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Six Weeks in Ghana: Linking the Past to the Present

June 30th, 2016 / Development Com...

Simon Gikandi, Princeton's Robert Schirmer Professor of English, wanted students to experience Africa up close: "not from outside, but from inside." He took them to places where they could wander through the streets, talk to residents, and question their own assumptions. In Gikandi's six-week global seminar, "African Cities: Their Pasts and Futures," students read about African cities from different perspectives—literary, sociological, historical—studied Twi, the local language, and immersed themselves in the sites and sounds of Accra.

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Technology's Impact on Our Lives

June 27th, 2016 / Development Com...

Digital technology has become essential for personal communication, getting the news, banking, shopping, and countless routine transactions. As our reliance on technological devices grows, however, pressing questions emerge: How do we define privacy online? Who has access to our data—and how will they use it? How do we prevent cyber attacks?

Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson

$20 Million Gift from an Alumnus Funds the Louis A. Simpson International Building at Princeton

June 7th, 2016 / Development Com...

Louis A. Simpson, a 1960 alumnus of Princeton’s Graduate School, and his wife, Kimberly K. Querrey, have given $20 million to fund the Louis A. Simpson *60 International Building. The building, expected to be completed this summer, will be the home of the University’s many international initiatives.

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From Algorithms to Animal Herds, Endowed Chairs Power Scholarship

May 23rd, 2016 / Gift Planning

Robert Sedgewick introduces students to the power and potential of computing. Simon Gikandi reexamines the influence that the historical interchange between Europe and Africa had on language and culture. Naomi Ehrich Leonard ’85 designs dynamics for robots inspired by the collective motion found in nature, from flocks of birds to schools of fish.

Stephen Condit and James Merrill Macfarland ’32

The Case of the Mystery Bequest

May 23rd, 2016 / Gift Planning

In 1983 the University was notified that Stephen Hobart Condit of Parsippany-Troy Hills had left some 50 acres of New Jersey real estate in an unrestricted bequest to Princeton. Condit, a Lehigh University graduate, had contributed to Annual Giving in years past in memory of two alumni he believed were related to him. But this gift—which eventually amounted to more than $1 million when the property was sold—seemed out of the blue. Then came a letter from Condit’s lifelong friend James Merrill Macfarland ’32

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A New Way to Juggle It All

May 23rd, 2016 / Gift Planning

Looking for better returns and security in a volatile market? Want to help future Princetonians? Princeton now offers deferred charitable gift annuities and has lowered its age minimums. These lifetime fixed payments are backed by the full faith and credit of the University.

Professor Ted Taylor

From Butterflies to Tomorrow’s Chemists: Professor Emeritus Ted Taylor Helps Discovery Take Flight

April 22nd, 2016 / Development Com...

In his four decades on the Princeton faculty, Ted Taylor earned the admiration of his students and colleagues for his cheerful nature and commitment to rigorous research. Even in retirement, he has continued to support and shape new generations of scientists by establishing the Edward and Virginia Taylor Professorship in Bioorganic Chemistry and the Edward C. Taylor Fellowships for third-year graduate students in chemistry. The fellowships allow Princeton to fund students for three years—a rarity in higher education—freeing them from the need to tie their research interests to grant support.

Louis Bacon's Moore Charitable Foundation establishes Science-to-Action Fund at Princeton

March 28th, 2016 / Development Com...

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.

Computing the Human Experience

March 17th, 2016 / Development Com...

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.

Lessons Learned from Bridge Year: Azza Cohen ’16

March 1st, 2016 / Development Com...

Azza Cohen ’16 spent the 2011-2012 academic year in India as part of the University’s Bridge Year program, which allows incoming freshmen to defer their arrival on campus for one year to immerse themselves in another culture, hone language skills, and be of service to the local community. Azza shares the lessons she learned from her year in India.

Tumise Asebiomo ’16: Inspiring through Service

February 26th, 2016 / Annual Giving

As a rising sophomore, Tumise Asebiomo ’16 co-led a group of 11 incoming freshmen on a weeklong trip to learn about the criminal justice systems in Trenton and New York City. They toured a prison, visited inmate reentry programs, and met with district attorneys and advocates for prisoners’ rights. They left with a deeper understanding of the impact crime and punishment have on communities, and how they might be able to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by it.

Connecting Service, Academics: Gift Establishes John C. Bogle ’51 Fellows in Civic Service Program

February 26th, 2016 / Development Com...

A gift from investor John C. Bogle Jr. and his wife, Lynn Bogle, has established a program that encourages Princeton University students to design and engage in service or civic-engagement-related summer internships and projects and connect those experiences to their academic work and career interests.

Annual Giving Recognizes Volunteer Service before Alumni Day 2016

February 25th, 2016 / Annual Giving

On Friday, February 19, at the traditional Annual Giving dinner prior to Alumni Day, more than 130 Annual Giving volunteers gathered at the mid-point of the 2015-16 campaign. During the evening, Annual Giving Chair Louise S. Sams ’79 presented several distinguished achievement awards to the leaders of last year's Annual Giving campaign.

Princeton Scholarships: Making Dreams Come True

November 23rd, 2015 / Development Com...

Matthew Kritz dreamed of coming to Princeton. He worked hard, got accepted, but worried that the expense might derail his dream. The University’s generous scholarship donors eliminated that concern. He is among the roughly 60 percent of undergraduates who are Princetonians thanks to financial aid, which is funded primarily by scholarship gifts.

Firestone Library: Reinvigorating the Intellectual Heart of Princeton University

October 5th, 2015 / Development Com...

Since it opened in 1948, Firestone Library has played a central role in the lives of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty members, and visiting scholars. Now, a major renovation is infusing Firestone Library with new life. With the support of alumni and friends, the University is creating a more open and welcoming building that supports contemporary approaches to scholarship while honoring Firestone’s historic character.

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