An update from our classmate Lorne Hofstetter (Wilson, Astrophysics). After graduation, Lorne spent five+ years at General Electric’s Global Research Center, developing new techniques for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). But he kept scratching an entrepreneurial itch, building Beartooth Longboards <www.beartoothlongboards.com> on the nights and weekends. But it was another idea that ended up being the push he needed to jump into entrepreneurship full time—the “wedding facebook” he and his wife, Rachel, created for their 2012 wedding. Inspired by the Princeton Freshman Herald, Lorne and Rachel created their own version of the Herald to feature all of their friends and family at their wedding.
Last spring, he left GE to launch the concept publicly, now called guesterly. It’s been one wild ride—guesterly <www.guesterly.com> has been featured everywhere from Glamour and InStyle to The Knot, and they’ve sold versions not just to brides and grooms but to corporate clients ranging from small start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Says Lorne, “Thanks to all the Princetonians that have provided so much feedback and encouragement. Couldn’t have done it without your support!”
Time for a new update from one of our classmates! VICTOR WAKEFIELD (History) is currently leading Teach For America’s efforts in the Las Vegas as their executive director in the region. Following graduation, Victor joined Teach For America and moved to Gary, Indiana where he taught at the West Gary Lighthouse Charter School.
After his time as a teacher, he joined the organization’s staff as the recruitment director at our lovely alma mater and our favorite copycat school, Duke. During his tenure, 15% of the senior class applied to Teach For America. He’s very proud to call himself and his wife Las Vegans and frequently gets together with the rest of the water polo team at weddings as they seem to be marrying themselves off by the minute! Lucky ladies!
Time to catch up with RORY TRUEX (Mathey / Politics). While in freshman Chinese, Rory hadn’t yet figured out that this introductory language class would set him off on one wild journey. While at Princeton, Rory spent his early summers at Princeton in Beijing, and came back with an idea to start a school in rural China, focusing on training teachers and using Princeton’s language learning methods to help them learn English. Rory’s program, the Summer of Service, has since become fully integrated into Princeton-in-Asia’s offerings. More information on the initiative can be found here: http://piaweb.princeton.edu/
After graduating, Rory spent two years as an Associate Consultant at Bain before going back to graduate school to become a China scholar. Now a PhD Candidate at Yale, his research focuses on the development of democratic and legislative institutions in the People’s Republic of China. He is one of the only scholars outside of China currently studying the National People’s Congress, and has developed a database of member’s past and their bill proposals. His research is helping to shed some light on China’s government — an institution precious few people understand — and shows how it is more responsive to citizen’s concerns than might be apparent at first glance. This work has already received support from the National Science Foundation.
Despite all this, Rory still managed to find time for one important extracurricular passion. His multi-continent courtship of Katherine Ensler ’08 finally led to their wedding just a few weeks ago on a dock in Ithaca, right at the spot where he proposed.
An update on Pyne Prize winner, ALISHA HOLLAND (Rocky/Woody Woo). Alisha is currently a graduate student in the last year of her PhD Harvard’s Government department, as well as a Doctoral Fellow at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago where she lives. After graduation Alisha worked for Human Right Watch through Princeton in Latin America and was the lead author of a controversial report on Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela that got her bosses kicked out of the country at gun point (luckily, Alisha was at math camp starting her PhD).
At Harvard she has been studying Latin American politics and has published her senior thesis, “Right on Crime?” on the politics of gang violence in Central America in the Latin American Research Review. Her dissertation, Forbearance as Redistribution, studies the ways in which the non-enforcement of laws (against squatting and street vending) acts as a politically important form of welfare policy in Bogotá, Colombia, Lima, Perú and Santiago de Chile. She has spent every summer, and much of the year, living in those cities since graduating Princeton, though she has also lived in Cambridge, MA, Chicago and Toulouse, France.
Alisha is busy now looking for jobs for after graduation jointly with her husband of three years now, GLEN WEYL, our class valedictorian who is now a professor of economics at the University of Chicago.
Awarded at the Alumni Council’s Annual Reunion Lunch on May 31, 2013.
1921 Plaque: For the largest number present at a major reunion (811).
1901 Cup: For the largest percentage of attendance at a major reunion (69%).
Class of 1947 James Scott Clancy Memorial Reunion Trophy: For the best planned and run major reunion.
1941 Plaque: For the highest percentage of dues payers in a class more than one but fewer than 25 years out of Princeton.