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

Yale/Harvard v Oxford/Cambridge Trivia Challenge @ Shakespeare's Pub & Grill
May 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Crown and the Colonies will battle once more as teams from Yale and Harvard vie with teams from Oxford and Cambridge for the Universities Challenge Belt.

We will meet at Shakespeare, 3701 India Street, San Diego, on May 24 at 6:30.  No-host food and drinks will accompany the trivia contest.

Please hit the green “Tickets” tab above to sign up via Eventbrite.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Yale Club 2018 Annual Brunch @ Tom Hams Lighthouse Restaurant
Jun 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Save the Date!  It is a great privilege to welcome Dr. Irwin Jacobs as our guest speaker for the 2018 YCSD Annual Brunch.  Please see YCSD homepage for further details.

Tickets are $55 (YCSD members) and may be purchased here:

Yale’s Day of Service is when the worldwide Bulldog community gathers together to give back.  Thank you all for coming on Saturday, May 12th — rather early — to help prep and serve the homeless and needy in San Diego at Fr. Joe’s Village.  With friends from the class of 1964 (Ernie) to the incoming class of 2022 (Marley), we had three generations of Yalies working together for this memorable event!  Kudos to Megan Schirmacher (PC ’93) for organizing.

Yale Club of San Diego 2018 Annual Brunch

We are excited and looking forward to having Dr. Irwin Jacobs, Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus of Qualcomm, Inc. as our speaker at the annual brunch Saturday, June 9th, 2018. Dr. Jacobs became a member of the Yale family when he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering and Technology at Yale commencement in 2017.

He received his B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell, and his Masters and Doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Technology from M.I.T. After serving on the faculty at M.I.T for 8 years, he joined the faculty at UCSD in 1966 as a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. In 1968, he co-founded Linkabit Corporation, a satellite communications company which was acquired by M/A-COM, and in 1985 founded Qualcomm with several colleagues from Linkabit. Qualcomm initially focused on satellite communications as well, but eventually broadened to include digital telephone technology based on CDMA. Qualcomm is now a multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company which has evolved several generations of CDMA culminating in what is known today as “5G”. The company has more than 33,000 employees worldwide, with over 13,000 in San Diego and is one of two Fortune 500 companies in San Diego.

Dr. Jacobs has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Among his numerous honors, he has been the co-recipient of an award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (for CDMA technology), the Bower award for Business Leadership, membership in the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame, and the medal of honor from the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), and an honorary Doctorate from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan.

His philanthropic endeavors have been legendary with contributions to the arts (San Diego Symphony, the La Jolla Music Society,La Jolla Playhouse), UCSD (Jacobs School of Engineering, Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla), M.I.T, Cornell, American Society for Technion (the Cornell/Technion Technology Campus on Roosevelt Island in New York), support for the underserved in San Diego, and the new downtown Library.

Dr. Jacobs will be interviewed by Robert Hemphill, YC 1966.

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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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Other Recent YCSD Events

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!

Local Yalie Wins Big!

Congratulations Chris Ashley ’86

Tony Award Winner Christopher Ashley_ General_Singles

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!