Notes and News - Week of April 3, 2017

April 7, 2017

TD Notes and News – Week of 4-3

Head of College’s Pieces

Dear Red Lions,

I hope everyone had a great weekend, especially given all the April Fool’s jokes in the college!  Aside from my fake weather news – that some of you fell for – TD senior John Chirikjian pulled off an amazing internet prank that was picked up by Business Insider and other internet magazines.

Speaking of internet news stories, this week’s “photo of the week” is YaleNews feature of Pippa’s Pan, the VR film project by TD seniors Celine Tien and Julien Soros!  Congratulations!

I sent out the sign-up for the lottery for the 4/18 Chubb dinner with Dr. Hawa Abdi, renowned Somali physician and humanitarian, this past Friday.  If you have not had a chance to sign-up, please go to this link.  We will aim to do the drawing by Wednesday 4/12.

I hope everyone saw the note about our spring TD art show out in the New Haven community at the storefront of 77 Audubon Street.  Please contact and by Friday 4/14th.

Speaking of the Whitney/Audubon area, please note that some of our neighborhood merchants are granting student discounts if you show your Yale ID.  For a list of participating stores and restaurants, please go this site.

Here are the important dates for this week:

Monday 4/3 Creative Performing Arts Grant Deadline

Last submission cycle of the academic year.  Please go to the CPA website for the application and all supporting materials. 

Tuesday 4/4 5:30pm Senior Mellon Forum Closer (TD House)

Class of 2017, you’ve done an amazing job on your projects and presentations.  Please support this last group of presenters and toast your hard work.

Wednesday 4/5 8:30-9:30pm TD Community Chamber Orchestra Concert (TD Dining Hall)

The TD orchestra is ending a fun year with a performance of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” featuring TD sophomore Thomas Zhang, Aaron Copland’s violin concerto featuring guest violinist Katie Lansdale, and an original composition by TD senior Jordan Plotner.

And here are some great events next week: 

Tuesday 4/11 4:30pm Tea with Mia Locks, co-curator of the  2017 Whitney Biennial (TD House) 

This current show is the Whitney’s 78th biennial since this series was created in 1932 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney to showcase contemporary art in the United States.  This year’s exhibition is the first Biennial to be presented in the Whitney’s new building in Manhattan’s Meatpacking district.  Mia Locks has worked in a number of New York museums and galleries including MoMA PS1.   New York Times art critic Roberta Smith has called this Biennial “a revelation”.

Sunday 4/16 2:00pm “Vanessa’s Senior Recital” (TD House)

Come to a wonderful Sunday afternoon house concert with TD senior and violinist, Vanessa Ague.  She will be playing Bach, Franck, and Sarasate!  A light reception will follow the performance.  For more information please go to her Facebook event page.

Without further ado, here is a word from Dean Mahurin…


HoC Lui



Natasha Trethewey

We mourn the broken things, chair legs

wrenched from their seats, chipped plates,

the threadbare clothes.  We work the magic

of glue, drive the nails, mend the holes.

We save what we can, melt small pieces

of soap, gather fallen pecans, keep neck bones

for soup.  Beating rugs against the house,

we watch dust, lit like stars, spreading

across the yard.  Late afternoons, we draw

the blinds to cool the rooms, drive the bugs

out.  My mother irons, singing, lost in reverie.

I mark the pages of a mail-order catalog,

listen for passing cars.  All day we watch

for the mail, some news from a distant place.


Apr. 6


Deadline to complete applications for financial aid for the fall and spring terms, 2017–2018. See Undergraduate Regulations.

Apr. 7


Last day to convert from the Credit/D/Fail option in a full-term course to a letter grade. See Grades.
Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the second half of the term without the course appearing on the transcript. See Withdrawal from Courses and Grades.

Apr. 21


Last day to convert from the Credit/D/Fail option to a letter grade in a course offered in the second half of the term. See Grades.

Apr. 28


Classes end, 5:30 p.m.; reading period begins.
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course or a course offered in the second half of the term. See Withdrawal from Courses and Grades

May 1


Applications for fall-term Leaves of Absence due. See Leave of Absence, Withdrawal, and Reinstatement.

May 4


Reading period ends, 5 p.m.
Final examinations begin, 7 p.m.
Deadline for all course assignments, other than term papers and term projects. This deadline can be extended only by a Temporary Incomplete authorized by the student’s residential college dean.

May 10


Examinations end, 5:30 p.m.
Deadline for all term papers and term projects. This deadline can be extended only by a Temporary Incomplete authorized by the student’s residential college dean.

May 11


Residences close for underclassmen, 12 noon.


Tonight, 4/3:

2018 – 8:00 p.m.

2019 – 9:00 p.m.

Tomorrow, 4/4:

2020 – 8:00 p.m.

All draws will take place in the dining hall.  Try not to act tacky during.

The Yale Association for African Peace and Development would like to extend an invitation to you for our 5th annual African Development Conference that will take place on April 14th and April 15th, 2017 here on campus. This year’s conference is themed Ubuntu​: ​Collaboration for African Development, and will feature some of Africa’s most influential leaders. The distinguished speakers and panelists include Donald Kaberuka, former president of the African Development Bank; Ibukun Awosika, CEO of the CHAIR Foundation; Obiageli Ezekwesili, co-founder of Transparency International and pioneer of the #bringbackourgirls campaign; Hlomela Bucwa, South Africa’s youngest member of government; and Zethu Matebeni, one of the pioneer activists for sexuality and gender diversity in Africa. There will also be an African Night Market and a Career Fair including McKinsey and BCG, as well an incredible opportunity to interview for a job/internship at the World Bank! Tickets are available hereWe can’t wait to network with you!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Theron Rockwell Field and John Addison Porter prize competitions, which are open to all students currently enrolled at Yale for a degree.

Brief descriptions of each prize, an application form, and a list of frequently asked questions are available at

All entries are due by 

Monday, April 24, at 5 p.m.


Office of Career Strategy:

Careers, Life and Yale: Entrepreneurship: Starting, Surviving, Sustaining, Succeeding
Want to join forces with Yale alums to explore the joys and challenges of entrepreneurial careers? Of getting in on the ground floor? Or maybe even…of building the ground floor? Yalies have great stories for you – with lots of career/life wisdom. Join fellow students and alums on Friday evening, April 7 and Saturday afternoon, April 8. From Yale alums, learn how to start, survive, sustain and succeed in diverse fields such as education, technology, not-for-profit, finance, and many more. Limited capacity. Deadline April 5. Register at:

Yale Career Fireside Chats-Serving on Boards
Tuesday, April 11, 4:30pm-5:30pmRegister here.

Visit the Calendar of Events for a full list of upcoming events. Log in to Yale Career Link, powered by Symplicity under Events/Employer Information Sessions to RSVP.

Fellowships and Funding:

Writing for National Fellowships Workshop

  • Friday, April 7th at 2:00 PM @ CTL, 301 York Street, Room 120C

Thinking of applying for national fellowships like the Fulbright, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Schwarzman, Beinecke, Goldwater, or Truman? Get a leg up on your application essays with insights and advice with experts from the Center for Teaching and Learning. Add this Writing for National Fellowships session directly to your calendar.

The IRB Application Process Information Session

  • Monday, April 17th at 12:30 @ CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor – last chance this semester!

In this information session, a Regulatory Analyst from the Human Subjects Committee will guide you through the IRB application process. There will be time for Q and A in this session, so feel free to come with any questions specific to your project and application. Add this final IRB Application Process session of the semester directly to your calendar.

Rhodes & Beyond: Postgraduate Fellowships Information Session

  • Tuesday, April 4th at 4 @ CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor

There are fellowships for funded graduate study in the UK for US citizens and international students alike. Get the inside scoop from Yale’s UK fellowships adviser and hear from former winners. Deadlines begin in August before senior year, so now is the time for juniors to start the process. You must attend a Rhodes & Beyond Information Session before you can meet with Yale’s UK fellowships adviser for a one-on-one appointment. Add this Rhodes & Beyond session directly to your calendar.

Fulbright Information Session

  • Friday, April 7th at 12:30 PM @ CIPE, 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor

Fulbright Grants offer many terrific postgraduate opportunities—from scientific research to the practice of an art to the teaching of English in more than 160 countries. Start by getting the inside scoop from Yale College’s Fulbright Program Advisers. Deadlines begin in August before senior year, so now is the time for juniors to start the process. Add this Fulbright session directly to your calendar.

Schwarzman Scholars Program Information Session w/ Director of Admissions Rob Garris

  • Thursday, April 13th at 4:00 PM @ 55 Hillhouse Avenue, Horchow Hall GM Room

Inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, the Schwarzman Scholars Program is an international scholarship designed to prepare future leaders for success in a world where China plays a key global role. The program will give young leaders from around the world the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a fully-funded one-year master’s degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Deadlines begin in August before senior year, so now is the time for juniors to state the process. Add this Schwarzman Scholars session directly to your calendar.

Study Abroad: 

Upcoming Financial Aid Information Session for Year or Term Abroad Students

  • Wednesday, April 5 at 4pm in CIPE Room 369, 55 Whitney Ave, 3rd Floor

Shalane Hansen-Rodriguez, a representative from Yale’s Student Financial Services (SFS) office, will go over the financial aid transfer process for Year or Term Abroad students. To learn more, visit:

Yale Summer Session:

Informational Tables in the Residential Colleges

  • Tuesday April 4, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM: TD & Silliman
  • Wednesday April 5, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Hopper, Berkeley & Trumbull
  • Thursday April 6, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Pierson & Davenport
  • Friday April 7, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Branford, Saybrook, & JE

Stop by one of the Yale Summer Session information tables! Summer Session staff will be available in the college outside the dining hall to give information and fun giveaways about Yale Summer Session’s programs during the summer. Yale Summer Session offers programs in New Haven, Online and Abroad.

Global Summer Program in New Haven

  • ANTH S207 - The Sustainable Preservation of Cultural Heritage: 3 July 2017 – 4 August 2017

This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the complex factors that challenge the preservation of cultural heritage.Because the challenges associated with protecting the tangible and intangible, cultural and natural heritage of the world are global in character, students will explore the following:

  • The evolution of ideas about what needs to be preserved.
  • Threats to cultural heritage from natural decay, as well as social, political, and economic threats.
  • The international protocols that have been developed for addressing these problems.

Students will be introduced to techniques for preservation, including chemical and materials analysis in the preservation lab and in the field; will learn about museum preservation and the science used to detect forgeries and fakes; and will consider the international legal and professional frameworks that enable cross-cultural efforts to combat trafficking in antiquities and to facilitate preservation.

Faculty from Yale Law School, the Yale School of Management, the Yale School of Architecture, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences will participate in many of the class sessions. In addition, the course will draw on the collections of the Yale University Museums for discussion and as the basis of student assignments.

Field Trip: The program will include a welcome lunch and campus tour and a farewell dinner. The course will also include a day trip to the United Nations in New York City.

Contact us if you have any questions about Yale Summer Session.

Other CIPE Opportunities:

Yale-Tec de Monterrey Internships in Sustainable Development & Public Health, Summer 2017

  • Application deadline: Saturday, April 15, 2017

Join one of two ongoing sustainable development projects in Mexico during Summer 2017. Project work focuses on diagnosis of public health and educational aspects of vulnerable communities (Hidalgo), or environmental sustainability (Queretero). Intermediate Spanish is required, and the program is ISA-eligible. Please contact with any questions.