coverage of this story.

Okay, where to begin.

I used to watch the show Friday Night Lights fairly regularly, via Netflix, after reading the umpteenth review that, besides The Wire, it was some of the best TV out there. I lost touch with it and happended to be flipping channels two weeks ago on a Friday night when lo and behold, not only is it on, but one of the main characters, Lyla Garrity, is talking about coming to Vanderbilt in the fall. “Cool,” I thought. (I know, I’m deep).

A few days later I was logged into the Vanderbilt Twitter feed, and noticed a Lyla Garrity was following Vanderbilt. Checked out her feed, and it is written as if Lyla herself, the character not the actress, is writing the updates. Further, many of the people she is responding to and tweeting with are also show characters. Checked them out too, and it seems the Friday Night Lights folks have gone whole hog for Twitter. Many if not all of the main characters are posting updates and interacting with and giving fans some extra goods on the show’s twists, turns and touchdowns via Twitter.

Some of the latest news is that Lyla doesn’t think she’ll be able to attend her dream school, Vandy, because her dad went and squandered her college fund. She tweets about it. Unable to resist at this point and recognizing that I’m living in a strange time where I’m talking to television characters, I messaged her back to be sure she was aware of Vanderbilt’s Expanded Financial Aid program, that commits to meeting 100 percent of a family’s financial need without need-based loans. Why did I do this? To get the word out about the program to people that might not have heard of it, and to dip my toe a little further in the water of Tweetversation.

Despite its extensive, nearly smothering coverage in the media, many people still have this response to Twitter. This latest interaction – both on the part of the show, and our response, I think illustrates its permutations and implications are endless, until the next new thing comes along at least.

Lyla responded with thanks, saying the financial aid program is just what she needs right now. Do I smell a spin-off: Friday Night Lights: Nashville?

P.S. I recognize that I’m posting this unusual tale on April Fool’s Day, but I assure you, it is all true.

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Tweet Tweet Commodores!

untitled-2So much to blog about, so little time, but could not resist taking a quick moment to give you, my 3 loyal readers, first glace at our Twitter icon for Commencement, designed by the fabulous Lacy Tite in  Development and Alumni Relations Communications. Attending, watching online, or just thinking about Commencement 2009 at Vanderbilt, which will be kicked off with the music of Earth, Wind & Fire at The Party? Then tweet your little heart out about it by adding #VU2009 to all of your Commencement-related Twitter posts. This should be fun.

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Let’s go Commodores!!!!!

Christina Wirth

Christina Wirth

The Lady ‘Dores advanced to the Sweet 16 last night with a huge win over Kansas State at The Pit in Alburquerque, N.M. They’ll face the winner of tonight’s match up bewtween Maryland and Utah next weekend in Raleigh. Get the full scoop, photos and more on vucommodores.com. Congratulations Commodores!!

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Chancellor taking pay cut

See coverage on WPLN of an event yesterday on campus in which students respectfully presented a letter to Provost McCarty addressed to Chancellor Zeppos in support of low-wage workers at Vanderbilt that called for administrative pay cuts before layoffs of the least paid workers. Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Beth Fortune shared with media that Chancellor Zeppos had already decided to take a salary reduction months before. Dialogue is likely to continue across campus amongst all concerned parties as the university continues to adjust to the global economic downturn.

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VPD @ 100 Oaks

Good story on NewsChannel 5 last night about Vanderbilt Police Department’s  new presence at 100 Oaks. Big win win so far for merchants, patients, community and Vanderbilt. Take a look.

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PodCamp Nashville rocks the Owen School

Attended the fantastic and fun PodCamp Nashville with the city’s poderati this past Saturday at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. See summary below by OwenBloggers guru Jared Degnan:

We hosted just over 350 people, had 32 educational sessions and are
getting some great feedback from the event in terms of both the content and
location.

Of particular note, Fox 5 dropped by and did a great segment on the event
which you can see a clip of at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1PaEA3hBqo.

Additionally, we made contact with several individuals interested in
offering internship opportunities to Owen students.

Photos :: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=pcn09&w=all
Twitter Chatter :: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23pcn09

More videos including recorded sessions to be coming soon.

Thanks so much for all of the support and for allowing OwenBloggers to host
the event at Owen!

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