At Alumni Day 2014, Annual Giving Chair John O. Wynne ’67 presented distinguished achievement awards to the leaders of last year's Annual Giving campaign.
Evan Fieldston says he volunteers for Annual Giving because he values Princeton’s culture of giving back, in which alumni support makes the undergraduate experience possible for new generations. “Being a part of that tradition means a lot to me,” he says.
When we asked alumni, parents, and friends to post photos to our Facebook page that best say "This Is Princeton," we got a roaring response from Tigers around the world. This slideshow highlights some favorites. Enjoy!
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.”
John Rustum was the first person in his family to attend college, thanks, he says, to the hard work of his parents and the financial assistance Princeton provided. He feels “a special debt of gratitude to the Princetonians who came before me, whose generosity to the University made my education possible.” As a longtime Annual Giving volunteer, special gifts co-chair, and now co-class agent, he aims “to do for future students what other alumni did for me.”
John Proctor remembers, “as if it were yesterday,” listening to the late Robert F. Goheen ’40 *48, then University President, at the Class of 1964’s freshman orientation gathering. Goheen “spoke with considerable emotion about Princeton’s culture of ‘giving back,’ which to me meant that I had a duty to the University and a duty to society.” Proctor says he treasures the education he received at Princeton, and “will always be grateful to the University and will do what I can to help maintain its excellence.”
It is not unusual for co-class agents to confer, discuss their Annual Giving goals, and plan strategy. Cameron Barrett and Rahsaan Harris, however, have raised the bar for a class agency cooperative enterprise and just plain togetherness: they were tent mates on a recent mountaineering expedition to the 19,341-foot peak of Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro.
As we prepare to cheer our victories over Harvard and Yale at this Sunday's bonfire, we look back at a fall filled with Tiger celebrations.
Princeton students are currently on fall break, pursuing a variety of activities. In this video, we take a look at community service work, research projects, and other experiences that enriched students’ summer breaks.
Andy Cowherd embarked on his first volunteer assignment for Princeton in 1970: he was elected president of the freshman class, later known as the Great Class of 1974. He was returned to the presidency in 1999 and has held that office ever since. While he has taken brief vacations from class officership, he has never taken a vacation from service to the University.