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Class of 1979 – 40th Reunion



Weekend Chair

LaVoe Griffin Mulgrew
(Nashville, TN)

Fundraising Chair

Carrie Hendrix Eickenroht
(Houston, TX)

Sarratt Society Chair

Nancy Dinwiddie Pellegrino
(Bellevue, WA)

Attendance Chair

Lisa Darden
(Charlotte, NC)

Party Chair

Karen Pannell Mullendore 
(Nashville, TN)

Reunion Staff Contact

Katie Mills
Associate Director of Reunion & Classes  
Class Coordinator for 1974, 1979, 1984  
Tel: (615) 322-1161

Meg Vaysben
Planned Giving
Associate Director of Planned Giving
Class Coordinator for 1979
(615) 936-3125

As of 01/06/2020

Class of 1979 Reunion Events

Friday, October 18

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Class of 1979 Golf Outing
Hosted by fellow alumnus Jim Ehret, Eng'79
Hermitage Golf Club – 3939 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory TN 37138
Cost: $90 to golf (includes cart); $60 for boxed lunch and post-golf happy hour with open bar

Show off your golf skills and catch up with your classmates out on the links at Hermitage Golf Course. This will be a tournament-style event with two game play options: "Shamble" or "Play your own ball," with tee times available between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

For more information and to R.S.V.P., please contact Jim Ehret at or (302) 540-7600 and include your preferred tournament style, golf name, and approximate handicap. Deadline to R.S.V.P. is Sunday, October 6. 

11:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Commodore Classrooms 

1–2 p.m. 
University Update with the Interim Chancellor
Sarratt Cinema
Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente will provide a campus update.

5–7 p.m.
Greek Open Houses 

7 p.m.–12:30 a.m.
Class of 1979 40th Reunion Party
Alumni Hall, Memorial Hall
Dinner buffet, cocktails and other beverages. Festive casual attire.
Parking: Terrace Place Garage, spaces 93–944

9:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m. 
All-Class Party 
Alumni Lawn 
Late night snacks, drinks, desserts and dancing to Young Hearts Band. All alumni, family and friends are invited back to dance the night away under the big tent! Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind Commodore gathering.

Saturday, October 19

1–3 p.m.
Homecoming Tailgate
Purdy Field (located in front of the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center on 25th Ave. S.) 
All alumni, families and friends are invited to a casual tailgate, complete with a classic Southern buffet, wine and beer. This family-friendly gathering will include corn hole, face painting, balloon artistry and more! Parking available in West Garage (game day prices). 
Adults: $30; children (6–12) $10; children 5 and under free. See map for parking and shuttle information. 

3 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game
Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Missouri Tigers
Come cheer the ’Dores on to victory! A limited number of game tickets are available at $49 each. To order, visit Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Your tickets will be emailed to print after purchase.

6 p.m.
Class of 1979 Postgame Meet Up
Commodore Grill at the Holiday Inn–Vanderbilt
2613 West End Ave.
Following the Homecoming football game, the Class of 1979 is invited to meet up at the Commodore Grille in the Holiday Inn-Vanderbilt. This will be another chance to get together before the weekend comes to an end. Food and drinks are a la carte.

Mini Reunions help you reconnect
For more information or help planning, visit the Mini Reunions page, call (615) 936-0817 or email

Sunday, October 20

10 a.m.
Class of 1979 Brunch
Come join your fellow 1979 classmates for a relaxed, à la carte Sunday brunch at The Ainsworth. For more information and to R.S.V.P., contact Jim Ehret at (302) 540-7600 or