Thursday, December 27, 2012

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve

Growing up, my parents had a group of friends whose families were woven into the life of our family -- these families would join us for holidays, meet at parades, hang out during the summers, and come to parties.  I learned eventually that this group, and an even wider circle of friends, were my Dad's college friends.  So, when I went out East to college, one of my expectations was that I would graduate with a degree, some knowledge and with a group of life-long friends.    That was, after all, just how I thought the world worked.

This year has been a tough year for my Dad's group of friends -- in the last few months, we have lost Uncle Hugh, Uncle Clay and another Uncle Bob.  Each loss has meant another trip to old pictures from my childhood (and our wedding, where they all gathered) and a little reflection on just how remarkable having a group of friends like this is.  As I have aged, I have come to know just how rare and special the close bonds that our families had; they are really something to be cherished.

I think about my Dad's group of friends one more time today, as we prepare for Christmas Eve.  My Dad will be here, along with my sister and her husband.  And, the Sarkozi family will be here, too.  One of my Morse suitemates and his family will join us around the table, around the piano and around the fire to celebrate another year together.  We will cherish that bond all the more as we remember our classmate, Siobhan, and our friends scattered around the world.

As you celebrate the holidays and usher in the New Year, please think about those from our class who have meant something important to you.  Give them call.  Shoot them an e-mail.  Even if you haven't spoken in a while, don't worry about it.  They would love to hear from you.  The bonds we forged together all those years ago still exist.

Happy Holidays and Joyous New Year!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Siobhan Sharkey -- 1965-2012

It is with profound sadness that I announce the death of our classmate, Siobhan Sharkey.  I did not know Siobhan as well as many in our class, but I knew her well enough to know that she will be terribly missed.

Please pass this note on to other classmates who might not hear the news, and please do share your fond memories of Siobahn.

Here is the notice from today's New York Times.

SHARKEY--Siobhan Sophia. July 3, 1965 - December 18, 2012. Beloved daughter, sister and aunt. Founder of Health Management Strategies, Inc. M.B.A., Wharton 1991; B.A., Yale 1987. Survived by her parents, Robert and Phoebe; siblings, Edward, Catherine and James, sisters-in-law, Jennifer and Ina; nieces, Anne, Elizabeth and Phoebe, and nephews, Frederick and Caleb. Throughout her life and to the end of her heroic battle against cancer, Siobhan uplifted us with her vibrancy, optimism, and compassion. We miss her dearly. A Memorial Mass will be held at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 10am.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Holidays With/Without God

Check out this interesting discussion about the holidays, featuring Bruce Feiler.

When to Talk About ‘It’

We can barely get it together to celebrate one holiday in our house, KJ. I'm impressed you can celebrate two! As you know, I’m not in an interfaith marriage. I’m a Jew married to a Jew; our daughters went to Jewish preschool. We light the candles every night; discuss the story and sing some songs; then hide presents for the kids. We try to have non-Jews over as often as possible, because it keeps everybody on their toes; it’s more fun; and it encourages a fresh take on the tradition. That’s one of reason I’m all for interfaith marriages, as contradictory as that may seem. They’re living laboratories of coexistence that model behavior the rest of us are still trying to figure out. It's no wonder 40 percent of Americans are in one.
Why do adults squirm when religion is discussed?
So to be clear: What troubles me about the holidays is not unique to interfaith families; many single faith families share it as well. It's the idea that since parents are uncomfortable talking about religion, spirituality and God, we leave it out of the holiday all together. Why sully the fun! Sure, maybe the moment of gift giving is not the best time to have these conversations. The kids would likely tune you out anyway. And recounting the sanitized version of Hanukkah or the one about Mary, Joseph and the manger is not what I'm talking about.
We had an interesting moment on the first night of Hanukkah. After we talked through the story, I asked, “What role did God play?” The three 7-year-olds all raised their hands to respond; the only person to squirm was my wife. To me, that captures it. Kids are curious, engaged, opinionated; we’re the ones bringing all the baggage. The holidays bring together family, emotion, history, all things vital to exploring the biggest questions in life. That’s exactly the moment to talk about faith. Just because you have a problem with religion (and who doesn't!), why take it out on God? So here's my question: Would it work if you left God out of the gifts but found time to ask your kids what questions they have on the topic at this time of year?
Click here for the whole NYT piece.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Yale Alumni Service Corps 2013 Trip to Ghana


Yale Alumni Service Corps

Invites you to join us to serve in Yamoransa,
Ghana, Africa
August 1-11th, 2013

The Yale Alumni Service Corps invites you to join us on a truly inspiring service opportunity as we travel abroad to “give back.” From August 1 to 11 we return to see our friends in Yamoransa, Ghana, to serve this impoverished village and continue the great work begun last year. 
Nana (Chief) Akwa II, village elder and leader of the community, has asked us to return so that we might, in his words, “again provide hope, inspiration, and motivation.” 
We are grateful to be able to make a real difference. Last summer more than 150 alumni, family, and friends participated in this life changing service project. We need YOU for:
  • Education and Arts: Teachers willing to share their interests and skills – music, drama, crafts, hobbies, as well as traditional subjects ‑ with primary and middle school Ghanaian children who never have the chance to learn anything beyond reading, writing and math. Whatever you want to teach, they want to learn!
  • Medical Care: Doctors, nurses, PAs and interested lay people for this village with no clinic and in need of primary care and screening services.
  • Business Development: Consultants to work with local micro-business owners – bakers, seamstresses, hairdressers, kenkey makers, and others ‑ to develop and grow their businesses and get more organized.
  • Construction: Builders to help complete the community center, for which we laid the foundation last year.
  • Public Health: Volunteers to conduct health education and awareness classes including aids prevention, insurance registration, sanitary and medical care guidance.
  • College Mentoring: Mentors ‑ women especially ‑ to coach and counsel Ghanaian high school girls, to inspire and motivate them to apply to college.
  • Sports: Athletes for coaching sports and organizing clinics.
If you want to serve, we will find a volunteer opportunity for you.
Alumni – and their friends and family ­ from all classes, graduate and professional schools are welcome.
And there is no better gift you can give your children – ages 10 and older ‑ than working side by side with them to serve others. Last year more than 30 children were part of our service corps. They – and you – will learn on so many levels. This is a wonderful experience for families and individuals to change lives, including your own!
While serving this village and its gracious and welcoming people you will experience Ghanaian culture beyond what any tourist would experience.
We have limited accommodations for this adventure so please sign up soon! The cost is $2,250 exclusive of airfare to/from Accra. For more information, please visit us here or click here to register. First come, first served registration closes February 28th.

Carl Zimmer Wins Science Journalism Award

From the Yale Daily News:

English lecturer Carl Zimmer ’87 has been awarded one of the 2012 Kavli Science Journalism Awards, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced this week.

Zimmer was honored in the large newspaper category for three articles he wrote for The New York Times. When he receives his prize of $3,000 and a plaque at the AAAS annual meeting in Boston next February, he will join an elite group of the roughly 300 writers who have been recognized since the award’s launch in 1945.

“I was thrilled to win — it’s one of the highest awards a science writer can get,” Zimmer told the News. “The articles that won the awards were three of my stories written for The New York Times – one story was about all the bacteria that live inside of our bodies and that we depend on for our well-being, one was about the evolution of life around [New York City], and the other was about the crisis that science is in right now. Scientists are increasingly cutting corners, and I looked at some explanations for why that is the case.”

Described by The New York Times Book Review as “as fine a science essayist as we have,” Zimmer teaches students how to write about science and the environment at Yale. He has published 12 books about science and contributed to magazines including National Geographic, Time, Scientific American, Science and Popular Science. His 2004 book, “Soul Made Flesh,” investigates the discovery of the role of the human brain and was named one of the top 100 books of the year by The New York Times Book Review.

Zimmer has previously won AASA science journalism awards for the large newspaper category in 2009 and in the online category in 2004.

Inspirational Yale Lacrosse Story

On lacrosse field, inner city kids dream big

A nonprofit connecting middle school kids with lacrosse coaches at elite universities, not only teaches them the game, but also the value of a good education. NBC's Ron Mott reports.
By Andrew Hongo, NBC News
HARTFORD, Conn. -- On the bright green lacrosse fields of Trinity College, dozens of middle-school players ran back and forth clutching shiny, new lacrosse sticks. Their parents cheered for goals from the sidelines, and groaned at near-misses. Against a backdrop of blue skies and falling leaves, it made for an idyllic New England scene. 
But this was no prep school lacrosse league; it was the inaugural scrimmage for Inner City Lacrosse (ICL), a non-profit that brings volunteer coaches from Yale and Trinity’s lacrosse teams together with more than 50 boys and girls from New Haven and Hartford, almost all from public schools that don’t offer the sport. 
“Scoring a goal in lacrosse is exciting,” said ICL program founder Michael Gary, who grew up in New Haven’s projects. “But scoring well on an exam is most important and equally exciting. I hope they can understand the importance of doing well academically in the classroom.”
During their seven weekly practices, kids learn more than just lacrosse basics; Gary hopes bonds with student athletes from elite colleges will encourage the young players to pursue academic excellence of their own.
Kobi Spence, 11, who’s been in attendance since week one, got the message. Bright and ambitious, she said that not only does she want to go to Yale like her coaches, she also wants to become a successful lawyer, president of the United States, a forensic scientist—or some combination thereof.
When asked to describe her coach, 18-year-old Yale varsity midfielder Nicole Daniggelis, Kobi struggled to find the right words. 

Kobi Spence, her mother and coaches at Inner City Lacrosse describe their passion for the sport, sense of accomplishment and commitment to teamwork.
“All I can say is, ‘Wow!’” said Kobi. “Not only is she an amazing lacrosse player, she’s also a really good friend.” 
Kobi added Daniggelis is “also very good at academics. I can tell because her vocabulary is extraordinary.”
From Daniggelis’ side, the admiration was mutual.
“Kobi is such a great kid,” said Daniggelis. She continued, “She just has such a great attitude, 100 percent focus all the time, and her enthusiasm is amazing. She brings the program up so much by her enthusiasm, getting all the other kids involved and wanting to play just as hard as her, like she does every play.”
An ‘elite’ sport becomes more diverse  
Though lacrosse has a reputation as an elite sport, the National Federation of State High School Associations says it’s been the fastest growing team sport in the nation over the past five years. 
Gary said one of the goals of ICL (which is free of charge) is to bring more diversity to a cost-prohibitive sport. (Basic gear—pads, sticks, pennies, gloves, and helmets for the boys—can cost hundreds of dollars; Gary arranged for the equipment to be donated to the program.)
“You don’t find it as readily in the inner city,” Gary said. “So giving these kids an opportunity to play the sport, hopefully, you will see more kids of color playing the sport of lacrosse.”

Michael Gary, the founder of Inner City Lacrosse, grew up with very little. He is now giving back, by giving kids a whole new field of dreams.
Gary himself was once a kid without much opportunity. He grew up the youngest of six to a single mom in the Ashman Street Projects -- just steps away from Yale University, in a neighborhood he described as “the section where they told the Yale students not to go.” 
But Gary’s world changed when at age 13, he began participating in the U.S. Grant Foundation, which gave him a chance to be mentored by Yale students. He learned about math, he learned about literature, and for the first time he learned about boarding schools.
“I was saying to myself, ‘Wow. If I can leave New Haven and be a part of that environment that will be absolutely remarkable,’” said Gary. 
He ended up attending boarding school at Pomfret and then college at Trinity. Gary ultimately chose academia as a career and has been an admissions officer for 23 years -- 10 of them at the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy, where he now serves as Director of Admissions.
More than a coach 
As Kobi chatted with her friends during their pre-game warm-ups, they displayed all the signs of hero worship. They talked about how tall coach Daniggelis is, how good at lacrosse she is, and at one point they even tried to imitate a trick Daniggelis does, where she bounces her lacrosse stick off the ground then catches it. Daniggelis was ever-patient, and always positive throughout the game: reminding the girls of the proper scooping technique, demonstrating how to cradle the ball and shoot, and at one point tying Kobi’s shoelaces when her gloves proved an impediment.
“To be a part of this program is really something special because it’s taught me how to give back to a community that I’m new to,” said Daniggelis. “And I find that really rewarding.” 
When the game-ending whistle blew -- no one seemed to care much about the final score. The girls huddled for one final cheer, then lined up in rows for a team picture with their coaches. Proud moms counted to three, capturing memories that would last them until next season. 
The large group disbanded, and Kobi and Nicole posed for a picture, just the two of them, arms around each other, Kobi in her black and white striped leggings holding a pink lacrosse stick, Daniggelis in a white knit sweater with a big, blue “Y” on the front.           
Gary stressed that the program, ultimately, isn’t only about athletics, or even academics. It’s about something more—something he experienced all those years ago as a little boy being tutored by Yale students.
“The attention I was getting and working with college students…it just made me feel really valued,” he said.
His wife, Trina Gary, who has been his ICL partner since day one, echoed the same sentiment when reflecting on the past season.
“I think everybody learns in these situations when they give of themselves and put themselves into situations to help others,” she said. “To realize that we all need help, we all need someone there. We all need someone to say, ‘I see you. You matter.’”

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tim Calkins -- Defending Your Brand

Here is a recent video from Tim Calkins about his latest book, Defending Your Brand.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Once-Celebrated Pool is Past Its Prime

Here is an article from the latest issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine about the Yale pool.

Once-Celebrated Pool is Past Its Prime
November/December 2012
by Sarah Laskow ’06

In 1932, when the Exhibition Pool at Payne Whitney Gymnasium first opened, it was the best any college could boast. The new pool was 25 yards long, had six lanes, and was surrounded by 2,187 seats soaring steeply upward, always filled with hooting fans. “The great roar of the crowd seems to push straight down into the water,” Sports Illustrated said in 1969. “This, plainly, is good if you’re a Yale man, unsettling if you’re not.”

With the “Ex Pool” as its home, the men’s team dominated its competion. They competed in 201 dual meets without a loss from 1945 to 1961, mostly during the tenure of swim coach Robert Kiphuth.

But the pool’s heyday has long since passed. Take a swim today, says former women’s team captain Lisa O’Dell Rapuano ’88, and all you notice are the waves—which slow the swimmers down. Contemporary pools are designed to reduce such turbulence.

The pool no longer qualifies as a venue for major competitions: the NCAA championship, Ivy League championship, and others require pools to have at least eight 50-meter lanes. “For competitive purposes, the Ex Pool probably became obsolete 20 or 30 years ago,” says Steve Clark ’65, a swimmer who won three Olympic gold medals during his time at Yale.

Rapuano and Clark are part of a group pushing for a modern swimming facility. And after decades of talk about possible upgrades, it’s starting to look like Yale could actually build a new pool. “The alumni, the development office, the university—all of that appears to be in the alignment that makes for a successful project,” says athletic director Tom Beckett.

Click below for the whole story.

Tamar Gendler: Grant funds interdisciplary concentration | Yale Daily News

Three months after receiving a $1.95 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Graduate School is using some of the funds to create a new concentration for Ph.D. students.

“Technologies of Knowledge,” the new concentration, will bring together 12 third-year Ph.D. students from various disciplines to partake in a two-semester interdisciplinary seminar on the technologies involved in disseminating knowledge. Participating students will begin the program this spring and receive an additional year of funding to pursue interdisciplinary research. Yale College Dean Mary Miller said the concentration will broaden students’ research horizons and enrich their academic work, which she said she hopes will give students a competitive edge in the job market for professors.

“This will be the systematic process of bringing students together from different disciplines to work with a team of faculty, who themselves come from different disciplines,” Miller said. “We were looking at what would be a topic that would allow for emergence of new questions and new knowledge.”

As part of the grant’s aim to enhance humanities education at Yale, students in the new seminar will discuss the transmission of knowledge across cultures and civilizations, examining topics such as university education, writing systems, libraries, film and digital media. The class will be co-taught by classics professor Emily Greenwood, philosophy and psychology professor Tamar Gendler ’87 and film and humanities professor Francesco Casetti.


For the full story, click below.

Tamar Gendler: Grant funds interdisciplary concentration | Yale Daily News - newsle

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

YASC West Virginia Trip

This is a great way for the Class of 1987 to do something together!

Yale Alumni Service Corps

Announces the

 2013 First Domestic Service Trip to West Virginia

June 26th-June 30th, 2013

We are extremely excited to announce the first Yale Alumni Service Corps domestic service trip to West Virginia!!! On June 26th-June 30th, we will be traveling to Huntington & Montgomery, WV to work at Marshall University and West Virginia University Institute of Technology providing college counseling and writing coaching for high achieving low-income local students. These students live in an area that was formerly a strong mining community but has been depleted of jobs and opportunities for many years. Most of the students will be the first generation in their families to consider college so we need to help them have an unforgettable experience next summer and assist them to achieve their greatest potential for the future!!

College Summit sessions with volunteer coaches and studentsYASC will partner with College Summit, an organization founded by Yale alumni J.B. Schramm '86, which has established relationships with local schools in underserved areas of the Unites States to provide coaching and mentoring for students with the goal of increased enrollment rates at institutions of higher education. College Summit has been established in West Virginia since 2001 when they did their first test pilot program and since then they have touched the lives of over eight thousand students from twenty seven high schools. While working in a college setting, College Summit provides both college counseling and coaching in writing college essays along with activities in workshops that fosters student-leaders.
Coal transport train and river used for coal transport barges & power
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Monday, November 19, 2012

Yale Alumni Magazine: Far From Home, Briefly (Nov/Dec 2012)

Check out the YAM article about the Yale Alumni Service Corps trip to Ghana. . . .
When the five buses roll into the Ghanaian town of Yamoransa, hundreds of children are waiting on the red dirt plaza in front of a low-slung concrete-block school building. The children bob and shout as 160 Yale volunteers climb off the buses and cautiously skirt the steep open sewer that separates the highway from the plaza. For five days in late July and early August, in this impoverished town on Africa’s Atlantic coast, this scene will repeat itself every morning: the volunteers plowing through the throng, the Ghanaian children reaching out for handshakes, saluting the visitors with high fives, and sometimes crowding around two ten-year-old volunteers to touch their long hair. (The Ghanaian schoolchildren have buzz cuts, boys and girls alike.)
          * * *
After a month back home in California, Darcy Troy Pollack ’87 remembers the trip as exhausting. “It was not a vacation. It was a life experience,” says Troy Pollack, a member of the AYA board of governors. “In the middle of the trip, if you’d asked me, would I go back, I’d say no way.” Now, she says, she’s already planning what kind of protein bars to pack for next summer. 

Yale Alumni Magazine: Far From Home, Briefly (Nov/Dec 2012)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Yale Alumni Service Corps' Tannis Arnett Interviews Darcy Troy Pollock

What were your expectations for the partnership between ONE and YASC in Ghana?

Our hope was that by bringing ONE representatives on the trip with us, we could tap into the engagement our volunteers felt while in Ghana and encourage them to bring that passion home in way that could continue to have impact, specifically via advocacy. It is great when you are there, on the ground, and can actively help… but how do you continue to help when you get home? That’s where ONE comes in. The ONE Campaign is an advocacy network. They are not a fundraising organization; they are a “voice raising” organization. ONE sent four staffers on the trip with us: the U.S. Field Director, a regional Field Director, a policy expert and a trip logistics specialist. The idea was that they would (1) take us on local site visits so that we could see for ourselves programs that are having an impact on the ground, and (2) teach us about advocacy – what it means to advocate and how one does that. Our hope was that our volunteers would choose to continue their service by becoming members of ONE and advocating on behalf of the programs we saw on the ground -- programs that are changing people’s lives.

What were the highlights – what was your favourite activity/project?

As soon as I start to say one site visit or another was a highlight, I change my mind… they were all amazing! Perhaps most moving was meeting the cocoa farmers who are being advised by an NGO called Technoserv. Technoserv has helped them to navigate complex trade laws and certification requirements (like “Fair Trade” and “organic”), as well as provided them with much needed advice on fertilizers, pesticides and farming best practices. We saw one farm that was being helped by Technoserv, and it was so clean and prosperous. The farm across the road was not so lucky… they were not being aided by Technoserv, and it looked like a wild jungle. But the real difference? The farmers with Technoserv are making enough money to send their children to school… a first!

Was there a moment of illumination on the trip? Is there one big insight you gained from your experience? 

When we went to see a couple of the local fishing villages, it became apparent to me for the first time just how very complex the issues are that are facing these communities. This one village we visited had had six homes washed into the sea last year due to coastal erosion. And their fish stocks are being devastated by pollution and overfishing. You can’t just “solve” problems like these. It will truly take a global village to figure this out. That’s why we all need to be aware of how important U.S. funding is to programs like the Coastal Resources Center, which we saw doing phenomenal work in this village. That’s why we all need to be advocates!

How would you define sustainability?

Work that has a lasting impact.

How can this partnership be strengthened next year? What do you hope to achieve?

We hope that ONE will choose to join us again for our YASC trip to Ghana next summer… and that we can take even more people on these incredible site visits that they organize! There is no question in my mind… once you have seen these programs with your own eyes, you can’t help but work on their behalf. It is that powerful. My goal for next year? To encourage all our volunteers to become story tellers… to bear witness to the incredible work these programs do and in that way to advocate on their behalf!

Darcy Troy Pollack  A graduate of both Yale College and Harvard Business School, Darcy's career has spanned the investment banking and entertainment worlds at companies such as Goldman, Sachs & Co. Real Estate, Warner Brothers, United Talent Agency and Sony Retail Entertainment. Today Darcy focuses on entrepreneurial and philanthropic ventures, including Bono’s ONE organization, and is an active volunteer with Yale, where she is currently serving in her second year as a member of the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) Board of Governors and is Chair of the new “shared interest group” Yale Blue Green.

Tannis Arnett  A graduate of Yale’s Master of Religion in the Arts program, Tannis has worked as a Marketing and Communications professional at TVO, Ontario’s public broadcaster, for over ten years.  The trip to Ghana was her fourth service tour with YASC.  She is currently the Chair of YASC’s Communications Committee.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Annual alumni association assembly focuses on service

November 5, 2012
Delegates gather in Commons at a previous AYA Assembly. (Photo by Michael Marsland)

Hundreds of Yale alumni leaders will gather in New Haven Nov. 8–10 for the Association of Yale Alumni Assembly LXXII. 

“The University is delighted to be welcoming back over 400 dedicated volunteers and assembly guests,” says Vice President Linda K. Lorimer ’77 J.D. “These individuals do so much to contribute to Yale and to the vibrancy of programs and initiatives by and for our graduates.”
The assembly is the main annual gathering of the alumni association. Delegates represent Yale College classes, the graduate and professional schools, alumni shared-interest groups, and the local alumni clubs in many American cities, regions, and states, as well as countries overseas.
Beyond focusing on organizational business, each assembly highlights an important facet of the University and alumni life. This year, the theme is “Answering the call to service: alumni volunteers in the global community.” The program will feature speakers who discuss why alumni community service is important to Yale and who will showcase the service-enabling programs now supported by the AYA, most of which did not exist five years ago. 
The call to community service by alumni, in their home communities and globally, has been a priority for the AYA, and its first-ever strategic plan, titled “Ambassadors for Yale,” was adopted in 2007 after listening sessions with alumni across the world. 
“Alumni are increasingly coming together for service to their home communities,” said Mark Dollhopf ’77, executive director of the AYA. “They are being called upon to not only give dollars to their alma mater, but to give of themselves in volunteer service.” 
During the assembly, six alumni will also be honored for their service to Yale with the awarding of the Yale Medal, the highest award presented by the AYA, which is conferred solely to recognize and honor outstanding individual service to the University. Since its inception, the Yale Medal has been presented to 287 individuals. This year’s recipients are Edward J. Greenberg '59, Richard J. Franke '53, Ellen Gibson McGinnis '82, Nancy A. Stratford '77, Robert E. Steele '71 M.P.H., '75 Ph.D., and David Swensen '80 Ph.D. Readers can learn more about the honorees in this YaleNews story
The inaugural Yale-Jefferson Award for Public Service will also be presented during the assembly. The first recipient of the to J.B. Schramm ’86, founder of College Summit, a program that identifies college-capable students in low-income areas and prepares them for the college admissions process. See the related YaleNews story.
YaleNews | Annual alumni association assembly focuses on service

New “Yale” App for iPhone and Android

Checkout the new Yale app for iPhone and Android.  Looks cool!


The official Yale University iPhone app is now available. See below for a list of features, contact info and links to other Yale-related iPhone apps. Check back for information about an Android release date.

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We invite you to download the Yale iPhone app today and stay connected to everything going on around campus with news, events, photos, videos and more.oid

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Convictions of Minter Dial - How brands need to transform to succeed

Minter Dial is a branding and social media guru.  He has a website -- -- that has some materials I find thought provoking.   Here is a video that highlights what he does . . .

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Three recent mystery titles - Books - The Boston Globe

Paul Doiron just got a great write up in the Boston Globe.  Check it out!
Paul Doiron made a big splash with his Edgar Award-nominated first novel, “The Poacher’s Son,” which introduced Maine game warden Mike Bowditch and his extraordinary talent for tracking animals and people through the worst weather that Maine can dish up. When he’s reassigned to the eponymous “Bad Little Falls,” a remote town near the Canadian border where drug abuse, unemployment, poverty, violence, and poaching are rampant, his reputation for disregarding orders precedes him and it looks as if his career has dead-ended. To him, it’s the equivalent of “being exiled to Siberia.” 

When he’s called upon to examine the carcass of a zebra, frozen to death in a wild animal hunting park, he immediately makes a dangerous enemy of the park’s owner, a yahoo whose only concern is luring customers who will pay big bucks so they can mount animal heads over their fireplaces. Lonely and far from friends, Bowditch develops an unhealthy attachment to lovely Jamie Sewall, a former drug addict who manages a McDonald’s. Her son is troubled, and her brother and ex-boyfriend sell drugs that may have recently killed a college student. When Jamie’s ex is murdered, Bowditch struggles to rein in his need to protect her. 

The story has a strong sense of place and makes palpable the raw power that weather and water can wield. The plot is driven by the elusive possibility that this time Bowditch can redeem his career while saving Jamie and her son. Shelve this book beside the works of Steve Hamilton and William Kent Kruger, stories of strong but not macho men living in godforsaken places, bruised by past relationships, and trying to get it right this time.
Three recent mystery titles - Books - The Boston Globe

The Next Four Years -- a Live Yale Panel

With President Barack Obama re-elected for a second term, what will the next four years bring? Hear from Yale experts Jacob Hacker, Beverly Gage, and David Bach this Thursday, November 15, 2012, 12PM EST. Watch live on the Yale YouTube channel.

Be part of the conversation. Submit your questions in advance via the comments, tweet @Yale, or email

Tamar Birkhead's Latest from the Huffington Post

Tamar Birkhead wrote an interesting piece on why President Obama won the election:

Why Obama Won: The Empathy Factor

During this election season, my young daughters posed many questions that were difficult to answer. What's the difference between Democrats and Republicans? Do politicians tell the truth? How do you decide which candidate to vote for?
I tried to give them meaningful answers that didn't oversimplify the issues at stake, but after a while, I resorted to shorthand. Democrats care about the poor. Republicans care about themselves. All politicians stretch the truth, but some do so more than others. Support the candidate who shares your values.
Following President Barack Obama's reelection to a second term, pundits have put forward various theories for why he won both the Electoral College and the popular vote, and why Gov. Mitt Romney lost.
We have heard that the president prevailed because he had a better ground game, that his staff and volunteers were more effective at getting out the vote than the governor. Some emphasize that he had the advantage of the incumbency and that he benefitted from Hurricane Sandy and Chris Christie's praise for the president's response to the storm.
Others say that it was Romney's election to lose, that he failed either because his policies were too conservative, turning off swing voters, or not conservative enough, failing to convince the right that he would protect their interests. Still others contend that the GOP and its funders -- big banks, corporations, and individuals like Sheldon Adelson, the Koch brothers and Karl Rove--miscalculated by assuming that citizen's votes could be readily purchased through misleading campaign ads or effectively suppressed through state-level ballot directives.
While there is some degree of truth to all these theories, the most compelling data is largely overlooked. Exit polling tells us that people who want a candidate who "cares about people like me" voted overwhelmingly for Obama -- over 80 percent. Further, 68 percent of those who say that Obama's handling of Hurricane Sandy was important to them voted for the president. And 75 percent of those who view health care as the most important issue facing the country voted for him.

Click here for the whole article.

Bronwen Hruska's Video Highlights Issue That Drove Her to Write Her Novel -- Wow

Take a few minutes to watch this.  Very moving.  Makes you want to go out and read her book, Accelerated.  To learn more about Bronwen and her book, click here.

Next Yale Day of Service -- May 11, 2013

Hundreds of Yale alumni leaders are in New Haven this week for the Association of Yale Alumni Assembly, the main annual gathering of the alumni association. This year's theme is “Answering the call to service: alumni volunteers in the global community.” More info:

Mark your calendars for the next Yale Day of Service, May 11, 2013.
Photo: Hundreds of Yale alumni leaders are in New Haven this week for the Association of Yale Alumni Assembly, the main annual gathering of the alumni association. This year's theme is “Answering the call to service: alumni volunteers in the global community.” More info:

Mark your calendars for the next Yale Day of Service, May 11, 2013.

YASC Trip to Nicaragua -- There is Still Space!

The Yale Alumni Service Corps has its next trip to to León, Nicaragua on March 16 - 23, 2013.

There are still spots available! Not many, but a few.  Sign up today by clicking here.

Join us as we inspire change and help a Central American community in need!!!

 Have you ever wanted to travel with a purpose and really get to know locals? Would you like to be part of a volunteer team that makes a difference in the lives of others? You can! This March, the Yale Alumni Service Corps, in partnership with the Yale School of Nursing, will connect a group of alumni, students, and friends of Yale with the community of Trohilo in León, Nicaragua. In this small marginal community, surrounded by sugar cane fields, our medical team will address acute care needs, conduct comprehensive visits for women and children, counsel for mental health & domestic violence, as well as promote health education. We also hope to make connections with children and leave lasting benefits by using our talents and energy to teach arts, computers, English, math and sports. Our construction team will work to build important amenities for the community including a library, school tables and goal posts as well as potentially renovating public buildings. No matter what your background or skill sets, if you have a passion for people and service, we have a need for you.

Yale GALA Video

Yale GALA has posted a fantastic video to announce its Second LGBT Reunion on February 7-10, 2013.

Check it out  . . .

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A guest post from Rena Hedeman

Here is a guest post from Rena Hedeman:

Nine and a half years ago, my life was threatened in childbirth. I clearly remember thinking between contractions, “I guess maybe this is my time to go.” The atmosphere in the hospital room was tense, as doctors spoke with each other in hushed groups, trying to figure out exactly what was wrong and what to do about it. My husband fed me ice chips, saying things like “C’mon Rena, stay strong, you gotta get through this. We need you,” referring to himself and our two young daughters, then aged two and four.

When you come face to face with your own mortality, you involuntarily look back over your life and assess whether or not you lived this gift called life full out with passion, intention, and love. I wasn’t scared, angry, or worried about me as I contemplated my potential demise – I knew I had lived a full, wonderful life with many amazing opportunities, people, and love. I had no regrets looking back (which is a gift in and of itself).
But I wanted to be there in the future to help raise my daughters. I wanted to be there to love them, guide them, teach them, learn from them. I wanted to watch them grow and blossom. I wanted to have a positive impact on their lives.

The good news is that I made it through that scary ordeal and am here today. The bad news is that our precious baby girl, Liza Longstreth Hedeman, passed away a few hours after she was born, a result of a massive infection that had suddenly and unexpectedly mushroomed inside of me. Even only knowing her for a few hours, I “knew” Liza for so much longer than that, as any mother who has carried a baby can understand. I knew her kicks, her habits, her sleep patterns, her little personality.

When you lose a child, you lose a part of yourSELF. And although time, prayer, psychotherapy, and still more time help heal the pain, it never really goes away. I miss Liza, my dear sweet innocent baby girl, and all the unrealized dreams and smiles and love her future represented. I still talk to her in my dreams, hug her in my mind, and love her intensely in my heart. And even though this happened more than nine years ago, I sometimes still cry for her in the dark.

Intellectually I know her loss wasn’t my fault. But as a female, a woman feels this innate biological responsibility to create life, to bring it into the world, nurture it, help it grow and get stronger. That’s a woman’s special gift to the world. And although I don’t blame myself, part of my intense sadness comes from knowing that my body failed her. I was unable to nurture her and keep her safe.

But I made a vow that day – to Liza and to myself – that from that day on I would make every day matter. No more living on autopilot! No more waiting for “someday” to follow my dreams! No more wishing life away by thinking “can’t wait for the weekend” or “can’t wait ‘til the kids are a bit older and more independent”! No!

When you look death in the face, you realize that life is right here. Life is right now. And life itself is such an amazing gift! Even the struggles, even the pain. For it’s the pain that enables us to be reborn as a stronger, wiser, more loving, more self-aware, more appreciative, more giving, more present individual.

But we don’t have to come face-to-face with death or have tragedy befall us personally to grow and become stronger. The stories and photos this past week of the devastation and destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy are enough to make even the toughest among us get teary and shake our heads in utter dismay.

Why me? we may ask when it happens to us or someone we love. How do I handle this? Where do I go from here? How can I go on?

When tragedy causes us to crumble, to drop to our knees in complete vulnerability, and to surrender, that’s when we begin to find our strength. It’s the rebuilding of our lives hour by hour, day by day, brick by brick, that transforms us into a new person with new eyes, new ways of seeing things, new ways of living and being.

It’s the two steps forward and one step back that we experience along our journey as we pick up the pieces and begin to create a new life. And it’s the outpouring of compassion, love and generosity from friends, family, and complete strangers that nourishes our soul and strengthens our resolve to get back on our feet.

As human beings, that’s our greatest gift and our greatest source of strength – whether we’re the one in pain or the onlooker – it’s the compassion, love, kindness, and generosity.

So my plea to you right now, wherever you are, is to reach out. Whether you’re suffering or witnessing others in pain, lend a hand, listen, ask how you can help, spread some love, be of value. Life’s greatest challenges and heartbreaks can turn into life’s most enduring and strengthening gifts.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Sir Winston Churchill

“Find yourself and express yourself in your own particular way. Express your love openly. Life is nothing but a dream, and if you create your life with love, your dream becomes a masterpiece of art.” – don Miguel Ruiz

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.” – Eckhart Tolle

Yale Assembly -- Online!

Dear fellow alum:

The AYA and the Yale Office of Public Affairs & Communications look forward to seeing hundreds of friends on campus this week for Assembly LXVII. Whether you will be attending or not, we want to make sure you know some ways you can connect and communicate about AYA, Yale, and the Assembly.
As we hope you've noticed, AYA, OPAC, and Yale have increased our efforts throughout 2012 to tell the stories of Yale faculty, students, staff, and alumni. Teamwork plus great stories equal strong results: YaleNews has had over half a million unique visitors this year, engagement with Yale's Facebook page has grown nearly 600%, our Twitter has doubled in reach, and we've established a vibrant Tumblr presence. Yale’s digital storytelling has been noticed beyond campus: TrackSocial Blog and Mashable both ranked Yale among the top universities on social media, ahead of Ivy peers.
With so many alums using social media, smartphones, and tablets, we want to make sure more connect and share the good news about Yale and the AYA with classmates and friends. Some useful information for Assembly:
The official Yale app is available, for free, via the App Store for iPhones and iPads and the Google Play store for Android. It includes an AYA Assembly 2012 button, quickly linking you to the online information about Assembly, including the schedule. Use it – and help cut down on our paper use to keep Assembly sustainable!

If you Tweet, please use hashtag #YaleAlumni for Assembly Tweets – and follow along with others using the #YaleAlumni hashtag.

If you are on Facebook, please tag Yale University on your Assembly posts.

YaleNews has stories about Assembly online now – read and share with friends.

We hope you will follow and engage with our alma mater via YaleNews, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and the Yale app - and encourage all in our extended Yale family to do the same!

Best regards,

Robert Bonds '71
Assistant Director for Club and Association Relations, AYA

Michael Morand '87 '93 MDiv
Deputy Chief Communications Officer, Yale OPAC

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Yale Educational Travel

Yale Educational Travel
Where would you like to go in 2014? Imagine seeing the Hermitage with your family and Yale friends or visiting Machu Picchu with the greatest authority on Incan architecture. Now you can help design YET trips by joining the new YET Advisory Board. Contact Kathy Edersheim '87, Sr. Director, International Alumni Relations and Travel, atkathy.edersheim@yale.edufor more details.

Announcing the first ever Yale Educational Travel photo contest! All travelers participating in YET programs departing on or after January 1, 2013 and returning home by October 31, 2013, are eligible to enter. Details coming soon.

Warriors & Wildlife: An Africa Experience,
June 4-14, 2013

In collaboration with Yale Blue Green (alumni association supporting environmental issues) and with guidance from actor and activist Edward Norton '91 and in support of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, YET is pleased to announce a once-in-a-lifetime program in Kenya.MORE>> 

The 2013 Yale Education Travel catalog will debut in a few short weeks. Watch your mailbox!

Yale Educational Travel
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Looking for a warm destination to escape
the cold months of winter? 

Join YET on a trip to one of these enticing destinations.

Cruise the Hawaiian Islands with family and friends and experience the remote coves, hidden inlets, and secret beaches of this fabled tropical paradise. On board the 36-guest Safari Explorer, enjoy the leeward coasts of Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and the Big Island, and spend each night at rest in a different secluded anchorage. See wildlife found nowhere else on earth, and learn about traditional Hawaiian culture with locals who will welcome you onto their lands and into their homes. MORE>>

Feliz Ano Nuevo! Celebrate the holiday with your family by visiting the enchanting Monteverde Cloud Forest both on foot and perched above the misty canopy. Journey to the Pacific Coast of Guanacaste to explore historic Santa Rosa National Park and Rincón de la Vieja National Park with its active volcano and fumaroles. Expeditions include a floating safari on the Tenorio River, a visit to a butterfly farm, an exploration of the immense crater of the Poás Volcano, and horseback alongside tropical waterfalls. MORE>>


Linda Peterson, Niel Gray, Jr. Professor of English
Fred Stebeigh, Senior Lecturer in English, Forestry & Environmental Studies

With its balmy island breezes and centuries-old tradition of gardening, the Caribbean is a delightful escape from winter. Embark on the elegant, three-masted Sea Cloud II in Antigua and sail to cosmopolitan St. Barts. Then step ashore on Tortola for a visit to two lavish botanic gardens. Walk among the gigantic granite boulders on the beach in Virgin Gorda and continue to the Dutch island of St. Eustatius. Visit the childhood home of Alexander Hamilton on Nevis and conclude with a day in the Iles des Saintes archipelago. MORE>>


Jeffrey Powell, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Gisella Caccone, Senior Research Scientist, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology 

Delve into the depths of one of the most exciting tropical ecosystems on earth—the Amazon River.  See its flooded forests and look for pink and grey dolphins, scarlet macaws, capuchin and squirrel monkeys, three-toed sloths and more!  Our vessel, the Delfin II, a spacious and luxurious classically styled riverboat, features gourmet food prepared from the areas freshest fish, fruit, vegetables, and other local produce.  An expansive observation deck provides a window on an ever-changing vista of exotic beauty. Enjoy two nights in Lima. MORE>>

Andrew Hill, J. Clayton Stephenson Professor of Anthropology
Travel with us on this 10-day safari of a lifetime into the majestic grasslands of Tanzania, Africa's premier safari destination, during the annual Great Migration. Visit three of Tanzania's finest game parks—Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, with the best accommodations in Tanzania. Guided game drives reveal vast herds of elephants, wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, and Cape buffalos, and prides of magnificent lions, cheetahs and leopards. An expert curator illuminates human prehistory at Olduvai Gorge, the "cradle of mankind." MORE>>

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