Remarkable changes have taken place at Yale over the last ten years. Participants at this Assembly visited new and renovated campus buildings, learned about ways Yale is reaching out around the world, and saw the changes that have taken place in the city Yale calls home.
Thursday sessions featured these three areas, while Friday focused on the opportunities and challenges faced by alumni volunteers.
The weekend closed with an indoor tailgate and the Yale/Princeton football game.
Thursday, November 11
The New Yale: A Decade of Extraordinary Progress
No matter how you count – minutes (5,256,000), hours (87,600), days (3,650), or weeks (520), it adds up to a decade of extraordinary progress. For an institution that measures its age in centuries, of course, a decade can be a relatively short time. However, while other decades in Yale’s history have seen their share of significant changes and growth, the last ten years have been extraordinary. With a mix of plenary sessions, excursions, and “tracked” small group breakouts, we will showcase the accomplishments and achievements of the last ten years and consider the challenges that lie ahead.
8:00 am–5:00 pm
Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street
Assembly participants will check in and receive their packet of materials for the Assembly program. The packet will include the final program for the weekend, as well as name badges and other materials. Tickets for individual sessions on Thursday will also be provided at registration.
9:45 am–12:15 pm
The morning will start with a welcome and a brief overview of the coming day. Participants will then divide into small groups for tours and workshops within three “tracks” – Construction & Renovation, Yale & New Haven, and Yale & the World. You can indicate your track preferences on the registration form. Please know that we will make every effort to accommodate those preferences. Each track will also be offered again in the afternoon. Participants will be assigned to a small group session within their designated track.
Construction & Renovation
Assembly attendees will hear about campus-wide planning efforts. Those in this track will then have an opportunity to tour one of the new or renovated buildings on campus.
Yale & New Haven
Participants will board an eye-opening bus tour organized by Yale’s Office of New Haven and State Affairs to see the renaissance taking place downtown and in New Haven's neighborhoods. You will also learn about the University's efforts to build a strong New Haven through economic development, neighborhood revitalization, downtown development, and support for public education.
Yale & the World
You will hear about the ways that faculty affiliated with the Yale Center for International and Area Studies are linking their international research with teaching programs for students; interact with the current class of Yale World Fellows; meet international students from Yale’s undergraduate and graduate programs; discover how the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization serves as a link between the academic world and the policy world; or learn about international fellowships and study abroad.
Lunch in Assigned Residential Colleges
Assembly participants will have lunch in assigned residential colleges. Please note that there will be a special luncheon for new Assembly delegates.
For your afternoon session, you will participate in one of the other two tracks you did not attend during the morning.
Plenary Presentation: A Ten Year Retrospective
Assembly participants will come back together in the afternoon for an insightful look back at the accomplishments of the last ten years. This plenary session for all participants will feature new Dean of Yale College Peter Salovey ’86 PhD, AYA Executive Director Jeff Brenzel ’75, and Senior Fellow of the Yale Corporation Roland Betts ‘68. They will reflect on the full gamut of changes that have taken place at Yale in the last ten years, with particular attention to Yale College, the Yale Graduate School, and the governing role of the Yale Corporation.
Join all Assembly participants for a relaxed buffet dinner in Commons.
Glenn Miller Returns!
Join us as the Yale Concert Band, under the leadership of Music Director Thomas C. Duffy, presents its renowned re-enactment of the legendary radio broadcasts made from Woolsey Hall in 1943 by Captain Glenn Miller and his Army Air Force Technical Training Command Band. The Yale Concert Band first performed this show (complete with vocals and radio script) in 1994 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landing at Normandy. It debuted in Woolsey Hall, and then went overseas to England and France. Since that time, the Concert Band has performed the show on special occasions in Connecticut and New York. By popular demand, the Band will reprise the show on Veterans Day, to commemorate both the 60th anniversary of D-Day and the centennial of Miller's birth. We have arranged for preferred seating for our Assembly participants, but seats are limited.
Friday, November 12
Leadership Conference for Alumni Volunteers
Yale benefits from tremendous alumni support at every level, and the AYA serves many alumni constituencies: Yale Clubs and Associations, Yale Graduate and Professional School Alumni Associations, Yale College Class organizations, and an array of alumni groups serving constituencies with distinct shared interests or Yale connections. Sessions offered throughout the day on Friday are specially designed to support you in your capacity as a volunteer leader. Read on for details.
8:00 am-5:00 pm
Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street
Those Assembly participants who have not already picked up their registration packets can do so throughout the day.
We will gather for a brief but important morning plenary to review the logistics for the day. At this time, official Assembly delegates will also be asked to consider and vote on an amendment to the AYA Constitution proposed by the AYA Board of Governors. Information on the proposed amendment will be mailed to all delegates.
AYA delegates and constituency leaders will have a chance to hear from their peers. You will choose from multiple concurrent sessions featuring Yale alumni from various constituency groups who have created innovative programs, confronted challenging issues, and developed highly effective and successful volunteer initiatives.
Why Not? featuring Barry Nalebuff
10:30 am–12:40 pm
In this plenary session, Barry Nalebuff, Milton Steinbach Professor of Economics and Management at the Yale School of Management, will give his highly-acclaimed presentation Why Not? How to Use Everyday Ingenuity to Solve Problems Big and Small. In his presentation, Professor Nalebuff will encourage us to battle complacency, think outside the box, and remember that we “don’t have to leave all of innovation to the engineers and rocket scientists” but rather draw successfully on that capacity inside us. Following the plenary session, we will break into smaller groups to see if we can put some of this Why Not? thinking in practice as we consider issues and challenges in alumni relations.
Lunch in Assigned Residential Colleges
We will repeat the morning’s concurrent volunteer presentations, providing you with another chance to hear about a different program, event, or activity that might stimulate ideas for your own constituency.
Yale Administration—Yale and the Future
President Levin will summarize the record of the past ten years and present his vision for Yale’s future, with ample opportunity for alumni questions and discussion.
Yale Medal Reception and Dinner
Reception begins at 6:00 pm
For more than 50 years, the Yale Medal has been conferred to honor outstanding individual service to the University. This year’s recipients reflect the range of service and leadership the AYA strives to recognize with this award. We honor the remarkable contributions of the Medalists and recognize that they honor Yale and all of us in the alumni community by the ways in which they have chosen to give back to our community of scholars and friends. We hope all Assembly participants will join us for a gala celebration honoring this year’s Medalists – Robert Bonds '71, Mark R. Dollhopf '77, Christopher A. Forster '54, the Reverend Richard Mather Mapes '49, '52 Div, and David W. Wallace '48. Click here for more information on the Yale Medalists.
Saturday, November 13
Organizational and Group Meetings
Before the festivities begin at the Yale Bowl, some class councils, graduate or professional school alumni boards, and identity or personal interest groups may be meeting. If your group intends to meet, you will be notified separately from this announcement.
Assembly participants will have the opportunity to choose one of the following activities for Saturday. Please indicate your choice on your registration form.
Option 1: Yale-Princeton Tailgate and Football Game
Tailgate — 10:30 am
Football Game Kickoff — 12:30 pm
Between 10:00 am and half hour following the game, special buses will shuttle Assembly participants and their guests to and from campus and the Yale Bowl for an afternoon of collegiate rivalry. Enjoy pre-game soup, refreshments, and box lunches in warmth and comfort at Cullman Courts with fellow alumni, followed by admission to the Yale Bowl for the game. Mark your registration form in the appropriate places if you wish to receive complimentary tickets (up to two) for admission to the tailgate and the game.
Option 2: A Morning at the British Art Center
As an alternative to the tailgate and game, Assembly participants may wish to register for a special AYA program at the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA). Immerse yourself in works of some of Britain’s foremost artists. In addition to the Center’s permanent collection, which is extraordinary in its own right, two spectacular exhibits will be on display – "The Poetry of Truth": Alfred William Hunt and the Art of Landscape and "The Beauty of Life": William Morris and the Art of Design. Assembly participants will be treated to a special introductory welcome, followed by guided tours of the exhibits led by the Center's knowledgeable and enthusiastic docents. Registrants will also receive a ticket for brunch in one of the residential colleges.