Princeton Club of Chicago Tiger Talk

Winter/Spring 2015 Newsletter Volume 21, Number 2

INSIDE: UPCOMING EVENTS/HIGHLIGHTS:
Annual Dinner with Keynote Speaker A. Scott Berg ’71***Princeton Men’s Lacrosse***Cocktail Mixology Experience***Lunar New Year Dim Sum Brunch***Princeton Global NetNight***Young Alumni Inter-University Party***Alumni Schools Committee Report and New Admit Reception***Princeton Prize in Race Relations Award Ceremony with Keynote Speaker Jenny Ungbha Korn ’96***Princeton Club of Chicago Scholarship Recipients***Princeton in Chicago Schools (PICS) Report***Cubs Game***Alumni News***Round-Up of Past Events***Club Calendar***

*** NEXT NEWSLETTER DEADLINE – MARCH 31 FOR EVENTS AFTER APRIL 20***

IF YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS FOR PROGRAMS/SPEAKERS, PLEASE CONTACT CO-CHAIRS OF THE PROGRAMS COMMITTEE  SALLY METZLER DUNEA '97 OR CHARLENE HUANG OLSON ’88.  IF YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS FOR OTHER ACTIVITIES OR ARE SETTING A DATE FOR ANY TYPE OF CLUB ACTIVITY, PLEASE CONTACT CLUB PRESIDENT MARY NEWBURN ’97.  MARY MAINTAINS A CLUB CALENDAR TO ASSURE THAT EVENTS DO NOT CONFLICT.  OCCASIONALLY CIRCUMSTANCES REQUIRE SCHEDULING ACTIVITIES ON OR NEAR THE SAME DAY, BUT THE CLUB TRIES TO AVOID SUCH SITUATIONS.  SEE CONTACT INFO BELOW.

PRINCETON CLUB OF CHICAGO ANNUAL DINNER
This year’s Annual Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 23, at the University Club of Chicago, northwest corner of Michigan and Monroe.  A cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Join fellow alumni, parents, and friends for this annual tradition and gathering as we honor two local Princetonians for their service to Princeton and service to our Chicagoland community.  The speaker is Pulitzer-Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg ’71.  It’s also a great opportunity to meet some of Princeton’s new admits and this year’s Princeton Project 55 fellows.  Mark your calendar now, then look for e-mails with more details and always check the Club’s web site, www.princetonclubofchicago.org, regularly for the latest information on this and other Club events.

PRINCETON VS. JOHNS HOPKINS MEN’S LACROSSE GAME WATCH
Princeton alumni and guests are invited to join members of Johns Hopkins’ Chicago chapter to watch the Princeton men’s lacrosse team play Johns Hopkins in Baltimore on Saturday, February 28, at 11:30 a.m. (game begins at Noon/Central Time), at John Barleycorn (River North), 155 W. Kinzie St., Chicago.  Tickets are $15 at the door.  Registration includes one drink ticket and bottomless appetizers.  21 and over ONLYRSVP at https://www.princetonclubofchicago.org/article.html?aid=258.  If you have questions, e-mail Julia Schwartz ’08.  Please note that this event has been organized by the Johns Hopkins Chicago chapter.

COCKTAIL EDUCATION AT BIRCH ROAD CELLAR AND SOCIAL CLUB
Join fellow Princetonians for a special opportunity to experience cocktail mixology in this members-only club founded by Sharon Provins S01 on Saturday evening, February 28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  The event is limited to 50 people so sign up now on the Club web site.

LUNAR NEW YEAR DIM SUM BRUNCH
Come celebrate the Year of the Ram (aka Year of the Sheep and Year of the Goat) with Dim Sum in Chinatown!  Please join fellow Princetonians and friends on Sunday, March 1, at Noon, at MingHin Cuisine, 2168 S. Archer Ave., Chicago, for the Club’s annual Lunar New Year Dim Sum Brunch.  The group will select a variety of tasty small plates and share them family-style.  The fee is $25 for Princeton Club and A4P members; $30, for non-members.  RSVP by February 25th via the Club web site.  If you have questions, please contact Greg Wong ’02.

PRINCETON GLOBAL NETNIGHT 2015
The Princeton Club of Chicago will be one of many regional associations hosting a local, in-person, networking event as part of Princeton Global NetNight 2015The Alumni Council Committee on Careers has partnered with the Office of Career Services and Princeton’s new Executive Director of Career Services Pulin Sanghvi for the 5th Annual Global NetNight on Tuesday, March 5, from 5:30-7:30 (reception begins at 5:30, presentation begins at 6 p.m.), at the office of Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP, 233 S. Wacker Dr., 6300 Willis Tower, Chicago.  There is no cost for this event but you must RSVP to Rob Khoury ’90 or Christina Mahon ’08 for entry to the building (bring photo ID).  Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided thanks to Jeff Sharp ’80 P14 P18 and Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP.  Social media accounts for this event are at Twitter; LinkedIn; and Facebook.

Using concepts from their Career and Life Vision program (discussed at the recent Volunteer Thank-You Breakfast in Chicago), Pulin and his team have provided video segments and small group interactive exercises to help you discover new insights about yourself and what matters most to you.  This is the same program that was launched on campus in January 2014, and has already reached hundreds of students and alumni.  You will leave Global NetNight with a new understanding of yourself and inspiration to follow the path most consistent with your unique vision of a happy and meaningful life.  Don’t miss this opportunity to connect in person with local Princetonians who want to further their career development and strengthen their networks.

YOUNG ALUMNI INTER-UNIVERSITY PARTY
Save the date of Friday, March 6 for a Young Alumni Inter-University Party jointly sponsored by the Princeton and Penn Clubs.  Look for details via e-mail and the Club web site.  If you have questions, contact Julia Schwartz ’08.

ALUMNI SCHOOLS COMMITTEE UPDATE AND NEW ADMIT RECEPTION
Since November, 237 alumni in the Chicago area have been interviewing 829 high school students from Chicago and the suburbs--extending as far as Urbana-Champaign and Rockford--who applied to Princeton for admission. Thank you to these dedicated ASC volunteers for their commitment!  A special thanks to the small team of alumni who accomplished the feat of completing more than 100 early action interviews given only a two-to-three week turnaround in November.  Several of the high school students admitted to Princeton during the early action round joined alumni as guests of the Princeton Club of Chicago at the Triangle Show in January.  The University will announce all other admissions decisions at the end of March.  Save the date to welcome newly admitted students at the New Admit Reception on April 19, 2015.

Even before the interview season began, ASC volunteers were keeping busy.  In October, ASC hosted a successful Admissions Interviewers' Roundtable with Senior Assistant Dean of Admission Jessica Lee.  The 33 ASC volunteers in attendance learned about current news and events on campus, what makes for a successful interview and a useful interview report, and what the University looks for when creating a freshman class.  Also in October, nine alumni represented Princeton at the 12th Annual 100 Black Men of Chicago College and Scholarship Fair, which draws as many as 5,000 attendees.  Thank you to Reggie Ponder '84, Alysia Franklin '03, Calida Motley '06, Kalle Eko '07, Dave Jean-Baptiste '12, Cameron Brown '12, Trevor Wilkins '13, Alex Baptiste '13, and Chelsea Mayo '14 for their service!  We also thank Kelly Rouser '11, who represented Princeton alongside Admissions Officer Jessica Lee at the Chicago Reception for Multicultural Students hosted by Harvard, Princeton, and Yale in October.  Finally, at the beginning of October, ASC Chair Candace Jackson '00 and ASC Regional Vice Chair Rick Woldenberg '81 P15 represented Princeton at the Coast-to-Coast College Fair with Admissions Officer Sarah Van Cleve.

As the interview season continues, special thanks to the 2014-2015 ASC leadership team: Candace Jackson '00, Rudi Moreno '90, Christine O'Neill '06 S05, Charlene Huang Olson '88 P19, and Rick Woldenberg '81 P15.  If you are interested in volunteering for next year's interview season, please contact ASC Chair Candace Jackson '00We have a special need for alumni volunteers who live in or can travel to the South Suburbs, West Suburbs, Northwest Suburbs, and Northwest Illinois.

PRINCETON PRIZE IN RACE RELATIONS
The Princeton Club of Chicago will present its annual Princeton Prize in Race Relations on Wednesday, May 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Kirkland and Ellis, 300 N. LaSalle, Chicago.  The Keynote Speaker will be Jenny Ungbha Korn ’96, who will discuss “Online Social Media as Cultural Dialogues.”  Jenny is a scholar of race, gender, and online identity with academic training in communication, sociology, theatre, public policy, and gender studies from Princeton, Harvard, Northwestern, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.  The winner of multiple research awards, and the author of more than twenty journal articles, book chapters, and online publications, she has given nearly 80 presentations on race, gender, and online identity, including invited talks, refereed conferences, and public interviews with NPR, CNN, SXSW, Colorlines, and more.  She explores how the Internet environment belies user presumptions about race and gender and how online producers/consumers have constructed inventive digital representations and computer-mediated communications of identity.  She is currently working on her Ph.D in Communications at the University of Illinois Circle.  More details about the event will be e-mailed and posted on the web site.

PRINCETON CLUB OF CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Scholarship Chair Gerry Skoning ’64 reports that the following students (name, Class at Princeton, high school/home town) received scholarships this year:

Marlyn Bruno ’17 - Northside Prep
Shawon Jackson ’15 - University of Chicago Lab School
Oluwatomisin Johnson ’16 - Northside Prep
Jihoon Kim ’17 - Barrington High School
Gregory A. Magana ’17 - Morrison, IL
Filip Milovanovic ’16 - Loves Park, IL
Y. Elliot Yong ’17 - Darien, IL

Princeton’s Recording Secretary, H. Kirk Unruh, Jr. ’70, reports that the University expects to award $130M in need-based financial aid to 59% of the undergraduates, or 3,100 students.  The average financial aid package is $44,100, made up of $42,000 in grant aid and $2100 from a campus job.  81% of the awards will come from endowed Princeton scholarships like our Chicago scholarship fund.  Assuming our recipients each received the average package, that totals $308,700 in financial aid, 81% ($250,047) of which was contributed from our scholarship fund.

The University and your Scholarship Committee are grateful for your continuing support of this program.  Donations may be sent to Princeton Club of Chicago Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 350, Kenilworth, IL 60043-0350.

PRINCETON IN CHICAGO SCHOOLS (PICS) REPORT
PICS had a dinner on January 6th where volunteers and mentors met with Roosevelt High School alumni that we help with scholarships.  Everyone was impressed by the strides these scholars are making.  Two are currently in the process of applying to medical school. The mentorship they have received from us has had a significant impact.  We are currently evaluating other programs in Chicago which will give more alumni an opportunity to work with ambitious students in the area.

SAVE THE DATE - Annual Club outing at Wrigley Field - tentatively scheduled for Monday, September 21, Cubs vs Brewers; look for e-mails and updates on Club web site.

ALUMNI NEWS
Paige Ponder ’96 is working with One Million Degrees (OMD), a non-profit that supports community college students in the Chicago area and provides coaches for their scholars; for more information contact Paige. . . . Congratulations to former Club member Heather Barrow ’89 whose book, Henry Ford’s Plan for the American Suburb: Dearborn and Detroit, has just been published. . . . Peter Baugher ’70 will speak about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 at a Reunions forum on Saturday, May 30.

ROUND-UP OF PAST EVENTS - Please see photos of past events on the Club web site. Thanks to Charlene Huang Olson ’88 for organizing a behind-the-scenes tour of the Lyric Opera and to Patricia Li ’08 for organizing a Women’s Network discussion of Brooke Shields ‘87’s book Brooke Shields: There Was a Little Girl at the Book Stall in Winnetka.  For more information about future Book Club events contact Patricia Li ’08.

Thanks to Club President Mary Newburn ’97 for organizing the Club’s annual Volunteer Thank-You Breakfast and to Princeton’s new Executive Director of Career Services Pulin Sanghvi for speaking at the breakfast.  Thanks also to Triangle Committee Chair Marv Pollack ’73, John Haarlow ’99, and Steve Reed ’96, and the rest of the Chicago committee for organizing the wonderful Triangle Show event in Chicago; the cast, crew, and staff of Triangle for bringing such a great show to Chicago; and to all of the Producers and Patrons, especially Gold Sponsors Jack Butler ’77 & John Vanderlinden and Timothy Bard Johnson ’73 and Silver Sponsor Elizabeth Raymond ’78, as well as all the alumni, friends, parents, and new admits who attended the show.  Thanks to Julia Schwartz ’08, Charlene Huang Olson ’88, and Lindie Wang ’14 for their hard work planning so many robust and well-attended events.

NEWSLETTER
The newsletter was edited by Carol Obertubbesing ’73.  Information was contributed by  Candace R. Jackson ’00, Robert Khoury ’90, Christina Mahon ’08, Mary Newburn ’97, Charlene Huang Olson ’88, Bruce Rosenberg ’69, Julia Schwartz ’08, Gerald Skoning ’64, Greg Wong ’02, and Carl Yudell ’75.  The deadline for the next Princeton Club of Chicago newsletter is March 31 for events after April 20.  Please send articles in Word to Carol Obertubbesing ’73; please include Princeton class or other Princeton affiliation whenever appropriate.  Please put “Newsletter” in the subject header.  Send photos of Club events to Charlene Huang Olson ’88.

FOR MORE INFORMATION – Check the Princeton Club of Chicago web site at www.princetonclubofchicago.org or contact the Club office at 847-256-5800; the Club office address is P.O. Box 350, Kenilworth, IL 60043-0350.  If you have difficulty accessing the Club web site, you can also go to http://alumni.princeton.edu/~paa141 or go through www.princeton.edu and see the section on alumni, then look under regional associations for Chicago.  To receive information on events scheduled after the publication of this newsletter, as well as reminders about upcoming events, be sure you are registered for the Princeton-Chicago discussion list; if you are not already registered, go to www.tigernet.Princeton.edu and click on “discussion groups.”  Register for the “Princeton-Chicago” group.  If you have questions about the e-mail discussion list, contact Mary Newburn ’97.  The President of the Princeton Club is Mary Newburn ’97 (see above); the Executive V.P. of the Club is Rob Khoury ’90; and Programs Committee Co-Chairs are Sally Metzler Dunea '97 (312-342-7867) and Charlene Huang Olson ’88.   A complete list of the Leadership Group is on the Club web site.

PRINCETON CLUB OF CHICAGO CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2015

February 21, 2015 - Alumni Day
February 28 - Princeton Men’s Lacrosse vs Johns Hopkins game watch
February 28 - Cocktail Mixology experience
March 1 - Annual Lunar New Year Dim Sum Brunch
March 3 - Princeton Global NetNight
March 6 - Young Alumni Inter-University Party
March 31 - Next newsletter deadline for events after April 20
April 19 - New Admit Reception
April 23 - Annual Dinner with Keynote Speaker A. Scott Berg ’71
May 13 - Princeton Prize in Race Relations Award Ceremony featuring Keynote Speaker Jenny Ungbha Korn ’96
May 28-May 31, 2015 - Princeton Reunions including a talk about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Peter Baugher ’70
September 21 (tentative) - Annual Club outing at Wrigley Field - Cubs vs Brewers