TD Notes and News – Week of 10-9-2023

October 9, 2023

WEEK OF 10/9/2023


Dear Red Lions,

It was great to see so many of you come through the TD House on Saturday for our Family Weekend reception!

Our “photo of the week” features two of our TD First-Year Mott members, Jules Morris and Julien Abbosh showing off the latest merch.  We are also delighted to welcome on board Victoria Mnatsakanyan and Allen Huang (not pictured).  They are showing off the latest TD merch which by all accounts has been a big hit!

We are so excited for tomorrow’s Fall TD Community Night in the TD Dining Hall!  We plan to start at 8:30pm and will likely end before 10pm so come on by and support all of our wonderful performers!!!  We will celebrate with pizza afterwards.

In the meantime, here are some more important upcoming TD events and dates:

Tuesday October 10th 12:30pm Lunch with Claire Soon (Thompson Room)

Last chance to sign-up to have lunch with Claire Soon (Yale MA in History ’13), a Senior Associate with Wallbrook’s Singapore Office, where she sits on the China office and works as an analyst on strategic intelligence and due dilligence working areas of foreign policy.  She has previously served in the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Singapore Embassy in Beijing where she specialized in ASEAN-China relations. Claire completed her bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Oxford before coming to Yale for her master’s degree in history.   The sign up form closes at 9pm tonight.

Tuesday October 10th 8:30pm TD Fall Community Night (TD Dining Hall)

Come prepared to cheer on our TD performers from across all TD classes!  Come early to get your seats and support your friends and suitemates!!!  We will be serving hot pizza!  So don’t miss out!

Friday October 13th 2:30-5:30pm Mott Apple Picking Trip to Bishop’s Orchards

Mott is once again hosting their fall apple picking trip!  This year they are headed to Bishop’s Orchards in beautiful Guilford, CT!  To sign up for the trip, please fill out this form by 11:59pm on Tuesday 10/10. Space is limited to room on the bus.

Sunday October 15th 12pm Brunch with Jeff Kim TD ‘87 and Curtis Chin (Thompson Room)

Come meet TD alum and philanthropist, Jeff Kim ‘87, and his husband, Curtis Chin, filmmaker and writer over a very relaxed and informal Sunday Brunch.  Jeff completed his BA in economics and went onto finish a law degree from the University of Michigan.  Since 2005, he has been with The California Wellness Foundation where he currently serves as Program Director, overseeing all grant making related to areas of Economic Security & Dignity portfolio.  Prior to joining Cal Wellness he was Associate Director of Development for the National Conference for Community and Justice—Los Angeles Region.  He has also served ast the Deputy Director for the legal services department of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.  Curtis Chin is an established documentary filmmaker and writer and the co-founder of the Asian American Writer’s Workshop in New York City.  He is currently on a book tour for his new work, Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant, his coming of age memoir set in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan in the 1980s.  Please go here to register for the brunch.  Form will close on Friday 10/13 at 12pm.  All registered will be notified by Friday at 5pm.  

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



Ars Poetica #100: I Believe

Elizabeth Alexander

Poetry, I tell my students,
is idiosyncratic.  Poetry

is where we are ourselves
(though Sterling Brown said
“Every ‘I’ is a dramatic ‘I’ ”),
digging in the clam flats

for the shell that snaps,
emptying the proverbial pocketbook.

Poetry is what you find
in the dirt in the corner,

overhear on the bus, God
in the details, the only way

to get from here to there.
Poetry (and now my voice is rising)

is not all love, love, love,
and I’m sorry the dog died.

Poetry (here I hear myself loudest)
is the human voice,

and are we not of interest to each other?


Oct. 10


Applications for spring 2024 Term Abroad close, 11:59 p.m.

Oct. 13


Last day of courses offered in the first half of the fall term.

Oct. 13


Last day to withdraw from a course offered in the first half of the fall term.

Oct. 13


Last day to convert from a letter grade to the Cr/D/F option in a course offered in the first half of the fall term.

Oct. 16


Courses offered in the second half of the fall term begin.

Oct. 17


October recess begins after last class.

Oct. 23


Classes resume, 8:20 a.m.


The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy has opened its application period for our 2024 cohort, and we’d love to share the news with your students. We will be holding a virtual information session on Wednesday, October 11 at 5:00pm, for which students can register here.

The program is open to juniors, graduate & professional students.


The Silver Scholars Program at the Yale School of Management allows students to earn a Yale MBA degree within three years, directly after graduation, spring-boarding them toward their career goals and leadership positions. The program is designed for exceptional students with strong leadership potential.  These students enroll in our full-time MBA program where they make up about 5% of the student body. Rather than the traditional summer MBA internship, Silver Scholars complete a year-long internship, extending their experience to three years.  All Yale College students receive a 50% tuition discount and an application fee waiver.

The admissions committee seeks applicants with a combination of intelligence, maturity, and curiosity who aim to be future leaders in their field of interest. Candidates from all majors are welcome to apply; we enjoy the diversity of interests and backgrounds that Silver Scholars bring to the broader MBA class at Yale SOM.

If you would like to speak with an admissions representative, please email to schedule an appointment.

Round 2 application deadline is January 4, 2024 with an admissions decision on March 26, 2024. Round 3 application deadline is April 9, 2024 with an admissions decision on May 16, 2024. 



The Yale-China Fellowship is a transformative two years for both the Yale-China Fellows and the Chinese students and community members they interact with. Select Yale graduates are chosen to spend two years teaching in China, where they not only become familiar with China but also make it their home. During their two years, Fellows gain an in-depth understanding of themselves, China, and Chinese language and culture, while building important professional skills and networks for future careers in various fields. As a former Fellow myself, I can attest to the life-changing nature of the experience, and am happy to speak with any students who want to know more.

Learn more and apply at or email

Early application deadline: December 5, 2023
Final application deadline: March 5, 2023

Information sessions (all at 442 Temple St – RSVP to

  • October 6 - 2pm
  • October 26 - 3pm
  • November 8 - 12pm
  • November 14 - 4-6pm Informational Teahouse with Former Fellows