Welcome to the YCSD

Since 1964 the Yale Club of San Diego has committed itself to bring together alumni, students, faculty, parents, and spouses of Yale College as well as the Graduate and Professional Schools. Come share the Boola Boola spirit to socialize, network, educate, and serve our community as members of Yale’s Finest Alumni in America’s Finest City.

I encourage all Yalies in the San Diego area to get involved.  The YCSD is always looking for volunteers and ideas to make the Club a more rewarding experience for you.  Please contact us at yaleclubofsandiego@gmail.com

Jason P. Luján ’89

YCSD President

Harvard Club SD Speaker’s Series @ Hera Hub
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Technology, Stress, Addictive Behavior, Coping: A Panel Discussion

How many times do you, a family member or friend respond to social media or text messages on a daily basis?  Doesn’t it seem as though drivers are more in a rush nowadays?  Could it be that downtime has been replaced with screen viewing that possibly consumes more time leading to an increased pace to get other activities completed?  If this is occurring routinely, what impact does this have on the human body?  What tools exist to combat this heightened level of stress, whether it’s at the conscious or subconscious level?
Please join us as we look at addressing these questions with a diverse panel.  We’ll start off the discussion looking at some research being conducted at the local university level and then move on to observations within the medical setting.  Topics to be covered include: technology and its effects, making technology work for us, human behavior in the age of internet through the prism of addiction psychiatry, and the role of integrative therapies in managing stress.
Tickets are $20 per person which includes the Panel, Food, and Drinks.  There will be networking opportunities. 

Full information and tickets at: http://hcsandiego.clubs.harvard.edu/article.html?aid=544

Date: November 13, 2017 

Time: 6-8pm 

Location: Hera Hub 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd, Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92121

134th Yale Harvard Game @ Ballast Point Brewing Little Italy
Nov 18 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

It’s time.  The 134th time.  March, march on down the field toward a repeat Bulldog victory!

Come celebrate on 18 November at Ballast Point Brewing in Little Italy to socialize with your fellow Yalies, taunt those from a certain school in Cambridge, participate in a little half-time trivia rivalry, and cheer on Yale football.  Families are always welcome to enjoy, appetizers will be served.

Kickoff time for The Game is 12:30 p.m. EST.  The broadcast will air nationally on CNBC and stream internationally via the Ivy League Digital Network.

Please register below:


Every year, all over the world, Yale clubs, classes, SIGs, and G&P associations are doing amazing things—and the AYA Board of Governors recognizes and celebrates these successes with the AYA Board of Governors Excellence Awards. These awards honor and celebrate the outreach, innovation, reinvention and impact of Yale alumni groups. Winners will be publicly recognized at the AYA Assembly this November 16-17.

We encourage you to nominate an alumni organization that has thought outside the box, has hosted an exceptional event, or has otherwise taken itself to the next level. Award categories acknowledge many forms of excellence from marketing strategies to Day of Service programming to reunions to leadership cultivation and beyond. All of the information and an online nomination form can be found at the AYA website.

Help us recognize the volunteer-led alumni groups that make Yale great by sending in your nominations by September 6, 2017 (5 pm Eastern). We look forward to announcing the winners in October and acknowledging them at the AYA Assembly in November.

With thanks for all you do for Yale,

J. Weili Cheng ’77
Executive Director, AYA

Rahul Prasad ’84 MS, ’87 PhD
Chair, AYA Board of Governors

Xiaoyan Huang ’91
Chair, Volunteer Leadership Committee of the AYA Board of Governors

San Diego Fall 2017 Course:  Kingship and Revolution in the Age of Shakespeare    

*Register Here!

Featured Professor:  Abraham Stoll ’92, Chair of the USD English Department

Wednesdays, October 11 – November 15   7:15 – 8:45pm

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

University of San Diego, Room 219

5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110

Course Description:

The Renaissance in England takes us from the magnificence of Henry VIII, to the challenges faced by his daughter Elizabeth I, to Charles I whose head rolled on the floor of a revolutionary tribunal. Political power coalesced in the single figure of the sovereign: a figure of theological legitimacy, idealized justice, beauty, and custom.  Many individuals, however, ventured thoughts beyond the absolute rule of kingship questioning custom and theology, promoting novel understandings of justice and social order, and moving toward a new sense of themselves as political, even revolutionary, agents.

In the middle of this is Shakespeare, who stages kingship in so many of his plays. Two of the best examples are Richard II and Hamlet, both of which were performed at the Old Globe this summer in San Diego. Our course takes its inspiration from the summer festival, studying some Shakespeare, and studying some of the broader philosophical, theological, political, and especially literary, contexts of the age. In the fall, we will begin with Thomas More’s Humanist masterpiece Utopia, then Richard II, selections from Spenser’s allegorical epic The Faerie Queene, the radical political writings of John Milton and Thomas Hobbes, and lastly return to Shakespeare, with Hamlet.

Shakespeare’s age is also called the Early Modern period, a name that captures how the culture was shifting toward modernity. In the symbols and stories of the age we glimpse much of what forms modern politics – what produces political power and what topples that power, what an individual thinks he or she can do, and what looks like justice.  There are sure to be many comparisons to our current political environment.

Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to join fellow alumni, experience a small seminar setting, discuss a fascinating topic, and relive the camaraderie we all had as students!  Yale Alumni College.

*Register Here!


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!

Become a Contributing Member Now!

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The Yale Club of San Diego 2017 Annual Brunch and Meeting

Once again the enormously popular Yale Club Annual Brunch brought a large group of Yale Alumni, spouses, and friends to Tom Ham’s lovely terrace-side reception room on Saturday the 10th of June.

About 80 guests moved about renewing old friendships and establishing new ones.  There was an especially generous sprinkling of young Yale affiliates, including NROTC cadets and several students from the class of ’20.

Board Officers and Directors escorted us through the program.  Outgoing Yale Club President Michael Owens opened the proceedings by introducing Shelby Courtney (Outreach Chair), who gave a moving and apt opening blessing.  Michael then asked each and every guest to stand and introduce him/herself with name and Yale affiliation, a novel move that was much appreciated.  He also took time to thank the board members for their continuing efforts.

Jason Lujan (Intercollegiate Liaison) provided a summary of the year’s events and acknowledged those who had given of their time and effort to organize/host YCSD events including: a Yale-Harvard Game to be remembered (with the Harvard Club at Ballast Point in Little Italy); Feb Club Emeritus (at Basic Pizza in East Village); the Fall Mixer; the Annual Mixer; the ASC reception; 3rd Wednesday Yale Social Hour; and the hiking group.

Erika Morgan (Board Secretary) took us through the election procedure for the 2017-18 Yale Club of San Diego Board.  A motion to accept the slate listed below was moved and seconded.  Following is the list of Board Officers and Directors approved by the General Membership in a unanimous voice vote:

2017-2018 YCSD Officers:

  • President: Jason Lujan, ‘89
  • Vice-President: Tiange Zhou, MMus, ‘16
  • Past President: Michael Owens, MD & MPH, ‘78
  • Secretary: Erika Morgan, SOM ’85
  • Treasurer: Bob Longstreth, JD ’81

2017-2018 YCSD Directors:

  • Annual Brunch: Robert Resnik, ’60
  • Events: Brad Lebow, ‘02
  • Book Awards: Tiange Zhou, MMus, ‘16
  • Membership: Camilla Ross, W ’50, Giovanni Chimienti, PhD, ‘67
  • Outreach: Shelby Courtney ’01, DIV ’07
  • Intercollegiate Liaison: (search in progress)
  • Historian: (search in progress)
  • Community Service: (search in progress)

Our Guest Speaker.  Dr. David Brenner is Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at the UC San Diego.  His ties to Yale are justifiably strong, having earned his Bachelor’s degree at Yale College, his medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine, and his residency training in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Medical Center.

With the help of charts and photos, Dr. Brenner led us through the history and growth of the UC San Diego Health System, along the way indicating, interestingly enough, the noteworthy contribution of Yale alums and Yale former-faculty to the development of UC San Diego’s School of Medicine departments.

He closed with a stunning tour-de-force sequence of aerial photographs of the Medical Campus—the first from the early ‘70s right through to today!  If you did not know it already, UC San Diego Health is here and still growing!

At the end of the presentation, Bob Resnik (Annual Brunch Chair) offered Dr. Brenner a token of the Yale Club’s appreciation with a book entitled: Yale: A Celebration.

Thanks to the various YCSD Board members, contributing members, and volunteers whose generosity makes possible all the events and activities.

2017 Yale Book Awards – A Continuing Tradition

On Sunday afternoon, May 21st, Yale alumni arrived at the lovely community room of the La Jolla Riford Library to support the Club’s continuing effort to recognize outstanding San Diego high school juniors and provide them with a taste of Yale College.

According to the Yale Book Award guidelines, the students were recognized for their academic promise, their leadership skills and their personal character.   This year’s reception honored the accomplishments of students from 18 San Diego area high schools.

Yale Club Book Awards Chair Tiange Zhou (MMus ’16) was at the door to welcome students and their parents, after which guests sat down to refreshments and conversations with alumni from Yale College and Yale’s graduate and professional schools.  Each student was then asked to introduce him/herself with a few comments describing academic and non-academic interests.

Following is a list of this year’s awardees:

Hannah Pingol (Academy of Our Lady of Peace), Yahel Martinez (Chula Vista HS), Broderick Skiff (Coronado High), Maxwell Hoffman (High Tech High), Wenlong Huang (La Jolla Country Day), Matthew Cheung (Pacific Ridge School), Benjamin James Kelly* (Patrick Henry High), Abigail Bates (Point Loma High), Amaury Vazquez (Reality Changers), Josephine Lieber (San Dieguito Academy), Brent Andrew Hewitt (Santa Fe Christian School), Irwin Lam (St. Augustine High), Colin Snyder (Scripps Ranch High), Naomi Chen (The Bishop’s School), Josue Oros Altamirano (The Preuss School), Stacy Hu (Torrey Pines High), and Aleksa Kostic (University City High) [*unable to attend the reception].

Tiange thanked the following Yale alums for their participation: Jing Xu (PhD ’97); Jason Lujan (BA’89); Erika Morgan (MPPM ’85); Susan Hulbert (BA ’83); Bob Resnik (BA ’60); Greg Montes (BA ’69); Susan Asterita (DIV ’93); and Giovanni Chimienti (PhD ’67).


Thank You Yale Day of Service ‘17 Volunteers!

Food! Food! Food! On Saturday morning May 13th a group of staunch YCSD supporters continued the tradition of participating in Yale Day of Service at Feeding San Diego. The Yale Club Board would like to thank those who participated: Ed Blunt, David Dinubilo, Nadia Jaime, Ayden Schirmacher, Jay Schirmacher, Megan Schirmacher, Natalie Schirmacher, Teagan Schirmacher, Miki Seltzer, Audrey Stanley, Ken Stanley, Tara Stanley, Tina Stanley, and Yixiao Sun

Feeding San Diego sent us this informative message of thanks:

Thank you for volunteering with Feeding San Diego! While your group was in, volunteers gleaned 3,000 pounds of oranges and 520 pounds of tomatoes as well as packed 490 BackPack bags for San Diego Unified School District and built orders of over 5,600 pounds of onions, yams, and carrots for our School Pantry programs. Great work! Groups like yours donating their time plays an essential part in making our mission a reality. Volunteers allow us to feed 63,000 people each week, and we truly couldn’t do it without your help. We would be happy to have Yale Alumni in to volunteer again soon.

A short by-the-numbers overview of last year’s Yale Day of Service gave us: 20 Countries, 40 U.S. States, 250 Service Sites, 3500+ Participants, 94% of whom felt they made a real difference.

From the AYA Day of Service website: Thank you to the 2017 Volunteers!