TD Notes and News – Week of 11-13-2023

November 13, 2023

WEEK OF 11/13/2023


Dear Red Lions,

This week’s Notes and News is relatively light as we turn our attention to the big game this weekend. 

Before we do, here is our “photo of the week” from TD Co-chief Aide, Bernice Wang, capturing our aides team on a boba outing.  Thank you for all your hard work this year!

And many thanks to our wonderful SAC leadership for putting together a lovely formal at the Luke this past Friday!  A former bank building, the Luke continues to impress with its sumptuous space and food! 

If you are interested in providing feedback on the selection of the new president of Yale, please know there is one more listening session on Wednesday November 15th over Zoom before we hit the break.  To attend, please register at this link here. Alternatively, you may also fill out this quick survey here.

And now for the game… TD is hosting our Harvard sister college – Leverett House!  As of today, we are expecting anywhere from 50-60 folks bedding down in the TD Common Room for the night.  In order to accommodate our Leverett guests, we will be closing the TD Dining Hall at 7pm sharp to give our DH staff time to clean up and go home.  Our Mott Woolley student council will be welcoming the Leverett students and serving hot pizza for their dinner at 7:30pm.  So please make room and show our TD hospitality to our guests.

Our Assistant Director of Operations, Samantha Gambardella, will be sending out more specific information coming from the Yale College Dean’s Office such as the Friday night mixer at College Street music hall, Saturday morning spirit events before the game, and a new wristband system.  And, of course, our own Mott Woolley Student Council will be hosting their own tailgate at the Bowl.  So stayed tuned for that email coming your way.

Here are some events and dates for this week:

Monday 11/13 9-11pm TD Buttery Currywurst Special (TD Buttery)

If you have never had this before, come and check out one of the most popular snack foods from Germany!  A currywurst is basically a weisswurst (white sausage), pommes frites (French fries), and the traditional currywurst ketchup and seasonings!  A vegan option will be available.

Tuesday 11/14 5:30pm TD Senior Mellon Forum (TD House)

We are excited to kick off our first Senior Mellon Forum of the year!  Our opening session features Senior Lions Aidan Kugler and Dylan Vroon.  Our 2nd and last Mellon Forum of the fall semester will be on Tuesday 11/28, just after the break.

Wednesday 11/15 7:45-8:45pm TD Grad Affiliate Cookie Baking (TD Student Kitchen)

Our wonderful TD Grad Affiliates Caroline Echeandia-Francis (Yale School of Medicine) and Louise Oelofse (SOM) will be hosting cookie baking.  Join in the fun or just come eat fresh baked cookies.  Either way you will meet two wonderful GAs and can chat with them about their postgraduate studies.  

Thursday 11/16 12pm Deadline to Sign-Up for Thanksgiving Dinner at the Omni

Last call to sign-up for dinner at the Omni on Thursday 11/23 from 12-2pm where you will get to enjoy a full Thanksgiving feast with your fellow students from the other 13 colleges.  There is no charge for the dinner, but you must register by the deadline of Thursday 11/16 at 12pm.  Please note that if you are staying on campus for the break all dining halls will be closed from Thursday until Sunday. 

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



“One reason to fashion a story is to lift a grudge.”  (Bobbie Ann Mason)


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.

Managing a Heavy Reading Load 
Tue, Nov. 7, 4-5pm, Poorvu CTL Room M104A
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!

Procrastination: How to Work Through It 
Tue, Nov. 7, 7-8pm, Poorvu CTL Room M104A
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.
CIPE: Intro to Public and Community Service Fellowships & Careers
Wed, Nov. 8, 4-5pm, Poorvu CTL Room 120B
An introduction by CIPE to opportunities in fellowships and careers in public and community service.
STEM Navigators “Let’s Join a Lab:” How to Write CVs & Emails/STEM Professional Correspondence 
Wed, Nov. 8, 4-5pm, Poorvu CTL 118A
This workshop is part of the 3-session series, Let’s Join a Lab!
Are you struggling to write a CV, or email those intimidating lab PIs and STEM professors? Come to this workshop where we’ll go over the process together - just bring your research interests and your laptops!

Academic and Professional Communication
Thu, Nov. 9, 4-5pm, Poorvu CTL Room M104A
Learn strategies for writing for professional and formal academic audiences.

The Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law at Yale Law School is hosting an information session about its Liman Summer Fellowship on Monday, November 13, at Davenport College from 7-8:15pm. Liman Summer Fellowships give students the opportunity to work for 8–10 weeks at public interest organizations related to law. Public interest law includes direct services, such as helping people who cannot afford attorneys. It can also include advocacy and policy work. This info session will be a chance for students to learn more about the program and application process and to hear from former Liman Summer Fellows who will talk about their experiences.   

The Chaplaincy Fellows Program trains one current sophomore from each college over the first week of Spring Break 2024 and later empowers that student during their junior year to offer low-key events for the sophomores in their respective colleges. These events vary in nature but all focus on questions of meaning and seek to foster a sense of spiritual wellbeing.  
The last several cohorts of Fellows have truly been remarkable for their religious and cultural diversity, creative approaches to leadership and authentic good heartedness. Essential characteristics of students in the Fellowship are maturity; curiosity about different religious traditions, spiritual practices, and beliefs; ability to commit to a year-long program; a tendency to listen more than speak; precocious wisdom; and a balance of humility and charisma.  Students should be prepared to lead challenging conversations that include conflicting worldviews, moral convictions, and religious practices, as well as discuss questions that have no definitive answers.

  • Training in service learning and interfaith engagement over the first week of Spring Break 2024 (March 9-15). This includes a fully funded, weeklong trip to Washington DC.


  • Actual fellowship responsibilities within the residential colleges will commence in the fall of 2024 and run through the spring of 2025.


  • Materials and supplies for the events in the colleges are fully funded by the chaplaincy.

Clink on this link  to learn more!