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Meet Mary Beth Hettinger

Posted by on Friday, August 6, 2010 in Balance, General Information, Nashville.

This year we’ll be profiling each of our admissions counselors here in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Through these profiles you’ll see that we’re from all over the world, we specialize in different tasks, and we really love the city of Nashville!  This week I’d like to introduce you to Mary Beth Hettinger…

My hometown is Brentwood, Tennessee.

I am the admissions counselor for Long Island & Upstate New York and the Pacific Northwest: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho and Montana.

In our office I am the coordinator for the Black and Gold Days program, which we host for current freshmen, sophomores and juniors in high school.

My favorite places to eat in Nashville are numerous! I especially enjoy the Rosepepper Cantina, Germantown Café, Mafiaoza’s, Calypso Café, Pancake Pantry, Sunset Grille, Caffe Nona, Fiddlecakes and Star Bagel. There are so many delicious restaurants in Nashville; I couldn’t pick just one or two!

The best concert I’ve seen in Nashville is either The Swell Season at the Ryman Auditorium or Ben Folds at the Schermerhorn Center with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Nashville is Music City USA and we have so many genres of music represented here. In Nashville, you can always find great live music, any night of the week!

On a Saturday you’re most likely to find me at the lake with my dog Lucy, if I’m lucky!

Best coffee shop here in town is Bongo Java on Belmont Boulevard. My favorite is the “Milkbone,” with vanilla, honey and graham cracker crumbles on top- delicious.

Airline I most frequently fly in/out of Nashville is Southwest Airlines.

My favorite spot on campus is the Peabody Library. It’s a wonderful place to study or read and it has a great spot for coffee or tasty treats called the Iris Café.

The best dish at the Commons is the Vegetarian Lasagna- delicious!

A hidden gem in Nashville is the 12th Avenue South area. There are great shops, restaurants and coffee houses for an evening out or a nice Saturday afternoon.

Something else about Nashville – There are many parks and other beautiful places in Nashville and the surrounding area where you can be outside and enjoy a walk, run, climb or hike.

Questions?  Email me at

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  • Shirley Lambe

    July 1st, 2013

    My daughter Elissa McCarter graduated from Vanderbilt in 1994. I remember the Vegetarian Lasagna there was outstanding! I would love to have that recipe . . . is that possible?

  • Carolyn Pippen

    July 1st, 2013

    Hi Shirley,
    That’s a great question for Vanderbilt Dining. You can contact them here: