Mr. Hospitality

Rondal Richardson’s journey from being the man behind the curtain for some of country music’s biggest stars to blazing a path in entertainment philanthropy—connecting celebrities with worthy causes and raising millions of dollars in the process—is a testament to the power of a generous spirit and the art of giving back.

Breaking the Ice

On a remote Alaskan island, coastal scientist Hannah-Marie Garcia, C’19, works at the intersection of climate change and Indigenous culture to turn ancient wisdom into contemporary solutions.

Moment by Moment at the Altamont Inn

Sewanee theater students and Grundy County inmates explore the realities of incarceration in a civic-engaged class project that helps transcend barriers and foster connections between classroom and cell block.

Living Two Realities

From navigating war-torn landscapes at home to pursuing an ambitious triple major at Sewanee, Kamilla Haidaienko, C’25, sets her sights on one goal: helping to shape the post-war reconstruction of her native Ukraine.

The Wizard of Sweetens Cove

Wildly innovative, maverick golf course creator Rob Collins, C’97, leads a renaissance in course design by looking back to the history of the sport. And it all started with the world’s first “social media golf course.”

Tennessee Comes Back to Sewanee

A landmark staging of A Streetcar Named Desire—in Sewanee’s Tennessee Williams Center—honors the literary legacy of one of America’s greatest playwrights.

A New Campus Living Room

With the opening of Biehl Commons at the center of campus this semester, Sewanee students get a facility purpose-built for their enjoyment—a place to hang out, study, meet friends, and grab a bite. Join us for a look at what the new social commons has to offer.

Bearing Witness

A two-year odyssey takes a Sewanee history and German major from Tennessee to Berlin to navigate a web of archives and emotional revelations as she uncovers the lost stories of Holocaust victims.

Innovative Partnership Aims for a Healthier Plateau

A Tracy City free clinic, the Sewanee alum who founded it, and a pandemic-inspired University testing laboratory join forces to take on a local health crisis.

Behind the Seams with Catherine Gee

The Santa Barbara-based fashion designer draws inspiration from her art-filled life—and Sewanee education—to create a line that’s a favorite among Hollywood A-Listers.

Wasp Whisperers

Student interns with Sewanee’s Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability work with an insect army to help save the Domain’s population of ash trees from an invasive pest.

Game Changer

As the director of the NIL Department at the University of Georgia, recent law-school grad and former Sewanee football player Tanner Potts, C’15, is on the front line of a revolution in college sports.

A Home on the Domain

With a number of innovative new housing programs for faculty and staff, the University is making it easier for employees to live on campus. And, in the process, it’s building the kind of community it promises to students.

Timeless Grit

Inspired by the hiring of a new head football coach, photographer Gordon Hight set out to document the new-look Tigers’ 2023 season in striking black and white as Coach Andy McCollum and his players seek to recapture some of Sewanee’s legendary gridiron glory.

Global Curiosity, Local Insights

Thanks to the Biehl International Research Fellowships, four Sewanee students spent the summer undertaking transformative research journeys across three continents.

Rob Pearigen Comes Home

The 18th vice-chancellor has been here before—as a student, as a professor, as a dean, as a fundraiser. Now, with the experience of having served as president of a peer institution, it’s time for him to lead the university that has mattered so much in his life.

Designing a Just Society

Sewanee Assistant Professor of Psychology Katy Morgan’s pioneering community design program empowers students to transform the places they live by conceptualizing stronger, more resilient neighborhoods.

Unflappable and Unstoppable

Sewanee women’s tennis doubles team Brooke Despriet and Katherine Petty went from strangers to NCAA champions in a single season, adding an elusive prize to their legendary coach’s career in the process.

The Cross at 100

In 1922, a Sewanee vice-chancellor made a fateful nighttime walk up the plateau that ended at sunrise with a stunning vista and a vision. His foresight would result in an enduring symbol of the University that would stand for a century—so far.

Accidental Champion

Before studying abroad, Adri Silva, C’24, had never competed in gymnastics. But that didn’t stop her from joining her host university’s team in Ecuador and coming home with two medals from a major international competition.

Herb Girl

With a new line of adaptogen-infused energy bars and a passion for all things natural, Eileen Schaeffer Brantley, C’13, and her business partners want to change the way you think about the power of herbs.

Finding Their Voice

A newcomer to playwriting, Carson Mendheim, C’25, takes the Critics Choice Award at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s Young Southern Writers Program by mining personal history and navigating the intersection of Southern culture and queer identity.

Bird’s-Eye View

At a critical moment in his efforts to document the history and ecology of forests in the southern Appalachians, Forestry Professor Scott Torreano turns to an unlikely ally—a Sewanee golf coach with a drone.

Jim Peterman’s Vision for a Better World

For over two decades, the philosophy professor and (now former) director of the Office of Civic Engagement has been at the center of efforts to push Sewanee’s academic and co-curricular offerings out of the ivory tower and into the community, where they can make a real difference.

Setting a New Tone for the University Choir

More than 25 years after their own life-changing choral experiences at Sewanee, two alumni make a landmark gift that will shape the choir and the lives of its members for years to come.

A Warm Welcome in Rescuer City

In the midst of war, students, faculty, and alumni associated with Sewanee’s Russian Department traveled to the Ukraine/Poland border to assist refugees in any way they could, including translation services and a healthy dose of human connection.

Shaping Health Care on the Final Frontier

A trailblazer and global leader in wilderness medicine, Harvard Medical School Professor Stuart Harris, C’89, is using the lessons he’s learned in the wild to pioneer a whole new field of medicine for humans in outer space.

(Battery) Power to the People

Lifelong car nut Rocco Calandruccio, C’01, has developed and patented an ingenious method for converting gas-powered vehicles to electric. Now, his start-up company is poised to make that earth-friendly switch available to the masses—quickly and affordably.

The Roberson Project at Five

Half a decade into its work, the University’s project on slavery, race, and reconciliation has become a thriving humanities laboratory and has helped make Sewanee a national leader in exploring the influence of slavery’s legacies on higher education. 

A Point in Time

A determined student with a 70-year-old map and a dollar-store broom uncovers a long-lost piece of Sewanee—and Delta Tau Delta—history on a sandstone bluff.

Grappling with the Prince of Slavers

A Sewanee history professor’s research informs the Bank of England’s efforts to examine its history and the role it played in the transatlantic slave trade.

How We Teach Today

Five Sewanee professors reflect on what it means to lead a classroom in the Information Age and agree that it’s not about the answers given—it’s about the questions asked.

What Can We Learn from the Nuthatch?

Using high-tech gear in a low-tech setting, a Sewanee biology professor and a student researcher study the intricacies of bird flight to make discoveries that could lead to aeronautical innovation.

Saying Yes (and Yes and Yes) to the Dress

Sewanee Theatre Professor Jennifer Matthews wants her students—and you—to think harder about clothing choices. By wearing the same thing 30 days in a row, she was able to explore a more sustainable way of dressing.

Maggie's Story

One student’s work in her hometown near Sewanee exemplifies the immeasurable impact a unique Sewanee service program has had on local communities and on the students who serve them.

Six Reasons to Visit Sewanee This Summer

Escape the crowds, get back to nature, and enjoy cultural opportunities that you’ll find only on the Mountain.

Telling the Untold

Assistant Professor of History Tiffany Momon’s award-winning public history project shines a light on the work of enslaved Black craftspeople, whose mastery was eclipsed only by their anonymity.

Fellow Travelers

Over the next year, Sewanee’s two newest Watson Fellows will circle the globe to explore passions they’ve nurtured since childhood.

A Checkride for the Sewanee Flying Tigers

One of the only liberal arts colleges in the country with an airport on campus, Sewanee is offering a revitalized flight program with the hope that students will be drawn to getting a bird’s-eye view of the Domain and earning a pilot’s license in the process.

Building a Championship Culture

A few months into serving in his new role, Director of Athletics John Shackelford shares his vision for the future of Sewanee athletics.

The Truth Teller

Klarke Stricklen, C’22, becomes Sewanee’s first Black Rhodes Scholar by turning an unflinching eye on Sewanee’s Black history.

Lifting the Plateau

With a one-of-a-kind Americorps VISTA program, Sewanee and its community partners help build capacity among vital organizations to fight poverty and spur community development across the South Cumberland region.

Meeting Students Where They Are

Armed with both data and empathy, the team in Sewanee’s new Center for Student Success and Flourishing is working to ensure that every Sewanee student has the tools they need to succeed in college.

Passing The Baton

Former Sewanee track athlete Miles Martin, C’20, has an idea for getting online purchases to your front door faster than ever. Now, his startup company hopes to hit the ground running.

First-Gen Voices

This week, the University is joining colleges around the country in celebrating first-generation students. We sat down with Sewanee students, faculty, and staff who identify as first-gen to learn about the unique challenges they face and the many ways they’ve overcome them.

The Apple Queen’s Gambit

While most people think about biodiversity loss in terms of disappearing elephants and rainforest, Eliza Greenman, C’06, views it in terms of apples. As one of the world’s leading apple experts, Greenman is spreading the word that apple varieties—or “cultivars”—are disappearing from the planet every day. Learn how she’s working to save the world’s apples.

Probing the Secrets of the Universe from Snowden Hall

What happens to geological materials when a pressure equal to that of 880 African elephants standing on one square inch is applied to them? Sewanee planetary geologist Lily Thompson and her students are working hard to find out—and to expand our understanding of deep Earth, other planets, and beyond.

Bigger Fish to Fry

Lauded for his groundbreaking work battling invasive Asian carp, ecologist David Lodge, C’79, is actually working with a broader goal in mind: Using applied science to tackle the world’s environmental problems

A Sense of Belonging

The University’s first-ever chief diversity officer will draw on a lifetime of personal and professional experience to make Sewanee a more welcoming home for all who come here. Meet Sibby Anderson-Thompkins.

Spice Girl

With small portions of bold flavors packaged in airtight pods, Lisa Carson, C’12, wants to change the way you cook by helping you use fresher spices and reduce waste.

Coding A Brighter Future

A unique summer-long program in Sewanee equips liberal arts students with the data-analysis tools they’ll need to change the world.

The Pied Piper of Service

For 30 years, Dixon Myers has led Sewanee’s outreach efforts on the Plateau, across the country, and around the globe. As he prepares to retire, we look at the deep relationships he and the program have forged and the impact they’ve had on thousands of lives.

Answering the “Why?”

Fourteen years after she became Sewanee’s first Black student to be named a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Charita Roque, C’07, is combining research into the factors that drive disparities in women’s health outcomes with social justice advocacy.

Deep Learning, Deep Discoveries

One alumna’s pioneering use of artificial intelligence to find hidden landscape features leads to new revelations and promises breakthroughs in geography, archaeology, and beyond.

Next Steps

Sewanee's Class of 2021 is poised to do big things. Here’s just a sampling of the places they’re going and the work they’ll be doing after graduation.

Under the Sun Again

Like its predecessors, the brand-new third edition of a classic Sewanee guidebook puts the wonders of the Domain at a reader’s fingertips.

A Chance to Pay It Forward

Josephine Lowery, C’90, draws on her own experience with the college admissions process—and the help she received—to give underserved students in Birmingham access to a life-changing college education.

A Year of Verse and Song

Meet Sewanee’s two newest Watson Fellows, who will travel the world to explore the origins and redemptive power of art through poetry and music.

Creating the COVID Classroom

When it came to equipping faculty to teach through a pandemic, Sewanee had a 25-year-old secret weapon that was purpose-built for the challenge.

Interplanetary Rock Star

Ken Williford, C’98, leads NASA’s search for signs of life in the ancient geology of Mars.

55 Years of Black Alumni

As Sewanee continues its celebration of 55 Years of Black Alumni, we're remembering some of the important contributions made and milestones reached by generations of Black students who have called the Mountain home.

On the Trail of Hudson Stuck

In a new book, Patrick Dean, T’06, explores the life of the Sewanee alumnus who co-led the first successful summit of the continent’s tallest mountain.

Inside the Sewanee Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory

Six things to know about a unique new campus resource whose usefulness will outlive the pandemic.

A Semester Like No Other

As COVID-19 swept the country this summer and fall, Sewanee welcomed students back to campus—and then kept them here—for a full semester of in-person education. Here’s how.

The Potter Effect

Generations of Sewanee students recall lifelong lessons learned from a legendary geology professor, while a new endowment supporting field education is established to honor his decades of inspirational teaching.

Ghosts of Lone Rock

A Sewanee history professor’s archaeological excavation shines a light on a dark corner of local history in which Black prisoners were forced to mine coal without pay in Reconstruction-era Grundy County.

Beauty Queen

As we continue marking 55 Years of Black Alumni at Sewanee, we celebrate a young entrepreneur who’s helping change the way the world shops for skin-care products.

The Trailblazer

Fifty years after he became the first Black graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences, Judge Nathaniel “Bubba” Owens, C’70, reflects on a lifetime of firsts.

A Home for Flourishing

With fitness, health and counseling services, and the Sewanee Outing Program all housed in one spectacular location, Sewanee’s newly opened Wellness Commons relocates student well-being to the center of campus and campus life.

Telling the Whole Truth

New University Chaplain Peter Gray starts his dream job with a host of challenges, a family history of activism, and a desire to “make a space for everybody.”

A Man to Meet the Moment

Reuben Brigety agreed to be Sewanee’s 17th vice-chancellor just weeks before the world exploded in crisis. Now, with his tenure starting during one of the most challenging periods in Sewanee history, the global statesman will draw on a world of experience to lead the University.

The Jungle Inside

An alumnus shepherds the unexpected gift of a major plant collection that promises unparalleled learning opportunities for Sewanee botany students.

The McCardell Years

Through a decade of leadership, an historian presides over an historic period of growth and change at Sewanee.

Restaurant Rescue

In the face of an economically disastrous pandemic, Charleston wine distributor Harry Root, C’97, leads a nationwide effort to save independent eateries.

Asynchronous In Sewanee

Classics Professor Chris McDonough grapples with the unexpected realities of remote teaching—and tries to remember what day it is.

Dear Sewanee Students

Psychology Professor Karen Yu wants you to know that your professors miss you. And here are some of the reasons why.

Sewanee's Coronavirus Expert Enters the Fray

In the fight against a global pandemic, Assistant Professor of Biology Clint Smith’s work has taken him from a research lab in Sewanee to a testing lab in Chattanooga.

Floating On

While 16 Sewanee students enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime spring break adventure on the Rio Grande, the world beyond the canyon was changing in ways they couldn’t imagine.

The Ones Left Behind

What happens when everybody goes home, but you can’t?

Trauma Journal

In the coronavirus crisis, a Sewanee English professor, alumna, and mother of a member of the Class of 2020 finds echoes of tragedies past.

Money Girl, Money Guru

With a popular podcast, best-selling books, and hard-earned lessons from her own life, Laura Adams, C’90, has built a loyal following for a kinder, gentler brand of personal-finance advice.

Deciphering the Japanese Modern

Assistant Professor of Art History Alison Miller closely studies woodblock prints from a fascinating period in the history of Japan and its monarchy.

Haiti's Hopeful Harvest

After five years, a Sewanee-led project to address deforestation, grow coffee, sequester carbon, and provide a brighter future for farmers in Haiti’s Central Plateau region shows promising results.

Sustaining Arcadia

After more than a century of active forest management, Sewanee teams up with the Nature Conservancy to create a plan for the future of the Domain with an emphasis on biodiversity and resilience.

Face Value

Mandy Moe Pwint Tu, C’21, wanted to know what it would look like if the University community were represented more broadly in Sewanee’s public spaces. Now, thanks to an art professor and her students, she has an answer.

Tiny House, Big Heart

How do you address an epidemic of homelessness among veterans? To Sewanee student Caiti Berends, the answer was simple: Build a community.

If these walls could talk

After years of study by Sewanee faculty, students, and alumni, the logs of Rebel’s Rest are giving up their secrets.

46 on the trail

James Dunaway, C’17, makes a record-breaking ride through the mountains of North Georgia.

Food for Thought

From baking bread to fermenting kimchi, Sewanee Dining’s Food Literacy Project cooks up ways for students to learn more about the origins, health implications, and environmental impacts of what they eat

Flight Path

Bethany Davis, C’07, has used lessons from Sewanee and a lifetime in aviation to become a program director at aerospace leader Gulfstream and one of the few women to reach such lofty heights at the company.

Chief Seeks Justice

David Johnson, C'19, prepares to travel the world to find ways to help his own country heal.

Angela Watkins’ Quiet Night

After the birth of her first child and a struggle with postpartum depression, a singer-songwriter shifts gears.

A Homegrown Pavilion for Lost Cove

This summer, a new pavilion will be built in Lost Cove using wood from pine trees that Sewanee forestry students helped plant more than 50 years ago. Current students were involved in every step of the harvesting process, from measuring and selecting trees to milling the lumber. Here’s what it looked like.

Making Haste with Waste

At the University Farm, Chris Hornsby, C’19, and his team of hard-working fly larvae are working to change how the world converts food waste to useful compost.

Song for an Unsung Hero

Julian Adams, C’94, dedicates 13 years of his life to telling the story of the courageous sacrifice of a Vietnam War pararescue medic in a major motion picture—starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ed Harris—to be released this summer.

Walking the Double Bottom Line

A student investment team looks to do well and do some good with a $2 million portion of the University’s endowment.

How To Build an Art Factory

In Chattanooga, Charlotte Caldwell, C’05, looks to transform the contemporary-art scene in the Southeast with an ambitious dream and a 75,000-square-foot remnant of the family business.

Explaining Syria

Inspired by a summer internship, a junior politics major works to enlighten fellow students about the worst humanitarian crisis of our time.

John Gatta Knows His Place

In his latest book, an English professor and former dean of the College considers the spiritual experience of place in American literature and explores how a Sewanee program helps students find their place in a place—wherever that might be.

The Tennessee Williams Center Turns 20

Sewanee’s home for theatre and dance celebrates two decades of learning by building, creating, and performing.

Translation in the Age of #MeToo

Tapped as the first female translator of Ovid's Metamorphoses into English verse, Classics Professor Stephanie McCarter takes a hard look at the way sexual violence has been—and might be—portrayed in translations of the myths.

Let the Dream Begin

Sewanee theater grad Jordan Craig, C’11, was on the verge of giving up acting. Then the Phantom called.

Rallying ’Round the Flags

We asked residents of each of Sewanee’s 19 residence halls to show us the new flags Professor Emeritus Waring McCrady, C’59, designed to represent each hall. View the slideshow below to see the flags and learn the meanings of their designs.

Chronicler of Loss

Nearly a half-century after leaving his native Tanzania, Sewanee Art Professor Pradip Malde returned—with a big camera and a Guggenheim fellowship—to document lives affected by a widely condemned but culturally entrenched surgical practice.

Bringing the Iron Men to Life

Two Class of ’76 alumni explore Sewanee, sports, and cultural history to tell the true story of the 1899 football team in a forthcoming documentary film.

One Bat, Two Bat, Red Bat, Gray Bat

Scientists from around the Southeast descend on Sewanee to survey bat populations and get a look at the kind of ecological research being conducted on the Domain.

The Useful Summer

Meet a handful of the more than 250 students who spent the sunny season gaining valuable experience in Sewanee-supported internships.

Watering the Whiskey Tree

Two Sewanee grads from families steeped in American distillery history find their way, separately, to a conservation effort aimed at protecting the trees needed for the production of some storied spirits.

Tenacity Jayne

Thirty-seven years after leaving Sewanee following her freshman year, Jayne Bibb came back to the Mountain as a 56-year-old sophomore. And after earning a bachelor’s degree, she decided she wasn’t done just yet.

A Lot of Truth for a Tuesday Morning

Descendants of a slave trading family come to Sewanee to search for their history and find it tangled up with the University’s own painful truth about its founding.

Lending Support

A Sewanee alumnus’s VISTA project grows into a start-up business that offers local residents a welcome alternative to high-interest predatory lending.

The Bird Philosotographer

Sewanee Professor Jim Peters brings a philosopher’s perspective to an extracurricular passion.

Community Medicine

A student’s years-long involvement with a local rural medical clinic fosters deep connections to people and place, and prepares her for a future career.

Discerning the Shape of Water

Students and professors in a variety of disciplines take advantage of Sewanee’s local ecology to engage in water and water-systems research that is as deep as it is wide.

Capital Gains

Sewanee’s student investment club notches big returns for the University’s endowment—and for members’ postgraduate employment prospects.

Stress Test

A Sewanee biology professor and her students look to shed new light on an age-old debate—by scaring some tiny fish.

Good Neighbors

Sewanee’s flourishing civic engagement program reaches beyond the Domain to prove that a crucial part of preparing students for success is giving them opportunities to interact meaningfully with the communities and people around them.

A New Prescription for Pain

At a Nashville startup, a Sewanee physics graduate and neuroscientist uses big data to find new ways to fight the country’s opioid epidemic.

The Tapestry History Mystery

An intriguing work of art owned by the University and hiding in plain sight inspires a multidisciplinary investigation involving students and faculty in fields ranging from chemistry and classics to theatre and medieval studies.

A Different Kind of Fish Farming

The University Farm explores an experimental aquaponics system to grow vegetables and save water on and beyond the Domain.

The Deer Hunter in Academia

When students and community members join Sewanee’s annual herd cull, it’s not just for sport and meat—the hunt helps balance ecological interests and protect biodiversity on the Domain.

Youth Brigade

Editor Adam Ross staffs the venerable Sewanee Review from a single source—recent Sewanee graduating classes.

The Princess and the Drone

A student’s chance meeting with a Kashmiri royal leads to a Sewanee drone research program that’s ready to take off and fly.

Racing Through Pyongyang

As tensions between the United States and North Korea continue to rise, a Sewanee history professor recounts her recent trip to the heart of the Hermit Kingdom.

ACEing It

Exponential growth in the number of career-exploration internships limited to Sewanee applicants helps students find their way from the classroom to the boardroom and beyond.

Domain Discoveries

A Sewanee professor reads the landscape of the South Cumberland Plateau and finds its human history written—in the soil, on the rocks, and under the trees—just clearly enough to be legible.

Señora Embajadora

How a Sewanee history professor became Peru’s first ambassador to Ireland.

Finding Beauty Among the Wreckage

A new memoir from Kelly Grey Carlisle, C’98, tells the story of an abandoned baby, a murdered mother, and an unorthodox childhood in a Los Angeles marina.

A Long Swim for Science

Professors from two continents team up to survey the health of the Tennessee River—for all of its 652 miles—one stroke at a time.

Paving the Way to College

Former first-generation college student Krissy DeAlejandro, C’01, helps make college dreams come true for thousands of Tennessee students.

The Perimeter Trail at 25

How our favorite long hike went from century-old pipe dream to top-line item on every Sewanee bucket list.

Special Deliveries

Bryn Huntpalmer, C’08, builds a thriving—and profitable—podcast business by inviting mothers to tell their birth stories.


In the days before commencement, we asked 14 graduating seniors to share one treasured object they’re taking with them when they leave the Mountain.

Unearthing the Muckers

History Professor Woody Register’s deep dive into a noted social reformer’s archive uncovers a fascinating and long-forgotten account of life in a children’s street gang in 19th-century New York City.

Drawing the People’s Map

A Sewanee professor and her students collect stories about places on the South Cumberland Plateau to compile a rich topography of personal history.

How to Cool a Planet

A Sewanee Rhodes Scholar digs into the science to offer a humane road map to reversing global warming.


A Sewanee sophomore sets his sights on the 2020 Olympics.

Shining a Light

Informed by her own personal history, Associate Professor of Politics Mila Dragojevic travels the world to examine the conditions that lead to refugee crises, violence against civilians, and genocide.

The Cavalier and the Saint

A distinctly Sewanee mystery begins with a work of art that conceals an older work of art and continues with a deep dive into a little-known episode of mid-20th-century University history.

Sounding the Headwaters

Assistant Professor of Biology Kristen Cecala and her students are answering questions about how animal species might respond to climate change, one salamander at a time.

Messages from Across the Millennia

By cataloging and preserving the world’s oldest art, photographer Stephen Alvarez, C’87, is providing clues to understanding the human condition at its very origin.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

The Sewanee Outing Program takes on a 14,000-foot Colorado peak in subzero temperatures and a massive snowstorm.

Accidental Foodie

Jimmy Hagood, C’78, left the insurance industry to build a Southern specialty-food empire—and to become one of the country’s most decorated barbecue pitmasters along the way.

Spring Cleaning

Inspired by one of its members, a Sewanee fraternity revitalizes a significant campus historic site.

Facing It

A freshman volleyball player fights through cancer to play the sport she loves at the college she fell in love with.

Remaking the Sewanee Review

With new writers and a new look, Editor Adam Ross’s debut issue hopes to find a place on your bedside table.

What Lives Beneath

Biology Professor Kirk Zigler and his students make remarkable finds in the caves of Sewanee and beyond.

The Voice of New Nashville

As speechwriter and communications adviser to two mayors and co-author of a new book, Michael Cass, C’93, tells the story of the country’s hottest city.

Seeing the Forest for the Trees

A new Domain initiative shows that a working forest can benefit students, the local economy, and the planet.

Smart Girl at the Party

From Saturday Night Live to the White House, from Texas to Malawi, producer, activist, and humanitarian Meredith Walker, C’91, is changing the world by being herself.

Life Among the Displaced

One Sewanee student’s summer internship places him at the heart of the European refugee crisis.

Reminders of Home

We asked members of this fall’s freshman class to share one thing they brought to Sewanee to connect them to where they came from. Here’s what they showed us.

Improbable Journey

Every Sewanee student has a backstory, but few of those tales have the plot twists of Leonce Nshuti’s long and winding road from child refugee to Ivy League postgraduate.

A Few Parting Words from Smith

In the final lecture of his distinguished teaching career, longtime Professor of Religion Jerry Smith waxed eloquent on competence, compassion, and “those damn rocks.”

The Weed Eater

Stephen Carmody looks to the South Cumberland Plateau’s prehistory to test an idea that could help solve a global food crisis: Cultivate the overlooked plants eaten by Sewanee’s ancient Native American residents.

Saving the Scribbles

A Sewanee professor and her students are preserving first-century graffiti with 21st-century tools.

After the Quake

Photographer Preston Merchant, C’90, travels to Kathmandu to chronicle Nepalis’ efforts to recover from disaster.

Climbing Out of the Well

A near-fatal car accident and a botched surgery left Clay Byars, C’97, paralyzed from the eyes down. In a new memoir, he recounts his harrowing journey back from a life trapped in his own body.

Let's Do Lunch

In its second year, a University-led summer meal program is a win-win solution, feeding kids and employing dining service workers.

Prescription for Happiness

Assistant Professor of Psychology Katie Nelson wants you be happy—and she’ll tell you how to do it.

Picnic in Persepolis

In the weeks after the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal went into effect, NPR producer Emily Ochsenschlager, C’03, traveled to the Islamic republic to find out what the future holds.

Lone Ranger

Sandy Gilliam, the University’s first and only full-time Domain ranger, patrols 13,000 acres and teaches all who meet him what it means to really know a place.

Boys to Men

Jewlz Davis, C’16, is introducing high school students to new ideas about masculinity—if he can just get them to focus.

Decoding the Dark Matter

Chase Spurlock, C’09, and his biotech startup explore the mysteries of the human genome to provide faster diagnoses for autoimmune disorders.

The Mushroom Magnates of Pelham

When Nashville’s top chefs want locally sourced gourmet mushrooms, they turn to two young Sewanee alumni.

Microgreen Thumb

One student’s novel research project explores a new growing strategy on the University Farm.

The Long Red Line

As University Choirmaster Robbe Delcamp prepares to put down his baton, we take a look inside the program he’s built over 37 years.

Finding Words for a New Kind of Unity

Behold how good: Sewanee students, faculty, staff, and administrators come together to talk about what it means to live in a diverse community.

Sugar, Sugar

A student-led effort to address diabetes in local communities leads to a new academic course and a flourishing outreach program.

Notes from the Wild Frontier of Mobile Gaming

Video game designer Brian Reynolds, C’90, makes a career out of interesting decisions.

Behind the Music (and the Beards)

James Mason, C’07, is one half of The Roosevelts, a Nashville-based duo that is looking to its fans to serve as its record company for the band’s debut full-length album.

Picture Perfect

Postcards from University Archives depict yesterday’s Sewanee in timeless style.

Picturing the Domain

A LiDAR imaging project provides the most detailed topographical maps of the University’s landholdings ever created, and an invaluable research tool for students and faculty in disciplines from forestry and geology to history and archaeology.


With a distinct sense of style and a willingness to share personal stories, fashion blogger and Instagrammer Bess Pearson, C’18, finds an audience—and a business—online.

Veni, Vidi, Scripsi

You can hardly swing a felis mortuus in Sewanee without hitting a classical allusion. Classics Professor Chris McDonough explicates a few of the more interesting examples—from the sacred to the profane—for your edification and entertainment.

Study Abroad in an Age of Terror

French Professor George Poe and a group of Sewanee students were in Paris on the night of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks. Here is their story, along with Poe’s thoughts about the future of study abroad in the wake of such tragedy.

Eric Roddy Seeks Balance … and a Stingy Secondary

Sewanee’s latest Rhodes Scholarship finalist has one eye on the future and one on the Miami Dolphins.

The Antman Cometh

Sewanee students and faculty conducting a pioneering—and distinctly eusocial—study of Haitian ants get some help from a leading expert.

Lessons from a Tragedy

In the wake of the Charleston church shootings, a Sewanee history major finds herself at the intersection of broken history and breaking news, searing pain and soaring hope, unthinkable violence and unimaginable grace.

(University) Farm to (Picnic) Table

For the first-ever Farm to Table Fest, residents of Sewanee's Health & Wellness House served up a meal that was super-fresh and hyper-local.

Bringing The Family Fang to Film

How Kevin Wilson's debut novel made it from Sewanee to Hollywood.

10 Days in Iceland

This summer, the field portion of a Sewanee course on global environmental change introduced students to the volcanic history, unique wildlife, and breathtaking vistas of the Land of Fire and Ice.

Wendell Berry Teaches Freshmen the Importance of Place

First-year students in this year's FYP program enjoyed a two-day master class with America's preeminent novelist/poet/environmentalist/farmer.