Welcome to the YCSD

Since 1964, the Yale Club of San Diego has been an all-volunteer group of Yale affiliated alumni that gives of their time to build and grow the Yale community.  Our goals are to promote social camaraderie, intellectual pursuit, and community service.  Whether connected to Yale College, the Yale Graduate and Professional Schools, or you are a parent or spouse of a Yalie, all are welcome and encouraged to make us the Finest Alumni in America’s Finest City.

The Yale Club of San Diego is always looking for volunteers and ideas to make the Club a more rewarding experience for you.  Please let us know at yaleclubofsandiego@gmail.com

Jason P. Luján ’89

YCSD President

Ivy+ Event with MIT @ Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Come join the MIT Club of San Diego to Celebrate Isaac Asimov’s centennial.

January 2, 2020 marks the centennial of the birth of Isaac Asimov, the most prolific writer in US history and a colossus of science-fiction (I, Robot; Foundation series).  Asimov authored or edited more than 500 books of astounding scope (including 9 of the 10 categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification).

Richard Lederer, language columnist for the Union-Tribune, will illuminate the literary Asimov and the man himself. Food and beverages (including wine and beer) will be served.

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Takeda Pharmaceuticals, 9625 Towne Centre Dr, San Diego, CA  92121


To further whet your appetite, here is a collection of notable Asimov quotes:

  • Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
  • People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
  • The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I’ve found it!), but ‘That’s funny…’
  • The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
  • Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.
  • Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right.
  • I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
  • If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
  • Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.



GenX Feb Club Emeritus @ Zel's Del Mar
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join us for the 3rd Annual San Diego GenX Feb Club

Who: GenX Alumni — spouses/partners too!
When: Monday, February 3, 7pm-9pm
Cost: No cover charge; everyone will pay for their own. 
Registration: None required, but it’s respectfully requested: RSVP HERE by Feb 2 so I can update the reservation as needed.
Contact: Megan Schirmacher at  megan@schirmacher.com or 858-829-3490
Ivy+ Happy Hour @ SKA Bar San Diego
Feb 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for the monthly happy hour as we explore one of San Diego’s new bars in Normal Heights.

While SKA is a little misnomer, there is no ska music played there, there are some tasty bites and cocktails offered. Happy hour specials end at 6pm, so note the earlier start of 5:30 for those who want to take advantage of those specials: 6 classic cocktails for $6, limited selection of bites for $6 as well as beer & wine specials.

We will be set up in the common space to the left of the bar. As a Penn volunteer is coordinating February’s event, look for some Penn paraphernalia to designate the group location.

Bring your own name tags

Feb Club Emeritus @ 5th Ave Kitchen & Tap
Feb 9 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Feb Club is a fabulous tradition that is alive and well in San Diego!

Is it  YOUR year to finish the cup and make the world go ’round?

This year we are excited to have a Sunday Funday Feb Club! Come on out to 5th Ave Kitchen & Tap to relax with us on a Sunday afternoon as we catch up over great cocktails and New Orleans inspired small plates. Be ready to sing the Mory’s Cup song, as we will definitely be finishing some cups!
Small plates and Mory’s Cups will be hosted by the Yale Club of San Diego. Early arrivals will also receive a commemorative YCSD Feb Club 2020 glass.

Cost: $25 per person; Elihu Yale and Nathan Hale Patrons enter at no cost.
RSVP on our Facebook Event Page. Or yaleclubofsandiego@gmail.com

Get to know 5th Ave Kitchen & Tap!

Not familiar with Feb Club? No problem, we’ve got you covered – OR will you be out of town during our events? Check the site for other events happening all over the world! Feb Club Emeritus

6th Annual Professor Biggs Theater Weekend
Feb 14 – Feb 16 all-day

Please welcome Yale Professor Murray Biggs for the 6th Annual Theater Weekend in San Diego, Feb 14th — 16th

This 48 hour theatrical immersion program includes pre- and post-show commentary, shared meals, and hotel accommodations designed not only for Yale alumni but for anyone else interested in high-quality theater around the country.

This three-play series includes the following:

  • Jitney, the 1970s segment of August Wilson’s ten-play “Pittsburgh” chronicle of 20th-century African American experience.
  • Babette’s Feast, a dramatization of the novella by Isak Dinesen.
  • The Great Leap (2018), about an American college basketball team in Beijing, by Lauren Yee, Yale College ’07 and Professor Biggs’ former student!
The charge for the program, including single room occupancy, is $1,265 per person. Double occupancy is discounted to $1,065 per person. For those not requiring hotel accommodation, the cost is $890 per person. These are total prices. If you haven’t already signed up for this sensation-filled weekend, please don’t delay.  This weekend always sells out.  And do pass the word to any others who might be interested.

Registration requests and further questions may be found by directly contacting Professor Biggs at murray.biggs@yale.edu . 


Ivy+ Theater Event @ La Jolla Playhouse
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Yale Lacrosse Pacific Coast Shootout @ Orange Coast College
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Yale Day of Service @ Feeding San Diego
May 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am


Come join the Yale Club of San Diego for another Yale Day of Service.  This annual event is a popular and worthy way to give back to your community.  There is reserved space for up to 15 volunteers.

Volunteers sign up to participate by using the easy steps provided below. This helps us collect volunteer waivers, allows us to know how many volunteers to expect, and makes the sign in process for your group members much smoother.


Service Site: Feeding San Diego

Service Location: 9455 Waples Street, Suite 135 San Diego, CA 92121

Service Date/Time: 9-11AM on Saturday, May 9.

How Group Members Sign Up Online

  1. Visit http://vhub.at/fsd
  2. Click “Sign in” in the upper right-hand corner and follow the steps as instructed.
  3. During this step, you will be asked to enter your groups join code: 2549
  4. After you sign in or create an account, look for your group volunteer shift on the calendar.
  5. Click the “Sign Up” button to the left of your group’s volunteer shift.
  6. Each Volunteer will receive a confirmation email when signed up successfully.


Important Reminders

  • All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes.
  • Volunteers must be 6 and older to volunteer.
  • Any volunteers not signed up online must bring a paper waiver, to include a parent or guardian signature if under 18 years.
  • Make an impact! Bring a donation of nonperishable food like peanut butter, canned vegetables, or canned chicken.
Megan Schirmacher (PC93)


More Event Details Here

YCSD Board Members Wanted

Local Alumni,

The YCSD Board of Directors is in need of your time and talent to help continue making this the Finest Collegiate Club in America’s Finest City.  The following Director position is open for the upcoming 2019-2020 term:

  • Annual Brunch Chair

As an all-volunteer organization, the YCSD can not function without your support.  Interested applicants wanting to know more details on the position as well as time commitments may contact the YCSD President at yaleclubofsandiego@gmail.com.

Yale Lacrosse Comes to Orange County

Don’t miss the opportunity to cheer on Yale Lacrosse during the “Shootout”.  Follow the LINK and don’t forget to use the promo code “YALECLUBSD”.

2019 Alumni Mixer

6 October 2019

This year’s Annual Alumni Mixer was another smashing success as more than forty alumni converged at the home of Tim ’66 and Cindy Wollaeger.  The La Jolla weather was pleasantly warm without a cloud in the sky, the camaraderie was always entertaining and collegial, and the refreshments & appetizers were divine (gotta love the homemade guacamole!). There was also a well represented variety of old and new alumni from the College, Graduate, and Professional schools—all quickly became new friends.

Once again, on behalf of the YCSD, a sincere thanks to Cindy (and Tim too) for so graciously coordinating this event.

Yale President Peter Salovey Visits San Diego

9 September 2019, TSRI Auditorium

It was the distinct honor and privilege of the Yale Club of San Diego to welcome Yale University’s twenty-third President Peter Salovey as our guest for a memorable and engaging event at The Scripps Research Institute  (TSRI) Auditorium.

The evening began with local Alumni mingling with President Salovey and representatives of the Yale Alumni Association during a catered light hors d’oeuvres reception.  The President’s address discussed developing Yale programs and facilities notably in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, strengthening partnerships worldwide, increasing access to a Yale College education, enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration and entrepreneurial opportunity for both faculty and students.  He also detailed his goal to positioned the Yale community as it pursues its mission to improve the world today and for future generations.  The concluding audience Q&A was a frank discussion addressing multiple topics: the recent admissions scandal and what has been done going forward; intellectual property theft and promoting collaboration; protecting free speech on campus and challenging students to step out of their comfort zone; and the future of Yale in the 21st century.  

The YCSD Board of Directors with Yale President Salovey and Weili Cheng, Executive Director YAA

Become a Contributing Member Now!

Become a Contributing Member of the Yale Club of San Diego

We hope that Yale has made a difference in your life, and with your contribution we can continue to make a difference in the lives of other Yalies and within our communities. We invite you to support the Yale Club of San Diego by becoming a Contributing Member.

Your tax-deductible dollars help support programs such as the YCSD Book Award, Yale Day of Service, and Alumni Schools Committee (ASC), in addition to offsetting the costs of social and professional events offered throughout the year.

For God, For Country, and for Yale!
and for San Diego!

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