Assembly LXXII: November 8-10, 2012

AYA Assembly LXXII

The goal of Assembly LXXII (Nov. 8–10, 2012) was to understand why alumni service is important to Yale; to showcase the service-enabling programs now supported by the AYA, most of which did not exist five years ago; and to explore the many ways Yale alumni can be engaged in volunteer service today.
 


 
Schedule of events

 

Thursday 8 November 

8:00 a.m.

Registration opens, Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street.

9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction to the Assembly
University Theater, 222 York Street

  • Jimmy Lu ’77, Chair, AYA Board of Governors
  • Mark Dollhopf ’77, Executive Director, AYA

10:00 a.m.

Panel I · What Is It About Yale?
University Theater, 222 York Street

  • Moderator: Kimberly Goff-Crews ’83, LAW ’86 — Secretary, Yale U.
  • Richard Franke ’53 — Yale Medalist, 2012
  • Edward (Ed) Greenberg ’59 — Yale Medalist, 2012
  • Ellen McGinnis ’82 — Yale Medalist, 2012
  • Robert (Bob) Steele ’71 MPH — Yale Medalist, 2012
  • Nancy Stratford ’77 — Yale Medalist, 2012

11:15 a.m.

Panel II · Answering a Higher Call:
Volunteering in Communities of Faith

University Theater, 222 York Street

  • Moderator: Sharon Kugler — Chaplain, Yale University
  • Omer Bajwa — Coordinator of Muslim Life, Yale University
  • Rev. Joan Cooper Burnett ’04 DIV — Former Protestant Chaplain, Wesleyan University; founder & Executive Director, G-Girls Inc.
  • Rev. Dorsey McConnell ’75 — Episcopal Bishop of Pittsburgh
  • Rabbi James Ponet ’68 — Jewish Chaplain, Yale University

12:15 p.m.

Lunch (by ticket) in the Residential Colleges
New Delegates Luncheon in the Presidents’ Room, Woolsey Hall

1:45 p.m.

Panel III · Educating for Volunteer Leadership
McNeil Lecture Hall, Yale University Art Gallery (enter from High Street across from Linsly-Chittenden)

  • Moderator: Michael (Mike) Madison ’83 — Former chair, AYA Board of Governors
  • Catharine Hill ’85 PhD — President, Vassar College
  • Marvin Krislov ’82, LAW ’88 — President, Oberlin College
  • Anthony Marx ’81 — President, New York Public Library

3:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (choose one)

Each of these breakout sessions, chaired by distinguished alumni from a wide variety of fields and specialties, will focus on volunteer activity in a particular sector.

  • Yale Clubs and Nonprofits: Case Studies in Tutoring
    Room L01, Bass Library, 130 Wall Street

    • Veronica DeLandro — Connecticut Program Director, College Summit

    • Peter Dickinson ’60 — Founder of tutoring programs for the Yale Club of Chicago

    • Kanya Balakrishma ’09 — President, The Future Project

  • Shared Interest Groups and Innovation: Summer Institute of the Arts
    Multipurpose Room, Afro-American Cultural Center, 211 Park Street

    • Ramon Gonzalez — Principal, MS223, The Bronx, New York

    • Nicholas Roman Lewis ’93 — Board, Summer Institute of the Arts

    • Tamara (Tammy) Mack-Lowe ’97 — Volunteer, Summer Institute of the Arts

  • Yale College Class Outreach: Music in Public Schools
    Calhoun Parlor, Calhoun College, 189 Elm Street

    • Don Roberts ’57 — Coordinator, Class of ’57 music outreach program

    • Michael Yaffe — Associate Dean, Yale School of Music

  • College Dreams: Admissions Outreach to Underserved Students
    Davenport-Pierson Theater, basement level (enter through Davenport College)

    • Jeff Brenzel ’75 — Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale

    • Marcia Landesman — Associate Director, Yale Undergraduate Admissions

    • Aaron Shipp ’96 — Chair, Y-Apply

  • New Ways to Learn: Alternative Education and Educational Reform
    Enormous Room, Afro-American Cultural Center, 211 Park Street

    • Oliver Barton ’85 — Former principal, Common Ground High School

    • Alex Knopp — Former Executive Director, Dwight Hall; former mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut

    • Patricia Melton ’82 — Executive Director, New Haven Promise

    • Max Polaner ’88 — CFO and COO, Achievement First

  • Service without Borders: Volunteering Abroad
    Room 317, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street

    • Dorothy Caplow Echodu ’90 — Executive Director, Pilgrim Africa

    • Selby Jacobs ’61, ’72 MPH — Chair, Alumni Service Corps

    • Dean Karlan — Professor of Economics, Yale University

    • Nancy Yao Maasbach, ’99 SOM — Executive Director, Yale-China

  • The Lifeblood of Democracy: Volunteers in Civic Engagement
    Dining Room, Rose Alumni House (lower level), 232 York Street

    • Susan Bysiewicz ’83 — Former CT Secretary of State

    • Karen Dubois-Walton ’89 — Executive Director, New Haven Housing Authority

    • Mike Morand ’87, ’93 DIV — Yale Office of Public Affairs & Communications

  • Volunteer Leadership: The Heart and Soul of Nonprofits
    Room 250, Loria Center, 190 York Street

    • Samuel Beard ’61 — National Development Council

    • Joe DeNicola ’86, ’96 FES — Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance

    • Joanne Sciulli ’96 FES — Executive Director, Solar Youth

    • Maxim Thorne ’89, ’92 LAW — Chair, Weekend Renewing America’s Promise

  • Hands-on Healthcare: Volunteering for a Better Future
    Trumbull Room, Branford College (enter from gate on Library Walk closest to the University Theater)

    • Elizabeth (Betsy) Bradley ’95 EPH — Faculty Director, Global Health Leadership Institute; Professor of Public Health

    • Fredric (Fred) Cantor ’58, ’62 MED — Board, Yale Alumni Service Corps

    • Richard Skolnik ’72 — Lecturer, Yale School of Public Health
       

4:15 p.m.

Closing Plenary: Keynote Address
“Impact Volunteering: Answering the Call to Service”
McNeil Lecture Hall, Yale University Art Gallery (enter from High Street across from Linsly-Chittenden)

  • Diahann Billings-Burford ’94
    New York City Chief Service Officer

5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

  • Mark Dollhopf ’77 — Executive Director, AYA

5:30 p.m.

AYA Volunteer Leadership Awards Reception
Presidents’ Room, 2nd Floor, Memorial Hall (rotunda adjacent to Woolsey Hall)

6:30 p.m.

Dinner on your own. (Many Classes, Clubs, SIGs and other constituencies are planning their own by-invitation dinners, cocktail receptions and other events this evening.)

9:00 p.m.

STAY (Students and Alumni of Yale) reception in Berkeley College Common Room, all welcome. Enter by Berkeley main gate on Elm Street across from Yale Station

9:00 p.m.

STAY (Students and Alumni of Yale) reception in Branford College Common Room, all welcome. Enter by gate on York Street across from Rose Alumni House

 

Friday 9 November

 

8:45 a.m.
- 10:45 a.m.

The AYA Strategic Plan in Action;
AYA Board of Governors Excellence Awards
McNeil Lecture Hall, Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street 

Enter on High Street across from Linsly-Chittenden Hall, or on York Street next to the loading dock between the Art Gallery and the back of Jonathan Edwards College. (The Gallery’s main entrance on Chapel Street does not open until 10 a.m.) The York Street entrance is handicap-accessible. 

Join us for an exciting session, moderated by AYA executive director Mark Dollhopf ’77, for updates on some of the most successful and innovative alumni programs from the last year. These include the “greening” of Yale College Reunions in the spring, and this fall’s first-ever residential college reunion, held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ezra Stiles College. You will also be treated to previews of upcoming events, including YaleWomen’s international conference scheduled for Washington, DC, next spring.

We will also honor AYA award winners: the AYA Leadership Awards for individual volunteers (which were presented at last night’s AYA Volunteer Leadership Awards Reception), and the AYA Board of Governors Excellence Awards for alumni groups and programs. Together we will congratulate these outstanding volunteers and groups for their efforts on behalf of Yale and their communities.

11:00 a.m.
- 11:45 a.m.

ALUMNI PROGRAMS: INFORMATION SESSIONS (SESSION I)

These sessions will provide an opportunity for Assembly attendees to learn more about current AYA programs and to provide input on new initiatives. Session presenters will offer an overview and/or annual report and include time for Q&A, as well as information on how to get involved. Some sessions will be offered in two time slots — Session II, listed below, will be held at 1:45 p.m. — so that you will have an opportunity to hear from two different groups.



Alumni Leadership/Board of Governors Interest
Room 317, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street

Also offered at 1:45 p.m., different venue; see below.

What kinds of volunteer leadership opportunities are available to Yale alumni through the AYA? This session will help current volunteer leaders learn about service in new and additional roles, including service on the AYA Board of Governors and how a Yale volunteer can become a Board member. The session is open to all Assembly attendees who would like to know more about other volunteer leadership opportunities at the AYA. Delegates in the second or third year of their terms who think they might be interested in Board service are especially encouraged to attend.

 

Digital + Social Media for Alumni Groups
Room 101, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street

How do you connect your classmates or members using digital and social media? How do you do it with little or no budget? How do you find the time? How do you use the Internet if you are not a techie? Come learn the answers to these questions from Michael Morand ’87, ’93 DIV and Tim Harkness ’87 — both experienced users of social media, and both Yale alums who showed up in New Haven with typewriters.

 

Yale Blue Green
Room 102, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street 

An abbreviated version of this presentation will be included in the Yale Clubs and Associations workshop at 2:45 p.m., same venue; see below.

Who says it’s not easy being green? We are all stewards of our planet. Recognizing that, President Levin has emphasized sustainability as a strategic priority for the University. Now we alumni can also be part of these efforts, both in New Haven and in our own communities. Join us to hear more about Yale Blue Green (YBG), a new Shared Interest Group organized around issues of sustainability. YBG is unique in that, not only do we hope to create an alumni community around environmental issues, but also we seek to support the University in its own sustainability goals. Whether you are interested in helping Yale further its greening efforts or in learning more about environmental issues and eco-activities in your own town, YBG is your organization!

 

Yale Alumni Abroad
Room 351, Loria Center, 190 York Street 

We invite alumni living outside the United States to come together in this session to meet each other and learn about international activities at Yale. We will hear from Don Filer, executive director of the Office of International Affairs, who will update us on the University’s International Framework and talk about the next set of initiatives and goals. We will also learn about the AYA’s new international Shared Interest Group, the Yale International Alliance, a Yale alumni association dedicated to celebrating the international experience and inspiring alumni and students to be global citizens.

 

Students and Alumni at Yale (STAY)
Room 119, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street

An abbreviated version of this presentation will be included in the Yale Clubs and Associations workshop at 2:45 p.m., different venue; see below.

With help from the AYA, students and alumni recently created an exciting new organization: STAY. In less than one year, STAY has already brought hundreds of Yale students and alumni together on and off campus. STAY enables students and alums to collaborate in service, on career panels, in social gatherings, and in leadership forums. Come find out how you can take part in STAY, and how STAY can add a new dimension to your Yale constituencies.

 

Yale Alumni Service Corps
Dining Room, Rose Alumni House (lower level), 232 York Street

Also offered at 1:45 p.m., same venue; see below. 

The Yale Alumni Service Corps invites alumni, students, family and friends to join together in 2013 global service programs in Nicaragua, Ghana and our first domestic program in West Virginia. Our volunteers have created programs that build on the diversified skills of our participants for service trips that will improve lives and provide opportunities in the communities we visit. Projects are developed for volunteers to work alongside local people, enjoy meaningful cross-cultural exchanges, and form indelible bonds with fellow volunteers of all ages who have a passion for service. Come and listen to volunteers’ stories from previous trips, and learn more about the exciting new trips planned for next year.

12:00 noon
- 1:30 p.m.

University Update Lunch
Commons, 168 Grove Street (enter from Memorial Hall rotunda) 

At lunch, President Richard C. Levin ’74 PhD will offer his annual University Update. Assembly participants will have the opportunity to submit questions for President Levin during the Friday morning plenary session. In addition, as lunch begins, University Secretary Linda Lorimer ’77 LAW will kick things off by presenting the inaugural Yale-Jefferson Award, a new alumni honor sponsored by Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY) and given to recognize those who inspire others in the Yale community through innovative, outstanding and sustained contributions of service to the greater good.

1:45 p.m.
- 2:30 p.m.

ALUMNI PROGRAMS: INFORMATION SESSIONS (SESSION II)

A second opportunity to learn more about AYA programs and to provide input on new initiatives. (Session I, listed above, was held at 11 this morning.) 



Alumni Leadership/Board of Governors Interest
Room 120, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street 

Also offered earlier at 11 a.m., different venue; see above.

What kinds of volunteer leadership opportunities are available to Yale alumni through the AYA? This session will help current volunteer leaders learn about service in new and additional roles, including service on the AYA Board of Governors and how a Yale volunteer can become a Board member. The session is open to all Assembly attendees who would like to know more about other volunteer leadership opportunities at the AYA. Delegates in the second or third year of their terms who think they might be interested in Board service are especially encouraged to attend.

 

Update on Yale’s Presidential Search
Room 119, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street 

Also offered at 4 p.m., same venue. 

Join Michael Madison ’83, Alumni Counselor to the Presidential Search Committee, for an update on the search for Yale’s next President.

 

Yale Day of Service
Room 117, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street 

Are you wondering how you can help organize a Yale Day of Service project for your Club or other alumni group? Or have you been a Yale Day of Service volunteer in the past and are thinking you might like to become more involved? Come to this session to learn how you can help make your community stronger while connecting with other members of the Yale family. AYA staff and Day of Service volunteer leaders will answer questions and share their experiences to help you take the next step!

 

YaleWomen
Room 211, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street 

Join the YaleWomen Council leadership and committee members to hear about YaleWomen, an alumnae organization with active chapters in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Colorado, Connecticut, Los Angeles, New York City, Northern California, Seattle, and Washington, DC. We have great plans for the future, including our inaugural global conference in spring 2013 cosponsored by the Yale World Fellows, and projects relating to our goals of lifelong learning, building community, contribution to community and contribution to Yale. We look forward to informing you about current programs and hearing your ideas. 

 

Yale Veterans
Room 209, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street 

Join us for a presentation and discussion about the Yale Veterans Association (YVA) and Yale’s engagement with our military services. We will review current YVA activities, hear from current active-duty military officers studying and working on campus, and receive the latest updates about the Air Force and Navy ROTC units. These programs are recent additions to Yale and reflect a renewed emphasis on global and strategic issues and a commitment to public service. Learn more about how you can strengthen the mission of YVA to support fellow veterans.

 

YaleGALE (Yale Global Alumni Leadership Exchange)
Room 116, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street 

YaleGALE is an extraordinary international AYA-sponsored alumni volunteering initiative. Its mission is to advance education through alumni engagement and leadership among participating universities, to foster rich cultural understanding, and to share best practices in alumni relations. Please join us to discuss the 2013 programs: Paris in February, working with the U.S. Embassy to sponsor a conference in addition to our usual opportunities, and the Baltics (Vilnius and Riga) in July. We will also explore shared programs in the U.S. with our partners from previous trips including the U.K., China, Turkey, Japan and Australia, and discuss the potential for future programs in other countries.

 

Yale Alumni Service Corps
Dining Room, Rose Alumni House (lower level), 232 York Street 

Also offered at 11 a.m., same venue.

The Yale Alumni Service Corps invites alumni, students, family and friends to join together in 2013 global service programs in Nicaragua, Ghana, and our first domestic program in West Virginia. Our volunteers have created programs that build on the diversified skills of our participants for service trips that will improve lives and provide opportunities in the communities we visit. Projects are developed for volunteers to work alongside local people, enjoy meaningful cross-cultural exchanges, and form indelible bonds with fellow alumni. Listen to volunteers’ stories from previous trips, and learn more about our exciting 2013 trips.

 

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

Alumni Organization Board Meetings

Please note start and end times, which vary by session.

Attendees will break out by interest, constituency and/or activity to discuss alumni leadership and the mission of your organization. In addition, meetings will be held for Task Forces and boards, as listed below, as well as a session with Michael Madison ’83, Alumni Counselor to the Presidential Search Committee.

1:45 p.m.
- 5:15 p.m.

Graduate School Alumni Association Annual Fall Meeting
Room 211, Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York Street

AYA delegates who are members of the GSAA Executive Committee will meet to conduct their annual fall meeting. AYA delegates who are not GSAA board members are welcome to attend. We will also be meeting on Saturday morning from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street.

2:45 p.m.
- 4:00 p.m.

Yale Clubs and Associations
Room 102, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street

Please join other Yale Club and Association volunteers for a plenary session in which you will hear from alumni representatives of Yale Blue Green on how you can plan sustainable events in your city; from STAY (Students and Alumni of Yale) on new ways that students and alumni are connecting; and from Colorado Yale Association President John Boak ’70 on best practices for communicating with your Club members.

2:45 p.m.
- 4:00 p.m.

Professional Schools
Room 116, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street

Learn how Yale’s professional schools can enhance the focus and vitality of their alumni associations by reaching out to students. Join members of the AYA Board’s Graduate & Professional Schools Committee and leaders of the new Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY) organization for a discussion of existing student/alumni programs at the professional schools as well as sharing ideas and resources for even greater interaction. (Note: the F&ES board is meeting separately this afternoon; refer to the information provided by F&ES alumni relations staff.)

2:45 p.m.
- 4:15 p.m.

Yale College Class Leadership
Room 351, Loria Center, 190 York Street

Yale College classes are actively engaged in a wide variety of ways. A panel of class volunteers will share the secrets of their success in engaging classmates and volunteer leaders, executing fabulous programming, setting attendance records, and communicating with classmates.

2:45 p.m.
- 4:30 p.m.

Shared Identity/Interest Groups (SIG) Leadership Development
Afro-American Cultural Center, 211 Park Street 

Join the SIG staff and alumni leaders as we have a discussion with the Yale Black Alumni Association on the challenges and opportunities of growth, including the dynamics of navigating change. In addition, come and be inspired by a presentation on the Yale AIDS Memorial Project (www.yamp.org), a stellar example of student/alumni programming from Yale GALA, the Yale Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae Association. We will also use this time for a networking session geared towards cross-SIG collaborations and program development. Refreshments will be served.

2:45 p.m.
- 5:00 p.m.

Major Cities
Room 211, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street

Leaders of Yale Clubs in major cities (Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Haven, New York City, San Francisco, Washington DC) will come together for a presentation by AYA Executive Director Mark Dollhopf ’77 on various revenue-generating models for their Clubs — sponsorships, event-specific revenue, fundraising — as well as a discussion led by the leadership team of the Yale AIDS Memorial Project (www.yamp.org) as they describe the successful launch of this new cross-city initiative.

2:45 p.m.
- 5:15 p.m.

Yale Alumni Service Corps Board Meeting
Room 209, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street 

This session is for YASC Board members only.

3:30 p.m.
- 5:00 p.m.

YaleGALE (Global Alumni Leadership Exchange) Board Meeting
Room 120, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street 

This session is for YaleGALE Board members only.

4:00 p.m.
- 5:15 p.m.

Update on the Presidential Search
Room 119, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street

Also offered at 1:45 p.m., same venue.

Join Michael Madison ’83, Alumni Counselor to the Presidential Search Committee, for an update on the search for Yale’s next President.

4:00 p.m.
- 5:15 p.m.

Yale Day of Service Review Working Group
Room 102, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street

Active leadership volunteers for the Yale Day of Service are invited to come together in this session to discuss the status of the five-year review of the program and share their thoughts on its future.

6:00 p.m.

Yale Medal Dinner Reception
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

7:00 p.m.

Yale Medal Dinner
Commons, 168 Grove Street (enter from Memorial Hall rotunda)

Transportation to hotels will be provided at the conclusion of the Yale Medal Dinner.

Every year since 1952, the Yale Medal has been conferred to honor outstanding individual service to the University. This year’s recipients reflect the range of service and leadership the AYA strives to recognize with this award. We honor the remarkable contributions of the Medalists and the ways they have chosen to give back to our community of scholars and friends. We hope all Assembly participants will join us for a gala celebration honoring Richard Franke ’53, Edward Greenberg ’59, Ellen McGinnis ’82, Robert Steele ’71 MPH, ’75 PHD, Nancy Stratford ’77, and David Swensen ’80 PHD. Further information about the Yale Medal and this year’s recipients may be found at www.aya.yale.edu/yalemedal.

10:00 p.m.
- Midnight

Social gathering and informal career mentoring for Yale Graduate and Professional students and Yale alumni at the GPSCY Bar, 204 York Street. All welcome. Cosponsored by the GSAA (Graduate School Alumni Association), STAY (Students and Alumni at Yale) and GPSCY (the Graduate and Professional Student Center at Yale). 

Saturday 10 November

 

10:00 a.m.
- 12 Noon

Pre-Game AYA Hospitality Tent at the Yale Bowl

Join your Yale friends at the AYA’s popular hospitality tent, the “AYA Alumni Village,” located near portal 17 on the west side of the Yale Bowl. This free event for all alumni and their guests provides a place to gather and meet up with Yale classmates and friends before going to the game. Free hot dogs, chowder, cookies, warm beverages and other refreshments for all alumni and their guests. Raffles for those who come early!

12:00 Noon

Football: Yale vs. Princeton at the Yale Bowl. Kickoff time for the 135th meeting of the Yale Bulldogs and the Princeton Tigers is at noon. Assembly participants who preregistered will find their tickets to the game in their welcome packets.

 

GETTING TO THE YALE BOWL

  • On Foot

If the weather is good, the Yale Bowl is a pleasant 35-minute
hike from the main campus. Walk along Chapel Street heading west (away from downtown); when the road forks two blocks after you pass the Hospital of St. Raphael, bear left on Derby Avenue, and in 15 minutes the Walter Camp Gate to the Yale Bowl will be on your right.

  • By Bus

The Athletics Department provides free transportation to
and from the Yale Bowl on Saturday. Starting at 8 a.m., shuttle buses will bring fans from downtown New Haven to Yale Avenue at the Yale Bowl. The buses will run during and after the game from Yale Avenue on the east (visitor’s) side of the Bowl to two downtown locations. The Blue Line runs to/from the corner of Chapel and College Streets adjacent to Old Campus and the New Haven Green; the White Line runs to/from Payne Whitney Gymnasium, 70 Tower Parkway. Bus service ends at approximately 5 p.m.

  • By Car

There is no free parking at the Yale Bowl. Visitors must park
in either Lot D, northwest of the Bowl ($5), or Lot B, southwest of the Bowl adjacent to Coxe Cage ($20). For access to either lot, turn north from Derby Avenue into Central Avenue; see http://tinyurl.com/c5eneva for a detailed parking map. Parking fees may be paid at the lot, in cash only. The city of West Haven may issue citations for prohibited parking outside these lots. You are strongly encouraged to leave your car behind and either walk or take one of the free shuttle buses.

 

What is the AYA Assembly? An Introduction 

 

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