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7 September 2005

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In this issue: news from the Yale family in Germany

In this issue: news from and about Yale



MunichNext get-together in
Munich this Friday

As those of you living in Munich may have already heard, the next get-together of the Yale family in that area will be at 8:00 this Friday evening, September 9. We'll be meeting in the Max Emanuel Brauerei biergarten, Adalbertstraße 33 (click here for the restaurant’s website). This is within easy walking distance of Universität station (near the east end of Adalbertstraße) on the U3 or U6 lines, or the Schellingstraße stop on the N27 tram line (near the west end). This pleasant venue was chosen by our veteran Munich coordinator Alexander Schmitt-Glaeser (Yale Law School ’89) since it offers outdoor seating if the weather is nice and indoor seating if it isn't. No sign-up necessary — just come and meet friends new and old.




HamburgTGIF get-togethers
coming up in Hamburg

Our intrepid Hamburg coordinator Rita Pearson-Schwandt (Yale College ’87) writes: “Now that we are all back from summer holidays, it would be fun to hear about everyone’s vacations and talk about our current projects, hobbies, preoccupations, goals for the next year. It would also be a good opportunity to meet some of the new alumni in Hamburg. In honor of Yorkside Pizza and many a study break at Naples’, how about a pizza night?

  • Where: Cafe Abaton (next to Abaton Kino)
  • Date: September 15, 22, or 29 (pick one)
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.

“If there are enough takers we can then discuss whether to have a croquet party, go apple picking, watt wandering or anything else people would like to do. Please confirm whether your schedules allow you to attend or if not, propose alternative dates that would be convenient for a Fall event.”

You can reach Rita at 0201-1217526 (office), 0162-2947841 (mobile), or e-mail her by clicking here. She’d love to hear from you.




Upcoming events: save the date!

Two events coming up in Frankfurt that all of us are invited to, so pull out your calendars and circle the dates.

  • Friday 23 September — Monthly 4th-Friday-of-the-month Stammtisch get-together at 7:30 p.m. 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.
  • Friday 11 November — A housewarming party at Schifferstrasse 22, in the Sachsenhausen district of downtown, hosted by our indefatigable president, David Ilten (Yale College '60, Saybrook). Time and details to follow, but by all means save the date!



A warm welcome to two new members of the Yale Club of Germany that we’ve learned about since the last newsletter:

  • Katie Dana (Yale College '05, Silliman), who is spending a year in Germany as part of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange. She’s currently living in Saarbrücken (about 200 km southwest of Frankfurt) but will be moving to Braunschweig (80 km east of Hannover) next month.
  • Kari Griffin (Yale College '03, Timothy Dwight), who arrived in Stuttgart last month and will be teaching at the Anglo-German Institute there for the next year.



Volunteers needed for upcoming
College Day fairs in Munich, Berlin

Yale ShieldThe director of our Yale Club’s Alumni Schools Committee, David MacBryde (Yale College ’64), writes with news that Yale will have a booths at each of two upcoming college fairs — one in Munich on Monday 17 October, the other in Berlin on Wednesday 19 October — and we’re looking for volunteers to staff these booths. Normally Diana Cooke from Yale’s Undergraduate Admissions Office flies in for these annual fairs, but this year she won’t be able to.

There will be a packet of information sent directly to the fairs from Yale, and it’s not necessary that you be an expert in admissions; most applicants will get their information on Yale from its website. The main thing is just to be a personal point of contact that can answer basic questions and direct people to additional resources. As David says, “I have done this in Berlin a couple of times. You get to meet other representatives from a bunch of colleges, and interested German students. Often German students are interested in graduate programs, which are beyond my [personal] experience — but with that limitation, it can still be an interesting time.”

If you’re interested in helping out, please send David an e-mail. You can also learn more about the two college fairs at the website of CollegeCouncil GmbH, which is organizing them as part of a European tour for admissions officers from American colleges and universities (when you log in, use the user name exhibitor and the password cd2005). In addition, there are some excellent general guidelines on assisting in college fairs at Yale’s Alumni Schools Committee website.




And now, a word to our sponsors:
contributions in lieu of annual dues

Every now and then we must insert a note about finances...

The Yale Club of Germany — officially, the Yale Club e.V. — is a charitable organization recognized under German law. This means that all contributions to the Yale Club e.V. are fully tax deductible. (This status is not easily given by the Finanzamt, by the way, and must be renewed every three years; we are grateful to our Club Treasurer, David MacBryde, for completing all necessary forms and recently achieving the renewal for another three years.)

In general we do not assess annual dues for Club membership, because under German law “dues” are not tax-deductible. Instead, we ask our members and friends to make an modest annual contribution — perhaps €20 for alumni and friends, or €10 for students. This allows us to defray clerical expenses incurred in running the Yale Club, and helps to fund a number of worthwhile initiatives (see below). Of course these are just suggested amounts.

If you would like to make such a contribution, please arrange a bank transfer (Überweisung) to the Yale Club’s account. (For those of you new to Germany, a bank transfer is the standard method for making payments here — as common in Germany as writing a check in the U.S.) The details for the Yale Club’s account:


Bank (Kreditinstitut des Begünstigten):

Degussa Bank, Frankfurt


Bank Number (Bankleitzahl, or BLZ):



Payee (Begünstigten):

Yale Club e.V.


Payee’s Account Number
(Konto-Nr. des Begünstigten):

22 1278

For those who desire it, a contribution receipt for the Finanzamt will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact our Treasurer, David MacBryde (e-mail address below).

What do these contributions fund?

In addition to helping defray clerical expenses incurred in running the Yale Club, your contribution helps fund several initiatives. One of these is the Yale Club’s essay prize for students in Germany. Our first winner, in 1994, Professor Colleen Boggs, is now a professor in the English Department of Dartmouth College. As an honorary member of the Yale Club of Germany, she has graciously kept us informed of her progress over the last 10 years.

Another important activity is the Yale Book award, an annual prize presented to outstanding high school students in all 50 American states and about 30 different countries. At each school, the local Yale Club either presents the book to the school library or works with the faculty to choose a student who has exhibited outstanding personal character and intellectual promise.

Most of all we appreciate your participation in the activities of the Yale Club, and we do hope that you will help the Club financially as well. Thank you!



Volunteer needed to help
coordinate internship program

We are currently seeking someone in the Yale Club to coordinate our Summer Internship program, by which students from Yale — often undergraduates, but sometimes students from the graduate and professional schools as well — are put in touch with local companies who have positions (either paid or unpaid) that could help expand students' experience. Ideally, this might be someone who has quite a few business contacts either around Germany or at least in one or two major cities.

If you would be interested in learning more about this worthwhile activity, please contact David Ilten (contact details below).



Yale responds to Hurricane Katrina

President Levin“The catastrophic loss of life caused by Hurricane Katrina and the harrowing physical and emotional ordeal suffered by the storm’s survivors have shocked and saddened all of us,” President Levin writes on Yale’s website. “Even as we hope for the consolation of those who have lost loved ones, homes, and livelihoods, many in our community are hastening to provide what assistance they can to the survivors of this tragedy.”

Among the initial steps Yale has taken to provide relief to those displaced by the hurricane:

  • Yale College will admit 25 students whose schools have closed. Tuition will be waived for all students and their credit will transfer back to their institutions.
  • The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Law School, the School of Management, and the School of Drama also will accommodate dislocated students under special arrangements. The School of Medicine is accepting Tulane University medical students who need placement in clinical rotations.
  • The University is providing library access and, where possible, office and laboratory space for displaced faculty scholars who have family nearby or research collaborators at Yale.
  • Yale is also assisting the City of New Haven is its efforts to bring 100 dislocated families to the area to begin rebuilding their lives. Faculty members at the School of Medicine and the Department of Psychology have offered to contribute care for the relocated families.
  • The Yale School of Music and the Yale College Council have each undertaken to organize benefit concerts this week, and the Chaplain has determined that Battell Chapel will give its Sunday offering once a month throughout the year to Katrina relief. Many students are responding in hundreds of individual ways as well.
  • President Levin has announced that contributions up to $100 made by Yale employees and students will be matched by personal contributions from the Officers, Deans, and Fellows of the Corporation. The seven Officers of the University have contributed $70,000, and the Deans and Fellows have added sufficient funds to ensure that all student, faculty, and staff contributions will be matched.

For the full report on these and other initiatives, click here.

Source: Office of the President, Yale University



AYA director Jeff Brenzel chosen as
new dean of undergraduate admissions

Jeff BrenzelJeff Brenzel (Yale College ’75, Timothy Dwight), who has been the executive director of the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) since 1997, has been named as Yale’s new dean of undergraduate admissions.

“Jeff Brenzel has been an outstanding leader of our alumni community,” said President Levin in making the announcement yesterday. “He is a devoted Yale College graduate, a skilled manager, and an exceptional teacher of undergraduates. He will be a superb ambassador for Yale and for higher education.”

As AYA director, Brenzel has developed, managed, and overseen programs that engage Yale’s worldwide community of undergraduate, graduate and professional alumni. Collaborating with alumni volunteers, administrators and faculty, he has expanded and improved the AYA’s online capabilities, Yale College and Graduate School reunions, and the AYA’s engagements with minority alumni and shared interest groups. He also has taken a prominent role in numerous university initiatives, such as the reorganization of Undergraduate Career Services, planning and implementation for Yale’s Tercentennial celebrations, the overhaul of Yale’s travel expense management, and the redesign and expansion of the Yale Alumni Magazine.

For the complete Yale press release on this story, click here.

Source: Yale University Office of Public Affairs



Former Yale Law dean to be honored
in Rome, and everyone’s invited

Guido CalabresiThe Italian Bar Council and Yale Law School have organized a seminar in honor of Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law Guido Calabresi (Yale College ’53, Yale Law School ’58), who was dean of the Law School from 1985 to 1994, on Tuesday 25 October in Rome. The meeting will be hosted by the Italian Bar Council at Via del Governo Vecchio 3. In the afternoon, Professor Calabresi and his guests will be received at the Palazzo del Quirinale, where the President of the Republic of Italy will give him the highest honors.

Colleagues, Yale alumni and students in Europe are kindly invited to join the organizers in Rome. Those who are interested may contact Dr. Laura Sartori, cnf@flashnet.it, for information on booking hotels and details about the rooms where the seminar will take place. Please further information, please click here for a single-page PDF announcement published by the Italian Bar Council and furnished to us by the Yale Law School.

Calabresi, who was born in Milan in 1932, is currently a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. His family immigrated to the United States for political reasons in 1939 and became naturalized citizens in 1948. He holds the position of Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School and has been awarded more than 40 honorary degrees.

Apart from an academic and judicial career, Calabresi is recognized as one of the founding fathers of the study of how law and economics interact. In 1961, he published a paper titled “Some Thoughts on Risk Distribution and the Law of Torts” in the Yale Law Journal. This research was subsequently expanded in his 1970 book, The Cost of Accidents: A Legal and Economic Analysis. His other major work in law and economics is an article published in 1972 (written with Douglas Melamed) entitled “Property Rules, Liability Rules and Inalienability: One View of the Cathedral,” which has become one of the most cited law articles of all time.



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!