As the season turns from fall to winter, our 15th
Reunion is about six months away!Please mark your calendar for our “Top Tiger” Reunion which takes place
from May 27-30, 2010 (Memorial Day weekend).Hannah Clayson Smith ’95, our Reunions Chair, and the entire
Reunions team have been working tirelessly on planning, and a separate class
mailing with details about registration will arrive in the next few weeks.In the meantime, you can find the
preliminary schedule of events and get started planning your travel at our
official Reunions website.
My special thanks to the ‘95ers who joined me at the San Francisco restaurant Palomino for our Bay Area mini-Reunion in August. As you can see in our photo that was included in the October 7 PAW, a good time was had by all. Also, in spite of the 37-3 blowout loss on October 24, classmates were in good form despite drizzly conditions at the Harvard game tailgate in Cambridge on October 24.
Several classmates have inquired about Alumni Education opportunities. The University maintains an Alumni Education site, where you can, among other things, listen to former Wilson College Master Jon Fleming’s lectures on Chaucer in installments. Nicholas Bouloukos ’95, our own Alumni Education Chair, can facilitate, and he may be reached at alumnieducation "AT" princeton95.org.
Our team of elected class officers is also considering several candidates to become Honorary Classmates. Generally, Honorary Classmates must be someone other than a matriculated classmate who has made a notable contribution to the Class or whose connection to the Class merits recognition. Honorary Classmates need not have graduated from Princeton. If there are candidates whom you would like to be considered for Honorary Classmate status (which includes invitations to class events and the recognition that goes with an association with ‘95), please nominate them by writing to me at the below e-mail address.
Please also continue to check our Class of 1995 website for updates on class affairs. And now would be a great time to add your name to the growing list of classmates who have registered for the site (which you will need to do before Reunions).
We appreciate your Dues to Class Treasurer Adam Lichtenstein ’95 (treasurer "AT" princeton95.org), your News to Class Secretary Lucinda Brown ‘95 (secretary "AT" princeton95.org), and your thoughts, comments, and questions to any of us..
With warmest wishes for a safe and happy holiday season,
With the beginning of fall, it is not too early to start thinking about our 15th Reunion. Our team of Class Officers is already beginning preparations for the big event, which will be held from May 27 to May 30, 2010. It’s less than two years away…
In that spirit, there are two things that you can do to become involved. First, if you have an interest in serving on any of the Reunions Committees which will soon be formed (spanning everything from costumes to food), please let either me or Reunions Chair Hannah Clayson Smith ’95 (reunions "AT" princeton95.org) know. Second, go to our class website at www.princeton95.org and register for the site if you haven’t done so. You will need to complete registration there before being able to register online for Reunions, and doing so now will allow you to take advantage of the new content we have posted there.
Our Summer Service Fund continues to flourish. Under the leadership and direction of SSF cochairs Matthew Draper ’95 and Elyse Michaels Berger ’95, we sponsored five grants of $1,000 each to undergraduates undertaking summer projects internationally. Congratulations to all!
—Carl Owens ’08 traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa to work with an initiative helping disadvantaged students transition to college.
—Francis Grehan ’10 worked to bring disadvantaged Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth together for training camp for coaching in rowing, kayaking, and canoeing.
—Carolyn Smith-Lin ’10 went to Ghana to work with Unite for Sight, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating preventable blindness in developing countries.
—Mariko Nakayama ’11 contributed to the creation of International Children’s Library in the Rural School of Costa Rica.
—Kim Ostrum ’10 volunteered with local NGOs in Rwanda which promote human rights, education, development, and mental and physical health.
Class Secretary Lucinda Brown ’95 welcomes your news for the PAW at secretary "AT" princeton95.org. Job changes, graduations, births, marriages, and any other news you feel would be appropriate is wanted and welcome. You can (and should) also attach photos if you have them. Also, don’t forget to tell us about other classmates you know who might have fallen out of touch.
We have a busy schedule of class events coming up this fall so be sure to check our website for frequent updates. At the same time, please be in touch with me or any of the other officers if you’d like to become involved in planning regional class events or with any suggestions you might have. We hope to see you in the remaining months of the year!
I would like to begin this letter by thanking the classmates who have made donations to the Class of 1995’s Summer Service Fund.Those donations, many of which have been made through our class website, have helped to grow the Fund to a record level, and they make the projects that we sponsor for undergraduates possible.For more information about the remarkable achievements of the undergraduates we sponsor annually, please go to the Summer Service Fund section on our website.
I would also like to recognize the classmates who have made donations to Annual Giving during the past year.These donations have a tangible effect on the University, as they impact its operating budget.I would like to encourage classmates to make a tax deductible donation of whatever you can afford to Annual Giving this year by going to awc.princeton.edu.Our class’ fiscal year runs from the beginning of July each year until the end of June, and now would be a great time to donate if you have not done so during the new fiscal year.
Our new website, which is designed and maintained by Reunion Technologies in Princeton, is the most ambitious one our class has offered.If you have not done so already, I encourage you to check out the changes at www.princeton95.org.You will need to register if you’re going there for the first time.Just click on ‘first-time sign-up,’ follow the instructions, and you’ll quickly be able to access all of the content the site has to offer.There are several new additions, including a section highlighting books written by members of ’95.
Class Secretary Lucinda Brown would love to have your news for the PAW Class Notes!Any and all news can be e-mailed to her at secretary "AT" princeton95.org.In addition to news about weddings and children, please send along news about graduations, job changes, moves, or anything else you’d like to mention to classmates.Lucinda vows that your news will get into the PAW in short order.And don’t forget to send along photos.
Class Vice-President Jim Colman ’95 is eager to have classmates e-mail him who are interested in planning a regional class event.These events need not require large quantities of time or planning, but they can be a good way to get classmates together who are geographically close.Contact Jim at vicepresident "AT" princeton95.org, and he will help you get the ball rolling.
So when you’re not watching Wentworth Miller ’95 on Fox’s Prison Break, reading stories on international affairs by Kevin Whitelaw ’95 in U.S. News and World Report, or reading Shaking Her Assets by Robin Epstein ‘95, please let me or any of your officers know how we may better be of service to you.
I am pleased to report that the Class of 1995 had another productive year.Not only have we continued to move forward with our Summer Service Fund, but the other Class Officers and I have also worked during this past year to improve class communication and to take some new steps forward.
This spring, our class joined with Reunion Technologies, a Princeton-based company, to have them redesign and host our ’95 website.The site, which can be viewed at www.princeton95.org, now has even more functionality.In the future, the new site will make it even easier to register for Reunions online, to pay class dues, and to stay informed about the latest in class events.The site will also make it easier for us to collect classmate biographical data in anticipation of our 15thReunion (which is quietly sneaking up on us).Please check the new site out and send comments to any of the ’95 Officers.We would love to receive them.
In addition, this year ’95 became the first Princeton alumni class to appoint an Alumni Education Chair.Classmate Nicholas Bouloukos, a resident of Shanghai, China, graciously accepted the invitation to serve as a liaison between the Alumni Council’s Alumni Education division and our class.He also will be working to conceive of new alumni education initiatives.Princeton offers some of the best alumni courses anywhere, and we want to ensure that anyone who is interested can easily take advantage of them.
A special thanks to Tony Spanakos, ’95 who hosted an event for classmates at Professor Thom’s Restaurant and Bar on May 7. I would also like to recognize Clancy Rowley ’95, now an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton, for representing our class at February’s Service of Remembrance.Clancy did double duty this year, as he also judged P-Rade entries at Reunions in June.
On May 31, ’95 Summer Service Fund co-chairs Elyse Michaels Berger ’95 and Matthew Draper ’95 announced the four 2007 winners: Vicki Chen ’09, Jessica Kwong ’07, Danilo Mandiæ ’07, and Dobromir Parushev ’10.Each will receive between $1,000 and $2,000 to support their respective summer volunteer work with international public service and community development organizations.Vicki will serve with an eye clinic in India; Jessica will teach in Sierra Leone; Danilo will organize a series of workshops for international students in Belgrade; and Dobromir will teach a workshop on renewable energy in Bulgaria.More information about the winners can be found on our class website.Congratulations to all!
I wanted to say how much I enjoyed reconnecting with classmates at our 12thReunion.The ‘Playing the Back ‘95’ costume from our 10th looks as good as ever.As I often say, if you have any thoughts about the class or wish to volunteer in any capacity, please let me or any of the other class officers know.I hope all of you have a great summer, and we all hope to see you at a ’95 event soon.
One of the most important initiatives sponsored by the Class of 1995 is the Summer Service Fund.In July, as you may know, our class sponsored five undergraduates in their international summer community service efforts with awards ranging from $600 to $1,100.One of our winners was Mary Lewis-LaMonica, who received an award to help her travel to an impoverished village in Peru to work on a project to provide solar powered light to that village.And that’s only one example.
As you will read elsewhere in this mailing, ‘95s Summer Service Fund is doing great things. The Fund also offers ‘95ers a unique opportunity to become involved with the selection of these accomplished winners each year.So if you want to join the selection team or just to contribute to the Fund, I encourage you to learn more about it on our class website at www.princeton95.org.Congratulations also to Camille Coates ’06, Eric Hull ’09, Andrew Lapetina ’07, and Nicholas McFarlane ’08 for earning their SSF awards!
Speaking of our class website, be sure to visit it if you haven’t been there in awhile.With the help of Andy Williams ’95 and the team at Viget Labs in Virginia, we’ve made a host of improvements.There are more photos of classmates on the site than ever before, and you’re guaranteed to find class news as soon as it’s available.You can help us locate out-of-touch classmates with an updated list of ‘Missing ‘95ers.’You can also pay your class dues online for the next five years with a single click on our secure site.
But as you take in our website, we do have one request: we’d like you to send in digital copies of your vintage Princeton photos for our website.In other words, we’d like to create a section on our site for photos of us taken while we were students.Have photos from Princeton parties?Football games?Reunions?Building the world’s largest hoagie?Just scan them, identify who’s who, and send them electronically to ’95 Vice-President Jim Colman at vicepresident "AT" princeton95.org.And then go to the website and check out the compilation for a unique look at our time on campus.
A special thanks to the ‘95ers who came out to the Harvard game tailgate on October 21 to watch a thrilling 31-28 Princeton victory!And, as I have said many times before, let me of any of the Officers know if you would like to plan a ’95 event wherever you are in the world.We’d love to make it happen and to contribute to ’95 spirit.
A happy holiday season to all.We hope to see each of you soon and in the New Year.