tremendous volunteer effort on the part of Stuart Gunn ’85, our VP Alumni Schools Committee, our five regional vice chairs: Peter Barack ‘65, Nick Gorga ’99, Theresa Kowalski ’04, Ken Sax ’73, Amy Beth Treciokas ’87, and our 150+ Alumni Schools Committee interviewers. Come April, the Club looks forward to congratulating all of the students from the area who are admitted into the class of 2012.
Kudos and congratulations go to our Annual Giving VP Chris Yarbrough '96, James Crawford ’03, and Midwest Section Chair Mike Laidlaw '94. Our region's participation rate was a stellar 65.8% compared to the nationwide average of 58.5%. Our Chicagoland support is truly inspirational. We hope you will join fellow alumni on May 7th at the Field Museum when President Tilghman returns to Chicago to help kick-off the Aspire Campaign, which is being spearheaded by Bob '72 and Mimi Murley '76 and local Chicago City Chair Deborah Quazzo '82.
Special thanks to the Distinguished Service Awards Committee, and our chair, Tim Johnson '73, for their enthusiasm and thoughtful consideration in determining this year’s award recipients. Congratulations to Mellody Hobson '91 who will receive the Club’s 2008 Award for Distinguished Service to the Community and to Michael D. Laidlaw '94 who will receive the Club’s 2008 Arnold M. Berlin '46 Award for Distinguished Service to Princeton University.
While not awarded by the Club, I would also like to congratulate John Rogers '80 for receiving this year’s Woodrow Wilson School Award. The Club was happy to co-sponsor a reception in his honor on February 23rd at the University’s Alumni Day.
At this year’s Annual Dinner it is a pleasure to have professor of planetary astronomy at CalTech, Professor Mike Brown '87. In 2006 he was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People. In 2007, he received the Feynman Prize, Caltech’s most prestigious teaching award, named in honor of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Princetonian Richard Feynman *42. I am looking forward to learning about Mike’s celestial discoveries this evening and am curious to find out what Mike had to do to be honored as one of Wired Online's Top Ten Sexiest Geeks of 2006.
Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm for the Club’s activities. I hope to see many of you at one or more of the Club’s events throughout the coming year.
If you would like to assist with any Club activities, please check the Club web site for committee listings and contacts or call the Club office at 847-256-5800. Also, contact the Club office for membership information, changes in address, or information on upcoming events.