Category Archives: Alumni News

Marcoux ’91 Chosen as Next Athletic Director

Mollie Marcoux ’91, a sports and recreation executive and former two-sport athlete at Princeton, was introduced as the University’s next athletic director in a press conference at Jadwin Gym April 15. Marcoux, who will take the helm as the Ford Family Director of Athletics in August, will be the first woman to lead the department, which includes 38 men’s and women’s varsity teams.

President Eisgruber ’83 made the announcement, hailing Marcoux’s 19 years of experience at Chelsea Piers Management in New York and Connecticut; her time as a coach and administrator at the Lawrenceville School; and her contributions as a student-athlete at Princeton, where she excelled in ice hockey and soccer and graduated cum laude from the history department.

“She is an ideal leader for our athletics program,” Eisgruber said. “She understands, because she has lived it, the commitment that Princeton makes to ensure that the term scholar-athlete bears equal weight on both sides of the hyphen.” Continue reading

Alumna Builds Support for Public Radio in Ukraine

Dora Chomiak ’91 has family ties to Ukraine and first traveled to the country in 1989, before her junior year at Princeton, to do research as a politics major. After finishing a senior thesis about local government in Lviv, a city in western Ukraine, she returned to Kiev for three years, working for a center that aimed to incubate independent news organizations following the fall of the Iron Curtain.

hromadskeradioMany of Chomiak’s friends in Ukraine continue to work in the news media, including several at Hromadske Radio, a new public-radio network. In the turbulent days that led to the ouster of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, Chomiak, a New York-based marketing professional, and an American colleague joined with Hromadske Radio journalists to generate support for the network’s programming. A three-week crowd-funding campaign raised more than $17,000; Princeton classmates were among the supporters, she said. Continue reading

New at PAW Online: Remembering Dean Fred; Alumni Day; Jeopardy! Champ

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What once was called the Letters section of PAW is now known as Inbox, a nod to the fact that readers contact us through various channels: online comments, Facebook, Twitter, email, and yes, letters too. The recent outpouring of remembrances following Dean Fred Hargadon’s death illustrated this point. We invite you to read an expanded selection of the messages we received.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor

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New at PAW Online: Tigers in Hollywood; Remembering Princeton-Georgetown; Alumni Books

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PAW readers may be familiar with alumni Oscar winners like Ethan Coen ’79, José Ferrer ’33, and Jimmy Stewart ’32, but how many remember Julian Krainin and DeWitt Sage? They were the directors of Princeton: A Search for Answers, a 1973 recruitment film that won an Academy Award for documentary, short subject. Our resident historian, Gregg Lange ’70, tells the story in his latest column.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor

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Volcker ’49 Speaks About Restoring Confidence in Government, Educating Future Leaders

Public institutions must regain the confidence of the American people, Paul A. Volcker ’49, former chair of the Federal Reserve, said in a lecture in Robertson Hall on Feb. 7. 

“I’ve never doubted the importance of our public institutions or the need for constant vigilance by our public leaders, by regulation institutions, and by our citizens generally. Today you can sense that those central propositions are questioned,” Volcker said.

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Paul A. Volcker ’49 (Photo: Ellis Liang ’15)

With his dry humor, Volcker elicited laughs from the audience even as he critiqued public administration and how universities educate future civil servants. He confessed that he had shied away from making speaking appearances but could not resist an invitation from his alma mater to speak about good governance.

“In that context, my speech can be both definitive and exceedingly short. The current state of our governing bodies is poor. Quite simply, they are not meeting the needs of our citizens. Are there questions?” Volcker said, jokingly.

Transitioning into a more serious tone, Volcker pointed out that while a certain amount of skepticism is an integral part of our government, what was once healthy skepticism has turned into corrosive distrust.

“No democracy — no government of the people, by the people, for the people, in Abraham Lincoln’s stirring words — can flourish or exist if the people themselves have lost confidence in the governing processes,” he said.

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New at PAW Online: Lives Lived and Lost, An Appreciation; More Princeton Sounds; New Music

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In the Feb. 5 issue, PAW pays tribute to alumni who died in 2013. It is intended to coincide with the annual Service of Remembrance, a beautiful and affecting service held each Alumni Day in the University Chapel. As we noted in our inaugural tribute last year, the alumni featured are not necessarily those who were well known or made extraordinary contributions to public life, though some were and did. Instead, PAW writers focused on ways of thinking and acting that set these alumni apart in large or small ways.
— Marilyn H. Marks *86, editor

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