Elizabeth Meyer feels “an immediate connection to anyone who went to Princeton. Being an alumna implies an ongoing relationship with the University and all its graduates. I automatically smile whenever I see orange and black!” Her dedication to “ensuring current and future students have the same incredible experience we did” is at the heart of her service to her class and to Princeton.
Bri Bennett calls Warwick, Rhode Island, home, although she was born in Tokyo. “My father was a professional hockey player and we traveled a lot,” she explains. She came to Princeton from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, after a memorable gap year. “I wanted to see more of the world,” she says, so, based in Paris, she visited 22 European countries, while focusing on French language and culture.
James Kirby came to Princeton from Deerfield High School in Illinois, with every intention of becoming a physician. But once embarked on his freshman year, “Princeton presented me with a huge array of fields of study and possible career paths. I had never imagined there were so many options. It was very exciting.” He took introductory economics, among other courses, and found that “It helped me understand the world around me.” He chose to major in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Suzanna Sanchez, a performer since her early teenage years, was active with the Princeton University Players, performing, among other roles, Anita in West Side Story and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. When she wasn’t onstage, the Atlanta, Georgia, native was studying for her major, Operations Research and Financial Engineering, and pursuing certificates in finance and in engineering and management.
Tom Dippel finds that classmates share “a strong commitment to giving back to the University, and particular support for Princeton’s financial aid policy. That’s what drives our efforts for Annual Giving.” And, he admits, there is a spirit of friendly competition with other classes that inspires AG solicitation. He is hoping to “break all records for attendance and for AG in 2018 when we have our 25th Reunion.”
Let’s start with a love story, one that has benefited Princeton. An English major at Princeton, Bill Charrier was also active in Theatre Intime. Soprano Anne Stovall was then a student at nearby Westminster Choir College, and the two met in a Theatre Intime production of Little Mary Sunshine―she in the title role, he providing tech support. He later became the group’s producer and business manager. Bill and Anne Stovall Charrier later founded the Friends of Theatre Intime, which Bill now serves as board chair.
“All graduates owe it to Princeton to help maintain the academic excellence that has distinguished our university for the past 250-plus years,” says Henry Barkhorn. “Volunteering for Princeton is something we can all do.” Currently a leadership gifts volunteer, he has served as class president, class treasurer, and critical few chair. He has also been a member of the special gifts committee, as well as a member of the Alumni Council’s Class Affairs Committee.
“I am forever grateful for the opportunities I received at Princeton,” says Chip Newton, who came to the University from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. “I became a responsible adult in those four years. I learned how to think. What to think was up to me.” He treasures connections with friends from undergraduate days as well as those he has met as an Annual Giving volunteer. “Princeton is a relationship that may start when you are 18, but it is one that never ends,” he says.
Back in high school in St. Louis, Missouri, Jim Crawford was a ham radio operator. Then he found out about computers, taught himself to program, and has never looked back. He majored in electrical engineering at Princeton, and took as many computer science courses as he could squeeze in.