Princeton in NJ's Service

"In the nation's service and in the service of humanity"

This informal motto of Princeton University has guided the mission of its students, alumni, faculty and staff since first proposed by then-University President Woodrow Wilson in 1896 and updated in 1986. When President Christopher L. Eisgruber asked all members of the incoming Class of 2017 to read Anthony Appiah’s “The Honor Code,” his intent was for them to think about what it means to live a successful human life, “living a life that makes you happy, and living a life that is of service to others.” From day one on campus, this principle is central to the Princeton experience, and one that begins right here in New Jersey.


Community Service News

Friday, May 22, 2015
Princeton University will honor four exceptional New Jersey secondary school teachers at its 2015 Commencement on Tuesday, June 2. This year's honorees are Marcelino Garcia, North Brunswick Township High School, North Brunswick; Jennifer Kelly, Woodstown Middle School, Woodstown; Natalie Macke, Pascack Hills High School, Montvale; and Susan Spencer, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale. The teachers were selected for the award from nominations from public and private schools around the state. The teachers will receive $5,000, as well as $3,000 for their school libraries.
Friday, May 22, 2015
I recently attended an amazing Princeton graduation. The proud graduates sat in folding chairs, surrounded by their family and their instructors, near a black wrought iron fence that seemed to just barely keep the steady traffic and curious passers-by of the main street at bay. Only this Princeton graduation didn’t happen in front of Nassau Hall, and the traffic wasn’t the bustle of Nassau Street. This graduation was for the students of the El Centro (link is external)English as a Second Language (ESL) program in Trenton NJ. The ESL program is designed and implemented by Princeton University volunteers through the Pace Center’s Student Volunteers Council and consists of Princeton student volunteers teaching ESL classes each week at the Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton family resource center.
Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015
As I was waiting in the gym of the Catholic Youth Organization (link is external)(CYO) East State Street Center for the group of LEAP (Learning Enrichment in the Arts Program) students to line up at the door, I heard one girl say to another girl, “Do you have art class in school?” The other girl replied, “No, that’s why I come here.” LEAP is a Student Volunteers Council (SVC) volunteer organization with the Pace Center that addresses the importance of arts education. Unfortunately, the arts are suffering in today’s economy. Budget cuts in school districts are leaving administrators with no option but to limit art classes, decrease salaries, and fire arts educators. This is an important issue because studies have shown that increased access to the arts benefits children academically and socially. Our objective is to provide an opportunity for underprivileged children in our community to meaningfully experience the visual and performing arts on a weekly basis.
Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015
Just like the rest of the lost, confused and overwhelmed freshmen, I attended the Fall Activities Fair. I then sign-up for way too many activities and promised various commitments. Realistically I knew I would have to limit my commitments to a few activities. But the choice turned out to be much easier than I expected and Cherry Tree Club - a preschool that serves homeless and at-risk children in Mercer County - very quickly became my top priority.
Saturday, Feb 28, 2015
Princeton University was one of 12 institutions nationwide to receive a total of $56 million in funds from the National Science Foundation to support Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs). The award renews the NSF's existing support for the Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM) through October 2020, and includes $6.39 million for at least the first two years. PCCM researchers participate in numerous educational projects, such as a summer science and engineering research workshop for undergraduates nationwide; a three-week science camp, known as PUMA, for students from Trenton's Central High; and a series of one-day science camps for community K-12 students and their parents.