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Immigration is theme of King Day celebration

Princeton will commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with its annual King Day celebration Monday, Jan. 21, in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start with musical selections at 1 p.m. followed by the program at 1:30 p.m.

photo of José Huizar

José Huizar

The event is free and open to the public. The theme of this year’s program is immigration, a hotly debated topic today that is relevant to King given his concern for humanity. The keynote address will be delivered by José Huizar, a Princeton trustee and graduate alumnus who is the first Latino immigrant to serve as a member of the Los Angeles City Council.

The event will include the presentation of awards to essay, poster and video contest winners in grades 4 through 12 from area schools, who submitted entries reflecting their views on how King might have participated in today’s immigration debate.

In addition, the University will present the MLK Day Journey Award, recognizing a member of the Princeton faculty, staff or student body who best represents King’s continued journey. The event also will include a performance by the CASYM Steel Orchestra of New York.

Huizar earned his master’s in public affairs and urban and regional planning from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1994. He was named to the University’s Board of Trustees in 2005, the same year he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council. As a City Council member, Huizar’s focus has included enhancing public safety, strengthening education and youth programs, and building more affordable housing and public transportation.

Previously, Huizar served two terms as president of the board of education for the Los Angeles Unified School District. During his tenure, he oversaw plans to build more than 160 new schools within eight years, the largest school construction program in the nation’s history. He also led a successful effort to reform the high school curriculum to ensure that all students, regardless of their backgrounds, will complete courses required for admission to one of California’s public universities.

Huizar, who was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and raised in Los Angeles, has received numerous awards and distinctions, including being named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in America by Hispanic Business magazine. He previously served as a deputy city attorney in the Real Estate and Environmental Division of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and as an associate with several private law firms.

The names of the essay, poster and video contest winners will be posted on the University’s King Day website at, along with images of the posters and excerpts from the essays. Many of the posters also will be displayed during the program.

The event will be webcast live at It is convened by the University’s Martin Luther King Day Committee and is coordinated by the Office of Communications and the Office of the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity.

Events honor Gutman

Two events honoring the life of Robert Gutman, a lecturer in architecture, are set for Saturday, Jan. 19.

Gutman, an influential professor and critic who was part of the University’s architecture community for more than 40 years, died Nov. 23 of a heart attack at age 81.

A gathering titled “Five Themes: A Conversation” is set for noon to 1:30 p.m. in Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture. Topics will be buildings and projects; practices; sociology and architecture; architectural education; and housing. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. in the University Chapel.


Monochromatic collotype “Alva” by Accra Shepp

Guest artists and student work exhibited

“The Collotype and the Artist’s Book,” an exhibition showcasing the collaborative work of guest artists and students in the Princeton Atelier, will run through Jan. 17 in the Lucas Gallery at the Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau St.

The exhibition includes monochromatic collotypes and typography pages from Accra Shepp’s forthcoming artist’s book “Atlas,” including this image, titled “Alva.” Collotype printing is one of the earliest photomechanical printing processes invented in the late 19th century. Shepp, a visual artist, photographer and 1984 Princeton alumnus, led the Atelier course along with master printmaker Edward Fausty, one of the few practitioners of the collotype in this country.

‘Gently used’ clothing needed for annual drive

The University will conduct its annual clothing drive Jan. 16-23 to benefit Dress for Success and Suitably Dressed, two Mercer County organizations that collect “gently used” business attire for men and women.

The clothing goes to people who are entering or re-entering the work force. All types of business and business-casual clothing in good condition are needed, including suits, dress slacks, khakis, dress shirts, collared casual shirts, blazers, skirts, sweaters, dresses, jackets, coats, ties, belts, jewelry, handbags and other accessories.

Items can be brought to the Princeton University Store at its 36 University Place location weekdays between 8 and 9 a.m. and 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.

Volunteers are needed during collection hours. For more information or to volunteer, contact Erin Metro in the Office of Community and Regional Affairs at or 258-5144.   

The drive is coordinated by the Office of Community and Regional Affairs, the Department of Building Services and the Princeton University Store.

Nominations sought for 2008 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching

The Office of the Dean of the Faculty invites members of the University community to submit letters of nomination for the 2008 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

The awards, presented annually at Commencement, are intended to recognize excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching by Princeton faculty members. All current full, associate and assistant professors, lecturers on continuing appointment, senior lecturers and lecturers who have served at least half time for three or more years are eligible for nomination.

Letters of nomination should be sent by Monday, Feb. 4, to the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, 9 Nassau Hall.

Nominations due for management award

The Office of Human Resources is seeking nominations for the new Donald Griffin ’23 Management Award, which is designed for administrators who would like to develop their leadership and management skills. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 15.

Two recipients each year will earn a grant of up to $2,500 to participate in professional activities scheduled within the next year to provide new insights and perspectives, renew motivation and/or enhance skills applicable to their current responsibilities. Such activities include attending a professional conference or enrolling in an academic program or specific coursework. Excluded are courses eligible for reimbursement under the University’s Staff Educational Assistance Plan.

Grants will be awarded annually to one employee in administrative grades 1 through 5 and one in administrative grades 6 through 10.

Nominations must be submitted by a vice president, dean, academic chair or director. Employees’ immediate or senior managers are encouraged to suggest individuals to be nominated. To be eligible, nominees must have held administrative or managerial positions for the past three years at Princeton and must have experience and current responsibilities that indicate a potential for leadership and continuing contribution to the University.

A brochure with more details about the nomination process was to be mailed to administrators during the week of Jan. 7. Names of the award recipients will be announced at the annual Service Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, March 27.

The award is funded by a donation from the family of Griffin, a 1923 alumnus who served as secretary and general secretary of Princeton’s Alumni Council from 1935 to 1966. Griffin was recognized frequently by University presidents and administrators as being instrumental in revitalizing Princeton’s alumni ties in the post-World War II era.

For more information about the award and the nomination criteria and process, or to obtain a nomination form, visit or contact Maureen Imbrenda at 258-8774 or

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