Yale Club of Chicago

May 2016

This week!
Yale Day of Service 2016
Saturday, May 7


Yale Day of Service

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: After School Matters Resume and Interview Workshop
  • 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
  • Wilmette: Backyard Nature Center (Note that this event is May 14)

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



May Events

May 5 | 5:30 pm

Yale Women

Yale Women

Lincoln Park (address sent to attendees)
5:30 - 8:30 pm. Come and go freely.

Donna Wetzler '72 will host an informal gathering in her Lincoln Park home (near the old Children's Memorial site). We will split the cost of pizza and encourage attendees to bring some wine, beer, or soft drinks. Donna's home is easily accessed by public transit (either Fullerton El stop or Clark St. bus) or by car (free parking in the old Children's Memorial garage on Lincoln Ave. and on street).

RSVP to Denise Hooten at [email protected]. The group is limited to 25, so RSVP asap!

May 12 | 6 pm

For Yale SOM Alumni
and Happy Hour

Compass Logo

Old Town Pour House
1419 N. Wells Street | Chicago
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Learn about a new skills-based volunteering opportunity coming to the Chicago area. Compass has formed project teams of business professionals to work with local nonprofits for 15 years in Washington, DC, and for four years in Philadelphia.

The pro bono strategic consulting projects run from September to May, with teams of eight business professionals working together to help nonprofits solve their most pressing challenges. Volunteers come from alumni business school clubs, consulting and law firms, and other businesses.

Light refreshments will be offered; cash bar available.

RSVP to Anne Hefter:
[email protected] by May 3rd.

Compass' mission is to inspire the active engagement of business professionals with local nonprofits to transform communities. Please visit http://www.compassprobono.org.

May 16 | 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.

May 18 | 11:30 am

CREW Chicago invites you to


East Bank Club
500 N Kingsbury St | Chicago
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Evolving over close to two centuries, Chicago's publicly-owned parks now include more than 8,000 acres of land, with a wide spectrum of designs and uses. Our City's park spaces range from bucolic, natural and man-made landscaped spaces and waterways, to playgrounds, school buildings, swimming pools, fitness centers, skating rinks, harbors, conservatories, museums, sculpture exhibits, restaurants, stages, and a zoo.

Current proposals for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and Obama Presidential Library, the former proposal to locate the Children's Museum in Grant Park, the Park Grill and Maggie Daley Park restaurants, and the increasing number and scope of summer music festivals in the parks have spurred fierce debate over how Chicago's park properties should be owned, controlled, paid for, developed, and used. Will institutional developments and corporate uses irreparably endanger public interests and assets? Or will they enliven our parks and boost our economy? Who gets to decide?

Please join CREW Chicago for a thought-provoking discussion with: Kimberly DuBuclet, Director, Chicago Park District Department of Legislative & Community Affairs; Juanita Irizarry, Executive Director, Friends of the Parks; Marshall Brown, architect and urban designer; and Bill Inman, Senior Vice President, Hitchcock Design Group. The Panel Moderator is Yale Chicago board member Danielle Meltzer Cassel '92.

See the event description here


CREW Network is the industry's premier business networking organization dedicated to advancing the achievements of women in commercial real estate.

May 21 | 11 am



1825 W. Webster | Chicago
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Please join the Yale Club of Chicago as we take on the Harvard Club of Chicago in the 3rd Annual Yale - Harvard "Whirlybowl"!

For the younger set, and those young at heart, we will also have Laser Tag! Whirlyball can be played by ages 12 and up, and Laser Tag can be played by those 8 and up. Pizza and soda will be served as part of the event. Parking is free.


On-going Exhibits

The Yale Black Alumni Association - Chicago Chapter, in collaboration with the Yale Alumni Art League, reminds you about these outstanding exhibits in Chicago:

CLOSING: Martin Puryear
The Art Institute of Chicago
Through May 3, 2016

Kerry James Marshall
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
April 23 - September 25, 2016

Rashayla Marie Brown
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago MCA Live
May 24, 6 - 7 pm
A live performance that explores ideas of personal agency, the private in public, queer Afrofeminism, popular culture, and spirituality.

Recent Events

"The Gift of Art" Events Summary

The setting: Ragdale, a historical landmark and artist's retreat on Chicago's north shore. The purpose: The Gift of Art workshop, conducted by Yale Alum, Margot McMahon. Yale alumni, family and friends convened on a recent daffodil-filled Saturday morning to learn about additive, subtractive and constructive sculpting processes. Margot facilitated the hands-on experience of bringing an artistic vision from flat pieces of paper to three dimensions. With a theme of Alexander Calder's "Cirque," Margot inspired the group to create their own three-ring circus.

The learning experience culminated in a highly animated circus performance. Young children and their parents together envisioned and constructed a circus horse and rider, and a cannon that propelled performers high over the performance tent. A woman brought a trapeze artist to life, while another helped her gleeful autistic brother build a tight rope walker. The circus performance was punctuated by a musical chime sculpture developed from stainless steel plates and screws that once held another participant's bones together.

Margot notes, "What makes this workshop tick is a bit of wonder. I am always gratified by the unifying and community-building culmination in the collaborative circus performance that levels all playing fields and brings people together. Maybe that is what art-making does?"

The workshop was based on "The Gift of Art: Sculpture Ventures for Young Adults," produced this year by Yale Printing and Publishing Services. Since the book's release, the power of the Gift of Art is being realized through a series of workshops starting with an all-day Yale Center for British Art's workshop at Chapel Haven Center in New Haven, and followed by four Chicago-based workshops.

"Ragdale in Schools" will offer "The Gift of Art" to twenty artists to adapt this sculptural workshop to their own disciplines of dance, painting, choreography and sculpture. Twenty workshops for elementary students will be given in Zion and Waukegan schools in 2016. A Gift of Art Workshop for adults and children is scheduled at the Oak Park Library main branch on Saturday, June 25 from 10-12. The cost is $5 For more information or a copy of The Gift of Art book visit margotmcmahon.com.

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Jahn School Updates

Congratulations to Jahn School teacher Michelle Barrios, named Teacher of the Month by the Chicago Bulls for the entire Chicago area! And thanks again to Mike Conway '73L, volunteer tutor, for arranging for students to visit with the Chicago Tribune's editorial board.

Michelle Berrios

Michelle Berrios with the Teacher of the Month trophy.

Jahn Students at the Chicago Tribune

Jahn School students at the Chicago Tribune.
Michelle Barrios at left; Mike Conway at right.




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