Greetings from Mathey College, your home away from home at Princeton University. The entire Mathey team is delighted to welcome all of our first-year students into our community and get to know them over the course of the academic year.
You are a member of the 39th group of students to enter Mathey College since its founding in 1983. It is a four-year college, which means that you can live in the college beyond your sophomore year, as a junior and senior student. This year, the Mathey College resident student body will be a diverse group of about 560 people, with approximately 252 first years, 180 sophomores, and 128 juniors and seniors, some of them members of the Edwards Collective, Mathey's arts and humanities themed housing. In our community, you will find athletes and musicians, poets and astrophysicists, students of every religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and economic circumstance. Mathey is a place where all students come together to engage and look out for each other in a supportive environment where they feel at home.
There are a number of 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 (Resident College Adviser), a junior or senior who is carefully selected to be a source of guidance and inspiration. We have a wonderful group of RCAs, as well as a number of alternate 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 (RGS), all pursuing a M.A. or Ph.D. degree at Princeton in a broad range of academic disciplines, will be living in the college. They will advise, support, and participate in all kinds of student-led events. Additionally, your Academic Adviser, who is a Faculty Fellows of Mathey College, will help you choose your courses and discuss overall academic and career plans. The Mathey College Council, a group of Mathey student leaders, will organize activities such as study breaks, intramural athletics, civic engagement activities, and trips to Broadway shows, sporting or musical events. We look forward to first-year students enthusiastically participating in Council and attending Council-organized events.
Mathey College has an array of professional staff who are dedicated to helping you make the most of your Princeton experience. Dr. Natalia Cordova Sanchez, the Director of Studies (DOS), 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. In the unlikely event that it becomes necessary, she also oversees disciplinary actions in the academic and social areas. All colleges also have a Dean who primarily assists junior and senior students with academic matters; we are in the process of selecting a new dean and will provide more information about this person soon.
Mathey students will have the opportunity to meet two other dedicated members of our Mathey College professional staff once they arrive on campus. If students come into the college office, they 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 them 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.
Finally, Dr. Stacey Sinclair, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs is the Head of College. Her role is to provide a steadfast faculty presence and guide in Mathey, and model integration of the personal and intellectual. She splits time between her offices in Mathey and Psychology and encourages Mathey students to reach out to her about anything or stop by either office. Students are also likely to meet her husband, Joseph Barnes, and son, Marshall (who is 10), around Mathey College or at events hosted in their home just across the street from the College. You will be invited to their home for dinner during the Fall semester.
Almost every evening, we have a fun and enriching event happening in Mathey. A variety of "tables" take place during the dinner period in either the Dining Hall or the Mathey Private Dining Room and these are open to all members of the College. For example, in recent years we have offered language tables in French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Hebrew, Ancient Greek, spoken Latin, and Russian, as well as a science (“Energy”) table and a philosophy table. 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. We are fortunate to have Ferris Professor of Journalism Joe Stephens as our faculty-in-residence (living in Blair Tower). He will also be running a variety of events, in addition to directing Princeton’s Journalism Program. Current-event, career, and general-interest talks are also routinely sponsored by the Dean of the College’s Office, the Davis International Center, the Health Professions Office, the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, and by student groups.
The entire Mathey team is here to assist each student in their 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.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Dr. Stacey Sinclair
Head of Mathey College
Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs
Dr. Darleny Cepin
Director of Student Life
Dr. Natalia Cordova Sanchez
Director of Studies
Yamile Perez, M.Ed
College Program Administrator
College Office Coordinator