Dean of the College Nancy Weiss Malkiel reviews the three cakes designed and baked in her honor for "Dean’s Bake" April 29. (Habin Chung ’12)
In the fall, Nancy Weiss Malkiel, Princeton’s Dean of the College for the last 24 years, announced her plans to retire at the end of the academic year, and as that departure nears, people around the University have started to bid farewell. April 29 included perhaps the most unusual stop on the goodbye tour: Dean’s Bake, a cake contest in which students and confectioners from Princeton’s dining services aimed to give Malkiel a sweet and memorable send-off.
The event had the look of a Food Network show, with three cameras providing streaming Web video from the Frist Campus Center. Stu Orefice, the director of dining services, emceed the contest with a stream of foodie puns (including a promise that there would be no “bake inflation”), while chef Rob Harbison added commentary (“Real men do wear aprons”). The panel of four judges included Malkiel and her husband, economics professor Burton Malkiel *64.
Seventeen groups of students applied to compete, and organizers selected three promising teams to pair with experienced pros from the University bake shop. By the time the teams arrived at Frist, their cakes had been baked, cooled, and coated with one layer of icing. The challenge was to finish intricate decorations, carry the cake to a display table, and serve tasting samples to the judges in 45 minutes or less.
Our annual year in review series kicks off with the top headlines of 2010, as selected by the PAW staff. Add your favorites in the comments section below.
1. New selection process proposed for clubs
In May, after seven months of study, a task force concluded that the University and its students are “well served” by the eating clubs, but proposed a new method for selecting members that is modeled after the medical-school match program… Read more
2. A 14.7% investment return as Princo ‘stays the course’
Princeton’s investments grew 14.7 percent in the year ending June 30, rebounding from the heavy losses suffered during the financial crisis and outpacing all but one Ivy League school… Read more
3. Malkiel plans to step down after 24 years as dean of the college
In September, Nancy Weiss Malkiel announced her intention to step down as dean, a post she has held since 1987, at the end of this academic year. She will depart as Princeton’s longest-serving dean of the college, responsible for the undergraduate academic program… Read more
Valerie Smith (Brian Wilson/Office of Communications)
Valerie Smith, the founding director of Princeton’s Center for African American Studies and a longtime faculty member, will become the next dean of the college in July 2011, the University announced
Smith, a literature scholar who has spent a total of 19 years at the University, succeeds Nancy Weiss Malkiel, dean of the college for the last 24 years. The dean of the college is Princeton’s top undergraduate academic officer, overseeing admissions, financial aid, and the residential colleges.
In an interview with PAW, Smith cited two areas of special interest to her: the University’s internationalization initiative, and how the dean of the college’s office can support it and raise student interest in opportunities abroad; and the residential college system, which she called the “real centerpiece of the life of the University – the life of the college – where social life and academic life come together.” She said she hopes to create an “even more vibrant community in the life of the colleges.”
Smith also said she felt the Center for African American Studies had met the ambitious goals outlined by President Tilghman in launching the center. She pointed to growth in the faculty, creating a distinguished visiting scholars program, expanding the curriculum, partnering with departments and programs across campus, and increasing the number of certificate students and thesis projects. “Across the country, many institutions look to Princeton as a success story,” she said of the center’s activities.