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23 January 2008

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Get-together in Frankfurt This Friday

Just a quick reminder that the Yale Club’s next 4th-Friday-of-the-month Stammtisch in Frankfurt will be at 7:30 p.m. this Friday night, January 25, at our old stomping grounds: the wine pub Fidelio Weinkeller (Bockenheimer Landstraße 1-3, tel. 069 725758). Come and enjoy a relaxing hour or two — and perhaps have a bite to eat if you’re hungry — with Yale friends new and old.

Fidelio’s 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 driving, Fidelio is diagonally southwest across the intersection from the Alte Oper, and there are several parking garages nearby. For a scalable Google map showing the location that you can zoom in on for more detail, or print out, click here.

As always, no sign-up is required. Just come! Even if you’re just visiting the Frankfurt area from elsewhere in Germany or the world, we’d love to see you. (Questions? Send an e-mail to Laura Sudhaus, Yale College ’88.)




Applications up; interviewers needed

Yale has not confirmed the total number of applications received to Yale College this year — the regular deadline for applying was January 1 — but recent comments to the Yale Daily News from dean of admissions Jeff Brenzel indicate that the number will be higher than last year’s 19,060.

This increase is being felt here in Germany, too. As of last week, there are already 47 applicants to Yale from Germany — matching the total number from last year — which suggests that the final number this year will be even higher, since it usually takes a few weeks for local Yale Clubs to be notified of applicants in their areas. One bit of good news is that, following the Early Action application deadline of November 1, we now have our first acceptance of the year, a student from Berlin. According to our intrepid Alumni Schools Committee director, David MacBryde (Yale College ’64), this is the first student admitted from the German capital city in many years.

David deeply appreciates all those who have volunteered to interview this year. But with the large number of applicants, he could use still more interviewers! Interviews are fun, and a good way to stay in touch with both Yale and local students. If you volunteer, you’ll be given guidelines on how to conduct an interview and how to write it up afterward. The interview can be held anywhere mutually agreeable to you and the student. A typical session lasts 30-45 minutes, with another 20-30 minutes required for write-up.

If you’re interested, please send David an e-mail to let him know.





A warm welcome to the Yale Club’s latest member, Bidjan Nashat, who spent the 2002-2003 academic year as an exchange student in Political Science at the Yale Graduate School. Bidjan is now working in Berlin for Teach First Deutschland, an advocacy group that endeavors to improve teaching in local schools through the participation of recent college graduates.


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).