Past attendees will recall that each Assembly is developed around a particular theme or broad subject area. Assembly LXV examined the opportunities, choices, and challenges faced by students immediately following their graduation from the College, the Graduate School, and the professional schools. The program focused on the ways those post-Yale opportunities, choices, and challenges influence decisions that students make while on campus.
In addition to many interesting Assembly program sessions, the weekend also featured the Yale Medal dinner, the ever-popular indoor tailgate, and the fun and tradition that is The Game.
Thursday, November 17
Assembly LXV: In After Years
Registration 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. The packet will include the final program for the weekend, as well as name badges and other materials.
9:30 am-12:15 pm
Beginning with a plenary for all Assembly participants, we will open our morning with a wonderful panel featuring Yale College Dean, Peter Salovey ’86 PhD; Jon Butler, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences; Robert Alpern, MD, Dean of the School of Medicine; and James Bundy ’95 MFA, Dean of the Drama School. The deans will reflect on the relationship between higher education and life in the decade after graduation. From there, we will move to a series of concurrent breakouts focusing on career services support provided to the students of Yale College, the Graduate School, and a number of Yale’s fine professional schools. We will also hear from current students who will share their perspective on Yale’s career services offerings and the ways that “life after Yale” affects their decisions while on campus.
Lunch in Assigned Residential Colleges
Assembly participants will have lunch in assigned residential colleges.
There will be a special luncheon for new Assembly delegates, who will receive a ticket for this luncheon in their registration packet. The AYA will also host a separate luncheon for those delegates who are interested in learning more about service on the AYA Board of Governors. This “Board-interest” lunch is targeted particularly toward delegates in the second or third year of their delegate term.
The afternoon will begin with a series of career-focused roundtable discussions. Assembly participants will choose the session that relates most closely to their area of professional interest and engagement. We will invite students to come and interact with Assembly participants in these sessions. In these informal discussions, we will ask participants to reflect on questions such as “What are the primary opportunities, pitfalls and challenges of entering this career field today?” and “What might be the best ways to think about educational choices when contemplating these fields?”
To cap the day, Assembly participants will come back together to hear from Yale sociologist Deborah Davis, who will offer a social scientist’s perspective on the transition from the pursuit of higher education to an active career. In her presentation, Professor Davis will compare trends in the United States to those of Europe and China. In a course she will teach this coming spring on this transition from school to work, Professor Davis will be assigning Remembering Denny by Calvin Trillin ’57 to her students. Offering an insightful frame of reference for Professor Davis’ presentation, attendees will find it interesting pre-Assembly reading.
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 – Kirk Casselman ’68, Rowan Claypool ’80 , Maureen O. Doran ’71 MSN, Paul L. Joskow ’72 PhD, and Nicholas Spinelli ’41S, ’44 MD.
Friday, November 18
Leadership Conference for Alumni Volunteers
Yale benefits enormously from alumni interaction and 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.
9:00 am-12:00 pm
The Assembly will gather for a brief plenary before dispersing for a series of concurrent breakouts designed to give Assembly participants a chance to hear from and interact with key administrators. Yale departments such as the Office of New Haven and State Affairs, the Investments Office, the Office of Public Information, and the Admissions Office will be featured. This same series will be offered again later in the morning to allow Assembly participants to attend a second of these administrator sessions.
Lunch at University Commons
All Assembly participants will come together for lunch in University Commons hosted by Vice President and Secretary Linda Lorimer ’77 JD.
Afternoon Sessions—Concurrent Breakouts
Join us for a series of working sessions designed to engage volunteer leaders. Divided along constituency lines and facilitated by AYA professional staff, these sessions will allow Assembly participants to meet, interact with, and ask questions of the staff and fellow volunteers. This is an ideal opportunity to consider and discuss ways to collaborate, build partnerships, and share ideas. You will also hear more about the many ways the AYA can support you in your volunteer efforts.
Always a highlight of the Assembly program, President Richard C. Levin ’74 PhD will give a university update and respond to alumni questions in this final session of the day.
We have intentionally left the evening free so that those Assembly participants who wish to attend the Blue Leadership Ball (BLB) sponsored by Yale Athletics will have the opportunity to do so. You can register for the Ball at the same time you register for the Assembly itself. The 2005 recipients of the the George H.W. Bush Lifetime of Leadership Award are William S. Beinecke ’36, Roland W. Betts ’68, Edgar M. Cullman ’40, Kristaps J. Keggi, ’55, ’59 MD, and Susan D. Wellington ’81.
If you do not wish to attend the Ball, you can meet up with friends —old or new—and discover one of New Haven’s growing number of fine dining establishments or re-visit one of your favorites. Click here for a list of nearby restaurants (advance reservations are recommended).
Saturday, November 19
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-Harvard 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 chowder and refreshments in warmth and comfort at Coxe Cage 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: Museum Morning
As an alternative to the tailgate and game, Assembly participants may wish to register for one of two special museum tours.
At the Yale Center for British Art, you will have a chance to immerse yourself in works of some of Britain’s foremost artists. In addition to the museum’s permanent collection, which is extraordinary in its own right, two spectacular exhibits will be on display — The Worlds of Francis Wheatley and Sensation and Sensibility: Viewing Gainsborough’s Cottage Door. Assembly participants will be treated to a special docent-led tour of the exhibits.
If you prefer natural history, our tour at the Peabody Museum of Natural History is the place for you on Saturday morning. Those attending are in for a treat – an opportunity to have a docent-led tour of Machu Picchu:Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas, the acclaimed exhibit that has returned to the Peabody just this fall. In addition, participants will go on a visit behind-the-scenes to see the world-famous collections.
Registrants for the museum tours will also receive a ticket for brunch in one of the residential colleges following the museum visits.