From lost history to community celebrations: Guild probes African American experiences

by Jennifer Greenstein Altmann

Barack Obama’s historic candidacy for president made Princeton professor Joshua Guild think of Shirley Chisholm. In 1972, Chisholm, then a member of Congress, became the first African American candidate for president from a major political party, but her name barely came up during the 2008 presidential campaign.

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Princeton expands development options for service employees

by Jennifer Greenstein Altmann

After 10 years of planting trees and maintaining flower beds on Princeton’s campus, Bob Kochis was intrigued by the prospect of learning about positions in other areas of the University. He decided to apply to a Princeton program that places service employees in trade shop positions for the summer.

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Kolligian to lead University Health Services

by Ruth Stevens

John Kolligian, director of Counseling and Psychological Services in University Health Services (UHS) since 2004, has been named executive director of UHS, effective Feb. 2.

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Katie Couric named Class Day speaker

by Ruth Stevens

CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Katie Couric will deliver the keynote address at Princeton’s Class Day ceremony on Monday, June 1. Leaders of the senior class selected Couric from among numerous nominees suggested by classmates.

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Astronomers from Princeton, Japan unite to explore universe

by Kitta MacPherson

Scientists from Princeton and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) have agreed to collaborate over the next 10 years, using new instrumentation on the Hawaii-based Subaru Telescope to peer into hidden corners of the nearby universe and ferret out secrets from its distant past.

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President Emeritus Harold T. Shapiro awarded 2008 Clark Kerr Medal

Princeton President Emeritus Harold T. Shapiro has received the 2008 Clark Kerr Medal for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education. He was awarded the medal at a private event in Berkeley, Calif., Jan. 27.

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