Notes and News - Week of November 2, 2020

November 2, 2020
Dear Red Lions,

Hope you enjoyed the Halloween festivities in the courtyard this Saturday.  Many thanks to the TD staff, aides team, and Frocos for their work in pulling together pumpkin carving, trick or treating, and the YSO film screening.  For those of you who ventured out to Escape New Haven, I hope you all broke out of the crypt or stayed safely away from werewolves.  

I had so many great “photo of the week” submissions!  Many thanks to Frocos Seyade Tadele and Jadyn Trayvick for sending a link to the Saturday photo shoot they hosted in the courtyard.   I also have this cute video of the kids’ trick or treat.  

Here are a few great photos of the pumpkin carving.

If you are inspired to do music from watching the YSO film, I am excited to announce that TD will be able to subsidize online music lessons with our wonderful community partner, Neighborhood Music School.  They offer a wide range of instrumental and vocal instruction from beginner to advanced.  While we cannot run the TD orchestra this year because of public health precautions, we can still make music.  Whether you want to start a new instrument or pick up your musical studies where you left off, this is a great opportunity.  Please go to this short Google form to sign up.  A member of the NMS staff will get back to you to learn more about your interests.  They will work with you to find a match and set up an intro lesson.  This offer is good for this academic year and for any enrolled student studying in residence or remotely.  

With the increasing rates of COVID-19 cases we are going to do very little in-person programming between now and the end of the semester.  But I have been working with the Mott Woolley Council as well as our terrific First-year Class Council (FCC) reps, Gabe Dos Santos and Matthew Merritt, to organize some farewell events for the week of 11/16 prior to the closing of the college on 11/21.  So please stay tuned!

As you all know, tomorrow is Election Night and this year with all the extra voting options we will likely not hear a result immediately.  In the meantime, I hope we will all continue to do our utmost to maintain a community that respects and cares for one another.  This is what it means to be a part of our residential college community and I have high hopes that we will all continue to live up to that promise.

I am sharing here a link to a fun and reflective quiz shared by Emmy James TD ’23, who is part of this year’s CCE team.  She writes, “the Yale CCEs designed this quiz to help you reflect and connect with Yale resources” so that you can take full advantage of what is offered.  

Here are our upcoming TD events for the next two weeks:

Wednesday 11/4 8pm TD Knitting Circle (over Zoom)

Last call to join the TD Knitting Circle!  Please register at this link and attend the meetings on Wednesday nights.  You’ll see the Zoom link for the meeting on the registration page.

Thursday 11/5 3:30-4:30pm Home-made Apple Crisp (TD Package Storeroom)

Sharon Goldbloom will be baking up home-made apple crisp!  They will be individually packaged for grab and go to eat back in your rooms.  Only one per student.  Make sure to come early if you can.  We’ll serve while they last!

Wednesday 11/11 4:30pm Virtual Tea with Bryan Konietzko (Zoom)

Our last virtual tea of the fall is with Bryan Konietzko, the co-creator of the popular Avatar series.  We’ll be serving up a grab and go menu from the Avatar nations in the TD Package Storeroom from 3:30-4:15 just ahead of the tea.  We’ll send out the link closer to the date.  In the meantime, please make sure to fill out the Google form if you would like to ask a question.

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



“The truth is we don’t know what we don’t know. We don’t even know the questions we need to ask in order to find out, but when we learn one tiny little thing, a dim light comes on in a dark hallway, and suddenly a new question appears. We spend decades, centuries, millennia, trying to answer that one question so that another dim light will come on. That’s science, but that’s also everything else, isn’t it?” (Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom)


Nov. 4
Last day to withdraw from a fall second-half course without the course appearing on the transcript.
Nov. 20
November recess begins after classes end.
Nov. 30
Classes resume online.
Dec. 4
Fall-term online classes end; online reading period begins.
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Information Session - Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships (3 of 4)    
Wednesday, November 4, 4:00pm – 5:00pm    
Zoom Link  
Public Service Fellowships Panel 
Friday, November 6, 2:00pm – 3:00pm 
Register Here 
Boren Awards – Virtual Campus Visit: Yale 
Friday, November 6, 4:00pm – 5:00pm 
Zoom Link 
Imagining Your Summer: Information Session #4   
Friday, November 6, 4:00pm – 5:00pm 
Register Here 
Summer Fellowships & Funding Information Session 
Monday, November 9, 4:00pm – 5:00pm 
Zoom Link  
Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations Information Session       
Tuesday, November 10, 4:00pm – 5:00pm       
Register here 


Exam Study Strategies
Tuesday, Nov. 3 @ 7 pm ET
Reduce exam stress by learning new strategies for preparing and studying for midterms and finals. This workshop offers suggestions for preparing for and taking problem-based, short answer, and essay exams.

Fresh Start: Midterm Edition
Tuesday, Nov. 3 @ 9 pm ET
Want to refresh your approaches to your academic work? Our mentors will lead you through a series of activities to help you identify your current strengths and develop new strategies for meeting the new challenges presented by your current semester’s courses.

Managing a Heavy Reading Load
Wednesday, Nov. 4 @ 4 pm ET
Feeling overwhelmed by piles of reading? Learn some essential strategies to make the most of your limited reading time. Have less stress and create more free time!

Time Management
Wednesday, Nov. 4 @ 7 pm ET
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
Thursday, Nov. 5 @ 7 pm ET
This workshop offers strategies for identifying the sources of procrastination and pursuing productive habits that can get you back on track.

Imagining Your Summer (with CIPE)
Friday, November 6 @ 4 pm ET
Interested in summer study abroad, fellowships, or internships, but don’t know how to get started? Hear from students who have done these things to help you identify some possible summer opportunities. You will leave with a clearer idea of what is possible and the resources you can access to make your vision happen. Now is the perfect time to start planning!

Pathways for Sophomores    
Monday, Nov. 9 @ 7 pm ET
Sophomore year offers new challenges, including increased course loads, upper-level classes, and identifying a major. This interactive workshop helps students set goals and make long-term plans for the year.    

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations
Tuesday, Nov. 10 @ 4 pm ET
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.