Author Archives: the PVC

Justin Reed ’05 – Track & Field

Excerpts from the 2005 PVC Senior Student-Athlete Awards Banquet “It has truly been a remarkable, exciting, challenging, and sometimes frustrating experience, but I know within my heart that as a group we have persevered because collectively we all share a common purpose in our desires to succeed in life and as teammates. We share a common bond in that we ... Read More »

Margot G. Wheeler MD ’87 – Crew

As I reflect on my years at Princeton, I appreciate the central role of athletics in my education. The lessons learned on Lake Carnegie were not solely rowing lessons, but lessons in teamwork, dedication, commitment and the ability to handle both success and failure. The role of the recruited athlete at Princeton is threatened by those who do not value ... Read More »

Marc Washington ’97 – Football

Playing football at Princeton was unparalleled preparation for my career in business. It goes without saying that my classroom experiences also significantly contributed to my preparation given the rigorous academic demands, the quality of the learning environment at Princeton, and the countless hours spent in the E-Quad. However, my experiences competing with my team on the football field toward a ... Read More »

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 »

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