2010 Annual Report Now Available!

Princeton AlumniCorps is pleased to announce the release of our 2010 Annual Report.

The report showcases the achievements of a year of growth and continued success in engaging alumni of all ages in the public interest. A few highlights are:

– We commemorated 20 remarkable years at our gala, and unveiled a new name that reflects our expansion and our success in involving alumni of many classes.

– Our flagship Princeton Project 55 Fellowship Program continues to thrive, with 51 recent graduates currently serving their communities through work with 40 partner organizations, in seven U.S. cities. They join a growing cadre of more than 1,250 PP55 alumni.

– Our newly launched Community Volunteers Program, piloting this year in Trenton, NJ, and Washington, DC, is connecting alumni from the classes of the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s with innovative service opportunities.

– The Alumni Network continues to expand to new affiliates, who, together, placed over 550 students and recent graduates in internships and fellowships in 2010-11.

All of this is possible because of the support and shared effort of our donors, volunteers, board, and staff, who ensure that our programs and impact continue to grow.  We thank you for your continued belief in our work!

Click here to view the full report.

Lawrence Bershon ’55, Friend and Supporter, Dies

Lawrence Chollett Bershon ’55 died March 7, 2011 in Palm Springs, California after losing a long battle against cancer. He was 77.

Born in Toledo, Ohio on July 21, 1933 to Dr. Albert and Miriam Bershon, Larry graduated from Thomas A. DeVilbies High School. Senior year he roomed with James Reid.

Larry formed and helped lead the International Relations Club at Princeton with Ben Zelenko and, with the University’s backing, represented Princeton at the Model United Nations meeting at Cornell. One of the student participants at that meting was Rita Abrams who later became the United States Representative to the UN.

Larry’s professional career was in advertising and public relations. Larry had a distinguished career in advertising and retired as the Manager of Corporate Advertising at ARCO. There he oversaw a number of PBS productions including the Emmy award-winning series “The Adams Chronicles”, the thirteen-part Carl Sagan Cosmos series as well as numerous other programs including one on the art of Willem DeKooning. Throughout his life Larry’s interests were theater, music and literature.

Larry is survived by his former wife Dorrinne, two children, Eric and Nicole, ’89, his brother Burt and four granddaughters, to whom the Princeton AlumniCorps community expresses its sorrow and extends its condolences.

Contributions in memory of Larry may be made to Princeton AlumniCorps,  12 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540. To make a contribution online, please visit www.alumnicorps.org.

AlumniCorps board member Stan Katz awarded National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama

Princeton University professor and Princeton AlumniCorps Board member  Stanley Katz, a well-known scholar of American legal history and educational institutions has been awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.

The medal honors those whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of and engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand access to important resources in the humanities. Katz and Oates were among 10 individuals presented with the award at a White House ceremony Wednesday, March 2.

Katz, who has taught at Princeton since 1978, is a lecturer with the rank of professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and director of the school’s Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies.

Since 1986, when he became president of the American Council of Learned Societies, Katz has been at the forefront of the study of higher education and philanthropies. He is known for his frequent commentaries on current issues in the academy.

Katz has excelled in guiding numerous influential American humanities organizations, serving as the head of more than 60 of them over the course of his career, including the Organization of American Historians and the American Society for Legal History. He is the author or editor of 15 books or book series, including the “Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court of the United States” and the six-volume “Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History.” His most recent research focuses on the relationship of civil society and constitutionalism to democracy and the relationship of the United States to the international human rights regime.

The National Humanities Medal, inaugurated in 1997, is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. More information on the winners can be found on the endowment’s website.

To view video of the awards presentation, click here. Professor Katz’s presentation is at minute 21:00.

First Annual AlumniCorps Conference a Great Success

Princeton AlumniCorps held the first annual Engaged At Every Age Conference on Friday, February 25 in McCosh Hall at Princeton University. Among the more than 90 people in attendance were several Princeton AlumniCorps Board Members, alumni of Princeton University and many other institutions, and nonprofit organization representatives. All who attended were inspired by keynote speaker Marc Freedman of Civic Ventures.

The President of Princeton University, Shirley Tilghman opened the conference, commending the new Princeton AlumniCorp’s Community Volunteers Program as, “a splendid means to mobilize the wisdom of age as Project 55 Fellowships have done to harness the passion of youth.”

The morning Purpose Prize Panel included Barbara Allen, founder of Fresh Artists in Philadelphia; Richard Cherry, CEO of Community Environmental Center in New York City; and nominee Chet Safian ‘55, a founder of Princeton AlumniCorps (formerly Princeton Project 55). Attendees were presented with first-hand accounts, resources, and next steps to help guide them to new uses for their wisdom, experience, and passions.

President Tilghman opened the EAEA Conference

The afternoon career panel included Kerry Hannon, author of What’s Next? Follow Your Passion and Dream Job; Stephanie Harbour ‘05, President of MomCorps NYC; and Cathy Wasserman, founder of Self Leadership Strategies.  Each of these panelists spoke to the audience about how to take their goals and channel them into opportunities of future service and new careers. Each attendee also had their choice of two afternoon workshop sessions led by experienced professionals in the areas of: mentoring, starting an alumni-driven project, Princeton class service initiatives, Community Volunteers Board Service, and short term volunteer opportunities.

Many thanks to all of our accomplished panelists:

Marc Freedman                         Sara Gordon

Charles Plohn ’66                      Maria Kourepenos ‘85

Chet Safian ’55                          Kef Kasdin ‘85

Barbara Allen                            Adrienne Rubin ‘88

Richard Cherry                          Scott Taylor ‘75

Jim Gregoire ‘69                        John Heilner ‘63

Kerry Hannon                            Richard Walker ‘73

Stephanie Harbour ‘05               Mary Koger ‘86

Cathy Wasserman                     Kimberly Hendler

Dr. Bill Leahy ’66                       David Brown

Marty Johnson ’81                     Nick Beilenson

Ayo Johnson                            Travis Lovett

Mibs Mara

Click here to view photos from the event.

For those who were unable to make the conference, you can find a compiled list of conference resources, including the conference program and participants’ contact information here.  If you are interested in learning more about the conference or the Community Volunteers program, contact John Shriver, Program Director, at JShriver@alumnicorps.org.


President Tilghman and Marc Freedman of Civic Ventures to Open February 25 Event

Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Civic Ventures

Marc Freedman, author of Prime Time: How Baby Boomers Will Revolutionize Retirement and Transform America will open the “Engaged At Every Age: The Surprising Opportunity in Midlife” conference to be held at Princeton University on Friday, February 25. Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman will introduce Freedman, who is founder and CEO of the California-based group, Civic Ventures. The purpose of the conference is to encourage college alumni, particularly those who graduated in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s to use their talents and experience to improve society. Other conference speakers will include Kerry Hannon, author of What’s Next? Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job, and Stephanie Scott Harbour, President of Mom Corps NYC, an organization that enables professionals to work in their respective fields while simultaneously meeting familial needs and responsibilities.

“We are proud to have both President Tilghman and Marc Freedman to support our efforts to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for midlife alumni,” said Bill Leahy, President of Princeton AlumniCorps. “This is part of our long range plan to offer civic engagement opportunities to all college alumni, across generations.”

At the Feb. 25 event, Freedman will share the stories of winners of the “Purpose Prize”—the nation’s only large-scale investment in people over 60 who combine their passion and experience for social good. The Prize awards 10 people up to $100,000 each in recognition of their encore careers which create new ways to solve tough social problems. Several Purpose Prize winners will attend the event, including Chet Safian ’55 (Princeton AlumniCorps) who helped establish Princeton Project 55 fellowships and The Alumni Network, Barbara Chandler Allen, founder of Fresh Artists in Philadelphia, and Richard Cherry, the founder of Community Environmental Center,  New York’s largest nonprofit energy conservation organization and the city’s only nonprofit eco-business.

The afternoon session will consist of a series of individual workshops on a variety of related subjects focused on civic engagement in midlife.  With the expertise gained from the workshops, we hope conference attendees will become driven and better equipped to contribute to constructive social change.

More than 150 guests are expected to attend this informative and inspiring event which conveniently precedes Princeton University Alumni Day. To view a full list of speakers and secure your attendance, please visit www.AlumniCorps.org. Registration fee is $55.

Conference Workshops Include:

  • Model Behavior: Mentoring opportunities in your city and/or through Princeton
  • The Alumni Network: Starting an alumni-driven project at another college or university
  • A Class Act: Learn the Basics of Princeton Class Service Projects
  • Little Time, Big Hearts: Short-term service projects offered through Princeton and other public interest organizations
  • Make Your Next Chapter Meaningful: Substantive opportunities to lend your for-profit skills to the nonprofit sector

Sally Fish s55, longtime supporter and friend, dies

Sally, John and family at the Chicago 20th Anniversary celebration

Sally Wilson Fish, aged 78, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 16, in her home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago after a five year struggle with cancer. Sally was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on July 22, 1932. After attending Ohio Wesleyan University she married her high school sweetheart, John Hall Fish ’55, founder of Princeton Project 55, and Program Leader and founder of the Public Interest program, in 1954. They lived briefly in Princeton, New Jersey, New York City, and Cass City, Michigan before settling in Chicago in 1963. It was in Chicago where Sally found her vocation in health and nutrition. Sally was an avid reader of books and articles on health and nutrition for over fifty years, clipping articles and references for her extensive files. Even though she had no formal education in nutrition, Sally drew upon her accumulated wisdom to become a counselor to many in matters of health. Sally received numerous testimonies from people she had helped. Sally was known for her outgoing friendliness and genuine interest in other people. This empathy coupled with her constant smile connected her with friends as well as strangers. She will be missed by many. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, John Hall Fish; her brother Jack (Diane) Wilson; three children, Wendy (Timothy) Naylor, Jef (Penny) Fish, and Daniel (Jeanie) Fish; and three grandchildren, Bethany, Sierra, and Dana.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 26 at 1 p.m. at University Church, 5655 S. University Avenue, Chicago, 60637. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to University Church, Horizon Hospice, 833 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, 60643, or The Greater Chicago Food Depository, 4100 West Ann Lurie Place, Chicago 60632.