Volunteer Profiles

Catarina Norman Schwab ’96, Annual Giving Committee

Catarina Schwab “loved every minute of my time at Princeton. No matter what the University might ask of me, the answer would be ‘Yes!’” A member of the Annual Giving Committee, and former special gifts solicitor for her class, she is ’96’s reunion chair. “Annual Giving is what allows Princeton to be Princeton, and to remain a top institution,” she says.

Colleen F. Shanahan ’98, Annual Giving Volunteer

Colleen Shanahan remembers the excitement of Princeton’s 250th Anniversary in 1996, which featured an address by Toni Morrison, Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities Emerita. “Princeton is, as Professor Morrison said, ‘a place of private memory’ and ‘a place of collective public memory—which is to say history—which has helped shape the nation’s life.’”

Marilyn White Lawrence ’91, Co-Class Agent

Marilyn Lawrence entered Princeton planning to study biology but wound up majoring in comparative literature. “One of the things I love about Princeton,” she says, “is how strong the University is in so many areas…." She also believes strongly in the value of Princeton’s financial aid program. As a member of the Annual Giving Committee and a special gifts solicitor, she hopes to help the University “continue to offer grants, not loans, to provide the best education possible to the broadest group possible.”

Chris Olofson

Christopher E. Olofson ’92, Co-Class Agent

Ask Chris Olofson why he volunteers for Annual Giving, and he hardly knows where to start. “It’s the best way to invest in the future of just about everything in our society,” he says. He admires “Princeton’s commitment to excellence in everything it endeavors to do,” and firmly believes that graduation “doesn’t end your connection with the University, it just opens a new chapter.”

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