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+ Theater Event @ La Jolla Playhouse
Nov 14 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

La Jolla Playhouse: 1-Play Package now on sale!

Don’t miss the San Diego premiere of “Cambodian Rock Band”, a story about survivors, the resilient bond of family, and the enduring power of music.

This theater event features:

  • 6:30 pm reception with appetizers, wine, beer, soda
  • 7:15 pm panel discussion – artistic chat
  • 8:00 pm play


Ticket sales end on October 31, 2019.  Buy your tickets today before this event is sold-out!

RSVP & Details: https://lajollaplayhouse.org/ivy/

Questions: contact La Jolla Playhouse Patron Services at (858) 550-1010 or email groups@ljp.org


The Game @ Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant
Nov 23 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Saturday Nov 23rd 2019,  SAVE the DATE!

Come join your fellow Yale Alumni as the Bulldogs take on that other team from Cambridge.  Details to follow shortly.

Oxford/Cambridge vs Harvard/Yale Trivia Challenge Match @ Shakespeare Pub
Dec 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Oxford/Cambridge vs Harvard/Yale

Trivia Challenge Match

Register HERE

Once again it’s a battle of the minds for the popular and hotly contested Challenge Match.  Last time Harvard/Yale triumphed and took home the coveted Trivia Challenge Belt.  Will Oxford/Cambridge, eager to show its mettle, be triumphant this time?  Please join us to ensure that your team wins this important prize along with valuable bragging rights.

Try to arrive by 6.00pm to get some food and drinks, and be ready for the contest at 6.30pm. The Quiz will again be led by Alejandro Moreno (JD Harvard/LL.M. Cambridge (King’s)), who will endeavor to continue his tradition of including some fiendishly difficult questions along with some rather easier ones.

Ivy+ Holiday Toy Drive @ Malahat Spirits
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The MIT and Penn alumni clubs of San Diego invite you to our Toast to Ivy & Friends Toy Drive and Holiday Mixer to benefit Promises2Kids (San Diego Foster Youth) and the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots.
Malahat is named for a lumber schooner known during the days of Prohibition as the “Queen of Rum Row”.  The venue is decorated with artifacts from the Maritime Museum of San Diego and evokes a speakeasy decor to commemorate the days of Prohibition.  The venue will be closed to the public to give our alumni the opportunity to celebrate and toast the holidays with Malahat’s own small batch handcrafted spirits.
Tacos el Rorro will be catering the event onsite with a menu including 3 freshly made tacos (1 beef, 1 chicken, 1 veggie), quesadilla, chips and guacamole, salsa and sides.  Vegetarians will be able to sub out for veggie tacos. Tacos el Rorro is also serving their pineapple agua fresca beverage which should pair nicely with the Malahat rum.
Please bring an unwrapped toy for collection. We look forward to celebrating the holidays with our Ivy & Friends alumni, while giving back to our local San Diego foster youth. Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing all of you for a fun evening at a unique venue!
Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you all there. It has been a truly collaborative event with Cornell Alum, Tony Grillo offering to host at Malahat!!!
Harvard – Yale Holiday Mixer @ Parc & Rec
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come join the YCSD and the Harvard Club of San Diego for an evening of holiday cheer.  A favorite tradition between our respective Clubs, this year we celebrate at Park & Rec known for its stylish decor, large outdoor patio area, and a great cocktail menu.

  • Park & Rec in University Heights
  • 4612 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116
  • Thursday, December 12
  • 6 pm to 8 pm

Hope to see you there, and Happy Holidays!

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 . 


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.

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

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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.

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