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Meg Whitman ’77 and President Tilghman at Baccalaureate (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

June 5, 2002


Speaking at Sunday's Baccalaureate service, Meg Whitman ’77, president and chief executive officer of eBay Inc. who gave $30 million to Princeton for a residential college, urged soon-to-be Princeton graduates to take risks, maintain their integrity, and keep in mind that they may learn more from failure than from success. She told them that their lives are about what they do for others.

James Baker ’52 at Class Day (Photo by Ricardo Barros)

At Class Day ceremony on Cannon Green June 3, James Baker ’52, former secretary of state, spoke about the responsibility for leadership in the wake of September 11. Baker, whom the class made an honorary member, compared the response to last year's terrorist attacks by today's college students to the outbreak of the Korean War during his sophomore year.

Lillian Pierce, an accomplished violinist who has won many of Princeton's top honors and will study mathematics as a Rhodes Scholar next fall, was named valedictorian for Princeton's 2002 Commencement June 4. The salutatorian was Josephine Dru, a classics scholar who loves the study of languages and gave her address in Latin, following Princeton tradition. The valedictory address.

(Photo by Ricardo Barros)

Honorary doctorates go to (left to right): Emily Mann,playwright and director; Colin Lucas, historian; Bernard Lewis, professor; Oprah Winfrey, television personality; Terry Gross, broadcast journalist; James A. Forbes, Jr., minister; [President Tilghman]; Anthony S. Fauci, research scientist; and Cal Ripken, Jr., baseball player.Full university press release.

Four members of Princeton's faculty were awarded distinguished teaching awards at Commencement. The awards, endowed by Lloyd Cotsen ’50 and John Sherrerd ’52, were given to leora Batnitzky, assistant professor of religion; Peter Bunnell, the David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art and professor of art and archaeology; William Jordan, professor of history and director of the Program in Medieval Studies; and Kyle Vanderlick, professor of chemical engineering. Full university press release.

At Princeton's 255th Commencement, Shirley Tilghman delivered her first commencement address. Undergraduate degrees were conferred on 1,061; 611 graduate students received advanced degrees. Full university press release. President Tilghman's Commencement address.

The Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni has given its annual awards for excellence in the instruction of undergraduates to four graduate students who have been particularly successful and devoted in leading precepts. The 2002 recipients are: Peter Betjemann of the English department, Richard Hooley of the chemistry department, Rebecca Peterson of the electrical engineering department and Elizabeth Woeckner of the classics department. Yaoping Ruan of the computer science department received the 2002 Friends of the International Center Excellence in Teaching Award, which honors an international graduate student. Full university press release.

Four faculty members have been named the inaugural recipients of Graduate Mentoring Awards and were honored during the Graduate School's hooding ceremony on June 3. They are: Sara Curran, assistant professor of sociology; Barbara Hahn, professor of Germanic languages and literatures; Mansour Shayegan, professor of electrical engineering; and Elias Stein, the Albert Baldwin Dod Professor of Mathematics. The award recognizes professors whose work with graduate students is particularly outstanding.

A small but remarkable group of Japanese woodblock prints, selected from gifts of Anne van Biema, are on view through September 1 at the University Art Museum. The 16 prints are organized to show the development of woodblock printing techniques, pigments, and styles from the mid-18th to the 19th centuries.

The Class Day Awards honor student service and achievement

The Class of 1901 Medal for the senior who has "done the most for Princeton," went to Joseph Kochan of Liverpool, N.Y., who was president of the Undergraduate Student Government.

The W. Sanderson Detwiler 1903 Prize for the senior who has "done the most for the class," went to class president Spencer Miller of Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Harold Willis Dodds Achievement Award for the senior who best embodies the qualities of Princeton’s 15th president, went to Laura Kaplan of Ridgefield, Conn., chair of the Student Volunteers Council.

The Frederick Douglass Service Award was given to twin sisters Maisha and Nuriya Robinson from Memphis, Tennessee.

The Allen Macy Dulles ’51 Award for service went to Michael Martinez of Edinburg, Texas.

The Priscilla Glickman ’92 Memorial Prize for independence and imagination in the area of community service went to Renu Ouseph from Bedford, Texas.

The Princeton Varsity Club Award for special achievement by a Princeton athlete went to Tora Harris of College Park, Ga., the 2002 NCAA champion in the high jump.

The Class of 1916 Cup for the varsity letter winner with the highest academic standing went to soccer player Peter Kingston of Moorestown, New Jersey.

The William Roper Trophy, for a senior athlete of high scholastic rank and outstanding qualities of sportsmanship went to soccer player Matthew Behncke of Williamsburg, Virginia.

The Otto von Kienbusch Sportswoman of the Year Award
for a senior female athlete of high scholastic rank and outstanding sportsmanship was shared by Brie Galicinao, Lauren Simone, and Lauren Simmons. Galicinao, a history major from Stockton, Calif., played softball. Simone, a psychology major from Delran, N.J., played lacrosse. Simmons, a psychology major from Nashville, Tenn., ran for the track team.

The Arthur Lane ’34 Citizen Athlete Award, given by the Princeton Varsity Club to honor selfless contribution to sport and society, was shared by undergraduates Catherine Casey, Jessica Collins, Mary Mulcare, and Peter Kingston. Casey, a sociology major from Maplewood, New Jersey, ran for track and field. Collins, a religion major from Trenton, New Jersey, played for the women’s soccer team. Mulcare, an ecology and evolutionary biology major from Greenwich, Connecticut., was a member of the diving team.

An Alternative to Alcohol Abuse: Housing Reform in the Residential Colleges by Brian Muegge ’05

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"A Celebration of high Temperature Plasma Physics," a 50th anniversary symposium hosted by the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, June 5-7. For information, go to www.pppl.gov.

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  • A collection of 23 works on paper are featured in the exhibition "American Drawings and Watercolors: Gifts of Leonard L. Milberg, Class of 1953," on view through July 21.
  • “Contemporary Views: Photographs by Paul Berger, Sarah Charlesworth, Barbara Ess, and Ray K. Metzker,” April 20-May 26
  • "Anthony Van Dyck: 'Ecce Homo' and 'The Mocking of Christ.'" March 9 through June 9.
  • "Guardians of the Tomb: Spirit Beasts in Tang Dynasty China." Through Aug. 31.
  • "Klinger to Kollwitz: German Art in the Age of Expressionism." Through June 9.
  • "In the Mirror of Christ's Passion: Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books by European Masters." Through June 9.

Firestone LIbrary exhibits

Reunions 2003, May 29 - June 1, 2003

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Solo improvisation by dancer Jill Sigman ’89 *98 at the following performance festivals:
First Williamsburg International Dance Festival, May 31 and June 1, 8 p.m., Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, 135 Broadway, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
(718/486-7372 or 6012, www.wahcenter.org)
Oasis — A Free Festival of Theater, Dance Film, Music, Sideshow, June 8, 12-4 p.m.,
Chashama, 135 W. 42nd Street (between Times Square and 6th Avenue)
Subways: all trains to Times Square or F to 42nd Street

Gwen (composed of women alumni from Princeton and other ivy league and seven sisters Schools) in cooperation with FFR/Princeton btGALA, are hosting an event at the Women's National Basketball Association game between New York Liberty and Detroit Shock. June 5, 7:30 p.m., Madison Square Garden. Tickets are $13.50 per person. For more information, visit FFR’s Web site at http://alumni.princeton.edu/~ffr-gala/ or send an e-mail to cowlss@towers.com.

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Raj Vinnakota ’93 and Eric Adler, founders of the SEED School of Washington, D.C., the nation's first urban boarding school, have received the "Use Your Life Award" from Oprah's Angel Network. Oprah Winfrey personally presented the award to Adler and Vinnakota on the "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Friday, May 24, 2002. The "Use Your Life Award" includes a gift of $100,000. Oprah's Angel Network is also donating 300 computers and beds, desks, and dressers for all 150 students in the School's second dormitory. Gateway is donating 150 printers and Linens N' Things is giving new sheets, comforters, pillows, towels, and accessories to personalize all 300 students' dormitory rooms. The SEED Public Charter School is the first of its kind: a public boarding school built in the inner-city for grades 7 through 12. At the SEED School, students receive 24-hour supervision, tutoring and life-skills training.

Annamie Paul, who earned a master's in public affairs last year, has been awarded an Echoing Green Public Service Fellowship and will start an organization in her native Canada called the Canadian Centre for Political Leadership. The center will provide women, racial minorities, and aboriginal peoples who wish to pursue public office with non-partisan training that will assist them in mounting successful campaigns and ultimately increase their representation in Canadian politics. The center's trainings will be geared towards overcoming key barriers office seekers face in the party nomination process, namely lack of financial resources and access to political networks.

George Rupp ’64, president of Columbia for nine years, leaves the New York university this month to replace Reynold Levy (the new president of Lincoln Center and a1973 Columbia Law School graduate) as president of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The Committee, founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, is among the world's largest non-sectarian nonprofit agencies providing global emergency relief, rehabilitation, protection and resettlement services for refugees, victims of oppression and violent conflict.

After Tuesday's primary, Alabama State Auditor Susan Parker and Montgomery civil rights lawyer Julian McPhillips ’68 will face each other in a runoff for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate. The winner will try to defeat incumbent U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions in November’s general election.

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Harris ’02 closes magical season with another NCAA high jump title
After winning the NCAA indoor high jump title and both Heptagonal titles this year, Tora Harris ’02 captured the 2002 NCAA outdoor championship high jump title, clearing 2.25m last weekend in Louisiana. Harris becomes the first Princeton track and field athlete to win two individual national championships in a career.
Harris cleared 2.31m at the 2002 outdoor Heptagonal championships and entered the NCAA championship as the favorite. Harris' Heptagonal jump is the best collegiate mark, and ranks Harris as the No. 4 high jumper the world. It broke the existing Heptagonal record of 2.27m, which Harris set last season.
Harris' 2.31m mark is a new Princeton record. The NCAA record is 2.37m set in 1989 by Hollis Conway of Southern Louisiana.
On March 8, Harris captured the indoor national high jump title, clearing 2.26m. Harris became the first Tiger since Dave Pellegrini '80, who won the 35-lbs. weight throw in 1980, to win an individual national title.

Simmons ’02 places second in 800m at NCAA championships

Lauren Simmons ’02 closed out her Princeton track career with a second-place finish in the 800m at the 2002 NCAA outdoor track and field championships and All-America status. Her time of 2:05.08 put her just .35 seconds behind Alice Schmidt of North Carolina.
Simmons qualified for the finals with a time of 2:03.87 in the prelims. Simmon's time was the second fastest qualifying time to Georgetown's Tyrona Heath's 2:03.81, who finished fifth in the finals with a time of 2:05.95.
Simmons shattered the school record of 2:05.23, which she set at the Duke Invitational earlier this year, and she becomes the first Princeton outdoor track All-America selection since Katie Talarico ’97 did it in 1997. Simmons was the first Tiger to compete in the NCAA championships since Nicole Harrison ’98 in 1998.

Women’s lightweight crew claims fourth IRA title
The Princeton women's lightweight crew won its fourth national title with a win in the grand finale over Wisconsin at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships on June 1 at Cooper River Park, New Jersey.
Princeton set a course record while winning the race with a time of 6:29.64 and defeating Wisconsin (6:30.07) by more than three seconds.
The men's lightweight team finished the grand finale in 5:42.4 to take third behind first-place Yale and second-place Navy.
The Princeton heavyweights also reached the grand finale, qualifying its Varsity Eight, Varsity Four, Second Varsity Eight and Freshmen Eight. Both the Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight took fifth place in their respective races with the Varsity Eight boat finishing in 5:37.29. The Second Varsity Eight registered a time of 5:40.28.
The freshmen boat recorded Princeton's top heavyweight finish with a third-place showing in 5:42.36 and the Varsity Four placed sixth in the grand finale with a time of 6:36.63.

Many honors for athletes in Class of ’02

The Class of 2002 leaves Princeton with more Ivy League titles than any other class in the schools storied athletics history: 51. Many of the standout performers from the class were honored in recent days. Here is the rundown:

The Princeton Varsity Club Award for special achievement by a Princeton athlete went to Tora Harris, a mechanical engineering major from College Park, Georgia, who won the 2002 NCAA championship high jump title on June 1.

Peter Kingston, a member of the men's soccer team, won the Class of 1916 Cup, which goes to the varsity letter winner with the highest academic standing. Kingston, an economics major from Moorestown, New Jersey, was a member of the men's soccer team.

The William Roper Trophy, which honors "a Princeton senior of high scholastic rank and outstanding qualities of sportsmanship and general proficiency in athletics," was given to Matthew Behncke. A soccer player, Behncke is a politics major from Williamsburg, Virginia.

The Otto von Kienbusch Sportswoman of the Year Award was shared by Brie Galicinao, Lauren Simone, and Lauren Simmons. The award goes to "a senior woman of high scholastic rank who has demonstrated a general proficiency in athletics and the qualities of a true sportswoman." Galicinao, a history major from Stockton, California, played softball. Simone, a psychology major from Delran, New Jersey, played lacrosse. Simmons, a psychology major from Nashville, ran for the track team.

Catherine Casey, Jessica Collins, Mary Mulcare, and Peter Kingston shared the Arthur Lane '34 Citizen Athlete Award, which is given by the Princeton Varsity Club to honor selfless contribution to sport and society by undergraduates. Casey, a sociology major from Maplewood, New Jersey, ran track. Collins, a religion major from Trenton, played for the women's soccer team. Mulcare, an ecology and evolutionary biology major from Greenwich, Connecticut, was a member of the diving team.

Inside Lacrosse names Simone ’02 and Becker ’03 Players of the Year

After leading the Tigers to a national championship, senior Lauren Simone took home top offensive honors and junior Rachael Becker received top defensive honors as Inside Lacrosse named its 2002 All-America team. Simone and Becker were named offensive and defensive players of the year to lead six All-America Tigers honored by the staff of Inside Lacrosse and Warrior.
Simone and Becker landed on the first team with Theresa Sherry ‘04. Simone's first team honors come after leading Princeton with a team-high 50 goals and 27 assists for 77 total points. She also led the Tigers in ground balls with 57 and ended her Princeton career third on both the all-time points list (205 points) and goals list (143 goals). Her 62 career assists tie her for second-all time and she twice recorded a school record five assists in a game this season.
Becker spearheaded a Tiger defense that allowed Princeton to finish with the nation's best scoring margin (+8.05). She led Princeton in minutes played and defended opponent’s top offensive threats all season long.
Sherry finished second on the team in both goals and points despite missing three games this season. She had 42 goals and 56 points to earn her first All-America award. Sherry contributed with 30 ground balls, 18 caused turnovers and 19 draw controls this season. She scored a career-high five goals in Princeton's win over North Carolina in the NCAA Semifinal and led the Tigers in scoring six times in her sophomore campaign.
Princeton's second-team members include seniors Charlotte Kenworthy and Brooke Owens. Kenworthy scored in 17 of 19 games, including Princeton's last 14 games this season. Owens was a constant at the draw and led the Tigers with 37 draw controls. Goalie Sarah Kolodner ’05 earned third-team status with wins in each of her 18 starts. She finished the year with 116 saves and .571 save percentage.

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