Yale Club of Chicago

April 2016

Yale Day of Service 2016
Saturday, May 7
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Yale Day of Service

"Service to others is one of the joys and responsibilities that comes with a Yale education. The way our alumni come together around the globe to express the values that we all share is an inspiration to me and many others on campus." -- President Peter Salovey '86, PhD

Yale Day of Service is Saturday, May 7th. From environmental groups to food programs, you can join one of the great nonprofits hosting events on the Illinois page of Yale Day of Service.

Participating Organizations:

  • Chicago: Angelic Organics Learning Center Eat to Live Garden Project
  • Chicago: Edward Bouchet Math and Science Academy
  • Chicago: Greater Chicago Food Depository - Food Repacking
  • Chicago: The Architect is IN Consultation Services for Non-Profits
  • Libertyville: St. Francis Woods @ Independence Grove
  • Shaumburg: Feed My Starving Children

PLUS, check back to the Yale Day of Service site soon for more upcoming additions:

  • the Chicago Chapters of the Association of Yale Asian Americans, Yale Black Alumni Association, and the Yale Latino Alumni Association, in partnership with After School Matters, are sponsoring Resume Writing & Mock Interview Workshops.
  • a family-friendly, outdoors option: Skokie Lagoons Workday with Backyard Nature Center, Wilmette. Note that this event will be held on Saturday, May 14th.

As a special bonus, this year we are joining with Chicago-area Dartmouth alumni for the Day of Service. We are delighted to expand our impact with their volunteer efforts as well.

Please contact Gail Saracco at [email protected] if you have any questions. Thanks for your service!!



April / May Events

Apr 16 | 10 am

Don't miss the final workshop for
Sculpture Ventures for Young Artists

The Gift of Art

1260 Green Bay Road | Lake Forest
10 am - 12 pm

"I wish I had had these tools for my students."      -- Retired arts educator and workshop participant

The Gift of Art, Sculpture Ventures for Young Artists, is a book detailing a series of workshops to teach 2nd grade through college to experience making sculptural objects with additive, subtractive and constructive processes. The intent of the workshops is to exercise creativity while introducing processes for making sculpture.

Join this two-hour workshop to learn how to teach elementary students how to exercise creativity through learning sculpture processes. Bring a student if you'd like. Maximum workshop size is 25 adults.

$5.00 will be charged for each adult to cover the cost of materials.

See the full event description
and register here.

Apr 16 | 12 pm



1260 Green Bay Road | Lake Forest
12 - 1 pm

Ragdale, Howard van Doren Shaw's summer home, is a retreat campus of studios and writing spaces for artists, authors, composers, musicians and dancers. While Ragdale is open for touring, come see the various retreat rooms where The Time Travelers Wife and There are no Children Here were written.

Margot McMahon '84 MFA will lead you through the rooms she has sculpted in.

Reservations are not required. For more information, contact [email protected].

Apr 18 | 12 pm


Old Blues luncheon

Cliff Dwellers
200 S. Michigan | Chicago
12:00 - 2:00 pm 

Come and enjoy the four C's: Conversation, Camaraderie, Conviviality and Cuisine! (Classes of 1972 or lower)

Lunch is $25 inclusive, paid at the door. Reservations are recommended.


or call Alumni Services at 847-256-5800.

Apr 21 | 5:30 pm

YBAA Happy Hour 4/21/16

May 5 | 5:30 pm

The Yale Law School Association of Illinois cordially invites you and your guests to a dinner and talk with

Bruce Ackerman '67
Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science

Bruce Ackerman

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
1 South Wacker Drive, 28th Floor | Chicago
5:30 - Reception
6:00 - Dinner
6:30 - Program

"Let's Get Serious: How to Fix Our
Broken System for Electing the President"

"Today's primary system - dominant only since 1972 - permits right- or left- extremists to win a major party nomination." The modern presidency has become a "potential platform for charismatic extremism and bureaucratic lawlessness." - B. Ackerman, Harper's, 2010

Bruce Ackerman is the author of eighteen books that have had a broad influence in political philosophy, constitutional law, and public policy. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Law Institute. His major works include Social Justice in the Liberal State and his multi-volume constitutional history, We the People.

Cost: $15 per person

Registration deadline: April 18


If you have questions or special needs, please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (203) 432-1690 or [email protected].

Recent Events

Looking Ahead for YaleChicago

On Wednesday, March 16, approximately 18 engaged Yale Club of Chicago volunteers representing a cross- section of leaders and shared interest groups (including officers and members of the board of directors, young alumni, community service, Alumni Schools Committee, YaleWomen, Yale Black Alumni Association, graduate and professional schools alumni, and tutoring) gathered for a "strategic thinking session" about opportunities for YaleChicago to grow and enhance engagement over the next five years.

In a lively conversation and series of exercises facilitated by Susie Krentz '80, the group looked at the organization from a range of perspectives (membership, events and participation, outreach, technology, geography, etc.) and discussed how the group would like to envision YaleChicago in the year 2020, with the aim of identifying goals and strategies to guide the organization's planning and activities over the next several years. A working group is currently drafting a summary of the discussion and recommendations to share at the next Yale Club of Chicago board meeting on May 2, 2016.

YaleChicago Planning Session  YaleChicago Planning Session  YaleChicago Planning Session


NCAA Tournament, Yale v. Duke

Alumni and friends cheered on the Yale men's basketball team March 19 at First DRAFT, in their first time appearance in the second round of the NCAA Men's tournament.

Alumni at Yale v. Duke Game  Alumni at Yale v. Duke Game  Alumni at Yale v. Duke Game




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