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.
China—home to the largest population and second largest economy in the world—is the only superpower that is still in the process of being defined both domestically and internationally. The scope and speed of its transformation from an isolated, largely agrarian nation to one of great economic and political power is unprecedented in human history.
Three months into his freshman year at Princeton, Charles Allen ’45 was in his dorm room, enjoying a radio broadcast of a football game between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Suddenly it was interrupted by a news report: The Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. Stunned, he realized his life was about to change.
In early November, Annual Giving volunteers from the classes of 2005 through 2015 gathered for a one-day "boot camp" to call, text, tweet, or Face Time their classmates asking them to make an unrestricted gift to the University. Over the course of the day, 127 volunteers contacted over 5,000 alumni and raised a total of 1,352 gifts toward the 2015-16 Annual Giving campaign.
For over 75 years, Annual Giving support has touched every part of campus life. From exams in McCosh 50, to football practice, to dinner in Procter Hall, see how the Princeton experience has evolved and endured.
Alumni, faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and University administrators gathered in October to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, made possible by a gift from Robert H. Niehaus '77, and his wife, Kate Southworth Niehaus. The event featured remarks by Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Helen Milner, director of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance; and Robert Niehaus.
Students, alumni, faculty, and University administrators gathered in October to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, made possible by a gift from Dennis J. Keller ’63 and Constance Templeton Keller. The day included panels on entrepreneurship and innovation led by Keller Center visiting professors Derek Lidow '73 and Christopher Kuenne '85, and a keynote address by entrepreneur and educator Tom Leighton ’78.
Alumni, faculty, and members of the University community gathered on September 16 to dedicate the Dietrich Center for Economic Theory, made possible by a bequest from William S. Dietrich II '60. The event, which featured a lecture by Matthew O. Jackson '84, William D. Eberle Professor of Economics, Stanford University, was attended by Cynthia Dietrich, Anne E. Dietrich Diemer, Michael Diemer, and Ed Grefenstette, director of the Dietrich Foundation.
On October 19, alumni, faculty, and members of the Princeton community gathered to dedicate the Louis A. Simpson Center for the Study of Macroeconomics, made possible by a gift from Louis A. Simpson *60 P90. The event featured a lecture by former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who was chair of Princeton's Department of Economics, as well as remarks by Janet M. Currie *88, chair of the economics department, and Richard Rogerson, director of the Simpson Center.
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.