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Princeton Weekly Bulletin   June 4, 2007, Vol. 96, No. 28   prev   next   current

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Nassau notes

Commencement events scheduled

Princeton NJ — Several University activities for undergraduate and graduate degree candidates and their families are planned for Monday and Tuesday, June 4-5:

• The Class Day ceremony for seniors is set for 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 4, on Cannon Green (Jadwin Gym in case of severe weather). The speaker will be Bradley Whitford, who won an Emmy Award in 2001 for his role as Deputy White House Chief of Staff Josh Lyman on NBC’s “The West Wing.”

• The Hooding ceremony for advanced degree candidates will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, June 4, in McCarter Theatre. Princeton President Tilghman and Graduate School Dean William Russel will preside.

• The University’s 260th Commencement ceremony is slated for 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, on the lawn in front of Nassau Hall (Jadwin Gym in case of severe weather). Tilghman will preside and address the graduates.

Admission to all events is by ticket only.

The Hooding ceremony will be simulcast in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, and Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall; tickets are required at the simulcast sites.

Class Day will be simulcast in McCosh 10 and 50, and Commencement will be simulcast in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall; no tickets are required at these simulcast sites.

The ceremonies will be broadcast live on TigerNet Channel 7 on campus and on Channel 27 on Princeton cable television. They also will be webcast live at and will be archived for later viewing at the same site.

Detailed information about the events, including parking instructions for members of the University community and guests, is available online at To ease traffic congestion, some University employees are being asked to park in alternate lots on Monday and Tuesday. In addition, employees who are not needed to perform critical activities associated with Commencement will be permitted to leave work at noon Tuesday. For details, employees may visit the Office of Human Resources website at or ask their supervisors.

Staff picnic set for June 12

The annual University staff picnic is planned for 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Alexander Beach. In case of rain, the event will take place at Jadwin Gym.

This year’s gathering is centered on a Caribbean theme. In addition to food, the event will feature prizes, music, contests and games.

Tickets are available at several locations on the main campus and the Forrestal Campus. For more information, visit the Office of Human Resources website at or contact Pamela Johnson at 258-9149 or

Performances offered at Richardson

Princeton University Summer Concerts will present four performances this summer starting at 8 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall:

• Thursday, June 14 — Johannes String Quartet.

• Tuesday, June 19 — Tempesta di Mare.

• Tuesday, July 10 — Arianna String Quartet.

• Monday, July 16 — Biava String Quartet.

Free tickets will be distributed at the Richardson Auditorium ticket office beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the night of the concert.

For more information, visit or call 258-5000. δ

Frist hosts summer concert series

The Frist Campus Center will present six concerts this summer at 4:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays on its south lawn:

• June 13 — Reed Kendall (folk/pop/rock).

• June 20 — Ben Carroll (blues).

• June 27 — Nadine Zahr (pop/acoustic/soul/rock).

• July 11 — Tim Blane (pop).

• July 18 — Venice Maki (pop).

• July 25 — The Killer Blues Band (blues).

The concerts are free and open to the campus community. Refreshments will be served. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will take place in the Frist Food Gallery on the A level.

For more information, visit

Weeks to discuss shape of space

Independent mathematician Jeffrey Weeks, a Princeton graduate alumnus renowned for his work in mathematics and cosmology, will deliver a lecture on “The Shape of Space” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, in A01 McDonnell Hall.

Weeks was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 1999 for his fundamental contributions to the analysis of knots and his collaborations with cosmologists to interpret the shape of the universe. He has written books and articles targeted for young adults and other nonspecialists that are designed to stimulate interest in geometry and space.

Weeks’ lecture will feature computer games that introduce the concept of a “multiconnected universe.” He also will employ interactive 3-D graphics and examine recent satellite data for clues to the real shape of the universe.

Weeks earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton in 1985 and has taught at Stockton State College and Ithaca College. He currently resides in Genoa, Italy, where he develops geometry and topology software in addition to researching questions about the universe’s shape.

His lecture is part of a June 7-11 conference, “Geometry and the Imagination,” honoring the 60th birthday of William Thurston, one of the world’s leading mathematicians and one of Weeks’ mentors. Thurston, a former Princeton professor, is currently on the faculty at Cornell University.

The lecture and the conference are sponsored by the Department of Mathematics, the Clay Mathematics Institute and the National Science Foundation. For more information, visit


“The Concert,” by Darcy Cotton

OIT staff members exhibit their artwork

“The Concert,” an acrylic painting by Darcy Cotton, a senior computer/graphic design artist in the Office of Information Technology, is part of an exhibition of original artwork by OIT staff members. Titled “OIT Expressions,” it will feature more than 100 paintings, poems, photographs, art glass, fabric art, wood carvings and sculptures. The exhibition runs June 16-30 in the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St.

Summer calendar compiled

The next Princeton Weekly Bulletin will include a calendar that covers June 18-Sept. 9. If you are planning an event on campus this summer and would like it included in the calendar, please complete the online form by 5 p.m. Friday, June 8, at


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