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Ceremony marks beginning of year
Danielle Ponzio, a member of the class of 2007 from Sewell, N.J., got some help from her family and U-Haul as she moved into her Holder Hall room on Aug. 30. Freshmen dropped off their belongings on Labor Day weekend before heading off for a week of participation -- and getting to know their classmates -- in the Outdoor Action or Community Action programs.
The University will mark the beginning of the academic year with Opening Exercises at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, in the University Chapel.
The annual interfaith service will include an address by President Tilghman and the recognition of academic achievements of undergraduate students. It is open to all members of the University community.
International Center seeks volunteers
In an effort to recruit new volunteers, the Friends of the International Center will hold a "Meet the Friends" open house from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in 243 Frist Campus Center. Refreshments will be served.
The friends, a support group affiliated with the International Center, provides opportunities for international graduate students, visiting scholars and their spouses to make a better adjustment to life in America.
For more information, contact Hanna Hand at the International Center at 258-1170 or visit the International Center's Web site at <www.princeton. edu/~intlctr> and click on "friends."
Panelists to examine effects of Sept. 11 two years later
A commemorative panel discussion on the effects of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
The event, sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, is titled "Two Years After 9/11: How Far Have We Come?" Moderating the session will be Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of the school and a specialist in international law and foreign policy issues.
Panelists will include:
• Christopher Eisgruber, a 1983 Princeton graduate who is the Laurence S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs and director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs at the University. His areas of interest include the U.S. Constitution and religious freedom.
• Christopher Kojm, deputy executive director of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States and a 1979 graduate alumnus. From 1998 to February 2003, he served as deputy assistant secretary for intelligence policy and coordination in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research.
• Robert Orr, executive director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a 1992 Princeton graduate alumnus. At the request of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Ambassador Paul Bremer, he recently served as a member of the five-person delegation conducting the first independent review of post-conflict operations in Iraq.
Memorial garden honors alumni killed on Sept. 11
A memorial garden honoring the 13 Princeton University alumni killed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will be dedicated in a ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.
The garden is located on the west side of East Pyne Hall where it connects with Chancellor Green. The area is just east of Nassau Hall.
Because of space limitations, the ceremony within the garden is intended for members of the victims' families, representatives of their classes and University officials. The public is welcome to observe from the perimeter of the site.
Planning for the garden began following a December 2001 memorial service for the alumni in the University Chapel. Its dedication coincides with the re-opening this year of East Pyne and Chancellor Green after two years of renovation. The buildings now house the Andlinger Center for the Humanities.
"Our goal is to identify a beautiful and peaceful and living place where the names of these 13 Princetonians can be memorialized for all time," President Tilghman said at the memorial service. "We hope it will become a place not only of remembrance, but of reflection and renewal -- a place where their flames can be kept alive and their spirits can be at peace."
University staff members worked with class leaders to develop the memorial. It includes a paved walkway in which a large bluestone plaque and 13 small bronze stars have been placed. The plaque reads: "This garden is dedicated to the 13 Princeton alumni who tragically lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001." The stars are positioned in a circle and engraved with the names and class years of the alumni.
The memorial, which is surrounded by plantings and three stone benches, also includes a bronze bell that will be suspended between two posts. The bell, titled "Remembrance," was designed by Toshiko Takaezu, a retired Princeton faculty member who lives in Quakertown, N.J. Takaezu, most noted as a ceramicist, has created a significant body of work in clay, bronze and fiber. She taught in Princeton's Program in Visual Arts from 1967 to 1992. The garden design was a collaboration between Office of Physical Planning architects and Quennel Rothschild landscape architects.
The Sept. 13 dedication is expected to include an invocation by the Rev. Thomas Breidenthal, dean of religious life; remarks by Tilghman; music by the Chapel Choir under the direction of Penna Rose; and an opportunity for family members to speak.
The 13 Princetonians killed in the Sept. 11 attacks were: undergraduate alumni Robert Cruikshank '58, Robert Deraney '80, Christopher Ingrassia '95, Karen Klitzman '84, Catherine MacRae '00, Charles McCrann '68, Robert McIlvaine '97, Christopher Mello '98, John Schroeder '92, Jeffrey Wiener '90 and Martin Wohlforth '76; and graduate alumni William Caswell *75 and Joshua Rosenthal *81.
University Art Museum
"Gloucester 1H 1944," a print by American photographer Aaron Siskind, will be among the works on display at the University Art Museum Sept. 9 through Nov. 11. The museum has organized an exhibition, "Aaron Siskind at 100," to mark the centenary of the birth of one of the country's leading photographic educators, who lived from 1903 to 1991. The exhibition features a selection of Siskind works from the museum's permanent collection, which contains one of the largest bodies of the artist's vintage prints.
'PagodaFest' to celebrate history of tennis courts
Princeton NJ -- PagodaFest," a two-day celebration of Princeton's pagoda tennis courts -- which have been used by the University and local communities for more than 40 years -- is set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13.
The outdoor courts will be relocated, along with the distinctive pagoda structure, to the Lenz Tennis Center after construction of Whitman College begins in October. The pagoda courts have served as the home of Princeton's tennis teams and as the site for many NCAA, U.S. Tennis Association and community events.
"PagodaFest" will include "Campus Day" on Sept. 12, with tournaments and clinics for University faculty, staff, students and their families. Princeton alumni and local community members are invited for "Community Day" on Sept. 13, which also will include tournaments and clinics, as well as exhibitions featuring former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Stan Smith and Princeton tennis alumni. Dinner and a performance by the Billy Hill Band will conclude the event.
A full schedule is available on the Web site of the Friends of Princeton Tennis, the event's sponsor, at <www.friendsofprincetontennis.com/pagodafest.html>
For more information, contact Louise Gengler, Princeton's women's tennis coach, at <firstname.lastname@example.org>; or Glenn Michibata, men's tennis coach, at <email@example.com>.
Home study course offered on power of Supreme Court this fall
Princeton faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends are invited to explore the theoretical and practical issues raised by the U.S. Supreme Court's power of judicial review. The Princeton Alumni Association is offering a 12-week course this fall titled "Equal Justice Under Law? The Supreme Court, the Constitution and American Politics."
Each household that enrolls in this home study course will receive a course booklet, readings, lectures on videotape and access to an e-mail discussion group. Those who wish to pursue their studies further can attend optional lectures and precepts on campus for an additional fee. While participants will receive these lectures on videotape in the mail, those who attend them on campus will have an opportunity to hear the speakers "live" and spend time with classmates.
Leading this fall's course will be: Christopher Eisgruber, a 1983 Princeton graduate who is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs and director of the University's Program in Law and Public Affairs; and Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. They, along with guest lecturers including Woodrow Wilson School Dean Anne-Marie Slaughter, will guide participants in examining the fundamental issues about who should enforce the Constitution and how to interpret it.
Since 1803, the Supreme Court has claimed for itself the power to decide whether laws were invalid because they conflicted with the Constitution. Today, the court routinely exercises the power of judicial review to trump the decisions of elected officials about some of the hottest topics in American politics. Participants in the class will look at issues such as abortion, gay rights, affirmative action, anti-terrorism legislation and the court's decision in Bush v. Gore.
Participants may sign up at any time during the fall semester. The e-mail discussion group began on Sept. 1. The cost is $100 per household. For more information or to register, contact Christine Hollendonner in the Alumni Council office at 258-0014 or <firstname.lastname@example.org">; or visit the alumni studies Web site at <tigernet.princeton.edu/Education/>.