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Project Update: HydroJet in Honduras


For the Project Pyramid spring break immersion trip, Team HydroJet travelled south to Honduras to the town of Santa Rosa de Copan. Second-year MBA Nick Gordon, first-year MBAs Harry Cross and Mike Crane, and Biomedical Engineering PhD student Robert Caprara – along with Dr. Doug Morgan, a Vanderbilt gastroenterologist – represented the multi-discipline team from Nashville. As the creator of a new, low-cost gastric cancer screening device, known currently as the HydroJet, Robert travelled to Honduras for the sake of […]

Project Update: Primeros Pasos in Guatemala


As a part of the 2015 Project Pyramid class, our team of Gabriella Flynn, Daniel Powers and Gillian Sills partnered with Primeros Pasos, a small medical clinic in rural Guatemala. The clinic is located outside of Quetzaltenango (Xela), Guatemala at the entrance to the Palajunoj Valley. In this valley are over a dozen small villages made up of indigenous Mayan people living in extreme poverty. In total there are over 15,000 residents in the Valley, and Primeros Pasos is the […]

Project Update: Sibimbe in Ecuador


Over Spring Break, our Project Pyramid group traveled to Ecuador to work with Sibimbe Sewing Cooperative, a micro-enterprise that supports women in the rural and remote town of San Eduardo. Sibimbe employs one grandmother, two single mothers and a female priest, all of whom work at Sibimbe part-time using local textiles to create a variety of purses, duffle bags, tablecloths, and liturgical vestments. Sibimbe also makes a carrying case for healing oils sold by Thistle farms. Shared Trade, an e-commerce […]

2015 OPA Fall Events


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2015 OPA Fall Events August Welcome BBQ Let’s welcome all of our new OPA members after a great summer! Grab a burger and join us in celebrating the start of the new school year.    September Full Moon Pickin’ Party  Are you ready for a laid-back, family-friendly night filled with bluegrass music under the light of a full moon? Bluegrass and roots pickers jam in circles under the trees and around the grounds, while three headlining acts perform on the main […]

2015-2016 OPA Presidents


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  Paris Bilodeau Wullschleger Paris is originally from CT and met her husband AJ while attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In 2014  AJ decided to pursue his MBA in Finance at Vanderbilt University. Paris currently works remotely from her home as an Underwriter for The Hartford Insurance Company. OPA is a big reason why Paris and AJ chose to come to Vanderbilt. OPAhas helped them meet some wonderful friends, explore the great city of Nashville, and provide a support system while on this exciting journey.   […]

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