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27 June 2005

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Yale Book Award to be presented to
student at Munich International School

Munich International SchoolAt the Munich International School, the Yale Book Award for 2005 will be presented to Philipp Cerny, one of the school’s top students. The presentation will be made by the Head of the school, Dr. Ray Taylor.

The Yale Book Award is an annual prize presented to outstanding high school students in nearly 70 different cities around the world by local Yale Clubs. At each school, the Club works with the faculty to choose one or two students who have exhibited “outstanding personal character and intellectual promise,” as well as a commitment to their local community. The book, which is chosen by the Yale Club, is usually one authored by a member of the Yale faculty.

The school reports that Philipp is currently receiving a 6.77 out of 7.00 in his IB Diploma courses, and that he is interested in business and the arts. He has been active with several school performances in the past three years. He is fluent in German and English and demonstrates an insatiable curiosity in languages and the ways of knowing. As one school official says, “He has an outstanding personality, and I think he is an excellent choice for the Yale Book Award.”

The book being presented to Philipp is Whose Bible Is It? A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages, the latest book by Sterling Professor of History (Emeritus) Jaroslav Pelikan, the internationally distinguished scholar in the history of Christianity and medieval intellectual history who has been on the Yale faculty since 1962.




Report from Reunion Weekend 2005

Cross Campus sceneIn our last newsletter we invited anyone in Germany who had been to a reunion at Yale earlier this month to share their thoughts on the experience. We’re delighted that Frankfurt-based David Ilten (Yale College ’60), who has just returned from New Haven, has taken up the challenge! Here is David’s report:

The 45th Reunion is in a certain sense a happy reunion and in another sense a reunion deeply marked by sadness. On the one hand we can still expect to find most of our classmates in reasonably good health. On the other hand, nearly one quarter of our friends of long ago are no longer with us — in the usual meaning of the term — and we all know that the 50th reunion will bring an acceleration of this change with us all “running toward death.” Indeed, the Memorial Service in Battell Chapel was a high point of the reunion, where the message, the hymns, the solemnity of the Judeo-Christian order of service, culminating at the Giamatti Memorial Bench on the Old Campus, left not an eye dry or a heart untouched.

We have seen great changes in Yale. The campus is being reconstructed and new buildings are being added. Science, medicine and technology are experiencing a rebirth reminiscent of the greatest days of the Sheffield Scientific School. The budget has been balanced and the endowment is making major progress. Relations with the City of New Haven have been improved, and great strides are being undertaken to modernize the home of our university. The perennial problem of relations with those who work so hard to carry out all that is necessary for the daily functioning of the campus is being addressed, not with haughtiness and disdain, but with a willingness to find workable and practicable solutions, beneficial to all parties involved. These marks of enormous progress are evident everywhere. We thank the AYA and its staff for so efficiently organizing trips and discussion and talks to emphasize these points.

Generous thanks are due to Jeff Brenzel and Fenno Heath for organizing the “Festivity of Yale Song.” Singing songs of Yale before 1,600 alumni in Woolsey Hall is an experience that will not soon be forgotten. “Hearing that performance made all of us who did not sing at Yale wish that we had sung at Yale,” was a very cogent comment heard.

People had, of course, changed and grown and chosen myriad paths. Some could, seemingly, control their own way, while others were more driven by circumstances. Yet every one was richer in friendships and experiences. As a Yale divine once said, “Perhaps God created human beings because he loves stories so much.” And whether in the college suites or in the dining halls there certainly were stories enough to be shared.




Reminder: picnic at an open-air drama
in Frankfurt on Friday evening, July 1

"Golden Boy" posterMark your calendar now for an evening of good fellowship and outdoor drama in downtown Frankfurt on Friday, July 1, when the Chaincourt Theatre Company presents (in English) the Clifford Odets drama Golden Boy on the lawn behind the I.G. Farben Haus at Goethe University. Pack a picnic basket and join the fun! For full details (including a map), please see the June 14 newsletter.

To sign up, send an e-mail to Laura Sprague Sudhaus (Yale College ’88). Admission is €8 per person. We’ll meet at 5 p.m. in the Rotunda Café inside the I.G. Farben Haus for a latte macchiato and then have a brief tour of the university campus before going to the play together. Three members of the Yale family in Frankfurt teach at the university, so this is your chance to go behind the scenes!




Reminder: sign-up deadline for July 6
art exhibit tour in Hamburg is today

Murillo paintingDont forget that today (Monday, June 27) is the deadline to register for the Yale Club’s private after-hours guided tour of the fantastic Greco, Velazquez, Goya exhibition at the Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg on Wednesday, July 6, which will run from 7 to 11 p.m. that evening. For full details, please see the June 14 newsletter. The cost will be €45 person, which includes a 3-course buffet dinner and a guided museum tour. To sign up, please send an e-mail no later than this Monday to Rita Pearson-Schwandt (Yale College ’87) to let her know you plan to attend, and to give her the details of your completed bank transfer to this account:

Rita Pearson-Schwandt
Citibank, BLZ 200 209 00
Account 1002671149
Amount €45 per person



FrankfurtNext get-together in
Frankfurt on Fri. 22 July

The Yale Club’s next 4th-Friday-of-the-month Stammtisch in Frankfurt will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 22 in the Fidelio Weinkeller (Bockenheimer Landstraße 1-3, tel. 069 725758), a short walk from the U-Bahn’s Taunusanlage station (one stop from Frankfurt Hauptbanhof) or the Alte Oper. No RSVP necessary — just come for a drink with Yale friends new and old. Questions? E-mail to Bob Bonds (Yale College ’71) or call him during office hours at 06122-955916.




Yale Opera to perform in Milan
next month — and you’re invited

How about a Yale summer musical holiday? Students of Yale Opera, one of the most distinguished university-based opera programs in the world, have been invited to perform in Milan next month with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi — and Yale is making a point of inviting alumni from all over central Europe.

Yale OperaFour of the performances offer different presentations of Midsummer Night’s Dream. The schedule:

  • July 14 — Midsummer Night’s Dream
    by Benjamin Britten
  • July 18 — Midsummer Night’s Dream
    by Felix Mendelssohn
  • July 21 — The Fairy Queen
    by Henry Purcell
  • July 25 — Midsummer Night’s Dream
    by Eric Korngold
  • July 28 — Midsummer Night’s Dream by Astor Piazzolla

Tickets cannot be ordered via the Internet, but they can be purchased at the following location:

Auditorium de Milano
Largo Gustav Mahler, 20136 Milano
(every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Telephone: +39 02 83389-201/202/203
Fax: +39 02 83389-300

If you are going, please let Jeanne Kazzi at the Yale School of Music know by phone (+1 203 432-4155) or e-mail, since the University is hoping to organize a Yale gathering in Milan if attendance warrants.

These performances mark the second year of a collaboration with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and conductor Giuseppe Grazioli. The 2004 performance series was such a resounding success with the Milan public that the unique artistic relationship with Maestro Grazioli and with the orchestra has continued.

This summer’s program, which is titled “The Dreams of Summer,” will include the Midsummer Night’s Dream of Britten and Mendelssohn as well as score by Erich Korngold for the Max Reinhardt 1938 movie of Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring Mickey Rooney as Puck, which incorporates, not only the symphonic music by Mendelssohn, but also many of Mendelssohn’s beautiful songs. There will also be a performance of the Fairy Queen by Purcell, using the Benjamin Britten realization.

The Yale Opera program, under the direction of Doris Yarick Cross, has been extraordinarily successful in preparing singers for professional careers. Graduates are enjoying success in major opera houses in the United States, Europe, and around the globe. Thirteen recent Yale alumni are currently on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera. This success is a result of the depth and breadth of the Yale Opera program. Yale not only features an excellent studio voice faculty, but also provides expert instruction in the areas of diction, languages, style, acting, and stage movements, as well as song literature.




John Lawrence Collins Jr. (1929-2005)

Is Paris Burning?Larry Collins (Yale College ’51), a journalist and author whose best-selling books included Is Paris Burning? and O Jerusalem!, died on Tuesday in Fréjus in the south of France. He was 75 and lived in Ramatuelle, on the Riviera. The death was announced by Dominique Lapierre, his French co-author and fellow researcher, who had been his collaborator since they met at Allied Headquarters in postwar France.

Their book Is Paris Burning? (Simon and Schuster, 1965) is a nonfiction work reconstructing the liberation of Paris in World War II. The book was made into a 1966 action film starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Boyer, Leslie Caron, Alain Delon, and Kirk Douglas as Gen. George S. Patton. Gert Fröbe played the German general whom Hitler had ordered to burn Paris if he could not prevent its takeover by the French Resistance.

Collins joined United Press International and was assigned to its Paris bureau in 1956. He then reported from Rome and from Beirut before being named chief of the agency's Middle East bureau in 1957. In 1959 he moved to Newsweek as Middle East editor in New York. He was Newsweek's Paris bureau chief from 1961 to 1964, when he quit topical journalism to write full time with Mr. Lapierre.

  • We are saddened to report the death of Rachel Speight (Yale College ’06), a rising senior in Branford College, who was killed in a bicycling accident last Sunday, June 19, while she was pedaling across the United States with her Yale teammates as part of a charity fund-raiser for Habitat for Humanity. The tragedy happened in Kentucky, after the group had already bicycled more than 1,300 miles. Further information is available on the website of the Yale Daily News.



Quit with YaleYale website aims to
help people quit smoking

The Center for Nicotine & Tobacco Use Research at Yale (CENTURY) has launched a “Quit With Yale” website (www.quitwithyale.org) to help people who want to stop smoking. Although the site is aimed primarily at people who live in the New Haven area, it also acts as a clearinghouse of information about clinical research on the most effective ways to help people kick the habit.

Latest news from CENTURY includes a study just published by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), which reports that the tobacco industry’s campaign to attract new generations of smokers, particularly women, provides valuable insight for anti–smoking campaigns.




Campus construction and renovation
projects approach completion

Several major construction projects at Yale that have been many years in the making are now approaching completion. If you haven’t been back to the University recently, check out these new additions and enhancements to the campus that are scheduled to be coming on line between next month and the end of the year:

  • Engineering Research BuildingThe Engineering Research Building on the southeast corner of Prospect Street and Trumbull Street, next to the Watson Computer Science Center, was recently topped out and is scheduled to open in November. Designed by Cesar Pelli, the 5-story building will have panoramic views of Science Hill and East Rock on every floor and will accommodate research labs, seminar rooms and offices for chemical, physical and biomedical engineering. Because the building’s site is adjacent to the remains of the old Farmington Canal, which runs under Prospect Street and Hillhouse Avenue, the final stage of the project will include enhancement of the area so that it will become part of the Farmington Canal Greenway, a pedestrian/bicycle walkway under development since 1992 that will eventually run from New Haven Harbor all the way north to Chesire and perhaps beyond. For recent construction photos, click here.
  • Rose CenterRose Center, which will house the new headquarters of the University Police, the Yale-Dixwell Learning Center and other community facilities, is taking shape on Ashmun Street behind the “Swing Space” residence hall and just north of the Payne-Whitney Gymnasium. The building is significant not only for the innovative way in which it brings together town and gown activities but also because it is the first Yale building to be constructed northwest of the Grove Street Cemetery, signaling the beginning of a historic “closing of the circle” by Yale around the cemetery block. For recent construction photos, click here.
  • Chemical Research LaboratoryThe Class of 1954 Chemical Research Laboratory, named for the Yale College class that contributed a substantial portion of its $63 million cost, is expected to be occupied by September. The three-story, 105,000-square-foot building is at the northern end of the existing chemistry complex, forming a new courtyard through its link to the Kline Chemistry Laboratory. The building, which chemistry professor John Tully has called “a jewel that will attract new faculty and students and enhance research and teaching,” will contain 37 state-of-the-art four-person laboratories for hood-intensive inorganic, organic and biorganic chemistry research. For recent construction photos, click here.
  • Hewitt QuadrangleHewitt Memorial Quadrangle, known to many as Beinecke Plaza, has been torn up for the past year as the University has replaced the waterproof “roof membrane” protecting the vast underground areas of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The project, which represents the first major construction in the quadrangle since the Beinecke opened in 1963, was originally scheduled for completion at the end of last year, but has been delayed by an unusually difficult winter and other factors. But now the plaza is almost completely finished. The project is not only repairing the membrane and improving drainage throughout the block but is also improving landscaping and traffic flow, adding a new entrance to the quadrangle at the corner of High and Wall Streets, and developing a new terrace with trees and a sitting wall just forward of Memorial Hall (the rotunda joint between Woolsey Hall and Commons). For recent construction photos, click here.
  • Davenport CollegeThe comprehensive renovation of Davenport College, begun in June 2004, is in its final stages. Davenport’s renovation includes the integration into the College of a formerly separate neo-Gothic building at 254 York Street (just to the left of J. Press) which was built five years before Davenport itself. Renovations on each residential college take 15 months, starting from the moment students vacate the premises after Commencement Weekend in May to the day they return in September of the following year. During the school year, students of the college being renovated live in the “Swing Space” residential hall on Tower Parkway, across the street from Morse College and the Payne Whitney Gymnasium. Already complete are renovations to Berkeley (1998-99), Branford (1999-2000), Saybrook (2000-01), Timothy Dwight (2001-02), and Pierson (2003-04). Renovations have just started on Trumbull (2005-06), with Silliman next in line (2006-07) after that. For recent Davenport renovation photos, click here.



Yale Club of Germany

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

Alumni Schools Committee Chairman

David MacBryde (Yale College ’64)
Tel. 030 8229625

Laura Sprague Sudhaus (Yale College ’88)
Tel. 06198 501700

Bob Bonds (Yale College ’71)
Tel. 06122 95590 (office)

  • If you want to check in with the Yale Club of Germany to let us know you’re here (hooray!) or that you’re leaving (sob!), or if you need to change your e-mail address or other contact information, please let Laura know. She can also help you connect to other members of the Yale family in your area.
  • If you’re interested in interviewing high school students in your area who are applying to Yale, please let David (MacBryde) know. He can always, always use more interviewers.
  • If you’re interested in presenting the Yale Book Award at a high school in your area, please let David (Ilten) know.
  • If you have anything to contribute to the newsletter — flea-market classifieds, news on what you’re doing these days, etc. — please send it to Bob. He would love to hear from you. Thanks!