A Change In Focus:  Any Day is a Yale Day of Service

Responding to the COVID-19 outbreak that has changed the service landscape and altered everyday life for millions around the world, Yale Day of Service will move forward in 2020 with the same mission but in a different capacity and with a broader focus.

May 9 will remain part of the annual celebration of service for the Yale community. But the Yale Alumni Association and the Day of Service co-chairs are encouraging organizers to convert projects to virtual spaces where possible, with in-person service events being delayed until it is deemed safe and prudent to hold them.

A list of virtual projects is now available on yaledayofservice.org.

“As the confirmed cases of COVID-19 explode and much of the world has gone into some form of lock down, two things have become clear: One, our traditional focus on a day of service on or around May 9 is no longer realistic. And two, there is a greater need for service in its many manifestations than ever before,” said Day of Service co-chairs Paul Broholm ’78 and Betsy Sullivan ’74, ’76 MA.

“We are not canceling Yale Day of Service, but we recognize that most of us will not be able to join together for some time. Many events can be postponed, others may require cancellation. Regardless, we are calling on the full Yale community to take the opportunity to serve in whatever capacity you can, at any point and in any way that you feel safe doing so.”

[Read More: A Message from the 2020 Yale Day of Service Co-Chairs]

This season of uncertainty will instead result in a Year of Service, with an emphasis on the notion that any day can be a Yale Day of Service. To energize that pivot, the YAA is planning a digital gathering on May 9 for the global service community, with details still being finalized.

“The desire and willingness to serve has always been a hallmark of Yale and an indelible part of our alumni experience,” said Weili Cheng ’77, executive director of the YAA. “COVID-19 poses unprecedented challenges for local communities around the world, one that we can now meet through Day of Service projects large and small, online and, eventually, on the ground. Thank you to everyone who is stepping up to make a difference – your impact is both remarkable and profound.”

Congratulations to the Colonies for retaining the Challenge Belt at the most recent Crown v. Colonies Trivia Challenge Match Wednesday evening 11 March at Shakespeare’s!  The Harvard/Yale team (“Crimson & Blue”—creativity did not correlate with success) faced off against the Oxford/Cambridge team to answer a battery of difficult questions while simultaneously ward off the threat of contagion.  Well done to all!


Pictured from left:  Charlie Wheeler (YLS ’78), Bob Longstreth (YLS ’81), Jason Bland and Karen Soohoo (both Harvard), and Amir Rezvani (Yale ’20, who is back home for the indefinite future).

Yale Lacrosse Comes to Orange County

Wow!  What a great opportunity to see collegiate athletics at its finest.  Yale Alumni from the entire Southern California region converged in Orange County for the Pacific Coast Shootout to watch the Bulldogs, ranked fifth in the nation, take on the Michigan Wolverines.

Final score: 17-11.  Yale wins!  Detail of the game may be found HERE.  Congratulations to the Yale Men’s Lacrosse team.

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

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.

Highlights from the 2019 YCSD Annual Brunch “Journalism in the Trump Era” 

During a picturesque and delightfully sunny San Diego city backdrop, the YCSD welcomed our guest speaker Ms. Katharine Mieszkowski ’93, senior reporter for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting.  Her multimedia presentation introduced the audience to how traditional journalistic precepts have changed during the Trump administration affecting not only the public but also the reporting journalists.
During Q&A the audience addressed what should be done to properly recognize and hold accountable sources of media and information.  What is “fair”, “fact”, and “fake”?  Should government censorship be an option?  Should the free market be left to sort it out?  Is there another way or is this history repeating itself using different media?  Regardless of one’s opinion(s) a great discussion was had by all.  In true Yale spirit the afternoon was insightful and respectful while tackling a provocative topic.  Thanks again to Ms. Mieszkowski for visiting the YCSD.

Preferred Yale Partners — A Call for Alumni Volunteers

The Yale Office of Career Strategy is exploring better ways to network and connect Yale students with Alumni by updating summer internship programming in a more creative and flexible way.  Key employer partners (including alumni and other Yale-affiliated employers) are now referred to as “Preferred Yale Partners”.  These partners will be highly profiled in our employer database Yale Career Link, and promoted directly to undergraduate and graduate/ professional students in various newsletters and other platforms.

If any member of the Yale Club of San Diego would like to learn more about posting an opportunity for Yale students as a Preferred Yale Partner, please refer to the below contact information.

Julia Bourque

Senior Associate Director

Office of Career Strategy, Yale University


55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor

New Haven, CT 06510


2019 YCSD Annual Brunch Speaker “Journalism in the Trump Era” 

What’s it like to work as a journalist when the President of the United States has called the media the “true enemy of the people?” Katharine Mieszkowski ’93, a senior reporter for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, will share her experience during the 2019 YCSD Annual Brunch.
Reveal is a weekly, hour-long radio show and podcast that appears on more than 470 public radio stations around the country. Katharine will describe how her job has changed in the Trump era and play relevant clips from the show, including one that takes us inside an antifa vs. alt-right brawl. She’ll also reflect on how the notion of “fake news” has reshaped the media’s relationship with the public, including how sources react to stories.
Katharine has also been a senior writer for Salon and Fast Company.  Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Slate and NPR’s All Things Considered.  Her coverage has won national award including two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, an Online News Association Award, a Webby Award, and a Society of Environmental Journalists Award.


***Thanks to All Who Registered but This Course is Now Filled***

Please Address Waitlist Requests to sltomlin@gmail.com


San Diego: History and Architecture, 1850-1940  

Featured Professor:  Molly McClain MA ’89, PhD ’94

Dept. of History, University of San Diego

Thursdays, March 14 – April 11   7:15 – 8:45pm

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego

5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110

Course Description:

This course looks at the way San Diegans adopted and transformed European artistic and architectural forms to create what boosters described as “a new Eden.” We discuss the origins of San Diego as a Spanish settlement, the impact of the U.S.-Mexican War, and transformation of the city with the arrival of newcomers from the Midwest and East Coast. Topics include the rise and fall of the Victorian-style home; the origin of the Craftsman bungalow; the re-invention of the “Spanish” style with Mission Revival architecture; and the rise of modernism in San Diego and the West. Emphasis throughout will be on the personalities, political events, and social forces that shaped the development of architecture and design from 1850 to 1950.

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.

Young Alumni, use promo code “”BOLDLEARN” for an additional 40% off.

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!


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!

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!



Local Yalie Wins Big!

Congratulations Chris Ashley ’86

Tony Award Winner Christopher Ashley_ General_Singles

Yale @ Hamlet

Revenge thriller, ghost story, psychological drama, political epic, family saga.  Packed with unforgettable characters, theatrical masterstrokes, and world famous lines, Hamlet is one of the greatest plays ever written.  The Prince of Denmark comes home from college to find his father dead, his mother remarried to his uncle, and a spine-chilling apparition roaming the palace grounds.  Barry Edelstein returns to the outdoor stage, with a cast featuring some of the nation’s finest classical actors, to bring Shakespeare’s exhilarating tragedy to life under the San Diego stars.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join your fellow Yale alumni for a special package deal including theater tickets, a pre-show picnic dinner, and an exclusive pre-show presentation in the Craig Noel Garden by Abraham Stoll ’92, Professor and Chair of the USD English Department, and author of the forthcoming book Conscience in Early Modern English Literature.

During his presentation Professor Stoll will also introduce and preview our upcoming Yale Alumni College – San Diego, Fall 2017 course Kingship and Revolution in the Age of Shakespeare.

Further event and ticket details are found 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.

YCSD 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.

This event is SOLD OUT!  We look forward to seeing those of you who have registered!

Summer Send-Off to ’22 Yalies

Class ’22

Thanks to all who attended the second annual YCSD Picnic at Presidio Park in Mission Hills to recognize and welcome the newest generation of Yalies from the Class of ’22.  Taking advantage of a pleasant summer day (and too much food), students, parents and alumni gathered to converse, reflect and prepare for the next chapter in their lives.  Congratulations to all!

The Game 2018

One of college football’s most storied and tradition-laden rivalries will be played out on the Fenway Park gridiron in 2018. The 135th rendition of Harvard and Yale’s football rivalry will be played in front of the “Green Monster” at the home of the Boston Red Sox on November 17, 2018. The game will also mark the 50th anniversary of the epic 1968 clash between the two Ivy League schools, which famously ended in a 29-29 tie.

The football rivalry between Harvard’s Crimson and Yale’s Bulldogs is among the most revered on the American athletic scene for its combination of passion and purity to the sport, as it established the template for American college football. ‘The Game’ annually serves as the most prominent athletic contest between the Ivy institutions and is the season finale in football for the two schools.

Fenway Park has a long history with football dating back to its opening in 1912. The ballpark was commonly transformed to the gridiron for high school and college football games throughout the early 20th Century and was home to the Boston Patriots from 1963-68. In November 2015, football returned to Fenway Park for the first time since 1968 when Notre Dame hosted Boston College in their Shamrock Series game. The Harvard-Yale contest in 2018 will mark the second straight year that two Ivy League schools compete on the Fenway pitch.

Join the YCSD as we march down the field fighting for Eli.  Details and registration for the local San Diego viewing at Rock Bottom Restaurant may be found in the “Events” section above.  

Many thanks to the Yale Athletics folks for the above edited text and historical details.

Extra, Extra!

The Whiffs are Coming to San Diego

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy a cappella music at its finest.  Ticket information is linked to the YCSD Events section above.



Walkin’-the-plank Good News fer ye San Diego Yalies!

Avast mateys! Come get yer timbers shivered. But keep ye eyes on ye dubloons, ‘cause Yalies from the briny deep be collectin’ at 

  • Hundred Proof
  • 4130 Park Blvd, San Diego
  • Wednesday, Feb 27th

Fer 25 Dubloons ($25), ye’ll be havin’ grub and Mory’s grog. The rest’ll be comin’ outa yer own booty.We’re be passin’ out jolly roger doorags to the first 20 landlubbers signin’ up. And Feb Club glasses for all comers!!!  Old salts will be knowin’ ye’re asked to bring some hardy booty (canned foodstuffs) fer Feeding San Diego!

Please register above through the “Events” section to ensure a proper head count.

Buried rivalries re-surface! Trivia Night: Colonies vs. Empire







Trivia Night, a dormant tradition, was resuscitated June 1st at Shakespeare Pub. The ordinarily tame event metamorphosed into the Colonies vs the Empire (OMG!) with Yale and Harvard pitted against Cambridge and Oxford.

One Colonial participant described the atmosphere as “laid back despite the gentle jeers of the Anglo-American rivalry.” Adding, “We were definitely outnumbered, but I’d say we did much better on a per-person basis.”  Among those Yale alums representing the Colonies were: Brendan Clifford, Royce Clifford, Tiange Zhou, Bob Longstreth, and Omar Malik.

Regrettably, the Evil Empire prevailed, grabbing for themselves the Champions’ Belt.  Thanks go to Brian Beeston (President, Cambridge Alumni Society, San Diego) for embroiling us in this high-tension event; to Omar Malik our YCSD Trivia Master, who will stay in touch with others for a possible rematch in the fall; and to all those who helped make the evening a success.

Match wits with the best!  Try these questions from the competition:

  • In what country is K2?
  • Where is the annual Wagner festival held?
  • Who is the youngest Beatle?
  • Where in the cell does energy-production take place?
  • What is the oldest, continuously held intercollegiate sporting event?
  • What was the last year LeBron did not play in the NBA finals?
  • In Ulysses, who is the character Stephen Dedalus modeled on?
  • The final question:  What is the total combined endowments of Yale, Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge?

From a Yale participant: I knew Yale’s was $25B; we thought Harvard’s was $41B (it is actually $35B); and we knew Oxbridge’s would be less, but we were surprised at how much less (they are $9B and & 7B) so the answer was about $76B, we guessed $85B and the winners guessed $81B. That close!!!

Answers: Pakistan, Bayreuth, George, mitochondria, Yale/Harvard regatta, 2010, Telemachus, $76B

2017 Feb Club Emeritus – “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness stays these stout souls from the swift completion of their appointed rounds . . . “

The tradition was upheld on Friday the 17th despite dreadful weather.  Basic at 10th and J Street was alive with the sight of Yale Banners, the aroma of New Haven Pizza, the sound of Yale songs, and the sweet taste of Mory’s cups brimming with that secret brew!

The photos show hero and heroine taking their turns at demonstrating the skill and savvy needed to meet the challenge of properly finalizing one of Mory’s cups!

The event was originally created by a roup of Yalies who bemoaned the fact that their busy lives no longer allowed them to hang out with their Yale College friends. What they created was a series of parties for Yale Alums around the world. Each night of February there is at least one party; on most nights there are many. From Atlanta to Zanzibar and everywhere in between, a hundred events bring hordes of Yale alums together to relive their Yale days.

The Yale Club at the La Jolla Playhouse – How Freaky Friday became a Terrific Thursday evening:



An enjoyable evening at the La Jolla Playhouse was made extra enjoyable by the presence of Christopher Ashley—the play’s director, the Playhouse’s artistic director, and Yale College alumnus (’84)—at our pre-show reception for Contributing Members 2017!

I was just out of college when I landed my very first paying job as a director on a five-actor, 50-minute musical adaptation of Mary Rodgers’ 1972 award-winning children’s novel, Freaky Friday, designed to tour in a van to young audiences.

This from the Chris Ashley, our special guest at the Yale Club’s evening at the La Jolla Playhouse on Thursday February 2nd. Further, Chris says, he was enchanted by Mary’s depiction of teenage angst in her comedy about a sarcastic, self-involved girl who wakes up to find that she’s switched bodies with her mother. Her journey from abject annoyance to self-recognition seemed to him emotionally truthful. Chris has a Broadway opening in February: Come from Away, set in Newfoundland, Canada, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.

During the reception, Chris gave us his views of Freaky Friday, an outline of the plot, remarks on the evening’s performance, and info on upcoming LJPH events; but then continued with the evening’s main activity—exchanging comments and views with fellow Yale College alumni Jason Lujan, Ed Dennis, Doug and Lisa Chang, Bob and Lauren Resnik, Shelby Batchelor and fiancé Pierce Courtney, and Daniel Carrillo and wife. Also sharing and enjoying the evening with Chris were Yale University alumni Panos Vagenas, Susan Hulbert, Ernie and Susan Pick, Elizabeth Nolan, Mark Arnesan and wife, Elke Riebeling and daughter, and Giovanni Chimienti.

Assuring that all went smoothly that evening was Bonnie Broberg, LJPH’s Associate

Director of Development. And assuring that all in the YCSD group were well fed before the performance were Anthony Doll and his assistants at James’ Place. A look at the menu shows how: California Roll, Veggie Tempura, Kobe Beef Sliders, Crunchy Shrimp Roll, Mini Ahi Poke Tacos, Salmon Fiesta Roll, and more. All food was comped by the YCSD for 2017 Contributing Members.

Thanks go to Michael Owens, YCSD President, for taking the lead in planning the event, though he was, unfortunately, unable to attend. We regret that two others of the Yale family, our friends the Ramon Castillos, who had purchased tickets, were unable to attend. He fell ill that day, but is now recovered.

Meet Handsome Dan XVIII


The newest Yale mascot, Handsome Dan XVIII, has been selected, the Yale University Athletics department reports.

The Olde English Bulldog was born on Sept. 23, 2016, and is a true New Englander, coming from a breeder in Maine. He was part of a litter that included a brother and five sisters.

Yale athletics conducted a national search for the next mascot after the passing of Sherman (Handsome Dan XVII), who was a familiar figure on the sidelines at games, serving as arguably the most famous mascot in college sports for more than nine years.

Going into the search process, the athletic department was aware of current breeding concerns of English bulldogs. Chris Getman ’64, the caretaker of four Yale mascots, recommended looking for an Olde English Bulldogge — a larger, stronger, and healthier version of the breed that got its name herding bulls.

Handsome Dan XVIII will now attend a training school befitting an Ivy League icon before assuming the role of big dog on the Yale campus. Yale fans will be able to follow him on Instagram @HandsomeDanXVIII and Twitter @HandsomeDan18.

The new keeper of the mascot is Kevin Discepolo ’09, a former lacrosse player who is now Yale’s assistant athletic director of facilities, operations and events. Handsome Dan XVIII will come to work at Ray Tompkins House, and Discepolo will take Dan on daily walks around campus, as well as to the many contests hosted by Yale.

“It’s an honor to be involved with such a long-standing Yale tradition,” said Discepolo. “For over a century, Handsome Dans have provided excitement for Yale students, faculty and our fans. While this puppy might be the cutest mascot in college athletics, or rather the most handsome, I’m confident he will grow into a strong and courageous bulldog who will inspire our student-athletes for many years.”

The history of Handsome Dan dates to 1889, when Andrew Graves ’92S, a football player and rower during the days of Walter Camp, first named Yale’s mascot. The Bulldog tradition began a few years earlier, in 1890, when Harper, a champion English bulldog, was brought to football games to inspire the athletes.

Through the Fridge Door – The Yale-Harvard Holiday Mixer – December 20th 2016

Mine was a typical arrival, I later learned. When you get to 910 Grand in Pacific Beach, you look somewhat blankly at a few people working at what looks like a takeaway kitchen counter; a good- looking young woman at the cash register smiles at you, questioningly; you smile back at her, questioningly. You’re about to ask about the Harvard-Yale Mixer, but then you spot the unmarked door off to the left—a large stainless steel refrigerator door—and instead you say, “Oh. I guess it’s that way?” And you’re right. But she offers to show the way—neither left nor right at the frig door, but through it into the Grass Skirt. A long, Tiki-themed space with booths and alcoves on one side; on the other, a bar runs the whole length. Through a pair of glass doors into the outdoor covered terrace space—Tiki-themed, of course—reserved for the Holiday Mixer by our Harvard friend Pulkit Agrawal.

P1140186The ambience: Swinging basket seats hang from the ceiling, sofa-seating, low wood-plank tables, a large Tiki mask with red-illuminated eyes and mouth, and mostly standing room. Heat (with thermostat set to deal with the days-earlier 50s) pours down from ceiling vents. Harvard and Yale banners hang on the walls at one end.

The flow: People began arriving at 7. And they continued arriving till after 9. With people moving in and out, arriving and departing, our crowd remained at about 35 until 9 when departures overtook arrivals.

Some confusions:

  • Q: What are you eating? A: Drunken Noodles with Laughing Bird Shrimp. (And I don’t know if the guy is referring to the food, the woman sitting beside him, or me!)
  • I overhear that there was some mix-up with an order for a Oaxacan Dead and a Tipsy Tentacle. (Not surprising!)
  • The Menu tells us, Please ask about merchandise for sale. (I don’t know what they mean, but I hear people asking for things like a Drone Pilot and Lava and Ice!
  • Q: What are you drinking in that Tiki-themed glass? A: 3 Dots and a Smash! (Oh.)

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  • No, the roaring fireplace cannot be extinguished.


Special guests? Two well-behaved and popular show dogs.


Some relevant questions

  • Posed to new arrivals: Which nametag would you like, Yale, Harvard, or neutral?
  • Do you know when/where the next All Ivy mixer will be held?
  • What excuse can we use for another Harvard-Yale Mixer?


Thanks to Pulkit’s quick thinking, we have a souvenir group photo of many of the Tiki-enthusiasts attending the Mixer.


Harvard vs. Yale 2016: The Bulldogs take it: 21 – 14!

Yes, the Bulldogs did it this year, with a 21 – 14 victory over Harvard, breaking the 9-year losing streak, and at the same time depriving the Crimson of a fourth straight Ivy League title.

Bull-dog! Bull-dog! Bow, wow, wow. Eli Yale!final-score-at-the-game-2016

Saturday, November 19th. A sunny day, warm enough to encourage some Yale students to dance naked on the concrete walls of the century-old Harvard stadium (and then get tossed out). And the two schools renewed one of the oldest rivalries in sports: the 133rd edition of THE GAME!

March, march on down the field, fighting for Eli, Break through the crimson line, their strength to defy . . .

harvard-yale-game-a-special-viewNot easily won: With a lead for Yale, and a tie of 7 – 7; then a lead for Yale, and a tie of 14 – 14; but then in the second, with 4:41 remaining, there came the tie breaker, and then the final score . . . 21 – 14! What were those Bulldogs playing for? To break the losing streak, and to spoil Harvard’s season. They succeeded in doing both!

Good night, poor Harvard; Harvard, good night!

As Yale students poured out of the stands to celebrate with the team at midfield, the cheers went up at Little Italy’s Ballast Point where we had a record crowd of supporters, including:

Musicals: Shelby Conray, Tiange Zhou, Andrew Leu;

Families: Jaimin & Diane Chung with Max & Thomas, John & Diana Esterhay, with William;

Old-timers: Rich Edwards, Alan Cohen, Roman Weil, Giovanni Chimienti;

Piraticals: Mark Hanna & Dana Velasco Murillo;the-game-2016

Enthusiastics: Shelby Batchelor & Pierce Courtney, Panos Vagenas, Katy Grubbs, Diana Nguyen, Michael Gerber & wife, Nappur Gupta, Erika Morgan & Marshall Moore;

Legals: Betsey Boutelle, Bob Longstreth, Elizabeth Porterfield & Eric Kalisky;

Medics: Johannah & James Valentine with Nolan & Bridget, Jason Lujan, Michael Owens, Kim Fitzpatrick

Apologies to any Yale alums missing from our list of fans!

Bright college years, with pleasure rife, the shortest, gladdest years of life

2016 YCSD Fall Mixer – The Sun Shines Bright

Yale Club MixerCatching up. Exchanging news and views. Relating stories. Networking. Gossiping. Recruiting board members. Soliciting contributing memberships. All this and more over a sip of wine, soft drink or beer at the Yale Club’s annual Fall Mixer, on Sunday the 25th of September in the lush surrounds of the Wollaeger home on Country Club Road in La Jolla. Cindy and Tim were once again our marvelous hosts for this eagerly-awaited and well-attended event.
YCSD President Michael Owens gave us all a pleasant surprise by pouring the wine and passing out the beer and soft drinks—his way of making certain that he greeted all the attendees! About 50 people—an outstanding collection of Yale alums of all denominations, along with their spouses, children and guests—came together on the sunshine-filled terrace of the Wollaegers’ home overlooking the Country Club grounds and the distant Pacific.

From the balcony up above the crowd, Doc Owens welcomed all, inviting us to participate in upcoming YCSD events including the Harvard vs. Yale Game (November), Explore the Mingei Museum (with the Harvard Club in September), YCSD at the LaJolla Playhouse for Freaky Friday (February), and Yale Alum Maestro Jahja Ling’s farewell performance (May). For details of these events, check our website calendar and our periodic info e-mails.)

Alum Steve Tomlin gave us an informative rundown on the launch of the San Diego branch of the Yale Alumni College (YACOL), offering an opportunity for Yalies to return to the classroom. Pirates is the topic of the initial course offering in this remarkable undertaking; and Yale Grad and UCSD Prof Mark Hanna will offer this course for us on the UCSD Campus.

fall-mixer-1The Mixer brought in a terrace-full of YCSD supporters—former presidents: Milda Simonaitis, Bob Longstreth, Rich Segal, Michael Lewis, and Tim Wollaeger; recent arrivals: Shelby Conray, Aohan Lin, Tiange Zhou, Andrew Leu, Panos Vagenas, and Christina Baek; some not-so-recent arrivals: Jing Xu and children Irene and Alex, Paula Jacobson, Greg Montes, Daniel Murphy, Laurence Walker, David Souter, Mark Arnesen,  Susan Astarita, Alan Cohen, and Giovanni Chimienti; as well as an engaging group of spouses, offspring, and friends. We’ve got some terrific photos on the Yale Club’s Facebook page, so check out Shelby Batchelor’s work there. (She’s also the one getting out the e-announcements!)

Tim Wollaeger gave us show-and-tell of several Yale-authored books including a new one by YCSD’s Bob Hemphill (stories from the middle seat), a children’s book by famed Yale basketball player Chris Dudley (Chris Dreams BIG), Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury cartoons as initially published in the Yale newspaper when Garry was a Yalie, and Tim’s own book (It’s not just business, in print, but yet to be published). A nice collection.

Fall MixerBob Longstreth worked with the Wollaegers to produce the Mixer. Welcoming arrivals in the lovely front garden with its tiled fountain were Board members Erika Morgan and Camilla Ross; they also managed to amass about 150 lbs of food donations from Mixer guests, which Bob Longstreth delivered to Feeding America.

End note. Recall that the Fall Mixer is the opening number in the YCSD’s contributing membership drive for 2017. Please keep this in mind; take a trip to our website and use your credit card to keep the sun shining on the Yale Club of San Diego.

All Ivy Mixer-Under-the-Stars organized by Cornell and Yale Clubs

All Ivy Mixer August 2016

Whaddaya get when you bring together a group of Ivy Leaguers in an outdoor setting in Downtown San Diego? A first-class mixer! A post-work crowd of 35 or more were in high spirits (haha!) at the All Ivy Mixer on Thursday the 4th of August. This month’s Mixer was organized by All Ivy Corinne Lloyd Moody (Cornell Club) and Yale Club’s Giovanni Chimienti and Jason Lujan. Corinne suggested “downtown” and “outdoors” and Giovanni took up the search, coming up with several venues that met the requirements, but finally deciding on Social Tap, located in Park at the Park, adjacent to the Padres’ field. (No game this evening!) Turns out to be great location, and though we hadn’t actually “reserved” the outdoor patio lounge, we ended up occupying the entire space by fiat, with its divans, barrel tables, and fireplace (unused). Among those enjoying the evening under the stars were alums from Cornell, UPenn, Yale, Dartmouth, and Columbia. YCSD folks appearing at the starlit event included Erika and Marshall, Bob L., Jason L., Giovanni, and two or three others. You can see photos at YCSD’s facebook page. An informal canvassing indicated a high level of satisfaction with the selection of a Downtown venue, so let’s consider it for another such event. face-to- face encounters with alumni. In comments to Giovanni, parents and students were enthusiastic about this opportunity to interact live with Yale College and Yale University alumni.

The Yale Club’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Brunch – A Harbor Island Delight

Organizers organize

The annual event, held at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse on Saturday the 4th of June from 11 to 2, demonstrated the organizational talent of Bob Resnik, who arranged the Brunch; the decorating flair of Lauren Resnik, Camilla Ross, and Marshal Moore, who brought color, décor and the Yale Banner to the dining area; the hostessing gift of Erika Morgan who welcomed arriving guests; and the photography aptitude of Andrew Leu.

Champagne flows

Guests moved about with flutes of champagne, meeting up with brother and sister members of San Diego’s Yale community and serving themselves tasty baked salmon, eggs benedict, potatoes, salads, pastries, muffins, fruit – – all agreeably set out under umbrellas on the terrace, with a gentle wind coming in over the San Diego Harbor.

Owens presides

Standout Yale Club President Michael Owens moved us through the proceedings of the Annual Meeting. Along the way, he took time to thank all board members and, in addition, those who had given of time, effort, and more to organize/host YCSD events during the past year: (among those present) Jason Lujan, Peter and Raydene St. Clair, Giovanni Chimienti . . . and, of course, Bob Resnik; and (among those not present) Ed and Martha Dennis, Bruce Lin, Tim and Cindy Wollaeger, Erin Gillespie, Andy Ries, and Sam Marcus. President Owens made a point of expressing gratitude to all contributing members of the YCSD, acknowledging strong support from Tim and Cindy Wollaeger, George Guerra, Bob Hemphill, Jason Lujan, John Moss, and Michael Owens.

San Diego Symphony Conductor Yale Alumnus Maestro Jahja LingMaestro Ling enthralls

On behalf of the YCSD, Jeff Montez expressed his pleasure at having as the day’s speaker Yale Alumnus Maestro Jahja Ling, Musical Director and Conductor of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Ling recounted delightful episodes from a musical childhood in Indonesia, as well as highlights from a glittering career to date, pointing out how his studies at Yale had prepared him as a conductor, and how his Yale mentors had supported him both during his studies and long afterwards—a remark that resonated warmly with many in the audience. Following a thunderous round of applause, Jeff presented the Maestro with a token of appreciation from the YCSD, a volume entitled: Yale: A Celebration.

YCSD stars shine Part 1

Among attendees chatting and sipping champagne: Elizabeth Porterfield, Teresa Lewis and Michael Lewis (Former Board members); Paula Jacobsen and Eric Becker; Ernie and Susan Pick (AYA Delegates); Mary Proctor-Diehn, John Crossman, and Don Wheeler; Eduardo Urdapiletta and Marina Brennan and Randy and Susan Camp (Yale parents); William and Bonnie Barr.

Harbor gleams

Around noon, looking out at the terrace, a group of white-dressed figures, stood out against harbor and sky. These were the Yale NROTC ensign and midshipmen who attended as guests of the YCSD and Jason Lujan: Ensign Josh Clapper and Class of ’19 Midshipmen Sam Aslaner, India June, Henry Loughlin, and Forest Simpson.

YCSD stars shine Part 2

Among attendees chatting and sipping champagne: Board Member Shelby Batchelor and Pierce Courtney; Ramon and Kathryn Castillo; Panos Vagenas and Sarah Emerson; Elena Yarritu, Mary Selz, Christina Back, and Valerie Norton; Brandon Camp and Randall Kras (Yale ’20); Dick Ahlborn, William Ward and Terrance Rogers.

Members vote

As part of the procedure associated with this Annual Meeting of the general membership, a motion to accept the slate, as presented in the Program, was seconded, followed by a unanimous voice vote to approve the Officers and Board of Directors of the Yale Club of San Diego for the coming year.

2016 Annual MeetingBoard smiles

President Owens organized a fine photo of Maestro Ling flanked by YCSD Board members.

Guests comment

– “Why just once per year?”
– “Couldn’t have chosen a better location! Or a better speaker!”
– “Where are all the other YCSD members?”


Photos: Andrew Leu

2016 Yale Book Award Reception

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On Sunday afternoon, May 22 nd , 19 alumni from a variety of academic and professional fields arrived at the lovely community room of the La Jolla Riford Library to support the Club’s continuing effort to give outstanding San Diego high school juniors a taste of Yale College.

This year’s reception, the 5 th in a series initiated by YCSD Board member Robert Longstreth (JD, ’81, Treasurer) and former Board member Elizabeth Porterfield (YC, ‘78), recognized the accomplishments of students from 18 San Diego area high schools in the presence of their parents.

Board member Camilla Ross was at the door to welcome students and their parents, after which they got right down to refreshments and one-on- one conversations with alumni from Yale College and Yale’s graduate and professional schools.

In his remarks to the group, Board member Giovanni Chimienti (PhD, ’67) pointed out that the 18 students were being recognized for their academic promise, their leadership skills and their personal character; he also noted the not-at- all-hidden agenda behind the awards: to draw the attention of these students to Yale College as a possible choice for their college education.

Giovanni introduced the following alumni/-ae with brief bios that barely hinted at their talents and accomplishments: Bob Longstreth (JD, ’81), Steve Ding (PhD, ‘11), Jing Xu (PhD, ‘97), Jason Lujan (BA, ’89), Erika Morgan (MPPM, ’85), Teresa Wo Lewis (BS, ’82), Michael Lewis (BA, ’83), Joan Reese (MD, ’71) , Bob Reese (PhD, ’72), Bradley Lebow (BA, ’02), Peter Jacobson (BS Eng, ’14), Madison Sharp (BS, ’03), Andrew Leu (BS, ’13), Betsey Boutelle (BA, ’07), Seve Gonzales (BA, ’10), Michael Owens (MD, MPH, ’78), Ashley Sloan ’10 (BA, ’10), Camilla Ross (Widow of Henry L. Ross, Jr. ’50)

Each alum introduced one of these students, giving some highlights in his/her career to date, and presenting a certificate. (Students receive their Book Awards at school ceremonies.)

Katherine L. (Academy of Our Lady of Peace), Erwil B. (Chula Vista HS), Kristofer L. (Coronado HS), Elizabeth E. (High Tech High), Arielle A. (La Jolla Country Day School), Dana C. (Pacific Ridge School), Clayton L. (Patrick Henry HS), Ella B. (Point Loma HS), Luis G. (Reality Changers), Kasey B. (SD School of Creative & Performing Arts), Delilah F. (San Dieguito Academy). Justin H. (Santa Fe Christian Schools), Gian F. (St. Augustine HS), Kevin L. (Scripps Ranch HS), Justin W. (The Bishop’s School), Franklin H. (The Preuss School), Patricia O. (Torrey Pines HS), Helen T. (University City HS). (Note: Kristofer and Helen were unable to attend the reception.)

Following this ceremony, students and parents went on to more face-to- face encounters with alumni. In comments to Giovanni, parents and students were enthusiastic about this opportunity to interact live with Yale College and Yale University alumni.

[Photo: Andrew Leu, Yale ‘13]

YCSD and Ivy Plus at the Del Mar Polo Grounds


Polo fans Panos Vagenas PH ‘11 and his co-worker Sarah Emerson (both at PCI Global) gave us the story about the 2016 version of Ivy Plus VIP Polo Day, August 21st.

Panos and Sarah were there for the opening day of the second half of the San Diego Polo season—an island-themed Sunday event, with live music, Hawaiian food, traditional shaved ice, fresh leis and other island-inspired treats.  And, of course, two polo matches!  For these competitive matches, Panos and Sarah sat in the VIP tent along with other Ivy Leaguers.

Polo with IvyThough some describe it as hockey on horseback because of its sometimes rough clashes, polo has elegance and beauty as polo ponies dash around a field about nine times larger than that for football. In addition, there’s some tradition involved here: At half-time, you can see the spectators, including some ladies in very high heels, taking part in the “divot stomp.” This involves walking the field and stomping down loose pieces of turf (called divots) back into their holes. The San Diego Polo Club has personalized this tradition by pairing it with champagne.  And in order to look cool while stomping the divots, the ladies are usually outfitted fashionably with hats, while the men go for jeans or khakis and a lightweight blazer. See and be seen!

By the way, what’s a chukker?

Neat photos, thanks to Panos.