I REMEMBER the moment my son’s teacher told us, “Just a little medication could really turn things around for Will.” We stared at her as if she were speaking Greek.Raising the Ritalin Generation - NYTimes.com
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“Are you talking about Ritalin?” my husband asked.
Will was in third grade, and his school wanted him to settle down in order to focus on math worksheets and geography lessons and social studies. The children were expected to line up quietly and “transition” between classes without goofing around. This posed a challenge — hence the medication.
“We’ve seen it work wonders,” his teacher said. “Will’s teachers are reprimanding him. If his behavior improves, his teachers will start to praise him. He’ll feel better about himself and about school as a whole.”
Will did not bounce off walls. He wasn’t particularly antsy. He didn’t exhibit any behaviors I’d associated with attention deficit or hyperactivity. He was an 8-year-old boy with normal 8-year-old boy energy — at least that’s what I’d deduced from scrutinizing his friends.
“He doesn’t have attention deficit,” I said. “We’re not going to medicate him.”
The teacher looked horrified. “We would never suggest you do that,” she said, despite doing just that in her previous breath. “We aren’t even allowed by law to suggest that. Just get him evaluated.”
And so it began.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
We should all be proud of this remarkable achievement, as it is a reflection of our shared fondness for Yale and the strength of the friendships forged there. By making a significant commitment in honor of our 25th Reunion, we helped to ensure that our alma mater will play a formative role in the lives of students for many years to come.
Mary Elliott is a Morsel from the Class of 1988 who married Steve Elliott from our class. Mary writes a blog from time to time. Click below for her latest post . . . about friendship and the First Kiss:
Friends we’ve lost: What about the ones we’ve fallen out of touch with, the ones we’ve let go? This conversation came up on Real Life Survival Guide’s Episode 52: “Redefining Friendship.” Some friends were particularly important, inspired us, listened, consoled, brought insight to our lives just when we needed awakening, stole our hearts, broke our hearts. But they were all friends nevertheless, critical to our growth as people, and it would be nice to go out and grab a drink with each of them—the special ones—to find them again, to tell them, “You mattered. You’ll always matter.” There’s one I’d like to tell.
My First Kiss happened at a certain Chamber Music Institute I attended that summer between seventh and eighth grade. I was thirteen and he (let’s call him Jiminy—to get even) was fourteen: older, smarter, and fine-featured with bird-like yet beautiful bone structure and wavy dark Vidal-Sassoon locks you’d expect in a fine artist. I took him for a prodigy; Jiminy could already perform the major cello concertos by then: Saint-Saens, Dvorak, Elgar. His solo with piano accompaniment in the massive college music hall floored me. I treasured any glimpse my way from his searching brown eyes, windows into a keen mind that had already scored a perfect 1600 SAT. He called himself an “agnostic atheist,” whatever that meant. And even though he was smaller and skinnier than I, he attracted me with his worldliness, quick intellect and humor and his lovely, aristocratic face. He was better and he knew it, and I could scarcely believe my good luck that he was making out with me on those hard, orange-carpeted stairs in the empty band room.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Yale Class of 1987’s own Noah Emmerich is heading back to TV in FX's Cold War spy series "The Americans."
"The Americans," starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, hails from Joe Weisberg with Graham Yost, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank attached as executive producers. The pilot, which is scheduled to air in early 2013, will be directed by Gavin O'Connor. Production begins in October.
“For the last two years, I've worked with the incredible people at FX, FTVS, DreamWorks, and my personal television guru Graham Yost on this project," Weisberg said in a statement. "More recently, Gavin O'Connor joined our team, and turned the script we'd been working on for so long into a beautiful pilot. Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, and Max Hernandez were sensational in it, and a joy to be around. To have all of this come to fruition has been indescribably exciting. Really, I'm a writer, and I can't describe it. It's a great privilege and opportunity to get to make this television show. I can't wait to get to work on it."
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Stay tuned for more posts as those who went to Africa share their experiences.
Scoring the Advantage Point in Leadership
Saturday, August 25, 2012
12 pm noon @ the New Haven Open at Yale
Courtside Club Private Suite
Susan Holden '84
CFO of Mother Advertising
Advertising for clients that include JC Penney, Burger King, Google
Linda Schupack '83, '92 MBA
EVP Marketing of AMC
Marketing strategy for the AMC network’s Emmy award-winning programming including Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead
Tournament Director, New Haven Open
Chief Marketing Officer, Market New Haven
Deputy Chief Communications Officer, Yale University
Adults - $50
Children (ages 3-13) - $25
Children (2 & under) - Free
- All-day seating in the enclosed, air-conditioned Courtside Club Private Suite (regularly priced at $91)
- A delicious buffet lunch beginning at 12 pm
- An enlightening panel discussion at 1 pm
- The exciting final matches of the New Haven Open (12:30 pm doubles, 3 pm singles)
or Ilona Emmerth ‘98, Director for Major Cities, with any questions.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Shovels and paintbrushes in hand, 33 students toiled in the sun, planting trees and sprucing up buildings in neighborhoods around New Haven in concert with Yale’s Urban Resources Initiative — and that was even before the students’ real work in the community began this summer as Yale President’s Public Service Fellows (PPSF).
This is the first year that participants have spent a few days undertaking volunteer work as part of the PPFS program. The innovation was introduced by the program’s new director, Karen King, who says that the “service learning opportunity” was a great way for the fellows “to get out and experience New Haven.”
Forging student connections with Yale’s hometown is a key mission of the PPFS program, which was established in 1994 by President Richard C. Levin.
Each summer, Yale undergraduate and graduate/professional students work full-time for non-profit groups or municipal agencies in the city for 8 to 11 weeks, tackling special projects or helping with day-to-day operations, depending on the organization’s needs. The groups get much-appreciated help for free (Yale gives the students a stipend to support their summer stay in New Haven), and the students get an opportunity to experience life in the University’s hometown in a way they never could during the academic year.
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Katherine Romans, a student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, stands with Ed Rodriguez, a community green space leader, in front of a tree they planted. Romans worked with the Urban Resource Initiative. (Photo by Michael Marsland)
Vanessa Williams ’14 of Timothy Dwight College teaches in a lab at Hopkins as part of Breakthrough. (Photo by Karen King)
Stephen Hughes ’13 of Jonathan Edwards College helps students develop their reading skills at Footebridge. (Photo by Karen King)
Divinity School student Benae Beamon works with students at the garden at Common Ground high school as part of the New Haven Ecology Project. (Photo by Michael Marsland)
Law School student Sonia Steinway works with the Community and Economic Development Law Clinic. (Photo by Karen King)
Shatavia Wynn, also of the Divinity School, meets with Life Haven Social Workers. (Photo by Karen King)
Graduate School student Tyler Griffith works with youngsters at the Eli Whitney Museum. (Photo by Karen King)
Saturday, August 4, 2012
It was a fun night and a great thing to do. You should think about working with STAY, which organizes career-related sessions for current Yale students.
Here is a picture of AYA Director Mark Dollhopf and our own Kathy Edersheim being installed as honorary chiefs.
Some more pictures from Ghana and the thank you celebration of the YASC team:
I hope this inspires some of our classmates to sign up for the next Yale Alumni Service Corps trips. The next one is in March to Nicaragua. After that, YASC is going back to Ghana. So, please stay tuned
Friday, August 3, 2012
Check out this interesting program . . . for the full story, click on the link below.
Bulldogs Continue Educational Efforts via ELI Africa
Lexy Adams (top) and Jordan Forney and Emily Standish (bottom) are three of more than a dozen Yale varsity student-athletes who have worked for ELI Africa, a program started by former Yale football player Vedant Seeam.
Program Founded by Former Yale Football Player Vedant Seeam ‘11
MAURITIUS - Every summer since 2010, a contingent of Yale students -- many of them varsity athletes -- has traveled to Mauritius, a small island of the coast of Africa with a population of about 1.3 million people. The Bulldogs are drawn there to spend two months working on experiential learning projects, helping the country’s underprivileged children“learn by doing”. The program, Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI) Africa, was started by a former Yale football player.
The man behind ELI Africa is Vedant Seeam’11, a native of Mauritius who was a defensive lineman for the Bulldogs. The organization has had more than a dozen Yale varsity student-athletes work for it in the past three years, helping Seeam realize his vision of developing free, locally relevant educational programs that aid personal development and nurture creativity and self-expression.
Seeam grew up in the farming village of Plaine des Roches. After graduating from high school, he was elected Vice-Chairman of Finance of his district -- becoming the youngest-elected politician in the country. Seeam was also a member of the Mauritian National Team in badminton, but after arriving at Yale in 2006 he saw another sport for the first time: football. He took to it quickly, earning a letter as a sophomore in 2007. His connection to that sport would eventually help bring three other Yale football players to Mauritius to work for ELI Africa.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
The 50th Anniversary of Ezra Stiles College
- Tour the newly renovated Ezra Stiles College, a masterpiece of American architecture
- Reconnect with your fellow Stilesians & pay homage to the Moose
- Attend a conversation in the Ezra Stiles Dining Hall between President Richard Levin and Yale Corporation Fellow Byron Auguste and learn about Yale today
- Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Ezra Stiles College in grand fashion at Commons and hear insights from our distinguished Provost, Peter Salovey
- Don’t miss a diverse offering of faculty /alumni / student panels
- Enjoy unique performances by current Stiles students
- Light a candle for members of the Stiles community who are no longer with us
- Join Mark Dollhopf, AYA Executive Director, to explore the role of alumni/ae and the future of Ezra Stiles College
Here is a fun blog post by our own Joanne Lessner about mystery writing. Click below for the whole post.
“As someday it may happen that a victim must be found, I’ve got a little list.”
I’m planning to kill my neighbor.
Lest you fear that I’ve just made you an accessory before the fact, rest assured that no actual blood will be spilled, although I do have a particularly gory end in mind for this guy. He’s one of those of selfish, antagonistic neighbors—apartment-dwellers will recognize the type—who has no consideration for anyone else, yet complains constantly about the rest of us. And so, he must die. Most likely, in book three.
Taylor Ritzel ’10, a member of the U.S. Women’s Eight team (rowing), is the first Yale affiliate in the 2012 Olympics to win a gold medal.
2012 AYA Board of Governors Excellence Awards!
Dear Yale Alumni Volunteer:
You are the best of Yale, and we know you are working hard to be the best for Yale. Thank you!
Since the implementation of the AYA Strategic Plan in 2007, volunteers everywhere have been reinvigorating traditional programs and engaging alumni in new and innovative ways. Many classes, clubs, SIGs, and G&P schools have engaged in strategic planning themselves, and there are more alumni doing more things than ever before. Whether new “out of the box” ideas or reenergized versions of Yale traditions, these programs and activities are models for excellence and alumni involvement.
For the third year, the AYA Board of Governors seeks to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding alumni groups with their Excellence Awards, to be presented at the Assembly this November 8-10.
You are warmly invited to nominate an alumni organization with which you are familiar. The awards will be vetted by the Volunteer Leadership Committee of the AYA Board using the evaluation criteria described here. There are Excellence Awards given in five major categories, including Classes, Clubs, SIGs, G&P, and overall programming. All of the information and an online nomination form can be found on the AYA website.
If you think the AYA Board should recognize an organization – and the efforts of the volunteers who make it successful – please send in a nomination right away!
The deadline for nominations is Saturday, September 15, 2012 (5:00 pm Eastern). Awards will be announced in October and presented at the AYA Assembly.
We look forward to hearing from you, and thanks for all that you do!
AYA Executive Director
Winner: FIVE TONY AWARDS
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
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