June 2014

President's Report

Dear members,

This quarter’s newsletter finds us in the middle of the World Cup, with Team USA advancing to the Round of 16 and England coming home. But the Club’s board has its mind on a much more important competition, being the election of new officials at the Club’s AGM on September 16th. This gives some of you an opportunity to get more involved with the club, and perhaps take greater responsibility for some of its activities. We are 100% volunteer dependant and we can’t take our current excellent board for granted, so we always need to encourage new people to step up and get involved. The Club is thriving so you may ask, “why is Joe suggesting that we need to make changes”? Clearly I am not suggesting that we change for the sake of change, but rather that we plan for the future wisely. Last year all the club’s board positions were elected unopposed. Part of the reason is because we believe that members are unlikely to run for a position if they have no idea what he job entails. So an excellent suggestion was made to create “deputy” positions for all the roles, so that people can see what the role requires, and then perhaps decide to run for that office in the future. I would suggest that there can be multiple deputies for each role, if the demand is there. A deputy will see all communication, and be aware of the activity but will not be required to actually do anything, it’s just like shopping for courses at the start of a semester! I hope some of you will find that interesting and so we can entice some of you in. The only role that will not offer a deputy is my role, because I believe that the next President should be an existing board member, but that is just my opinion and we can debate it in September.

Meanwhile, a different but almost as important competition is also underway. We are seeking a new logo for the club. We like the current Big Ben Bulldog, or Handsome Daniel, as some have called him, but we think we should have a few more options. So could all our artistically minded members please think about this and submit your entries to Farouk (see more on this call for submissions in the YCL Bulletin Board).

I usually give you a quick recap of the quarter, but we don’t have much space so I will have to keep it brief, however I have to point out what a fantastic night we all had listening to Professor Rothman. A real honor for the club to have him here, and congratulations to the Speaker Series team for pulling it off so well. And as usual, well done Richard Burston and all the ASC volunteers for another recruitment and interview season which finished with such outstanding results.

Finally, have a great summer, enjoy the sun, and the long days, because soon we’ll be back in the drizzle we all know so well. And enjoy watching Team USA win the World Cup! … or not.

All the best,
Joe Vittoria '85
YCL President

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James Rothman, Nobel Laureate: FedEx and VesicleTrafficking

The Speaker Series continued to bring outstanding speakers to the Club by hosting James Rothman, Professor of Cell Biology at Yale and the 2013 Nobel Laureate in Medicine, at the Oxford and Cambridge Club on Pall Mall.

The event was attended by 68 people including members of the Club, their guests, members of the YCL extended network, recent admittees to Yale College, and a group of local secondary school students. The lecture was preceded by a drinks/canapés reception in the Drawing Room, where people enjoyed catching up with fellow members in a festive summer atmosphere. The talk itself was both insightful and entertaining, lucidly delivered by Professor Rothman in laymen’s terms to address the non-specialist. His everyday analogies used to describe the machinery regulating vesicle trafficking in our cells (e.g. FedEx trucks loading, transporting, and unloading different coloured cargo labeled with barcodes to uniquely identify them at their destinations) captured the imagination of the audience, in particular the aspiring students, who were treated to this rare and special gathering with an eminent scientist and a great communicator.

For those of you who were unable to attend, please note the lecture was videotaped and will be made available on the website in due course.

We look forward to seeing you at future Speaker Series events!

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YaleWomen - London Chapter

Our Story
We are setting up our London chapter of YaleWomen and we would like to hear your thoughts on what topics and issues would engage you. YaleWomen was formed following the 2010 "Celebrating Yale Women: 40 Years in Yale College, 140 Years at Yale" event held on the Yale campus. YaleWomen is a shared interest group for all Yale women alums that operates under the auspices of the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA). We consider all Yale women alums to be members of YaleWomen, and welcome the participation of alums who want to get involved

Our Mission
Our mission is to create a vibrant, engaged community of alums, drawn together by the common thread of our Yale experiences, that is committed to advancing women's voices and perspectives and to enriching and inspiring one another, Yale, and the world.

Please stay tuned for more events to follow in September! Or, if you'd like to be more involved, please email Karen Go.

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Young Alums - Past and Upcoming events!

Past events
HYP Young Alumni Drinks - On 25 April, more than 50 young alumni from Harvard, Princeton and Yale convened in Farringdon as the Spring weather threatened to turn into something positively summery. There was plenty of action on the foosball table and a great time was had by all. Many thanks to Alice Shyy '08 for organising!

Yale-Columbia Bowling - On 11 May, a team of 12 Yale Bulldogs took on 12 Columbia Tigers at All Star Lanes in Holborn. In an ultimately tight affair, we think Yale snuck the victory although in the post-bowling debrief (beer, burger and chips), there was less talk of winning and more a general atmosphere of getting to know alumni from our opposing team. James Ford '11 did such a great job putting it together that we just might do it again in the near future... Stay posted!

Upcoming events
There are two great upcoming events schedule next month (and more to come):
  • Wednesday 2 July - Young Alumni Pop-up Painting | Troyganic Cafe | Shoreditch | 5 Holmes Road | NW5 3AA 
  • Friday 18 July - All Ivy Plus Summer Reception | The Savile Club | 69 Brook Street | W1K 4ER 
For more details on these events, please refer to the upcoming events listing below.

General note
Got any fun ideas for a Young Alumni event? Want to help organise an event in the future? Helping organise Young Alumni events is lots of fun and a great way both to keep in touch with friends and to meet new people in London. Please contact James Ford or Alice Shyy if you are interested!

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Elihu Yale book Offer

We have secured a special discount to members of the YCL for copies of Elihu Yale by Diana Scarisbrick and Benjamin Zucker, published this year by Thames & Hudson (RRP £24.95).

The book is an illustrative history of the life of Elihu Yale, the merchant, collector, patron, and benefactor of Yale University. To order your copy at the special YCL price including UK mainland delivery (overseas costs available on request), please call the distributor Littlehampton Book Services on 01903 828503, quoting reference "TH248". Offer is subject to availability and runs until 31 December 2014.

For more information about the book please visit: http://www.thamesandhudson.com/Elihu_Yale/9780500517260

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The First UK Public Health Film Festival (YCL Extended Network Event)

Date: Friday 27 June 2014 to Sunday 29 June 2014
Bookings/more info: www.publichealthfilms.org

The Public Health Film Festival, which will take place on Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June, has been organised by our own Uy Hoang, with colleagues from Oxford and the American Public Health Association.

The theme of the festival is ‘Past, Present and Future,’ with number of organised events including film screenings, workshops and invited talks by colleagues from the US, who will highlight how films and the visual arts have shaped our understanding of population health in the past, the present; and how it will undoubtedly shape the future.

Through the medium of film, the festival serves as a platform to facilitate discussion and debate about the big public health issues of the day and provide a springboard for action to reduce poverty, improve social inclusion, and provide advocacy for marginalised communities.

YCL Art Circle: A Private Tour of the RA Schools Graduate Show 2014

Date: Saturday, 28 June 2014
Bookings/more info: Click here to register for this event.

Join us for a private tour of the RA Schools Show, the annual exhibition of work by final year students, on Saturday 28th June. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy the work submitted by graduating students within the historic studios of the Schools. Located just behind the Royal Academy of Arts itself, the RA Schools is the oldest art school in Britain. Only 17 students are accepted each year on the three-year postgraduate course, and alumni include artists from JMW Turner to recent Turner prize nominee Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

With the initiative of Marisa Futernick (YC ’02) who is a student at the RA Schools and showing her work at the degree show alongside her peers, we have the great fortune of enjoying a private tour led by her and Senior Tutor Brian Griffiths.

Do join us for this wonderful event and get to know the talented young of artists now coming out of one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions in the UK.

For more information on the RA Schools and Graduate Programme, please visit: http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/12.

Cost: This event is FREE to attend!

Young Alumni Pop-up Painting at Troyganic Cafe

Date: Wednesday, 02 July 2014
Bookings/more info: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pop-up-painting-tickets-11915665075

Come and join young alumni from Harvard, Princeton and Columbia for an evening of food, wine and paint with Pop-up Painting London!

Each attendee will be supplied with canvas, paint and brushes. You can choose to paint the sample painting, Monet or Van Gogh, or attempt a self-portrait! Painting of the sample is lead by a trained artist who can also help you paint your own creation. At the end of the night you will get to take home your painting!

Please note that spaces are limited so register early! You are only guaranteed your spot once you have received your registration confirmation. If you have any questions, contact James Ford.

Cost: £15 per person

The Monthly Tipple (YCL Extended Network Event)

Date: Tuesday, 08 July 2014
Bookings/more info:  http://usalumniuk.ning.com/events/the-monthly-tipple-2

The All Alumni Monthly Happy Hour is back, and in honour of our host country, we are renaming it the Monthly Tipple, which will take place every 2nd Tuesday of the month at Hispania, in the City of London.

All Alums welcome just let us know you're coming via the All Alumni website!

Cost: Free!

Yale's Whim N' Rhythm: An Evening of a Cappella

Date: Monday, 14 July 2014
Bookings/more info: http://whimnrhythm.com

After celebrating our 30th anniversary in the 2010-2011 school year, Whim has continued to grow into a full-force presence on Yale’s campus and on both the national and international stages. The group tours domestically and in the greater New England area yearly, visiting locations from New York and Los Angeles to Hong Kong and Cairo, and recently founded a full-fledged Alumnae Board to help build the group’s legacy from beyond Yale’s campus. Post-commencement, the group traditionally takes a four-to-six week World Tour, hitting nearly every continent.

Prospective singers audition in the spring of their junior year to be tapped into Whim for their senior year the following fall. Whim 2014, as with every class before, represents nearly every underclassman singing group, a variety of residential colleges and academic majors, and hometowns ranging from coast to coast.

Cost: This event is FREE to attend but donations to support the group are greatly appreciated! (A portion of the proceeds will go to St Mary's Church)

The Ninth Annual All Ivy Plus Summer Reception

Date: Friday, 18 July 2014
Bookings/more info: Please contact Natalie for details. If you pay by direct transfer, please send an email to Natalie including your name, address, phone, email address, name of guest(s), and US alumni club affiliation. Your booking will be acknowledged by email.

The reception will be held in the elegant Ballroom with its imperial staircase unusually conceived as a single majestic sweep of space, uniting the ground and first floors. It was adorned with a lighthearted manifestation of the Louis XVI style, which had become so popular in the 1880's. The room floods with daylight from tall windows at both ends and at night the venerable chandeliers glitter in the profusion of mirrors. Such was the impact of this extravagant room on the Savilians of the 1920's that it was immediately painted brown in an attempt to render it more masculine. It was gloriously restored in blue and white gold by eminent architect member, Dennis Lennon.

Registration and bookings:
To book, send your payment (cheque or postal money order) payable to "Cornell Club of London" to: Cornell Club - Events, 4 Betjeman Mews, London N5 2NB. Include your name, address, phone, email address, name of guest(s), and US alumni club affiliation. Your booking will be acknowledged by email. Do not send cheques by courier or special delivery!You may also pay by direct bank transfer.

Please contact Natalie for details. If you pay by direct transfer, please send an email including your name, address, phone, email address, name of guest(s), and US alumni club affiliation. Your booking will be acknowledged by email.

The deadline for booking is 12 July! Payment must be received by that date. Your place must be booked in advance. Refunds will be made if cancellations are notified by July 15; after that, we shall try to arrange for a refund if we can find a replacement from the waiting list.

Cost: £35 per person, includes hors d'oeuvres and wine through the evening

Foodies London - A Guided Walk of the West End

Date: Saturday, 19 July 2014
Bookings/more info: Please e-mail Victoria Allen Stainsby (‘87)

Guided by one of London Walk’s star guides and ex BBC journalist, Ann, this walk looks at the history of London dining and how it has changed throughout the last centuries. For more information, check out the following webpage: www.foodieslondon.com

We’ll delve into the unusual gastronomic proclivities of clients of the Ritz and Fortnum & Mason’s as well as the history of Soho and Chinatown. These walks are always fascinating and hugely entertaining. This walk is open to anyone and not specifically organized by us so guests are welcome. If there is time and interest we can always go for some lunch after in the West End.

Cost: £9 payable to the guide on the day

YCL Tastes & Tipples – Gin Tasting and Lunch aka “Drunch”

Date: Saturday, 27 September 2014
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: Hackney Wick
Bookings/more info: Click here to register for this event.

All aboard for getting "gin-soaked" on a boat with fellow Yalies! Our friends at Butler’s Gin, a locally-produced spirit with a cardamom note, host “Drunch:” Imagine a leisurely afternoon on a narrowboat in the pretty canals of London near Hackney Wick, with gin tasting, cocktail making, and mouth-watering dishes from a different chef each week.

Check out the website for more information: www.butlersgin.co.uk/pages/drunch

Spaces are limited so reserve your spot now!!!

Questions or waitlist? Ask Alice Shyy ’08 or Victoria Stainsby '98.

Cost: £28 per person, includes lunch and drinks! 
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-- YCL logo - Call for submissions:
We have started a campaign to create the Club’s official logo, and we want your input on what the logo should look like!  Take part in this effort to create the Club’s emblem, which will be visible on the Club’s website, letterhead, etc.  Please submit design ideas to Farouk.  The creator of the adopted logo for the Club will receive a copy of Elihu Yale, an illustrative book about the patron and benefactor of Yale University. Check out more details for this post on the YCL Bulletin Board

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