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


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

Freshaman Families Weekend Image

Princeton University celebrated Freshman Families Weekend on Oct. 13-15 with lively discussions and opportunities for students to share their new Princeton home with family members.

Vrinda Madan (center) and her parents, Alka Madan and Atul Madan, gather for Tiger Harvest on Poe Field for food, fun and music.

Photo credited to Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications
2017 Opening Prize Winners

Princeton undergraduates honored for their academic achievements at 2017 Opening Exercises gather on Sunday, September 13, with President Christopher L. Eisgruber (standing at right) and Dean of the College Jill Dolan (standing at left). The students seated left to right are: Matthew Tyler, Kyle Berlin and Grace Sommers. The students standing left to right are: Sally Jiao and Yanjun Yang.

Photo credited to Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications

PTI Portraits by Sameer Khan

The Office of the Dean of the College is pleased to announce that the Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI) has become part of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, effective September 1, 2017. The move is intended to better support PTI’s many volunteer instructors, who teach college courses to incarcerated students. In conjunction with the organizational change, Jenny Greene has been named faculty director and Torey Wilson has been promoted to administrative director for the program.

Photo credited to Sameer Khan, Fotobuddy

Karen Krahulik

Karen Krahulik, whose career has focused on academic and co-curricular initiatives at top U.S. universities, has been named senior associate dean for international programs and experiential learning at Princeton University. Krahulik, a 1991 Princeton alumna, will start her new role Aug. 28.

Article by Karin Dienst, Office of Communications

Photo credited to Danielle Alio, Office of Communications


Todd Kent

The Office of the Dean of the College is pleased to announce that Todd Kent will be the director of the Program in Teacher Preparation/Teacher Certification, effective July 17, 2017. Kent will provide leadership for the program, which has been reorganized to focus primarily on teacher certification and various outreach initiatives to local school districts.

Photo credited to Mike Schwartz

FelderSnipes and Klugman

The Office of the Dean of the College is pleased to announce the promotions of Jason Klugman and QuinnShauna Felder-Snipes, effective July 1, 2017. Jason Klugman is now dedicated full time to his role as director of the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), reporting to Dean of the College Jill Dolan. QuinnShauna Felder-Snipes is now the assistant director for college counseling and scholar development.

QuinnShauna Felder-Snipes (left) and Jason Klugman (right)

Photo credited to Sameer Khan, Fotobuddy

ENV 200 logo

With generous funding from the 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education (the Innovation Fund), a new course called the "Environmental Nexus" debuted in the 2017 spring semester. The premise of the “Environmental Nexus” is that the undergraduates of today will be left to deal with the future effects of the global environmental crisis, particularly climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and food and water shortages.