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Position: Manager of academic and athletic facilities for janitorial services in building services. Managing the 100 employees who take care of janitorial services for 60 buildings across campus. Keeping the buildings clean and setting up for special events, such as commencement and trustee meetings.
Quote: "The two most important things about my job are making employees feel comfortable in their work environments and providing excellent service to my customers."
Other interests: Fishing, reading, cooking and collecting colored glass insulators from telephone poles (he has hundreds dating from the 1850s to the 1930s).
Larry Grisham, a physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, has received the Kaul Foundation Prize for Excellence in Plasma Physics and Technology Development.
The award recognizes Grisham "for his distinguished contributions to the understanding and improvement of the first generation of high-power negative-ion-based neutral beams for fusion applications." In experimental fusion devices, a beam of neutral atoms is fired into hot, ionized fuel called plasma to increase the temperature for the production of fusion power. The University awards the Kaul Prize to recognize a recent outstanding technical achievement in plasma physics or technology development by a full-time, regular employee of the PPPL.
François Rigolot, the Meredith Howland Pyne Professor of French Literature, recently was knighted in the Order of National Merit by the president of France.
This decoration is bestowed upon humanists and scholars who distinguish themselves in promoting French culture around the world. In 1987, Rigolot was made Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques and promoted to officer in 1993 by the French government.
A former chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and current chair of Renaissance studies at Princeton, Rigolot is the author of a dozen books on early modern French literature and culture.
Richard Quandt, senior research scholar and emeritus professor of economics, has received the George Washington Award from the American Hungarian Foundation.
Quandt was a member of the Princeton faculty from 1956 until 1995, serving as professor of economics, chair of the economics department, director of graduate studies and director of the Financial Research Center. Beginning in 1989, as senior adviser to the Andrew Mellon Foundation, he oversaw and developed a program providing major support to Hungarian universities, libraries and research institutions, and to similar institutions in other central and eastern European nations.
Quandt was one of three award recipients honored by the American Hungarian Foundation this year. The George Washington Award honors those who make contributions in "the broad field of human knowledge, the arts and understanding among men and nations."
Theodore Ziolkowski, the Class of 1900 Professor of Modern Languages Emeritus, recently was awarded an honorary doctorate of philosophy by the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald, the second-oldest university in Germany.
According to the citation, he was honored "for his scholarly life-work, which impressively combines humanistic, cultural and scientific disciplines; for his academic activity in Germany and the United States; and for his achievements in the mediation of European literature and culture in the United States of America."
Ziolkowski is an authority on German and European literature from Romanticism to the present. A former president of the Modern Language Association, Ziolkowski served as dean of the Graduate School for 13 years. He joined Princeton's Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures in 1964 and transferred to emeritus status this past July.