Annual Giving is a reflection of the commitment by alumni, parents, and friends to support and expand Princeton's mission of teaching and research. “Annual Giving is about all of us together, the mighty and the modest, creating exceptional opportunities at Princeton.”
The world has changed in countless ways during the 25 years that separate this year’s 50th and 25th Reunion classes -- from 1964 to 1989 -- but one thing remains the same: the devotion these classes have to Princeton. From Annual Giving to academic support, and from funding for athletics to new structures and improved facilities, they have contributed meaningfully to Princeton’s present and future.
Percussionist Jason Treuting and graphic designer Danielle Aubert, inaugural Fellows in the Creative and Performing Arts in Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts, are spending two years on campus, teaching and collaborating with students and faculty. The fellowships, open to early-career artists in all disciplines, bring new artistic energy to campus while allowing students to learn from professionals.
Before Kovey Coles ’15 came to Princeton, he had limited experience traveling internationally. During the past three years, he has taken advantage of three opportunities to go abroad to four countries through the University's international initiatives. These programs have helped him choose his major in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and set him on a career path in global politics.
In her EQuad laboratory, Lynn Loo is developing lightweight, easily processed, flexible, and often less expensive plastics to replace metals in electronic devices such as circuits and solar panels. At the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, she is advancing that work by forging partnerships with key companies. Loo, who earned her PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton in 2001, is the Theodora D. ’78 and William H. Walton III ’74 Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemical and biological engineering. She also serves as associate director for external partnerships at the Andlinger Center.
Brian Abel Ragen *87, a professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for 25 years until his retirement in 2013, believes that rigorous study in the humanities benefits everyone, regardless of career path. To reinforce his commitment to education, he created two graduate fellowships in English at Princeton and named the University as a beneficiary in his will.
Many elements contribute to the Princeton experience: a distinguished faculty, an exceptional and diverse student body, an unparalleled residential setting, and extraordinary library, laboratory, and computing resources. Annual Giving plays a critical role in each of these areas, which make a direct and immediate difference in the lives of current students.
Professor of Electrical Engineering Sanjeev Kulkarni, director of the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, has been on Princeton’s faculty since 1991. He received the University’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2007 and has earned seven Excellence in Teaching Awards from the Undergraduate Engineering Council. Kulkarni served as master of Butler College from 2004 until 2012. He was recently named dean of Princeton's Graduate School, effective March 31, 2014.
An unusual letter arrived on campus recently from the mother of a freshman: “I need to give back in some way,” wrote Kuntal Parikh, whose son, Agastya, receives scholarship support. “I do not have financial resources to contribute, but am more than willing to do anything else…absolutely anything, from filling envelopes to filing to making calls to making endless cups of Indian chai lattes or dinners or anything else that you can think of.”
Professor Steven Mackey, chair of the Department of Music, is a Grammy Award-winning composer and musician. A member of the faculty since 1985, he was a recipient of the first President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University in 1991.
James Steward, director of the Princeton University Art Museum since 2009, has launched a number of initiatives to position the museum as an educational and enlightening resource for both students and other visitors. He is a passionate advocate for university museums and “the power of art to shape life experience and build community.”
The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment is working to transform the ways we generate and use electricity and fuels around the world. The center combines Princeton’s strengths in materials science, environmental science, policy, and engineering—and adds a measure of entrepreneurial creativity—to develop practical technologies and affordable products that can provide renewable energy and mitigate damage to the environment.
Emily Carter is the founding director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, and a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and applied and computational mathematics.
Princeton freshmen face a difficult choice. Should they learn how cells age or how to curate a museum exhibition? Should they study ethics in financial markets, the tipping points of global warming, or whether there is life on Mars? More than half of each year’s entering class enrolls in freshman seminars.
Princeton’s financial aid program guarantees that any student who is admitted can attend, largely thanks to scholarships created by alumni and friends.
Each year students write to express their gratitude to those who made their time on campus possible. Excerpts from those letters offer a snapshot of the impact scholarships have had.
Princeton bestows its highest academic honor—an endowed professorship—on outstanding faculty members who break new ground in their disciplines and inspire a life-long love of learning in their students.
Robin Moscato, who came to Princeton in 1983, has presided over the University’s extraordinary financial aid program as its director since 2006.
Michael Cadden, chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts, has taught at Princeton for over three decades. He was the director of the Program in Theater -- previously known as the Program in Theater and Dance -- for 19 years. He is a recipient of the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Cecilia Rouse, Princeton’s Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education, was a member of the faculty for two decades before being named dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 2012.
Princeton began endowing preceptorships in 1949. Over the decades, they have supported hundreds of scholars and helped to shape some of the University’s finest departments.
Throughout its 131-year history, alumni and friends have supported the Princeton University Art Museum by bequeathing works of art, endowing curatorships, and establishing funds to advance the museum’s scholarly mission.
Firestone Library’s current display of nearly 100 manuscripts, maps, and artifacts from its early American collections was inspired by a Princeton parent who was a direct descendant of one of the nation’s founding fathers, Patrick Henry.
Whether they’re tutoring local middle schoolers from Trenton or teaching English in Peru, riding with local rescue squads or devoting a summer to helping prevent hunger and homelessness, Princeton undergraduates engage in all facets of civic service, limited only by their energy and interests.