November was indeed a busy month - the Chicago Humanities Festival, always bursting with speakers of Princeton University affiliation, served as the catalyst for a breakfast discussion for Princeton Club members. Expertly organized by former Club President Carol Obertubessing '73, alumni were rewarded for their early Saturday morning attendance with coffee and delicious breakfast pastries as well as the privilege of meeting with physicist and novelist Alan Lightman '70 before his lecture to the general public on November 3. Thanks to alumnus Peter Baugher '70 for offering his Millennium Park condominium entertainment room as the breakfast venue. Other raucous and engaging programs included Dr. Bruce Boucher’s presentation on the Gates of Paradise, concerning the Chicago Art Institute exhibition illuminating the restoration the baptistery doors sculpted by Florentine Renaissance master Lorenzo Ghiberti. Organized by the Princeton Club and co-hosted by the Harvard Chicago Club, this after-work soiree included an abundant wine and Italian appetizer reception in the Loop where Princeton and Harvard alumni enjoyed convivial conversation, an erudite lecture by Dr. Boucher, and later a question and answer session of magnitude proportion! Also in November, we held a special family event on the 17th at the Chicago Children’s Museum, organized by Club president, Charlene Huang Olson '88. Princeton families came together for a special preview of the Museum’s new Skyline Exhibit, a special art project, and an opportunity to meet Curious George himself!
Roberta Packer '94 and Amie Klujian '91 cured any winter and January blues for Princeton alumni by organizing another sold-out event, this time at Chicago’s famed Second-City Comedy House. On January 10, 2008, Princeton alumni and friends attended the critically acclaimed “Between Barack and a Hard Place,” as Roberta noted in January, a play with a “timely” topic.
Princetonians ushered in the Lunar New Year on February 23rd with traditional Chinese dim sum at Phoenix Restaurant in Chinatown, deftly organized by alumnus Al Chan '91, who promises that the Year of the Rat is indeed auspicious!
Events to come: Phyllis Ellin '83, expert in historic preservation, presents on April 22 her lecture, “Our World Heritage.” The Taj Mahal is easy, but can you name the 20 World Heritage sites in the United States, and can you surmise the latest nominations---two from Chicago? Get up to speed on this fascinating topic by not missing the opportunity to hear Phyllis present. This summer, University Trustee Dennis Keller '63 will share his vision for Princeton and his recent experiences serving on this great board in the summer. Look for further details in your newsletter and Tigernet. Look for details soon to come regarding our September 17, 2008 Club outing to see the Cubs this fall! Meanwhile, thanks to everyone for their enthusiasm, attendance, and support during this past year of Princeton Chicago programs!
Chair – Gerald D. Skoning '64
Founded in 1912, the Princeton Club of Chicago Scholarship Fund was the first Princeton endowment of its kind. It is an important part of Princeton's financial aid effort and continues to set a sterling example in assisting undergraduates with funding the cost of an outstanding education.
I am pleased to report that generous scholarships totaling a Fund record of $187,732 have been awarded this year to five undergraduates from the Chicago area, with the average award being over $37,000. Hearty congratulations to the five recipients for the 2007-2008 academic year: Jeremy V. Arceneaux '10 (Saint Ignatius College Prep), Matthew J. Arhontas '11 (Naperville Central HS), Raymond H. Hsu '11 (St. Charles North HS), Eric J. Macias '10 (Glenbard North HS), and Manuel Perez '11 (Illinois Math and Science Academy).