Notes and News - Week of September 7, 2020

September 7, 2020
Dear Red Lions,

Happy Labor Day!  In a normal year the day would have started with the annual New Haven Road Race right outside our windows with TDers running and cheering as thousands of racers thunder down Temple Street for the home finish. 

This year the race became a virtual event and we just learned a few days ago that race organizers decided to extend the race!  TD is delighted to sponsor the entries of 25 runners with all proceeds going to important New Haven area non-profit organizations.  Runners will receive race bibs and road race t-shirts. 

Please sign up at the race website by this Wednesday 9/9 at 5pm.  Just click on the event (half-marathon, 5k, or 20k) you would like to do (ignore the 9/7 registration deadline note) and type in your information.   Please use the coupon code – TD2020 – so that the entry fee will be billed to TD.  All enrolled on-campus and off-campus students living in the New Haven area can pick up your packets at the TD package center.  On-campus students may pick up starting on Thursday afternoon.  Off-campus will have to wait until Saturday 9/12 when arrival quarantine officially ends.  Please use the TD address of 345 Temple Street, New Haven CT, 06511 so that the organizers know to bring your packet here. 

If you are a sophomore or not living in New Haven you should put in your current address and the packet will be mailed out to you directly.  I especially want to encourage our Sophomore lions to participate.  We have missed having all of you in the college and hope you’ll join us wherever you are.  

IMs will be back starting the week of September 21st!  There will be a lot of modifications with new events added and many suspended in order to adhere to the public health guidelines.  But I can tell you that cornhole will be one of the new events introduced!  

This week’s “photo of the week,” featuring the TD peanut gallery cheering on our first-year cornhole players, should inspire all of you to get out there and win back the Tyng Cup!!!  

TD Community Night is set for Friday 9/18 and will once again be over Zoom because of physical distancing and our community being residential/remote this semester.  I very much hope for participation from all 4 classes and especially want to encourage our first-year and sophomore lions to sign-up and introduce/re-introduce yourselves to the community.  Please go here to sign-up to perform live or send in a pre-recorded performance. For anyone who is residing in the college and needs a large space to perform we might be able to accommodate by setting up a space in the TD courtyard.  If you have questions, just email me at

Monday 9/7 10:23pm First SAC Meeting of the Year

Our SAC (TD’s Student Activities Committee) will resume their Monday night meetings starting tonight at their traditional time of 10:23pm.  Please go to this Zoom Link to attend:
    Meeting ID: 999 7129 9019
If you have great ideas for events for the college, please go to the meeting and share them!

Friday 9/11 Deadline to Enter Mott Woolley Student Council Elections

Mott Woolley Council is the Student Council of TD and works on TD gear and sponsors some special events for our college.  Elections are coming up and we are looking for three Class of 2024 members interested in serving as the new representatives of your class!  If you would like to run, please submit a statement (max of 300 words) by 6pm Friday, September 11th via email to current Mott president, Angel Mora ’21, at”

Saturday 9/12 8pm SAC Courtyard movie night (Still tentative date)

Still awaiting approval from Yale’s office of Environmental Health and Safety but hopeful we can bring back this wonderful event.  If approved, TDers may gather in the lower courtyard as suites and socially distanced or watch from their windows.  Please stay tuned.  

Monday 9/14 11:59pm Deadline for submitting Creative Performing Arts (CPA) Award 

Last week to meet up with HL to discuss any visual, literary, musical, or performance applications for a CPA.  To make an appointment please contact my senior administrator, Deanna Caplan at To access the proposal and get a full description go to this link.  

Friday 9/18 9pm TD Community Night 

We are looking forward to our wonderful Community Night!  Although we have to adhere to Yale’s public health and safety guidelines and perform on Zoom we know we can definitely turn out a great show as proof from this past spring’s virtual Community Night.  Please go to this Google Form to sign up!

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



“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny.” (Gloria Naylor)
Sept. 14 M All students planning to complete degree requirements at the end of the fall term must file a petition by this date.
Sept. 14 M Withdrawal from Yale College on or before this date entitles a student to a full rebate of fall-term tuition. See Undergraduate Regulations.
Sept. 14 M Final deadline to apply for fall-term Leave of Absence. See Leave of Absence, Deferral, Withdrawal, and Reinstatement.
Sept. 21 M Last day to withdraw from a fall first-half term course without the course appearing on the transcript.
Sept. 24 Th Withdrawal from Yale College on or before this date entitles a student to a rebate of one-half of fall-term tuition. See Undergraduate Regulations.
Oct. 6 T Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first half of the fall term. See Withdrawal from Courses and Grades.


After the add/drop period ends, an online Course Change Notice form will be available on the University Registrar’s Office website for you to request course withdrawals and late additions. Due to the extenuating circumstances of the term, through September 11, the University Registrar’s Office will waive the $20 administrative fee for course withdrawals and late additions. After September 11, the normal $20 administrative feel will apply to all course withdrawals and late additions.  You must have my approval for a late add, so if you’re considering this, reach out ASAP!


The Poorvu Center’s  Academic Strategies Peer Mentorships Groups are open to all Yale College students and may be particularly helpful to your students who are enrolled but not in residence.  These bi-weekly online groups are organized by class year and area of academic interest. Each group of up to five students is led by an experienced Academic Strategies Peer Mentor. The purpose of the groups is to help students stay motivated, engaged, and on track with their goals for the semester.
To request placement in a group, students can fill out the following form: ASP Peer Mentorship Group request. Students who register by Thursday, September 10 will be able to meet biweekly with a mentor starting the week of September 14. We will form additional groups if more students enroll after the priority deadline.  Links to our individual mentoring, workshops, and other programming can be found on our website’s home page:

Yale Library on YouTube
Yale Library has a YouTube channel! Watch short videos to get you started using library resource - from finding e-books and articles, placing a purchase request, and using the HathiTrust Digital Library.

Conversations with a Librarian: Using the Library Remotely
Tuesday, September 8 @ 12:30 PM EST |
This online workshop is designed to help you make the most of your remote access to materials available through the Yale Library. You’ll learn about our new alternative to VPN as a method of access to licensed digital resources, including e-books, articles, videos, images, and more.

Essential Library Research Skills
Wednesday, September 9 @ 2 PM EST |
Meet with a librarian for 30-minutes to learn how to discover resources at Yale Library. This session is for Yale students interested in learning how to discover material for coursework or personal use.

30 Minutes to a Better Selfie
Friday, September 11 @ 2 PM EST |
Want to take better selfies? Join us for a virtual 30-minute session covering basic tips on how to create better photos, followed by a discussion on where your images go once they’re published online.


Walden begins their fall semester of counseling tomorrow, Tuesday, September 8, via Zoom ( from 8:00-11:00 p.m. and by phone (203-432-8255) from 8:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. Walden is one of the many mental health resources for Yale undergraduates. More information about Walden Peer Counseling can be found at 


The Graduate Student Assembly has recently launched the Yale Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Initiative (GUMI), a program which connects Yale graduate/professional students with undergraduate Yale students of matching interests. During this time of great uncertainty, the guidance, experience, and wisdom of a mentor can make all the difference to undergraduates. Over the past few weeks, we’ve had an incredible response from graduated students, and have recruited over 150 graduate/postdoc mentors from almost every professional school/graduate school department at Yale.  The group’s website is a Yale secured site (domain) and utilizes CAS login for the safety and security of our mentors and mentees.  Register for a mentor here!: