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Cornell Class of 1979

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October 23 - Trustee Council Annual Weekend 2015

For '79ers and friends who will on campus Friday, Oct. 23 for the Trustee Council Annual Meeting, Big Red athletics events, or any other reason, we will gather at the Statler from 9:00 to 11:00pm.

Meet in the first floor Yale/Princeton Rooms down the hall from the Regent Lounge where we will have "self service" soda, beer, and wine ($5 each). Since the Regent tends to be very busy on such nights, this nearby gathering location has become a class tradition. We've reached out to alumni of '78, '80, and '81 too.

No need to RSVP and it's great to bring family and friends. Questions? Contact Mary Grainger,, 607-280-4380.

Welcome Back My Friends...

Our 35th Reunion was June 5-8, 2014
Over 340 classmates and guests! Final registration list
Over $32 million raised for Cornell!
See the Events tab for more about our 35th Reunion!
See the Class Photo! Link to official photo

Reunion Video!
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Class of 79 Dec. 2014 Newsletter

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Homecoming Recap: This past October 17–18 marked a special Homecoming "150 years in the making," as Cornell kicked off its on-campus Sesquicentennial celebration. Highlights among the many weekend events were: Big Red football, hockey and soccer; a capella and glee club concerts; the Homecoming 5K; a Forensics Society debate (“Are Cornell’s Best Days Behind it?”); and a lecture by esteemed professors Glenn Altschuler and Isaac Kramnick, on the past and present challenges facing Cornell’s presidents.

After Friday evening’s fireworks and laser light show at Schoellkopf Field, nearly 50 members of the Class of '79, along with friends and family and alumni from adjacent classes, gathered at the Statler for beverages and conversation. This reception has become a class tradition, so plan on attending during future campus Homecomings!

Follow the links below to capture the weekend’s excitement and catch a first glimpse of President-elect Elizabeth Garrett as she joins in the celebrations.

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font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Celebrate Cornell’s Big Birthday: If you attended the inaugural Cornell Sesquicentennial Bash at New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center back in September, you know that Cornell knows how to throw a birthday party! A great venue, super catering, talented student performers and an entertaining presentation featuring surprise guests all contributed to a fabulous celebration. The festivities continued in Ithaca during Homecoming, and in DC in November. Visit Cornell's 150 Web Site to learn more about the Sesquicentennial and how your can participate in upcoming celebrations in Hong Kong (December 15), Boston (January 17, during Cornell’s Alumni Leadership Conference), West Palm Beach (February 14), San Francisco (March 6), Los Angeles (March 8), Ithaca (April 24 – 27, during Charter Day Weekend) and London (May 14). For information concerning any planned Class of ‘79 events associated with the above celebrations, contact Jeff Weiss, Deb Waterman Johns, or Cindy Green

Kudos for Record-Setting Generosity: Congratulations are in order as our class reached new heights with the level of giving recorded for our 35th reunion! We surpassed every other reunion class by securing a total of 804 donors (including 86 new donors), all while raising over $33.4 million for our alma mater, with a university record-setting 134 Tower Club members (Check out the terrific article highlighting our accomplishments in the most recent issue of Ezra Magazine).

Still Time to Give: Help our class make even more gift-giving history by contributing to this year’s campaign, now in full swing. While Cornell’s giving cycle runs from July 1 through June 30, if you are looking to make your gift during the current calendar year, remember to donate by December 31. Use any of the three giving options below, and thanks in advance for joining those who’ve already contributed to upholding the Class of ‘79’s reputation for record-setting generosity!

VIA PHONE: 1-800-279-3099
BY MAIL: Send a check to: Cornell University, P.O. Box 25842, Lehigh Valley, PA 18003-9692

Become a Cornell Volunteer: The recently launched Cornell Volunteerwebsite has made it easier than ever for both new and experienced alumni volunteers to identify and sign on for activities of interest. Whether you can commit an hour or a year of your time, check out this site to locate opportunities that match your availability and skill set. A friendly User Guide is available for assistance. Feel free to reach out to Jeff Berg ( with any questions. Hope to CUVolunteer!

(NOTE: You’ll need a NetID and password to create your profile. If you forgot your NetID, you can look it up here. If you forgot your password, click here. If you have not yet reactivated your NetID, call the NetID hotline at 607-254-2288.)

Honor the Memory of Blonde Grayson Hall, Past Class President: Sadly, Blonde Grayson Hall, Class of ’79 president from 1989 to 1994, passed away on June 2, 2014, just a few days prior to our 35th Reunion. To fulfill Blonde’s wish to provide assistance to female African American undergraduate students who are Africana Studies majors at Cornell, Neal Hall ’78, Blonde’s husband, has announced the establishment of the Blonde Grayson Hall '79 Memorial Fund. This temporary account has been set up to begin receiving gifts in Blonde's memory while the endowment is being established, with the goal of raising a minimum of $100,000 within five years. Gifts can be made online at or mailed to Cornell University, P.O. Box 25842, Lehigh Valley, PA 18003-9692. Please be sure to include Fund Number 0011412 on the memo line of gift checks or if donating online, by designating the gift as "Other" and including the Fund Number in the Special Instructions.

Questions: For more info or any questions concerning the above contact: Danna Levy ( or Larry Stone ( Send additional questions or comments regarding the Class to and we'll get it to the right person.

Reunion theme
Do you remember when Emerson Lake and Palmer sang Welcome Back My Friends...? That highlights what classmates gathering at Cornell Reunions is all about, so we used it as our theme throughout the reunion year.

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For all the latest news on the class, with photos and live posts from classmates, please refer to our Facebook page by clicking the icon.

Are you LinkedIn? 
Hundreds of classmates use the business networking site LinkedIn. We have started a group for the Class of 79 as a way to stay in touch. 
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Class Officers Elected for 2014-2019
At each Reunion, the class elects a new slate of officers. Nominations Chair Jeff Berg has done a super job of attracting classmates who have never served as officers, along with retaining experienced leaders for some positions. These classmates will assume their roles from June 2014 until the next 5-year reunion in 2019.

If you are interested in serving on the Class of ’79 Council that advises the officers, please contact Jeff Berg at

2014-2019 Class Officers
President Jeff Weiss
 VP-Affinity              Lisa Barsanti Hoyt
 VP-Regional Events 
 VP-eCommunications  Larry Stone
 VP-Membership  Mary Wilensky Kahn

Danna Levy Riback
Mary Maxon Grainger

 Treasurer Margie Wang
 Reunion Co-Chairs      
 Class Correspondents  
 Recording Secretary Janet Goldin Rubin
 Cornell Fund Cindy Williams
 Cornell Fund- Major Gifts
 Cornell Fund- Scholarship Daniel Mansoor
 Nominating Chair             Jeffrey Berg

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