LEARNING IS FUN AT PBC! Newsletter Date class where his group struggled to communicate better as they designed a raft using 50-gallon drums, wooden planks, and rope. They learned about design, buoyancy, and knot tying during the process. He talked excitedly about how they eventually began to listen to each other and the raft started coming together. Perhaps equally telling were the Post-it notes that students wrote near the end of the week during their Literacy class. We found the notes stuck to a poster outside the classroom in Danielson Lodge:
e have been talking about our Summer Bridge Program for over a year and making the case for why it is a valuable program – combatting summer learning loss, building crucial 21st Century social-emotional and leadership skills, building positive relationships between teachers/chaperones and students and student-to-student, and so much more. When we designed this year’s Summer Bridge Program, we had some expectations of what the outcomes would be because we ran a pilot last year. We expected students would be most excited about the novel aspects of their five-day stay: swimming, testing their strength and agility on the climbing wall, and pushing past their fear on the high ropes course. When we asked students what they liked the best, however, their responses surprised us a bit. During one of our visits to the Blairstown Campus this summer we came upon two thirteen year-old boys talking with one of our Literacy Instructors and a Facilitator.
“What was your favorite part of Summer Bridge?” we asked. “Canoeing and S.T.E.M,” said one boy.
“I loved kayaking and Literacy,” the other said. What did we expect they would say? To be honest, we thought it would be rappelling, basketball, or games. When we asked them to elaborate, both students talked about the fact that they had never been canoeing or kayaking before, having grown up in Trenton. Their reasons for naming S.T.E.M. and Literacy goes to the core of what we do at PBC: They loved that the classes were hands-on (experiential) and fun! They also talked about how they really connected with our diverse, talented summer staff, many of whom come from similar backgrounds as the students we served.
I came with disbelief, and I’m leaving with courage. I came with fear, and I’m leaving with more confidence. I came with fear and no friends, and I’m leaving with happiness and six friends. I came with an empty stomach, and I’m leaving with a full stomach. I came with happiness. I’m leaving with faith and hope. I came with not wanting to be here, and I am leaving with not wanting to leave.
Clearly, their Summer Bridge experiences made a difference. Our ability to provide this program completely free of charge to our partners and their students is directly related to the support provided by our donors each year. Please give generously and allow the Princeton-Blairstown Center to continue helping the most vulnerable youth in our communities learn experientially!
Another student, who spoke recently at With gratitude, our annual fundraising event, talked fondly of his Summer Bridge experience three months later to a room full of people. He Sarah Tantillo, Ed.D. remembered his Project-Based Learning Board Chair
Pam Gregory President & CEO
You Have to Let Go to Enjoy the Ride By Sarah Tantillo As we talked, we began to walk, and the day continued to unspool itself with ideas and insights, laughter, and great stories… A beautiful hike through the Gorge and over the suspension bridge…
harness, rappellers must climb over the fence to get started. I was hesitant to try it because of a knee injury, but I decided to go for it, and learned an important life lesson. It turns out it's easier if you unhinge your left elbow from the fence at the top, even if at first you don't really want to. You have to let go to enjoy the ride.
Then back to Cornwall House for wine and cheese and more thoughts on how to try to save the world… At the Climbing Wall, we discovered that A delicious dinner at Egner… Then more one of the Wild Women is secretly Spider reflection and sharing. And laughing. Lots Woman, and several others are much braver than they realized. of laughing.
The next morning, after we made break- We finished up back at Cornwall House fast at Cornwall House, our next challeng- for lunch and concluded with the consenThree “Wild Women” ready for adventure! es beckoned. The dam rappel was sus we were glad we came. And we can’t n early October, I invited a handful of first. After getting fitted and secured in a wait to return. friends – a group I call “Wild Women in Education” – to join me for a weekend retreat. A mix of school leaders, teachers, and consultants, we were all eager to get THANK YOU - WOODCUTTERS WEEKEND 2016 away and spend some time reflecting on our lives and work in a beautiful setting. We are grateful to all of the generous individuals and groups that joined us Upon arriving at PBC’s Cornwall House, for Woodcutters 2016 where the we marveled at the comfortable décor, weather and temperatures were less the giant, cozy sectional sofa in front of than ideal, but the fall foliage and parthe fireplace; the well-appointed kitchen; ticipants’ spirits were close to peak. the bathroom floor tiles that we all agreed This annual community service event would look nice in our own houses, beresults in a significant number of endfore we sat down in the living room to of-season projects being completed by spend some time catching up. the nearly 100 volunteers and staff. This year, projects included splitting Around noon, we ambled down the hill to and stacking wood, making apple cider, Egner Lodge for a barbecue lunch, before planting apple trees, raking leaves, following Travis, our facilitator, into the pruning lakeside shrubbery, washing windows in many buildings, planting bulbs, and woods to try our first element, approprispreading wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of woodchips around our ropes and chalately named “All Aboard.” I won’t give away how we solved the problem, which lenge course elements. We were thrilled to have volunteers from Colonial Club and involves figuring out how a large group can the Vikings as well as current and former PBC staff members and Trustees. If you stand on a small square that becomes in- were unable to join us this year, mark your calendar for November 3-5, 2017! creasingly smaller, like a set of selfcontained Russian dolls. Debriefing afterwards gave us insights into how we like to communicate and collaborate.
Next, we tackled the “Whale Watch,” a giant, wide seesaw with rules that racked our brains and tested our social-emotional skills – especially leadership and teamwork – even further. Travis’s debrief questions pushed us to think about how we could apply what we’d learned to our work. That reflective conversation, a luxury we rarely have time for in hectic workdays, took nearly as long as the activity itself. 2
“Ready to Climb!”
BC held its second Girls’ Leadership Weekend October 28-30, hosting more than 40 girls and adults. Using a curriculum designed by Girl Scouts in Troop 60518, the goals of the weekend were to give girls the opportunity to develop their social-emotional skills while engaging with the outdoors.
Styles and Me” exercise where the girls learned to identify their own leadership strengths.
Using games and activities, the girls were divided into small groups for the weekend before completing activities that included hiking, trust exercises, the dam rappel, and a catapult building exercise. The whole group also participated in a “Leadership
One highlight of the trip was when Emily, a shy eighth grader agreed to climb up the vertical playpen on the climbing tower. When the girls in Emily’s group headed off to the climbing tower to don their equipment and tackle the three-story structure, she dutifully strapped on the required har-
A night hike — a PBC favorite — and a campfire with singing and s’mores brought the groups together Saturday night for fun and relaxation.
A look of accomplishment while rappelling down the dam
ness and helmet. And she watched. She watched girl after girl say, “ready to climb!” and make her way up the tower – those who were fearless and went all the way to the top, and those who proclaimed themselves to be scared of heights, but climbed further than they thought possible. But, every time a facilitator asked Emily to climb, she said, “no thanks.” Chyann was the facilitator with Emily’s group and was kind but persistent in asking. Each time Emily said no, Chyann asked, “are you sure?” and Emily would shrug her shoulders. Finally, the last girl finished her climb and Chyann announced it was almost time to head back, with one last questioning look at Emily. She gave Chyann a slight nod and the whole group erupted with cheers as they realized their friend was going to climb! Along with a friend as a climbing partner, Emily got about half way up the tower. She turned around with a giant smile and look of accomplishment for her friends on the ground. Throughout the rest of the weekend, Emily had a spring in her step and was much more vocal during group activities. She was already showing improved self-esteem that weekend by speaking up when one of her cabin mates pushed ahead of her in the line for dinner.
Testing her mettle on the adventure course.
Building catapults provides hands-on leadership training
A Weekend of Reunions at Princeton The McGinleys Visit Blairstown
Dr. Robert McGinley ’66 with his wife, Kelly, and their three grandchildren visit Blairstown
hen Dr. Robert McGinley ’66 of Mobile, Alabama, planned his trip to New Jersey to celebrate his 50th Reunion, he decided it needed to include a visit to Blairstown to share with his wife and In partnership with 15 other Princeton University student and affiliate groups, PBC grandchildren “the place that had had such co-presented a special Princeton Reunions panel discussion on Friday, May 27 th. Held an impact on him” 50 years earlier. at the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality & Cultural Understanding, the panel was moderated for the second year in a row by Melanie Lawson ’76, a journalist with After graduating from Princeton and beKTRK-TV ABC-13 in Houston, Texas. She led six panelists through a discussion tifore heading off to medical school, Robert was invited by a friend to spend the sum- tled, Diversity and the 2016 Presidential Race. The topic was chosen by a PBC Institutional Advancement task force led by Daphne Thomas Jones ’77. mer as a counselor and assistant camp director at the Princeton Summer Camp, The panelists (pictured above) included Samuel S. Wang, Professor of Molecular BiolPBC’s predecessor organization. He reogy and Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University; Moderator Melanie called that one of his first assignments was to take a van and go to New York to pick Lawson ’76; Sohaib Sultan, Muslim Life Coordinator and Chaplain at Princeton University; Kathleen McCleery ’75, Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University; up some of the boys who would be atOmar Wasow, Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University; and PBC Protending camp. In a way that would never happen today, as they waited to gather the gram Director, Roberto Gil, Jr., Esq. Not pictured, is James Blue ’91, Special Projects Senior Producer at PBS NewsHour. boys, other kids approached and asked if they could go, too. As long as there was room in the van, McGinley and his col- Sponsoring organizations included the Asian American Alumni Association (A4P); Asian American Student Association; Association of Black Princeton Alumni (ABPA); leagues took whoever wanted to come Association of Latino Princeton Alumni (ALPA); Black Graduate Caucus; Carl A. along. Fields Center; Center for African American Studies; Hidden Minority Council; Korean American Students Association; Order of Black Male Excellence; Princeton Latinos y “I know why it was such an Amigos; Princeton University Women’s Center; Program in Latino Studies; The Latiimportant place to him.” no Graduate Student Association; and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center. As the McGinleys hiked the property, Robert shared stories about his time in Blairstown and marveled at how much of the property was familiar to him while also looking very modern and comfortable. Mrs. McGinley and all three grandchildren took a turn on PBC’s climbing tower before they all hopped into canoes and kayaks for a spin around Bass Lake. 4
The McGinleys returned to Princeton to continue the 50th Reunion festivities, but not before Mrs. McGinley shared, “He’s been talking about this for as long as I’ve known him. Now I know why it was such an important place to him.”
Planning for the Future
fter his retirement in 1985, Winthrop “Win” Short ’41 and his wife, Janet, moved to the Princeton area, where Win’s brother and several friends lived. Not one to sit still during his retirement, Win quickly got involved with a couple of local organizations, including the Princeton-Blairstown Center, where his friend, Bud Redpath ’39, was on the Board of Trustees. Although not involved as an undergraduate, Win had known about PBC through various friends who had served as counselors and summer camp directors. He also learned a lot about PBC from Frank Broderick ’43, who served as a camp director and later went on to join the staff of Phillips Exeter Academy where Win’s oldest son attended. Knowing of Frank’s involvement with PBC, Win did not hesitate to join such estimable company. An active Board member for nearly 20 years, and now an Honorary Trustee, Win has been a loyal and generous donor to PBC over the years, including providing for PBC in his estate plans. In the mid1990s, Win and Janet created a charitable remainder trust to benefit PBC and Princeton University. Recently discussing this gift, Win said, “My interest has always been in the institution as a whole and in the relationship between the University and Blairstown. Blairstown was born from alumni. It’s important to me to support young people and I’m very happy to see PBC continue this work while broadening its programs.”
Honorary Trustees Win Short ’41 and Ev Pinneo ’48 reminisce during PBC’s Reunions Brunch
“It’s important to me to support young people and I’m very happy to see PBC continue this work while broadening its programs.”
REUNIONS BRUNCH 2016 On Saturday, May 28th, PBC was proud to host a breakfast meet-up during Reunions at Green Hall. The highlight was visiting with Honorary Trustee Win Short ’41 and his son, Win Short, Jr. ’68 who were attending Win’s 75th Class Reunion. We also enjoyed catching up with Honorary Trustees, Rev. David McApin, Jr. ’50, Rt. Rev. Fred Borsch ’57, and Ev Pinneo ’48 and his wife Kay.
With this gift planning vehicle, Win joins others like Joe Bolster ’52 whose estate gifts have made and will make a significant difference to PBC. These gifts are added to PBC’s endowment which will exist in Kirsten Hund-Blair ’84 and Fred Borsch ’57 catch up at Brunch perpetuity to support the critical work It was a treat to meet former Blairstown staff, Liz White ’91 and Beth Katona ’91 who we do with at-risk young people. were attending their 25th Class Reunion. We also welcomed back some new and reIf you have an interest in including turning PBC friends and former staff including Priscilla Hayes ’75 and her husband Pete, the Princeton-Blairstown Center in Sarah Tantillo ’87 (Board Chair), Chris Shepherd ’98, Kirsten Hund Blair ’84, Jane your estate plans, please contact Fremon ’75 (PBC Advisory Council) and her daughter Georgia, Karen Richardson ’93 Meredith Murray at 609-216-7025 or and her niece Olivia Richardson ’19, Jason Griffiths ’95 (PBC Advisory Council) and his firstname.lastname@example.org family, Don Seitz ’79 (Trustee), Praveena Joseph-de Saram *10 (Trustee) and her fiancé Vijay Krishnamurthy *11, Linda Twining, Mark Antin (Trustee), and Al Kaemmerlen ’62 (PBC Advisory Council). Also in attendance were PBC staff members Meredith Murray, Director of Development & Communications, Tom Arnold, Program Director, and Pam Gregory, President & CEO.
Our Second Annual Soirée Under the Stars
n September 30, PBC held our second annual fall fundraising event, Soirée Under the Stars. The night included inspirational speeches by Mehki (pictured above on the left), a Summer Bridge student from our Trenton partner, MCCC/S.M.I.L.E. GEAR UP and Jonathan Dec ’13, a high school English teacher from our Newark partner, Great Oaks Legacy Charter School. The night also included hors d'oeuvres and international fare; sangria, beer, and wine; and live music. In addition, we presented the 2016 Frank Broderick Award to Dr. William Massey '77.
PBC’s innovative programs for vulnerable youth with a particular emphasis on our Summer Bridge Program.
Dr. Massey is the Edwin S. Wilsey Professor in the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University, where he is a founder of the Conference for African American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences and the Wesley L. Harris *68 Scientific Society (WLHSS). A Princeton University student organization, the mission of WLHSS is to increase the number of underrepresented minority researchers in science and technology, create a supportive and interdisciplinary community for minority engineers and scientists, and promote an appreciation of the scientific and technical excellence within the minority communities. In short, Massey says his goal is to "create more black scientists."
The event was a huge success thanks to the 140 guests who attended. We would like to also thank the individuals and companies who sponsored the event.
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During his speech, our student speaker, Mehki, commented on his time spent at PBC during the Summer Bridge Program. “My experience with S.M.I.L.E. GEAR UP and Princeton Blairstown Center has been the most exciting time you can ever imagine. I had an amazing time this summer with both programs pushing me to my limits. I actually enjoyed waking up every day and learning new things that I would have never thought of.”
Photos: (Top)Summer Bridge participant, Mehki J. from Trenton, NJ, with MCCC/S.M.I.L.E. GEAR UP Program Director, Ariel Matos; (From top to bottom) The Logan Roth Trio performs for guests The Soirée Under the Stars Benefit Committee PBC Board Members Meryl Kessler ’84 and Chris Van Buren ’84 Dr. William Massey ’77 receives the Frank Broderick Award from PBC Board Chair Sarah Tantillo, Ed.D. ’87 Soirée Under the Stars Benefit Committee Co-Chairs Praveena Joseph de-Saram *10 and Christina Bailey. We are grateful to our event photographers Anita Chevres and Jerry Frederickson.
Soirée Under the Stars Sponsors We extend a heartfelt thank you to our sponsors for their generous support! EGNER LODGE Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Petersen ’79 Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Van Buren ’84 PEYTON LIBRARY Sarah & Mark Antin Pam Gregory & David Palladino Meryl Kessler ’84 & Scott Oran ’83 Gaylea Prichard-Silvers & Brant Silvers Patty & Don Seitz ’79 Mr. & Mrs. Warren M. Stock HUNT LODGE Joseph Bolster, Jr. ’52 Barbara & Fred Borsch ’57 Brown & Brown of Garden City dba Sobel Affiliates Daphne Thomas Jones ’77 & Tom Jones Praveena Joseph de-Saram *10 & Vijay Krishnamurthy *11 Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Kaemmerlen ’62 Rev. David H. McAlpin, Jr. ’50 Nurit Pegrish & Scott Levy Mr. & Mrs. Derek Simpkins Peter T. Smith EQ Carolyn & Tim Ainslie Minda & William Alena Mr. & Mrs. Peter Bailey Rev. Alison Boden, Ph.D. & Rev. Walter Kerbel Mr. & Mrs. Chris Bruther Janet Chen & Benny Soffer Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Classon Susan G. Danielson, Psy.D. Mr. & Mrs. Jameson Doig Mr. & Mrs. James Farrin ’58 Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Frederickson Annemarie & Brian Hofacker Kevin C. Hudson ’97 Lear & Pannepacker, LLC Nancy & Ed Metcalf ’58 Kay & Ev Pinneo ’48 Princeton-Blairstown Center’s Senior Leadership Team Sarah Tantillo, Ed.D. ’87 TriCore, Inc. IN-KIND DONORS Minda & William Alena The Bent Spoon The Cottage Garden Driscoll Foods Denise H. Frederickson Northeast Displays and Graphics Performance Foods
Princeton-Blairstown Center Elects Four New Trustees The Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC) elected four new Trustees: Minda Alena, Ariel Becker, Margaret H. Johnson, and Warren M. Stock. PBC’s Board of Trustees is a highly committed group of individuals, from diverse backgrounds, responsible for setting policy and overseeing the organization's fiduciary commitments. Minda Alena is the immediate past President of the Junior League of Greater Princeton. She is a Partner at the Princeton-based Muse Interiors, LLC. Minda started her career over 20 years ago in New York City where she worked for Polo Ralph Lauren and ABC News. She received a B.S. in Marketing Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a M.A. in Journalism from New York University. Ariel Becker is a senior at Princeton University where she is majoring in Sociology. She was selected as a PICS Intern (Princeton Internships in Civic Service) and served as a Summer Facilitator with PBC’s Summer Bridge Program. Ariel is a member of the Princeton women's track and field team and the Princeton Tigerlilies. Margaret Johnson, a Princeton native, is a senior financial professional with fifteen years of credit analysis and portfolio management experience focused on taxable and tax exempt municipal bonds. She is currently a Director at Fitch Ratings. She has additional expertise in not-for-profit finance and a specialized interest in social impact investing. She received her Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2004 and her B.A. in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College. Warren Stock is the Director of Public Investments at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). He helps oversee RWJF’s investments to hedge funds and traditional equity and fixed income strategies. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2008, he worked as an Analyst at the Smithsonian Institution, Office of Investments. Previously he spent six years at RidgeWorth Capital Management. Warren received a B.S. in Finance and General Business and Management from the University of Maryland and a MBA from The George Washington University. 7
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Princeton-Blairstown Center 13 Roszel Road, Suite C204A Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 921-0070 www.princetonblairstown.org
Princeton Office President & CEO Pam Gregory Director of Finance & Administration Lori Rivera Director of Development & Communications Meredith Murray Accounting Assistant Gina Grieco Administrative & Marketing Assistant Brynn Mosello
Blairstown Campus Programs
Chair Sarah Tantillo, Ed.D. ’87 Vice Chair Pamela L. Simpkins, MBA Secretary Rev. Alison Boden, Ph.D. Treasurer Bruce Petersen ’79 Trustees Minda A. Alena Mark L. Antin, Esq. Christina Bailey Ariel Becker ’17 Susan G. Danielson, Psy.D. Ben Dobkin ’16 Aliya Greenberg ’18 Kevin C. Hudson ’97 James B. Huffman, P.E. ’77 Margaret Johnson, CFA Daphne Thomas Jones ’77 Praveena Joseph-de Saram *10 Meryl Kessler ’84 Gaylea Prichard-Silvers Donald R. Seitz, MBA ’79 Warren M. Stock, MBA Christopher Van Buren, CFA ’84 William Wild ’13
Advisory Council Jonathan Baer Sari Chang Guthrie, RA ’84 Jim Farrin, MBA ’58 Denise H. Frederickson Jane Fremon ’75 Jason K. Griffiths ’97 Jo Johnson ’64 Al Kaemmerlen, MBA ’62 Abe Khalil Aida Lupe Pacheco ’77 Jason Pedraza ’11 Marta E. Santos, M.D. ’98 Honorary Trustees Joseph L. Bolster, Jr. ’52 Rt. Rev. Frederick Borsch ’57 Joan N. Doig Rev. David H. McAlpin, Jr. ’50 Everard K. Pinneo ’48 David G. Rahr ’60 Dr. Robert J. Rivers, Jr. ’53 Winthrop A. Short ’41 Peter T. Smith President & CEO Pam Gregory
Director Roberto Gil, Jr., Esq. Assistant Director Adam Faller Program Director Tom Arnold Coordinator, Special Programs Chris Trainor Office & Outreach Manager Pat Karl Facilities Director Jody Zengulis Facilities Assistants Biviana Fontalvo John Haney Tammy Porter-Leitner Food Services Manager Robert Buarotti Summer Bridge Coordinator Travis Heilman Experiential Education Facilitators Joseph Fallin Ron Franco Terrell Gilkey Mary Oluokun Chyann Starks 8
IS THE PRINCETON-BLAIRSTOWN CENTER INCLUDED IN YOUR WILL? The greatest assurance that the valuable work of the Princeton-Blairstown Center will continue for another century is through a bequest from you. Please consider the Princeton-Blairstown Center as you provide security to those you love and honor and include us in that special group. Through a bequest, you will join a group of visionaries who have left an unsurpassed legacy like Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cornwall, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Egner, and Mr. and Mrs. John Sherrerd. Their gifts have helped to ensure that deserving youth who are less fortunate can experience the transformative power of our Blairstown Campus. Please contact Meredith Murray at 609.216.7025 or at email@example.com for more information.
Princeton-Blairstown Center's Fall Outlook publication.