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16 May 2006

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Concert and get-together near
Frankfurt next Tuesday, May 23

WildsachsenNext Tuesday, May 23, there will be a very special organ and handbell recital at 7 p.m. in the Evangelischen Kirche in Wildsachsen (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 concert is free and open to the public, and the Yale Club is pleased to be able to sponsor Sabine Janowitz, the handbell ringer, and Karen Roemer, organist for the concert.

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy a unique musical experience, and to enjoy the hospitality of Mrs. Sudeck in her own home. This special event will take the place of this month’s Yale Club stammtisch get-together for the Frankfurt area.

The Evangelische Kirche in Wildsachsen (photo) is a beautiful small church dating from the 12th century. The organ was constructed in 1730, during the lifetime of Johann Sebastian Bach. Yale students have recently received travel grants to play on similar historical organs in Germany.

Wildsachsen is between Eppstein (on the S2 line from Frankfurt) and Wiesbaden, a 10-minute taxi ride from either Eppstein or Bremthal (also on the S2 line). It’s also easy to get to by car, just off the A3 about 10 km north of the Wiesbadener Kreuz (where the A66 and A3 intersect). If you’re interested in going to the concert but aren’t sure how to get there, or if you might need a ride, please contact either Laura Sudhaus (Yale College ’88, laura_sudhaus@hotmail.com) or David Ilten (Yale College ’60, dfi@aya.yale.edu).

Karen Roemer, the organist, comes from North Dakota and attended Concordia College in Minnesota, where she majored in accounting and international relations. She is married to a German physician and has three teen-age daughters, all of whom are strongly involved with music. Karen is the organist and church music director of Trinity Lutheran Church in Frankfurt. She has frequently accompanied Sabine at concerts, especially in and around the Rhein-Main area.

Sabine Janowitz is well known as a handbell soloist, especially for her performances with the “Singing Christmas Tree” and other groups, as well as for guest appearances at churches throughout the Rhein-Main area. Sabine will give explanations of her selections from the baroque, classical and romantic areas. She plays three octaves using a total of 37 handbells - an amazing accomplishment for a soloist. She also instructs handbell playing and is the director of the handbell choir at Trinity Lutheran Church.




Yale chamber ensemble to
perform in Berlin on June 8

Hindemith EnsembleThe Hindemith Ensemble of Yale, a new nine-member chamber group formed last year that unites musicians from across the University’s schools, will be making its first-ever international tour next month, performing in nearly a dozen different locales across Germany. The group takes its name from the renowned 20th century composer Paul Hindemith (1895-1963), a German who emigrated to the United States just before World War II and taught at the Yale School of Music from 1940 to 1953. From its already extensive repertoire, the Ensemble will be performing a selection of pieces that celebrate German and American composers, including the world premiere of a work by Paul Hindemith himself.

The ensemble consists of double bassist Cameron Arens (Yale College ’07), composer and pianist Timothy Andres (Yale College ’07), clarinetist Rebecca Doggett (Yale College ’06), violinist Jooyeon Kong (Yale School of Music), cellist Hannah Collins (Yale College ’06), violinist and violist Owen Dalby (Yale College ’06), horn player Michael Alpert (Yale College ’07), bassoonist Elizabeth Schurgin (Yale College ’07), and violist Yi Ping Yang (Yale School of Music).

In Berlin, the Hindemith Ensemble will perform at ECLA, the European College of Liberal
Arts (www.ecla.de) in Berlin at 7 p.m. on Thursday 8 June. Their program will include works by Mozart, Hindemith, and Nielsen. The concert is open to the public. For details, please contact Tomaz Cebasek (Yale College ’94), Senior Assistant to the President at ECLA, tel. 030 4373 3102 or t.cebasek@ecla.de. Thanks to Tomaz for helping to arrange this performance!

Other performances by the Hindemith Ensemble that are open to public include:

  • Mannheim, Sunday 11 June: at the Musikhochschule Mannheim, 11 a.m.
  • Heidelberg, Tuesday 13 June: at the Universität Alte Aula, 7:30 p.m.

Note: The Hindemith Ensemble will be giving three concerts at the European School of Frankfurt on Wednesday 14 June. We are looking for host families who can house one or more members of the group for two nights, June 14 and 15. If you can help, or know someone who can, please contact Bob Bonds (Yale College ’71), tel. 06122 955930 or rmb@sellersmedia.de. Thanks!





A warm Yale Club welcome to Michaela Kraus (Yale Graduate School ’01), who is living in Ludwigsburg, just north of Stuttgart. She has a Master’s degree in International Relations.




Colleen, Brian, and NoahGood news from
an old Yale Club friend

A greeting card addressed to all members of the Yale Club of Germany was recently received from Colleen Boggs (Yale College ’95), who back in 1991 was the first winner of the Yale Club of Germany Prize for achievement by a student in a local high school. Colleen, who has an American father and a German mother, was a student at the Diepholz Gymnasium in Diepholz, south of Bremen, and at the time of her Yale Club award she had received one of the highest academic distinctions ever at her school. From there she was accepted into Yale — where she met her classmate and future husband, Brian Glenney — and she is now a tenure-track faculty member of the English department at Dartmouth. Colleen has stayed in touch with the Yale Club for many years, and she has especially good news to share.

She writes to all of us: “Brian and I had the good fortune of welcoming our son, Noah Ian Atticus Glenney, into the world on November 10. We’re enjoying our little son and adapting to life as a family. Brian and I made it back to New Haven last June for our 10th reunion — I can’t believe it has been that long. We had a great time reconnecting our Yale friends. Hope you all are well!”




Professor Jaroslav Pelikan, 1923-2006

PelikanWe are saddened to note that Sterling Professor of History Emeritus Jaroslav Pelikan, a well-known scholar and historian of Christianity and the medieval period who was a long-time presence on the Yale campus, died of cancer on Saturday at his home outside New Haven. He was 82.

Pelikan joined the Yale faculty in 1962 and was appointed Sterling professor of history 10 years later. He was dean of the Yale Graduate School from 1973 to 1978, and continued teaching on occasion even following his retirement in 1998. He was a former president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and served on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities from 1993 to 2000.

During his career, Pelikan was a prolific author, writing hundreds of highly acclaimed essays and nearly 40 books, including more than a dozen major reference works covering the entire history of Christianity. He is perhaps best known for the five-volume work The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine. Over the years he received numerous awards, including the Jefferson Award, considered the highest honor bestowed upon scholars in the humanities; the $1 million Kluge Prize, honoring researchers in disciplines not covered by the Nobel prizes, which he shared with French philosopher Paul Ricoeur; and the Medieval Academy of America’s Haskins Medal.

“Professor Pelikan was one of Yale’s most prolific and accomplished scholars,” said President Levin following the announcement of Pelikan’s death. “His scholarship covers the history of the Christian Church in great detail. He was an extraordinary person whose life is quite remarkable.” Levin also noted that he was known for being an outstanding speaker and was often called on at University events to give toasts, which Pelikan would deliver with “literary eloquence and great humor.”

For the New York Times obituary, click here (may require free registration); for the Yale Daily News article, click here; for Professor Pelikan’s Yale faculty biography and bibliography, click here.




School of Forestry and Environmental
Studies unveils design of new building

School of Forestry's new homeIn 2000, President Levin announced that Yale would invest more than $500 million in new and upgraded science facilities over the next decade, including five new buildings. Three of these have now been completed — the Class of 1954 Environmental Science Center, adjacent to the Peabody Museum; the Malone Engineering Center, at the corner of Prospect and Trumbull Streets; and the Class of 1954 Chemistry Research Building, on Prospect Street just uphill from the Kline Chemistry Laboratory. The fourth one, a large biology research center to be constructed on Whitney Avenue just north of the Kline Geology Laboratory, is currently under design.

Design plans for the last of the five — a flagship facility and home for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, for which groundbreaking will be held this autumn — have recently been unveiled. And it’s quite special in many ways. (Continue reading below photo...)

School of Forestry's new home

The new 50,000-square-foot F&ES building “will take the ‘green building’ concept further than anyone has yet dared,” the school says, and will set a new standard for sustainable design, construction and operations. F&ES Dean Gus Spaeth, who has been planning and fundraising for the project for the past six years, calls it “a symbol of the school’s ideals and values, and a powerful expression in beautiful form of our relationship to the environment.”

The image above shows a computerized rendering of how the building will look from a point just beyond the top of Hillhouse Avenue, at the foot of Science Hill, looking northwest. The north end of Osborne Lab to the left, the south face of Sloane Physics Lab to the right; Sage-Bowers Hall, which is currently the central building for F&ES, is hidden behind the new building. F&ES’s new home will occupy the site of the Pierson-Sage Power Plant, which was decommissioned in 1997 and will be removed.

The new building will be named for philanthropist Richard Kroon (Yale College ’64), who contributed funding to its construction. It will provide office space and vastly improved working conditions for about 75 faculty and staff, along with classrooms, a 175-seat auditorium, and an environment center. As the school’s website puts it: “F&ES aims for the building to make a major architectural statement. And it means in the process to transform the school, the landscape of Science Hill, and the thinking of the entire university.”

For the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies’ presentation on the new building, click here.




Calhoun, Ezra Stiles and Morse
to receive full renovations after all

Calhoun College dining hallWhen Yale launched its program of massive renovations to the residential colleges in 1998, through which each year a different college closes for 15 months for a top-to-bottom restoration and makeover, it was assumed that only 9 of Yale’s 12 colleges would need such extensive treatment. Calhoun (photo) had already had a brief but intensive three-month renovation in 1989. And while it was clear that Ezra Stiles and Morse would certainly need some degree of renovation, it was thought that since they were the newest colleges — opened only in 1962 — any work they required would probably not be so far-reaching that they would need to be closed for an entire academic year.

But last week Yale announced that, following a thorough assessment of these three colleges by the architectural firm Kieran Timberlake Associates, the Yale Corporation had concluded that they, too, will receive comprehensive renovations requiring the usual 15-month closure, starting with Calhoun in May 2008.

The residential colleges that have already been renovated are Berkeley (1998-99), Branford (1999-2000), Saybrook (2000-01), Timothy Dwight (2001-02), Pierson (2003-04), and Davenport (2004-05). Renovations on Trumbull are currently 80% finished, with completion scheduled for the end of August. Next in line are Silliman (2006-07) and Jonathan Edwards (2007-08), and now Calhoun (2008-09) is to follow without a break.

Of the last three, Calhoun was chosen to be renovated first because it is architecturally more similar to the colleges that have already been restored, so planners have a clearer sense of what needs to be done. Work on Morse and Stiles will be more challenging because of their unusual architecture, a relative lack of free space — particularly in Morse — and the fact that the two colleges share the same kitchen, even though their dining halls are separate. As a result, the sequence and timing of their renovations has not yet been decided.

For the Yale Daily News article on this subject, click here.




Card catalogs are leaving Sterling nave

    Top: The north side of the Sterling Memorial Library nave before the free-standing catalogs were removed. Bottom: After the removal, architectural details of the nave that had been hidden for decades are again visible.

In preparation for the extensive renovation of the Cross Campus Library (covered in an earlier issue of this newsletter) which will begin at the end of this month, the free-standing card catalog files that have surrounded the pillars on the north side of Sterling’s nave for many years have been removed in order to make room for library services being relocated from CCL. The built-in cabinets will remain in the alcoves that run alongside the south side of the nave, but the freestanding cabinets that have gradually grown around the pillars are gone.

Although many long-time patrons of Sterling might understandably believe that the free-standing card catalog cabinets have been there forever, in fact they were added many years after the library first opened in 1931, as SML’s collections outgrew the space available in the original built-in cabinets. Yale began maintaining its book records digitally in 1987, and in recent years use of the card catalogs has declined dramatically.

Cabinets housing the “subject” catalog cards were the first to be removed. The cards have been archived as part of the university records retained by the Manuscripts & Archives department. The remaining free-standing cabinets will be removed this summer after the “name-title” catalog cards are boxed and moved to Sterling’s basement, where researchers wishing to view them may do so. These catalog cards have not been updated since the library began maintaining its holdings in the ORBIS on-line catalog in 1987. Library officials began moving the books in the Cross Campus Library to temporary shelving in Sterling on May 10, and CCL itself will close on May 23, with reopening scheduled for the end of August 2007.

The removal of the card catalog cabinets is just the first step in a complex series of projects relating to the CCL renovation which will restore the nave of Sterling to its original beauty. As part of the project, the staircase that was cut into the center of the nave in 1970 to connect SML to CCL will be removed, and the stone floor in that area will be restored.



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.

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.

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).