Two Princeton alumni will be featured in documentary films released this month: W.S. Merwin ’48, a former poet laureate of the United States and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, is profiled in Even Though the Whole World Is Burning, which premieres June 8 at the Maui Film Festival; and Bob Bradley ’80, a former coach of the U.S. men’s soccer team, is the central figure of American Pharaoh, a film about Egypt’s national team that will air on PBS stations beginning June 16. Continue reading
PAW’s 2014 Reunions Guide will be available at all class registration sites and selected locations on campus. It features plans for the major-reunion classes, news about art exhibitions, interviews with Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp ’89 and rising opera star Anthony Roth Costanzo ’04, and more.
To download a PDF of the guide, click on the cover photo.
Princeton alumni, graduate students, and staff helped to encourage local girls to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and math at the first Girl Scout STEM Fair, held at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) May 17.
Cheryl Rowe-Rendleman ’81, who has been working with Girl Scouts USA on the organization’s science platform for the last nine years, and Theresa Gillars, a Girl Scout leader and senior staff accountant at PPPL, began outlining plans for the event late last year. There was room for about 300 Girl Scouts from central and southern New Jersey, and the spots filled in two weeks, well in advance of the fair — a sign that girls have a strong and underserved interest in the sciences, Rowe-Rendleman said. Continue reading
A memorial for Richard Ullman, a leading scholar and teacher of international affairs who died in March, will be held in Richardson Auditorium at Alexander Hall on June 8 at 2 p.m., with a reception afterward at Prospect House.
Ullman was known as one of Princeton’s most devoted teachers during his 36 years on the faculty at the Woodrow Wilson School. “He is a great teacher because he cares not only about his own thoughts but also about those of his colleagues and students,” colleagues wrote in 2001, the year he retired. “This, in part, is why we take him so seriously: because he takes others seriously ….” He published articles and books on such topics as Soviet-Western relations, nuclear policy, the Middle East, and U.S. security strategy.
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
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.
Many 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