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Douglas Chin

Douglas Chin '83: The First Generation Lays the Treks for the Next

July 24th, 2018 / Development Com...

Douglas Chin '83 is a prime example of how a Princeton education can be a "rocket booster for students seeking socioeconomic mobility"—in his case, almost literally. The flight-obsessed son of Chinese immigrants, Chin became an aerospace engineer who helped propel—and protect—generations of NASA astronauts.

Reunions 2018

Princeton’s Annual Giving Campaign Raises $69.6 Million

July 6th, 2018 / Annual Giving

Princeton University’s 2017-18 Annual Giving campaign raised $69,554,597 — the second highest total in Annual Giving history — with 55.7 percent of undergraduate alumni participating. The results are notable for their strength across all of Princeton’s constituencies: undergraduate alumni, graduate alumni, parents, and friends.

Reunions

1746 Society Reunions Panel 2018

June 15th, 2018 / Gift Planning

December 2017 brought the most significant overhaul of the U.S. tax code since 1986, with profound impact on individuals, trusts, estates, and businesses-at least until 2025 when key provisions may expire. Princeton’s Office of Gift Planning hosted a breakfast for 1746 Society members at Reunions that featured a panel of Princetonian experts discussing recent changes in taxes and what they mean for individuals, trusts, and estates.  

Alana Reynolds

Protecting corn, saving elephants: Princeton senior Reynolds pursues conservation through conflict resolution

June 1st, 2018 / Morgan Kelly

When Princeton University senior Alana Reynolds arrived in Mozambique last June to conduct fieldwork for her thesis, she realized that she had to see elephants differently if she wanted to help protect them. She had traveled to the southeast African country with support from the Becky Colvin Memorial Award presented annually by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Gerhard Andlinger '52

The World Gerry Andlinger Wanted

March 12th, 2018 / Development Com...

By Greta Shum, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

In 1948, as the world raced to recover from World War II, an Austrian teenager named Gerhard R. Andlinger wrote an essay titled “The World I Want” in response to an American newspaper’s contest. In the seven decades since that essay won him a ticket to the United States and, ultimately, Princeton University, Gerry Andlinger set about building that world.

Louis A. Simpson International Building

M. S. Chadha Center for Global India Established at Princeton

February 16th, 2018 / Pat Coen

A gift from Sumir Chadha of Princeton’s Class of 1993 has established the M. S. Chadha Center for Global India, which will bring together scholars and students from all disciplines to broadly explore contemporary India, including its economy, politics, and culture. The center is named in honor of Chadha’s grandfather, a distinguished physician who served as the director general of Health Services for India.

Lin Endowment

Why I Established the Edward Y. T. and Ho-Chi Huang Lin Family Endowment for Asian-American Studies

January 11th, 2018 / Development Com...

By Nancy H. Lin ’77 S76 P10

My father received his graduate degree in economics from Princeton 1935. He was a Boxer Rebellion Indemnity Scholar, and while he enjoyed his studies, he seldom spoke about his years at Princeton, although he did ask me not to join an eating club or play golf.  He became an interpreter, often acted in a paralegal capacity, and community social worker for Chinese immigrants, mostly in New York City’s Chinatown. My father had high, challenging standards and a kind heart.

Nassau Hall tigers

Life Income Gifts: What You Need to Know

November 16th, 2017 / Gift Planning

In addition to providing generous support, life income gifts can diversify your portfolio, increase your income, reduce or defer capital gains tax, and provide a federal income tax deduction. Donors often use the payments to fund their annual gift to the University, or to support a University priority during their lifetime. Beginning with their 50th Reunion, alumni can make their gift in this form through the Annual Giving Legacy program and receive class credit.

Bill and Nancy Paternotte

Tiger Loyalty + Smart Giving = Benefits for Paternotte ’67 and Princeton

November 16th, 2017 / Gift Planning

As his 50th Reunion approached, Bill Paternotte ’67 thought, “I want to make a tangible statement of what Princeton has meant to me.” But how? When he learned a life income gift to Princeton would also be counted as a contribution to Annual Giving through a new program, thereby adding to his class’s legacy, he found his answer.

Princeton Professors

Princeton’s Professors Go Above and Beyond

November 16th, 2017 / Gift Planning

Chances are, when you went to Princeton, your interaction with professors went well beyond the classroom and office hours. The same teacher-scholars who are at the pinnacle of their professions and break new ground in their fields of study also work closely with undergraduates as mentors, advisors, and colleagues.

Edward C. (Ted) Taylor, Sir W. Arthur Lewis, and Froma Zeitlin are three of Princeton’s most accomplished and honored professors. Their dedication to students matches their contributions to their disciplines.

SJP students

Exploring the Impact of Princeton’s Summer Journalism Program for High School Students

August 25th, 2017 / Development Com...

In 2015, when we participated in the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program (SJP) as rising seniors in high school, we did not think we had what it took to come to Princeton; we couldn’t picture ourselves measuring up to our peers, never mind affording the cost of an Ivy League education. But today, we are about to begin our sophomore years at Princeton.

José Rico ’18

The Artful Gamer: José Rico ’18 Conjures Digital Worlds

July 10th, 2017 / Development Com...

As an aspiring wizard, wand in hand, steps before a huge screen projecting an image of the Hogwarts School Great Hall of Harry Potter fame, José Rico ’18 waits. At the moment the youngster flicks his wand while pronouncing magic words, Rico does his magic—making the spell come to life with the click of his computer’s buttons.

Allison Simi

Finding the Switch That Makes Cells Go Awry

June 30th, 2017 / Development Com...

It was spring, and the calendar hanging on the wall above Allison Simi’s cluttered desk was stuck on January. The image for January was a protein structure that Simi, a graduate student in Princeton’s chemical and biological engineering department, hadn’t noticed until one day, frustrated by a roadblock in her research, she idly glanced at it and had a breakthrough.

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