We were touched by one award recipient who wrote in a thank you letter this year, “I love Princeton with every bone in my body, and I am certain that without your help, I would not be here today.” On behalf of the Princeton Club of Chicago Scholarship Fund, I would like to thank those of you who contributed in the past for your support and to ask you again (as well as those who have not contributed before), to give consideration to this worthy cause.
The Scholarship Fund's contributions are part of a broader effort to allow the most outstanding candidates to attend Princeton, whatever their circumstances; and it also permits Princeton students to benefit from the economic, social and racial diversity so critical to the educational process. Princeton continues to offer admissions to undergraduates solely on the basis of merit. This is due to the continuing generosity of alumni like you.
Chair – Stuart Gunn '85
Many thanks to the 150+ volunteers who gave generously of their time to interview applicants from the Chicago region for the Princeton class of 2012. We welcomed our new vice chairs this year Amy Beth Treciokas '87 and Theresa Kowalski '04, who assumed responsibility from former vice chairs Peter Goldman '94 and Charlene Huang Olson '88 respectively. We thank all of our Vice Chairs Peter Barack '65, Ken Sax '73, Nick Gorga '99, Amy Beth Treciokas '87, and Theresa Kowalski '04 for doing a terrific job of organizing the effort. We were also happy to host Robyn Kent, Associate Dean of Admissions, in October for a roundtable on admissions and alumni interviewing.
This year a record 21,000 students applied for admission to Princeton, 647 from the Chicago region, up from 584 last year. The Chicago interview team was able to interview an astounding 99% of applicants. This being the first year of the post-Early Decision era, admission statistics are not yet available, as students will be informed of the University’s decision in late March. A reception for admitted students from the Chicagoland region and their families will be held at the home of Robin and Peter Baugher '70 on April 27th.
Chair – Nancy Collins '91
Stay tuned for 30-Something group events to be scheduled later this year.
Treasurer – Randy Barba '75
The Princeton Club of Chicago attempts to operate on a break-even basis each year, supported by dues (including extra support from our generous patrons and benefactors) and event fees. In spite of increases in certain costs such as mailing and the annual dinner venue, we expect to end this fiscal year in excellent financial shape. Thanks to our members and event planners, we have managed to break even while at the same time, hosting a significant number of events. Members’ dues support the newsletter, event mailings, administration of the Club’s membership, and selected event subsidies. Each year, the Club also supports Princeton in Chicago Schools (PICS), the Scholarship Fund, Princeton Project '55, and the Princeton Prize in Race Relations.