Princeton Club of Chicago Tiger Talk

Spring 2016 Newsletter Volume 22, Number 2

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Spring 2016 Newsletter

Volume 22, Number 3

 

INSIDE: UPCOMING EVENTS/HIGHLIGHTS:

***Princeton Prize in Race Relations Awards Ceremony***Community Service Event at the Greater Chicago Food Depository***Wine Tasting Dinner with Larry Tsai ’79**Freedom Seder***Princeton Club Diversity Discussion***Community Service Event with Yale at Community Garden in Englewood ***Precept-Wine Tasting with Todd Hess ’85***Cubs vs Brewers Game in Milwaukee***Summer Picnic***Princeton in Chicago Schools (PICS) Committee Report***Upclose and Personal with PICS Scholar Jessie Marie O’Hara***Alumni Schools Committee Update***Save the Dates***Thank You to Benefactors and Patrons***Round-Up of Past Events***Club Resources and Web Site Information***Club Calendar***

*** NEXT NEWSLETTER DEADLINE – July 31 for events after September 15

IF YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS FOR PROGRAMS/SPEAKERS, PLEASE CONTACT CO-CHAIRS OF THE PROGRAMS COMMITTEE CHARLENE HUANG OLSON ’88 OR JULIA SCHWARTZ ’08. IF YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS FOR OTHER ACTIVITIES OR ARE SETTING A DATE FOR ANY TYPE OF CLUB ACTIVITY, PLEASE CONTACT CLUB PRESIDENT ROBERT KHOURY ’90. ROBERT 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 PRIZE IN RACE RELATIONS AWARDS CEREMONY
The Princeton Prize in Race Relations Awards Ceremony will take place between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, at the Assembly Room of the Northern Trust Bank at 50 S. LaSalle in Chicago. The speaker will be Michelle Silverthorn ’04 who is on the National Princeton Prize Committee as well as being the Diversity and Education Director at the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. Our prize winner for 2016 is Maya Crowe-Barnes from Evanston High School for her activities on behalf of SOAR (Students Organized Against Racism). Her advisor described her as a champion for racial justice and inspiring other students to do the same. We also have three certificate of accomplishment winners: Bilal Othman from Lockport Township High School; Summer Damra from Northside College Prep in Chicago; and Ravali Thimmapuram from Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Westmont.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY - FAMILY DAY
Calling all alumni, families, and kids age 5 and up -- this is a chance to serve our Chicagoland community -- TOGETHER! Please join us on Saturday, April 23 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Our Princeton Club volunteer day will involve helping repack bulk products to individual/family sizes, assemble boxes with assorted food, check expiration dates, and label and glean products. RSVP by April 16th. 20 spots total: 10 adults, 10 children (ages 5 and up only). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Note that you will be contacted later to register via the GCFD site. As spots are limited and GCFD Kids’ Days are very few, if your plans change, please notify Paige Ponder ’96 or Lauren Sykora ’11 as soon as possible. If you have questions, please contact Community Service Co-Chairs Paige Ponder ’96 at paigeponder@gmail.com or Lauren Sykora ’11 at lsykora@alumni.princeton.edu.

MOONE-TSAI AND MOMOTARO WINE TASTING DINNER WITH LARRY TSAI ’79
Please join the Princeton Club of Chicago and the Asian American Alumni Association (A4P) on Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m.for a custom-designed chef’s tasting menu and exquisite wine pairings featuring co-owner and founder, Larry Tsai ’79, of Moon- Tsai wines. This is sure to be a special evening of fine wine and contemporary Japanese cuisine. Reservations limited to 20 - please reserve early! If you have questions, please contact Charlene Huang Olson ’88 at cholson@alumni.princeton.edu.

 

FREEDOM SEDER
Princeton Club Diversity, the Princeton Jewish Alumni Organization, and One Table invite you to a Freedom Seder to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover on Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m., at the home of Hannah Rosenthal ’15 and Jake Jackson ’14, 4149 N. Sheridan Rd., Apt. 1, Chicago (near Chicago “L” Red Line Sheridan stop). The Seder (ritual and storytelling) will begin promptly at 7:15 p.m.. Have you never been to a Seder before? Or are you interested in experiencing a different kind of Seder, one embedded in the context of Chicago and #BlackLivesMatter? The purpose of this Freedom Seder is to bring together diverse Princeton alumni, to recognize cultural and religious group commonalities, and to introduce individuals from a variety of backgrounds to the Passover holiday. The Seder will commemorate the experiences of all those who have been enslaved, while highlighting that we still have work to do to ensure that everyone is truly free. Though in the typical Passover Seder we lean into comfort as the Jewish people are no longer slaves, in this Seder, we will lean into discomfort, as we cannot deny that we are not all free. Only through “productive discomfort” can we work toward change. Please bring a side dish or salad to share with the group. Traditional Passover food and drink will be provided. As the event will not be held during Passover, your dish does not need to be kosher for Passover. Please RSVP to attend the Seder on the One Table platform (http://dinners.onetable.org/#/events/ 379 or you can use the link in e-mail Hannah sent to Princeton-Chicago list). Space is limited, so register now! If you have any questions or would like to cancel your RSVP, please email PP55 fellow Hannah Rosenthal ’15 at hannahbrosenthal@gmail.com.

PRINCETON CLUB DIVERSITY DISCUSSION
Open to Princeton alumni of all backgrounds, Princeton Club Diversity serves as an in-person transracial discussion forum for race-related issues. This month’s gathering will be on Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m., at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, 3859 W. Ogden, in Chicago. If you have questions, please contact Reginald Ponder ’84 at reginaldponder@mac.com or Jenny Korn ’96 at jkorn@alumni.princeton.edu.

COMMUNITY SERVICE WITH YALE: EAT TO LIVE - ENGLEWOOD COMMUNITY GARDEN WORKDAY Calling all Tigers for this joint service event with Yale on Saturday, June 11, at 10 a.m. Located at 7029 S. Princeton Avenue, this is a partnership among the Englewood community, Angelic Organics Learning Center, and the City of Chicago. Projects will include moving compost and wood chips, preparing growing beds, cutting brush and digging stumps, and possibly planting of seeds and/or plants. Bring your own gloves! If you have questions, please contact Community Service Co-Chairs Paige Ponder ’96 at paigeponder@gmail.com or Lauren Sykora ’11 at lsykora@alumni.princeton.edu.

PRECEPT-WINE TASTING WITH TODD HESS ’85
Todd Hess ’85
will host a precept and wine tasting on Wednesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. at h2vino at 1052 W. Fulton, #3W. Join us for some light appetizers, some sparkling wine, and a tasting of additional wines. PCC Members: $10, Non-Members: $15. Reservations are limited to 16. If you have questions, please contact Julia Schwartz ’08 at julia.k.schwartz@gmail.com.

CUBS VS. BREWERS AT MILLER PARK IN MILWAUKEE
The Princeton Club of Chicago and the Princeton Club of Wisconsin invite you and your crew to brew up some family friendly fun at Miller Park in Milwaukee as the Cubs and the Brewers play ball on Sunday, July 24. Tickets include game and a pre-game tailgate - Wisconsin Style - complete with beer, brats, cheese, crackers . . . and more! Ages 15 and under can RUN THE BASES on the field after the game! Kids 13 and under will also receive a voucher for a snack during the game (hot dog, milk, apple slices, and a cookie). The tailgate will be held in the parking lot from 10:10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The game begins at 1:10 p.m. PCC and PCW Members: $75, Non-Members: $85. If you have questions, please contact Mary Newburn ’97 (Chicago) at mary.newburn@gmail.com.

PRINCETON IN CHICAGO SCHOOLS (PICS)

Committee Report

PICS will be giving scholarships to deserving Roosevelt graduates again this spring. Some of the early recipients have graduated college and are now working at worthwhile jobs. One is in graduate school at Penn.

Our emphasis is now shifting to Chicago Scholars. This program assists high achieving Chicago students by providing mentors in the college application and scholarship essay processes. Several of them have gone to Princeton where they have set up a mentoring program for Chicago Scholars who are following in their footsteps. Bruce Rosenberg ’69, who has chaired the PICS Committee for the past 7 years, will continue to be active at both Roosevelt and Chicago Scholars but will turn over the post to Destiny Ortega ’12 and Diana Robinson ’12.

Upclose and Personal with PICS Scholarship Recipient - UIC Senior Jessie Marie O’Hara
 

On January 11, 2016, I embarked on my last semester as an undergraduate student and it has been a whirlwind ever since. Although it has only been about a month since this journey has begun, there have been tons of changes that have already occurred. My schedule is now jam-packed and I have work, school, or both six days out of the week. While these past few weeks have been extremely hectic, I remain motivated and ready to complete my undergraduate studies. This semester, I am taking courses in criminology, sociology, and music. Also, I am working on my senior research project about public institutions of higher education. Though I don’t get plenty of free time between work and studying, I have been using the time I do get to apply for post-graduation internships.

 

While I can’t be sure of what is in store for me in the near future just yet, I am grateful for the opportunities that I have today. These past four years that I have spent as an undergrad at the University of Illinois at Chicago have blown by and I cannot believe my time here is coming to an end. I am both nervous and excited to walk across that stage in May and receive the diploma that I’ve dreamt about since childhood. The opportunity to attend a prominent university in my hometown has truly been a blessing and I am beyond grateful to everyone who has helped me along this journey. Thank you all for the support and kindness that you have given me for the past four years, it has truly made all the difference.

ALUMNI SCHOOLS COMMITTEE (ASC)
Many thanks to the 228 active volunteers (both undergraduate and graduate alumni of Princeton) who, from December to March, gave generously of their time to interview candidates throughout Chicagoland for Princeton’s Class of 2020.

904 students from Chicagoland applied to Princeton -- the first time our region broke the 900 mark for applicants. The City of Chicago had the highest number of applicants, followed by the Western Suburbs. Because of the sharp increase in applicants this year in several of our Chicagoland regions (a phenomena Princeton ASC volunteers contended with across the world), several volunteers took on more interviews than ever before and helped to interview in regions other than their own. This teamwork is the key to our success!

The formidable ASC vice chairs who organize this magic are Scott Strausser ’83 and Lauren Sykora ’11 (Western Suburbs), Rudi Moreno ’90 (Northwest Suburbs), Rick Woldenberg ’91 P15 (North Suburbs), Christine O’Neill ’06 S05 (City of Chicago), and Ted Yeh ’06 (South Suburbs, Urbana-Champaign and East Central IL, Northwest IL).

In January, Western Suburbs chairs Scott Strausser ’83 and Lauren Sykora ’11 coordinated an interview “blitz” in Oak Brook where 9 volunteers completed 38 interviews in one day. In February, Northwest Suburbs chair Rudi Moreno ’90 coordinated a first-time “blitz” in Barrington where 7 volunteers completed 28 interviews in one day. A special thank you to John Kermath ’80 for securing the space for the new Northwest Suburbs blitz. In March, ASC volunteers Kevin Carty ’79 and Pauline Ndambuki ’12, alongside City of Chicago chair Christine O’Neill ’06, represented Princeton at the Lane Tech College Prep College Night in Chicago. In April, still more ASC volunteers will represent Princeton at other college fairs in Chicago.

The Princeton Club of Chicago sponsored a reception for Newly Admitted Students on Sunday, April 17, where ASC members, parents, and other members of the Princeton community congratulated all admitted students and introduced them to each other and the local Princeton alumni community. Thank you to hosts Robin and Peter Baugher ’70 and the event coordinators, made up of each of our ASC regional vice chairs and the four Parents’ Committee chairs, Carol and David Stone P17 and Liz and Jeff Sharp ’80 P14 P18.

We also look forward to sending off all students headed to Princeton this fall at the Princeton Club summer picnic on Sunday, August 14. Last August the picnic had a wonderful turnout of incoming freshmen, their families, and alumni at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness in Chicago. Thank you to the Parents’ Committee, which annually coordinates the picnic.

Inspired to join the ASC ranks next fall? It’s not too early to sign up to interview Princeton applicants! We especially need alumni volunteers who live in or can travel to the suburbs, far and near. Please contact ASC Chair Candace Jackson-Akiwumi ’00 at candacej@alumni.princeont.edu to volunteer!

Photos from some ASC events are on the Club web site.

SAVE THE DATES
May
- Date and details TBA - Eating Club - Mexican style
July 31 - War Paint at the Goodman Theatre
August 14 - Summer Picnic at Lakeshore Athletic Club on Fullerton Avenue in Chicago August/September - Date and details TBA - Cubs game
September 21
- Evening with Jonathan Safran Foer ’99 at the Music Box Theatre
October 28, 2016 - Club outing to see Hamilton at PrivateBank Theatre, includes dinner and suite service

Details for these events will be sent via the Princeton-Chicago list and posted on the Club web site.

THANK YOU TO CLUB BENEFACTORS AND PATRONS

A special thank you to the Princeton Club of Chicago’s Benefactor and Patron level members. Our Club is not supported by the University and therefore relies almost entirely on membership dues to fund our programming and philanthropic activities. Over half of our Club’s financial support is due to the generosity of Benefactors and Patrons, so we would like to recognize you here. It is through your membership in the Princeton Club that we are able to accomplish all of the great things you read about in this newsletter. Benefactors as of March 29 are Elizabeth Balthrop ’01, Stephen Ban ’84, Janice Block ’84, John Butler ’77, Ricardo DeLeon ‘84, Paul Dykstra ’65, Dan Epstein ’69, Linda Ginzel *89, Rodney Goldstein ’74, Emile Karafiol ’55, Boaz Keysar *89, Robert Khoury ’90, Mike Laidlaw ’94, Eric Macey ’73, Mary Murley ’76, Charlene Huang Olson ’88, Howard Piggee ’96, Oren Pollock *51, Deborah Quazzo ’82, Elizabeth Raymond ’78, Jeffrey Sharp ’80, Rand Sparling ’63, Heather Steans ’85, Magnet Team, C. James Yeh ’87, and Carl Yudell ’75. Patrons as of March 29 are Vincent Anderson ’65, Andrew Avsec ’04, Michael Baccash ’70, Arnold Berlin ’46, Pamela Bless ’87, Sally Blount ’83, John W. Castle ’55, Albert Chan ’91, Wilbur Gantz ’59, Edgar Gonzalez ’02, Stephanie Guyett ’85, Michael Huckman ’58, Timothy Johnson ’73, William Lawlor ’56, Robert Loveman ’69, John McCarter ’60, David McGranahan ’91, Sally Metzler-Dunea *97, Mary Newburn ’97, Carol Obertubbesing ’73, Elliott Otis ’57, James Otis ’53, Lainie Ross ’82, Ryan Ruskin ’90, Harrison Steans ’57, Amy Treciokas ’87, and David Waud ’69. The Club also thanks Membership Committee Co-Chairs Kelsey Diao ’05 and Bob Bernat ’75, as well as Committee Member Shirley Lee ’13, for their work on behalf of the Club.

ROUND-UP OF PAST EVENTS - Please see photos on the Club web site. Thanks to Jessica Gonzalez ’95 and Cheryl Stevens ’10 who co-chaired this year’s Annual Dinner Committee. Other committee members included Stephen Ban ’84, Robert Bernat ’75 , Robert Khoury ’90, Mike Laidlaw ’94, Mary Newburn ’97, Charlene Huang Olson ’88, Carol Obertubbesing ’73, and Amy Beth Treciokas ’87. Thanks also to the volunteers who assisted at the dinner: Robert Bernat ’75, Kristine Mighion ’86, Destiny Ortega ’12, Diana Robinson ’12, and Whitney Spalding Spencer ’07. With over 230 attendees and an insightful keynote speech by Princeton Professor Angus Deaton S*83 S*88 P91 P93, who was the 2015 Nobel Laureate in Economics, the dinner was a huge success. The Club congratulates Rick Klein ’82 who received the 2016 Arnold M. Berlin ’46 Distinguished Service to Princeton University Award and to Linda Ginzel *89 and Boaz Keysar *89 who received the John Fish ’55 Distinguished Service to the Community Award.

NEWSLETTER

The newsletter was edited by Carol Obertubbesing ’73. Information was contributed by Kelsey Diao ’05, Candace Jackson- Akiwumi ’00, Jessie Marie O’Hara, Charlene Huang Olson ’88, Bruce Rosenberg ’69, Hannah Rosenthal ’15, and Carl Yudell ’75. The deadline for the next Princeton Club of Chicago newsletter will be July 31 for events after September 15. Please send articles in Word to Carol Obertubbesing ’73 at carolober73@gmail.com; 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 cholson@alumni.princeton.edu.

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. Check the web site often because new events are posted as they are planned. If you have difficulty accessing the Club web site, you can also 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. Please note that the NEW address to send an e-mail to the group is PRINCETON-princeton-chicago@connectedcommunity.org. If you have questions about the e-mail discussion list, contact Mary Newburn ’97 at mary.newburn@gmail.com. Please keep your TigerNet profile updated. The President of the Princeton Club is Robert Khoury ’90 (robert_khoury@hotmail.com); the Executive V.P. of the Club is Mike Laidlaw ’94; Programs Committee Co-Chairs are Charlene Huang Olson ’88 at cholson@alumni.princeton.edu and Julia Schwartz ’08 at julia.k.schwartz@gmail.com . A complete list of the Leadership Group is on the Club web site.

***Please note that we encourage you to use the Club web site to register for all events; however, if you have difficulty using the web site, you may contact the Club office at 847-256-5800.***

PRINCETON CLUB OF CHICAGO CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR 2016

April 23 - Community Service Family Day Event at Greater Chicago Food Depository May - Date TBA - Eating Club - Mexican style
May 5 - Wine Tasting Dinner Featuring Larry Tsai ’79
May 6 - Freedom Seder

May 15 - Princeton Club Diversity Transracial Discussion
May 25 - Princeton Prize in Race Relations Awards Ceremony
May 26-May 29, 2016 - Princeton Reunions
June 11 - Community Service Event with Yale at Community Garden in Englewood
June 15 - Precept and Wine Tasting with Todd Hess ’85
July 24 - Cubs vs Brewers Game in Milwaukee
July 31 - Club Theatre Outing - War Paint at Goodman Theatre
August 14 - Summer Picnic at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness
August/September - Date and details TBA - Cubs game
October 28, 2016 - Princeton Club Theater Outing - Hamilton at PrivateBank Theatre - details TBA on Club web site

*Classes 2000 and later now receive only electronic copies of the newsletter. If you are a Club member in the Classes 2000-2015 and wish to continue to receive a print version, please alert the Club office at 847-256-5800.