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18 September 2006

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Stammtisch in Frankfurt this Friday

Apple wine in FrankfurtFor the Yale Club’s next 4th-Friday-of-the-month Stammtisch in Frankfurt, we will return to the popular Zur Germania restaurant, a traditional outdoor Apfelweinkneipe — the Frankfurt equivalent of a beer garden that specializes in apple wine — which dates from the early 1900s and has been run by the same family for four generations. The time will be 7:30 p.m. this Friday, September 22.

The address is Textorstrasse 16, Sachsenhausen, 60594 Frankfurt (click here for the restaurant’s website). This is an easy walk from the Frankfurt Süd Banhof, which is on the U1, U2, U3, S3, S4, S5 and S6 lines, among many others. For a scalable Google map showing the restaurant’s location that you can zoom in on for more detail, click here. If the weather is good, look for us in the courtyard — otherwise indoors.

Strictly speaking, no sign-up necessary — but if you do know that you’re going to be coming, please let Bob Bonds (Yale College ’71) know by e-mail so that he’ll have a better idea of how big a table he should hold for us. Either way, come and meet friends new and old!

  • Looking ahead, the Oxford University Society of Frankfurt invites any interested Yalies to join its “Jour Fixe” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday 18 October at the Union International Club’s Restaurant Merton, Am Leonhardsbrunnen 12, 60487 Frankfurt. Watch their website for details and sign-up information.



Yale get-together in Berlin on Sept. 29

Cafe BilderbuchThe Yale family in Berlin is coming back to life following the summer holidays! The next get-together will be at 7 p.m. on Friday evening, September 29, in the ever-popular Cafe Bilderbuch (Akazienstraße 28, Berlin-Schöneberg, tel. 030 7870 6057). For a scalable Google map showing the restaurant’s location that you can print out or zoom in on for more detail, click here. Or visit www.cafe-bilderbuch.de for the restaurant’s website.

No RSVP necessary for this Stammtisch evening! Just come for a drink — and something to eat if you’re hungry — and to catch up with other Yale Club members in and around Berlin. Questions? E-mail Tomaz Cebasek (Yale College ’94), or give him a call at 0170 167 6074.




Special Oktoberfest dinner in Munich

Heimer Enten- und Hendlbraterei Led by The Two Alexanders — Alexander Mogg (Yale School of Management ’96) and Alexander Schmitt-Glaeser (Yale Law School ’89) — our enthusiastic Yale group in Munich is planning a special get-together during Oktoberfest, right on the Oktoberfest grounds. The time is 7:30 p.m. on Friday 29 September, and the location will be the Heimer tent — officially known as “Heimer Enten- und Hendlbraterei” — a grand old Oktoberfest establishment famed for its duck and chicken dishes. And as Alexander S. says, “They have great beer, but without all the drunken Australians, Italians and Russians!”

Heimer’s is at the Oktoberfest, on the left-hand side pretty much in the middle of the main street (“Wirtsbudenstrasse”), the one with all the large tents on the side of the Bavaria statue). Many of us have already signed up for this event, but if you’d like to go and have not registered yet, please do call Alexander Mogg at 0160 9449 8275 as soon as possible or send him an e-mail.

When you go that evening, please be on time, please use the main door, and please let the doorman know you are part of a reservation under the name of “Alexander Mogg, Yale.” You may not be able to get in otherwise, since Fridays usually are peak time at the Wies’n, with all the tents bursting to capacity by 7:30 p.m.




Yale weekend in Dresden is a big success

Yalies in DresdenOn the last weekend of last month, 11 members of the Yale family from all over Germany converged on the city of Dresden for two days of great sightseeing, great food, and great company! Guided by our fearless leader, Dresden native Sebastian Schmidt (Yale Graduate School ’09), who had planned the entire weekend, we explored the city and had some memorable meals.

The heart of the weekend was a “grand tour” that took up most of Saturday’s daylight hours. During the morning, Sebastian led the group through the Zwinger Palace, around the Theaterplatz and through the old city (Altstadt). In the afternoon we took a steamship down the Elbe, passing several scenic castles along the way, to the Schillerplatz, where we walked across the “Blaues Wunder” bridge and took a late-19th-century cable railway uphill to the renowned Louisenhof for coffee and apple strudel while enjoying a fantastic view over the city. Dinner that evening was at a rollicking Bohemian beer cellar, and the night was crowned by a magnificent fireworks display to celebrate the city’s 800th anniversary.

The next morning most of us went to visit the Frauenkirche (“Church of Our Lady”), whose rededication last year following a decade-long reconstruction have come to symbolize the rebirth of Dresden itself. It was hard to say which was more amazing: that the church and its breathtaking dome could have been built in the first place back in the 1730s, or that it could be so perfectly restored in our own time. After a two-hour tour through the church, we stumbled upon a colorful parade winding its way through the city — another special event held in honor of Dresden’s 800th anniversary — in which many of the marchers were wearing medieval costumes.

Attending the weekend along with Sebastian were (in alphabetical order) Bob Bonds (Yale College ’71), from Wiesbaden; Jan Bruenings (Yale Graduate School ’05), from Düsseldorf; Mario Conde (Yale College ’06), from Frankfurt; Fred Flindel (Yale College ’47), from Berlin; Walter Liebender (Yale School of Architecture ’80) with his wife Janna and son Christoph, from Munich; Jana Striezel (Yale Law School ’02) and her husband Tito Guglielminetti, from Berlin; and Laura Sudhaus (Yale College ’88), from Eppstein. Everyone who attended sends a heartfelt thank-you to Sebastian for the terrific job he did in organizing everything, in making us feel welcome, and in convincing us that we really must return to Dresden again soon! (Thanks to Jan Bruenings and Walter Liebender for sharing their photos from the weekend.)




Yale celebrates Ben Franklin’s 300th

Benjamin FranklinThis year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of the American statesman, scientist, author, inventor, postmaster, philosopher and diplomat Benjamin Franklin — and Yale is celebrating in style. A one-hour program open to the public was scheduled to take place this afternoon on Beinecke Plaza, during which an actor dressed as Franklin would address the crowd and “reminisce” about his participation in the drafting of the U.S. Constitution. There was also scheduled to be a drawing to give away copies of the award-winning biography Benjamin Franklin (Yale University Press, 2002) by Edmund Morgan, Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale.

The Franklin Collection of the Yale University Library is the most extensive collection of materials by, about, and around Franklin and his times to be found in a single collection anywhere in the world. The collection, now divided between Sterling Memorial Library and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript library, includes many rare books and pamphlets, many of Franklin’s own imprints, a few books from his personal library, and some of his letters. Franklin once owned the plot of land on which Farnam Hall on the Old Campus now stands.




City, University agree on upgrading and expansion of campus in Science Hill area


Ingalls Rink


The improvements will affect the landscaping and development of the campus along Prospect Street in the neighborhoods west of Science Hill and south of Ingalls Rink.



Yale and the City of New Haven have reached an agreement by which the University will fund more than $10 million in public improvements along Prospect and Sachem streets in exchange for development rights to three underused dead-end city streets, it was announced last month.

Under the agreement, Yale will contribute up to $10 million to renovate and upgrade sidewalks, lighting and landscaping along Grove, Sachem, Trumbull, Canal and Lock streets. Yale will also repair the bridges that run through campus over the Farmington Canal Greenway on Temple and Prospect streets; will complete the Greenway trail from the Yale campus to the Audubon Arts District; and will donate $250,000 to expand Scantlebury Park adjacent to the Dixwell neighborhood. The city, in turn, will turn over to Yale three streets for future development of residential, research or classroom facilities: Sachem Street from Winchester Street to the canal line, the block of Mansfield Street south of Sachem, and all of Prospect Place. All three streets are completely surrounded by Yale-owned properties.

Michael Morand, Yale’s vice president for New Haven and State Affairs, told the New Haven Register that the university had not determined what exactly it will build on the three acres that the road closures will help create. “There’s no pre-ordained plan for its use,” Morand said, but “this allows us to plan thoughtfully for the continued development of our campus.”

The improvements, which are expected to begin within the next few months, are in line with both specific and strategic recommendations made by the “Framework for Campus Planning,” a major study released in April 2000 that was the result of a three-year process of consultation among faculty, students, staff and city officials coordinated by Cooper Robertson & Partners, a nationally recognized architecture and urban design firm. That study, which Yale is now using to guide its efforts in the physical development of the campus, called for an upgrading of Prospect Street and the establishment of a new pedestrian corridor behind the Grove Street Cemetery that would connect the neighborhood around the Payne Whitney Gymnasium with the heart of Hillhouse Avenue, crossing through the enlarged portion of campus that the three street closures will now open up.




Update on campus renovations

The pace of renovations and new constructions at Yale is currently at its highest level since the $2-billion makeover of the campus began in earnest in the mid-1990s. In our next newsletter we’ll bring you construction updates on five completely new buildings, but for now here’s the latest on six major projects to renovate existing ones:

Trumbull College• Trumbull College has just reopened for the new school year following its 15½-month-long renovation — the 7th of Yale’s residential colleges to get a top-to-bottom makeover. As with the other college renovations, Trumbull received a total overhaul of its infrastructure, with new wiring, exterior windows, plumbing and interior finishes. Its dining hall, kitchen, servery, and library were fully renovated, as were the Master’s House, the Dean’s and Fellows’ apartments, and all student rooms. All its exterior walls were cleaned and repaired, its Gothic windows and architectural details repointed, its stone walkways repaired, its slate roof replaced, and its college courtyards freshly replanted and landscaped.

Unlike any of the previous residential college renovations, Trumbull got a completely new program space: an underground theater which was installed under the courtyard between its dining hall and the south side of Sterling Memorial Library. (Several of the other renovated colleges had added performance space, too, but in each case it was assembled out of existing room in the underused basement areas; in Trumbull, space was made where none had existed before.) The renovations have increased the overall floor space of Trumbull from 118,957 ft² to 127,673 ft² — an enlargement of more than 800 m² — adding capacity to house 14 additional students.

Silliman CollegeSilliman College, the 8th residential college to be renovated, closed its doors in May for its own 15½-month renewal. Everything that was done in Trumbull is being done in Silliman, but on a grander scale, since Silliman is the largest of Yale’s colleges. In fact, even with the intense 15½-month work schedule, it would not have been possible to complete all that needs to be done in time for Silliman’s reopening in September 2007. So the University has actually been doing Silliman in phases, with renovation on its College Street wing (the old “Van-Sheff” buildings across from Woolsey Hall) completed over the past two summers. Silliman’s large courtyard, which is graced by several majestic trees, was used as a backdrop for scenes in the 2003 Julia Roberts film “Mona Lisa Smile.”

Since 1998, Yale has been completely renovating one residential college each year. Work begins as soon as students vacate the college in May, and continues around the clock until September of the following year. During the academic year while the college being rebuilt is closed, its students live in the New Residence Hall (the “Swing Dorm”) on Tower Parkway across from Morse College.

Cross Campus• Long-planned renovations to the Cross Campus Library (CCL), the two-story underground space that extends east of Sterling Memorial Library’s main entrance under the grassy area between the two courts of Berkeley College, are now going full blast. This project affects nearly everyone at Yale, since the entire Cross Campus — at the geographic heart of the University — is now walled off and must be walked around. Construction began in early June and will be finished at the beginning of the fall 2007 semester. The interior of the new CCL will have vaulted ceilings, redesigned shelving areas, refurbished individual study rooms (“weenie bins”), and group study rooms on both floors. Two wide stairwells connecting the upper and lower levels will replace the old narrow ones. The renovation will incorporate major mechanical, electrical, environmental, and telecommunications upgrades. In general, the overall quality of CCL will be enhanced so that it feels like an extension of Sterling.

As of last week, all the topsoil has been excavated and removed as workers dig down to replace the library’s underground roof. Meanwhile, the basement area of Sterling known as “Machine City” has been gutted in preparation for its remodeling.

Yale University Art Gallery• The Yale University Art Gallery is approaching the end of a three-year renovation to the Louis Kahn Building, the Gallery’s main facility. Named after its celebrated architect, the Kahn Building originally opened in 1953 and is an internationally recognized landmark of modernist architecture. Over the years, the building’s expansive, open spaces were diminished as it was divided into smaller galleries, classrooms, offices, and study rooms. The renovation, designed by Polshek Partnership Architects, is restoring Kahn’s design to its original purity and integrity while introducing up-to-date building systems to ensure the proper display and preservation of the Gallery’s encyclopedic collections.

The Kahn building is scheduled to reopen to the public in December, and the Gallery promises that it will offer visitors a dramatically enhanced experience of its collections. Among other improvements, the first floor will feature 3,500 ft² of space designated for temporary exhibitions, as well as a welcoming lobby area where visitors can learn about the Gallery’s resources, browse through publications, or meet with friends and colleagues.

Yale Department of AnthropologyThe Department of Anthropology will soon see its space more than doubled, thanks to a renovation of its main building at 158 Whitney Avenue (on the corner of Whitney and Sachem Street, right across from the Peabody Museum). This large, 3-story structure was built as a private mansion in 1836, extensively remodeled in 1909, and purchased by Yale in 1923. It has housed the Department of Anthropology since 1968. Now, the University is renovating this 13,730-ft² building and constructing a 17,270-ft² addition with its own entry vestibule on Sachem Street, perpendicular to the original structure. The new wing, which will be designed to match the architecture of the first building, will create new faculty offices, classrooms and research space.

Construction work began in late May and is scheduled for completion in September 2007. The project will cover new mechanical and electrical systems, new windows, and a full range of site improvements, including landscaping and walkways, and connection of the building to central campus utilities.

Yale Bowl• The Yale Bowl is in the final quarter of a two-year, $21-million restoration. Officially designated as a National Landmark, the Bowl is having its interior and exterior walls rebuilt, all 27 kilometers of its wooden seats replaced, its 30 portals (tunnel entrances) refurbished, and all drainage and utilities upgraded. A new iron picket fence with brick columns along Yale Avenue and Chapel Street has already been completed. The playing surface in the Bowl will be named after the Class of 1954, which has provided the lead gift for this restoration project, including substantial contributions on seven different portals.

When the Yale Bowl first opened in November 1914, it was the largest structure of its type since the Coliseum in Rome. Since then it has hosted hundreds of college football games and two seasons of NFL action, and it was the main venue for the 1995 World Special Olympic Games. It seats 64,269.


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).