Notes and News - Week of February 12, 2018

February 12, 2018

Notes and News – Week of 2/12/2018

HL’s Pieces

Dear Red Lions,

Big congratulations go to the TD Orchestra on a great “bedtime concert” featuring the classic “Peter and the Wolf”!  Once again, the group exuded great musicianship and community spirit.  We have our fearless conductor, Paul Strike, and concertmaster, Kay Nakazawa, to thank!  If anyone is interested in joining the orchestra this spring, please contact

We are beginning the application process to build next year’s TD Aides team.  These are paid student positions in the college.  Anyone interested in applying should fill out the attached application and return it to the Head of College Office.  For any questions, please contact the TD chief aides, Jacob Mitchell at and Jackie Salzinger at

This week’s “photo of the week” is titled “Happy Birthday Sophomores!” and features Katarina Wang and Julia Tofan who celebrated their birthdays at the TD sophomore dinner at Sitar restaurant this past Thursday night. 

TD has 4 tickets available to attend a special dinner in support of LEAP (Leadership, Education & Athletics in Partnership) a local organization that brings New Haven college and public high school students to work with younger children through a wide range of activities.  (This year’s first-years outing to Sunnyside Farm is also the location for LEAP’s summer camping trip.)  If you are interested, go to this link to identify your top 4 choices for dinners happening on either Thursday 2/22 or Saturday 2/24.  Please make sure the dinner is not “sold out”.  Then email me directly to claim a seat.  In the email please note your top 4 choices.  If you wish to go with another TD student, please put down both of your names.  You must sign up no later than Tuesday 2/13 morning to claim one of the four tickets.

Speaking of dining, Final Cut is here!  If you are interested in signing up for this year’s competition, please assemble your team.  We will be hosting the TD cookoff on either Monday 2/26 or Wednesday 2/28.  If you have not yet registered your team, it is not too late!  Please email our dining hall manager at this week.

This week we gear up for our Chubb events with the artist Faith Ringgold!  First, she will deliver her Chubb address on Thursday 2/15 at 4:30pm in the YUAG auditorium.  The student dinner in the TD Dining Hall will be at 7:15pm.  On Friday 2/16 Faith Ringgold will conduct an Art Workshop in the TD Art Studio.  All students who received a seat for the dinner and/or the art workshop through the two lotteries have been notified.

Here are the great events for next week:

Tuesday 2/20 5:30pm Senior Mellon Forum 

We are back on schedule after taking 2/13 off to prepare for the Chubb events. 

Sunday 2/25 1-4pm Silk Screening Workshop (TD Art Studio)

Join artist Karen Dow to learn about silk screening for a wide-range of projects: posters, t-shirts, tote bags, and many more.  You just need to come with an image or design to get working.  Anyone interested, should sign up at the TD office or email to reserve your spot. 

Sunday 2/25 10pm TD Big Sib/Little Sib Hangout (TD Buttery)

Time to hangout or reconnect with your sibs!  The Buttery staff will be cooking up a free special for sibling groups coming down to the Buttery!

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




“Nothing that God ever made is the same thing to more than one person.  That is natural.  There is no single face in nature because every eye that looks upon it, sees it from its own angle.  So every man’s spice-box seasons his own food.  Naturally, I picked up the reflections of life around me with my own instruments, and absorbed what I gathered according to my inside juices.”  (Zora Neale Hurson, Dust Tracks on a Road)



Feb. 15 (Thursday) Deadline for applications for Yale Faculty-led Programs Abroad.

Feb. 23 (Friday) Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first half of the term. See Withdrawal from Courses and Grades

Feb. 28 (Wednesday) Classes begin for courses offered in the second half of the term. 

Mar. 5 (Monday) Deadline to apply for a fall-term 2018 Term Abroad or a 2018–2019 Year Abroad. See Special Arrangements

Mar. 9 (Friday) Midterm.  Spring recess begins, 5:30 p.m.
Last day to withdraw from a full-term course without the course appearing on the transcript. See Withdrawal from Courses and Grades.
Deadline to apply for double credit in a single-credit course. See Special Arrangements.
Withdrawal from Yale College on or before this date entitles a student to a rebate of one-quarter of the term’s tuition. See Undergraduate Regulations.




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Academic Strategies Workshops

Managing a Heavy Reading Load

Monday, February 12, 6:00 PM, Jonathan Edwards College Common Room

Avoiding Procrastination: How to Start Writing Your Essay

Monday, February 12, 7:30 PM, Room M104A (mezzanine), Center for Teaching and Learning, Sterling Library, 301 York St.

Time Management

Tuesday, February 13, 6:00 PM, Ezra Stiles Fellows Lounge

Tackling Problem Sets – Econ

Tuesday, February 13, 6:00 PM, Room M104A (mezzanine), Center for Teaching and Learning, Sterling Library, 301 York St.

Exam Study Strategies

Tuesday, February 13, 7:30 PM, Branford Trumbull Room

Strategies for Reading Literature

Tuesday, February 13, 7:30 PM, Trumbull College Seminar Room

Managing a Heavy Reading Load

Wednesday, February 14, 7:30 PM, Room 120B, Center for Teaching and Learning, Sterling Library, 301 York St.

Research Strategies

Thursday, February 15, 6:00 PM, Room M104A (mezzanine) Center for Teaching and Learning, Sterling Library, 301 York St.

Pathways for Sophomores

Thursday, February 15, 7:30 PM, Room 120C, Center for Teaching and Learning, Sterling Library, 301 York St.


For Senior Essay Writers

Creating a Timeline for Your Senior Essay — An Academic Strategies workshop

Wednesday, February 14, 6:00 PM, Room 120A, Center for Teaching and Learning, Sterling Library, 301 York St.


Writing Study Halls

Wednesdays 7-10pm and Sundays 2-5 pm

Room 120A, Yale Center for Teaching and Learning (SML, 301 York St. entrance)

The Yale College Writing Center’s Writing Study Halls can help you make steady progress on your senior essay. Study Halls offer: 1) a quiet space to write, 2) tutoring support available, and 3) snacks to fuel your work.


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