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.
In August, the University community welcomed this year's cohort of Bridge Year volunteers--incoming students who have deferred their freshman year to engage in public service projects abroad. Princeton faculty, staff, alumni benefactors, and former Bridge Year participants wished these new Princetonians well as they prepared to embark on their journeys.
A $5.6 million gift from investor William H. Janeway ’65 has established a fund that will support collaborative teaching and research in finance and other fields of economics at Princeton University.
A $5 million gift from investment executive John P. Birkelund ’52 has established the Program in History and the Practice of Diplomacy at Princeton University. The new undergraduate certificate program, available to students beginning in the 2015–16 academic year, will provide preparation for careers in governmental and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that preserve stability and improve lives around the world.
Princeton University’s 2014-15 Annual Giving campaign raised $61,490,178—the highest total in Annual Giving history—with 60.3 percent of undergraduate alumni participating.
As an ambitious 17-year-old college freshman, Lawrence Otis Graham ’83 set his sights on getting published. He tried pitching two magazines a story on surviving the college admissions interview; both turned him down. Intent on his goal, he headed to Firestone Library to consult nonfiction books on educational issues written for young people.