By Clifford W. Zink

This beautifully illustrated volume tells the story of Princeton University’s unique system of Eating Clubs, which have been the center of dining and social life for most of its juniors and seniors since the late 19th century. The majestic clubhouses lining Prospect Avenue have also provided homes away from home for tens of thousands of alumni returning to campus for events and Reunions. Now, for the first time, the origins, evolution, and architectural grandeur of the Princeton Eating Clubs are described in a captivating manner that sheds light on the growth of one of the world’s great universities and changes in American society that influenced Princeton and the independent clubs. The eleven private clubs that continue to operate as they have since the beginning, and the University, which now owns five former club buildings, all cooperated in the author’s research and documentation. Striking images from the University archives and exclusive new photos illustrate the creativity of the clubs’ architects, some of whom had a lasting impact on collegiate design and American architecture as a whole.

Princeton-based author Clifford W. Zink has written six previous books that have won six awards, and he has also received several historic preservation awards.

This full-color, hardcover book is 12 by 10 in. with 192 pages and over 500 illustrations. The book is $75 and is available to order now. To order your copy, please contact Ivy’s Steward at [email protected] or (609) 924-2236, or visit

Graduates in the News

Award-winning filmmaker Alexander “Xandy” Janko ’91 recently made his directorial debut with Year by the Sea. Based on Joan Anderson’s New York Times bestselling memoir, the film won 16 festival awards (including Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Film) before its national release this fall.

Hospice and palliative care specialist Dr. Bernard “B.J.” Miller ’93 appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network last May to discuss the important lessons he’s learned after years of working with terminally ill patients.

The Kansas City chapter of the Urban Land Institute presented land-broker Whitney Kerr ’56 with its Lifetime Achievement Award for his “leadership in the responsible use of land.”

Doug Schachtel ’01 co-founded the Portfolio School in New York City, which focuses on “guided choice and a personalized education” and is part of a growing trend of schools rooted in technology and creativity-based teaching.

Ryann Manning ’01 received Harvard Business School’s Dean’s Award for her work in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. She co-founded a charity dedicated to improving health care for children and mothers in Sierra Leone.

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has awarded orthopedic surgeon Nicholas Bernthal ’02 the 2017 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award in recognition of his “clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in the delivery of care.”

The Los Angeles Times announced that Kerry Song ’04 has started a vegan food company called The Abbot’s Butcher, which produces a variety of plant-based products “that taste so good even meat-eaters will want a bite.”

University of Hawaii mechanical engineering professor John Allen ’88 has been elected to the Acoustical Society of America’s College of Fellows for his contributions to the understanding of ultrasound contrast agents.

Actress Ellie Kemper ’02 continues to garner critical acclaim for her starring role in the Emmy-nominated Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Currently in its third season, the show has been renewed for a fourth season.

Author Bianca Bosker ’08 will star alongside actress Judy Kuhn and comedian Mo Rocca on the live show (and podcast) In Your Face, which features sketches, songs, and monologues at the Merkin Concert Hall.