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We've got another full month for you, with a book drive volunteer event this coming Saturday, a preview of Jorge Martin '81's opera, 'Before Night Falls,' next week, and an All-Class mixer and two other alumni parties later in the month.  Need to take a break from New York?  Head up to New Haven for the Yale Women's Conference.  Read on for more info and after the events below, see the latest news from Yale (check out who won this year's 'Mr. Yale' title!).

With great thanks to all of the volunteers whose creativity and energy make these events possible,
Gretchen Grant '81


Public Service/Social Justice Committee needs 30 Volunteers for Book Sorting/Book Drive

When:   March 6, 2010 10:00am-1:00pm
Where:   Gold Ballroom of the Hotel Pennsylvania
Cost:   none

The Public Service/Social Justice Committee is proud to participate in Project Cicero's 10th Annual Book Drive. Project Cicero has distributed nearly 1,300,000 books to under-resourced New York City public schools and others in need by creating or supplementing school and classroom libraries.

We need 30 volunteers to sort donated books into appropriate categories while meeting and re-connecting with fellow Yalies. Two shifts are available on March 6 and 7. If interested, please register at http://tinyurl.com/yd7p53b. Children 13 and above are welcome to join their parents to help out.  If you are interested in donating books for the drive, please visit www.yaamny.net/13529

For further information, please contact our veteran Cicero volunteer and Team Leader Matthew Haiken (BK '86) at This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript  or Amanda Taffy at This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript  or visit http://projectcicero.org.


When:   March 9, 2010 8:00pm-10:00pm
Where:   Graduate Musical Theatre Writing
Tisch School of the Arts
113-A 2nd Avenue
Cost:   $15 before February 25; $20 after

The Association of Yale Alumni Presents:
Special Preview of the new opera Before Night Falls and discussion with Composer Jorge Martin '81

Sponsored by: YAAMNY, Yale GALA, Yale Latino Alumni Association, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program

Jorge Martin’s Before Night Falls, an opera based on the memoirs of Reinaldo Arenas, the gay, Cuban, dissident author who died of AIDS in New York in 1990, premiers at the Fort Worth Opera in May 2010 (www.fwopera.org). The opera follows the life of Arenas from his time as a rebel in the Cuban revolution to his eventual escape to and death in the United States and explores issues of sexuality, ethnicity, and immigration. Yale Opera students Chrystal Williams ’10 MUS, Eric Barry ’10 MUS and Vince Vincent ’10 MUS will perform excerpts from the work. Following the performance, we will have a conversation with composer Jorge Martin ’81 and a reception.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW here: http://beforenightfalls.eventbrite.com/





When:   March 20, 2010 6:00pm-9:00pm
Where:   S Dynasty
511 Lexington Avenue (at 48th Street)
Cost:   100

Banquet will be a sumptuous and elegant twelve course gourmet Chinese feast including Peking Duck, Fresh lobster and snow crab claws. Tickets are $100/person.   Proceeds from this event will support summer interns who will work at NYC non-profit organizations serving the Asian community. Please see website for further details:  www.aaaya.org

Co-sponsored by The Yale Alumni Association of Metropolitan New York


AYA Goes Global: International Food Tasting and Presentation

When:   March 23, 2010 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where:   Tap Room, Yale Club of New York City
Vanderbilt Avenue
Cost:   $5 per person; payable in cash at the door

The Yale Club of New York City, the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA), the Yale Alumni Association of Metropolitan New York (YAAMNY), and Market New Haven bring an international extravaganza to the Yale Club for a special event open to all Yale alumni. Enjoy a sampling of award winning cuisine from 116 Crown (Wine & Small Plates Lounge);  Barcelona (Spanish Wine Bar); bespoke (Modern American Cuisine); Thali (Regional Cuisine of India); Union League Café (Parisian Style Brasserie) and Zinc (Modern American), as well as several passed hors d’oeuvres from the Club’s own Executive Chef, Charles Kehrli.

Complementing New Haven's world class cuisine and Yale's ambition to be a world leading university, the AYA has made it a mission to be a world leading alumni association. New initiatives launched as part of the AYA's strategic plan have placed Yale's alumni relations programs on a world stage in a leading role. AYA Executive Director, Mark Dollhopf '77, will share some of the new global initiatives of the AYA that have sparked the interest of alumni worldwide and given them the opportunity to travel to Australia, Japan, Iceland, and Mexico. You can also learn the specific ways to get involved.

There is a $5 per person charge for this event, payable in cash at the door, plus a cash bar. Please reserve your spot in advance by calling the Yale Club at 212-716-2133 or by emailing  This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript . (Dress Code: business casual ... no jeans, no sneakers).



When:   March 25, 2010 6:30pm-9:30pm
37 West 17th Street
Between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, NY 10011
Cost:   $10 until 3/19, $15 after and at door

Join your fellow Yalies for an all-class mixer at Retreat Lounge on March 25th, 6:30pm.  It's a chance to catch up with friends, meet new people, flirt and network!!  Appetizers will be provided.  If you are interested in joining the Host Committee (to help publicize the event and assist at the door), please email Audrey Leibovich '97 at This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript

Please use this link to RSVPhttp://marchalumniparty.eventbrite.com/


Celebrating Yale Women: 40 Years in Yale College, 140 Years at Yale University

When:   March 26-29, 2010
Where:   Yale Campus
New Haven, CT
Cost:   See website

Celebrating Yale Women: 40 Years in YaleCollege, 140 Years at YaleUniversitypromises to be an amazing alumni event.  Although designed with Yale alumnae in mind, all graduates (men and women) are welcome.  An incredible program awaits those who register:

. . . Featured speakers including Indra Nooyi '80 MPPM, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo; Margaret Marshall '76 JD, Chief Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Court; Margaret Warner '71, senior correspondent and on-air anchor, The PBS NewsHour; Karen Lawrence '71, Kim Bottomly, and Carol Christ '70 PhD, presidents of Sarah Lawrence, Wellesley, and Smith, respectively.

. . . Yale faculty presentations from Sharon Oster, Dean and Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Yale School of Management; Tamar Gendler '87, Professor of Philosophy and Psychology and Chair of Cognitive Science; Carolyn Mazure, Director, Womens Health Research at Yale; and Priyamvada (Priya) Natarajan, Professor, Department of Astronomy and Associate Professor, Department of Physics. 

. . . A special look back at the coeducation of Yale College featuring Elga Wasserman '76 JD, former Special Assistant to the President on Coeducation; Henry "Sam" Chauncey, Jr. '57, former Secretary of the University; and John Wilkinson '60, '63 MAT, former Dean of Students and moderated by Mary Miller '81 PhD, Dean of Yale College.

And more!

Wow!  What a weekend!  Please click here for the full range of details related to the conference and easy, online registration.


Yale Day of Service

When:   May 15, 2010 9:00am
Where:   Various sites around NYC. Start and end times vary by project; some projects held on May 1 and May 22.

The Public Service/Social Justice Committee of the YALE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF METROPOLITAN NEW YORK is proud to partner with the Yale Club of New York City and the Association of Yale Alumni to sponsor the Second Annual YALE DAY OF SERVICE, on May 15, 2010 (or for certain specified events May 1, May 7, May 16 or May 22 - please click on the Day of Service link below for more details).

On this day, thousands of Yale Alumni, family members and friends will gather to volunteer for meaningful events and projects ranging from the labor intensive (sprucing up parks, planting gardens & painting) to the more intellectually stimulating (reading books to children, assisting with job applications & college applications and tutoring) throughout the New York City Area and around the globe.  During the first global Yale Day of Service (2009), we had the pleasure of helping over 500 Yale Alumni & their family & friends serve at approximately 20 sites throughout the area.

Among the possible activities are park clean-up activities, tutoring, planting gardens, teaching tennis, various walks and assisting with job and college applications. This year we have added more sites including additional child-friendly sites, we have a broader range of activities and have activities on various dates throughout the month of May to allow alumni to participate on the day that best suits them.  Our first event as part of this year's Day of Service, at the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program, was very well attended with 26 volunteers and 50 children. Mayor Dinkins gave an inspirational introductory speech at this event.It was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Click here to learn more and register for a Yale Day of Service site in your area.



YAAMNY Educational Programs Committee Meeting

When:   March 13, 2010 11:00am-12:30pm
Where:   Think Coffee, 248 Mercer Street

The Educational Programs Committee of the Yale Alumni Association of Metropolitan New York is engaged in planning educational enrichment programs for New York City area alumni. If you are interested in crafting first-rate, engaging, and intellectually stimulating programs with fellow Yale alumni, you are warmly invited to the join the Committee. If you would like to join, please contact the Committee at: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript . All are welcome.



And the winner of Mr. Yale 2010 is ... Tully McLoughlin, Morse '11.  What did he do to win the title?  Read on.

Did you know that Morse is going "square"?  See what Morsels think about the change and watch the video by clicking here.

Did you know that there are job listings at the Yale Daily News for all levels of experience?  Check them out or pass them on; click here


YAAMNY Board of Directors & Committee Chairpersons

My Luu President | Rosa Balestrino Secretary | Tracey Ober Treasurer | Anna Maslakovic Alumni Outreach | Sibile Morency Arts & Entertainment | Audrey Leibovich - Pam Weinstock Career Networking & Social Activities | Lisa Lee - Anne Nakaoka Moss  Development | Chad Berkowitz  Educational Programs | Stephen Scher Graduate & Professional Schools Alumni Relations | Andrew Burgie - Jeremy Leeds - Karin Weiner Public Service & Social Justice

Want to volunteer?  E-mail Anna at This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript

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