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Reunions

• According to "A Princeton Companion" (http://mondrian.princeton.edu/CampusWWW/Companion), reunions of alumni classes began soon after the Civil War.

• By the 1890s, reunions at commencement time had become fairly numerous, but were relatively modest affairs consisting of meetings in classrooms in old Dickinson Hall or Nassau Hall, followed by a dinner in University Hall or the old Princeton Inn.

• An alumni torchlight procession for the sesquicentennial brought 2,000 alumni back to Princeton in 1896. From that point, attendance grew and programs became more elaborate.

• In 1946, more than 10,000 alumni returned for a "Victory Reunion" following World War II, during which reunions had been cancelled.

• Last year, some 15,500 alumni, spouses, children, faculty, staff and others registered for reunions. An additional 2,000 to 2,500 people turned out for the public programs.

• This year's reunions are set for May 31-June 3.
 


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May 21, 2001
Vol. 90, No. 28
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Contents

New president
Professor named 19th president
Time is right for Tilghman
Reaction enthusiastic for new leader
Family comes first for new president
Shirley Tilghman bio

Life sciences
Search is on for genomics institute head
Silver: Doubling not necessarily troubling
Landweber tracks changes in genetic code
Virus leaves trail in brain for researchers

Students and alumni
Thesis sparks thriving teacher corps
Recent grad's first novel attracts attention
Student teaching builds bridges
New program preps local students for success

Other news
Merck funds professorship to honor alumnus
Hair colors literary, artistic representations
Class size makes a difference

People
Remaining discretionary funds to increase staff salaries
Doig announces retirement
Barron is new women's hoops coach
Spotlight
Briefs
Thirteen faculty members transfer to emeritus status

Sections
By the numbers: Reunions
Nassau Notes
Calendar of events


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