Letter to the Class of 2026 from Prof. Stacey Sinclair, Head of Mathey College

July 1, 2022

Greetings from Mathey College, your home away from home at Princeton University. The entire Mathey team is delighted to welcome you into our community and get to know you over the course of the academic year.

Our buildings

The dormitories that comprise Mathey College are iconic examples of the collegiate Gothic style that many people associate with Princeton; they first welcomed students over 100 years ago. The dormitories were inaugurated under the auspices of Mathey College in 1983. You will be a member of the 40th class of Matheyites.

Our people and values

This year, we welcome 214 first-years to our resident student body, some of whom are members of the Edwards Collective, Mathey's arts and humanities themed housing. The Mathey In our community is comprised of first-years through seniors, you will find athletes and musicians, poets and astrophysicists, students of every religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and economic circumstance. We come together to under a set of shared aspirations that can be distilled into the acronym BOWLD.

              Our supportive environment strives to afford a sense of belonging to every student.
              We take ownership of our community by engaging with and looking out for each other.
              Personal mental and physical well-being are essential for our community flourishing
              Learning does not begin or end in the classroom; it occurs everywhere.
               Diversity of backgrounds, experiences and passions add to our rich, dynamic community.

You will also hear a lot about the Mathey Moose, our mascot, and being part of the herd.

Support during the transition to college and beyond

There are many people living in, and associated with, Mathey who are excited to contribute to your transition to Princeton. Early next week, you will hear from your RCA (Residential College Adviser), a junior or senior who is carefully selected to be a source of guidance and inspiration. We have 16 wonderful RCAs, as well as 3 Assistant RCAs who assist them in their tasks. Each RCA group is assigned its own Peer Academic Adviser (PAA) that you will be interacting with as well. Several Residential Graduate Students (RGSs), all pursuing a M.A. or Ph.D. degree at Princeton in a broad range of academic disciplines, will also be living in the college. They will advise, support, and participate in all kinds of student-led events. Additionally, your soon-to-be-assigned Academic Adviser, who is a Faculty Fellow of Mathey College, will help you choose your courses and discuss overall academic and career plans.

Mathey College has an array of professional staff who are dedicated to helping students make the most of their Princeton experience. Dr. Natalia Cordova Sanchez, our Assistant Dean (formerly Director of Studies), assists first- and second-year students with all academic matters and leads the PAAs. Dr. Darleny Cepin, who is Director of Student Life, leads the team of RCAs and has oversight of co-curricular programs that enhance College life and encourage personal well-being. Dr. Michael Olin, the Dean of Mathey, provides daily oversight of the office and assists mainly junior and senior students with academic matters.

You will have the opportunity to meet two other dedicated members of our Mathey College professional staff once they arrive on campus. When you come into the college office, you will likely be greeted by the College Office Coordinator, Ms. Gail Ivaniski. She helps arrange appointments with other members of the Mathey staff, notifies students about College events, and generally makes our office visitors feel welcome. Our College Program Administrator, Mr. Yamile Perez, oversees our budget, helps in the planning and execution of events throughout the College and coordinates between our office and the campus units that care for our buildings. He is also the person to reach out to if you are interested in working part-time in the Mathey office.

We are also excited to announce that we will be welcoming a Residential Life Coordinator (RLC) to our team in late summer or early fall. The purpose of this new role is to support and enhance the residential and co-curricular experience of students from all four years residing in or affiliated with Mathey. The RLC will work to support and promote the health, safety and well-being of students in the college. We look forward to announcing our new team member soon!

Finally, I am Head of Mathey College and a Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs. My role is to provide a steadfast faculty presence and guide in Mathey, and model integration of the personal and intellectual. I split time between my offices in Mathey and Psychology and hope that you stop by either one. You are also likely to meet my husband, Joseph Barnes, and son, Marshall (who is 11), around Mathey College or at events hosted in our home just across the street. Every first-year student is invited to our home for dinner during the Fall semester.

Social and intellectual opportunities

There are numerous fun and enriching events happening in Mathey throughout the academic year. We have offered language tables, a science (“Energy”) table and a philosophy table for interested students to engage with each other during the dinner period. Every other week we have a luncheon in our private dining room with an informal talk by a College Fellow, as well as periodic dinnertime talks with invited speakers. Joe Stephens, Ferris Professor of Journalism and Director of the Journalism Program, is our faculty-in-residence (residing in Blair Hall) and hosts events featuring visiting journalists in Mathey as well. Thanks to support from the Firestone Fund, we sponsor student-organized book clubs. If you have an idea for book club that you would like to organize, please let us know! Finally, the Mathey College Council, a group of Mathey student leaders, organizes activities such as study breaks, civic engagement activities, and trips to Broadway shows, sporting or musical events. You can apply to be a member of the Mathey College Council as a first year Moose and help shape the fun.

In conclusion

The entire Mathey team is here to support you in your academic and personal growth. If there is anything we can do for you in the meantime, please call us at (609) 258-5717. More information can be found on our webpage: http://matheycollege.princeton.edu. And do check our Facebook page and our Instagram feed for Mathey news and photos.

With best wishes,

 

Dr. Stacey Sinclair

Head of Mathey College

Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs            

ssinclr@princeton.edu