Monday, May 11, 2009

The Class of 1987 Sends a Child to Yale

Classmate Elliot Turrini writes in with breaking news about his daughter being accepted to Yale:

"I thought this good news for the Turrini family might bring hope to other Class of 1987 parents. Our daughter, Alexandra (currently a HS senior), will be entering the Class of 2013 this fall. While Alexandra has two Yale parents -- my wife Loren is Yale 89' -- she was accepted despite her parents' inability to donate a building."

I believe that this is the first child of a classmate to attend Yale.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

President Obama Appoints Class of 1987's Michael Barr to Treasury Department Post

In March, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate  Michael S. Barr as Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions.  Michael is a professor at the University of Michigan Law School and currently teaches Financial Institutions, International Finance, Transnational Law, and Jurisdiction and Choice of Law, and co-founded the International Transactions Clinic. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and at the Brookings Institution. Barr conducts large-scale empirical research regarding financial services and low- and moderate-income households and researches and writes about a wide range of issues in financial regulation. Barr recently co-edited Building Inclusive Financial Systems (Brookings Press 2007, with Kumar & Litan) and Insufficient Funds (Russell Sage 2008, with Blank). Barr previously served as Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin’s Special Assistant, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, as Special Advisor to President William J. Clinton, as a special advisor and counselor on the policy planning staff at the State Department, and as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and then-District Court Judge Pierre N. Leval, of the Southern District of New York. Barr received his J.D. from Yale Law School, an M. Phil in International Relations from Magdalen College, Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar, and his B.A., summa cum laude, with Honors in History, from Yale University.

The White House - Press Office - President Obama Announces Additional Treasury Department Posts

Yale Day of Service -- Los Angeles

Classmate Darcy (Troy) Pollack is coordinating the Yale Day of Service project in LA on May 16.  Here is what she Darcy passed along:

We will be working with the non-profit organization P.S. Arts to repaint a mural that was vandalized at Grand View School in Mar Vista.  As you know, public schools are struggling with their budgets, and the arts have been severely impacted.  P.S. Arts is dedicated to restoring arts education to Title One public schools (75% of families live at or below Federal Poverty Level), and currently provides programs in Visual Arts, Music, Theater and Dance to 12,000 students at 25 schools.  At Grand View, P.S. Arts provides free visual arts and music for every child during their school day.  Vandals recently destroyed the mural that was created by P.S. Arts students, and restoring it will not only clean up the school, but also will raise the spirits of students and faculty alike. 

The project will run May 16 from 10AM to 2PM, and you are welcome to come at any point during that time to help out.  This is a great activity for children as well as adults, and we will have arts and crafts if you do have any children you would like to bring with you.  We will also have snacks and drinks to help you refuel.

Grand View School is located at 3951 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles 90066.

You can park on the street or in the Grand View parking lot.  There will be signs directing you to the arts bungalow, which is just behind the school parking lot.  If you have any questions that day (or before), please feel free to email me or call me at 310-740-7732.

Finally, P.S. Arts would welcome any donations of art supplies -- a box of crayons, package of construction paper, etc.  This is absolutely not required, but certainly would be appreciated.

Class of 1987 Pittsburgh Contingent

The Class of 1987 made it to this year's Super Bowl.  The Class of '87 Pittsburgh connection included Ken Lund, Dave Todd and Matthew Meade, who connected during halftime of  the game in Tampa.  JD Williams made it there, too.  A mini reunion and an unbelievable win by the Steelers.


(Sorry for the delay in the posting of this news . . . got lost in my e-mail.  If you ever send something in that doesn't get posted, please let me know.)

Chris Dudley Foundation

I have been amazed and humbled by the civic and charitable work done by many of our classmates. During my recent visit to LA, I heard about the remarkable work Jose Egurbide is doing in LA's public schools. And, it turns out, Darcy (Troy) Pollack is also involved in LA's schools. I have also recently learned about work Chris Dudley is doing for kids with diabetes. His foundation works with active children and young adults to be a clearinghouse for information and to empower young people living with diabetes to lead active lives. Please check out his web site to see what Chris is doing.

Chris Dudley Foundation

LA Class Get Together

We had a very nice Class get together in LA on April 28. About a dozen classmates got together in Santa Monica, with some lasting late enough into the night to get some dinner. We got to catch up with Jose Egurbide and his wife, Noreen, Ethan Goldstine, Gideon Brower, Jen Devore, Darcy (Troy) Pollack and her husband, Elizabeth Atlee, Lolly Hlade, Brandon Chabner, Ray Gallo and Tim Harkness. Some people got to catch up with old friends and some were meeting each other for the first time. Setting the event up was not hard - so think about putting together a class night out in your area.