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Campus Life
NEWSLETTER
 

In this issue, we bring you:

A few newsworthy items, professional development opportunities, upcoming events and photos of Campus Life in action.

News & Announcements

Happy New Year! 

 

As we celebrate the start of 2020, the John H. Pace, Jr. ’39 Center for Civic Engagement, is excited to acknowledge an important milestone for one of our foundational programs. In 1969, seven Princeton University undergraduate students moved off campus to live and connect with the Princeton community. Fifty years later their outreach and mission lives on as Community House continues to stand with families in the Princeton region, supporting the academic success and social and emotional wellness of underrepresented youth. 

 

In December, student volunteers, community partners, alumni, families, and friends gathered to honor Community House’s legacy and recognize the impact of its now 16 student-led projects, which serve preschoolers to high school students throughout the community. 

 

Community House is continuing its 50th anniversary celebrations with a “50 posts for 50 years” social media campaign (follow #CommunityHouse50th on Instagram) and will host an event at Princeton Reunions in June. Celebrations began with an inaugural Youth Leadership Summit in November, which invited select high school students who have demonstrated aptitude in leadership to discuss the importance of leadership, how to build leadership skills, as well as how to guide their careers. We are grateful to W. Rochelle Calhoun, Vice President for Campus Life;  LaTanya Buck, Dean for Diversity and Inclusion; Rick Curtis, Director of Outdoor Action; Charlotte Collins, Associate Director and staff adviser to Community House; and everyone who has contributed their knowledge, expertise, and support.  

 

In all we do at the Pace Center we aim to amplify Princeton students’ impact in the world. As students come to more deeply understand their own values, strengths, and curiosities, they learn how to best leverage and extend their talents for societal benefit. Service and civic engagement experiences invite students to help others, connect with peers, learn alongside community, explore pressing societal issues, and advocate for change.

 

We look forward to working with all of you in 2020 and beyond. If you are looking to learn more about the Pace Center and the many ways students engage, please check out our website or take part in Month of Service, which offers staff, students, faculty and alumni the chance to serve and learn together for two more weeks in January. 

 

In service,

Kimberly de los Santos

John C. Bogle ’51 and Burton G. Malkiel *64 Executive Director

Community House founders Michael Gage ’71 and Gary Hoachlander ’70, (second and third from left), gather with (from left) Geralyn Williams, Pace Center program coordinator, Jennifer Hoachlander, and Krystal Cohen ’21 and Community House community and family liaison. Photo by Gwen McNamara

Elif Aydin '22 (at right), Community House finance chair and tutor-mentor, takes a photo with Lalla Sanoe, a Community House After School Academy (CHASA) youth participant. Photo by Jared Flesher
Vice President for Campus Life W. Rochelle Calhoun congratulates Community House on 50 years of standing with families in the Princeton area. Photo by Jared Flesher
The Youth Leadership Summit invited select high school students who have demonstrated aptitude in leadership to discuss the importance of leadership, how to build leadership skills, as well as how to guide their careers. The inaugural event was the first in a series of celebrations to honor the 50th anniversary of Community House. Photo by: Ella Whitfield '21

Professional Development Opportunities

Pictured: 2019 Princeton Writes Prize winner Kira O'Brien (center), with John Weeren (left) and VP for Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun (right).

On behalf of the Selection Committee, I warmly invite you to enter Princeton’s sixth annual staff essay contest, designed to encourage and recognize clear, creative, and compelling writing. The contest is open to all regular members of the academic professional, administrative, and support staffs.
 This year, we invite you to respond to the following prompt: At a time when headlines seldom capture people at their best, describe an act of kindness or selflessness, large or small, that you have experienced or witnessed and explain how this has affected you. We encourage you to think broadly about the topic, drawing on the multifaceted world of personal experience that transcends the borders of our campus.
 
To be considered, essays should be between 750 and 1,250 words and must be submitted to pwrites@princeton.edu on or before March 1, 2020. The Selection Committee will award one prize of $1,000 and up to three honorable mentions. The winners – and all contestants – will be recognized at a reception in the spring, and the winning essays will be printed in booklet form and, along with a professionally recorded audio file, posted online for others to enjoy.
 
For contest details, and to read the essays of previous winners, please visit Princeton Writeswebsite.
 
Whether or not you regard yourself as a “writer,” I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to express yourself. Each of us has a story to tell!

-John Weeren, Program Director

Upcoming Events

Simply Fitness
Is your New Year’s resolution to get in shape?  Learn the basics of how to use several pieces of popular cardio and weight-training machines.  Discover that the fitness center offers a variety of exercise equipment to meet your needs.
Instructor: Dr. Colt Murphy, Campus Recreation
Register here by January 14th by 12pm
For more information, contact Matt Brzycki at Brzycki@princeton.edu.
Yoga: The Whole Practice
5 days of mindful, holistic yoga practice TO RELAX, RENEW, RECHARGE during intersession.
Fee: $25 for Faculty/Staff
Register here!
For more information, contact Kara Nitti at knitti@princeton.edu.
 
Yoga: The Whole Practice
5 days of mindful, holistic yoga practice TO RELAX, RENEW, RECHARGE during intersession.
Fee: $25 for Faculty/Staff
Register here!
For more information, contact Kara Nitti at knitti@princeton.edu.
 
Campus Life Brunch Poster
Campus Life Brunch
Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. at Murray Dodge (first floor)
Join the Campus Life Social Engagement Committee for an informal brunch. Network and connect with colleagues as we triumph into spring semester.
Tiger Cubs Out
Campus Rec welcomes children grades K-5 for a fun-filled evening jam packed with swimming, games, crafts, pizza, and more! Princeton University Staff & Faculty can enjoy a free evening, while the children have an exciting evening within our Athletics facilities. Each Tiger Paw’s Out event is supervised by trained student and professional staff who have successfully passed a background check.
Register here by January 27th
For more information, contact Nora Osei at nora.osei@princeton.edu.
 

Campus Life in Action

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SASA student organization
Trenton Circus
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