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


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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.

Winners of Staff Essay Contest

The 2016-2017 Princeton Writes essay contest invited University staff to share their thoughts on something they believe is overlooked or underappreciated at Princeton. Matt Eaton, IT Manager for the Office of Admission was one of this year's honorees!

Pictured at the Princeton University Art Museum, from left, Princeton Writes Essay Contest honorees Tom Dunne, Jon Horowitz, Gwen McNamara, and Matt Eaton.

Photo: David Kelly Crow

From left to right: J. Nicole Shelton, College Head of Butler, Clancy Rowley, College Head of Rocky, and Sandie Bermann, College Head of Whitman, celebrating 2017 Commencement. 

From left to right: Dean Elizabeth Colagiuri, Dean Claire Fowler, Dean Jill Dolan and Dean Khristina Gonzalez celebrate 2017 Commencement

Chow named valedictorian, Storey selected as salutatorian

Jin Yun Chow, a comparative literature major from Hong Kong, has been selected as valedictorian of Princeton’s Class of 2017. Grant Storey, a computer science major from Berkeley, California, has been named the Latin salutatorian.

Photos by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications
President Eisgruber with secondary school teachers

In the Faculty Room of Nassau Hall, Director of the Program in Teacher Preparation Christopher Campisano (left) and Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber (third from right) meet with four outstanding New Jersey secondary school teachers on Commencement Day. They are (from left) Cory Terry ’04, Colleen Tambuscio, Emily Rock and Peter Drozd.

Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications

Dani Roomes, Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) Class of 2012, Bryn Mawr College Class of 2017 is the first PUPP Alum who has been awarded a Watson Fellowship from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation!

On February 7, 2017, the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning welcomed back Dr. Alison Gammie, director of the Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity at the National Institutes of Health and a former Princeton faculty member, for a talk entitled, “Widening the Pipeline: Inclusive Teaching for a Diverse Scientific Workforce.”

Solveig Gold and Marisa Salazar have been named co-winners of the University's 2017 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate. They were recognized for their accomplishments at a luncheon during Alumni Day on campus Saturday, February 25, 2017. Solveig's and Marisa’s remarks from the luncheon are below. Marisa delivered her remarks in English and in American Sign Language; her fellow student, Briana Christophers ‘17 translated and delivered Marisa's remarks in Spanish.

Solveig Gold on left (photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications)

Marisa Salazar on right (photo by Momo Wolapaye, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students)

by Sara Vantournhout, University Administrative Fellow

Close to two hundred Princetonians and Trentonians braved the stormy weather on the night of Tuesday, January 24, 2017 to attend the premiere of The Trenton Project’s student films at Trenton Artworks. The Fall 2016 undergraduate course URB 202, “Documentary Film and the City,” culminated in six student documentaries for The Trenton Project, a partnership between Princeton University and Trenton residents, institutions, and community partners that aims to document how the past, present, and future are interwoven in Trenton’s tapestry.

(Photo credited to Fotobuddy Photography)