From the Vice President

February 2010

Later this year, Princeton will mark the midway point of our five-year fundraising campaign, “Aspire.” Its goal is to enable the University to “excel, discover, attain, understand, solve, serve, converse, grow, imagine, and thrive.” When I read that “Princeton aspires to make the world a better place through the power of the mind and the imagination …,” on the website of the Office of Development, I considered what this could mean for staff. Can we aspire to challenge ourselves and seek new heights of personal and professional achievement and success? Are we sufficiently inspired to set new goals and to resolve to become better this year and throughout this new decade?
 
I encourage each staff member to reflect on your own aspirations and consider what opportunities inspire you. I hope you will take advantage of the many resources available here for you, including talking to your manager about new challenges or opportunities, to any HR staff member, or to a Carebridge counselor.
 
Enroll in classes offered by the Office of Human Resources, the Office of Information Technology, and other departments. They provide a variety of learning programs to help you further your own education and training, and prepare you for your next career step. Experience the satisfaction and fulfillment of volunteering your time and energy by becoming involved in neighborhood, Princeton community, or other volunteer activities.
 
Be inspired by our colleagues recently featured on the Princeton homepage for realizing their aspirations. We congratulate Bob Allen, Michael Christensen, Michael Kervan, and Chris Machusak as well as all other 20 other employees who joined the Princeton Fire Department to participate in a pilot program. We also congratulate Josue Lajeunesse for his extraordinary philanthropic contributions as well as Natasha Bowman and Mohamed Flites for their inspirational stories.
 
As always, I’m asking you for your feedback on HR’s programs and services!