Notes and News - Week of November 30, 2020

December 1, 2020
Dear Red Lions,

Hope you all had a wonderful break and are now ready to tackle this last week of classes!

Our “photo of the week” features our champion IM teams – HORSE, Pickleball, and Cornhole – from their victory food outing to Good Nature Market on Whitney the Friday night before break.  The members of these three champion teams will also get their very own one-of-a-kind winners’ t-shirts when we start up again in February.  All first-year players will get their shirts mailed to them at home.

We have had a truly phenomenal IMs fall season and are currently in first place at 282 points!!!  Folks, we are ahead by almost 100 points – SY is 2nd at 187 and GH is in 3rd at 173!  To hear more about our season, here is our last TD Sportscenter video by TD sophomores Ben Scher and Jade Chen.  
Sophomore lions, I hope you know what this means.  The First-year lions have done their job and more… now it is your turn to carry us to victory!  

Senior lions, please be on the lookout this week for an email about the TD Senior Mellon Forum.  We decided to postpone your class’s senior thesis presentations until the spring semester but Dean and I hope to start as soon as we return in February and are hoping to put together a hybrid in-person/remote format.  In the meantime, please know that the Senior Mellon Grant application is open through the Yale Grants and Fellowships database.  Because of the COVID-19 travel restrictions, all applications for university-sponsored travel must be approved by the Off-Campus Research and Fieldwork Committee.  For more details, please see the updates on university-sponsored research travel posted on November 23rd.

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



The Past
Fred Dings

The “nameless unremembered acts of kindness”
are never lost. They whisper to our dreams
like a mother’s hum on the distant edge of sleep.
They are the ghosts of benevolence whose many

unseen hands lift us in seasons of pain
and lead us to chapels of faith in the stained glass

of our perceptions. Their influence is always there,
the way the stars are always there, even

in day, the distant suns of times past
mixing their light with the bright noon of the present.


Dec. 4
Fall-term online classes end; online reading period begins.
Dec. 4
Last day to withdraw from a full-term or second-half term course.
Dec. 4
Last day to convert a fall full-term course or a fall second half-term course from a letter grade to Cr/D/F.
Dec. 10
Online reading period ends; online final examinations begin, 7 p.m.
Dec. 10
All course assignments other than term papers or term projects are due.
Dec. 11
Online final examinations continue.
Dec. 14
Online final examinations continue.
Dec. 18
Online final examination period ends; winter recess begins.

The Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale (ISPS) is pleased to announce that applications are open for the Director’s Fellows program. The fellowship is open to Yale sophomores and juniors who are committed to working in U.S. domestic politics and policymaking. Selected Fellows will join ISPS as members of the Domestic Policy Group starting in February 2021, and over the course of one calendar year, will receive sophisticated policy training from ISPS faculty and affiliates, integrate into ISPS research activities, and test their development through real world application and feedback.  ISPS Director’s Fellows will have the opportunity to attend biweekly workshops, some featuring prominent Yale faculty and guests working on policy-relevant issues and others providing training in skills such as op-ed and policy memo writing, media appearances, and blogging. 

The Fellowship is open to Yale College sophomores and juniors. For Spring 2021 all accepted fellows need to be enrolled at Yale, but do not have to be in residence on campus.  All meetings will take place on Zoom.  To apply, please visit our webpage and click on the Application Form near the bottom of page.   Deadline for applying is January 4, 2021 at 11:59pm. Accepted fellows will be notified February 1. 
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tory Bilski at

Write with others at the Writing Center’s virtual Writing Study Halls. Increase your focus by logging into our virtual space on Wednesdays 12/2 & 12/9 from 7-10pm and Sundays 12/6 & 12/13 from 2-5pm. Writing Partners will be on hand to answer brief writing questions and help you maximize your productivity. We hope to see you there!


Pathways for Seniors
Monday, Nov. 30 @ 7:00 PM ET
Senior year is a unique juggling act as you wrap up your Yale College career and look forward to post-graduation plans. Learn how to set and accomplish senior year goals while still enjoying your final year as an undergraduate. (Juniors seeking a preview of senior year are welcome!)

Time Management
Tuesday, Dec. 1 @ 4 pm ET
Monday, Dec. 7 @ 4 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.               

Pathways for Juniors
Tuesday, Dec. 1 @ 7 pm ET
As you delve into your major, new questions and challenges arise. How do I orient myself within my major? How do I look for mentors within the major? What timelines do a need to be aware of to set myself up for a strong senior year? We’ll explore these questions together in this interactive workshop.
(Sophomores seeking a preview of junior year are welcome!)

Public Speaking for Undergraduates
Wednesday, Dec. 2 @ 4 pm ET
Professors are increasingly asking students to engage in public speaking, from leading class discussion to more formal presentations. This workshop suggests preparation and performance strategies to help you do your best.

Exam Study Strategies
Wednesday, Dec. 2 @ 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.

Approaches to Your Leave of Absence
Tuesday, Dec. 8 @ 4 pm ET
Planning to take a leave of absence this spring? Join our discussion about how to transition in and out of your leave and practices that can help you make your leave meaningful and productive for you.

Imagining Your Summer (with CIPE)
Tuesday, Dec. 8 @ 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!