Princeton AlumniCorps Welcomes Our New Project 55 Fellowship Program Manager

Paul Nehring '10, PP55 Fellowship Program Manager

Princeton AlumniCorps is pleased to welcome a new staff member to 12 Stockton, Mr. Paul Nehring ’10. Paul will be responsible for overseeing the Project 55 Fellowship Program.

Paul joined the Princeton AlumniCorps staff in June of 2012 as the Program Manager for the Project 55 Fellowship Program. He previously worked at iMentor, on organization organization dedicated to improving the lives of youth from under-served communities through mentoring. At iMentor he managed a high school partnership and supported students as they transitioned to college. Paul originally came to iMentor as a Project 55 Fellow and brings this perspective to bear on his new role. Paul has also acted as assistant camp director for the Triangle YMCA Camp in Minot, North Dakota, and more recently, as director of the Adventure Program at Camp Heartland, a camp committed to serving children affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS. He serves as a volunteer mentor with iMentor, as an alumni interviewer for Princeton University, and as a member of the Friends of Princeton Outdoor Action. Paul is a former PP55 fellow and current Emerging Leader. He earned his B.A. in Politics from Princeton in 2010 and is a native of Bismarck, North Dakota.

If you’d like to welcome Paul to the AlumniCorps team, he can be reached at pnehring@alumnicorps.org.

An Interview with Julie Rubinger ’09, San Francisco Bay Area Coordinator

Julie Rubinger '09

Julie Rubinger ’09 recently accepted the position of Area Coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area region of the AlumniCorps community. Julie is currently a PP55 fellow at NewSchools Venture Fund in San Francisco, CA and was a fellow at Education Through Music in New York, NY from 2010-2011.

In the following interview, Julie talks about her PP55 Fellowship experience and explains why she decided to take on a more active role in the AlumniCorps community.

Share a bit about your PP55 Fellowship Program experience: What inspired you to become a fellow?  What kind of work have you been doing?

My senior year at Princeton coincided with the Obama presidential campaign, and it was a very exciting time on campus. Politics aside, Obama’s campaign empowered students like me to believe that we can make a difference in society. I knew that as a first step in my career, I wanted to work for a social cause. The Project 55 Fellowship program provided exactly what I was looking for, and I feel very fortunate to have been placed at Education Through Music in New York City, where I helped with their fundraising efforts. At Education Through Music, I gained exposure to the public education landscape in New York City, and worked with impressive individuals at a well-run, highly impactful organization. After two years there, I moved to San Francisco but stayed within the AlumniCorps community to join the development team at NewSchools Venture Fund. Here, I’m working on building a community of investors and raising philanthropic dollars so that we can support innovative entrepreneurs around the country who are improving public education for low-income students. It was a huge change moving from New York City to San Francisco, but I immediately fell in love with the Bay Area. The welcome I received from the Princeton community, as well as my supportive colleagues at NewSchools, helped me acclimate quickly to the new city, new job, and new life in San Francisco.

What motivated you to become the San Francisco Bay Area Coordinator?

I was involved in the New York Area Committee during my second year in New York City, and I really enjoyed working with others on the committee to support the fellows and give them a great experience. I had great mentors in New York, such as Chet Safian ’55, whose service to the fellowship program I found very inspiring. The AlumniCorps community in San Francisco is smaller, but I quickly learned that there are many phenomenal Princeton alumni here in the Bay Area that are doing really interesting work, and are eager to mentor and support the fellows. Next year, I am excited to involve more alums in the activities and programs of the fellowship program, and help give the fellows a great all-around experience.

Breaking the Cycle of Violence in Philadelphia

Joseph Sengoba '10 with panelists Laurie Malone, Sherry Hunter, Larry Goode '84, and Everett Gillison

On Wednesday, March 21, the Princeton Club of Philadelphia gathered for a special forum on crime reduction in Philadelphia.  Entitled “Breaking the Cycle of Violence,” the forum was put together by current PP55 Fellow, Joseph Sengoba ’10.  The forum featured a keynote address by Seth Williams, the District Attorney of the City of Philadelphia.  Williams spoke about the changes he has made during his two-year tenure as District Attorney as well as his vision for an effective DA’s office.  One of his goals has been to implement community-wide partnerships to address the challenges facing Philadelphia.  In addition, at the core of his strategy on crime prevention is the belief that it is the certainty, and not the severity, of punishment that deters crime and reduces recidivism.   With this in mind, Williams has recently implemented several community-based diversion programs for low-risk and non-violent offenders that are intended to provide these individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in their communities while providing an overall reduction in the crime rate.

The forum also featured a panel, composed of leaders in the Philadelphia criminal justice community, that provided a variety of perspectives on the issue of breaking the cycle of violence in Philadelphia.  Panelists included Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Chief of Staff for Mayor Nutter Everett Gillison, Executive Director of Center City Crime Victim Services Sherry Hunter, Assistant Chief of Appeals Larry Goode ’84, and Deputy District Attorney Laurie Malone.  Touching on issues such as poverty, failing schools, and broken communities, each panelist spoke from his/her experience to outline the efforts of the criminal justice community to change the trajectory of Philadelphia’s most disadvantaged citizens.

The overall takeaway from the evening was that in many places, Philadelphia’s communities are broken and in order to tackle the many public safety challenges they face, its citizens need to become more accountable to each other.

By Joseph Sengoba ’10, 2011-2012 Project 55 Fellow and Katherine Chatelaine, Project 55 Fellowship Program Assistant

Thank You to Our PP55 Alumni Donors

In July 2011, Princeton AlumniCorps launched a peer-led campaign to encourage and recognize gifts from alumni of the Project 55 Fellowship Program. Since then, more than 120 alumni have stepped up,  donating a total of more than $23,000 as of February 24, 2012. Show your support by joining the campaign today!

Champions ($2,500.00 + )
Rebecca E. Deaton ’91 & Jadran Lee
Jeremy M. Getson ’94 & Lisa B. Getson ’93
Melissa F. Mazin ’91

Patrons ($1,000.00 + )
Margaret M. Crotty ’94
Andrew Garland ’01 & Anne Gordon ’01
Lindsay M. Wall ’02 & Jeremy Wall ’02

Stewards ($500.00 + )
Paul Gazzerro, III ’92
William A. Jordan, Jr. ’95
Jocelyn A. Luongo ’01
William E. Pugh ’96 & Molly Pugh ’98
Scott E. Regenbogen ’97
Julie R. Wingerter ’92 & Seth Lieberman

Activists ($250.00 + )
Michael J. Bocian ’95
Jennifer L. Carpenter ’96
Matthew Ferguson ’96 & Kelli Garcia ’96
Charity Fesler ’01
Celine Gounder ’97
Jennifer Z. Johnson ’97
Leslie P. Kernisan ’97
Katie E. Ko ’09
Kevin H. Moriarty ’99
Olympia Moy ’05
Maria O. Orozco ’03
Elizabeth Perriello Rice ’90
Jessica Rosenbaum ’92

Engaged Citizens ($150.00 + )
Katherine S. Canning ’97
Cynthia M. Chin ’93
Stephanie Freeth ’97 & Timothy Freeth ’95
Andrew Goldstein ’06
Katherine Hande Smith ’02
Matthew T. Henshon ’91
Darlington P. Hicks ’94
Kirsten O. Hull ’99
Jessica D. Johnson ’98
Aparna Miano ’91
Kelly A. Moriarty ’97 & Jeffrey Moriarty
Robin D. Olsen ’00
Anna Maria Ortiz ’95
Kevin Reich ’00
Arti Sheth ’08
R. Justin Smith ’90
David J. Strozzi ’99
Lindsay L. Warner ’01

Supporters ($50.00 + )
Jacob P. Arechiga ’05
Elizabeth M. Arnold ’98
Morey Barnes Yost ’00
Maria E. Beylin ’07
Linda Boachie-Ansah ’02
Sandra Bruno ’04
Cristina Ritchie Cooper ’96
Anastasia Crosswhite ’94
Andres D. Diamond-Ortiz ’05
Justin N. Elga ’00
Meghan Fehlig Mitman ’02
Dylan B. Fitz ’05
Jeffrey T. Gaffney ’01
Jessica Gamboa ’10
Rebecca Garr Whitaker ’06
Dunrie A. Greiling ’92
Nora Gross ’08
Louis A. Jacobson ’92
Benet J. Kearney ’05
Anne G. LaLonde ’90
Lisa F. Lazarus ’02
Kristopher Lazzaretti ’06
Carol Lee ’03
Aiala Levy ’07
Kathleen J. Liu ’04
William D. Maeck ’89
Michael D. Malecek ’09
Jonathan C. Marks ’05
Ann E. McGowan ’92
Kristen Molloy ’08
Larkin M. Morton ’02
Antoinette Seaberry ’05
Patrick M. Murphy ’93
Paul Nehring ’10
Alejandro Perez ’10
Katharine Press ’11
Asha Rangappa ’96
Tim Reidy ’97 &  Kim Reidy ’97
Michael Rosskamm ’02
Misha B. Simmonds ’97
Shannon Donnelly Simmons ’03
Lucia Smith ’04
Marlorie P. Stinfil ’95
Katie M. Thaeder ’09
Anna M. Varghese ’01
Kristin L. Vassallo ’97
Allison C. Wales ’97
Gillian M. Webster ’96

Fellows (up to $50 )
Jennifer Albinson ’05
Anonymous
Michelle Arader ’10
Margaret Arbuthnot ’07
Audrey L. Austin ’01
Kathryn T. Bailey ’10
Hollis Barber ’11
Sloan Bermann ’02
Courtney E. Brein ’08
Emily Chiswick-Patterson ’05
Laura Collins ’99
Erin E. Ebbel ’06
Laura B. Eichhorn ’02
Kathryn Fiorella ’06
Jennifer H. Furbert ’92
Mark S. Gaioni ’09
Sarah E. Hendricks ’00
Felix Huang ’07
Reilly Kiernan ’10
Clare E. Levy Clarke ’01
John H. Lurz, III ’03
Pope McCorkle, IV ’09
Wendy L. McGoodwin ’93
Michael Noveck ’08
Samuel Page ’10
Anupama Pattabiraman ’10
Lauren Peccoralo ’01
Lori Piranian Mulcare ’06
Christine Prifti ’10
Jayme L. Ranalli ’08
Elizabeth C. Rosen ’10
Julie Rubinger ’09
Eloise C. Salmon ’07
Joseph A. Sengoba ’10

Interview With Bill Burks ’55, A Founder of Princeton AlumniCorps

 

Bill Burks ’55 is one of the founders and an active supporter of Princeton AlumniCorps. Bill majored in biology at Princeton, and earned his M.D. from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. After a five-year surgical residency in New York City, Bill served two years in the Army Medical Corps, including a year as a trauma surgeon in Vietnam. He practiced general and vascular surgery in Princeton from 1966 until his retirement in 1998. Since 1993, he has been a Trustee of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, and served as Chairman for nine years (1997 to 2005). He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Healthcare System. 

Q: How and why did you get involved with Princeton AlumniCorps? 

BB: I joined Princeton AlumniCorps (then Princeton Project 55) in the beginning in Washington, when Ralph Nader’s speech really hit a responsive chord in many of us. It was such an attractive concept for us to use our contacts to assist new graduates, who were eager and enthusiastic, into worthwhile career pursuits.

Q: What role do you think Princeton AlumniCorps plays in the Princeton community and in communities across the country?

I think the key benefit of the PP55 Fellowship Program is the opportunity to get extraordinary people into community service and volunteerism, and the benefits that then flow into the organization and communities. Students also benefit, as it gives them the opportunity to work with a mentor and a chance to experience a lot more in the early stages of their career than they might have done on their own.

Q: You were a founding member of Princeton AlumniCorps – then Princeton Project 55 – in 1989. How do you think the organization has changed in the past 22 years? 

BB: I think the organization has changed dramatically but without losing sight of its original mission. After the first couple of years I wasn’t so much involved but there were a very hard-core group of classmates who supported the concept and made it work. The organization has become an important part of Princeton University’s mission and it has been strongly supported by Presidents Shapiro and Tilghmen.

The concept has spread to other colleges and the membership and leadership has changed to include other classes. Princeton AlumniCorps has evolved into a self-sustaining organization and is raising endowment funds to sustain it long term. Its effectiveness with young people is unquestioned and many PP55 interns have become very successful in their careers and their involvement in civic causes.

Q: Towards the end of your career, and since retiring, you’ve been very involved with the Princeton Community Foundation, can you share a little bit about that?

 BB: I started working with the Princeton Community Foundation in 1993 when I received a call from a ’55 classmate recommending the organization to me. When I retired from my surgical practice in 1998, I had become Chairman of the Community Foundation Board and since then I have worked there 4-5 days a week. The Foundation works to promote philanthropy in central New Jersey by building permanent endowment as well as flexible funds which support not-for-profit organizations. We continue to grow with over $75 million in assets and are making over $3 million in grants per year.

Q: What are the most important things you look for when supporting an organization or serving on a nonprofit board?

BB: I have always enjoyed working with people and feeling productive. I loved my surgical practice and it was emotionally rewarding. With respect to community service I look for organizations which stimulate my interest and where I think I can make a difference. When my children were in school I served on their school boards for 10 years; during my years of surgical practice I served on the hospital Board and recently have had the opportunity to go back on the board as Princeton is building a new hospital and the changes are fascinating. And my work with the Community Foundation has been a genuine pleasure as I believe totally in the concept and have learned a great deal about the not-for-profit world.

Q: Princeton AlumniCorps just placed our newest class of 54 PP55 fellows. What advice do you have for them?

BB: As I think the new fellows would already be aware, the fellowship program is an incredible opportunity for them to realize some of their goals and to be more productive straight out of college. It’s a unique way for them to use the gifts that they have been given much earlier in their careers, a chance to make new contacts, and for many fellows, an opportunity to secure longer-term employment at the end of their fellowship year.

New fellows should realize the opportunity that has been given to them and make the best use of their talents to stimulate their partnering organizations. It is a two way relationship, and organizations also have the chance to get a lot out of these kids, who are creative, hard-working and wonderful.

Q: What is your hope for the future of Princeton AlumniCorps?

BB: When Princeton Project 55 was first established, I don’t think we realized its full potential. At that stage, we had been out of college for about 30 years, and many of us had children at college or some recent graduates. Our hope was to give our children the best, and we asked: How can we give them the best start? How can we give them the opportunity to best use their talents?

I think the original premise of Princeton Project 55 is so solid, and I trust that the organization will continue to grow and evolve with this in mind. My hope for Princeton AlumniCorps is that they will play a significant role in maximizing the incredible talent pool of university students who avail themselves of this opportunity.

In Memoriam: Longtime Supporter, John C. Sienkiewicz ’55

Princeton AlumniCorps sadly announces that John “Sink” Sienkiewicz, age 78, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Loblolly, Hobe Sound, FL on January 3, 2012. Born in Center Bridge, PA on October 8, 1933, and raised in Doyles- town, PA, John was the son of Casimir A. Sienkiewicz, a prominent Philadelphia banker and Chairman of the Central Penn National Bank and Jane Patton Sienkiewicz, a nurse. John attended The Loomis School (Loomis-Chaffee) prior to graduating from Princeton University in 1955 where he served as President of his class and remained a valued advisor throughout his life. Playing varsity football his senior year, John won the award for Most Improved Player. John served in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1957 aboard the USS Hancock rising to the rank of Lieutenant. In 1958, he joined Hutchinson, Rivinus & Co. of Philadelphia as an insurance salesman. In 1965, John became a Partner of the firm which was later acquired by Alexander and Alexander International. In time, John became President and Chief Executive Officer of International Operations of Alexander and Alexander, which was known as the largest international insurance brokerage firm in the world. After their acquisition by Aon Risk Services, John remained an active Vice Chairman. John lived most of his life in Princeton, NJ with his wife of 50 years, Patricia Davis Sienkiewicz. John was a loving, strong, and supportive husband, father and friend. His passions included golf, philanthropy, and travel. John was a member of Pine Valley Golf Club, Seminole Golf Club, and many others. He was an active member of the United States Seniors Golf Association. John was widely philanthropic, giving generously to many organizations. Most notable, was the University Cottage Club at Princeton where he served as Chairman of the Board for ten years. John was predeceased by his wife Patricia and his brother Bur Sienkiewicz. He is survived by his sons Mark and Peter, his second wife Maisie Barlow Sienkiewicz, his brother Michael Sienkiewicz and wife Marika, his sister-in-law Jone Sienkiewicz and many more family members and friends who loved him dearly. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his honor for student aid to: Casimir A. Sienkiewicz Scholarship, American International College, 1000 State Street – Box 10-L, Springfield, MA 01109. A Celebration of Life Service is being planned for June 2012 in Princeton, NJ.

John was a stalwart supporter of our organization, generously participating without fail in every single annual fundraising campaign since our inception. We are grateful for his enthusiastic support and send our warm wishes for peace and comfort to John’s family.