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Thursday, December 24, 2009

PA3 Annual Dinner and Meeting

The Princeton Area Alumni Association Cordially invites you and your guests to attend the

2010 Annual Dinner: Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

With Featured Speaker, Anne -Marie Slaughter '80

Director of Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State. After proudly serving as Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School, Ms. Slaughter left to join the Obama administration to contribute her experience to the Department of State. Ms. Slaughter will discuss “Issues in American Foreign Policy”

At the annual dinner there will also be a meeting of the members of The Princeton Area Alumni Association which will include the election of 6 Directors to serve for a term of 3 years starting July 1, 2010. Please feel free to nominate yourself or another member for these positions by sending an e-mail together with a brief biographical write-up to Kristin C Epstein, President at no later than January 5, 2010.

2010 Annual Dinner: Saturday, January 23rd, 2010
6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. Dinner
Semi-Formal Attire, Orange and Black always welcome!

ETS Chauncey Conference Center
Rosedale Rd. Princeton, NJ 08541
Please RSVP by Friday, January 8th, 2010, Reservations will be held at the door.
Click here to view the response card.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

PA3 & Isles, Together Again

A group of PA3 volunteers - a strong core of regulars and a couple of newcomers - went to Isles on a chilly morning, this time to remove weeds and debris outside the Johnston Avenue building. After a tour of the transformed interior, the crew set to work clearing beds and removing trash. A big thank you to everyone for taking time during the busy holiday season to help out!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Holiday A Cappella Jam & Toy Drive

Friday, December 11 at 6:30pm

Palmer Square Green

With performances by the Nassoons, Tigertones, Tigressions, Shere Khan, Roaring 20, Wildcats, Kindred Spirit, Tigerlilies, Katzenjammers, Footnotes and the PU Band! Free hot cocoa and cider will be served to keep you warm.

Bring a new toy to brighten up a child’s life! Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy that will be donated to the YWCA Princeton St. Nicholas Project. The St. Nicholas Project aims to help parents who would otherwise be unable to create the magic of Christmas for their children. Most needed are stackable toys, building blocks, shape sorters, lacing cards, matching games or beginning games for early skill levels (i.e. Perfection, Chutes and Ladders, Candyland). Books and art supplies are always a favorite. Non-toy donations will also be accepted. For more information on the St. Nicholas Project, visit

JaZams toy shop at 25 Palmer Square East is offering a special 20% discount to any toy purchased for the toy drive. Donations will be collected at the store at the time of purchase. Discount valid through December 11.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Holiday Outreach Initiatives at Princeton U

The PA3 Community Service Committee encourages alums to get in the holiday spirit by participating in Princeton's "A Cappella Jam and Toy Drive," "Holiday Hoops and Food Drive," and other university initiatives on campus and around town. Check the links for dates and details.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Community Service: Seeking Swimming Santa & Reindeer, Arts-&-Crafts Helpers

PA3 is partnering with the Princeton YMCA to provide volunteers for its annual “Swim with Santa” events:

Friday, December 4, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the West Windsor Seminary pool. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, December 5, from 4:00-6:00 pm at the YMCA pool in Princeton. This event is for Y members.

There will be swimming and non-swimming volunteer opportunities on both evenings. An aquatic Santa and a couple of reindeer are needed to swim in the pool with the kids. Costumes will be provided; reindeer will wear ears and a red nose with their bathing suits, and Santa has a full red suit to swim in. Volunteers are also needed to help with arts and crafts, take pictures, and serve up some treats.

If you’d like to volunteer, or for more information, please contact Denise Soto at or 609-497-9622 x209, and identify yourself as a PA3 volunteer.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Isles Volunteer Opportunity - December 12

Curious about progress made at Isles' Johnston Avenue building since we were there last spring? Here's an opportunity for past volunteers to see how much has changed, and for new volunteers to see what past PA3 work teams have been so excited about. We will have a final volunteer opportunity at the site on Saturday, December 12, from 9:00-1:00. Work will include both outdoor brush removal and interior clean-up. The 6.5 acre site - a former textile mill being converted by Isles into a mixed-use, "green" village - is located at One North Johnston Ave, Trenton NJ 08609, about a 12-minute drive from Princeton's campus.

Everyone who comes to help out on the 12th will receive an exclusive, tasteful-orange, PA3-logo-embellished, volunteer-appreciation baseball cap. (If you already have one, please wear it.) In the interest of Princeton community spirit and good photo ops, volunteers are encouraged to wear orange.

If you would like to participate, or have any questions, please email Arlen Hastings at Family members, including children ages 10 and up, are welcome.

Friday, November 20, 2009

PA3 Honored with Spirit of Community Award

PA3 was one of four volunteer teams honored by Isles, Inc., at its annual Spirit of Community awards dinner, held at the Trenton Marriott on November 19. Community Service chair Arlen Hastings accepted the award on behalf of the association. PA3 volunteers were recognized for their participation in four day-long construction events at Isles’ Johnston Avenue property (described in earlier posts). The next PA3/Isles volunteer day is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 12; details to follow.

Friday, November 13, 2009

APGA Student Mixer 11/18/09

Graduate alumni are encouraged to attend the next APGA (Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni) mixer. Mingle and converse with current graduate students. Click here to view the invitation.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Wine Tasting - Friday, November 13th

PA3, IvyPlus and Cornell Club of Central NJ present:

November Tiger Tasting: Discover Your Personal Wine Palate

A Perfect Pre-Triangle Show Mixer

Are some wines better than others, or are there only wines that you like and wines that you don’t like? Find out on Nov 13, as Mark Censits, Cornell alum and Proprietor of award-winning wine shop CoolVines, takes you on a tour of your personal wine palate. You’ll taste your way through a broad array of wines of all different styles from all over the world. You’ll learn what “off-dry” means, what tannins taste – or feel – like, what “terroir” is. In short, you’ll learn the major factors that make wines taste different, and begin to identify your own personal wine palate.

This is the perfect way to get yourself excited for the Triangle Show later in the evening; we will gather from 6-8PM at Princeton's newly constructed Community House, an organization committed to closing the minority achievement gap in Princeton. Community House is located at 58 Prospect Ave and provides programs that bolster early childhood literacy, promote the mastery of fundamental academic skills, and create early awareness of post-secondary opportunities for underserved minority youth.

Please arrive as close to 6 as possible, the first glass of wine will be served upon arrival and the program will begin promptly at 6:30 to get theatergoers out in time to make it to the Triangle show - Store Trek; The Out-of-this World Shopping Spectacular (who but triangle would boldly go where no musical-comedy has gone before?). Refreshments will be served.

Friday, November 13th
Princeton University Community House
58 Prospect Ave, Princeton NJ
6:00 - 8:00 PM


The Princeton Area Alumni Association is excited to encourage post-graduate camaraderie and social opportunities, but we need your help! If you are not already a member, please consider joining us by paying your annual dues. Info can be found here.

Email Reilly for alternate payment options, to RSVP to pay at the door, to ask any questions or just to say "hi." (


Saturday, October 17, 2009

PA3 at PU's Community and Staff Day

On October 3rd, PA3's Kristin, Lydia, Reilly and Bettina braved the rain and set up a booth at Princeton University's Community and Staff day. Kids of various ages stopped by to color their own sign with the PA3 logo on one side and "Go Tigers!" on the other. You may have seen them being waved during the game!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

October 15th: Oktoberfest Beer Tasting at the Rocky Hill Inn

Join us for a Tiger Tasting at the Rocky Hill Inn on Thursday October 15, 2009 to celebrate Oktoberfest. PA3 members and their guests will meet to enjoy a selection of beers and delicious food pairings created for us by the Tavern’s Executive Chef and Proprietor. Come and mingle with fellow alumni, learn something new about the art of beer brewing and take a stroll through the historic Inn to see its collection of historical local photographs as well as documents signed by Abraham Lincoln.

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

6-8 PM

RSVP by Monday, October 12th

Rocky Hill Inn

137 Washington Street (Rt 518)

Rocky Hill, NJ 08553


Cost to attend is $30 for dues-paying members and guests (limit 2 guests at this reduced price, please) and $40 for others.

Please pre-pay below via secure Paypal or email Lydia ( to coordinate payment. Space is limited and we need to coordinate with the restaurant. The last event was a resounding success, you wont want to miss this. Please let us know if you'd like to attend.

Your Name/Class Year

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Community Service: Tutors Needed

Thank you to all the alumni who came to the tutoring information session at Community House on September 23 and/or the observation and scheduling session on October 8.

It's not too late to get involved. We have been asked to provide middle- and high-school homework help on dates when undergraduates are away on break or busy with exams while the Princeton Regional Schools are in session.

Alumni volunteers are needed on the following dates to tutor middle school students from 4:00-6:00 p.m. (arrival by 3:30 preferred if possible to help supervise the kids) and/or high school students from 7:00-9:00 p.m.:

November 2, 3, 4
December 21, 22
January 4-29
March 15-19
May 3-28
June 1-17

If you are available to tutor on any or all of these dates, please contact Marjorie Young, Director of Community House, at to let her know. Tutoring takes place at Community House, 58 Prospect Avenue, Princeton.

Marjorie also welcomes input from alumni with expertise in curriculum development, program design, or other areas relevant to Community House programs. If you have knowledge or skills to share, please feel free to contact her.

Monday, October 5, 2009

PA3 Volunteers Help Build Another Playground

A dozen alums and kids joined Princeton students and community members to build a playground at the Princeton YM/YWCA on September 26, 2009.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

An Evening of Tastings and Tapas
Spanish Wine Tasting at Mediterra Restaurant

Thursday, Sept 17, 2009
6-8 PM
RSVP by September 11th

Mediterra Restaurant
29 Hulfish St

Please join us for a fun and informative tour of Spain's regional varieties paired with small plates of old and new world tapas, a traditional snack served throughout Spain to whet the appetite and encourage conversation. Mediterra is a casual yet elegant restaurant in downtown Princeton that is widely known for its innovative menu, well-executed dishes, extensive wine list and dedication to local ingredients and community.

Cost to attend is $30 for dues-paying members and guests (limit 2 guests at this reduced price, please) and $40 for non-members. Refunds will not be available at this point. Please let us know if you'd like to come but have not registered and pre-paid, we can collect a check or cash from you that night. Checks should be made out to the Princeton Area Alumni Association. Please email us with any questions.

Friday, August 28, 2009

PA3 Welcomes Local Area Admits

Thanks to the hard work of Cheryl, Reilly, Kristin, Arlen, Lydia, Bettina, and the rest of the alums who came to help lead the scavenger hunt or serve ice cream, the local Class of 2013 incoming freshmen had a great chance to get to know each other before the start of classes. The official Class of 2013 welcome is at Pre-rade on September 13th around 4:00 pm.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Princeton Playwright, Princeton Director, Princeton Star...

Playwright Marvin Cheiten earned his Ph.D. in French Literature at Princeton University in 1971. Mr. Cheiten is no stranger to the area or its inhabitants; his prolific ability to weave a story from contemporary life is coupled with his deep understanding of the stately, affluent, and multi-cultural society of Princeton.

In this most recent endeavor, Cheiten has teamed up with fellow Princeton Alum Dan Berkowitz (class of 1970) as director and presents actress Phoenix Gonzalez (class of 2011) as the leading lady. The play, touching on the sometimes intolerant sentiments one finds in preparatory school life, will premiere at the Hamilton Murray Theater on campus on August 21st, 2009.

Other plays of Marvin Cheiten which have debuted on the Princeton campus, include Whizzer's Island, The Star, Queen Jane, The Golden Spy, Chowder, She Wrote, Zenobia, and Miss Connections.

Click here for ticket information and details.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

After - Little Tigers enjoy the playground

Four days after the PA3 volunteers helped build the tot lot in Hopewell, I showed my kids the PA3 handywork. Note that the wall shown in the top picture in the next blog (I am the orange-clad builder on the right) is now mostly buried by 12 inches of mulch. My kids loved playing there. I am so impressed by this playground that I am scheduling a PA3 Little Tigers Playdate on July 19th, 10:00 - 11:30 AM at this tot lot. It's located at the old train station, across from 27 Somerset Street, Hopewell, NJ. Kudos to Rachel Beatty Riedl *09 for organizing the playground project and to the many volunteers! Check our facebook page for more photos.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

PA3 Volunteers Help Build a Playground

Eleven PA3 volunteers (most pictured here) turned up on a soggy Saturday morning to help build a playground in Hopewell -- future site for a PA3 playdate? (See the PA3 Facebook page for more photos.)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Whole Foods Shopping Day to benefit Isles

To Shoppers of Whole Foods of Princeton, NJ ...
"We are excited to announce that Isles has been chosen to be a 5% Day recipient of the Whole Foods Market in Princeton (3495 US Route 1 South, Princeton, NJ 08540). Once per quarter, Whole Foods Markets throughout the country contribute 5% of one day's sales to a non-profit group. Isles' 5% Day at Whole Foods will take place on Tuesday, June 23."

So shop on Tuesday if you can! Buy Buy Buy!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Chris Beha '02 Book Reading and Reception (by Mary Alice Teti '00)

I am proud to celebrate my brother, Christopher R. Beha, and the publication of his first book, The Whole Five Feet. Please join me in welcoming Chris to Princeton for a reading and reception. Chris majored in English and did a creative thesis at Princeton. While he was a senior and the VP of Tiger Inn, he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. He is witty and charming, and his readings are really fun and funny - a great mix of high and low. His twin brother, Jim '02, was an officer at Cottage. I, Alice (Beha) Teti, was in the class of 2000, and my husband was '99. My dad, Jim Beha, was class of '71. We all figure in the story.

The Reading -- When and where:
Thursday, June 25th,6:00 PM
Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street, Princeton

"Christopher Beha has written a unique memoir: intimate, confiding, deeply moving, and yet wonderfully informative and 'intellectual' in the very best sense of the word. Undertaking to read 'The Whole Five Feet' of classics of western civilation at a time of crisis in his personal life is an illuminating experience both for Mr. Beha and for the reader." -- Joyce Carol Oates

Book website:
Another review:

Monday, June 1, 2009

Community Service June 20th – Build a Playground, Get a Hat!

Help build a playground – and be among the first recipients of our brand-new, high-quality, tasteful-orange, PA3-logo-embellished, volunteer-appreciation baseball caps!

On Saturday, June 20, from 8:00am-12:00noon, PA3 members and their families and friends are invited to be part of the effort, coordinated by Rachel Riedl *08, to build a playground in Hopewell Township. Jobs are available at a range of skill levels, from novice to expert. Children are welcome; child care will be provided for ages 3-9, children 10-13 may work with a parent, and ages 14 and up may work independently.

Volunteers are asked to check in at the gazebo in Gazebo Park, 1 Columbia Avenue, Hopewell NJ, 08525, at the corner of Columbia and Greenwood Avenues. Please identify yourself as a PA3 volunteer so you’ll be directed to the location where our group will be working.

Be sure to sign up in advance at so we’ll know who’s coming, and so you’ll receive parking information, updates and reminders. Please include “PA3” in the suggestion box at the bottom so Rachel can identify alumni volunteers. You are welcome to sign up for any and all shifts – but the morning shift on June 20 is where you’ll meet up with fellow alums and get your hat.

In recognition of the PA3 Community Service Committee's work to promote community spirit among area alumni, the Alumni Council awarded us a grant to fund the purchase of the hats. A condition of the grant is that we provide photos of hat-clad alumni at work on group projects, and this event will be our first opportunity to display our spirit in living color. If you wear orange gear too, so much the better. We hope to see you in Hopewell!

Questions? Contact Rachel Riedl at or Arlen Hastings at

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Networking Reception - June 24th, 6:00-7:30 PM

This summer, PA3 and the Office of Career Services at Princeton University are collaborating to host a networking reception for Princeton students and alumni who are living and working in the Princeton area this summer. Princeton students are extremely interested in obtaining information and advice about their future career options, while also developing skills and strategies for effectively networking for future internship and job search or preparation for graduate study. The event will feature a panel of alumni from various fields, sharing their insights on how Princeton has prepared them for future career options, success, and transitions. After a brief panel discussion, we will break into small groups by industry so that students can hear more directly from you about your career advice, stories, and information. We would like invite you to join the reception, providing students with the opportunity to interact with you while you also interact with your fellow alumni. Alumni of all classes welcome, but space is limited, so please reply quickly!

See for pictures and a description of last summer's event. This year's is sure to be a hit, as well.

When: Wednesday, June 24, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Where: Friend Center Convocation Room – Princeton University Campus
What: Refreshments will be served.
RSVP Required: Please send to Dawn Morton, Career Services, no later than Friday, June 12 and indicate your first name, last name, class, major (while at Princeton), industry, employer, and title in your RSVP.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Financial Matters

Please pay your dues!

Please help support the PA3, by paying your 2010/2011 annual dues today (dues paid today are effective through June 30, 2011)

"Dues-paying members" will receive discounts at select PA3 events. Top Tigers will also be recognized in our newsletter and other publications.

Note: Please click on "Add instructions to seller" on the PayPal screen to specify the name and class year. Thank you!

Pay Your Dues Here


You can pay by credit card or check online, but if you prefer to mail a check, please send it to our Treasurer, Fouad J. Masrieh *69, 1009 Barclay Blvd, Princeton NJ 08540. (

PA3 fashions!

Like our logo?

Buy your PA3-branded T-shirts, polo shirts, mousepads, magnets, bumper stickers, hoodies, tote bags, buttons (suitable for Reunions!) and other acouterments.

(please make sure you include the *, so we earn up to 30% of the purchase price)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Spring Networking Alumni-Student Mixer

I am looking forward to chairing our second alumni-student mixer and hope that you will join me, the PA3, Paula Chow and the Davis International Center at a reception on Friday, May 8, from 7 to 10PM at 81 Prospect Ave (formerly known as Stevenson Hall).

The reception is after dinner, but light food and drinks will be served. Over 80 alumni, students, faculty and staff attended our first event last November, which helped interested students and alumni pair up to discuss externships, careers, and jobs. The event was so successful that the students and alumni asked us to do it again!

Our Spring mixer will be casual and conversational. Students and alumni will participate in small discussion groups to talk about coping, careers, academic pursuits, life after Princeton, and networking. Both graduate and undergraduate students have been invited to the event, so I am sure that the student's needs and questions will be varied and interesting.

Our honorary guests at the reception are George Bustin '70 (visiting lecturer Woodrow Wilson School, Chair Princeton Alumni Schools Committee-Europe) and Satomi Chudasma (Assistant Director Princeton Career Service). Each will be sharing a brief talk on international affairs and networking.

Afterwards, students and alumni will have a chance to mingle and talk to each other and our distinguished guests.

If you consider attending, please RSVP by May 6 to me at


Dr. Cheryl Rowe-Rendleman '81
Student Liaison Chair

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

SEAS - APGA mixer

On April 14th, 2009, about 30 graduate alumni joined graduate students and SEAS faculty for the annual Princeton Engineering Graduate Student - Alumni Reception. The purpose of this reception was to let the SEAS graduate school alumni share their work experience with current graduate students to guide them in a choice of a career. Alumni also had a chance to identify possible Ph.D. and Masters level candidates for open positions at their company. This event was very timely considering the economic conditions this year.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Progress at Isles!

At the fourth PA3 volunteer day at Isles on April 18, a crew of about 25 area alums, family members and friends broke into groups to finish deconstructing a room, scrape and paint walls, disassemble pallets, and sort debris for recycling. Isles founder and president Marty Johnson '81 also gave everyone a tour of the amazing facility. Enthusiasm continues unabated, and more PA3 volunteer opportunities at Isles are planned.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Mentoring Project Planned

PA3's Community Service Committee coordinated a gathering on April 15 to plan a college mentoring project in conjunction with ReachOut 56-81. Participants were Anna May Feige '75, Ken Snedeker '56, Grace Penn '99, Sarah Williams Graham '03, Jon Wonnell '81, Tom Hastings '79, Arlen Hastings '80, Lori Piranian '06, and Lon Johnson '08. If you'd like to get involved, please email Arlen at

Monday, April 13, 2009

Isles Volunteer Day - April 18 - Update

Oops, forgot to post this earlier. Here are the details for this Saturday's volunteer day:

Saturday, April 18, 2009
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Please join us for the fourth in a series of volunteer days being co-organized by the Community Service Committee of the Princeton Area Alumni Association (PA3) and Isles, Inc., a Trenton-based development organization ( started in 1981 by Marty Johnson '81.

Volunteers will continue working on the renovation of a former textile mill on the Trenton-Hamilton border. The 6.5 acre site is being converted by Isles into a mixed use, "green" village. It will include offices for public interest and environmental organizations, training facilities for inner-city youth, homes, art studios, and other spaces.

Alumni, spouses/partners/friends, and children (10 and up) are welcome to participate. There's something for everyone, from the brawny to the scrawny. We look forward to seeing our "regulars" and hope to see lots of first-time volunteers too. No experience needed.

Here's what we'll be doing on April 18:
-Continue deconstruction on the second and third floors
-Prepare interior bricks, including scraping and painting

The mill is located at One North Johnston Avenue, Hamilton, NJ 08609, about a 12-minute drive from the Princeton campus, just south on Route 1.

25 people have volunteered so far for this Saturday, and there's plenty of room for more. This is a BIG building.

PLEASE EMAIL ARLEN HASTINGS '80 ( IF YOU'RE PLANNING TO ATTEND, as we need a head count to ensure we have the right number of supervisors and supplies.

Directions, waiver forms, information on lunch plans, and other details will be provided to volunteers closer to the work date.

We hope to see you at Isles on April 18!

Saturday, March 28, 2009


What: The PA5 is planning a trip to the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. The Simeone Foundation is reportedly the 2nd largest private collection of cars in the US, second only to Jay Leno's. It is one of the few places where you can not only see rare and beautiful sports racing cars, you can hear them run as well! And, not only is each car in the collection rare, but also has an interesting racing and/or ownership history. It is a must see for anyone remotely interested in cars.

The PA5 event is planned for May 23rd, a Demo Day at the Simeone Foundation. The Demo Day will start with Dr. Simeone and Museum Curator Kevin Kelly talking about the history and mechanics of each featured car. They’ll open up the hoods and let you see the engines. Then, they’ll drive the cars on their 3-acre lot in back of the Museum. The featured cars for the May 23rd Demo Day will be the $4+ million prize of the collection, the Cobra Daytona Coupe (the first one ever built and one of the few in existence), and the Ford GT40 MKII (one of the last ever built).

Who: All Princetonians, their friends and families (basically everyone!)
Date: May 23, 2009
Time: 10:30 AM at the Museum (9:00 AM for caravan from Princeton - see below)
Location: Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, near the Philadelphia Airport (see website for directions:
Cost: Pay at the door - Normal museum rates: Adults $12, Seniors $10, kids under 8 are free (if we have 10 or more people, than we get an extra $2 discount per person)
Transportation: On your own or a caravan from the Princeton area is being planned (bring your own fun car or ride in someone else's); parking at the museum is free and plentiful.
Please RSVP:


Vrrrooommm! The PA3 has formed the PA5 (Princeton Area Alumni Association Automotive Aficionados) group aimed at the car enthusiasts of PA3. It's founding members include Tom Swift '76, John Epstein '96, and Sev Onyshkevych '83. If you have ideas for events or would like to assist with planning, please email

Friday, March 27, 2009

Little Tigers Playdate - April 19th

What: Little Tigers Playdate
When: Sunday, April 19th 10:30 AM- noon(no raindate)
Where: Marquand Park on Lovers Lane in Princeton
For: PA3 Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, etc., and their little ones
RSVP: No RSVP necessary, just show up.
Details: We'll be based at the playground and large sand box near the parking lot off of Lovers Lane. Please bring your own drinks and snacks.

Friday, March 20, 2009

COLLEGE MENTORING: Volunteers Needed

***Monday, March 23, 1:30-3:00 p.m.***
COLLEGE MENTORING in partnership with ReachOut 56-81 (
Isles Youthbuild Insitute, 354 South Broad Street, Trenton [note: this is NOT the Isles Johnston Ave site]

From Lon Johnson '08, Executive Coordinator, ReachOut 56-81: "Session will be about local 2 and 4 year universities and colleges that might be options for the Youthbuild students upon their graduation next year. We'll touch on the SATs, essays, financial aid, and whatever else they might be curious about in terms of the college admissions process. In Early April, we're planning on going back in to the school to hold a similar type of session on military service and vocational training. Volunteers at the March 23rd session will be expected to know what a college might be looking for in an applicant, and how a student goes about paying for college. Later on this spring, we'll return to provide one on one counseling to interested students."

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER ON MARCH 23, please contact Lon Johnson at or 609-462-5545.

Lon continues: "Our 'Learning for Life' program at Youthbuild, of which the session on the 23rd is a part, is designed to expose the Youthbuild students to different career paths and opportunities that they can expect to pursue when they graduate. Because of this, we're really looking for a wide variety of career paths among our volunteers. That being said, on the 23rd we're expecting to meet with 15-20 students (those at Youthbuild who are interested in further academics), and we already have 4 or 5 class of 56 supporters and could use another 3-4 volunteers."

Please note: For alums who are interested in college mentoring but are not available to volunteer on weekdays when ReachOut's activities take place, PA3 is also developing a college mentoring program that will engage volunteers on weekends and/or evenings.

Monday, March 16, 2009

IvyPlus Young Alumni Happy Hour, March 26

Come have fun, share a drink, and meet with other young alumni at this month's IvyPlus happy hour in central NJ. All alumni ages 21 to 39 are invited to attend.  Guests are welcome!
THURSDAY, March 26th, 6:30 PM--???
Place: Yankee Doodle Tap Room - Nassau Inn
     10 Palmer Square, Princeton
Please RSVP to Larry Ward at: with name, school, year of graduation, and number of guests.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Back to Isles

The next volunteer construction day at Isles has been scheduled for Saturday, April 18, from 9:00-4:00. Details will be posted here in a few weeks.

New Officer Elections

At the Membership Meeting on February 28th, 2009, the following leadership team was elected:

Officers (term starting April 1):
President - Kristin Epstein '97
Vice-President - Sev Onyshkevych '83
Treasurer - Fouad Masrieh *69
Secretary - Bettina Miguez '06

Committee Leaders
Technology - Sev Onyshkevych '83 (interim)
Alumni Schools Committee - Mickey Faigen '73
Networking and Careers Committee - Yakov Shkolnikov *05
Student Liaison Committee - Cheryl Rowe-Rendleman '81
Community Service Committee - Arlen Hastings '80
Activities and Social Events – Gia Fruscione '00 (until June 2009) and Lydia Zaininger '83

Board Members At-Large
Meredith Cook '96
Anthony Fittizzi '97
Jeremy Kestler '94
Grace Penn '99
Jim Robertson '91

We are actively seeking volunteers for each of the committees, as well as a Technology Chair.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Candela's Exhibition Tour: A Sucess!

The two dozen of us who came on February 7th to the Princeton University Art Museum for Felix's Candela Exhibition Tour were in for a treat.

Professor David Billington '50 gave us a brief background of how this exhibition (and the Swiss Legacy exhibition that preceded it) grew out of his lifelong teaching and research of elegant civil engineering structures. Then Professor Maria Garlock, who was fundamental in the creation of the Candela exhibition, introduced the "artist/builder/engineer" and talked about the challenges and effort incurred by herself and a team of students to make the exhibition possible--from translating blueprints to creating the spectacularly fragile models on display.

The group walked around the displays, learning about the ways Candela used the hyperbolic paraboloid in his astoundingly thin-shell concrete structures and his signature "umbrellas." The running conversation with experts on the subject made for a casual, enlightening and educational experience.

Professor Billington and Professor Garlock: thank you for sharing your time, knowledge and passion for beautiful engineering with us!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Feb 19 Officers' Meeting in Frist

The dynamic and downright attractive brain trust of PA3 gathered in Frist to set a course for this resurging organization. Pictured here are Gia, Yakov, Bettina, Kristin, Sev, Grace, and Arlen. After developing a cost efficient method of manufacturing thin film photovoltaic roofing material, they worked to solve more vexing problems like increasing PA3 membership, selecting a logo, and scheduling next month's meeting. A good time was had by all!

Monday, February 9, 2009

February 18 - Roderick McNealy’72 Speaks at Career Services

Area alumni are invited to the IMAGINE Speaker Series featuring Roderick McNealy’72, Director, Johnson & Johnson Marketing and Advertising College and Faculty Member, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Come and hear the career story of Rod McNealy. He will talk about his career journey and his experiences in leading the advertising and market communications that have made J&J a world-recognized leader in market communications. His background includes marketing, advertising, market research, and strategic planning. He is the author of two books on Quality Improvement and Customer Satisfaction. He received his MBA from Harvard University.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 4:30-5:30 pm,
Where: Career Services (former U-Store building on University Place)
What: Light Refreshments and Reception following

February 13 - Women's Basketball WBCA Pink Zone event

The Princeton University women’s basketball team will be taking part in the WBCA Pink Zone on Friday, Feb. 13 when it hosts Yale at 7 p.m. In addition to the Tigers wearing pink uniforms for the game, the coaching staff and cheer squad will all be wearing pink. Pink Zone t-shirts will be available for purchase for $15 with all proceeds going to local and national breast cancer organizations. All fans wearing pink to the game will gain free admission.

Other activities and promotions planned for the event include: free coffee, pink cupcakes and cookies provided by Princeton Dining Services. Commemorative pink towels will also be handed out, courtesy of the Princeton University Women’s Center. At halftime, members of the audience who have been affected by breast cancer will be asked to come down to the court and form a human ribbon at center court.

Jadwin Gym will open for fans at 6 p.m. and the Tigers hope to have a record crowd on hand to participate in such an important event. For more information please see the

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Help Build a Playground!

Rachel Riedl *08 is coordinating a volunteer effort to build a playground in Hopewell Township over five days this June. She writes:

“Please volunteer to use your energy creatively and get involved in the Hopewell Borough Playground Project! The architectural design of this new community playground uses drawings, essays, and suggestions from students all over the county who were asked their ideas of 'dream playgrounds.' Now we need your help to build it! Together, we can create safe, environmentally friendly, child-inspired, community-built playgrounds for all to enjoy! Like an old fashioned barn-raising, the new playground will be built on June 17-21, 2009. We will need a total of over 750 community volunteers of all ages and skill-levels to work side-by-side and build a lasting product for our community.”

To sign up for a volunteer shift, go to

Further details are available at; go to -Volunteers-, -Search Opportunities-, and enter keyword -Hopewell-. (Sorry - the direct URL is too unwieldy to include here.)

Still have questions? Please contact Rachel at or 609 356 4999.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Alumni Connections Event - Feb. 10

Date: Tuesday, February 10
Location: 36 University Place (former U-Store building)
Time: 6 - 8PM
This networking event creates an opportunity for undergraduate students to speak with alumni from both the smaller and larger academic departments who represent a variety of career fields. You are invited to share your thoughts with current students on the skills you developed through your major and your career path. Students have expressed interest in a broad range of fields. While this is an event that is targeted for freshmen and sophomores, it is open to all students. Food and refreshments will be provided.RSVP to by Friday, January 23, 2009.


Place: Princeton Art Museum
Date: Saturday, Feb. 7
Time: 11 AM
Professor David P. Billington has kindly offered to give PA3 members a special group tour of "Felix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist" exhibition currently showing at the Princeton University Art Museum. To RSVP, please e-mail Kristin at

Thursday, January 15, 2009

PA3 at Isles: Another "Smashing" Success!

PA3 and Isles joined forces for another great volunteer event on January 10. Thirty hardy souls braved cold and dust to tear down walls, remove and haul concrete, pull nails, and commune with fellow alums, all for a great cause. (Check the September 20, 2008 blog post to see what this is all about.) Everyone had a lot of fun and vowed to come back again. Really! The next PA3/Isles volunteer event will be scheduled for sometime in March. Stay tuned for details.

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