Giving to Yale

Calhoun College Rededicated

Calhoun College Master Jonathan Holloway (center) is joined by his wife, Associate Master Aisling Colón, and Yale University President Richard C. Levin in the ribbon-cutting ceremony to rededicate the renovated college.On Thursday, October 29, more than 100 members of the Calhoun College community gathered to celebrate the renewal of their beloved residential college.  The formal rededication ceremony was hosted by Calhoun Master Jonathan Holloway ’95 Ph.D. and President Richard C. Levin ’74 Ph.D. in the college dining hall.

In his welcoming remarks, Master Holloway thanked everyone who had played a part in the renovation and enhancement of the college, citing University leaders, architects, construction crews, donors, staff, and Calhoun students. He noted the vital way that Yale’s residential colleges forge relationships and foster a sense of community between students and faculty.

Caitlin Clements CC ’10Current and former Calhoun students played a significant part in the festivities. Chamber music performers included cellist Inbal Megiddo CC ’98, ’01 M.Mus. and pianist Naomi Weiss-Goldman CC ’11 and an undergraduate ensemble conducted by Wen Yu Ho in a new work by Kenya Gillespie—both members of Calhoun class of 2010. Caitlin Clements ’10, Calhoun College Council president, offered a student’s perspective on the significance of the renovation. “It has rejuvenated the sense of Calhoun’s community,” she said, “and given us new spaces to meet.”

President Levin celebrates Calhoun and the residential college system

In his remarks, President Levin affirmed Yale’s unique residential college system as central to undergraduate life and excellent preparation for citizenship. It serves as “the locus of students’ intellectual, social, and personal development, where they learn about community and working with others,” he said.

Levin noted that Calhoun College was actually the first of the residential colleges to be renovated, in 1989—a project funded largely through a leadership gift from S. Roger Horchow ’50 and the gifts of many other alumni contributors. He stressed the crucial role of donor support in also making possible today’s further enhancements, which build upon the previous effort and bring Calhoun into parity with the other renovated colleges, and he thanked the many alumni and parents who contributed to the current project.

Levin then invited Master Holloway and his wife, Associate Master Aisling Colón, to join him in cutting the ceremonial ribbon, ushering in a new era for Calhoun College. A reception and student-led tours of the college followed the ceremony.

Calhoun was the tenth undergraduate complex to undergo a top-to-bottom renovation as part of Yale’s comprehensive plan—a process that began in 1996 thanks to a leadership contribution from Anne T. and Robert M. Bass ’71. The final phase of the renovation program is under way with Samuel Morse College currently under construction and its neighbor, Ezra Stiles, slated for renewal in 2013.

(November 11, 2009)