The Spotlight articles showcase events and activities related to the diverse programs and offices within the Office of the Dean of the College.


James Alec Dun

Alec Dun has been appointed assistant dean of the college, effective April 2, with responsibility for athletic-academic affairs and the Freshman Seminars Program. Alec succeeds Dov Grohsgal, who left his position in February to return to full-time teaching and research.

As assistant dean, Dun will provide guidance to students, faculty members, and others regarding a variety of matters affecting the academic lives of undergraduates and help manage the relationship between academic and athletic affairs.

Photo by Denise Applewhite, the Office of Communications

Student Emmy Bender interviews Trenton High alumna Jo Carolyn Dent-Clark

In April 2018, the city of Trenton will mark the 50th anniversary of violence that followed the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To examine the civil unrest through two disciplines, documentary film and history, Woodrow Wilson School Documentary Film Specialist Purcell Carson and History Professor Alison Isenberg are leading an initiative called The Trenton Project.

On Monday, April 9, 2018–the 50th anniversary of the shooting of Harlan Joseph–the public is invited to The Trenton Project Remembers April 9, 1968 to view clips from the documentary film, discuss research findings, and participate in this reframing of Trenton’s history.

Student Emmy Bender interviews Trenton High alumna Jo Carolyn Dent-Clark

Article by By Ruby Shao ’17

Yi-Ching Ong, director of service focus

After conducting a national search, Yi-Ching Ong has been named director of Service Focus, a new Princeton University program designed to bridge service and learning across the first two years of the undergraduate experience.

Yi-Ching Ong (photo by Michael Lopez)
Article by Gwen McNamara, LEED AP, Pace Center for Civic Engagement
Massoomali Fatehkia '18

Masoomali Fatehkia '18, who is majoring in operations research and financial engineering, spent the summer of 2017 interning in Doha at the Qatar Computer Research Institute (QCRI) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, where he used Facebook’s advertising audience estimates as a data source to shed new light on the digital gender gap worldwide.

Read the entire article here.
Photo courtesy of Masoomali Fatehkia
Article by Denise Valenti for the Office of Communications
Maria Garlock and Stacy Sinclair

Maria Garlock, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named head of Forbes College, and Stacey Sinclair, professor of psychology and public affairs has been named head of Mathey College. Both will begin their four-year terms as heads of two of Princeton University’s six residential colleges on July 1.

Maria Garlock on left (photo by David Kelly Crow)
Stacey Sinclair on right (photo by Sameer Khan, Fotobuddy)
Article by The Office of Communications
2018 Pyne Prize co-winners

Princeton seniors John “Newby” Parton and Maggie Pecsok have been named co-winners of the University’s 2018 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate. They will be recognized for their accomplishments at a luncheon during Alumni Day. 

John “Newby” Parton on left (photo by Nick Barberio, Office of Communications)

Maggie Pecsok on right (photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications)

Sanctuary Freshman Seminar

What are the meanings of “sanctuary?” Why has sanctuary become a key term in current debates about immigration? Is there an ethics of hospitality? Does citizenship determine human rights?

The freshman seminar “Sanctuary,” taught by Shaun Marmon (left), an associate professor of religion at Princeton University, seeks to answer these questions and connects academics and service. Seated next to Marmon, from left, are first-year students Pauline Schnelzer, Christy Lee and Hannah Wang.

Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications
Article by Pooja Makhijani and Denise Valenti for the Office of Communications
Danny José Navarette '19

Danny José Navarette, a member of the Class of 2019 and a first-generation student, reflects on his path to Princeton, his inspiration for pursuing a career in science, and his hopes for prospective students who come from backgrounds similar to his. 

Photo by Cindy Liu, Class of 2018
Article by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications
Freshman Seminar - “Time Capsules for Climate Change”

The freshman seminar, “Time Capsules for Climate Change,” asks students to write about the future of humanity in the context of a changing climate. The students use emerging science to think quantitatively about the impacts of climate change and possible strategies for mitigation. They are writing four essays to be placed in time capsules and stored in Princeton’s Mudd Library until their graduation and subsequent milestone reunions.

Early in the semester, the students visited the University archives at Mudd Library (above) where they met with University Archivist Daniel Linke (at right). The course is led by Professor Emeritus Robert Socolow (rear right).

Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications

Article by Wendy Plump for the Office of Engineering Communications

Stan Allen Freshman Seminar

The students enrolled in the freshman seminar “American Places: Architecture, Landscape and the American Imagination” this fall are learning that while architectural “places” — homes, buildings, urban developments and more — are central to American identity, they are often constructed with complicated histories.

Photo credited to Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications