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First Friday Lunch - November 2, 2018

Join us for First Fridays, a monthly recurring event for undergraduate and graduate Princeton alumni, graduate students, and parents.  On the first Friday of each month, area alumni and their guests will meet to enjoy a prix fixe luncheon at the Nassau Club in downtown Princeton.  As a special bonus for PA3, a Princeton University PhD candidate will present his/her work to the group in this informal setting.  Topics vary monthly and are always interesting!  Have a look at our impressive roster of previous luncheons



Kris Pardo, final year Princeton University graduate student in the Astrophysical Sciences PhD program, will be joining PA3 on Friday, November 2, 2018. He is from Miami, FL and received his Bachelor of Science in Physics & Mathematics from Furman University in 2014. He has also served as a Resident Graduate Student at Forbes College since 2015. His thesis has focused on ways of testing dark matter and dark energy theories with astrophysical data. At the lunch, he will talk about how we can constrain theories with extra dimensions using the recent multi-messenger gravitational wave event that LIGO observed in August 2017. 

Please join us.  As always, there is sure to be a lively discussion!

Specially priced at $25/person (or $30 if you choose not to pay PA3's annual dues), lunch includes three courses, a complementary soft drink and coffee/tea.

[**Wine/beer offered a la carte - select Enhanced Lunch Ticket**] 
Pre-registration is preferred.

>> Looking forward to seeing your orange and black! <<

Date: Friday, November 2, 2018
Time: 12 noon - 2 pm
Location: Nassau Club, 6 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ
Nassau Club membership is not necessary to attend this event.
Dress is business casual.

First Friday Lunch Ticket
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First Friday Lunch ( Friday, November 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM )

Kris Pardo, PhD candidate in Astrophysical Sciences, will tell us about measuring dark energy and dark matter.

Location: Nassau Club, 6 Mercer St, Princeton
Cost: $25/person dues-paying mbrs; $30 others
Organized by: PA3

Posted by lydia 8 months ago.


Princeton Women’s Network (PWN) of Princeton

Welcome to the PWN of Princeton!  We are a new PWN, started in September 2018 – we look forward to area alumnae joining the groups and activities that are just kicking off.  

A number of special interest groups are coming together.  If you would like to participate in one, feel free to contact that leader.

Special Interest Groups and Leaders

          Book Club – Shikha Uberoi Bajpai ’13
          French Rendez-vous – Brigitte Aflalo-Calderon S65
          Hosting Students – Clara Siegel
          Potluck and Conversation – Shikha Uberoi Bajpai ’13
          Show and Dinner – Allanna Daniels ’16
          Walking Group – Hanaa Rohman ’11 

The next meeting of the PWN Book Club will be Thursday, April 25, 7 pm, East Pyne 111. We will join PA3 in reading  Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. To get on the email list for Book Club, contact Shikha at the email above. 

French Rendez-vous is an opportunity for casual French conversation and instruction led by Brigitte, a native French speaker. Meetings for those with knowedge of French are generally the first Wednesday of the month, the beginner group typically meets the second Monday.  Groups meet at Brigitte's home in Plainsboro from 7-8:30 pm.  Contact Brigitte to get on the email list, as meeting dates are subject to change.

Potluck and Conversation is meeting roughly once a month.  Contact Shikha at the above email address if you'd like to join the group sharing food and fun!

The Walking Group will kick off in the spring when the weather warms up.  Contact Hanna if you would like to be on her contact list.



      April 24, Wednesday, 7-8:30 pm – French Rendez-vous, Intermediate level

      April 25, Thursday, 7 pm – Book Club with PA3, Americanah

      April 28, Sunday, 1-6 pm – Communiversity table with PA3, Volunteer to help or stop by to say hello

      April 29, Monday, 7 pm – Potluck and Conversation, RSVP to Dina (

      Early June, Date TBD – Book Club, reading Educated A Memoir by Tara Westover

Information about upcoming events and other plans will be posted here, and will be included in the PA3 newsletter emailed monthly.  We welcome ideas for meetings and interest groups!

Questions or ideas?  Contact Diane Hasling ’79 at 

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PWN French Rendez-vous: Beginners ( Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM )

Join PWN's newest Special Interest group. Join a French-speaking native for a night of conversation. Last Wednesdays are for those without previous French experience. See linked post for details.

PWN: French Rendez-vous ( Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM )

Join PWN's newest Special Interest group. Join a French-speaking native for a night of conversation. First Wednesdays are for those with some French experience (even if your French is rusty). Note special date this month due to New Year holiday. See linked post for details!

Posted by Dan 8 months ago.


2018 Annual Meeting & Election



Notice to

All Members of PA3




Election of a PA3 Director will be held at the annual meeting on November 7, 2018.

[Note: An invitation to the meeting will be sent separately.]

Under the Association’s by-laws, only members present at the meeting are eligible to vote.

Following the resignation of one director of the Association earlier this year, the President, acting pursuant to the by-laws in consultation with the Executive Committee, appointed Warren Suen*99 to fill the vacancy on the board as an interim director.

The President and Executive Committee now recommend that Warren Suen *99 be elected to a full term as director of the Association.

A copy of the by-laws of PA3 governing elections and the responsibilities of the officers and directors is available on our website under the governance tab.

Mr. Suen's biography follows: 

Warren Suen  *99    

I have a Ph.D. in chemistry, and my dissertation was on the structural characterization of biological macromolecules. I am currently a Senior Scientist in a consumer specialty company located in Bridgewater, NJ. I have been involved in Princeton alumni activities for more than a decade, starting by volunteering as an ASC interviewer and for Special Olympics and Isles, Inc. About five years ago I started serving as the PA3 Graduate Alumni Co-Chair and then as a board member of APGA. These experiences provide me with great opportunities to interact with many bright students and fellow alumni from all around world. In particular I enjoy working on science- and technology-related initiatives, and have been serving as a judge on Princeton Research Day and piloting a science education program for local school kids of PA3 families. Along with my busy schedule of work, family, and volunteer activities, I enjoy playing tennis, swimming and doing some yardwork.  







Posted by lydia 8 months ago.




2018 Volunteer of the Year: Peter Carril, Jr '81


The past year has been a full of a broad range of events, thanks largely to Pete, who recently joined the PA3 team.  An evening learning about space and looking through the telescope on campus and an outing to a Trenton Thunder game are among the creative ideas Pete has realized in order to encourage broader partipation in PA3 activities from a more diverse group of members.  We will join you, Pete, to keep the momentum going!  Three cheers!

2018 Volunteer of the Year
2017 Volunteers of the Year - Catherine Mallette '84 & Tamara Garraffa P'20

2017 Volunteers of the Year:

      Catherine Mallette '84

      Tamara Garaffa P'20

Catherine and Tamara joined PA3's management team and hit the ground running.  They manage communications, marketing and social media and are all around great cheerleaders and supporters of PA3.  We salute them for always putting our best face forward!

2017 Volunteer of the Year: BF Graham W'44

As co-chair of PA3's Activities team, BFG launched the "Second Tuesdays" Propellers series as a way for the local alumni community to meet to discuss innovation and entrepreneurship on a regular basis. BFG lines up alumni to speak about their experiences in conceiving, starting, funding and growing businesses, particularly those in developing technological industries. Having forged a symbiotic relationship with Quad Club, BFG built a team to work with her in arranging the monthly gatherings, which include an hour of mingling over wine and cheese, followed by a fascinating presentation with Q&A. Thanks, BFG, for keeping the Propellers flying!

      BF Graham W'44

2017 Volunteer of the Year: Ann Huang P'19

Ann has truly energized the PA3 Parents Committee. Her inclusive smile and positive attitude make attendees feel welcome at all sorts of events. In addition to supporting fellow team members on a variety of PA3 events, Ann has arranged several well-attened private tours of the Federal Reserve Gold Vault in NYC. Thank you, Ann, for all your wonderful energy and enthusiasm!

    2018 Gold Vault Tour    

2016 Volunteer of the Year: Ben Beede *62

Ben wears a variety of hats for PA3 and is a tireless volunteer.  For several years, he has served as Regional Chair for Annual Giving. For even more years, he has been chief  "scribe" at the First Friday Luncheons, where he takes notes on the PhD candidates' presentations (these notes are posted on the PA3 website). Ben regularly volunteers to greet incoming graduate students at the welcome orientation each September. We are grateful to Ben for his spirit and commitment!

    Ben and the TigerBen and the Tiger

2015 Volunteer of the Year: Linsay Hiller '08

Linsay thought PA3 could use a Book Club. With the blessing of the Board, she wholeheartedly and mostly singlehandedly managed the launch for the group, handling communications, reading selections, logistics and discussions. We are grateful to Linsay for her initiative and are sad to see her leave our region.  We wish her well.
linsay hiller '08  


PA3 Book Club Readings

September 14 - "The Alchemist" by Paul Coelho

October 14 - "Independence Day" by Richard Ford

November 14 - "The Surrendered" by Chang-Rae Lee (guest)

December 14 - "Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Wife" by Queen Noor '73

January/February 15 - "Everything is Illuminated" by Jonathan Safran Foer '99

March 15 - "Would You Kill the Fat Man?" by David Edmonds

April 15 - "The Fifth Gospel" by Ian Caldwell '98 (guest)

May 15 - "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain '89

June 15 - "Freedom of Choice" by Evie Nagy '98

Posted by lydia 9 months ago.


PA3 Stargazers Evening [SOLD OUT!] - Friday October 12, 2018


Fellow PA3 Stargazers!

Join us on 

Friday, October 12, 2018 

at Princeton University's

Peyton Observatory

for an evening of learning and

looking at the cosmos.

the cosmos

"I know nothing with any certainty,

but the sight of the stars makes me dream".

Van Gogh

Princeton University Peyton Hall

Princeton Univeristy

Peyton Hall Observatory

Department of Astrophysical Sciences

4 Ivy Lane, Princeton NJ

Parking in numbered, unrestricted

University lots on Ivy Lane


Schedule of Events

6:00 - 6:45pm - Lecture and Q&A

6:45 - 7:30pm - Buffet Reception

[wine, soft drinks, hors d'oeuvres]

7:30 - 8:30pm - Stargazing*

* in case the weather interferes with our stargazing,

we will be treated to a private tour of Peyton Hall,

including areas not generally open to the public

Peyton Hall, Princeton Univeristy

This family-friendly event

is a special treat for PA3!

We are grateful to our presenter

Professor Professor Josh Winn,

and to the

Department of Astrophysical Sciences

for their generosity in hosting us

for this special evening.

PA3 thank you

Reserve your spot using the PayPal button below. 

PA3 Dues-paying members ticket: $5/each

PA3 non Dues-paying members ticket: $10/each

Children: Free

We anticipate this to be a well-attended event.
Attendance is limited to 25 people,
so ACT NOW if you plan to join us.


Contact Pete at with questions

Are you a current Dues-paying member of PA3?

Check your membership status

for the 2018-2019 year here!

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Stargazers Evening [SOLD OUT!] ( Friday, October 12, 2018 - 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM )

PA3 watches the stars with Professor Josh Winn, Department of Astrophysical Sciences

Location: Peyton Hall Observatory, Princeton University, 4 Ivy Lane
Cost: $5/person Dues-paying members; $10 others
Organized by: PA3 & Dept of Astrophysical Sciences

Posted by lydia 9 months ago.