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


Faculty Room

Princeton faculty members approved a plan Monday, April 23, 2018 to revise the University’s academic calendar and move fall semester final exams into December from January, among other changes.

The calendar revisions to the Rules and Procedures of the Faculty were developed by the Ad Hoc Committee on Calendar Reform, chaired by Aarti Gupta, professor of computer science, and staffed by Elizabeth Colagiuri, deputy dean of the college.

Article by the Office of Communications

Valedictorian, Kyle Berlin and Latin salutatorian, Katherine Lim

Kyle Berlin, a Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures major from Arroyo Grande, California, has been selected as valedictorian of Princeton’s Class of 2018. Katherine Lim, a computer science major from Atherton, California, has been named the Latin salutatorian.

Kyle Berlin on left (photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications)
Katherine Lim on right (photo by Danielle Alio, Office of Communications)
Article by Karin Dienst, Office of Communications
Sociology 207

Professors Matthew Desmond, a professor of sociology, and Kathryn Edin, a professor of sociology and public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs have constructed a course that mixes lectures, guest speakers and fieldwork, and covers some of the most central aspects of poverty.

The course has a robust lineup of speakers, made possible in part by Princeton’s Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) in the Office of the Dean of the College. This curricular effort, led by Director Trisha Thorme, connects students’ academic work with communities, allowing students to apply classroom skills to pressing issues of local populations.

Read more about on Sociology 207 "Poverty in America" by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs here.

Photo by Egan Jimenez, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Heath Professions Advising

Photo by Nick Donnoli, Office of Communications

Senior Gaby Joseph is a pre-med student and molecular biology major at Princeton. The Health Professions Advising office helped him select courses, plan his pre-med path, find summer internships and apply to medical schools. Joseph was recently named a Knight-Hennessy Scholar and will start at Stanford University School of Medicine this fall.

Health Professions Advising (HPA) helps any student considering a medical or health care career. The office works with undergraduates throughout their four years at Princeton and with alumni who apply to medical, dental and other professional schools.

Read the entire article, by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications, here.

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)