T O W N   &   G O W N

Office is resource for community

This issue of the Princeton Weekly Bulletin is being mailed to residents of the local community on behalf of the Office of Community and State Affairs, a bridge between "town and gown."
    Office staff members serve to link the University to state and local government representatives, as well as the residents of neighboring communities. The office works with state, county and municipal government officials, plus with a wide variety of community organizations, to enhance the quality of life throughout the region.


Each spring, the Office of Community and State Affairs works with Princeton students and the Arts Council of Princeton to organize Communiversity, a festival intended to promote cultural awareness for both town and gown. The event features food, performances and children's activities.

    The office gets involved in issues such as donations to municipalities, land use, transportation, environment and economic development. Staff members also oversee the Community Auditing Program (see story at right), the Program in Continuing Education, the Outside Use of University Facilities Program and the Surplus Equipment Donations Program, as well as numerous arts/entertainment initiatives for the community, such as Community/Staff Day at Princeton Stadium (see story below) and the Communiversity spring festival.
    For more information about the Office of Community and State Affairs, call 258-3204 or visit this Web site: <web.princeton.edu/sites/pucsa>.

Community/Staff Day set for Oct. 12

Staff members at Princeton and residents of the local community are invited to an annual celebration of arts, entertainment, sports and community service Saturday, Oct. 12, at Princeton Stadium.
    Community/Staff Day consists of two hours of pre-football game festivities featuring activities for all ages and interests: snacks, prizes, balloon sculptors, face painters, spin artists, strolling musicians, bounce house and Polaroid pictures. In addition, the day will include a community track event (with free T-shirts for all participants) and a Community Information Fair (where area nonprofit organizations have exhibits highlighting their missions and volunteer needs).
    This year, the fair is featuring the "Princeton Reads" project of the Princeton Public Library. The University will be giving away 100 copies of the Princeton Reads book, Chang-rae Lee's "Native Speaker," (more...) as a special door prize.
    Doors will open at 11 a.m. for the track event registration; the other festivities will begin at 11:30 a.m. Lee, a newly appointed faculty member at the University, will sign copies of his book at the Princeton Public Library's "Princeton Reads" table from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    The kickoff for the Princeton vs. Colgate football game is at 1 p.m. During the game, the Department of Athletics will recognize participants in this year's Reading with the Tigers program as part of its third annual "Salute to Education Day." Through the program, children who read 10 books over summer vacation receive free admission to selected athletic events throughout the year. Nearly 1,000 children have participated in each of the last three years.
    All of the pre-game festivities are included in the price of the football ticket admission, which is $6. However, all University staff (anyone with a PUID or employment card) may pick up their complimentary tickets on the morning of Oct. 12 at a specially designated ticket window. Or, tickets may be obtained in advance at the ticket office in Jadwin Gym (258-3538).
    Community/Staff Day is sponsored by the Office of Community and State Affairs, the Office of Human Resources and the Department of Athletics. For more information about the event (not ticket sales), call 258-5144.

Knoepflmacher keynotes Oct. 11 library benefit

Princeton Professor Ulrich Knoepflmacher will be the keynote speaker at the Friends of the Princeton Public Library annual benefit at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Nassau Presbyterian Church.
    The Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature will speak on "Fables of Survival: Literature and the Preservation of Childhood." A scholar of children's literature from the earliest versions of Cinderella to the works of Maurice Sendak, Knoepflmacher enjoys discussing the world of fable and imagination instilled in childhood through literature and explaining why adults remain captivated by early childhood tales.
    He is the author of "Ventures into Childland: Victorians, Fairy Tales and Femininity" and has recently edited the new Penguin edition of Frances Hodgson Burnett's "A Little Princess."
    The annual benefit is the chief fund-raising activity of the Friends of the Princeton Public Library. Proceeds from the evening, which also includes a buffet dinner at the Nassau Club, fund the acquisition of books and audiovisual materials for the library as well as for the continuing professional education of library staff.
    For more information and ticket prices, call Judy Gelfand at 924-9529, ext. 255.

Princeton reads 'Native Speaker'

The Princeton Reads program, which launches Oct. 20, will hold more than 15 discussion groups about "Native Speaker" at various locations in Princeton.
    Author Chang-rae Lee will talk about the book at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Princeton High School's auditorium. The event is open to the public, but tickets, which are free, are required. For tickets or to register for a book discussion group, call the Princeton Public Library at 924-9529, ext. 220.
    The program is being organized by the Princeton Public Library in partnership with Princeton High School, the Arts Council of Princeton, the University's Office of Community and State Affairs and the Friends of the Princeton Public Library. "Native Speaker" was selected by members of the Princeton community from a list published by the library. For more information about the program, visit <www.princetonlibrary.org>.
    Lee will be signing copies of "Native Speaker" from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the library's "Princeton Reads" table at the University's Community/Staff Day, which will take place Saturday, Oct. 12, at Princeton Stadium. The University will be giving away 100 copies of the book as a special door prize at the event's Community Information Fair.

University shares knowledge through Community Auditing Program

Princeton, NJ -- Area residents can take advantage of the rich academic resources available in their own backyard through the University's Community Auditing Program.
    The University allows individuals who register -- on a non-credit basis -- to attend lectures that are part of the regular course offerings for undergraduate students. In addition, auditors receive course handouts and participate in special receptions and programs. No seminars, precepts, graduate-level classes, labs or class discussions (that are part of the undergraduate experience) are available to registered auditors. However, the program's staff currently is exploring establishing one or two auditor-only precepts that would be available for an additional fee.
    It is no longer possible to register for fall classes, but those interested in attending classes in the spring semester should save these dates:

Monday, Dec. 9 -- Registration for Princeton Borough and Township residents and all University affiliated individuals (alumni, staff, retired staff) from 8 a.m. to noon in Alexander Hall.

Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 10-12 -- Registration for the general public from 8 a.m. to noon in Alexander Hall.

Dec. 13 through Jan. 10 -- Registration by mail or walk-in at Stanhope Hall. Office hours for walk-in registration are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

The spring semester auditing fee per course is $75 to cover administrative costs and course materials. The special auditor-only precept/discussion group would be an additional $25. Special accommodations regarding the fee will be made in cases of financial hardship.
    Although no certification is given upon completion of a Community Auditing Program course, New Jersey teachers who audit classes will receive special documentation for the purposes of satisfying their professional development requirements.
    The Community Auditing Program should not be confused with the Program in Continuing Education, which entitles an individual to all privileges given to a fully enrolled student at a cost of $3,400 per class. The Office of Community and State Affairs administers both programs for University and non-University constituents.
    For more information, call 258-0202; visit the office in Stanhope Hall between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; or check the Web site: <web.princeton.edu/ sites/pucsa/ auditing.htm>.


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