Princeton Club of Chicago Tiger Talk
Spring 2015 Newsletter Volume 21, Number 3
INSIDE: UPCOMING EVENTS/HIGHLIGHTS:
Annual Dinner with Keynote Speaker A. Scott Berg ’71***Book Discussion with Author Ian Caldwell ’98***Precept with Brian Douglas ’98, CEO of Itzy Ritzy***Carousel at the Lyric Opera and Pre-Show Dinner***Princeton Women’s Network - “Business & Beauty” Event***Alumni Schools Committee Report and New Admit Reception***Princeton Prize in Race Relations Award Ceremony with Keynote Speaker Jenny Ungbha Korn ’96***Princeton Night at the Cubs***Princeton in Chicago Schools (PICS) Report***Alumni News***Round-Up of Past Events***Club Calendar***
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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. There is a Pre-Reception for Benefactors and Patrons.
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. David Kay ’95 is the Executive Director of MetroSquash, a non-profit that uses the game of squash as a vehicle to engage Chicago Public School students in increasing academic achievement and improving health and wellness. MetroSquash currently serves over 200 students each year in 5th grade through college graduation and has recently constructed a 21,000 square-foot center in the Woodlawn neighborhood. Prior to joining MetroSquash as its first Executive Director in 2005, David coached the men’s squash team at the University of Rochester . He was also a member of Princeton’s 1993 National Championship team and the Canadian Junior Hardball Champion. Ryan Ruskin ’90 has served Princeton in many ways since his graduation, including Club President, Chair of the Awards for Service to Princeton Committee, member of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Council, and Class Regional VP. In addition to serving Princeton, Ryan serves on the boards of the Chicago Humanities Festival, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Botanic Garden, Field Museum, Shady Side Academy, and Heartland Alliance. He is President and COO of The Ruskin Group, a 122-year-old global sustainable packaging company founded by his great grandfather.
The speaker is Pulitzer-Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg ’71 h03. Scott began his writing career at Princeton University, where his senior thesis won the Charles William Kennedy Prize in the Department of English and became the basis for his first book. He has written five bestselling biographies: Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, winner of the National Book Award; Goldwyn, for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship; Lindbergh, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Kate, Remembered, a biographical memoir of Katharine Hepburn; and his latest book, Wilson, which was published in September 2013. In 2007-8 he was the McGraw Professor in the Humanities; he currently serves as a Charter Trustee for the University.
The Annual Dinner is 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. Invitations have been mailed to current Club members; register now by mail, phone, or the Club’s web site because fees increase after April 16. Sponsors make it possible for young alumni, new admits, PICS Scholars, and AlumniCorps/PP55 fellows to attend.
BOOK DISCUSSION WITH AUTHOR IAN CALDWELL ’98
Join author Ian Caldwell ’98 for a private discussion with fellow Princeton alumni and friends about his latest book, The Fifth Gospel, at Anderson’s Book Shop in Naperville on Wednesday, April 15. The private discussion will begin at 5:30 p.m. over dinner with the author; a 7 p.m. book reading and signing will follow. Ian’s last book, The Rule of Four, was a New York Times bestseller and translated into 35 languages. Further details and a RSVP link are on the Club web site.
PRECEPT WITH BRIAN DOUGLAS ’98, CEO OF ITZY RITZY
Join us on Monday, April 27, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for an interactive precept as Brian Douglas ’98 discusses making the leap from the corporate world to being an entrepreneur, raising capital for a start-up, and managing growth. The event is hosted by Bob Murley ’72. RSVP by April 24 on the Club web site.
CAROUSEL AT THE LYRIC OPERA AND PRE-SHOW DINNER
Join fellow Princetonians and friends on Saturday, May 2 for dinner and a performance of Carousel, the show that Time Magazine calls “The Best Musical of the 20th Century.” The pre-show dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins promptly at 7 p.m. Select your own seats in the section of your choice and receive 20% off with a special Princeton discount code. For more information and to RSVP visit the Club web site.
PRINCETON WOMEN’S NETWORK - “BUSINESS & BEAUTY”
Please join the Princeton Club of Chicago and the Princeton Women’s Network for a “Business & Beauty” event sponsored by PrettyQuick! on Sunday, May 17, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Connect with other Princeton women while you enjoy a mimosa and and yogurt parfait bar and indulge in a manicure or pedicure at Belle Spa, 770 N. LaSalle, Chicago. Coco Meers ’04, Founder of PrettyQuick, will share her story and lead a discussion on women in entrepreneurship. The cost is $15 for a manicure, $35 for a pedicure, $45 for a manicure/pedicure, and $40 for a no-chip manicure. PrettyQuick will automatically offer all guests $10 off as part of the sign-up process. Please RSVP by May 10 via the Club web site. The PrettyQuick concierge team will follow up with attendees to confirm their services. Please contact Kelsey Diao ’05 at firstname.lastname@example.org or Elizabeth Balthrop ’01 at email@example.com with any questions.
ALUMNI SCHOOLS COMMITTEE (ASC) UPDATE AND NEW ADMIT RECEPTION
The Alumni Schools Committee’s biggest yearly job -- interviewing the approximately 828 applicants from Chicago and the suburbs who applied to Princeton this year -- came to a successful end, yet again, in March. The job would not be possible without the nearly 300 enthusiastic, engaging, and persistent alumni who volunteer to interview students residing as far as Rockford and Urbana-Champaign.
Worldwide, more than 7,400 alumni interviewers from 300 alumni schools committees in the U.S. and abroad contacted 99% of the applicant pool for the Princeton Class of 2019. This year’s pool of 27,290 applicants was Princeton’s largest ever. Princeton offered admission to 6.99 % of these students, making this year the most selective admission year to date.
Join the Princeton Club of Chicago in welcoming all admitted students from Chicagoand at the New Admit Reception on Sunday, April 19, from 3-5 p.m. in downtown Chicago. All alumni are welcome to attend and ASC interviewers are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by April 16 on the Club’s web site.
The 2014-2015 ASC leadership team consisted of Candace Jackson '00, Rudi Moreno '90, Christine O'Neill '06 S05, Charlene Huang Olson '88 P19, and Rick Woldenberg '81 P15. Special thanks to Lauren Sykora ’11 for hosting one of this year’s “interview blitz” events. If you are interested in volunteering for next year's interview season, which begins in November 2015, please contact ASC Chair Candace Jackson '00 at firstname.lastname@example.org. We 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
2015 Chicago Princeton Prize in 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 Princeton Prize is a national awards program that recognizes high school student-leaders from around the country who work toward improving race relations in their communities. Launched in 2003 in Washington, D.C. and Boston, the Princeton Prize in Race Relations is spread across 24 cities and regions and is sponsored by Princeton University’s Alumni Association. The Prize includes a $1,000 cash award, the Chicago Awards Ceremony, and an all-expenses paid trip to the annual Princeton Prize Symposium on Race held in Princeton.
This year’s Chicago Princeton Prize in Race Relations will be awarded to Andre Wallace, a senior at Evanston Township High School. Wallace spearheaded two projects focused on a succinct aspect of diversity awareness - microaggressions. Andre encouraged Evanston students to use social media to discuss various microaggressions they experienced on a daily basis and, as a result, engage with their peers in conversations about race. He then helped organize an all-day “Facing Microaggressions” program at the High School. The program allowed over 400 students, faculty, and staff to learn about microaggessions, to write about them, and then discuss them.
The ceremony also honors two Certificate of Accomplishment winners. Patrick Elliott, a senior at the Latin School of Chicago, is the head of the Black Student Union and has worked to create an open cross-dialogue about the experiences of different ethnic groups in his school. He also serves as ambassador to the rest of the student body on racial issues that arise in the City and nation, and works as a mentor to younger black students in his school. As a member of the school’s Diversity and Equity Committee, he has led school-wide discussions on many issues of racial justice. He is also a prolific writer on race relations.
Amanda Medendorp, a senior at Ogden International High School of Chicago, has also been awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment for her work as Founder and President of Ogden International’s Peer Advisory Leaders (PAL) mentoring/tutoring program. The program unites students from the high school on the City’s west side with Ogden’s elementary school, which is located downtown. Due to the different neighborhood dynamics of the two campuses, it is very rare that two students of the same race are paired as tutor/tutee. Because of that, both tutor and tutee have managed to learn from each other about social, racial, and economic differences and how to communicate successfully across those differences.
The Keynote Speaker will be Jenny Ungbha Korn ’96, who will discuss “Online Social Media as Cultural Dialogues.” A Thai-American feminist of color from Alabama, 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 25 journal articles, book chapters, news columns, and online publications, she has given nearly 100 presentations on race, gender, and online identity, including invited talks, refereed conferences, guest lectures, and quoted interviews with CNN, Colorlines, Policy Mic, National Public Radio (NPR), South by Southwest (SXSW), Fox News, RedEye Chicago, Evanston Community Television, Medill Newsmakers, UIC News, and more. Leveraging her scholarship and polymathy, she explores how the Internet environment resonates user assemblages of race and gender and how online producers-consumers have constructed inventive digital representations and computer-mediated communications of identity. This summer, Jenny is excited to spend her time in two different competitive research programs in which she has been accepted: the Rhetoric Society of America’s seminar on race and rhetoric, and Oxford University’s Internet Institute, where she will continue to work on her innovative research on race online.
Update on Previous Princeton Prize in Relations Winner
Previous Chicago Prize recipient Daniella Cohen received Honorable Mention for her entry in the 2015 White House Student Film Festival and was honored in a ceremony at the White House. At the May 13 reception, Daniella will speak about the impact of the Princeton Prize on her and how it led her on the path to the White House. You can see the film, The Impact of GIVE: White House Student Film Festival 2015 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbF875hs6eQ. Daniella hopes to create more awareness about the Princeton Prize by setting up a PP Chicago Facebook group similar to the group she is involved in nationally.
The Club congratulates this year’s winners, Andre Wallace, Patrick Elliott, and Amanda Medendorp, as well as previous recipient Daniella Cohen on her latest achievement and thanks Marquis Parker and Carl Yudell ’75 for Co-Chairing this year’s Committee and Jenny Ungbha Korn ’96 for serving as Keynote Speaker.
PRINCETON NIGHT AT THE CUBS
Join fellow Princetonians and friends at Wrigley Field, corner of Addison and Clark in Chicago, on Monday evening, September 21 at 7:05 p.m. when the Chicago Cubs play the Milwaukee Brewers. Orange & Black or Cubs attire is encouraged; use public transportation (Addison stop on the Red Line is across the street from the ballpark) if possible. This event is a great way to meet Princetonians new to the area, visit with old friends, and kick off another year of great Princeton Club activities. Tickets may be purchased via the Club web site or by calling the Club office after May 1 and will be mailed in early September.
PRINCETON IN CHICAGO SCHOOLS (PICS) REPORT
PICS is looking into a way for more alumni to get involved with mentoring Chicago students next year. As more details are worked out, we will let you know in future newsletters.
Paige Ponder ’96 reports that One Million Degrees, where she serves as CEO and which provides holistic supports to low-income, highly motivated community college students as they complete their degrees and enter the workforce in high-demand jobs, is sponsoring a Speed Networking volunteer opportunity on Tuesday, April 21, 5:30--8:30 p.m., Chase Tower, 21 S. Clark St., Chicago; volunteers may contact Paige at email@example.com. . . . 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.
The newsletter was edited by Carol Obertubbesing ’73. Information was contributed by Kelsey Diao ’05, Candace R. Jackson ’00, Charlene Huang Olson ’88, Bruce Rosenberg ’69, and Carl Yudell ’75. The deadline for the next Princeton Club of Chicago newsletter is July 31 for events after September 20. Please use format of articles in newsletter on Club web site and send articles in Word to Carol Obertubbesing ’73 at firstname.lastname@example.org; 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 at email@example.com.
FOR MORE INFORMATION – Check the Princeton Club of Chicago web site at 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 or go through 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 at . The President of the Princeton Club is Mary Newburn ’97 (see above); the Executive V.P. of the Club is Rob Khoury ’90 (firstname.lastname@example.org); and Programs Committee Co-Chairs are Sally Metzler Dunea *97 ( or 312-342-7867) and Charlene Huang Olson ’88 at email@example.com. A complete list of the Leadership Group is on the Club web site.
PRINCETON CLUB OF CHICAGO CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2015
April 15 - Book Discussion with Author Ian Caldwell ’98
April 19 - New Admit Reception
April 23 - Annual Dinner with Keynote Speaker A. Scott Berg ’71
April 27 - Precept with Brian Douglas ’98, CEO of Itzy Ritzy
May 2 - Carousel at the Lyric Opera and Pre-Show Dinner
May 13 - Princeton Prize in Race Relations Award Ceremony featuring Keynote Speaker Jenny Ungbha Korn ’96
May 17 - Princeton Women’s Network “Business & Beauty” Event Featuring Coco Meers ’04
May 28-May 31, 2015 - Princeton Reunions including a talk about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Peter Baugher ’70
July 31 - Next newsletter deadline for events after September 20
September 21 - Annual Club outing at Wrigley Field - Cubs vs Brewers
Upclose and Personal: Shail Shah, Princeton in Chicago Schools Scholar
I'm really obliged to be the part of PICS Scholarship Program and would like to congratulate for the completion of its' 5th anniversary in 2014. PICS Scholarship Program has motivated me to keep working hard through out my academic years. I'm really thankful to the Princeton alumni in the Chicago area for supporting me to complete my undergrad program at the Saint Xavier University and University of Illinois at Chicago. After pursuing my Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago (class of Dec 2014), I’m currently studying for Certified Nursing Assistant at CMK HealthCare. I’m also planning to take my MCAT and GRE in this summer.
I feel that medicine is one of those platforms, where one can use their skills and knowledge to save someone’s life. It provides an opportunity to “give back” to the society that raised and nourished us as a responsible individual. The importance of the medical field in today’s society has advanced in diagnosing illness and providing medical remedies. Unlike several years ago home remedies were used a lot to treat someone who suffered from any severe pain or fever. Today, even the slightest symptoms that show any kind of illness is diagnosed with medical steps in order to determine the underlying problem that needs targeted medical solution. Doctors go in depth to discover the potential cause that led to any kind of the symptoms in the patients. This always helps to prevent any minor cause, which can lead to serious problems, if left untreated, in later life.
One of the main reasons why I want to study medicine is to help people directly and make them happier. During my first day of the work at the Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, I met many new co-workers as well as patients and their family members. Right from the first day, I was connected to the working environment and was able to feel the pain of the patients and their loved ones. I imagined “what if my mother or father had to go through this pain and suffering, how would I feel?” If it is hard for me to see someone from my family in pain, how would these patients and their family members feel for each other? It is really important that a patient is provided the best care, which can help diminish their pain and can also bring a smile on their face. Seeing patients smile, when they walk out of the hospital’s door, is the best achievement that one can get. To provide the best care, the teamwork plays a great role in any environment. Whether it is to save someone’s life or helping each other to deal with the most difficult situation. It not only tells that they feel better compared to when they walked into the hospital but also shows that as a team, we were successful in bringing that joy and happiness in someone’s life.