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20 February 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, February 22, 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.)




A day of skiing this Saturday, anyone?

As most of you who live in Bavaria have probably heard, the Munich branch of the Yale family in Germany is organizing a day-long ski trip this Saturday, February 22, with faithful Yale Clubber Angelika Lampert putting together the details. The destination will be scenic Schladming, Austria, which Alexander Mogg (Yale SOM ’96) describes as “one of the greatest skiing areas within a 2-hours drive” of Munich. And whether you’re in the Munich area or not, it’s not too late for you to sign up!

The Yale group will leave from Munich early on Saturday morning, by car. Return arrangements will be flexible. The group driving down will meet up with Alexander Mogg and his wife, Heike, who will already be there. It should be a very pleasant day.

Anyone interested in joining the group driving down on Saturday morning, or just learning more, should contact Angelika by e-mail or by calling her at 0178 134 3908. She says she’d be delighted for anyone interested to join in!





A warm welcome to the Yale Club’s latest member, Dr. Antonio Vinals (Yale Medical School ’93), who is now based in Hargesheim, west of Mainz. Also, a “welcome back” to Alexander Apostolopoulos (Yale College ’07, JE), who graduated last spring. Alex is now back in Berlin working for McKinsey & Company.




Yale Corp. to vote soon on new colleges

During a meeting scheduled for this weekend, the Yale Corporation is expected to authorize the University to proceed with plans for two new residential colleges, the first new ones since Morse and Ezra Stiles were opened in 1962. They will be located on the west side of Prospect Street, one block north of Woolsey Hall — the area indicated by the dotted blue line in the map below.

Yale attempted to add two residential colleges in the block north of Timothy Dwight College back in the 1970s, but opposition from the city of New Haven blocked the plans. This was actually a blessing in disguise, since the publicly released design of those colleges showed them to be inferior to the existing 12 in most respects. The building site was so small that the structures would have been unusually dense and tall — more like Manhattan high-rises — and Yale would have been initiating them at a time when its finances were too tight for the project to have been done very well.

More than three decades later, Yale’s finances are in robust shape. In February 2007, President Levin established a study group consisting of 34 students, faculty members and administrators to examine the feasibility and desirability of adding two residential colleges, which would not only absorb virtually all the students currently forced to live in annex housing but also permit the size of the undergraduate student body to

grow by about 10%, from 5,300 students to around 5,950. The study group’s report — which analyzes in some detail the various opportunities and challenges presented by new colleges — was released last week, and you may download a copy in PDF format here. President Levin himself released a statement on Monday of this week summarizing the report and saying that he would forward it to the Yale Corporation with enthusiasm; you may view President Levin’s statement here.

Assuming the plans go ahead, construction on the new colleges would begin early in 2011, and the first students would move in at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. Decisions on the names of the colleges and their architectural style are still in the future, but they are expected to be contiguous (like Pierson and Davenport, and like Branford and Saybrook) so that their separate dining halls can share a common kitchen (like Ezra Stiles and Morse). In square footage, each of the colleges is expected to be about 90% the size of Silliman, Yale’s largest college.


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).