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Alumni Day features lectures, awards and family events

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Various locations

Alumni and parents of current undergraduates will converge on campus for a day of lectures, award ceremonies and other events Saturday, Feb. 20.

Highlights of the annual Alumni Day and Parents' Program, coordinated by the Office of the Alumni Association, include:

  • A lecture at 9:15 a.m. by U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, the James Madison Medalist. Petraeus, who earned his master's in public affairs and a Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1985 and 1987, respectively, oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as commander of the U.S. Central Command. He will provide an "Update From the USCENTCOM Commander" in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

  • An address at 10:30 a.m. by Jim Leach, the Woodrow Wilson Award recipient. Leach, a member of Princeton's class of 1964, was a longtime U.S. congressman and now chairs the National Endowment for the Humanities. He will speak in Richardson Auditorium on "Civility in a Fractured Society."

  • A 12:15 p.m. Alumni Association luncheon and awards ceremony in Jadwin Gymnasium.

  • A 3 p.m. service of remembrance in the University Chapel to honor deceased Princeton alumni, students and University faculty and staff members.

  • A 5:30 p.m. reception in Procter Hall of the Graduate College with Petraeus hosted by the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni and the Wilson School.

The Alumni Day and Parents' Program is not open to the general public. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the lectures, panels, workshops, luncheon and service of remembrance. Registration is required.

During the day, a variety of presentations are planned, ranging from retiring engineering professor David Billington's recollections of 50 years of teaching at Princeton to University provost and legal scholar Christopher Eisgruber speaking on "How to Pick a Supreme Court Justice." A number of programs are scheduled for families, including a discussion led by Dean of Admission Janet Rapelye on "Navigating the College Admissions Process" for students in grades 9-11 and a guided tour of the newly renovated Butler College.

For a complete schedule and registration information, visit the Alumni Day website or call the Office of the Alumni Association at 258-1900.

Registrants must bring event confirmation forms and identification for admittance to events at Richardson Auditorium and Jadwin Gymnasium and for other Alumni Day programming. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No backpacks, large bags or umbrellas will be allowed in Richardson. Bag check will be available in Maclean House. Photography and audio recording also are prohibited in Richardson.

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