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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason P. Luján ’89
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
Rahul Prasad ’84 MS, ’87 PhD
Xiaoyan Huang ’91
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!
TO BE AN ASC INTERVIEWER
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 email@example.com.
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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.