Alumni Day Schedule of Events

February 22, 2020

9:00 a.m.

Madison Medal Lecture: Adventures in Inspiration: Exploring the Warped Side of Our Universe
Kip Thorne *65, Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, California Institute of Technology
Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Princeton
Rodney Priestley, Vice Dean for Innovation and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Priestley will highlight how the University is finding new avenues to cultivate interactions between University faculty members, researchers and students, and outside partners in the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors. These connections with  nonacademic partners and support for new ventures will strengthen the University’s teaching and research mission while enhancing its impact on the world.
McCosh Hall, Room 10

10:15 a.m.

Woodrow Wilson Award Lecture: Public Service in a Self Interested Age
Anthony D. Romero ’87, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Equations of Life:  How Mathematical Modeling Illuminates Biological Processes
Corina Tarnita,
Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

 How did social behaviors come about? What’s the advantage to being a loner? Why are African deserts covered in polka dots of vegetation? As a theoretical biologist, Professor Tarnita uses mathematical and computational models coupled with data to understand the principles and consequences of  biological organization from cells to ecosystems. She will discuss examples from her own research to showcase the power of a mathematical approach. No math background is necessary to enjoy this lecture.
McCosh Hall, Room 10

Navigating the College Admissions Process
Karen Richardson ’93, Dean, Office of Admission

Brad Saft ’00, Chair, Princeton Schools Committee
Learn everything you wanted to know about preparing to apply to college but were afraid to ask. Open to students in ninth through 11th grades and their parents.
McCormick Hall, Room 101

11:30 a.m.

Alumni Day Reception
All alumni are invited for hors d’oeuvres prior to the Alumni Day Luncheon.
Jadwin Gymnasium

12:15 p.m.

Alumni Day Luncheon and Awards Presentation
The Alumni Day Luncheon features the presentation of the Woodrow Wilson Award and the James Madison Medal and honors the undergraduate student recipients of the Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize and the graduate student recipients of the Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship.
Jadwin Gymnasium

2:30 p.m.

GradFUTURES Storytelling Workshop for Graduate Students and Graduate Alumni  
Join Carol Barash *89, founder and CEO of Story2, for a workshop paring graduate students with graduate alumni to share stories and explore common themes in graduate professional development. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Government and the GradFUTURES professional development team in the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School. A networking reception will follow. Register online
East Pyne 010

3:00 p.m.

Service of Remembrance
The University’s annual memorial service invites family and friends to remember with honor and affection those Princetonians – alumni, students, faculty and staff – whose deaths were recorded during the prior calendar year. The Reverend Douglas J. Ray, SJ ’95 will deliver the memorial address.
University Chapel

General Chemistry in an Hour – or Less
A perennial Alumni Day family favorite, this presentation includes demonstrations made famous to students and alumni by the late Professor Hubert Alyea ’1924.
Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Taylor Auditorium

4:00 p.m.

Service of Remembrance Reception
Family and friends are invited to a reception after the service to share personal remembrances.
Prospect House

All-Alumni Closing Reception
Before departing campus join in a celebratory toast in honor of the 50th anniversary of undergraduate coeducation. Reception begins at 4:00 p.m. with the toast at 5:00 p.m.
Chancellor Green Rotunda

4:00-5:30 p.m.

Conversation and Networking With A4P
Join the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton for conversation and networking with Youngsuk ‘YS’ Chi ’83, chairman of Elsevier and a global thought leader in the publishing, education and information solutions industries. Chi is a former University trustee and a trustee of the University Press since 2000.
Campus Club

Other Campus Events


Exhibit: Celebrating 25 Years of Environmental Education and Research
From the oceans to the forests, from diseases to natural disasters, Princeton faculty and students are carrying out research crucial to understanding and preserving our planet. Those efforts are the centerpiece of an exhibition at the Frist Campus Center organized by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) to celebrate 25 years of environmental research and education at the University. The 41-panel exhibition features photos from the field and the classroom, as well as quotes from faculty, students and collaborators about the focus and significance of environmental research and teaching at Princeton. The panels hang from the atrium ceiling south of the central staircase and are visible from the A, 100 and 200 levels.
Frist Campus Center

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Beyond Diversity, Toward Inclusion: A Discussion About Praxis
Jenny Korn ’96, an activist scholar, will moderate a 90-minute “un-conference” where attendees will brainstorm topics around diversity in small breakout groups. Each group will identify  takeaways/best practices that can be used to operationalize  a practical approach to implementing an inclusive environment at Princeton and beyond. The event is being sponsored by  Terrace Club. 
Terrace Club, First Floor Lower Dining Room (first room on your right as you enter the club)

2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Outdoor Action: Rock Climbing and Bouldering for Beginners and Intermediates
Join OA leaders, students, fellow alumni and their families  at the University’s climbing wall in one of two one-hour  sessions. Please pre-register for only one session. All  climbing equipment and instruction provided by Outdoor  Action. Register online

Princeton Stadium, University Climbing Wall

Art Museum Highlights Tour
Discover premier collections spanning antiquity to contemporary, free of charge. Tours meet at the entrance of the museum.
Princeton University Art Museum

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Graduate Student Research Showcase
Graduate students from the Latino Graduate Student Association, the Black Graduate Caucus, the Queer Graduate Caucus and Intersecting Queer Identities will be presenting 5-minute flash talks on their research aimed at a general audience. Speakers from history; Spanish and Portuguese; ecology and evolutionary biology; chemical and biological engineering; and molecular biology will be featured. Following the presentation, there will a Q&A session about the research presented and about graduate student life at Princeton. The event is being sponsored by ALPA, APGA, BTGALA, ABPA, and the Graduate School.
McCormick, Room 101

3:00 p.m.

From Princeton to Entrepreneurial Success: Bridging Experiences Between Students and Alumni
Students and alumni will have the opportunity to listen to a  panel of successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, network with one another, and participate in a mentorship program. Panelists include Ethan Goldstein ’12, founder of consumer healthcare brand Curist; Justin Zhen ’10, co-founder of financial data company Thinknum; Vaidhy Murti ’15, a serial entrepreneur, and others.
Friend Center, Convocation Room

4:00 p.m.

Student Debate Competition: Class of 1876 Prize Debate
The 1876 Prize Debate pits a team of one senior and one freshman against a team of one junior and one sophomore. The teams will debate a topic of current political or campus interest, to be announced to the teams on the day preceding the Debate. The Debate was inaugurated by the Class of 1876 at its 10th reunion. 
Whig Hall, Senate Chamber

5:00 p.m.

Opening Celebration: "Life Magazine and the Power of Photography"
Join exhibition curators Katherine Bussard, the art museum’s Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography; Kristen Gresh, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Senior Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; and Alissa Schapiro, Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University, for a lecture introducing key themes and works of art in this groundbreaking exhibition. A reception in the Princeton University Art Museum will follow.
McCosh Hall, Room 10

8:00 p.m.

Jazz Vocal Collective With Claudia Acuña
Hear the renowned Chilean jazz singer, songwriter and arranger share the stage with Princeton University’s Jazz Vocal Collective Ensemble (JVC) in a concert that bridges cultures and traditions. The JVC is Princeton University’s elite jazz student ensemble that features solo voice, directed by Trineice Robinson-Martin. Tickets are required and can be purchased online
Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

"Sister Mok-rahn"
The Program in Theater presents "Sister Mok-rahn" by Eun-sung Kim, translated by Dayoung Lee and directed by visiting artist Seonjae Kim. The critically acclaimed play captures the stories of separated people in the divided North and South Koreas, through the perspective of a female North Korean defector. Tickets are required and can be purchased online

Lewis Arts ComplexWallace Dance Building

Athletic Events

12:00 p.m.

Men’s Squash vs. Trinity
Jadwin Gymnasium 

1:00 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Virginia
Class of 1952 Stadium/Bedford Field

3:00 p.m.

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Yale
Baker Rink

6:00 p.m.

Women’s Basketball vs. Dartmouth
Jadwin Gymnasium
or tickets call 609-258-4TIX (4849) or visit

February 23, 2020

Student-Led Programs

12:00-2:00 p.m.

Princeton Entrepreneurship Club Pitch Competition
The Princeton Entrepreneurship Club Pitch is the only pitch competition exclusively for Princeton students. We consider teams of all backgrounds and stages, including nonprofit ventures–in this competition, the best pitch wins. We help pitches of all stages push their idea forward with top-industry mentors, all for one pitch to win 6k.
Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building, Room A17 (lower level)

Athletic Events

8:00 a.m.

Men's and Women's Track Invitational
Jadwin Gymnasium

6:00 p.m.

Wrestling vs. Rutgers
Jadwin Gymnasium
For tickets call 609-258-4TIX (4849) or visit TICKETS.PRINCETON.EDU