On Friday, February 24, at the traditional Annual Giving dinner prior to Alumni Day, more than 145 Annual Giving volunteers gathered at the mid-point of the 2016-17 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.
Service, and the concept of giving back, are integral to the Princeton experience. In the University's informal motto, “In the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity," service extends to creating new knowledge and opportunity—from research to entrepreneurship—as well as civic engagement. Princeton alumni bring the motto to life with their service to Princeton.
It was the final day of the 1965–66 Annual Giving campaign and Winthrop Short ’41 was on the phone with Princeton to see where his class stood. As the leader of the Class of 1941’s effort heading into its 25th Reunion, Short was trying to rally his classmates to a new all-time high for any Princeton class—$200,000.
Marissa Troiano has been '06's class agent since graduation. “I was a scholarship student,” she says. “I came, and Princeton opened my mind and my life. I knew I wanted future students to have the same opportunities I had.”
“I will never forget my four years at Princeton,” says Samantha Lynch. “That’s when I grew up. Princeton will always be a large part of who I am.” The University’s focus on its undergraduates, she says, makes her “eternally grateful for what the University offered me, intellectually and socially.”
As an undergraduate, Maria Hilton served on the U-Council and Priorities Committee, which “opened my eyes to the importance of Annual Giving. The flexibility of AG enables Princeton to be a leader in so many ways.”
As scientists, Shin-Yi Lin *11 and Matt Weber *09 have chosen to lead the life of the mind—together. As they embark on their careers, Princeton is in their DNA. Shin-Yi and Matt volunteer for Graduate Annual Giving, Career Services, the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni, and the Alumni Council. And they bring their daughter and son to the Cotsen Children’s Library, making the pursuit of knowledge a family tradition.
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.
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.
Laura Elbogen grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, with an affinity for art and architecture from girlhood. Inspired by an art-loving grandmother, she sketched landmarks―houses, public buildings―from the age of five or six. She easily selected art and archaeology as her Princeton major. “I do believe in the power of design to transform our experience,” she says. “Spaces shape our lives.” She sometimes traded her sketchpad for a tennis racket; at Princeton she played varsity tennis for four years.