January 7th - Men's Hockey vs Yale

The Princeton Alumni Association of Eastern Connecticut invites you to come out on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 7 p.m. to support the Princeton Men's hockey team as they take on Yale at Ingalls Rink in New Haven. Both teams play a fast, up-tempo skating game that is FUN to watch. Princeton's team is one of the youngest in the league--their roster is sprinkled with many freshmen and sophomores who have already drawn the attention of professional scouts. Watch for Berger, Kesselman, Calof, and Ammons as scoring threats for the Tigers. The defense is lead by Derek Pallis and Michael Sdao, a junior who at 6'3" and 230 lbs is a menacing threat defensively and a talented finesse type player on offense who is always a threat to score a goal. Princeton has a sizeable advantage in goal with either Alberta native Sean Bonar or Boston native Mike Condon. It should be a very close, competitive game.

The PAAEC has purchased a block of 80 tickets so that alumni and their families can meet or get re-acquainted while watching the fast paced action of Princeton Hockey. Be advised - this game is sold out - only a few general admission and standing room only tickets remain as of today. We will distribute our tickets to Princeton fans on a first come first serve basis so if you are interested in coming to cheer on the Tigers and enjoying the company fellow alums, family and friends, contact Alan Rosner at alanrosner@aol.com or by phone: (203) 809-0224 and place your order. Also, when you place your order, please let us know if you are interested in getting together after the game. If there is sufficient interest, the PAAEC will reserve space at a nearby restaurant or pizza parlor for a post game schmooze.

See you at the rink (map below). Go Tigers!!!

Volunteer to Interview Prospective Students!

Every year the Alumni Schools Committee (ASC) accomplishes the incredible feat of offering every Princeton applicant a chance to interview with an alumnus.  However, this cannot happen without your help!

The college interview season is rapidly approaching, and Karen Packtor '90, the chair for the Eastern Connecticut ASC is recruiting volunteers!  Email her right away at kpacktor@casciac.org!

The work of the ASC does make a difference.  A local newspaper in one of our southern US regions reported last year that a high school student who had been accepted at virtually all of the most selective schools in the country chose Princeton and his decision was based on the positive impression of Princeton that was forged through his contacts with local alumni in his interview and at the ASC post-admit reception he attended.

Also, please be assured that Karen will make every effort to assign applicants that will be geographically convenient for you!  Last year, each interviewer was assigned four applicants on average, but with some aggressive recruiting efforts this year, Karen hopes to reduce that number.  Please note that alumnae/alumni who have a child, grandchild or sibling applying to Princeton must recuse themselves from interviewing (just for the year in which the application is pending).  Finally, on behalf of the ASC, Karen would like to thank you for your past and/or future efforts for Princeton and for the next generation of Princetonians!

November 8th - Young Alumni Dinner at Cask Republic

The taps at The Cask Republic (thecaskrepublic.com)

Young Alumni! Come to a casual “happy hour” social at The Cask Republic on Tuesday! We'll have the back room all to ourselves, and there will be hors d’oeuvres and $4 drafts and bottles (a couple bucks off the usual price of their craft beers). No need to RSVP – just come on out and celebrate being a Tiger in Eli territory.
Hope to see you there!

Date:Tuesday, November 8th
Place:The Cask Republic (179 Crown Street; map and directions below)
Cost:Free! Just bring some cash for drinks.

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October 15th - Wine-making & Lamb Roast

Peter Beardsley *71 will be hosting a Mediterranean feast at his home in Old Lyme; besides featuring a whole roast lamb, we'll start his 24th annual batch of wine by crushing the grapes, and also bottle last year's batch! (Great fun, but wear suitable clothes because there are often a few splashes!) Please confirm your plans to attend by emailing Barry Nann '57 (barrynann@comcast.net).

As far as bringing anything, it's really not necessary as we always have a superabundance, but you are certainly welcome to bring anything you would like. Also, transportation will be available to Yale Students (and others) via other alumni; please contact Liz Hanft at elizabeth.hanft@gmail.com, who will be arranging rides to this event.

Date:Saturday, October 15th
Place:288 Mile Creek Road, Old Lyme (map and directions below)
RSVP:Barry Nann '57 (barrynann@comcast.net)

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  1. Take I-95 to Exit 71 (Four Mile River Road, OId Lyme).
  2. Turn LEFT at end of ramp onto Four Mile River Rd., regardless of which direction you were traveling on I-95.
  3. About 3/4 mile from the exit ramp you will arrive at a "T" intersection ( 3 way stop signs) with CT 156. Turn RIGHT onto 156.
  4. In about a mile, you will see the Bayberry Inn Motel on your right and Clark Veterinary Hospital on your left. Perhaps 100 yards further along, Mile Creek Road branches of to the right, as 156 curves off to the left. Keep right here. You will pass a very small white country church, Union Chapel, on your right.
  5. About 1/2 mile from the turn you will go over a little bridge, so small you may not notice it. Just ahead a road marked Chestnut Hill with a large sign leads off to the right up the hill. Pass this by, but start slowing down, you are almost there.
  6. In another 100 yards, you will see a pair of black mailboxes with driveways on either side. Our is the closer one, unpaved (The Road Less Traveled). We'll try to have some orange and black ‘Princeton’ balloons.
Note: Peter can be reached at 203-314-1505 in case you're completely lost!

October 2nd - Pickup Softball vs Cornell

Come join us for a friendly softball game between the Princeton and Cornell clubs at East Beach in Sherwood Island State Park. Our gathering will feature a pick up softball game for alums, family, and friends of all ages, as well as fantastic ocean views. Bring your own chair, glove and bat. This event is courtesy of our neighbors at the Princeton Alumni Association of Fairfield County (PAAFC)

; please 
contact softball@PrincetonCT.org with questions, or to let them know you can make it!

Time:1:30pm, with picnic beforehand
Date:Sunday, October 2nd
Place:Sherwood Island State Park, Westport (map below)
Cost:Free! (And parking is free after Labor Day!)

Look for exit 18 off I-95; interactive map below. Here is a detailed map of the park.

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September 27th - Princeton University Provost Chris Eisgruber Cocktails and Lecture

Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening with the Princeton Provost, and legal scholar Chris Eisgruber '83, who will speak on the topic of "The Lock-Step Court: Constitutional Justice in a Polarized America.” Wine, beer, and heavy appetizers will be served. Heather Gerken '91, the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School, will introduce the Provost.

Time: 5:30 pm
Date: Tuesday, September 27th
Place: 100 Edgehill Road, New Haven (map below)
Cost: Free!

Headcounts are very useful for planning, so if you know that you will be attending please send an email to Gilles Carter (gillescarter@yahoo.com)! If you don’t know until the last minute, please join us anyway!!!

About the Provost:

Christopher L. Eisgruber became the 11th Provost of Princeton University on July 1, 2004. He is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values. From 2001 through June 2004, he served as Director of Princeton's Program in Law and Public Affairs. He is the author of The Next Justice: Repairing the Supreme Court Appointments Process (Princeton University Press, 2007) and Constitutional Self-Government (Harvard University Press, 2001), and the co-author, with Lawrence G. Sager, of Religious Freedom and the Constitution (Harvard University Press, 2007). He has also published numerous articles on constitutional law, religious freedom, and jurisprudence. Before joining the Princeton faculty in 2001, he clerked for Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court, and then served for eleven years on the faculty of the New York University School of Law. Eisgruber received an A.B. magna cum laude in Physics from Princeton, an M. Litt. in Politics from Oxford University (where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar), and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He is a member of the American Law Institute.

100 Edgehill is on the corner of Ogden and Edgehill; interactive map below.

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Princetonians now at Yale: The Yale Shuttle (blue line) picks up/drops off at East Rock Road and Edgehill (only a block away), and you can always arrange for a security car to take you door to door (203-432-6330).

April 17th - Garden Party & Annual Meeting

Please join us for the 3rd annual PAAEC Garden Party; come mingle with Tigers in the region, friends of Tigers, and new CT admits to the Class of 2015!  This is a family-friendly event and kids are most welcome.   Wine, cheese and heavy appetizers will be served, and backyard games such as soccer, croquet, and Frisbee will be available, weather permitting.

Elsie Sheidler, Assoc. Director of the PACE Center
, will speak on "Princeton in the Nation's Service Today." The annual PAAEC board meeting will be held immediately prior to the Garden Party circa 2:30pm, during which our Executive Committee will be elected and departing PAAEC Young Alumni co-chairs Wade Gibson '06 and Josh Geltzer '05 will be honored.

Time: 3:30 - 6:30 pm
Date: Sunday, April 17
Place: 100 Edgehill Road, New Haven (map below)
Cost: Free

Please reply to Gilles Carter '80 (gillescarter@yahoo.com) if you are able to attend. (Head counts are very helpful!!)

About Elise Sheidler:
With primary responsibility for University-sponsored public service internships and public interest post-graduate fellowships, Elsie advises students on the practice of addressing critical issues of public concern through innovative and creative work during the summer and/or after graduation. Elsie coordinates support for alumni involvement in public service and works closely with the Alumni Council Standing Committee on Community Service, as well as with classes, regional groups and individual alumni to inform and realize their civic engagement interests. Elsie focuses her work on building new relationships, sustaining existing relationships, and identifying opportunities for collaboration between students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community partners.

100 Edgehill is on the corner of Ogden and Edgehill; interactive map below. Street parking is readily available. Look for the orange balloons!

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Princetonians now at Yale: The Yale Shuttle (blue line) picks up/drops off at East Rock Road and Edgehill (only a block away), and you can always arrange for a security car to take you door to door (203-432-6330).

March 12th - Ivy League Men's Basketball Championship Game

The Princeton Alumni Association of Eastern Connecticut is pleased to host all Princetonians who attend the Championship game vs Harvard this Saturday at 4pm. The winner receives the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament!!

Image credit: Princeton Athletic Communications
Regardless of the outcome of the playoff game, both teams have already won an Ivy League championship, which Princeton clinched with the win over Penn Tuesday night. It is Princeton's 26th Ivy title, the most of any Ivy League team. The teams split their regular-season meetings on February 4th at Princeton and March 5th at Harvard, each team winning on their home floor. This will be the first time in the 110-year history of the Princeton-Harvard series that the teams will meet on a neutral court. Princeton will be the designated home team for the playoff.

It appears that all reserved seating tickets have been sold, with standing room only available- and only from the Yale Ticket Office and can be only purchased in person (they only had 55 left at 1pm 3/10). Both Harvard and Princeton athletic offices are sold out of ALL tickets. However, Gilles Carter '80 has also purchased standing room tickets at $20 and will sell them at that price while they last. First come first served; reach Gilles at: gillescarter@yahoo.com.

Jay Pottenger '71 shares that parking will be a challenge, although the Yale lots adjacent to the Payne Whitney Gym (interactive map below) will be open - and free of charge. There is no nearby parking garage, and the afternoon tip-off should ensure that none of the downtown New Haven garages would be closed before (even) post-game "celebrations" (we hope) have concluded. There will be metered street parking ($1.50 per hour), and there is a surface pay lot around the corner from the gym, on Broadway (in front of the former Yale COOP, now a Barnes & Noble).

Post-Game Celebration:
Immediately after the game, join fellow Tigers at Yorkside Pizza, 288 York Street (100 yards from the gym) where will enjoy a pay-for-yourself pizza and beer bust.

Dave Thom '96 informs us that the game will be on ESPN3.com. This is not available on cable (only on the internet) but it works very well. You need a user account and password from a local cable provider or XBox live to make it work - go to ESPN3.com and try it out.

Please contact Barry Nann '57 (barrynann@comcast.net, 203-494-4438) with any questions! GO TIGERS!

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February 19th - Women's Hockey Meet-and-Greet

This Saturday, 2/19 the Princeton Women's Hockey Team comes roaring into New Haven to play Yale. The Tigers are coming off a sweep of Union and Renssalaer last weekend and are only one point out of a fourth place finish in the ECAC league. The game against Yale will be the final game of the regular season and will probably determine whether Princeton begins the league playoffs at home at Baker Rink, or in some other, lesser arena.

The Princeton women play a fast, exciting brand of hockey and total effort is the standard for every game. The team is coached by former Tiger hockey player Jeff Kampersal and led by Captains Laura Martindale, Paula Romanchuk, and Olympic team prospect Sasha Sherry.

After the game, the team will board their bus and drive a few blocks down the road to the home of Gilles Carter for the Second Annual Dinner and Reception to honor Princeton women's hockey. Last year's reception was great fun - a real highlight on a busy PAAEC schedule full of great events. If you want to know what's going on at Princeton today, come and meet this group of talented, poised young women and talk to them about academic and social life on campus and the concerns and interests of current Princeton students - and congratulate them on what has already been an excellent season.

The menu will be chicken Proven├žal, pasta, salads, and desserts to feed a very hungry group of hockey players, and the meal + wine and beer will also be available to parents, PAAEC members, & other alumni. This is a “no-charge” PAAEC event.
A great time is guaranteed.

The game begins a 4pm at Yale’s Ingalls Rink on Sachem Street in New Haven (map below).

The dinner and reception at 100 Edgehill Road (Corner of Ogden and Edgehill) will begin immediately after the game at approximately 6:15. PLEASE RSVP to gillescarter@yahoo.com or call 917-612-4334.


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February 18th - Basketball vs Yale

It's Princeton basketball time again! The Tigers, undefeated in Ivy League play and off to their best start since 1999, come to Yale tonight at 7:00 p.m. Your local PAAEC alumni association is going to the game in force, and will be at Yorkside Pizza (York Street) for beer and pizza after the game.

Tickets are free for Yale students (just remember your Yale ID) and $6 for non-Yalies.
Wade Gibson will be hosting for PAAEC. Drop him an email (wade.gibson@gmail.com) and let him know if you think you’ll make it to the game or post-game pizza.