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23 April 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, April 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.)




Class of 2012 results are in

Admissions results for the Yale College Class of 2012 were announced earlier this month, and it turns out to have been the most competitive year in the school’s history. Only 8.3% of those applying were accepted — 1,892 students out of the 22,813 total — an all-time-low.

The latest word from our intrepid Alumni Schools Committee director, David MacBryde (Yale College ’64) in Berlin, is that there were 68 applicants from Germany, of which 5 were accepted and 3 were placed on the waiting list. He believes that all 5 of those accepted are planning to attend, but of course final confirmation will need to wait until after the May deadline for acceptances.

Most of the Ivy League schools reported historic low acceptance rates this year. For the full Yale Daily News story on this year’s admissions cycle, click here.





A warm welcome to five new Yale Club members, who’ve either recently arrived or whom we’ve learned of since the last newsletter:

  • Rudy Castillo (Yale College ’09, Saybrook), who is currently spending his spring semester studying at the University of Hamburg.
  • Raji Jayaraman (Yale Graduate School ’95), who recently moved to Berlin, where she is working as an assistant professor at the European School of Management and Technology.
  • Anita Kishore (Yale College ’99, Pierson), who is normally based in San Francisco but is currently on a six-month stint with Bain & Company’s office in Munich.
  • Adam Messer (Yale College ’79, Branford), who will be relocating to Stuttgart in August. He would love to hear from anyone in the Stuttgart area before then — you can get in touch with him via the AYA On-Line Directory.
  • Alexandra Yates (Yale College ’02, Timothy Dwight), who will be spending this summer in Munich — and, she says, potentially moving there full time.



Yale to create School of Engineering

The amazing resurgence of engineering at Yale has taken another step forward. On April 14, President Levin announced that the University will create a Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science — the first new graduate school at Yale since the School of Management was launched in 1974.

“Re-establishing the School of Engineering & Applied Science is the next step in a 14-year effort to strengthen engineering at Yale,” said Levin, “and is part of our broader strategy of enhancing Yale’s excellence in science and technology.”

As indicated by Levin’s statement, the school is not completely new. Engineering at Yale dates back to the early 1850s, and a formal school of engineering was established in 1932. By the 1950s it is estimated that 15% of the country’s engineers were graduates of the Yale School of Engineering. Around that time, however, for a variety of reasons, the university began a slow de-emphasis of engineering, and in the 1960s its programs were consolidated into departmental status within the Yale Graduate School. But times have changed, and particularly since President Levin took office in 1993, the University has been strengthening and expanding its engineering programs and facilities with gusto.

For the complete Yale Bulletin & Calendar story on this subject, click here.


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).