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17 April 2006

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Join a 6-hour hike through the Rhinegau this coming Saturday, April 22

LorchThis Saturday, April 22, there will be a long-distance walk organized by the Yale Club through the picturesque Rhinegau wine-growing countryside, starting from the well-known tourist town of Rüdesheim and heading north, parallel to the Rhine, ending at the village of Lorch (photo). The hike is open to everyone.

The walk will cover 20 km (about 12½ miles) and take about 6 hours. Most of the route is either paved or hard gravel, but there is a good bit of uphill and downhill walking on country roads through farmlands. There will be several places along the way where you can “opt out” and leave early if the route proves to be too long or strenuous. We will stop for lunch at a restaurant in Aulhausen at around 12:30 p.m.

Those participating should wear sturdy sneakers or walking shoes, and dress in layers that can be added or subtracted as the day warms up or cools down. It’s recommended that you pack a windbreaker or other light plastic jacket in case of occasional rain. You should carry a small backpack with at least 1.5 liters of water and some snacks. Bring a camera, since the views over the Rhine in some places are quite spectacular.

The hike will begin at 11 a.m. at Rüdesheim Banhof, the small (and only) train station at Rüdesheim. If you want to go with the group that’s coming from Wiesbaden, which is about half an hour south from Rüdesheim along the Rhine, meet next to the Crobag sandwich shop inside Wiesbaden Hauptbanhof at 10:15 a.m. Otherwise, if you’re coming from the north (Köln, Düsseldorf, etc.), you can meet us directly at the Rüdesheim Banhof at 11 a.m. It’s hard to know exactly, but we should reach Lorch by sometime between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. There is a train station at Lorch with service both north (to Koblenz, Köln, Düsseldorf, etc.) and south (Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, etc.).

If you have any questions about the hike, or need any help with transportation or accommodation questions, please e-mail Bob Bonds (Yale College ’71), or call him on his mobile at 0170 9720 168. Friends are welcome — the more the merrier!




StammtischMonthly get-together in
Frankfurt on April 28

Just a reminder that the Yale Club’s next 4th-Friday-of-the-month Stammtisch in Frankfurt will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28, at our usual location: the wine pub Fidelio Weinkeller (Bockenheimer Landstraße 1-3, tel. 069 725758, which is a short walk from the S-Bahn’s Taunusanlage station (one stop from Frankfurt Hauptbanhof on any S-Bahn line) or the U-Bahn’s Alte Oper station (on the U6 and U7 lines). If you’re coming by car, Fidelio is diagonally southwest across the intersection from the Alte Oper, and there are several underground parking garages in the neighborhood.

As always, no sign-up is necessary. Just come for a relaxing hour or two with Yale friends new and old, and have a bite to eat if you’re hungry. Questions? Send an
e-mail to Laura Sudhaus (Yale College ’88).




Banking lecture in Hamburg on May 4

StuhlmannThe INSEAD Business School Alumni Association invites all interested members of the Yale Club of Germany and their guests to the next event in its “CEO Talk” series, a lecture and discussion with Alexander Stuhlmann, chairman of the board of HSH Nordbank (photo). The talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, at the HSH Nordbank Hamburg, Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz 50, 20095 Hamburg; use the entrance at Rosenstraße 35. Afterwards there will be refreshments and finger foods to give attendees a chance to chat and do some networking, so bring your business cards!

If you’re interested in attending this lecture or learning more about it, please contact Rita Pearson-Schwandt (Yale College ’88) either by phone (0162 294 7841, mobile) or by e-mail.





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

  • Christian Prinz (Yale Graduate School ’89, ’92, Pathology), who is working for the portfolio management company PSM Vermoegensverwaltung in Munich.
  • Jan Rettel (Yale College ’07, Trumbull), who will be doing a banking internship at Lazard in Frankfurt from June through August this summer.
  • Katherine Rostkowski (Yale College ’07, Branford), who will be doing an environmental engineering internship this summer at the Institute for Urban Water Management at the Technische Universität in Dresden.



Two applicants from Germany accepted;
Class of 2010 sets Ivy League record

Old CampusOur intrepid Alumni Schools Committee director, David MacBryde (Yale College ’64), reports that our dry spell of several years — when none of the local high-school students applying for admission to Yale were accepted — is finally over. Yale has accepted two applicants to the Class of 2010 from Germany.

As of this writing we don’t know if the accepted students have decided to do their university studies at Yale — or even in the United States — so we will defer introducing them until the next newsletter, when we know more about their plans. In any case, the fact that we did get two acceptances (out of 47 applicants), in a year when it was harder than ever to get into Yale, is strong testimony to the patience and persistence of David and his team of interviewers all over Germany. Thanks, everybody!

This year, the College’s overall acceptance rate for the Class of 2010 hit a record low of 8.6%. It was not only the lowest admissions rate in Yale College’s history, but the lowest ever reported by any Ivy League undergraduate school. But admissions were more competitive everywhere: Yale was one of six Ivies that reported their lowest admissions rates ever this year. Final tallies:

























Yale accepted 1,823 students this year from a total pool of 21,099 applicants, a pool 8.5% larger than last year’s. The acceptance rate for the regular decision pool of 18,976 — which included 1,961 students deferred from early admission — was 5.8%. In the early round of admissions, 724 of 4,084 applicants were accepted for a 17.7% acceptance rate, also a record low.




Upcoming event: save the date

Save the dateDetails will follow in the next newsletter, but meanwhile please do save the date:

  • Tuesday 23 May — An organ and handbell recital at 7 p.m. in the Evangelischen Kirche in Wildsachsen (just west of Frankfurt), followed by a reception for all Yale Club of Germany members at the nearby home of Maria Sudeck, widow of Ulf Sudeck (Yale College ’55), one of our past presidents and a founder of the Yale Club of Germany. The Yale Club is pleased to be able to sponsor Sabine Janowitz, the handbell ringer, and Karen Roemer, organist for the concert.



Chinese leader to visit Yale this Friday

Hu JintaoHu Jintao, President of the People’s Republic of China and General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, will speak at Yale this Friday, April 21, as part of his visit to the United States. It will be the first time he has visited an American university.

“We are pleased that President Hu will be coming to Yale during his visit,” said President Levin. “It will add a new chapter to the long history of Yale’s links to China and provide our community with an important perspective on China today.”

Yale has a long and deep connection with China. The first Chinese student to study in the United States, Yung Wing, came to Yale, graduating in 1854. Today, more Yale faculty conduct academic projects in China than in any other country, and Yale hosts more students and scholars from China than from any other foreign nation.

For the full Yale Office of Public Affairs news release, click here.



William Sloane Coffin Jr., 1924-2006

CoffinWe are saddened to note that William Sloane Coffin Jr., (Yale College ’49, Yale Divinity School ’56), the Yale University chaplain from 1958 to 1976 known for his peace activism during the Vietnam War and his continuing work for social justice, died last Wednesday, April 12, at his home in rural Vermont. He was 81.

Coffin had been suffering from congestive heart failure and had been under the care of a hospice, his daughter told the Associated Press.

“He was out in the sun. Everybody was talking and then he was gone,” Amy Coffin said. “Physically he was pretty debilitated but spiritually he was not.”

Coffin gained prominence in the 1960s as an outspoken advocate for civil rights and against the Vietnam War. He joined a group of civil rights activists known as the freedom riders and was arrested several times at demonstrations against segregation. He became a leader of the group Clergy and Laity Concerned About Vietnam, which engaged in civil disobedience including offering sanctuary in churches and synagogues to draft resisters.

“Bill’s voice was part of a chorus of conscience for a nation dealing with issues of poverty, war, disarmament, racism and bigotry,” the Rev. Frederick J. Streets, Yale’s current chaplain, said Wednesday. “He distinguished himself by rising above and emerging out of his own background of privilege to speak on behalf of the poor.”

In awarding Coffin an honorary doctorate in 2002, Yale praised its former chaplain, saying, “You changed the shape of college chaplaincy and inspired a generation of young people to challenge injustice.”

Just a little less than a year ago — on April 28 and 29, 2005 — the Yale Divinity School paid tribute to Coffin with a special two-day series of events on campus entitled “The Public Witness and Ministry of William Sloane Coffin Jr.” Despite ill heath, Coffin attended the festivities, where he was joined by many of those who were personally touched by his ministry, including Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau (Yale College 70, Yale School of Art 73), Yale football legend Calvin Hill (Yale College 69), and Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow of the group Peter, Paul and Mary, who were fellow voyagers on Coffin's journey through the turbulent civil rights and Vietnam years.



Yale Club of Germany

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

Treasurer/Alumni Schools Committee
David MacBryde (Yale College ’64)
Tel. 030 8229625 (Berlin)

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

Newsletter/Mailing List
Bob Bonds (Yale College ’71)
Tel. 06122 95590 (Wiesbaden)

Membership: If you are an alumnus of any Yale school or a friend of Yale, you are automatically considered a member of the Yale Club of Germany. Welcome!

Mailing list: To add your name to the Yale Club’s mailing list, to change your address, or to notify the Club that you’re leaving Germany and should be removed from the list, please click here to let Laura and Bob know. You can also ask them who else is in your area, since they try to keep track of Yalies throughout Germany.

Interviews: 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, David MacBryde.

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.

Contributions: 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. (For those of you new to Germany, this is the standard method for making payments here — as common in Germany as writing a check in the U.S.) Account details:


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

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