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Senior memories 2014

May 8, 2014




Commencement Information | Graduates Thank Their Moms

Vanderbilt University will hold its annual Commencement ceremony Friday, May 9 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Alumni Lawn. The class of seniors accomplished quite a bit during their time on campus, including winning five SEC team titles, participating in three bowl games, a College World Series and qualifying for numerous NCAA postseason championships. Additionally, the team set school records and corralled All-SEC and All-America accolades. Off the field, the group dedicated countless hours in the community and were also leaders in the classroom.

Before the seniors walk across the stage and receive their diplomas, learn more about members of the Class of 2014 by reading about their future plans and favorite memories. The graduation feature titled "Senior Memories" has become a tradition on VUCommodores.com, and provides readers an opportunity to learn more about the seniors they cheered for the last four years.



Karl Butler
Football


Degree: Human and Organizational Development

Plans for next year: Pursue football career; career in human services industry

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Finally beating Georgia (in 2013) and beating UT in Knoxville (also in 2013)

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Finishing my last credits

Favorite professor and/or class: Benjamin Jordan, Engineering Management

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Great

Favorite place on campus: Vanderbilt Stadium

Favorite place in Nashville: My room

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: The relationships



Abby Carr
Soccer


Degree: Psychology; Minor in Art

Plans for next year: Research Assistant at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: The first time I started a game for Vanderbilt

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Finishing my senior thesis

Favorite professors: Drs. Craig Smith & Leslie Kirby

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Awesome

Favorite place on campus: Relaxing on one of the lawns

Favorite place in Nashville: Any of the local coffee houses

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: Having so many of my best friends within walking distance



Austyn Carta-Samuels
Football


Degree: Psychology

Plans for next year: To keep my dream of being a professional athlete in the NFL. But understanding that there is an expiration date on the life of a professional athlete and that the future is unpredictable, I plan to use my experience as a 2-time captain and teammate to step into the world of coaching with the intention of one day returning as the head coach of Vanderbilt University.

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Walking my Grandfather (former student-athlete at Vanderbilt) around the campus taking him to my classes and seeing the pride and joy he had on his face as he knew his grandson was flourishing in the same environment that he had back in college.

Favorite professor: Professor Hamilton in Physics. Showed great pride in educating kids from this university with an infectious energy and teaching style.

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Proud

Favorite place on campus: Offensive film room. Spent so much time there I might as well call it my favorite.

Favorite place in Nashville: McDougal's

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: Representing the tight cohesive community that Vanderbilt has. I have attended three different colleges and the incredible job Vanderbilt does with acclimating you with your peers of all different backgrounds, and being a representative for something so special,is what I will remember forever.



Rob Cross
Men's Basketball


Degree: Human and Organizational Development

Plans for next year: Teach For America in Memphis

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Starting against LSU on Senior Night

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: None really jump to mind; I spent most of my time in the gym

Favorite professor and/or class: Adam Ewing, African-American History

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Exciting

Favorite place on campus: Memorial Gym

Favorite place in Nashville: Chili's

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: I think I'll miss the people the most. I've met some pretty incredible people in my four years here.



Alyssa Dunlap
Lacrosse


Degree: Corporate Leadership

Plans for next year: Undecided

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Beating Duke when they were a top-5 team

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Traveling abroad to Florence, Italy

Favorite professor and/or class: Soc. 256 Race, Gender, Sport

What does it feel like to be graduating: A huge accomplishment

Favorite place on campus: Peabody main quad

Favorite place in Nashville: Jeni's Ice cream

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: The people



Charlie Ewing
Men's Golf


Degree: Cultures and Corporations

Plans for next year: Moving back to Dallas

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Winning the 2012 Mason Rudolph my junior year, the first team title since I had been at Vanderbilt

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Golf team talent show 2014

Favorite professor and/or class: Laurie Woods, sociology courses

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Unbelievable

Favorite place on campus: McGugin has the nicest people on campus

Favorite place in Nashville: Vanderbilt Legends Club, specifically the new golf house

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: My teammates. No doubt.



Kendra Hendrix
Soccer


Degree: Public Policy

Plans for next year: Peace Corps, then graduate school

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Scoring a goal in the spring game my junior year from defense position

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: The Kendrick Lamar concert

Favorite professor and/or class: Professor Dokecki, Ethics for Human Development Professionals

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Fulfilling

Favorite place on campus: The Stambaugh balcony

Favorite place in Nashville: Cafe Coco

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: The commitment from students to work extremely hard but also using the same tenacity to have fun and give back to their community.



Kimberly Koehler
Women's Golf


Degree: Cognitive Studies major, Corporate Strategy minor

Plans for next year: Marketing

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Playing in the Mason Rudolph, our home tournament fall 2013

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Steve Moakler & Ben Rector concert

Favorite class: Ethics & Law

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Bittersweet

Favorite place on campus: The Pub

Favorite place in Nashville: Centennial Park

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: All you can eat food



Chelsea Lanzoni
Lacrosse


Degree: Human and Organizational Development - International Leadership and Development track

Plans for next year: Temporarily moving to Cape Town, South Africa

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Beating Stanford this year

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Any time spent with the team

Favorite class: Intercultural Competencies

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Bittersweet

Favorite place on campus: Stacks in Peabody Library

Favorite place in Nashville: Barista Parlor

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: All of my friends that I'm leaving behind, and being able to call Nashville home.



Alexa Levick
Soccer


Degree: Human and Organizational Development

Plans for next year: Management trainee with Cintas in first aid and safety in Louisville

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Having a family away from home and having "unofficial" team dinners

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Exploring Nashville with friends this past semester

Favorite professor and/or class: Professor - Dr. Todd; Class and Professor - HOD Small Group Behavior with Professor Gilchrest

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Intimidating

Favorite place on campus: Training room, specifically Sara Melby's office (I spent way too much time there)

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: Having friends in close proximity at all times. You never have to walk far to be with your friends.



Ryan Lipman
Men's Tennis


Degree: Management and Entrepreneurship

Plans for next year: Play professional tennis for as long as I can to delay the real world

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Beating UGA in the SEC tournament this year ... the crowd, the atmosphere and the win were just incredible

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Turning in my last paper as an undergraduate

Favorite professor and/or class: Arthur Johnsen - Advanced Marketing

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Yikes

Favorite place on campus: Tennis center

Favorite place in Nashville: My house

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: The people. Everyone that I have met here at Vandy has had a profound affect on my life and I will miss being around the great people here at Vandy.



Lauren Mira
Women's Tennis


Degree: Human and Organizational Development

Plans for next year: I have a few options to work here in Nashville starting in June

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Clinching our win over UT in the Round of 32 of NCAAs in 2011

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Spending Thanksgiving break with both tennis teams in South Africa my freshman year

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Unreal

Favorite place on campus: Locker Room

Favorite place in Nashville: I really love East Nashville and all of its trendy little restaurants, particularly Marche

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: As much as it is exhausting to balance academics and tennis, I'm going to miss the student-athlete lifestyle. I'm going to miss eating in McGugin with my teammates, traveling on the weekends and competing in dual matches. I'm also going to miss being able to see and hang out with my friends so easily/accessibly since we are all in such close quarters on campus.



Rod Odom
Men's Basketball


Degree: Economics

Plans for next year: To play basketball professionally

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Beating UT at home this year

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Listening to Ricky Reeno talk about anything

Favorite class: Fundamentals of Management with Joe Rando

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Gratifying

Favorite place in Nashville: McDougal's

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: Lauren Rocco and Rob Cross



Lauren Rhein
Bowling


Degree: Economics and Medicine Health and Society

Plans for next year: Graduate school to receive a Master in Healthcare Administration

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Being able to experience competing for a national championship two times

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Tailgating with the bowling team, coaches, etc. at all Vanderbilt football home games

Favorite professor: Professor Rennhoff in Economics of Health and Healthcare Policy

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Bittersweet

Favorite place on campus: The Rec

Favorite place in Nashville: Pancake Pantry

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: Being surrounded by teammates, coaches, friends, and many others in the athletic department who have constantly been there for me from the beginning.




Steven Rice
Baseball


Degree: Financial Management

Plans for next year: Undecided

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: The 2013 baseball team

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Lewis 8

Favorite professor and/or class: Organizational Behavior/Ben Jordan

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Satisfying

Favorite place on campus: Hawkins Field

Favorite place in Nashville: The Pharmacy Burger Parlor

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: The baseball team




Melissa Roberts
Swimming


Degree: Medicine Health and Society, and Philosophy

Plans for next year: Work at Opko Lab in Nashville

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Going to Puerto Rico for our winter training trip my junior year

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Spring break in Key West sophomore year

Favorite professor and/or class: Philosophy of Law with professor Larry May

Favorite place in Nashville: Percy Warner Park



Claire Romaine
Soccer


Degree: Psychology with a research concentration

Plans for next year: Travel and medical school

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: 2010 SEC Tournament game against Florida

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Trick Tuesday

Favorite class: Health Distribution to Diverse Populations

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Unclear

Favorite place on campus: Kissam

Favorite place in Nashville: Smoothie King

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: Friends



Megan Schneir
Soccer


Degree: Economics with Minors in Corporate Strategy and Financial Economics

Plans for next year: Investment Banking Rotational Analyst at KeyBank Capital Markets

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Joking with my teammates in the locker room

Favorite professor and/or class: The History of Country Music - what better place to take it than in Music City?

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Scary

Favorite place on campus: My bed

Favorite place in Nashville: Centennial Park

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: Getting to see my best friends every day, and not having to pay my own bills.



Carey Spear
Football


Degree: HOD (International Leadership Development); Minors in Chinese & Corporate Strategy

Plans for next year: Pursue NFL career

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Hit on Cordarrelle Patterson and beating UT the last two years

Favorite non-athletic memories at Vanderbilt: Haiti Mission Trip in 2012

Favorite professor: Gary Kimball

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Blessing

Favorite place on campus: Dudley Field

Favorite places in Nashville: Centennial Park

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: The people (friends and Vanderbilt workers)



Grace Stumb
Soccer


Degree: Special Education

Plans for next year: Teaching special education at DuPont Tyler Middle School in Hermitage, Tenn.

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Playing soccer in Brazil

Favorite non-athletic memories at Vanderbilt: Completing student-teaching

Favorite professor: Dr. Wehby, SPED 1010 Intro into Exceptionality

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Unreal

Favorite place on campus: Peabody Lawn

Favorite places in Nashville: My home

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: My friends and teammates that I've bonded with over the past four years



Sarah Tustin
Lacrosse


Degree: Organization and Communications

Plans for next year: Moving to Denver to be a human resource associate at Dish Network headquarters

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Beating Johns Hopkins this year, who was undefeated

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Italy with the team last summer

Favorite professor: Ken Pence or John English

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Terrifying

Favorite place on campus: Baseball Glove Lounge (good for naps and studying)

Favorite place in Nashville: Barista Parlor

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: Being with the team every day



Alyxandra Vernon
Swimming


Degree: English and Psychology

Plans for next year: Teach for America

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Beating Tulane

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Too many to pick from

Favorite professor: Colin Dayan in Literature and Law

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Awesome

Favorite place on campus: Alumni Hall

Favorite place in Nashville: Noshville

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: My team



Abby Wheeler
Lacrosse


Degree: Human and Organizational Development

Plans for next year: Interning in an Urban Design Firm

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Beating Hopkins on our home turf when they were undefeated and ranked 9th overall

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Going to Italy with the team last summer

Favorite professor and/or class: Professor Van Schaack, HOD 1700 - Systematic Inquiry

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Odd

Favorite place on campus: Our field - lots of memories

Favorite place in Nashville: Rippy's

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: The people



Brionne Williams
Women's Track


Degree: Medicine, Health and Society; Minor in Child Development

Plans for next year: I plan to travel when my season is over and eventually I plan to attend a Nursing School, but I am not quite sure where

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Jumping the school record (6') and qualifying for the NCAA IndoorNational Championships my junior year

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Too many to name, but basically all the times spent with my team off of the track

Favorite professor and/or class: MHS 220 - Narrative Medicine with Dr. A. Scott Pearson. He is an awesome, compassionate professor whose class is interesting and goes exactly along with my career choice.

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Bittersweet

Favorite place on campus: Any of the main lawns (Alumni, Commons, Library) because I love sitting outside to do homework when it is nice out.

Favorite place in Nashville: Hillsboro Village for the great food and my favorite place to shop

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: The little family I've created with my friends, teammates, coaches, staff, etc.



Michelle Williamson
Swimming


Degree: Economics with a Minor in Corporate Strategy

Plans for next year: University of Texas School of Law

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: SECs my senior year - my dad came up to count for me in my last mile

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Tailgating season, of course

Favorite professor and/or class: Country Music with Peter cooper

Favorite place on campus: The Pub

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: Everything. It's been a great experience and I've loved every minute. The academics, the swim team, Pi Phi my sorority, Nashville scene and so much more.



Megan Yohe
Women's Cross Country


Degree: Elementary Education and Child Studies; Minor in Religious Studies

Plans for next year: Missionary teacher in a second grade classroom at a Christian school in Bogota, Colombia.

Favorite athletic memories at Vanderbilt: Hosting Cross Country SECs my junior year out at Percy Warner was by far one of my favorite races.Our team ran well and I was able to enjoy one of my best races with friends and family at the course! Another favorite memory is every year when finals roll around in the winter and we have the annual holiday party with local elementary school kids in Nashville. And just one more: I couldn't forget this past summer when I had the opportunity to travel with Soles4Souls and Vanderbilt athletics to Tanzania, Africa. We were able to love on all these African children and come together as one Vanderbilt team, not just our individual sports.

Favorite non-athletic memory at Vanderbilt: Peru WhoUWith Mission Trip was by far one of my favorite memories at Vanderbilt. It was an amazing week, in which I was able to serve abroad and grow stronger in my faith with some of my closest friends at school. Also, who doesn't love football games supporting our `Dores?

Favorite class: Hard to pick just one. A few favorite classes include: Spanish, Global Int. of Christian Scripture, and Exploring Lit for Children.

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Unbelievable

Favorite place on campus: WhoUWith ministry house and Peabody Lawn with friends

Favorite places in Nashville: Percy Warner Park, Jeni's Ice Cream

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: Hands down: the people. The people on this campus have meant so much to me. I will miss talking with friends, exploring Nashville, and meeting new people.



Rebecca Young
Swimming


Degree: Chemistry; Minor in Math

Plans for next year: Medical School at University of South Alabama

Favorite athletic memory at Vanderbilt: SEC's my senior year; went a lifetime best

Favorite class: Acting I

In one word what does it feel like to be graduating: Bizarre

Favorite place on campus: Vanderbilt Stadium

What will you miss most about Vanderbilt: All my friends

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