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Fall 2017 Newsletter Volume 24, Number 1


Fall 2017 Newsletter

Volume 24, Number 1



Club Membership***Club Website and Discussion Group and Registration for Events***New Club Officers***President Eisgruber ’83 in Chicago***Chicago Architecture Biennial***Finance, Tech, and Data Science Career Networking Event***Princeton Club Diversity Discussion Forums***Princeton Men’s Basketball at Butler***Eating Club - Cuban Style***Community Service Event at Greater Chicago Food Depository***Triangle Show***Tiger Ball***Talk by Danielle Allen’93 at Chicago Humanities Festival*** Call for Nominations for Princeton Club of Chicago Awards***Alumni Schools Committee Call for Interviewers***AlumniCorps/Princeton Project 55 2017-2018 Fellows and Mentors***New Member Welcome Packet***University News***Round-Up of Past Events***Club Calendar
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Please read the letters from our Club President and our Membership Committee which were sent separately. Please support the Club with your participation in activities and payment of dues. The Club is not supported by the University and relies on your membership to help fund programming and community service endeavors. Membership gives you first access to sign-ups for events, discounts on those events, and print publications such as this newsletter.* Join/renew now via Club website.   

To receive the latest information on Club events and be able to sign up for those events quickly and easily be sure to register for the Club website and then check it periodically for updates. New events are posted as they are planned. Also, be sure to register for the Princeton-Chicago discussion group via Tigernet to receive emails as soon as events are announced.  Please verify your TigerNet profile is updated. To register for any of the events in this newsletter, please do so through the Club website, or, if you have difficulty using the website, through the Club office, 847-256-5800.

The Club thanks Robert Khoury ’90 for his vision and dedication while serving as Club President for the past 2 years. The Club welcomes Mike Laidlaw ’94 as President and Amy Beth Treciokas ’87 as Executive Vice President for the next 2 years.

President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83 will give an update from the campus and lead a discussion on “Priorities for Princeton’s Future” at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue, on Friday evening, October 20. The reception begins at 6 p.m.; the program, at 6:45 p.m.; and an opportunity to eat, drink, and mingle, at 8 p.m. Business attire; orange and black encouraged. You should have received an invitation from the University but if you did not or have questions, please contact or 609-258-3566 (NOT the Club office). 
Come to a tour of “Make New History” at the second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial hosted by John Balfe *90, VP Grad Alumni, and again graciously led by Susan Conger-Austin *83 and Jonathan Solomon *03. Join fellow alumni and friends on Tuesday, November 7, from 5:30-7 p.m., at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street. Two years ago, the Princeton Club of Chicago tour of the inaugural Biennial was a huge success - this year’s Biennial looks even stronger. The second edition of the Biennial is the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America, featuring over 141 practitioners from more than 20 countries addressing the 2017 theme “Make New History.” Susan and Jonathan will lead a curated tour through a series of unique viewing experiences, from arcades and salons to labyrinthine galleries and lounges. They will help participants think about contemporary architectural sensitivity to history after Modernism’s apparent attempt to break with the past - New History.  

Susan is the Assistant Dean and Studio Professor at the College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology. She teaches advanced design studios in the final year of both the graduate and undergraduate programs.  In addition, she is a practicing architect and principal of S. Conger Architects. Jonathan is Director of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and was curator of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. His interests include extra-disciplinary, post-growth, and non-anthroponormative design futures.  

RSVP via the Club’s website. The event is free but you must register; attendance is limited to 25. If you have technical difficulties registering, please the Club office at 847-256-5800.  Meet in the lobby on the Washington Street side of the Cultural Center. If you have questions about this event, contact VP Graduate Alumni John Balfe *90 at  

Join Princeton alumni working at Citadel to discuss career and growth opportunities across data science, technology, and finance today and over the next 3-5 years. Panelists will include James Yeh ’87, Head of Global Quantitative Strategies and Head of Equity Quantitative Research and Global Trading; Scott Rickard *03, Chief Data Scientist; Solomon Barnett ’05, Head of Systematic Equities Americas Risk Trading; and Jack Jablonski ’16, Options Trader. On Wednesday, November 8, the reception and informal networking will begin at 5:30 p.m.; remarks and discussion, 6 p.m.; Q&A, 7 p.m.; informal networking, 7:30 p.m. Please arrive before 6 p.m. and bring photo I.D. for security. The event will be hosted by James Yeh ’87 at Citadel, LLC, 131 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago. This event is free for Club members; $10 for non-members. Register via the Club website by Monday, November 6 at noon. If you have any technical difficulties in registering online, please call the Club office at 847-256-5800. You can join the Club NOW to receive your member discount; go to the Membership section of the Club website. If you have questions about this event, contact Princeton Career Networking Group (PCNG) Chair Anna Huang ’07 at or Charlene Huang Olson ’88 at cholson  

Solomon Barnett ’05 leads the systematic equities trading desk for the Americas within the core quantitative market making unit at Citadel Securities. He is a licensed financial service professional with a degree in Economics from Princeton. His central role in the core quantitative trading business over the last decade has exposed him to a broad array of problem solving opportunities around quantitative trading systems, portfolio risk management, low latency technology, development and management, business development and managing daily trading operations for the largest market maker in U.S. equity markets. Jack Jablonski ’16 is an options trader at Citadel Securities. He earned a BSE from Princeton majoring in Operations Research and Financial Engineering. He was a member of the Men’s Lightweight Rowing Team, a Residential College Advisor in Mathey College, and a member of the Cap and Gown Club.  Jack attended high school at the American School of London and graduated from Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Scott Rickard, Jr. *03 is Chief Data Scientist and joined Citadel in 2016. He was formerly a professor at University College Dublin, where he founded the Complex & Adaptive Systems Laboratory, where biologists, geologists, mathematicians, computer scientists, social scientists and economists worked together on problems that impact society. He is also the founder of ScienceWithMe!, an online community dedicated to engaging youth through science and math. He received a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1992, a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 1993, and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science also in 1993 from M.I.T. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied and Computational Mathematics from Princeton in 2000 and 2003 respectively.  

Open to Princeton alumni of all backgrounds, Princeton Club Diversity serves as an in-person transracial discussion forum for race-related issues. Upcoming meetings are as follows:  The November gathering, hosted by Hannah Barbosa ’98, will be held on Sunday, November 12, from 2-4 p.m., at Kabobi Grill, 4748 North Kedzie in Chicago (773-583-1400). Jessica Gonzalez ’95 will host the fourth annual holiday potluck on Saturday, December 9, at 6 p.m.; Jenny Korn ’96 will provide the address when you RSVP to her. If you have ideas for future events or want to host a discussion at a restaurant near you or a potluck at your home, please contact Jenny Korn ’96. Please check the PCC web site for future date details and contact Jenny Korn ’96 at for more information and to let us know you are coming. RSVPs are appreciated but not required (except for the potluck where it is required), so please drop by whenever you can make it. Many thanks to the Chicago chapters of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni (ABPA), Association of Latino Princeton Alumni (ALPA), and Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P) for their support.   
The Princeton Club of Chicago and the Princeton Alumni Association of Indiana invite you to a night of Division I basketball as the Tigers take on the Butler University Bulldogs in Indianapolis. The last time the team played at Butler in 2013, nearly 150 alumni, family, and friends attended the reception and game. This season’s team roster includes 3 players from the Midwest: #3 Devin Cannady ’19 from Mishawaka, IN; #31 Noah Bramlage ’19 from Glandorf, OH; and #13 Will Gladson ’20 from Chesterfield, MO. The Pre-Game Reception with Coach Mitch Henderson ’98 begins at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 12; game time is 6 p.m. at the Butler University Hinkle Fieldhouse, 510 W. 49th Street, Indianapolis, IN. A block of tickets for Princetonians has been reserved in Section 307. Instructions for ordering game tickets from Butler are on the Princeton Club website. Reception tickets will be available soon. If you have questions about this event, contact Jon Berger ’05 (PCC) at or George “Corky” Plews ’74 S74 P06 (PAA of Indiana) at  

The Club invites you to experience our regional take on the “Eating Club” - no bickering, just great food and conversation with fellow Tigers and friends. Please join us for this opportunity to immerse yourself in the spirit of Cuba as Bruce Rosenberg ’69, Debbie Solomon S69, and Carol Obertubbesing ’73 share stories and photos from their recent travels to the island. Dine family style on Cuban culinary specialties and (if you wish) experience an authentic Cuban rum bar with over 60 types of premium sipping rums. Featured on Check, Please! ( Paladar Cuban Restaurant and Rum Bar ( is a totally new concept in Cuban dining. Although private restaurants were forbidden by law in Cuba, paladares were sanctioned by the Cuban government in 1990 and began to spring up across the island in homes in response to the growing scarcity of food. Cubans began to refer to their own home-grown Cuban restaurants as paladares. A cash bar and opportunity to sample the Rum Bar will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday evening, November 15; the family-style dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Paladar is located at 2252 N. Western Avenue in Logan Square in Chicago; there is a parking lot by the bank across the street that is available after 6 p.m. (come inside the restaurant to get a parking pass). The restaurant is located about 3 blocks from the Western station of the Blue line and is on the Western bus line. The dinner is $30 for PCC members; $35, for non-members; the price includes dinner, tax, and gratuity. However, please bring cash for beverages.  Reserve via the Club web site by Monday, November 13 and be sure to answer the question about dietary restrictions and make sure to include names of your guests. For questions about this event contact Bruce Rosenberg ’69 at or Charlene Huang Olson ’88 at  

This is an opportunity for alumni, families, and kids ages 5 and up to serve our Chicagoland community together. The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Chicago’s food bank, a non-profit food distribution and training center that provides food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. Founded in 1979, it makes a daily impact across Cook County with a network of 700 agencies and programs including pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and responses for children, older adults, and veterans. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 72 million pounds of food, 37% of which was fresh produce. Every day 164,000 meals are distributed. The Food Depository is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks.  Our Princeton Club volunteer day will involve helping repack bulk products to individual/family sizes, assembling boxes with assorted food, checking expiration dates, and labeling and gleaning products. This community service event will be held on Saturday, November 18, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place in Chicago. Register via the Club web site by November 8, but note that you will be contacted later to complete further registration details through the GCFD site. Since spots are limited and GCFD Kids’ Days are very few, if your plans change, please notify Lauren Sykora ’11 at; contact Lauren or Charlene Huang Olson at if you have questions. Everyone must be registered in advance; NO “walk-ins” are permitted.  Please read carefully the instructions and dress code for this event on the Princeton Club website. Also, the event has a 1:1 radio of adults:kids (ages 5 and up with target range ages 5-13).      

It’s been 3 years since Chicago hosted the Triangle Show. Don’t miss this one-night-only performance at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, on Tuesday evening, January 30, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. The pre-show reception for producers and patrons begins at 6 p.m. To become a sponsor of the Triangle Show, which includes reserved seats and pre-show reception, go to the Club website. As is the Princeton tradition, members of the cast/crew are hosted by local alumni/families and parents. If you can host one more more students on the evening of January 30th, please contact Triangle Housing Chair Steve Reed ’96 at If you have questions, please contact Triangle Chair Marv Pollack ’73 at or call 312-502-2788.  Tickets are not yet on sale, but look for an email and/or check the Club website later this fall.  

Please note that there is no Tiger Ball in 2017. It has been rescheduled for Friday evening, October 26, 2018, from 7 p.m. to midnight at the London House, 85 East Wacker Drive, Chicago. Festive orange and black tie formal attire, ball gowns, tuxedos, and Reunion jackets are welcome. 
Talk by Danielle Allen ’93 on Cuz: An American Tragedy
On Sunday afternoon, November 5, Danielle Allen ’93 will speak about her new book Cuz from 4-5 p.m. at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago in Hyde Park. Her family memoir recounts the story of her cousin Michael, incarcerated at age 15 and released in his mid-twenties, only to meet an early death. Allen weaves the personal and political together in her tale, exploring the failings of both the American judicial system and family in Michael’s tragic fate. WBEZ reporter Natalie Y. Moore joins Allen for this moving conversation. The talk is part of the Chicago Humanities Festival and not a Club event; however, the Clubs Programs Co-Chair Brigitte Anderson ’02 has purchased a small block of tickets for $12 each. Please email Brigitte at if you are interested in attending. For more information about the Chicago Humanities Festival go to or call them at 312-605-8444 (M-F, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Next spring, the Princeton Club of Chicago will again confer its Annual John H. Fish ’55 Award for Distinguished Community Service and its Annual Arnold M. Berlin ’46 Award for Distinguished Service to Princeton University. The Distinguished Community Service Award was established at our Club’s 100th Anniversary meeting in 1978 to honor those persons in our midst who have contributed significantly to the educational, charitable, or cultural community in the Chicago area but who may not have received appropriate recognition for their contributions. In 1987, the Arnold M. Berlin ’46 Award was established alongside the Community Service Award to be presented to that graduate who has given unselfishly of his or her time, efforts, and talents to Princeton and its community. Nominate an individual you deem worthy of this award by completing the form on the Club web site, requesting one from the Club office, or contacting Awards Committee Chair Peter V. Baugher ’70 at Please do not contact your nominee about this matter, so as not to create expectations. There are many worthy nominees, and the Club only makes two awards each year. The deadline for submissions for this year’s awards is December 31, 2017. A list of previous recipients is on the Club web site.

The Alumni Schools Committee (ASC) is gearing up for another year of interviewing applicants, representing Princeton at college fairs, courting newly admitted students, and welcoming matriculating students to the Chicago area alumni community. If you are interested in interviewing high school students applying to Princeton, please contact We especially need interviewers who live or work in the Northwest Suburbs, Western Suburbs, South Suburbs, Rockford, Urbana-Champaign, and East Central Illinois. Alumni who sign up to interview can look for more information via e-mail including information about visits from Princeton admissions officers and news articles and other updates that assist alumni in being effective and informed interviewers. There is no need to sign up again if you were an active interviewer last year.  You may not volunteer to interview if you have a child, sibling, or close relative applying to Princeton this year, or if you work in the college admissions field.

As we head into another year, we have some changes to our leadership team: Christine O’Neill ’06 is taking over as Regional ASC Chair, Ted Yeh ’06 is coordinating the City of Chicago, and Lindie Wang ’14 joins us as Chair for South Suburbs/Urbana-Champaign/East Central Illinois. Rudi Moreno ’90 continues as Chair for the Northwest Suburbs, Rick Woldenberg ’81 is back in the North Suburbs, and Lauren Sykora ’11 is Chair for the Western Suburbs. Thank you to all alumni who made last year a success and will do the same this year!

Princeton Project 55 2017-2018 Chicago Fellows and Mentors
The Club welcomes the 2017-2018 Princeton Project 55 fellows.  Here is a list of this year’s fellows, their organizations, and their mentors:
Andrew Hahm ’17 - Carole Robertson Center for Learning - Tracy Dobie ’07/Andrew Kinaci ’10
Zena Kesselman ’17 - Illinois State Board of Education - Vince Anderson ’65/Alex Baptiste ’13
Michael Manning ’17 - New Markets Support Company - Peter Freeman ’66/Kristen Smith ’03
Adjoa Mante ’17 - Sinai Community Institute - Felix Huang ’07
Nora Niazian ’17 - Center for Economic Progress - Carol Obertubbesing ’73
Briana Payton ’17 - North Lawndale Employment Network - Kirsten Ekdahl Hull ’99
Marlyse Vieira ’17 - Chicago Volunteer Legal Services - Thomas D. Allison ’66 and Sherry Holland/Danielle Hamilton ’07/Stacy McAuliffe ’98
Latalia White ’13 is serving as mentor for Virginia Midkiff ’16 who is coordinating the local program this year. Mentors-at-large are Michael Collins ’11, Bill Dutton ’76, Candace Jackson-Akiwumi ’00, Emile Karafiol ’55, Rebecca Knisley ’15, Bill Lawlor ’56, Marquis Parker ’99, Whitney Spalding Spencer ’07, Amy Beth Treciokas ’87, Lindsay M. Wall ’02, and Dana Weinstein ’12. If you would like to become a Mentor or Mentor-at-Large, please contact Lindsay Wall ’02 at   

A new member welcome packet, which includes a Chicago Tip Sheet, is available by contacting the Club office (phone number below). 
Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 announced that What Is Populism? by Jan-Werner Muller will be the book selection for this year’s Princeton Pre-Read program; the book will be read by all incoming members of the Class of 2021 and others in the community to spark discussion on important themes.   With his inauguration of the program in 2013, President Eisgruber specifically asked alumni and other members of the Princeton family to read along.  For information on other Alumni Studies offerings, go to . . . New Princeton Journeys have also been announced on the Alumni Education website

ROUND-UP OF PAST EVENTS - Please see photos, including some from the Summer Picnic, on the Club website. Thanks to Janice Block ’84 P22, Jakee Cohen P16 P21, and Gigi Johnson P19 P21 of the Parents Committee for organizing this year’s picnic and to Peter Goldman ’94 for hosting it at the Lakeshore Sport and Fitness roofdeck. . . .  At its Annual Dinner on April 26, 2017, the Princeton Club of Chicago honored Jason J. Tyler ’93 with its John Fish ’55 Distinguished Service to the Community Award and Christopher E. Olofson ’92 with its Arnold M. Berlin ’46 Award for Distinguished Service to Princeton. Emily A. Carter, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, and Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering gave the keynote address. Thanks to Jessica Gonzalez ’95 and Cheryl Stevens ’10 for coordinating the dinner and to Peter Baugher ’70 for Chairing the Awards Committee.

The newsletter was edited by Carol Obertubbesing ’73. Information was contributed by Brigitte Anderson ’02, Jenny Korn ’96, Virginia Midkiff ’16, Charlene Huang Olson ’88, and Christine O’Neill ’06. The deadline for the next Princeton Club of Chicago newsletter will be announced via e-mail and on the Club web site. Please send articles in Word to Carol Obertubbesing ’73 at; 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  
FOR MORE INFORMATION – Check the Princeton Club of Chicago website 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 website, you can also 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 and click on “discussion groups.” Register for the “Princeton-Chicago” group. If you have questions about the email discussion list, contact Rishi Jaitly ’04 at The President of the Princeton Club is Mike Laidlaw ’94 (; the Executive V.P. of the Club is Amy Beth Treciokas ’87 (; Programs Committee Co-Chairs are Brigitte Anderson ’02 at, Charlene Huang Olson ’88 at, and Julia Schwartz ’08 at A complete list of the Leadership Group is on the Club website.   

October 20 - President Eisgruber ’83 Discusses “Priorities for Princeton’s Future” in Chicago
November 5 - Talk by Danielle Allen ’93 at Chicago Humanities Festival
November 7 - Curated Tour of Chicago Architecture Biennial led by Susan Conger-Austin *83 and Jonathan Solomon *03 November 8 - Finance, Tech, & Data Science Career Networking Event at Citadel
November 12 - Diversity Discussion Forum hosted by Hannah Barbosa ’98 at Kabobi Grill
November 12 - Princeton Men’s Basketball at Butler in Indianapolis
November 15 - Eating Club - Cuban Style with Bruce Rosenberg ’69, Debbie Solomon S69, Carol Obertubbesing ’73 November 18 - Family Community Service Day at Greater Chicago Food Depository
December 9 - Diversity Discussion Forum 4th Annual Holiday Potluck hosted by Jessica Gonzalez ’95
January 30, 2018 - Princeton Triangle Show
February 24, 2018 - Alumni Day at Princeton
May 31 - June 3, 2018 - Princeton Reunions

*Classes 2000 and later will receive only electronic copies of the newsletter.  If you are a Club member in the Classes 2000-2017 and wish to continue to receive a print version, please alert the Club office at 847-256-5800.