Four graduates won awards from the Alumni Council for their service to Princeton. From left: Jeffrey A. Vinikoor ’03, Lee L. Dudka *77, Charlene Huang Olson ’88, and Rosalie Wedmid Norair ’76.
Four graduates won awards from the Alumni Council for their service to Princeton. From left: Jeffrey A. Vinikoor ’03, Lee L. Dudka *77, Charlene Huang Olson ’88, and Rosalie Wedmid Norair ’76.
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Volunteering as an Alumni Schools Committee (ASC) ­interviewer shortly after her 10th reunion, ROSALIE WEDMID NORAIR ’76 was excited that the first applicant she interviewed was admitted. Soon the student was waving to Norair at P-rades and other events, and they became friends. 

“Within a few years, there were lots of young people waving at me during P-rades,” Norair said. “Upon these memories of shared conversations, the foundations of later friendships are built.” 

For their volunteerism, Norair — president of her class and a founding member of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations committee — and three other alumni received Service to Princeton Awards from the Alumni Council during Reunions. 

As chairman of the Alumni Council’s Careers Committee in 2001, LEE L. DUDKA *77 oversaw the first NetNight, which was hosted by the Princeton Club of Washington, D.C. Now dozens of regional associations host these career-networking events. Dudka also launched the Careers Committee’s Reunions Conference, which just celebrated its 13th annual meeting. He has served the Washington club as president and vice president, and led and worked on committees of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni. 

CHARLENE HUANG OLSON ’88’s first foray into volunteering came when she joined the Princeton Club of Chicago in 1995. Since then she has served as its president and participated in nearly every club activity — from the regional ASC and book-awards group to committees working on the Aspire campaign, scholarships, and the Princeton Prize in Race Relations committee. Olson has been president of her class and served on the Alumni Council’s Executive Committee several times, most recently heading its committee on regional affairs. 

JEFFREY A. VINIKOOR ’03’s service to Princeton began during his undergraduate years. An Outdoor Action leader, resident adviser, and USG member, he joined the Princetoniana Committee and volunteered as an Alumni Giving solicitor his senior year. After graduating, Vinikoor began interviewing Princeton applicants for his local ASC, took leadership roles in various Alumni Council committees, and became a trustee of Triangle Club — another of his undergraduate affiliations — in 2010. The newly elected treasurer of the Class of 2003, Vinikoor said, “Volunteering for Princeton is not only meaningful, but also great fun.”