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

Ivy+ Happy Hour @ You & Yours Distilling Co.
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Please join fellow Alumni at the February Ivy + Friends Happy Hour at California’s first destination distillery! You & Yours Distilling Co. is a full production distillery and tasting room complete with a world-class cocktail program highlighting their current spirits offerings.


Thursday, February 1 at 6 PM-8 PM
You & Yours
1495 G Street
San Diego, California 92101
Ivy+ Hockey Night at the San Diego Gulls @ Valley View Casino Center
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join the MIT Club and All Ivy Alumni group for a casual San Diego Gulls Hockey Night on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 7 pm. We have a group section reserved for you to relax and enjoy! Friends, family and co workers are all welcome. The cost is $21 per person and includes a complimentary Gulls baseball hat. If our group reaches 40 attendees, we will be able to take a group photo on the ice.

RSVP by 1/20 so we are able to let the Gulls know in advance if we have the 40 attendees needed for the on ice photo op.




Ivy+ Valentine’s Day Event @ Eclipse Chocolate
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dear Ivy+Friends ‘Single’ Ladies and Gentleman,
Come treat your tastebuds, craft custom chocolate bars, and meet other singles at our Ivy+Friends Valentine’s Day Event! Each ticket includes two customized Large Chocolate Bars (3oz each) of your own design, & your choice of one house wine, craft beer, or cafe drink. Select from more than 30 hand-selected ingredients to craft a unique flavor profile.
There will be a maximum of 45 tickets sold at $30 each, which is an all-inclusive price for the event, taxes, and gratuity.  You can make additional bars for $10 each.
For more details:  Buy your tickets here & arrive at 7PM, on February 15th, 2018.
Feb Club Emeritus
Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Yale Alumni, save the date!  Details to follow.

Yale & Cantabs @ Old Globe Theater
Mar 2 @ 7:15 pm – 10:30 pm
Please join the Cambridge alums at a showing of Oscar Wilde’s hilarious comedy The Importance of Being Earnest on Friday, March 2nd.
The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Maria Aitken

Oscar Wilde’s wildly entertaining comedy sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. This “trivial comedy for serious people” features two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. But when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack’s country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself! Silliness ensues with whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers, and the most famous handbag in theatre history. The Globe’s lavish production of this timeless classic offers the unmissable opportunity to see what the London Telegraph calls “the most perfect comedy in the English language.”

There will be a pre-show talk by a Globe member of staff at 7.15pm, where your show tickets will be distributed.  The play starts at 8.00pm.

Tickets, at either $42.00 or $53.50 (see details in purchasing link HERE), are limited and ticket sales must close February 14th, so early purchase is highly recommended.

Best wishes,
Brian E. P. Beeston
​President, Cambridge Alumni Society – San Diego​
Crew Classic @ Mission Bay
Mar 24 – Mar 25 all-day

Crew Classic – March 24-25, Crown Point Shores, Mission Bay.

The San Diego Crew Classic is proud to host our 45th rowing regatta on March 24 & 25, 2018.  The fastest crews from throughout the country and Canada will be racing on Mission Bay.  Please join us at Crown Point Shores to view the spectacular competition with college crews such as Cal, Navy, Yale, University of Pennsylvania and a number of alumni crews too.

Enjoy a day of fun in the sun along with food trucks, vendors, beer garden and VIP champagne brunch.  Race viewing from 7:30am – 4:00pm.  Beer garden open until sunset.

For more information on the San Diego Crew Classic regatta or to purchase tickets to attend the Classic Brunch by the Bay, please seewww.CrewClassic.org.  Regatta entry $15. Brunch tickets $195 ea. (includes admission and VIP parking). 

For questions, please contact the Crew Classic office 619-225-0300.

TO:  AYA Assembly Delegates, AYA Board of Governors
FROM:  Rahul Prasad ’87 PhD, Chair, AYA Board of Governors
DATE:  January 2018
RE:  AYA Board of Governors – Call for Nominations

Dear AYA Assembly Delegate:

We are seeking AYA delegates who would like to be considered to serve on the AYA Board of Governors for a three-year term beginning July 2018. All current delegates – those appointed to represent their constituency, at-large delegates, and those who serve as ex officio delegates (e.g., class secretaries, club presidents, G&P association presidents) – are eligible to be nominated.If you are a delegate with several years of experience and have served in other volunteer roles, we strongly encourage self-nominations. I invite you to nominate other delegates whom you believe to be qualified candidates as well.

Please click here to access the nomination form, which must be returned by February 5, 2018 to AYABoard@yale.edu or 203-432-8144 (fax).

Board members support the work of the AYA by direct involvement in and leadership of a number of committees and other Yale alumni-led volunteer organizations. Responsibilities include attending Board and committee meetings usually held in New Haven four times a year (September, November in conjunction with the Assembly, February, and late April). Board committee work continues between meetings, by telephone, e-mail, and in-person meetings from time to time.

All nominations will be reviewed by the Board of Governors Nominating Committee, which is composed of sitting delegates, who will develop a slate of candidates from that pool. Typically, experienced delegates/volunteers are given primary consideration by the Board of Governors Nominating Committee. Later this spring, AYA Assembly delegates will vote on the nominations to elect the six board members.

If you are a current delegate and interested in serving on the Nominating Committee this year, please contact Jenny Chavira (jenny.chavira@yale.edu) directly. Note that delegates who serve on the Nominating Committee cannot be a candidate for nomination in that year.

If you have questions about Board service, the nomination process, or the election, please feel free to contact me at rrprasad@mac.com or Jenny at jenny.chavira@yale.edu .

Thanks again for all you do for and on behalf of Yale.



Every year, thanks to the local Alumni School Committee (ASC) chapters around the world, Yale is able to interview students who have applied to Yale. As the number of applicants grows, so does the need for Yale alumni to interview those applicants and help shape the future of Yale.

Last year, the San Diego chapter of the ASC had about 400 applicants and there was no way we could offer an interview to everyone who applied.

  • What does an alumni interviewer do?
  • How much time does it take?
  • When do interviews start?

These are just a few of the questions you might have. The answer to these questions and more are on Yale Alumni School Committee website.

Register as an active ASC volunteer to interview applicants for San Diego.

The Interim Director for the San Diego Yale ASC chapter, Sara Jones, BR ’91, will then work with you and the time you have available between now and the middle of February. Feel free to contact her directly at sarajones488@gmail.com.

Boola! Boola!

Yale Wins, 24–3 !!

The 134th playing of The Game marks the end to a fantastic season (9–1, 6–1 Ivy) and secures for Yale its first outright Ivy League Championship in 37 years.  Of additional note, the Bulldogs have not beaten the Crimson in back-to-back seasons since 1999–2000.

Once again the San Diego Yale Club and Harvard Club met at Ballast Point Brewery in Little Italy to respectively celebrate and commiserate their team’s fate.  Thanks again to all who joined in the festivities and  cheered on the Bulldogs to victory.  Boola boola!

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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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!