from the Best Old Place of All.
The arrival of this letter should closely mark the 50th
anniversary of our matriculation at Princeton. As we move toward the 50th anniversary of our
graduation, your class leadership will provide numerous chances for us to get
together in various locations across the country. Some of the most fun occurs at what we now call
micro-reunions – usually regional half-day events followed by a dinner. We can never have enough of these, and
they aren’t a lot of trouble to put together compared to a full-scale
mini-reunion. Please let me know
if you would like to organize one near your home.
The events we have lined up
for this coming academic year are listed below. For more complete information as it becomes available and to
register, please continue to look right here on our website, princeton1969.org.
13—Pre-rade for the Class of 2019. On Campus. As the grandparent class of
2019, we will be part of the procession.
2-3—Class of 1968 Seminar on the Environment. In
Princeton. Complete information
posted on the website. Some spots may still be available when you receive this
letter. Please email me if you're
8-11—Class Mini Reunion in Virginia’s Historic
Triangle headquartered in Williamsburg, VA organized by Clay and Pinky McEldowney.
Complete information posted on the website. Some spots may still be
available when you receive this letter.
Please sign up on the website.
We'd love to have you join us.
14—Yale Football Game Festivities: Class Meeting, Tailgate and Dinner
where we’ll celebrate Randy Shepard’s 50-year streak of attending those
contests. On Campus.
20, 2016—Princeton's 101st Alumni Day. On
26-29, 2016—Our 47th Reunion. On Campus.
BRIEF REVIEW of 2014-15
The year opened with three
Some of us participated in
the Class of 1968 Seminar on Foreign Policy held here in Princeton, mostly on
the campus of the Princeton Theological Seminary.
Shortly thereafter, many of
us attended Princeton in Africa’s Annual Gala (in New York City), which honored our own Jim Floyd and George Hritz (pictured left, along with Frank Strasburger '67
and Jim Robinson '72) with the Princeton in Africa Inaugural Founders’ Medal.
we had our annual festivities in conjunction with the
Harvard football game and at our Class Dinner, we were
treated to a talk by Pulin Sanghvi who took us
through his exciting vision for the re-invention of Career
Services as its new Director.
In February, Grainger Bowman carried the class
carnation for us at the University’s Service of Remembrance, and around 30 of
us braved severely inclement conditions to attend our dinner at the Nassau Club
where Ron McCoy, the University Architect, gave us a view in some depth of the
Arts and Transit Campus, currently under construction. Pictured at right are Anne Charrier and Bob Herbst at our Alumni Day dinner.
At our 46th Reunion, we
were treated to unusually fine weather arranged by our hard-working Reunion
Chair Dan Harman (left), and our Reunion was highlighted by Tom
Fleming’s receipt of the Alumni Council’s highest honor, the Award for
Service to Princeton (pictured at right with Ryan Ruskin '90, Chair of the
Committee on Awards for Service to Princeton).
For news about what
classmates have been up to recently, please see Paul Sittenfeld’s annual summer newsletter. We are fortunate to have him as our
Thanks to the stewardship
of Treasurer Chuck Fryer and the
prudent fiscal management of our events by Reunions Chair Dan Harman, our bank
balance is up nearly 25% over what it was last year at this time, driven mostly
by stronger dues collections.
Thanks to all who contributed. We believe this improvement reflects how
much classmates enjoyedthe 45th Reunion, and are looking
forward to the 50th.
Members of the Class also generously donated almost $6,000 to the Class
Scholarship Fund, and almost $20,000 to our Class Legacy Program, PICS, through
dues check-offs. Classmates also
contributed an additional $96,000 directly to PICS.
PRINCETON INTERNSHIPS IN
Speaking of PICS, Chuck
Freyer, the Chair of PICS, reports that this summer, PICS fielded 115 interns,
an increase of 50% over what it offered just two years ago, and expects to have
close to 150 internships in 2016, the 20th anniversary of its
founding. These interns were
selected from over 450 student applicants.
The number of Princeton
students that PICS has placed in paid community service or civic engagement
internships in the US and abroad now approaches 1,000, and PICS interns have
served in more than 565 different internships at 172 public service
organizations. Many of them have proved to be life-changing formative
experiences that have led to alterations in career plans, but all have exposed
the students to the rewards that can come from committing time and energy to
the non-profit sector, regardless of what careers they may ultimately pursue.
In 2015, the student
stipends paid to PICS interns will exceed $500,000 and on its current growth
trajectory, they will exceed $600,000 in 2016. This money comes in part from the organizations which host
the interns, but much of it, as well as all funds necessary to pay staff and
operational costs, is raised by PICS from generous Princeton alumni, especially
members of the Class of 1969; no internship funding comes from Princeton
University. PICS has developed new
funding relationships with the Classes of 1963 and 1972, in addition to those
already existing with 1975 and 1977, and discussions with a number of other
Princeton Classes are underway.
To accommodate the extra
work that this growth will require, PICS has added a new part-time staff person
to work with its outstanding Executive Director, Jeri Schaefer. The new hire,
Ronica Sethi, holds an MBA from NYU and had a career at JP Morgan and other
investment banks before coming to PICS.
With both of them, PICS is truly blessed. If you encounter Jeri and Ronica, you’ll understand why.
Pictured below are PICS
intern gatherings at Bill and
Anne Charrier's home in the DC
area and Steve Houck and Toni
Lichstein's home in Brooklyn.
After a big success in
Annual Giving at our 45th, the Class followed up with a very strong performance
this year. We raised $252,523 from 432 of us in support of Princeton’s
programs and students. Many thanks to all who participated and helped
make a difference. For those of you who missed out, please join us for
next year’s Annual Giving campaign. And finally a big ’69 locomotive for
the Class of 1969 AG Team who made the phone calls, sent the emails and gave
both their time and treasure to our class. Our Class Agent Bruce Freeman has told me he can use
more help, so if you are interested please contact him anytime. His contact
information is on the letterhead.
Thanks to Bruce for all of his work for us and the University.
ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS AND
As you may know, the Class
and the University operate on a July-June fiscal year, and this letter is our
first request for this year’s class dues.
Our dues pay for the PAW subscription for all classmates and underwrite
the costs of communications, both electronic (including our really great
website) and by mail. A dues card
is enclosed in this letter, and we would greatly appreciate your prompt
response either via the website or by check in the envelope provided. You can certainly help to reduce the
communications you receive by contributing early in the cycle. Please also consider the leadership
category if you can. 108 classmates helped out this way last year. The better our fiscal situation, the
more we can accomplish. You will
hear from our Class Agent, Bruce Freeman, separately for our AG campaign.
PICS is on a slightly
different (October-September) fiscal year tied in to its annual spending
pattern (most of its expenses occur over the summer). While PICS conducts a separate fundraising campaign, you can
also contribute to it through the dues check-off on the attached card (or on
the website). This is the legacy
program of our Class to the University.
You can also use the dues check-off to contribute to our Class
Dan Harman has asked me to
note that our 50th Reunion is going to be a major undertaking, and
we will need a lot of help to put it together. If you have any ideas for the 50th or, better
yet, would like to work on our 50th Reunions Team, please contact Dan. You can
find his contact information on our letterhead.
Finally, I suspect that
many of those who have read this far are our loyal spouses. My sense is that
sometimes my classmates do not keep you as up to date on our activities as they
should. To remedy that situation,
our webmaster extraordinaire, Jeff
Kaplan, has offered to include you in our website database. This will enable you to log in on your
own and to receive e-mails directly from us regarding class events. If you would like to take advantage of
this opportunity, please contact Jeff.
It will require you to establish your own credentials on the website,
but that’s a pretty painless process, and Jeff can help. Jeff’s contact
information is on the letterhead.
We truly welcome your participation.
All the best to everyone
for the coming Class year,