Reunion Weekend Festivities Honor Volunteers

Volunteers listen to Yale College Dean Peter Salovey.

The numerous accomplishments of Yale Alumni Fund and Reunion Gift Committee volunteers were recognized during two celebrations that kicked off the 2007 reunion weekends.

On Thursday, May 31, volunteers from the Classes of ’57, ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87, and ’92 gathered in Calhoun College Dining Hall, while those from the Classes of ’42, ’47, ’52, ’62, ’67, ’97, and ’02 celebrated on June 7. On both occasions, they were joined by local Alumni Fund volunteers from a number of other Yale College classes as well as from the graduate and professional schools.

Both receptions were hosted by Inge T. Reichenbach, Vice President for Development. Yale College Dean Peter Salovey was the special guest speaker.

In her remarks, Vice President Reichenbach praised the significant reunion and annual giving fundraising accomplishments of the volunteers. Dean Salovey vividly illustrated the impact of their efforts all over campus.

“I want to give you a flavor for what we’ve been able to accomplish in the past year,” Salovey said, citing renovated and expanded housing for students in the residential colleges, the rebuilding of Cross Campus Library which is almost complete, and the renovation and reopening the Louis Kahn building of the Yale University Art Gallery.

He also outlined progress being made in two of the Yale Tomorrow campaign’s key priority areas. In the sciences a number of new courses have been added, including introductory courses for undergraduates, and the Yale Institute for Nanoscience and Quantum Engineering was established under the leadership of Paul Fleury. In the international arena, he noted that more than 800 Yale College students studied or worked abroad during the summer of 2006 and that a third of those students received international summer awards thanks to the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends.

“I hope I have been able to give you a sense of the wonderful things that are happening here at Yale–that are being made possible by your generosity to the Yale Tomorrow campaign effort. We couldn’t do it without every one of you,” he said.

Dean Salovey then introduced the entertainment for the evening, a group of students from across the University who sang several songs, including one that was written especially for the occasion. “Let’s Give to Yale,” sung to the tune of “Let’s Do It” by Cole Porter, Yale College Class of 1913, celebrated the volunteer leaders and the work they have done on behalf of the University. Singers included Yale students Jennica Best ’07, James Casey ’07, Danielle Frimer ’10, Megan Loughran ’09, Nicole Rodriguez ’07, Christine Slaughter ’07, and Bill Speed, research associate, Yale Department of Genetics.

(June 1, 2007)

June 1, 2007