TD Notes and News – Week of 11-6-2023

November 7, 2023

WEEK OF 11/6/2023


Dear Red Lions,

Happy November!  We have arrived at a short, but exciting month.  We have the big Harvard-Yale game and Thanksgiving break to look forward to.  And we look forward to our beloved gingko tree turning into its blaze of golden glory starting right about now.  

But let’s first celebrate our TD Pickleball players who won the championship this past Wednesday evening!  Thanks to Kennedy Wolf, our Head IM Secretary, we have this lovely celebratory “photo of the week.”  With winter IMs around the corner, let’s keep this great momentum going!!!

Speaking of congratulations, they are also in order for our 3 students who won our first-ever SAC/Mott costume contest.  Isa Dominguez won for most funny, Anna Tredway won for most scary, and Jaiden Blais-Ellis for most creative.   And many thanks to our wonderful Dining Hall staff for hosting such a fun night!
Here are some more important TD events and dates for the next two weeks until we hit the big game and Thanksgiving break:

Wednesday 11/8 8pm TD Graduate Affiliate Sophomore Advising Night (TD Dining Hall)

Sophomore lions – this event is for you!  We have our wonderful TD Grad Affiliates available to help you think through courses and majors or offer advice about summer internships and future career paths.  Spring course registration opens next week so drop into the TD dining hall for a quick chat and grab a snack!

Friday 11/10 10:30pm to 12:30am TD SAC Formal (The Luke)

Last call to reserve your ticket to the TD Formal – registration closes this Tuesday night at 11:59pm.  Go here for your ticket. We are so excited to be able to host this year’s formal at the Luke, in downtown New Haven.  (Junior lions know it as where we had last year’s beautiful sophomore dinner.).  If you would like to bring a guest, please go here to enter the raffle.  This form will also close at Tuesday at 11:59pm.  If you would like to make a music request, please go to this form.

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

Every year, 800 million currywurst are eaten in Germany – if you have no idea what this culinary fusion creation is, now is your chance to find out!  Our Buttery Managers, Jack and Anna, are hosting this currywurst special featuring a weisswurst (white sausage), pommes frites (French fries), and the traditional currywurst ketchup and seasonings!  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 Emma Wallner, Dylan Vroon, and Aidan Kluger.  

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!

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

TD along with the other thirteen colleges are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner at the Omni hotel in downtown New Haven on Thursday 11/23 from 12-2pm.  This will be a buffet feast with a fantastic menu of traditional and new dishes.  This event is open to all enrolled students and TDers will be joining with students from the other colleges.  There is no charge, but you must register at this link by the deadline of Thursday 11/16 at 12pm.
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!