At Annual Gathering Sterling Fellows Explore Yale’s Future

New members of the Sterling Fellows gather in the Silliman College dining hall.

On April 25, Yale hosted the eighth annual gathering of the Sterling Fellows, a society of the University’s most generous donors. Sterling Fellows Chairs Betty and Whitney MacMillan ’51, and President and Mrs. Richard Levin welcomed the Fellows to campus for a daylong program and evening celebration. The schedule of events focused on the recent acquisition of West Campus and the proposed expansion of Yale College, a question that will be put to vote when the Yale Corporation meets in June.

In the morning, the Fellows traveled to West Campus, located in nearby West Haven and Orange. They toured the 136-acre complex, visiting highlights of the more than 500,000 square feet of prime research space. Following the tour, President Levin and Dr. Robert Alpern, dean of the School of Medicine, spoke with the Fellows about Yale’s strategy to use West Campus to boost science and medical research at the University.

Guests returned to the main campus to share lunch with University leaders, followed by an afternoon panel session, “Exploring Expansion—New Residential Colleges.” The panelists, including chairs of the study group to consider the new residential colleges, the president, and dean of Yale College, discussed the implications of the proposed expansion. The gathered alumni, parents, and friends were particularly interested in the University’s plans to maintain the College’s unique and robust culture.

The Fellows spent the evening in celebration at Silliman College, recognizing the newest members of the Sterling Fellowship, and Whitney MacMillan introduced the inductees as they received certificates to honor their enduring commitments to Yale. A pair of duets, performed by virtuoso violinist Mari-e Takahaski SM ’08 and pianist Bretton Brown TD ’08, provided an elegant finale to the event.

(May 13, 2008)

May 13, 2008