Princeton Area Alumni Association

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First Friday Lunch - February 7, 2020

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

Our speaker this month is Robbie LeDesma, a graduate student in the department of Molecular Biology.  His topic is a very timely one:  viruses and the human immune system.  "I will have a combination of a very brief general introduction to the innate immune system, followed by more detail on how viruses generally evade these mechanisms. While I don't actually work on coronaviruses, I can definitely offer brief insights as to what makes for an epidemic both on the sides of the virus and host, but also, more broadly in terms of global travel and the way in which governments respond to such events."

Here is Robbie's bio:

Robbie LeDesma is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Biology. Born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, Robbie took a very nontraditional path to get to where he is today. He began his own dog training / house sitting business to pay his way through community college, where he graduated as Valedictorian in 2010 before moving east and transferring to Columbia University on a full-tuition scholarship to finish his undergraduate education.  In 2014, he graduated with a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior, with a concentration in premedical sciences, and began working in a genetic nephrology lab at Columbia University Medical Center. In 2016, he matriculated to Princeton University, and has been pursuing his passions in science and community outreach ever since.  His current research focuses on viral evasion mechanisms of the innate immune system.  In his free time, he likes to make music, make hot sauce, and play with puppies.

Priced at $28/person (or $32 if you choose not to pay PA3's annual dues).  Lunch includes an appetizer, entree, dessert and coffee/tea. Wine/beer offered a la carte - select Enhanced Lunch Ticket on the PayPal button below.


Pre-registration is required, by 9 pm on the day prior to the luncheon (so that Nassau Club can properly prepare).

Date: Friday, Febuary 7, 2020
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.

Registration (if not via Paypal) or questions:  Send email to Tom Swift via:

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

First Friday Lunch Ticket
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First Friday Lunch: Viruses and the human immune system ( Friday, February 7, 2020 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM )

Priced at $28/person (or $32 if you choose not to pay PA3's annual dues). Lunch includes an appetizer, entree, dessert and coffee/tea. Wine/beer offered a la carte - click on the link below and select Enhanced Lunch Ticket.

Location: Nassau Club
Organized by: Thomas Swift

Posted by tmswift 8 months ago.


American Classical Orchestra Feb. 1 Concert

Location: Alice Tully Hall
Cost: Discounted premium seat $60 (new discount price)
Organized by: Mae Wong Miller '70, Flo Distefano '80 and Mo Chen '80

Happy New Year! To kick off 2020 with our fellow Princetonians, Mae Wong Miller '70 is offering discounted premium seating for the Feb. 1 American Classical Orchestra concert to be held at Alice Tully Hall. We did this last May and it was a hit. Over 40 Princetonians attended in their orange and black and we had a great time seated together enjoying the concert. Discounted premium tickets need to be purchased directly from either David Larkin or Amanda Sidebottom (contact info below). If you would like lower cost non-premium seats, please go directly to website to purchase. 

Join us to kickoff 2020 and the road to Princeton Reunions 2020!

Mae Wong Miller’70, Education Director at American Classical Orchestra (ACO), has arranged for a block of premium-level seats, at a discount, for Princeton classmates and friends.

Please join us at the American Classical Orchestra’s upcoming concert,

New York’s leading period-instrument orchestra (, featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 with ACO Chorus.

Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 8:00 PM

Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center

Discounted Ticket Price: $60/seat in Prime 1 – Orchestra A

Deadline to Purchase special seating: January 31

You are encouraged to don your reunions jacket or your favorite orange and black outfit.

To purchase tickets, and for more information, please contact:

David Larkin, Executive Director


Amanda Sidebottom, Director of Operations

American Classical Orchestra



A Little About American Classical Orchestra

The ACO, under the direction of Thomas Crawford, is one of the nation’s leading period instrument orchestras. It is dedicated to preserving the great music literature of the Baroque, Classical and early Romantic eras. The Orchestra recreates the sound world of the masters using priceless historic instruments, as well as era-specified performance techniques. Comprised of the world’s top period instrumentalists, the ACO provides audiences the opportunity to experience classical music in the way it was intended to be heard, and in a venue with exquisite acoustics and ideally suited for the repertoire. We are very fortunate to have such a gem in the New York area. Fellow Princeton classmate Mae promises a great experience. More information about the ACO is available on

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American Classical Orchestra Feb. 1 Concert ( Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM )
Location: Alice Tully Hall
Cost: Discounted premium seat $60
Organized by: Mae Wong Miller '70, Flo Distefano '80 and Mo Chen '80

Posted by Teegger 8 months ago.


February '20 Propeller





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Please Join Us for Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres


6 P, TUESDAY, February 11th, 2020


Speakers:  Stephanie Thomas & Charles Swanson


Vice President and Senior Scientist, Princeton Satellite Systems


“Frontiers in Commercializing Fusion Development:

The New Landscape of Companies Investing in Fusion Worldwide”


The 2010s saw a tremendous proliferation of private nuclear fusion companies.  There may be dozens:  including five stand-out leaders and a burgeoning host of intermediate companies.  Though not yet within our grasp, the promise of fusion energy remains obvious.  Clean, limitless power plants could:  halt deleterious global climate change; and free us from polluting, extractive industries and the resource conflicts they engender.  But what makes these companies think they can succeed where 60 years of research from world governments have not?  And, how are they now leveraging governmental support to accomplish this?  Our speakers will survey this rapidly evolving landscape and the technical and financial investments that are driving its development.


Registration Required via

NEXT PRINCETON PROPELLER:  Tuesday, March 10th (6 P)

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Cost: Donations Gratefully Accepted
Organized by: PA3

Posted by Teegger 8 months ago.


Curator led Art Museum exhibit tour

 The Princeton University Art Museum currently features the exhibit: "Eternal Feast: Banqueting in Chinese Art from the 10th to the 14th Century".  These banquets were about more than food, and their images more that mere adornments for the walls of the wealthy.

The exhibit is described here:

There is also a reference to it in the New York Times:

Thanks to the wonderful assistance of the Association of Asian American Alumni of Princeton (A4P), Zoe Kwok *13, the Assistant Curator of Asian Art who put together the exhibit, has offered to give an exhibition tour to PA3 members, family, and friends on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 at 2 PM - 3 PM.  This is an exceptional opportunity to learn about a PU Art Museum exhibit directly from the curator.

Space is limited, so please indicate your desire to attend via an email to Tom Swift at  Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis.  Please indicate your interest in participating in a lunch in Princeton (venue TBD) prior to the tour.  We'll organize that if there is sufficient interest.


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Curator led Art Museum exhibit tour ( Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM )

Zoe Kwok *13, Assistant Curator of Asian Art,, has offered to give PA3 members a special tour of the exhibition she created entitled "Eternal Feast: Banqueting in Chinese Art from the 10th to the 14th Century."

Location: Princeton University Art Museum
Organized by: Thomas Swift

Posted by tmswift 9 months ago.


PA3 Book Club: January 30, 2020

November 25, 2019 - The PA3 book club will be taking a holiday break, meeting next on Thursday, January 30, 2020, from 7-8:30 pm in East Pyne 111. Our selection is:

Death in the Off-Season, by Francine Barron Mathews '85 P17

The PA3 book club meets on the last Thursday evening of each month (except July, August & December) from 7-8:30, usually in East Pyne or Frist. Selections alternate, with occasional exceptions, between fiction and non-fiction, and the authors or books typically have a Princeton connection. Book club meetings are open to all PA3 members and their spouses/partners, and no RSVP is needed.

A list of book club selections can be found at

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Book Club: Death in the Off-Season ( Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM )
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Posted by Arlen 10 months ago.