TD Notes and News – Week of 1-30-2023

January 30, 2023

WEEK OF 1/30/2023


Dear Red Lions,

It will probably not come as a surprise that last night’s eagerly awaited Buttery special sold out in less than 45 minutes!  Our “photo of the week” from our Buttery Managers, Jack Denning and Anna Tredway, says it all.

I hope you are all looking forward to our TD Spring Community Night starting at 8:30pm.  We will once again welcome amazing acts from across the four classes and a pizza intermission so come on out and support the performers!

Speaking of performance… I am delighted to announce that we are welcoming back violin virtuoso and Grammy winner, Hilary Hahn, as the Yale College Artist-in-Residence this spring.  This is a follow-up to her incredible Chubb Fellowship visit last spring and she will be here 2/7-2/8 and again in early April.  This time, she will be participating in masterclasses and small roundtables with undergraduate musicians and composers across Yale College.  You will be seeing her around TD as she will be staying with us on each of these visits.  If you are interested in meeting Ms. Hahn in a small group or meal in the TD Dining Hall to talk about music, performance, and composition for the violin… please go here to sign-up.  And here is a pic from when she met with our TD YSO members last spring.

Fireside Chats with TD ’26 started last Friday!  Dean and I are thoroughly enjoying our small informal conversations about your time at Yale so far.   We look forward to continuing to connect.  If you have not yet signed up for a Fireside Chat, please go to this link.

Sophomore Lions, I am excited to announce that TD will be once again hosting TD Sophomore Dinner at an off-campus restaurant location.  If you are interested in serving on the sophomore dinner committee to select the venue and menu please email me directly at

Junior Lions, we also have TD funds to create a TD Junior Class Experience for TD ’24!  So if any of you are interested in serving on the Junior Class Event Committee to plan an event for the class please email me directly at

Senior Lions, please save the date for TD Senior Sushi Night on Monday 2/20 from 6-7:30pm when we will be hosting the sushi chefs from Sono Bana restaurant in Hamden, CT in the TD House for this annual senior event.  They will be making rolls and nigiri on site with vegetarian and vegan options.  More information will be forthcoming!

Here are some important upcoming dates and events for TD: 

Tuesday 1/31/2023 8:30pm-10:30pm TD Spring Community Night (TD Dining Hall)

We aim to start off at 8:30am with hopefully the TD children to kick us off!  Come get a seat and cheer everyone on!

Friday 2/3/2023 4pm Tea with Wall Street Journal Jazz Critic Larry Blumenfeld and Professor Michael Veal (TD House)

Join us for a jazz conversation with music critic Larry Blumenfeld and Professor Michael Veal in Yale’s Department of Music.  Blumenfel writes regularly about music and culture for The Wall Street Journal and Daily Beast and has appeared in The Village Voice, The New York Times, New Orleans Times Picacyune, Chamber Music Magazine, Pitchfork, and Salon.  His work often explores the connections between arts and issues of politics and social justice.  

Tuesday 2/7/2023 5:30-7pm TD Mellon Forum resumes (TD House)

We are excited to resume our fabulous Mellon forum presentations and dinners featuring the amazing capstones of our TD Seniors.  We will release the presentation schedule closer to the date.

Tuesday 2/13 8:30-11pm TD Valentine’s Day Ice Skating Trip (Ralph Walker Rink)

We are excited to host another skating trip in time for Valentine’s Day!  Because Ralph Walker Rink can only hold 100 skaters at one time – that’s all the skates they can offer – we will be holding a lottery.  We are reserving 80 tickets for TDers.  For anyone who’d like to bring a +1, they can enter into a lottery for the remaining 20 tickets.  Stay tuned for the Google Sign Up Form coming your way this Wednesday.  You’ll have until Monday 2/6 to sign-up and we’ll announce the lottery results by 5pm on Thursday 2/9.

Wednesday 2/15 4:30pm Tea with Filmmaker/Writer Curtis Chin (TD House)

Curtis Chin is the co-founder of the Asian American Writer’s Workshop in New York City and award-winning writer for television before transitioning to work on social justice documentaries.  He will be here to screen and talk about his new movie, Dear Corky, focusing on the life and work of legendary New York City Chinatown photographer Corky Lee.  This event is co-sponsored by the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) and a post-tea dinner will be organized by the AACC.
Without further ado, here is a word from Dean Mahurin…



A Journey
Nikki Giovanni

It’s a journey … that I propose … I am not the guide … nor technical assistant … I will be your fellow passenger …
Though the rail has been ridden … winter clouds cover … autumn’s exuberant quilt … we must provide our own guide-posts …
I have heard … from previous visitors … the road washes out sometimes … and passengers are compelled … to continue groping … or turn back … I am not afraid …
I am not afraid … of rough spots … or lonely times … I don’t fear … the success of this endeavor … I am Ra … in a space … not to be discovered … but invented …
I promise you nothing … I accept your promise … of the same we are simply riding … a wave … that may carry … or crash …
It’s a journey … and I want … to go …

Jan. 31
Final deadline to apply for a spring-term Leave of Absence (section J).
Jan. 31
Withdrawal from Yale College on or before this date entitles the student to a full rebate of spring-term tuition (Undergraduate Regulations).
Feb. 7
Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first half of the spring term without the course appearing on the transcript.
Feb. 7
Deadline to apply for Yale Summer Session Programs abroad, 1 p.m.
Feb. 10
Withdrawal from Yale College on or before this date entitles a student to a rebate of one-half of spring-term tuition (Undergraduate Regulations).

Yale Summer Session Abroad or Non-Yale Summer Abroad - What’s the Difference?

  • Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad are intensive, highly structured study abroad programs for Yale College credit. A full semester of coursework is condensed into the program length. Students benefit from the same level of rigorous coursework offered at Yale during the academic year. Through excursions and activities, students gain hands-on experience that amplifies the classroom learning.
  • non-Yale summer study abroad program is a program for academic credit run by another university or other study abroad program provider that you can attend during any one of your three summers while enrolled at Yale. After successful completion of a program of this type, you’d earn transfer credit towards your Yale degree.

You can find both Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad and Non-Yale Summer Abroad programs on our designated list using the Search Programs tool. Both types are ISA-eligible!
Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad 2023 – Deadline: Tuesday, February 7 @ 1:00 p.m. (Eastern) 
Application for Credit and Petitions for Non-Yale Summer Abroad 2023 – Deadline: Tuesday, March 7 @ 1:00 p.m. (Eastern) 
Academic Year 2023-24 or Fall Term 2023 Abroad – Deadline: Tuesday, April 4 @ 1:00 p.m. (Eastern) 


The deadline to apply for SAS housing accommodations is February 15th.  If you are requesting housing accommodations for the 2023-2024 academic year, please contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) following the steps below as soon as possible. The deadline for housing accommodation requests is February 15, 2023 (including a completed SAS housing form from your treatment provider). 
Steps to request housing accommodations for next year:
1.       Complete an SAS accommodation request form in the Accommodate system.
2.       Have your current provider that you have been working with this year complete the SAS housing form and return it via email to or secure fax at (203) 432-8250. Be sure to allow enough time for your provider to complete the form by the February 15 deadline.  
3.       Schedule an appointment with SAS.
Please contact SAS with any questions at


The Rainbow Connection: Building a Career as an LGBTQ+ Scientist
Tuesday, January 31 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
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Alaska Fellows Program Info Session
Tuesday, January 31 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Texas Graduate & Health Professions School Virtual Fair
Wednesday, February 1 | 10am – 1pm
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Yale Career Panels: A Candid View of AI and Data Services
Wednesday, February 1 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm
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Blue Origin (aerospace) Virtual Info Session
Wednesday, February 1 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Teach for America Coffee Chats at Koffee
Wednesday, February 1 | 11:00am – 3:00pm
104 Audubon St, New Haven, CT 06511
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Teach for America Coffee Chats at Koffee
Thursday, February 2 | 11:00am – 3:00pm
104 Audubon St, New Haven, CT 06511
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Summer Internship w/ E-Learning org MeshEd Info Session
Friday, February 3 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
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Teaching Artist Roles with ArtistYear Coffee Chats
Friday, February 3 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm
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Students for Sensible Drug Policy: Let’s Talk About Drink Spiking
Monday, February 6 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
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Weiss Asset Management Information Session
Monday, February 6 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location TBA on Jan 30
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The Raine Group LLC Information Session
Tuesday, February 7 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Study Hotel
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Eldridge Industries Information Session
Wednesday, February 8 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location TBA on Jan 30
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Info Session with Asian University for Women - Teaching Fellows Program
Friday, February 10 | 12:00pm noon – 1:00pm
Office of Career Strategy, 55 Whitney Ave, 3rd floor
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Coffee Chats with Asian University for Women - Teaching Fellows Program
Friday, February 10 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Office of Career Strategy, 55 Whitney Ave, 3rd floor
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Registration is now open for Government, Education & Non-profit Career Fair
Friday, February 17 | 10:00am – 3:00pm
Register here


Reading Effectively for STEM  
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 4-5 pm, Poorvu CTL M104A 
Learn strategies for reading purposefully and effectively for STEM courses. 
Introduction to Assistive Technology  
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 5-6 pm, Poorvu CTL M104A 
Learn the ins-and-outs of assistive technology and the benefits of incorporating it into your study habits/routine. If you’ve ever struggled to plan and write a paper, organize your week, or get through all your readings, assistive technology can help you. Stop in to learn about a plethora of apps you can download on your phone and computer that can significantly improve the way you study, learn and plan your life! 
Cultivating Faculty Mentors/Recommendations 
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7-8 pm, Poorvu CTL M104A 
Initiate conversations, ask for assistance, request recommendations, and build mentoring relationship with Yale faculty, teaching fellows, and staff. 
Optimize Your Reading 
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 8-9 pm, Online 
Learn general strategies for effectively reading texts for any Yale class. Learn how to preview a text, effectively interact with the text while reading, and review your reading for class, essay, or exam preparation. 
Pathways for Sophomores 
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 4-5 pm, Poorvu CTL M104A 
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. 
STEM Navigators: Write Your Proposal 
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 5-6 pm, Poorvu CTL M104A 
Are you applying to research fellowships that require a proposal? Come to this workshop where we’ll go over the process together - just bring your research interests and your laptops! 
Reading Analytically for Social Science 
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7-8 pm, Poorvu CTL M104A 
The workshop provides an overview of deep reading to generate effective contributions to class discussion, develop essay topics, and identify strong evidence for essays. 
Strategies for Intro Math: Problem Sets & Exams 
Wednesday, Feb 1, 8-9 pm, Online 
Learn strategies for efficiently working on intro math problem sets and key strategies for studying for exams. 
Pathways for Juniors 
Thursday, Feb. 2, 4-5 pm, Poorvu CTL M104A 
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. 
STEM Navigators: Python Crash Course 
Thursday, Feb. 2, 4:30-5:30 pm, Poorvu CTL 120A 
Need some help getting started on using Python for your courses? Come to this workshop for a good intro to Python! If time allows, you could even learn about Machine Learning. 
Organize Your Time! 
Thursday, Feb. 2, 7-8 pm, Poorvu CTL M104A 
This interactive workshop offers evidence-based strategies and the opportunity to start figuring out what will work best for you. 
Getting the Most Out of Mentorship 
Thursday, Feb. 2, 8-9 pm, Online 
Join Yale undergrads for a conversation on how to make the most of any mentorship opportunity, including peer, graduate student, faculty, and alumni mentorship. 
How to Break It to Your Parents that You Want to Study the Arts or Humanities 
Friday, Feb. 3, 4-5 pm, Poorvu CTL M104A 
So you’re interested in the arts or humanities, but you—or others in your life—are concerned that they are not practical or profitable enough to spend time studying. This workshop guides you through a series of reflective questions about why the arts and humanities matter, and how the skills one learns through studying them (whether or not one majors in them) can positively affect the course of one’s education, career, and life. You will leave this session with new vocabulary with which to articulate the value of pursuing these areas, along with a framework for continuing to determine your own path through them. 
STEM Navigators Study Hall 
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2-5 pm, Poorvu CTL 120A 
Come complete your p-sets, study, and meet your peers in your STEM courses. Snacks and peer mentors are here to help you with any questions about majors, summer opportunities, or classes to take in the future!