Saturday, December 5, 2009

30th Reunion Registration Now Open

Attention '80ers: If you haven't got the class mailing nor noticed an email, get over to and register for the 30th reunion next May. And if you want one of those scarce on-campus housing slots, do it on the double.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Bob Bradley Named PAW's "Tiger of the Week"

Bob Bradley, head coach of the U.S. national men's soccer team, was named "Tiger of the Week" recently by the Princeton Alumni Weekly. The team has qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

USA Track and Field to Honor Bruce McBarnette

On October 30, USA Track and Field will be presenting classmate Bruce McBarnette an award at a reception at the Embassy of Croatia in Washington, DC for setting two new USA records this summer in the high jump for his age group. An article about the latest record Bruce set, at the USA National Masters Track and Field Championship in Oshkosh Wisconsin and Falls Church, Virginia is at

Bruce can arrange free admission for anyone who would like to attend the reception at the Embassy of Croatia, 2343 Massachusetts Ave. in Washington, DC, 6:30pm-8:30pm. The reception will also be an art show featuring the art work of several artists in the Washington, DC area. If you would like Bruce to reserve a place for you, visit

Sports Illustrated is considering doing a feature on Bruce, who has won 6 World Championships and 21 USA National Championships for his age group in the high jump. By sending Sports Illustration a nomination email message, you can increase the chances that Sports Illustrated will feature Bruce. To send a nomination email message, visit
and complete the form at the bottom of the page.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Words of Wisdom from Peter Yawitz's New Blog

Peter Yawitz started a new website and blog over the summer with the highly relevant name, "Don't Quit Your Day Job, devoted to "helping people communicate better at work." The home page says,

It’s difficult to know what to say to whom and how to say it. Ever try to write a presentation and not know how to start? Ever deal with an incompetent boss? Ever feel you were about to cry in front of your boss? Ever start to interview someone and not to know what to ask? Ever want to confront a coworker?

We've added the new site to the class blogroll, and you can find his site, complete with a Princeton reference, videos and amusing photos, here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Mike Schill Appointed Dean of University of Chicago Law School

Michael H. Schill, dean of the UCLA School of Law and a nationally known scholar of property law, has been appointed as the next dean of the University of Chicago Law School, University President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Thomas F. Rosenbaum announced today. The university press release, with a photo of Mike, can be found here.

Schill's appointment takes effect Friday, Jan. 1, 2010.

During his five years at UCLA, Schill has successfully recruited leading legal scholars from top schools across the nation. He has launched three new legal research centers and two academic specialization programs. Alumni participation in fundraising has doubled since he arrived, and private philanthropy has tripled.

Schill, the author of three books and more than 40 articles, has continued to pursue his scholarship in real estate and housing policy, deregulation, finance and discrimination, He is a co-author of the property law casebook used by more than half of all law students nationwide.

A graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, Schill was in private practice before joining the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a tenured professor of law and real estate. He became the Wilf Family Professor in Property Law at New York University School of Law and professor of urban planning at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He was the founding director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Beth Cobert Named Board Chair of United Way of the Bay Area

Beth Cobert has been named Board Chair for the United Way of the Bay Area in San Francisco. A director in the SF office of McKinsey & Company, Beth will serve in the position for the next two years. In this role, Beth will lead United Way's "continuing efforts to create pathways to prosperity for low-wage families and individuals." she joined the board in early 2008 and served on the campaign cabinet last year.

More details can be found in the Unite Way press release here (opens as a PDF).

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

John Rogers Named Chair of University of Chicago's Lab Schools Board

The University of Chicago issued this press release today about classmate John Rogers:

Alumnus, longtime trustee and education champion John W. Rogers Jr. will be the next chair of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Board of Trustees, University President Robert J. Zimmer has announced.

Rogers, who graduated from Lab in 1976 and watched his daughter graduate last year, will assume the chair after more than 20 years of service on the board. He is currently an executive co-chairman of the Lab+ Campaign.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Welcome to the Blog of the Princeton Class of 1980

As the Class of 1980 prepares for its 30th reunion, this blog is being created to keep everybody up to date on news and blogs involving classmates. It supplements and carries the name of the semi-blog that has been part of the site since the 25th reunion.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Jamie Clements and Family's Excellent "Open Road Scholars" Adventure

Jamie Clements and wife Diana took their two daughters, Noe and Carolina, last fall on a cross-country adventure in home schooling and exploration, captured on their family blog In an email, Jamie described the logistics and the plan thusly:

Here are the vital statistics on the "big adventure"...

1 Winnebago
3 dogs
4 people
16 weeks
49 states
17,000 miles

. . . which, of course, does not begin to convey the extraordinary experience we all shared.

We left Santa Fe on August 18, 2008, and returned home December 3. Our website ends in Atlanta because, by then, we were utterly exhausted and used all of our remaining energy and resources to finish the trip.

We came closer together as a family (which is a little hard not to do in a 27-foot RV with, maybe, 150 square feet of living space) and connected with our twin daughters in a way that will not be possible again as they move into high school in September.

We saw every part of the US, which was amazing, and watched two historic events unfold as we traveled: the presidential election and the crash of our economic system. Now that's something to remember!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Ieva Miesnieks Rogers and the Philip Alan Rogers '79 Memorial Rugby Fund

Classmate Ieva Miesnieks Rogers is busy these days as a mom and presiding over the Philip Alan Rogers '79 Memorial Rugby Fund, established and named in honor of her late husband, Phil Rogers '79. He played varsity soccer and Rugby at Princeton and was a key player on the Rugby Club's Ivy League Championship team in 1979. Phil majored in civil engineering and upon graduation earned the NJ Society of Civil Engineers Award.

Ieva, together with Phil's brothers, Marty '78 and Pete, and some dear friends, including our classmate Andrea Baumann Lustig, established the Fund in 2006 after Phil's untimely death a few months earlier. Ieva credits Andrea with inspiring her to create this Memorial. The Fund awards the Prize each year to an underclass rugby player to recognize "his or her unique leadership and sportsmanship qualities, both on and off the rugby pitch, that our friend and teammate Phil personified." The Prize is permanently represented by a stunning two-foot bronze sculpture that shows two hands poised to catch a rugby ball.

Phil and Ieva's two sons are extremely proud of their dad, most especially for his "off the field" accomplishments, being the most loving and nurturing (and nature-loving) dad ever. Oliver, a freshman at Wake Forest, will never forget all the "strenuous for some" bike expeditions with his father, and Colton, who is about to finish the second grade, claims he knows more of Patriot's Path in Morris County than any other 7-year old, thanks to his dad, who took him on Saturday morning hikes for as long as he can remember . . . what a fond memory.

For more information about the Foundation, please visit its website at

Friday, February 20, 2009

Cecilia Peck Mentioned in a Spanish Newspaper

Steve Hughes sends in this note from Spain:

Back on Dec. 28, 2008, El Mundo published an article on a documentary that is being made about the story of an Israeli woman who was raped just seven weeks before she was proclaimed Miss World. And lo and behold, it turned out that the director is Cecilia Peck '80! Granted, Cecilia plays a supporting role in the article, as you might expect, but she and her latest film project are already making waves over her in Spain! Here's the link:

Monday, February 2, 2009

Anne-Marie Slaughter to Lead Policy Planning Staff at State Department

Anne-Marie Slaughter has resigned as dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs to become director of the policy planning staff at the U.S. State Department. Anne-Marie, who also is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton, will remain a faculty member and take a public service leave from the University.

The policy planning staff provides policy analysis and advice for the secretary of state, and its mission is “to take a longer term, strategic view of global trends and frame recommendations for the secretary of state to advance U.S. interests and American values,” according to the State Department’s website.

Anne-Marie , who will report directly to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will be the first woman director of the policy planning staff in the department’s history. Renowned diplomat and scholar George Kennan, a 1925 Princeton alumnus, created the office in 1947 and was its first director.

The complete Princeton press release can be found here. The State Department page for the Policy Planning staff is here.