Notes and News - Week of September 30, 2019

September 30, 2019

I hope everyone enjoyed the Fall Football Tailgate brunch in the TD Dining Hall this Saturday.  As always we are grateful to the TD Dining Hall staff for presenting such a great brunch menu.  And congratulations are in order to the Yale football team for their victory against Cornell!  I know it must have been all that positive, warm energy coming from our brunch that gave the team the extra boost!

This week’s “photo of the week” comes from Michelle Barsukov TD ’22 that captured the happy group that made it to Thursday’s last-minute theater trip to see “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” in NYC!  As you can see from this group photo we had a strong turnout among our first and second year students!  TD theater lovers who did not get to go this time around, don’t despair!  We have two more NYC theater trips coming up this semester including Moulin Rouge over fall break.  So stay tuned!

I am delighted to announce that TD will once against host a “Dino Snore” for our first years at the Peabody Museum for Friday November 8!  I am grateful to the Peabody staff for letting us spend the night in the museum and get some good “behind-the-scenes” look at their amazing collections.  The Peabody’s Great Hall of Dinosaurs will be closed for renovation in the spring so we are excited to be able to sleep with the dinosaurs before that happens!  First-year lions, stay tuned for more information but for now please save the date!

Here are some more important TD events and dates for the next two weeks:

Monday 9/30 6-7:30pm Tea/Dinner with Dr. Liz Delasobera, Head Team Doctor for the Washington Capitals (TD House)

Tonight is our first tea of the year withDr. Liz Delasobera ’02.  To make it accessible to our student-athletes we are turning our tea into a pasta dinner!  Feel free to come straight from practice!  An American studies major, Dr. Delasobera was also the captain of the Yale women’s tennis.  She went onto medical school at Stanford and is now a sports medicine specialist.  She’ll talk about her work with the Caps as well as her efforts at creating guidelines on concussions for athletes.  

10/1 TD Community Engagement Fellowship (Deadline at 11:59pm) 

The Timothy Dwight Community Engagement Fellowship application closes tomorrow evening!  Priority will be given to collaborations with institutions within the greater New Haven area and the vicinity of TD.  Fellows are expected to contribute a minimum of 3-5 hours per week to the partnering organization while classes are in session throughout the fall and spring semesters. 

Saturday 10/5 4:30-6pm TD Family Weekend Reception (TD House)

We can’t wait to welcome back family and friends for their weekend visit to campus!  We’ll have wonderful food and drinks so feel free to come and go and drop by at your convenience.

Friday 10/11 10pm-12am SAC Formal (Box 23)

Save the date for our SAC’s Fall Formal at Box 23!  More info will be forthcoming from our SAC Leadership, Virginia Davis and Eric Jimenez!

Saturday 10/12 1-4pm Big Sib/Little Sib Apple Picking Trip (Bishop’s Orchards)

Sign-ups have been completed for this fall outing for our Sibs groups!  If you missed out signing up due to limited space on the bus, please know that we have more wonderful events planned for this year!

Saturday 10/12 12:55pm TD Goes to the Met Opera Live Stream (Sprague Hall)

Have you ever wanted to experience the magic of opera???  Well, the Yale School of Music is offering tickets to TD for this special live stream performance of Giacamo Puccini’s classic, Turandot, at Sprague Hall.  The opera will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.  This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to more than 2,000 theaters around the world.  At the intermission, for opera fans there will be an opera quiz and the winner gets an all-expenses paid trip to the Met (usually in late April or early May) to see a production.  Dinner in the Met’s interior restaurant as well as roundtrip transportation is included!  For now, save the date and I’ll send out a Google Form sign up by the end of the week!

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




First Thought

Lorna Dee Cervantes

best thought, you had taught

me — a river runs through it,

the foot of the soul standing

stubbornly in the freeze, all

the shards of ice crumpling up

the banks, what survives

in the ignorance. Play it away.

Be ceremony. Be a lit candle

to what blows you. Outside,

the sun gives a favorite present,

mountain nests in ironic meadows,

otter takes off her shoes, the small

hands of her feet reaching, reaching; still,

far away people are dying. Crisp

one dollar bills fold another life.

You taught me to care in the moment,

carve day into light, or something,

moving in the west that doesn’t destroy

us. Look again, in the coming summer,

the cruelest month alive still eats up

the hours. Regret is an uneven hand,

a rough palm at the cheek — tender

and calloused. I drink another glass

of water, turn on the tap

for what grows, for you,

for what lasts, for the last

and the first found thought of you



Friday, October 4


Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first half of the fall term. See Withdrawal from Courses and Grades.

Monday, October 14


Classes begin for courses offered in the second half of the fall term.

Tuesday, October 15


October recess begins, 11 p.m.
Deadline to apply for a spring 2020 Term Abroad. See Special Arrangements.



October 15 – Credit for Spring 2020 Term Abroad Application Deadline

APA (Academic Programs Abroad) Information Session

Tuesday, October 1, 2:00pm - 3:00 pm 

55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305


Financial Aid Info Session for Spring 2019 Abroad

Tuesday, October 1, 3:00pm - 4:00pm 

55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305

French Department Annual Study Abroad/French Major Information Meeting

Wednesday, October 2, 4:00 - 5:30pm

Romance Language Lounge (3rd floor, 82-90 Wall St)

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Semester Study Abroad Panel for International Students

Monday, October 7, 4:00 - 5:00pm

OISS, 421 Temple Street

Study abroad with the School for Field Studies (SFS)

Monday, October 7, 4:00 - 5:00pm

55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd floor, Room 309A

Study Abroad Drop-In Hours will be held on Friday, October 4, from 2-4PM at 55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd floor.

Meet with a Study Abroad Adviser – Schedule an appointment directly from our website!


Tsai CITY Financing Innovative Ideas intensive:

This intensive is a great way for students with impact-driven ideas in social entrepreneurship/environmental innovation to learn about financial strategies and models that will transform their ideas into successful ventures and projects. No background in finance is required but participants should be willing to work in teams to further develop their ideas and learn about the ways finances impact entrepreneurship. Applications are due by 11:59 PM on 10/4.

Entrepreneurship 101 Workshop (10/2, 5:30-6:30 PM)
17 Hillhouse Ave, Room 3

Entrepreneurship 101 is a foundational workshop that explores the basics of starting your own business or non-profit, exploring areas such as design thinking and challenges that may arise. This workshop is part of the Innovator’s Toolkit, a series of free workshops focused on key skills for innovation and is open to everyone. Register here.



Most workshops are held in the Poorvu Center (the new name for the CTL). Room M104A is located on the Poorvu Center’s Writing Center mezzanine, just up the stairs near the 301 York St. entrance to Sterling Library. You are encouraged to RSVP via Yale OrgSync (

Pathways for First-Years              
Monday, September 30, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor         

Thursday, October 10, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor
First years get a lot of advice from a wide variety of sources. But what do you really want to get out of your first year? This interactive workshop helps students identify goals and sources of satisfaction, and it offers strategies for avoiding common pitfalls like overextension and burn out.             

Time Management         
Monday, September 30, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor         

Wednesday, October 9, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor
Set priorities and develop a weekly schedule that can lead to an active and balanced academic life.           

Seminars & Lectures: Notetaking and Participation         
Monday, September 30, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor         

Thursday, October 10, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor
Seminars and lectures make different demands on students. Learn preparation, participation, notetaking, and review strategies to help you succeed. 

Creating a Timeline for Your Senior Thesis          
Tuesday, October 1, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor

Monday, October 7, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor
Learn how to plan your writing and research, and how to access support resources for your senior thesis. (For full-year and 1-semester senior thesis writers, and juniors planning for the following year.)

Managing a Heavy Reading Load             
Tuesday, October 1, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor

Wednesday, October 9, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor
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!             

Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations               
Tuesday, October 1, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor

Monday, October 7, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationships with Yale faculty, teaching fellows and staff.           

Public Speaking for Undergraduates      
Wednesday, October 2, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor          

Tuesday, October 8, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor
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, October 2, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor          

Tuesday, October 8, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor
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.  

Procrastination: How to Work Through It            
Wednesday, October 2, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor          

Tuesday, October 8, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor
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.   

Reading Effectively for STEM     
Thursday, October 3, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor
Learn strategies for reading purposefully and efficiently for STEM courses. Topics of discussion include how to effectively read textbook chapters and scientific articles, how to navigate jargon, data, and figures, and how to use readings to prep for problem sets and exams.     

Reading Analytically for Social Science  
Thursday, October 3, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor
This workshop provides an overview of deep reading to generate effective contributions to class discussion, develop essay topics, and identify strong evidence for essays. Participants will get practice with these strategies in our interactive session.         

Reading Strategies for Literature             
Thursday, October 3, 7:30 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor
Reading literature presents special challenges. How do we read deeply without running out of time to complete the reading? This workshop introduces techniques to help you effectively read and respond to literary works.              

Pathways for Sophomores

Monday, October 7, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor                             

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. 

Fresh Start: Midterm Edition

Wednesday, October 9, 4:00 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor

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.

Writing Emails, Presentations, & Reports: Academic and Professional Communication for Undergrads

Thursday, October 10, 6:00 PM, Poorvu Center, 2nd Floor

Learn strategies for writing for professional and formal academic audiences.