Princeton Club of Georgia Newsletter
July '00



Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the Alumni Schools Committee, led by Lisa Mihalik Beale '87, Vicky McElhaney Benedict '91 and Heather Patrick Lesutis '93, the Princeton Club of Georgia had another stellar year!! During the 1999-2000 application season, ASC members attended numerous college fairs, held 4 interview days, and achieved our goal of offering an interview to every single applicant from our region (comprised of all of Georgia except the Savannah area), a feat rarely matched by any other ASC in the country! We could not have offered interviews to the 200+ applicants without the able assistance of the following interviewers:

Kevin Armbruster '77 Mike Lee '98
Betsy Hill Armstrong '90 Natalie Leonard '90
Molly Coleman Battin '93 Mike Lesutis '92
Steve Becker '83 Louis Lettes '86
David Bell '98 Brian Lewis '98
Hilary Borland '97 David Lowance '94
Kevin Bourke '99 Anne Tarbutton Mori '88
Rob Brawner '96 Thad Persons '92
Katherine Brokaw '82 John Puskas '82
Chris Brown '97 Julie Schwartz '90
Andy Chiu '99 Tamara Serwer '92
Sean Coleman '91 Howie Slomka '90
Peter Colmer '70 Sydney Smith-Rikard ‘81
Mike Coveney '85 Jeannie Ringo Tarkenton '92
Ashton Cullum '97 Matt Tarkenton '92
Cari Dawson '90 Rachel van der Voort ‘93
Bill deGolian '72 Colin van Exel '91
Pete DeHaven '96 Kathleen Walsh '98
Brandon Delley '99 Jamie Weinstein '98
Candace Rivkin Deshe '88 Tysie Whitman '93
Frank Elliott '72 Russ Wofford '83
Gerald Ellis '89 Max Yeh '91
Olwen Hahn '97
Rodney Ho '91
Charlie Hurt '91
Doug Hutcheson '92
Trinh Huynh '98
Kel Keller '84
Jeremy Kestler '94
Lisa Kestler '97

Special thanks go to B.J. and Bill deGolian '72 for hosting a great party in April for the students admitted to the Class of 2004. Finally, please give a big locomotive cheer to Lisa Beale '87, who is stepping down as ASC chair after three great years at the helm!! Starting this summer, the committee will be led by Vicky Benedict '91, ASC Chair, and Heather Lesutis '93, ASC Chair-elect. Please contact Heather (404-352-3061 or if you'd like to join in the fun! [Note to the alumnus who left his name and number on Heather's answering machine -- please call back; your name and number were erased before she could add you to the list!]

Finally, we would like to congratulate Vicky Benedict ’91, who was recently appointed to serve on the National Committee on Schools as a result of her excellent work with the Princeton Club of Georgia. The National Committee on Schools supports and assists Alumni Schools Committees throughout the world, helping to assure that they deliver a consistent level of high quality service to applicants and to Princeton.


Congratulations to the following students admitted to the Class of 2004 (although for reasons unexplained, they did not all accept):

NameHigh SchoolUniversity Attending
William Adams Fayette County Harvard
Timothy Allen Druid Hills Princeton
John Boggan ShilohUniversity of Georgia
Robert Bonstein WheelerHarvard
Jennifer Brudno Augusta Preparatory Day School Princeton
Eric Cocker GallowayStanford
Christine Eun WestminsterPrinceton
Neha Gandhi Meadowcreek Princeton
David Ginn CentennialPrinceton
Jillian Godfrey WestminsterPrinceton
Adrienne Hadley BrookstonePrinceton
William Hudson George Walton Comp. H.S. Princeton
Elinor Keith Athens Academy Princeton
Lauren Linder Pace Academy Brown
M. Dale Maffett WestminsterPrinceton
Austin Merritt Lovett School Princeton
W. Catesby Perrin WestminsterPrinceton
Christopher Phillips GradyHarvard
Suzanna Sanchez Woodward Academy Princeton
Lindsey Smith Pace Academy Princeton
Kimberly Taggart Westminster Princeton
Jamila Thomas Chamblee Yale
Brandon Van Dyck Athens Academy Princeton
Wesley White Johnson Health H.S. Augustus H. Unknown

The national acceptance rate this year was 12.1% and the Princeton Club of Georgia's was 14.1%.


We had another strong pool of applicants for the 15th Annual Woodrow Wilson Community Service Awards, which were given on May 17th to five impressive high school juniors from the greater Atlanta area. Once again we were honored to have Governor Roy Barnes present the awards at the State Capitol. Thank you to Rodney Ho ’91 and Laurie Buckley ’87 for helping organize the ceremony!

The top applications were selected by David Bell ’98, Trinh Huynh ’98, Mark Peevy ’92, Devin Stewart ’84, and the Woodrow Wilson Award Chairman, Rob Brawner ’96. The ultimate winners were then chosen by three judges from the community: Mr. Paul Bolster, Director of St. Joseph’s Mercy Mobile; Kim Johnson of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta; and Mr. Mark O’Connell, President of the United Way of Atlanta. Thank you to all of the judges for their time and effort!

If you would like to help out with the 2001 Woodrow Wilson Award, please contact Trinh Huynh ’98 at

This year’s winners are:

Conitras Houston from Creekside High School. Conitras serves as a Fulton County Youth Commissioner, mentors students at her school and church, and has organized many clothing and food drives through the National Beta Club.

Teresa Kim from Duluth High School. Teresa is an officer with the Interact Club, through which she has organized many community service events. Additionally, she volunteers regularly at assisted living homes and the Sheltering Arms daycare center.

Katie Lipsett from Marietta High School. Katie has led a variety of community events as Vice President of the Student Council. She is also an active tutor and raised over 8000 cans of food for the Salvation Army.

Evan Wertheim from Dunwoody High School. Evan revitalized the Interact Club at Dunwoody High School and has also worked closely with disabled children at school and through the Special Olympic Afternoon Recreation program.

Claire Willeford from Marist High School. Claire has played a major role in bettering the lives of underprivileged families in Atlanta through her work with Our Lady of the Americas Catholic Mission, Hands on Atlanta!, Habitat for Humanity, Head Start and the Trinity House Shelter.


Princeton Project 55’s Public Interest Program (PIP), the Class of 1955’s program that places Princeton students in work at nonprofit agencies around the country, has placed the following ten students in jobs here in Atlanta this summer:

Melissa Armstrong ’02 (Dallas, TX) - Nonprofit Resource Center
Katrina Besch ’03 (Atlanta, GA) - Hands On Atlanta
Jasmine Clerisme ’02 (Westbury, NY) - Boys & Girls Clubs – Brookhaven Club
Jackie Dorce ’01 (Queens Village, NY) - Capitol Area Mosaic
Itohowo Ekpoudom ’03 (Yorktown, VA) - Boys & Girls Clubs – Youth Art Connection
Dao Huynh ’00 (Gainesville, GA) - Piedmont Park Conservancy
Tizgel Mark ’00 (Norcross, GA) - Boys & Girls Clubs – Norcross Club
Ki Moon ’01 (Seoul, S. Korea/Auburn, AL) - Boys & Girls Clubs – College Bound
>Ryan Quillian ’03 (Atlanta, GA) - Boys & Girls Clubs – Conyers Club
Daniela SantaMaria ’03 (Mineola, NY) - Georgia Council on Child Abuse

We wish to thank the following alumni who have agreed to be alumni mentors to these summer interns:

Mike Coveny ‘85
Sean Coleman ‘91
Joel Deitch ‘84
Jerry Doyle ‘91
Pat Minihan ‘99
Matt Padula ‘85
Joe Quarles ‘55
Tamara Serwer ‘92

In addition, Alleda Flagg ’00 (Rolla, MO) will arrive in Atlanta in September to begin her year long placement at the St. Joseph Mercy Mobile Heathcare program in Midtown.

Atlantan Laura Hardman ’99 heads up the PIP in PP55’s Princeton office. Her organizational skills and ready smile have made this year’s placement process the smoothest on record. Participation in Princeton Project 55’s program in Atlanta is not limited to the Class of 1955. If you would like to learn more about and/or become involved, call Sara & Milton Deitch ’55 at 404-255-3665 or We will be gearing up again in the fall and need your participation to keep this worthwhile program viable in Atlanta. Maintain your alumni connection and help your community by giving us a call.


Both the number of alumni in Georgia who contributed (432) and the total amount contributed (over $220,000) increased in this year's just-concluded Annual Giving Campaign. Nationally, the Campaign slightly exceeded its goal of $35 million, with 60% of alumni contributing. These results are extraordinary, and mean that future Princetonians should enjoy the same top-quality educational experience from which we all have benefited. Thanks to everyone who contributed toward making the Campaign a success, and a special thanks to Michael Lee '98, who assisted our Annual Giving Chair, Bill Kaspers '70, with this year's Campaign.


Young alumni (this is a state of mind, not a class year) are invited to come see "Dolphins" at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Friday, August 18th. From the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the wind-swept seas of Patagonia, “Dolphins” will take you on an underwater adventure with inquisitive Atlantic spotted dolphins, acrobatic dusky dolphins and familiar bottlenose dolphins. If you would like to attend, please contact Jeremy Kestler at or 404-262-4322. Tickets are free, but there are only 30 available, which will be granted on a first-come first-serve basis. Cash bar specializing in martinis opens at 7pm. Food is also available for purchase. "Dolphins" film starts at 9PM and is 45 min. For more information, check out


The annual Princeton/Yale softball game will be held on September 9th at 11 AM at Brookhaven Park. Last year the Yalies out-manned us, so we need a strong showing to reassert our prominence as the dominant Ivy League school. The whole family is invited for this fun afternoon. After the game, bring your favorite dish for a potluck picnic. Drinks will be provided. Directions to Brookhaven Park: Brookhaven Park--4158 Peachtree Road, Atlanta on the opposite side of the street from the Brookhaven Marta Station, behind the DeKalb Training Center. Take I-285 and exit at Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Turn right inside the perimeter and right onto Osborne Road. The park is on the left. Hope to see you there!


It’s easy. It’s useful. It’s cool. It’s the best way to stay connected with Princeton alumni and get the latest on Princeton Club of Georgia events. Subscribe to TigerNet, Princeton University’s alumni web interface by visiting

Registering with TigerNet will allow you to:

  • Search the alumni directory for lost classmates
  • Participate in discussion groups with other Princeton alumni
  • Enroll in online courses
  • Set up a permanent Princeton email address that you do not have to change when you move or switch your internet service provider.
  • Receive Princeton Club of Georgia correspondence online (which means your dues will fund more events and less postage!)


We want to thank Janice Yu ’95 for her work on the Princeton Club of Georgia official website, which has recently been assigned the URL http://alumni. Stay tuned for details on the launch! This website will be a fantastic way to keep in touch with PCG events. Bookmark it now!


Are you working for an Internet company in Atlanta? Are you interested in joining an Internet company? Do you have a casual interest in the Internet or new media? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," then you should get involved in Princeton InterNetwork Atlanta.

The objective of Princeton InterNetwork Atlanta is to provide a forum where Princetonians with an interest in the Internet and new media can meet each other and develop professional relationships. Stay tuned for future news and events. Contact Jeremy Kestler at to have your name added to the Princeton InterNetwork Atlanta email list.


Friday, August 18th: Young Alumni Martinis and IMAX at Fernbank Museum. Bar opens at 7PM. “Dolphins” shows at 9PM.

Saturday, September 9th: Princeton/Yale softball game at 11AM at Brookhaven Park. Potluck picnic lunch to follow.

Friday, November 3rd: Come join us for delicious food and the insightful words of [an exciting speaker to be named later!], at the rescheduled Annual Dinner at the Capital City Club. More details to come.

Late December: Triangle tour turns south. The crazy cross-dressing kick line will be coming through Atlanta. Fun for the whole family. More details to come. Note: if you are interested in helping to coordinate the Triangle Club visit and/or house students during their stay, please contact Rob Brawner ’96 at or 404-378-8686.


We accept annual dues for membership in the Princeton Club of Georgia all year round, so please send them in if you have not already paid. Dues are $25/year if you graduated more recently than 1990 and $40/year otherwise. Donations of $100 or more will qualify you as a “Patron Member” and your name will appear in every Princeton Club newsletter.

Current Patron Members are:

Armbruster, Kevin ’77
Brawner, Robert ‘96
Brokaw, Katherine ‘82
Butkus, Mike ’78
Carragher, Joe ‘53
Carrol, Jamie ’83
Clark, Joe ’81
Clough, Gail ’78
Coffman, Peter '87
Coleman, Sean ‘91
Currey, Jr., Bradley ‘51
Davis, Jr., F.T. ’60
Dawson, Cari ‘90
Deitch, Milton ’55
DeGolian, William ’72
Gordon, Jonathan
Greenberg, Steve ’75
Grossman, Dan ‘85
Henagan, Barbara ’81
Horton, Reese ’69
Lawhorn, III, Thomas ‘98
McKinley, Hall ’78
Moreland, Laura ‘98
Newman, Nancy ’78
Nicholson, Harman
Rodts, Gerald E. ’83
Schatten, Sam ’74
Sears, Sally ‘75
Sibley, James ’41
Stuart, Doug ‘84
Wallace, John ’60
Wax, Jonathan ‘68
Weinmann, Winston ’80
Whelchel, John ’76
Yow, Lawson ‘40

Please remember that we need your contribution in order to continue to sponsor great events. Please make checks payable to the “Princeton Club of Georgia” and mail them using the enclosed dues envelope to Russ Wofford, c/o Alston & Bird, One Atlantic Center, 1201 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309. Thank you!


Dues Enclosed:

  • $100 - Patron Member
  • $40 - Class of 1990 and Older
  • $25 - Class of 1991 and Younger




Please contact me. I am interested in helping out with the following:

  • Project 55
  • Woodrow Wilson Community Service Award
  • Alumni Schools Committee
  • Young Alumni Event Coordinator
  • Speaker Series
  • Other Leadership Positions

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