News from the YaleClub Germany

Dear friends,

I am delighted to let you know about upcoming opportunities to meet up with fellow alumns in Germany.

We have a Munich Stammtisch and a Brewery tour in Berlin coming up soon.

A revival of the Berlin Ivy Circle Stammtisch is also in the works for March - stay tuned (-> Ivy Circle Berlin Stammtisch Facebook group).

I hear some Berliners have carried on the FebClub tradition last week - if you are located in Berlin and want to hear about impromptu get-togethers, join the Yalies in Berlin Facebook group!

Bartley from Munich attended the last AYA Assembly as our German delegate - you can find her report from her New Haven trip below.

Finally, congratulations to the two Early Action applicants from Germany who were admitted this year and have chosen to attend!

Boola Boola,

Hans Christian Siller

Munich Q1-2018 Ivy Circle Stammtisch

Munich Q1-2018 Ivy Circle Stammtisch

Dear Yale Stammtischlers, the Ivy Circle Germany – Munich Chapter – Q1-2018 Stammtisch will take place on Thursday, Feb 22, 2018, 7 p.m. in the Boulevardier (Formerly Mauro’s Negroni Club) Kellerstraße 32, 80333 München The place is in walking distance from both the Munich S-Bahn Rosenheimer Platz and the Ostbahnhof. A short RSVP would be nice so that I can tell Clemens how many of us are coming. Hope to see you there Alexander Schmitt Glaeser


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Ivy Circle Berlin - Brauhaus Südstern: Brewmeister guided tour, tasting and treats

Ivy Circle Berlin - Brauhaus Südstern: Brewmeister guided tour, tasting and treats

The Wharton / UPenn Berlin Chapter invites all members of the Ivy League to an evening at Brauhaus Südstern, followed by a big-screen showing of the Champions League game Bayern München vs. Besiktas Istanbul.

RSVP by February 15 is required: (€15 contribution, bank details upon rsvp).

For more details, see the Facebook event.

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Report from our AYA assembly delegate, Bartley Grosserichter


As the AYA delegate for Germany, I had the honor of attending the AYA (Association of Yale Alumni) ASSEMBLY LXXVI in New Haven November 16-17, 2017 and am happy to report back a few of the highlights.


At the First Time Delegates Luncheon, I had the opportunity to meet others and hear the welcome motivational speeches this year.  The message was heavy on the need to reach out on social media and maintain an up-to-date online presence to foster contact with local alums.

Special mention was giving to two new Yale alumni Facebook groups (even though we heard over and over that millennials don’t use Facebook, this seems to be the best platform for this kind of communication, so we need to motivate them to use it):

• Yale Alumni – For all Yale alumni around the world to connect via sharing Yale alumni events, nostalgia, awards and achievements.
-> Join at

• Yale Alumni Leaders – For Yale Alumni Leaders of city clubs, class years, SIGs (Special Interest Groups), etc. to connect, share best practices and collaborate on events, recruitment, engagement, communication, and social media.
Join at


Bringing the World to Yale: International Student Communities


Not many attended this session, as it competed with a tour of the new residential colleges, but the panel was excellent and diverse.  Undergraduate and graduate students from Rwanda, China, Zimbabwe, the Kurdish territory in Iraq, and Myanmar talked about the international experience at Yale as well as about the orientation for international students (which impacts many of those admitted from Germany). A few tidbits that I found especially interesting:

The Chinese community at Yale is 1600 strong (800 undergrad and grad students, 800 PhD and Scholars). They are very tight knit.


The international community seems to have many SIGs for their own heritage but also be very integrated amongst the entire int’l community. They seem slightly less integrated into the US American community.


The woman from Iraq (a trained architect doing graduate work at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs) is the one and only Iraqi on campus this year. When asked why she chose Yale, she had a moving story. As a nine year old she was bombed out of her village and on the Syrian border awaiting a donation box of warm clothes. There was a Yale sweatshirt in her box, so it was always a magical place for her and influenced where she looked as she progressed with her education. So, alumni, keep donating your old sweatshirts!


Creating the Yale College Community: Admissions and the Future Yale Student

This session was identical to the Webinar that the admissions office held twice in November and is available online to those who are ASC interviewers.


Yale Medal Cocktail Reception and Dinner


Held this year in the Lanman Center of the Payne Whitney Gymnasium as Commons is officially closed for renovations to become The Schwarzman Center in 2020. More information is available online at



Yale International Alliance Alumni Breakfast:


This session was far too short for what we could have accomplished. The session was pretty equally divided between curious alumni and reps from international clubs. Moderated by Renate Cesar, who created the SIG Yale International Alliance, one key point was our desire to foster more communication online between the various international clubs, as many Yalies live in more than one country (live in one, work in another, or vacation home in a second country, etc.).


It is currently difficult to affiliate with more than one country (evidently the website doesn’t even allow for the input of a UK street address, etc.)… This needs to be addressed.


The website is up and running:, as well as the Facebook Group of the same name. We should all join this group, link/update them with our activities as much as possible, and we could/should communicate to all alums to check this site often.


On one level, we wondered why the International alumni are a SIG, when in fact it would behoove the university in today’s global world to integrate international alumni more fully. It seemed the best and easiest way to get the community linked… Another huge issue on the table early in the very frank discussion was Yale’s declining reputation internationally (this came specifically from the UK, who posit that current high school students see Yale as old fashioned and much less “fun” than other Ivies and elite universities). It was difficult to corroborate with other territories that were at the breakfast.


Also an issue – how to make “International at Yale” not only about getting the best and brightest from Britain to Zimbabwe to study at Yale, but also about Yale students who want jobs in London, Paris, Berlin, etc. The university is very organized at integration programs for international students, but less at including alumni in programs for current students. (UK has a new mentoring program for example). This could be a way for interested alumni in Germany to become involved.


We talked about better informing each other of our local club activities, as so many alumni are at home in more than one European country. A fun idea that we tossed around:  Yale Club reciprocal travel weekends (For example, in Munich we would offer a weekend with a guided art show, an evening at a beer hall and hotel with suggestions of how to spend free time, London could organize a theater evening along the same format, etc.).


With Yale Blue Green coalition we talked about informing our local Yalies of their activities and possible speaker events around environmental and sustainability issues. In addition, Yale always sends a big team to the UN Climate Change conferences. Yale’s team in Bonn was 40 strong this year and they even won a prize. Opportunities for cocktails with curious alumni? Next year’s event is in Poland and we have put YC Poland in the loop. More information is available at


University update with President Salovey

Yale Day of Service

There was much encouragement to get involved in the Yale Day of Service, which is Saturday, May 12th, 2018 (or any spring date that works for us). It is the 10th anniversary year…


The Yale Club of Germany e.V.

Are you a current/past student/scholar/faculty member or friend of Yale and temporarily or permanently based in Germany? We are here to connect Yalies in Germany. We organize social and cultural and community service events, and we interview German applicants to Yale.

If you are an alumnus of any Yale school, a current Yale student or scholar spending time in Germany, or a friend of Yale, you are automatically considered a club member.

Stay in touch

For up-to-date event information, join to our Facebook group and subscribe to the Yale Club’s newsletter. If you need to change your address, or wish to unsubscribe from the newsletter list, please contact Lutz.

Local club events

In addition to one-time social and cultural events, there are regular Stammtisch meetups taking place in Frankfurt – and we are in the process of organizing local meetups in BerlinMunich and Hamburg.

Get involved

If you have ideas for events, or are running an event of interest to our members, let us know!


The Yale Club is always looking for alumni to interview local high-school students who are applying to Yale College. If you would like to help out or learn more, please click here to e-mail our ASC director, Rebecca Haltzel-Haas.

Yale Book Award

If you interested in presenting the Yale Book Award at a high school in your area, click here to let David Ilten know.

Yale Club of Germany Prize

We are in the “quiet phase” of a long-term program to raise at least €20,000, with an eventual goal of €100,000, to endow this award for presentation to exceptional high school students in Germany who have been accepted to Yale. If you are interested in learning more about how you can contribute to this worthy effort, please click here to let David Ilten know. Meanwhile, thanks to those who have contributed recently!


The Club does not assess dues, but asks its members to make an modest annual contribution (€20 suggested, but any amount is welcome) to help fund Club activities such as the Yale Book Award.

To contribute, please arrange a bank transfer (Überweisung) to the Yale Club’s account.

Account details:

Bank (Kreditinstitut des Begünstigten)Degussa Bank, Frankfurt
Payee (Begünstigter): Yale Club e.V.
IBAN: DE45500107000000221278

If you have questions or need a receipt for the Finanzamt, please contact our Treasurer, Hans Christian Siller (contact details above).


Club Officers


David Ilten (Yale College ’60)
Tel. 069 622680 (Frankfurt)
davidfilten  at


Hans Christian Siller (GSAS ’12)
Tel. 0178 1345800 (Berlin/Neubrandenburg)
chris.siller at


Laura Sprague Sudhaus (Yale College ’88)
Tel. 06198 501700 (Eppstein)
laura.sprague  at


Rebecca Haltzel-Haas (Yale College ’90)
Tel. 069 9550 2660 (Frankfurt)
haltzel-haas  at