Yale Day of Service 2019

Each year, Yale Day of Service acts as a celebration of service, of giving back and making a difference. On Saturday, May 11, alumni, family, and friends came out to service sites across the country and around the world to continue this tradition.

In all, 2,500 volunteers are expected to participate in Yale Day of Service in 2019, in roughly 15 countries, nearly all 50 states, and at approximately 225 service sites. And while May 11 served as the official 2019 Yale Day of Service, many service events started earlier this spring and many more will be held in the months ahead.

“Yale has long had a strong tradition of service, and we see that affirmed each year during our annual Day of Service,” said Yale Alumni Association Executive Director Weili Cheng ’77, who took part in a service project at KIPP DC, a college prep charter school in Washington, D.C. “It really is an incredible day – both to give back to the local community and to celebrate service as an integral part of a Yale education and the Yale alumni experience.”

The 2019 service projects ran the gamut. Food pantries from Sarasota to San Jose and from Bulgaria to Boston hosted Day of Service volunteers, while alumni in London and the Bronx worked with refugee populations in need. Farms, parks, beaches, and rivers were all the beneficiaries of cleanup efforts in places like Maryland, Miami, Cape Town, and the Netherlands. And students from Seattle, New Haven, and Washington received career advice, homework help, college prep, and more. There was even a tandem bike ride project for the blind in New York City.

As always, Yale Day of Service was especially active in New Haven, with more than 25 projects registered in and around the Elm City. That includes the Newborns in Need event hosted by the Yale School of Nursing, in partnership with the Working Women’s Network, the Yale Child Study Center, the Yale Latino Networking Group, Yale Department of Pediatrics, and YaleWomen CT, which drew close to 150 volunteers, and six events around the area spearheaded by the Yale School of Public Health.

“This is a marvelous tradition that brings the School of Public Health into the community for projects in which we can be of use,” said School of Public Health Dean Sten Vermund. “One day does not transform New Haven, but it is an appreciated gesture of commitment that underscores the YSPH ethos of service.”

For 2019, Day of Service added three new local partners in the Yale Police Department, WorkLife Yale, and the United Way of Greater New Haven. And Yale Veterans were active in the area as well, hosting a Day of Service event in partnership with the Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Service of VA Connecticut Health System.

“It’s incredible how Yale alumni come together like this, and truly inspiring to see the energy and enthusiasm that Yalies around the globe bring to Yale Day of Service each year,” said Matt Meade ’87, who serves alongside Elvira Duran ’05 as alumni co-chair of Day of Service, working with a team of regional coordinators to create service opportunities. “It’s a unique opportunity to meet classmates and make new friends while pursuing a cause that has tangible, meaningful benefits for everyone involved.”

For members of the Yale community looking to get involved in 2019 Day of Service, there are still a host of remaining service projects open for enrollment. Interested volunteers can find a site and register at yaledayofservice.org.

Yale Climate Change and Communication Program Finds 70% of American Registered Voters are Worried About Climate Change

This April, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, in partnership with the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, released a report on American registered voters and their views on climate change. As can be seen in the graph above, seven out of ten registered voters are worried about global warming. For more statistics and information, read the report here.

Four Yalies win Pulitzer Prize; finalists include professor, alumni

Yale professors and alumni were among the individuals honored by the 2018 Pulitzer Prize committee for their works.

Law School professor James Forman Jr. ’92 J.D. is the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner in General Nonfiction for his book, “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.”

Alumna Martyna Majok, who earned an M.F.A. at Yale School of Drama, won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play “Cost of Living.”

Law School alum Ronan Farrow and the New Yorker shared a Pulitzer in Journalism (Public Reporting) with The New York Times for exposing the sexual harassment by top figures in Hollywood and elsewhere. Susan Dominus ’92 was among the reporters who contributed to The New York Times coverage on the issue.

Jake Halpern ’97, a freelance writer and lecturer at Yale, shared a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism (Editorial Cartooning) with cartoonist Michael Sloan for a series in The New York Times depicting the struggles of family of refugees.


Celebrating Yalie Monica Drake

The New York Times announced today that Monica Drake will join the masthead as an assistant managing editor, overseeing new digital features and projects.

In a note to staff, Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, and Joe Kahn, managing editor of The New York Times, said, “Having Monica join the masthead is a testament to the importance of her new job and our belief that the Times newsroom should play a leading role in securing our economic future, just as it did in the 1970s when a host of new sections broadened the paper’s appeal. But it is also a tribute to the fact that she is one of our strongest newsroom leaders and should have a voice in our discussions about hiring, promotions and coverage.”

As a senior editor who runs the Travel section, Monica has developed several ambitious digital projects. She reimagined the annual destination list of places to go into 52 Places, a multimedia feature that created a sensation when it advertised that it was looking for a single reporter to visit every place on the list. Nine thousand people have applied for the job.

Next month, she starts Surfacing, a cross-platform column that will focus on subcultures around the world.

As Travel editor, she regularly published thought-provoking pieces by literary writers like Deborah Levy, Jacqueline Woodson and Francine Prose. She has worked on newsroom strategy teams that have led to the creation of the Print Hub and various special print sections.

Before becoming Travel editor, Monica worked on The Times’s Culture desk. She started at The Times as an intern in 1998, and was promoted to copy editor in 2001. She is a graduate of Columbia’s journalism school and Yale University. She is from Yellow Springs, Ohio, and insists that it is one of the best places in the world to visit.



Yale Club of Ireland – Winter Event, December 8

House Plays image of actors








Our Winter Event (capital W, capital E) is a black-tie theatre-dinner on Friday December 8.

The venue is the landmark townhouse at 12 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 and the event is a special benefit performance in support of An Taisce.

The Yale Club has signed up to be sponsors, which means we’re on the hook for eight (8) tickets, which is not many, especially when the tickets are a steal at only €50. I betcha we could get more tickets if there is demand. If you would like a ticket – or indeed two, as you should bring your partner/spouse/friend/culture-buddy – then e-mail me at ciaran@aya.yale.edu.

The play is a performance of House Plays, written and directed by Mina Tenison ’92.  The schedule for the evening is:

7:30pm: Doors open & cocktails served
8:15pm: Act I
8:45pm: Act II & III (Three-course dinner served)
10:00pm: Act IV

The storyline? Clare leads the enviable life of big houses & privilege, or so it seems…Raised in a big Georgian house in Ireland in the lap of privilege, Clare is finding that her enviable life is breaking apart at the seams. The story is humorous, bittersweet and a little tragic. The actors – Ken Fletcher and Roisin Rooney – mix with the audience throughout the play, breaking down the “fourth wall.”

If you can sponsor food, wine or a spot-prize for the raffle, then that would be great too, let me know.

An Taisce is a charity that works to preserve and protect Ireland’s natural and built heritage. An Taisce is an independent charitable voice for the environment and for heritage issues.

Twelve Henrietta Street was built between 1730-33 by the property developer Luke Gardiner. It was dramatically altered in 1780 by Richard Boyle, the second Earl of Shannon, who combined two adjacent houses to create a palace for himself. After his death in 1807 the two buildings were divided once again. The first floor features magnificent long windows that were installed by the second Earl of Shannon and shows off one of the grandest entertaining spaces still extant in the city of Dublin. A closer look at the details will reveal the original wood floors and some of the beautiful architectural
elements from 1780s.