Princeton alumnae gathered for the Women in Leadership conference April 7-8, to connect with one another and to hear from Princeton faculty members and administrators.
As a retired physician and professor of medicine, Gordon Douglas ’55 has long known about the links between diet and catastrophic illnesses such as stroke and heart disease. His own bout with high cholesterol prompted him to stop eating meat, which solved the problem and made him think more deeply about food and health.
Gone are the days when college seniors could expect to find jobs at established companies and climb the corporate ladder according to prescribed benchmarks. The paths most people take have become less linear, and the very nature of the job search has changed dramatically.
The Pace Center for Civic Engagement celebrated 15 years of making service part of the Princeton experience with a gathering on March 24. The event featured remarks from Burton Malkiel, the Chemical Bank Chairman's Professor of Economics Emeritus who was instrumental in establishing the center, John C. Bogle ’51, one of its founding supporters, Reverend Karen Hernandez-Granzen of the Westminster Community Life Center in Trenton, Pace Center Executive Director Kimberly de los Santos, and students.
In a unique effort to combine the expertise of university scientists and conservation organizations, Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation has pledged $1.25 million to establish the Science-to-Action Fund at Princeton University. The fund will support environmental research that advances scientific understanding and practical, on-the-ground solutions in order to ensure the sustainable and rational use of freshwater for all.
Karen Sonneborn calls herself “a soft-sell volunteer. I know everyone has their own giving priorities. But when people understand how important Annual Giving is to the University, they are usually happy to contribute.” A leadership chair and participation solicitor, she has frequently served on her class's special gifts committee. She is also a member of the committee that oversees Princeton's Bridge Year Program.
When Princeton students have a big dream, they build it—together. Kirk Robinson ’17 and Ben Sorkin ’17 are engineering students who drive Princeton Racing Electric. These fast friends are leading a team to construct a race car from scratch, and they’re cheering each other on—all the way to the finish line.
Family philanthropy was the focus of two recent gatherings organized by Princeton's 1746 Society in San Francisco and Palo Alto. James ("Jay") Hughes Jr. '64, author of Family Wealth: Keeping It in the Family, spoke to Northern California alumni about how families and their advisers can preserve intellectual and financial assets across generations. Sarah E. Stein '97, president of Hall Capital Parners LLC, offered investment perspectives in San Francisco on March 4, and Victoria Paige Bailey '01, executive director and senior banker at J.P.
Humanists traditionally have spent long hours in archives poring through books, letters, and ephemera, laboriously piecing together information. Today, digital technology has streamlined and galvanized this process. Now scholars can not only quickly access and preserve different kinds of information but also identify connections among their discoveries, creating new data for scholars around the world.