TD Notes and News – Week of 10-30-2023

October 30, 2023

WEEK OF 10/30/2023


Dear Red Lions,

I hope many of you had an opportunity to partake in our TD Halloween festivities – Escape Rooms, pumpkin carving, and more.  Speaking of pumpkins… our “photo of the week” features Junior lions Sarah Skoler and Carlos Torres showing off their creations! 
Many thanks to everyone who came out and lent their pumpkins to light up our courtyard. 

We are not quite done with Halloween yet so don’t forget about the Mott/SAC costume contest in the TD Dining Hall tomorrow (Tuesday) night. 

And speaking of SAC… they have announced the SAC Formal will be on 11/10 at the Luke from 10:30pm to 12:30am.  More information will be forthcoming but for now please save the date!

Here are some more important TD events and dates:

Tuesday October 31st 6pm Mott & SAC Costume Contest (TD Dining Hall)

Come out for our first ever Mott & SAC costume contest!  To participate, just come to the dining hall dressed in your costume and be prepared to have fun!  Winners will be awarded with the much-coveted TD merch! 

Friday 11/3 4:15-5pm Mott and SAC S’mores Study Break (TD Upper Courtyard)

What can be better than a quick pop-up featuring s’mores to finish off the week.  We will have the fire pits pulled out along with s’mores fixings.  So stop by if you are craving gooey chocolate marshmallow with a crunch!

Saturday 11/4 7:30pm “A Night of Chamber Music” (TD House)

TD is hosting the Yale Symphony Orchestra’s first chamber music recital featuring several small ensembles.  Come support your YSO friends and enjoy some gorgeous music.  Light cookie reception will follow.

Monday 11/6 5:30pm TD Fellows Dinner and Talk with Professor Ted Kim (TD House)

We are featuring two-time Oscar winner, Professor Theodore Kim, a specialist in computer graphics for a special lecture for the TD Fellowship.  His talk is titled, “Countering Racial Bias in Computer Graphics Research,” and explores the history of flmmaking and raceial representations coming up to the present day world of computer graphics in the world of popular animated films and video games.  If anyone is interested in attending, please go here to register.  We have space for 20 TD students to attend.

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



Meena Alexander

I watch your hands at the keyboard
Making music, one hand with a tiny jot,
A birthmark I think where finger bone
Joins palm, mark of the fish,
Living thing in search of a watering
Hole set in a walled garden,
Or in a field with all the fences torn:
Where I hear your father cry into the wind
That beats against stones in a small town
Where you were born; its cornfields
Skyward pointing, never sown, never
To be reaped, flagrant, immortal.


Nov. 9
Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the second half of the fall term without the course appearing on the transcript.
Nov. 13
Spring term registration opens for GSAS students and Yale College, Class of 2024, 8:00 a.m.
Nov. 14
Spring term registration opens for Class of 2025, visiting students, and Eli Whitney students (without a class year) 8:00 a.m.
Nov. 15
Spring term registration opens for Class of 2026, 8:00 a.m.
Nov. 16
Spring term registration opens for Class of 2027, 8:00 a.m.
Nov. 17
November recess begins after last academic obligation.

Let’s Join a Lab series: This series of 3 workshops gives students information, time, and support to help them identify and pursue opportunities for STEM research in labs at Yale. 

Pumpkin Painting with Disability Peer Mentors: November 2, 5-6 pm: 
This event invites members of the Yale College community to paint pumpkins, eat candy, and get to know each other and our mentors.
Academic Strategies Mentors: Planning and Accountability Partners
Did you know that our Academic Strategies Mentors can serve as accountability buddies for undergraduate students? If you have a student who struggles with getting work done, encourage them to meet and arrange a study session with one of our ASP mentors. Students can request mentors by emailing or by signing up for an appointment online: 

Senior Exhibit Fellowship at Yale Library
The Senior Exhibit Fellowship provides one rising senior with training in curatorial skills and culminates in the production of a library exhibition based on the student’s senior essay topic and research into Yale Library collections.
The selected student will receive a $4,200 stipend to subsidize a five-week summer research fellowship on campus this summer (2024). The fellowship period is nine months—starting with the summer research period through spring 2025, coinciding with the student’s research period for the senior essay.
The selected student will receive mentoring from a librarian advisor and the library’s exhibit-production staff throughout the entire period. This exhibit is presented in all five cases in Sterling Library’s exhibition corridor. The student’s relevant findings in Yale Library collections, displayed as facsimiles, comprise the exhibit content.

·       Student proposals due: March 4, 2024
·       Selected students notified: late April 2024
·       Summer internship: Student selects the five-week period (from June to Sept.)
·       Exhibition development and production: from Sept. to April of senior year
·       Opening reception and curator’s talk: April 2025
·       Exhibit on view: from May to Oct. 2025
2024 Student Research at Yale Library Program
This less intensive student-curator opportunity, of shorter duration, is open to Yale College sophomores and juniors and to graduate and professional students. The exhibit features the work of two students, each curating two exhibit cases each. Their exhibits are based on a completed paper or research project, and the objects on display are facsimiles of related library collection materials.
·       Proposals due: Nov. 27, 2023
·       Selected students notified Dec. 2023 
·       Exhibition development and production: from Jan. to May 2024
·       Opening reception and curators’ talk: Oct. 2024
·       Exhibition on view: from Oct. 2024 through April 2025