Junior Welcome Back Letter from Dean Stirk

Saturday, Sep 15, 2018

Dear Butler Class of 2020:

Welcome back to Princeton!  I trust you all had productive summers and that you are excited about beginning your junior year.  As you hopefully know, the non-departmental advising functions for juniors and seniors belong with your residential college, whether you live in Butler or in upperclass housing.  Regardless of where you call home on campus, Butler College will therefore remain an important part of your life at Princeton through your graduation. 

Make sure to come in to see me or Butler's Director of Studies, Dr. Matthew Lazen (mlazen@princeton.edu), this year for any of the following reasons:

     *  to change your major or your degree concentration;

    *  to get an extension on your independent work (JP);

    *  to get an extension to complete work that is due on Dean's Date;

   *  if you plan to take a summer course and need preapproval for Princeton degree credit;

    *  if you are seeking permission to enroll in a graduate course;

    *  if you are experiencing general academic difficulties and need help.

The Office of the Dean of the College has put together a very helpful Junior Action Plan, and I urge you to click on the link and explore it thoroughly.  It has a month-by-month guide to junior year, as well as links to many University resources.    For advice on course selection in your major, and for advice on fulfilling your departmental requirements and for guidance on independent work, you will be seeing your Departmental Representative in your home department.   For everyone engaging in independent work, the Office of Undergraduate Research has an extremely helpful website and calendar.

DISTRIBUTION AREA REQUIREMENTS: Please check your degree progress report to see where you stand with respect to the completion of distribution area requirements.   As senior year is a bad time to discover that you need, for example, to fulfill a final ST course, take a look NOW and let me know if there appears to be a problem.  Engineers who discover a problem with their BSE requirements should check with Dean Bogucki immediately.   Drop/Add opened on Tigerhub this morning and ends on Tuesday, September 25th at 11:59pm (the last day it is possible to add a class).   The full schedule for course selection dates and times can be found here: https://registrar.princeton.edu/tigerhub/availability-fall.xml .  Be sure to inform your departmental adviser of any changes you are making in your program.

If you are interested in post-graduate fellowship opportunities, Dr. Deirdre Moloney (moloney@princeton.edu ) in the Office of International Programs will be your point of contact.

If you are living in Butler, I look forward to seeing you often around Wu.  If you are in upperclass housing,  I am very much looking forward to continuing our relationship as you return to the college for meals (remember, you all have 2 free meals per week!)   Be on the lookout for email announcements about our upperclass social hours, and please consider participating in our the annual Butler/Wilson 5K run, taking place this year this coming Saturday, September 15th at 10:00am. .  Please come up to me and say hello when you see me in the Wu dining hall. 

We are always looking for new ways to integrate upperclassmen into residential college life through programming.  With all of our great common spaces, there should be many opportunities for you to participate.  Do not hesitate to contact us with possible programming ideas. 

Please let me know if you have any questions, and always feel free to make an appointment to see me at the number listed below. 

Here’s to a great year!

David Stirk

Dean of Butler College

Gordon Wu Hall

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ  08544


Appts.: 609-258-3474

Direct: 609-258-4954

Fax: (609) 258-2488

E-mail: dstirk@princeton.edu