On Nov. 3, more than 140 young alumni volunteers returned to Princeton for Annual Giving (AG) BootCamp, where recent grads (from the classes of 2009 to 2018) call, text, and Snapchat their classmates to ask them to make a gift to Annual Giving. The one-day event helps alumni hone their volunteer peer-to-peer fundraising skills and gives them an opportunity to give back to the University.
In his 47 years as a leader with Annual Giving, Bill Hardt '63 has never failed to answer the call. “The core of the program is the ethos that this isn’t the institution reaching out to the flock as much as it is alumni coming together to say, ‘We want to see Princeton continue to prosper and we’re going to put our shoulder to the wheel to make this happen,’” Hardt says.
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.
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.
Recalling their Princeton experiences and looking forward to new ones, more than 750 Princeton University undergraduate and graduate alumni and guests returned to campus March 30–April 1 for the alumni conference "¡Adelante Tigres! Celebrating Latino Alumni at Princeton University."
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.
Alan Lukens ’46’s college years were interrupted by World War II. Part of the US Army’s 20th Armored Division, he was 21 years old in April 1945 when his unit and other American soldiers broke through barbed wire surrounding Germany’s Dachau concentration camp to find emaciated prisoners shouting in relief.
As a retired physician and professor of medicine, Gordon Douglas ’55 has long known about the links between diet and catastrophic illnesses such as stroke and heart disease. His own bout with high cholesterol prompted him to stop eating meat, which solved the problem and made him think more deeply about food and health.
“Monumental and positive change” at Princeton inspired Pierce Selwood ’61 and Alexis Fuerbringer Selwood to establish a charitable remainder trust that benefits Princeton and Smith College. Read their story, which includes a chance meeting with Jimmy Stewart.
When Janet Morrison Clarke heard in 1969 that Princeton was going coed, she thought, “I might be able to get in.” Despite her guidance counselor's misgivings, Clarke applied and was admitted. It turned out to be a pivotal decision. “From the moment I set foot on campus, where I knew no one, it felt like a family,” she said.