Blast from the Past

Tentucky Derby redux

Those stumbling by the tenth reunion area this coming weekend may think that they have fallen into a portal that led six years into the past.

Fear not. It is still 2015. The class of 2005 just decided that the Tentucky Derby theme was so awesome that it was worth repeating. Mint juleps all around!

Class Officers 2014

Because of a shortage of candidates for class officer positions, we had to cancel this year’s election. Fortunately, we had a volunteer for each position, which will carry us through the next five years. Below are each of their candidate statements. We had two candidates who chose to share the position of Vice President.


Josh Pollack

It’s difficult to wrap my head around the fact that we are now fifteen years out from Old Nass, and that I have had the honor of serving as your Class President for the past decade. Thank you so much for giving me that opportunity. But more importantly, I want to give special thanks to all of you that give so much of yourselves to our Class and to Princeton every day: our Annual Giving leaders, Josh, Ari, and Samantha, and those of you who repeatedly take on the unenviable task of asking classmates for funds; our Reunions Chairs, Emily and Deidre, and the numerous other members of our Reunions Committee who have put weeks and months of their time into a three-day extravaganza; and my fellow Class Officers, Gary, Ken, Bob, and Michael. Classmates, it would be a privilege to continue serving as your Class President. See you next week!


Gary Pai and Emily Walling

’99ers – We have a longstanding passion for Princeton. Over the past 15 years, we have served as Presidents of our local alumni associations (NYC and Northern California), on the Alumni Council Executive Committee and Alumni Schools Committee, and as Vice Chair of the NYC Prize in Race Relations (Gary) and Annual Giving Co-Class-Agent (Emily). For the past five years, as Class VP, Gary has helped improve our off-Reunions receptions, hand-delivering custom-ordered Hoagie Haven goodness to our P-Rade meeting spot, while Emily has served as Reunions co-chair for our 10th and 15th reunions.

As your co-VPs we would like to provide new opportunities for you to re-connect with other classmates and the University. We would like to increase the number of events we do globally. For example, we would create a new ’99 Day each year where classmates come together to participate in regional family, educational, social, or service events around the world. We would continue to host regional get-togethers, especially around key Princeton events, and also look for more opportunities to help you stay in touch (be they family-friendly events, private tours/lectures, discussion groups or travel opportunities).

We look forward to continuing to serve our class – wherever in the world you live – and supporting the Great Class of 1999!


Lindsay Fossett

Bob Smiley leaves some big shoes to fill, but I am ready for the challenge. I look forward to sharing our classmates’ milestones, both professional and personal. And any time you have more than two classmates gathered together, please take a picture and pass it along to me!


Kenneth Lee

I have had the pleasure and honor to be Treasurer for the awesome Class of 1999 for the past five years. I’ve identified and executed several cost saving steps and ensure the financial stability of our class while managing to keep our dues payments at a flat cost of $25/year (remember to pay your dues at There is more I would like to do to increase the transparency of dues payment history and continuing to increase the participation rate of dues payments. I would be honored to continue in this role. Locamotives!

Reunions: Useful Links

Reunions is just over two weeks away, so here are some useful links to help plan your trip back to campus.

Travel Advisory: No Direct NJ Transit to Newark Airport

According to a Port Authority press release, AirTrain Newark service will be suspended for approximately 75 days beginning Thursday, May 1, 2014. The closure is necessary to allow critical repairs to the airport rail system. 

That means that Reunions travelers flying in to Newark Airport (EWR) will either need to take a shuttle bus to Newark Penn Station before heading south to Princeton Junction or arrange for taxi or car service. Of greater concern is the return trip. To avoid missed flights, travelers should allow extra time for the shuttle bus from Newark Penn Station to the airport or make alternate travel arrangements. 

The Dinky train at the new Princeton Station

An additional surprise awaits classmates arriving via the Dinky. The new temporary Princeton Station is located a 5-minute walk south-east of the old, demolished Dinky station. On-campus Tiger Transit shuttles circulate near the new station for those who don’t want to carry their luggage the extra distance.

Community Service with the 25th Reunion

The 25th Reunion (the Class of 1989) has two family-friendly community service events that they have invited our class to participate in.

Kids Against Hunger Coalition logo

Packing Meals for Kids Against Hunger Coalition
Friday, May 30th
10:30 am – 1:30pm
New South Tent
No cost

The Class of 1989 will be teaming up with the Kids Against Hunger Coalition to package 50,000 meals, which will feed 50,000 adults or 100,000 children in need.

Find out more information about how you can volunteer or donate to this project.

4th Annual Princeton University Reunions Race (PURR)
Saturday, May 31st
Register by May 1 to get your PURR t-shirt (registration is $28)

Registrants for the fourth annual Princeton University Reunions Run (PURR)  can walk or run the 5K cross-country course for a great cause. Proceeds benefit the aforementioned service project for the Kids Against Hunger Coalition.

Find out more info about registering for the race or volunteering to help with the race.

Early-bird pricing extended

We are extending the Early-bird registration period for Fifteen Candles to make sure classmates have ample opportunity to take advantage of early-bird pricing. Early-bird registration will now close on Tuesday, February 25, at 3:00 am EST. 

PLEASE NOTE we would greatly appreciate if you could register for your 15th Reunion by the end of this weekend (Sunday evening, February 16th), as we have costume quantity and sizing estimates due on Monday. The more classmates we have registered, the more accurate our planning.

To register today, please visit our Eventbrite page for Fifteen Candles.

The password was sent in three class emails. Please contact if you did not get any of those emails.

If you have problems using your credit card, you also have the option of setting up a PayPal account to use a personal bank account as a funding source. As a last resort, you can also choose “other payment options” and pay by check (though credit card / PayPal payment is preferred).

If you would like to enter the housing lottery, please be sure to select the housing option before checking out.

Again, if you have any questions, please email