Photo gallery: Freshman athletes in Founders Walk

The Founders Walk, Vanderbilt's formal welcome of new students to the University community, took place Tuesday evening on campus. VandyMania photographer Whitney D. assembled this gallery of photos that includes a number of Vanderbilt's incoming freshman and transfer student-athletes.


Before the Walk begins, the freshmen line up for the procession with their Vuceptor groups near the campus entrance on West End Avenue.
The heralded women's soccer signing class was divided between two Vuceptor groups. Audrey Nonemaker, Brette Healy, and Erin Horan were in one group.

Their freshman teammates Niki Reed, Alexis Yoculan, Meredith Kohn, Leigh Godchaux, Ami Baughman, and Sarah Dennis were in another. Although Wednesday is their first day of classes, they've all been on campus for the past two weeks for preseason workouts.

Football practice didn't start until 6 p.m. today to allow the freshmen football players to participate in the Founders Walk. David Carter, Theo Horrocks, Lamar Divens, and DeMarcus Bradley were there.

And so were Jared Fagan, Cassen Jackson-Garrison, Sean Walker, and Josh Allen.

Men's basketball freshman Shan Foster (back row, left) posed for a photo with his Vuceptor group.

Then the Walk began, led by Matthew Ramsey, Chair of the Faculty Senate, and Chancellor Gordon Gee.

Men's golf coach Press McPhaul, who recently signed a long-term contract with Vanderbilt, was the Honorary Vuceptor for the first group. The Honorary Vuceptors who accompanied each group included representatives of every segment of the Vanderbilt community, from faculty members to campus police to athletics administrators.

New Zealand native Katie Eggars, a guard/forward for the women's basketball team, smiled at the cheering crowd as she walked by Kirkland Hall.

The crowd included all of her teammates on the women's basketball team, except for sophomore transfer Liz Sherwood, who was at the end of the line with a group of other students who had transferred into Vanderbilt this year.

The Kirkland Hall dignitaries included members of the Board of Trust, the Alumni Association, the Medical Center Association, the Faculty Senate, the Staff Advisory Council, as well as Vice Chancellors, Deans, Class officers, the University Marshal and the University Chaplain.

Joe Fisher, familiar to Vanderbilt fans as the Voice of the Commodores, served as emcee, announcing the groups as they passed in front of Kirkland Hall.

The Spirit of Gold band played as the freshmen walked by.

The Walk ended at Curry Field in front of Wilson Hall for welcoming comments.

Kelechi Ohanaja, a redshirt junior safety for the football team, represented the class of 2005.

The theme of Chancellor Gordon Gee's comments was "On Beyond Zebra", urging the freshmen to move beyond what they think they know, to go into experiences they do not yet have words for.

After the welcoming comments and the singing of the alma mater, it was time to adjourn to Alumni Lawn for food, fun and games. Everybody in the university community was invited.

When a basketball player is trying to dunk, it usually involves a net. But Shan Foster shows that he's still got a throwing arm, and a different kind of a dunk resulted immediately after this photo was taken.

Kneeling in front: Martin Bahar, a three-year manager with the men's basketball team, and Shan Foster.

Standing in the back: Alan Metcalfe, a 6'9 freshman forward for the men's basketball team, who arrived in Nashville a week ago Sunday.

In the middle: Urso, a rabid basketball fan who drove on consecutive weekends to Athens, Atlanta, Orlando, and Phoenix to cheer on the Commodores, surrounded by some of the freshmen members of the women's soccer team.

Photos by Whitney D., copyright 2004 for Top Stories