Monday, May 26, 2008

Yet Another Reason You Have To Make It To Reunion!

Throughout our time at Vanderbilt, the leadership of the school was always in the hands of extraordinary people such as the two Deans of Students pictured above, K.C. Potter and James Sandlin. (Now, how someone got them to pose in this American Gothic scene is anybody's guess, and I'll bet a fascinating story..but I digress).

35 years later, our class will be privledged to see the extraordinary talents of another Vanderbilt leader when we return to campus for our Reunion, October 24-25.

The rest of this week's posting is courtesy of our fearless leader, Class of 1973 Weekend Reunion Chair John Stein, who explains what I mean:

Dear 1973 Graduates,

By now you have likely heard about our fall reunion (October 24-25). I certainly hope you plan to attend. Let me highlight an activity you may not be aware of that is an additional strong reason to venture back to campus.

On Friday afternoon (October 24) each class organizes various "educational" activities. These are typically lectures from professors, updates from Deans of various schools and usually follow a fairly typical academic subject matter.

Not to say that there is anything wrong with that, but our class has orchestrated something that is different and truly outstanding (of course)!

Here's what we have planned.

One of Vanderbilt's extraordinary assets is Vice Chancellor David Williams. You may know David as the "athletic director" that Vanderbilt is not supposed to have. I am sure it has not gone unnoticed how extraordinarily well all our athletic teams have been doing. The last several years under David's watch he has done a tremendous job with his role of overseeing athletics and student affairs.

He is a real Superstar and a true Renaissance man. There is yet another facet of his extraordinary abilities that we will be unveiling on campus on Reunion weekend, Friday afternoon at 4:00 PM.

David grew up in the neighborhood in Detroit that birthed Motown. He is one of the world's experts on this wonderful genre' of music, delivering a lecture that walks us through the history and sidebars of Motown, replete with an absolutely fabulous sampling of that unforgettable and distinctive musical sound. I've already had the opportunity to hear this presentation and let me tell you, it rocks!

You don't want to miss this. If you don't do anything else Reunion weekend, you must come to this lecture because David Williams has an extraordinary grasp of his subject matter and when he gets his groove is something else!

So, there you have it, another strong reason to make it back to campus for reunion. We certainly hope to see you here.

John Stein

Class of 1973 Weekend Chair

So there you have it, guys and gals! What a great opportunity awaits us this fall here in Nashville. And we will also be trying to liven up this blog in the weeks to come. I've got some old WRVU tapes that feature some Motown music and other sounds of '60s and '70s that I hope to add to the festivities here, along with some the top TV new stories of our day (1969-1973), courtesy of the Vanderbilt News Archives.

Stay tuned!

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