Notes and News - Week of 4/25/22

April 25, 2022

WEEK OF 4/25/22


Dear Red Lions,

Last week was jam-packed with Spring Community Night, College Tea with Prof. Daniel Westreich, Final Cut, and Berry Brunch!  Our “photo of the week” features the TD Sustainability Team’s Friday planting project.  We could not have asked for a more gorgeous day to put in a new garden.  It is always a pleasure to work with our Groundskeeper, Joe Signore, and his wonderful team.  
Hard to believe but this is the last week of the spring 2022 semester!  This means Bulldog Days is here as you have probably all noticed the many pre-Frosh coming to campus.  In TD, we are expecting about 85 pre-Frosh staying with us so please take the time to welcome our visitors to our courtyard.  

Once this week is over, it will be onto Reading Week and Finals!  Before we get there take note that this Friday will be TD Day organized by our TD Student Activities Committee (SAC)!  Aside from the inflatables filling up the lower courtyard, our TD Dining Hall will be serving up a cookout of burgers and hot dogs in the upper courtyard.   

Once we hit Sunday 5/1 we will go into Reading Week and our TD Dining Hall will be open 24 hours for Quiet Study only.  Please remember that Quiet Hours will be in effect at all times which means no noise from 11pm to 8am every day.  We take this very seriously so that we can make sure all TDers are able to sleep and study when needed!

You should have all seen the emails sent out over the weekend by our TD Operations Manager, Zina Anwar, detailing the closing of the college and summer storage.  Please read those emails very, very carefully!  And remember that final checkout of your on-campus room for everyone (except the graduating seniors) is Thursday 5/12!  At noon swipe access will be switched off so you’ll no longer be able to get into the TD gate or entryways.    Students who are staying to work Commencement will need to move out to their assigned housing as well.  No exceptions!

Here are some important events for the next couple of weeks.  We’ll send out a separate note about upcoming study breaks for Reading Week:

Wednesday 4/27 TD Buttery Special – Taco Night (TD Courtyard)

The TD Buttery is proud to announce their final special of the year: Taco Night! Come to the courtyard at 9pm on Wednesday (4/27) where they will be firing up on the grill a selection of tacos with homemade salsa and your choice of carnitas, mole chicken, or seasoned potatoes and beans!  

Thursday 4/28 8:30pm Baking with the TD Graduate Affiliates (TD Student Kitchen) 

More delicious cookies brought to you by our wonderful Graduate Affiliates, Elton Zhou and Caroline Echeandia-Francis.  So take a quick break from your final PSet and paper!

Friday 4/29 TD Day (TD Courtyard) 

We celebrate the last day of classes of the Spring 2022 semester!  Expect popcorn and cotton candy, super large inflatables, and a lunch time cookout of hot dogs, hamburgers, and more!  Family dinner protocol will be in effect so off-campus TDers eat for free.  

Friday 4/29 & Saturday 4/30 First Year Olympics 

We are excited to have First Year Olympics back!  Show up with our TD pride and beat everyone else (especially Silliman) in events like rap-battling, slip and slide kickball, Wii boxing, and more! The opening ceremony is 4/29 with the Olympics the next day on 4/30.  If you want to join in the fun, email your co-captains at and!

Saturday 4/30 9pm “Light Up the Night” (Beinecke Plaza)

TD is supporting Senior Lion and Yale Club Jump Rope founder, Simone Koch Costa, with the first-ever jump rope show through the Creative and Performing Arts Award!  Please join her and the team for a spectacular night time performance and mini workshop!

Wednesday 5/4 TD 4:30pm Senior Class Cocktail Reception, Photo, and Senior Dinner 

We are starting off the evening’s festivities with a 4:30pm cocktail reception at the TD House patio.  At 5:30pm we will convene in the upper courtyard to take the TD 2022 class photo and at 6pm we’ll move to the TD Dining Hall for dinner and a short program.  So dress up for this fun evening of celebrations!  All non-Seniors will need to dine in another college dining hall for the evening.  Thank you for your support!

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




“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.” 
(William Shakespeare, As You Like It)



Apr. 29
Classes end; reading period begins.
Apr. 29
Last day to convert from a letter grade to Cr/D/F option for a full-term course and/or a course offered in the second half of the spring term.
Apr. 29
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course and/or a course offered in the second half of the spring term.
May 1
Applications for fall-term Leaves of Absence due.
May 1
Deadline to apply for a fall-term 2022 Term Abroad or a 2022–2023 Year Abroad.
May 5
Reading period ends, 5:00 p.m.
May 5
Final examinations begin, 7:00 p.m.
May 5
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 11
Examinations end, 5:30 p.m.
May 11
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 12
Residences close for underclass students, 12 noon.




On behalf of 1stGenYale and the Yale Fellowships & Funding Office, we invite you to our next program on graduate fellowship awards for current students and recent alumni. Learn about the awards, process, and application for Fulbright, Gates, Marshall, Rhodes, Truman and others. 
Register:  For questions, email us at

**Workshops now in person & online**

4 pm & 7 pm workshops in the Poorvu Center—register for room location
8 pm workshops online via Zoom—register for Zoom link

Assistive Tech – Drop-in session (online & in person)
Tuesday, April 26, 5-6 pm ET
How can assistive tech ease your workload this semester? Need to make a to-do list that gets done? Need to organize materials for a research paper? Want to make your work more efficient with text-to-speech apps? Assistive Tech mentors can help you identify and use apps that fit your preferences and needs. Can’t make a drop-in hour? Use this form to request a 1-1 meeting: Assistive Tech Mentor Request Form. Sponsored by the Disability Peer Mentor Program.

Understanding Your Upcoming Senior Thesis (For Juniors) (in-person)
Tuesday, April 26, 7-8 pm
Learn how to plan your writing and research, and how to access support resources for your senior project.

Time Management (online)
Wednesday, April 27, 8-9 pm
Time management is key for lowering stress at Yale. Set priorities and develop a weekly schedule that can lead to an active and balanced academic life.               

Procrastination: How to Work Through It (in person)
Thursday, April 28, 4-5 pm
We all procrastinate. When your procrastination habits get in the way of your goals, however, it’s time for a change. This workshop offers strategies for identifying the sources of procrastination and pursuing productive habits that can get you back on track.

Senior Thesis Study Halls (in person; Register for location)
Friday, April 29, 3-5 pm
Sunday, May 1, 5-7 pm
These sessions will offer a combination of group work time (with the support of a Writing Partner during some weeks), group discussion time (a collective sharing of ideas, experiences, current challenges), and advice on working through this process from the earliest stages to the end, in a curriculum developed in part by Yale students in response to their own experiences here, with the support of faculty members, librarians, and other staff.