Author Archives: the PVC

Helena Novakova ’72 – Tennis, Swimming & Diving

Princeton became my “foster” home during one of the most difficult times of my life, and at the same time a stepping stone on my intellectual journey. I left Czechoslovakia 5 days after the 1968 invasion by Warsaw Pact Army – tanks were stationed in front of my house with angry citizens raising their fists up toward the bewildered Russian ... Read More »

John W. Rogers, Jr. ’80 – Basketball

By far, the most important aspect of my Princeton experience was the unique opportunity I had to play for Pete Carril. Of all my college experiences, it is the one I value the most because Coach Carril was one of the best teachers I have ever had. His recitations about the rewards of hard work, teamwork, discipline and patience significantly shaped ... Read More »

Sandi Bittler ’90 – Basketball

Basketball was always my passion. When it came time to decide where to go to college, I wasn’t concerned with academics – I was focused on finding a great basketball program that would offer me a scholarship. I was from a small high school so I knew I wouldn’t be heavily recruited, but I was still determined to get the ... Read More »

Cathy Corcione ’74 – Swimming & Diving

Against the backdrop of the turbulent events of the late 1960’s, Princeton University announced its intention to admit women. Although the decision was controversial, it placed Princeton at the forefront of a movement to provide equal opportunity for women in our society. When I entered Princeton in the fall of 1970 I was 17 years old and keenly aware that ... Read More »

Academic-Athletic Fellow Spotlight –Matthew Frawley

The PVC recently spoke with Matthew Frawley, Lecturer in Religion and Academic-Athletic Fellow to the men’s and women’s diving teams. Q. How many years have you served as an Academic-Athletic Fellow? A. I just became the academic-athletic fellow of the diving team last year. So this is my second year. Q. What is your role with the team? A. I’ve ... Read More »

Academic-Athletic Fellow Spotlight – John Gager

John Gager recently retired from his position as the William H. Danforth Professor of Religion after 39 years of service to Princeton University. During his time on campus, he has had a tremendous impact on his students, including one group in particular. Professor Gager has served as an Academic-Athletic Fellow and worked closely with the Princeton women’s soccer team for ... Read More »

Academic-Athletic Fellow Spotlight – Karen Jezierny

Karen Jezierny is always smiling. Her energy level alone is probably enough to light up Lourie-Love Field for night games. She likes to call people “hon.” In short, she’s the perfect soccer mom. So why limit herself to just her 10-year-old daughter Dana, who plays for the Montgomery Lightning? Instead, Jezierny has also adopted another 25 or so soccer players. ... Read More »

Academic-Athletic Fellow Spotlight – Karen Malatesta

The PVC recently spoke with Karen Malatesta, Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology and long-time Academic-Athletic Fellow to the Princeton University Track team. She shared some thoughts on her experiences and the value of participating in the AAF program: “The aspect of being an Academic Athletic Fellow to the Men’s Cross-Country and Track Team that I value most is having numerous ... Read More »

The 2008 Princeton Varsity Club Senior Student-Athlete Awards Banquet

Each year the PVC celebrates the accomplishments of the senior class with a grand banquet attended by family, friends, coaches, staff and many others in the Princeton community. Senior student-athletes, their families, and PVC members and their guests gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2008 and honorary PVC award winners. The 11th Annual Senior Student-Awards Banquet was held at ... Read More »

Academic-Athletic Fellow Spotlight – Joseph Michels

The PVC recently spoke with Joseph Michels, Director for Research Initiatives, Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, Lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program, and Academic-Athletic Fellow to the men’s and women’s crew teams. Q. How many years have you served as an Academic-Athletic Fellow? A. Six years supporting the rowing program. Q. What is your role with the ... Read More »

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