Assembly LVIII

Three Hundred Years of Creativity and Discovery
Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22, 2001

Yale is in the midst of a very special year, and everything on campus seems energized by the celebration of Yale’s three centuries. This spring’s AYA Assembly is no exception – delegates will be treated to a unique experience as the Assembly events will join with the Tercentennial celebration on April 20th through 22nd for Assembly LVIII: Alumni Leadership Convocation: 300 Years of Creativity and Discovery. The April Tercentennial event has been developed especially to honor and celebrate the entire alumni volunteer leadership of Yale. We are immensely excited about this program, which we expect will bring more than one thousand volunteers and their guests to the campus for an incredible celebration of Yale’s contributions to society and the world.

How fortunate we are to be of service to Yale during this exciting time! We hope to see you in New Haven for this wonderful celebration of Yale and the mark it has made in the world and on each one of us. We are all looking forward to what promises to be an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.






8:30 am-11:30 am
Plenary: The Past and Future of Alumni Relations at Yale
Larned Professor Emeritus of History, Gaddis Smith ’54, ’61 PhD
Former Executive Director of the AYA, Eustace D. Theodore ’63
Yale University Art Gallery Lecture Hall

Professor Smith has been working for some time on a history of Yale in the 20th century, which should be published later this year.

Eustace Theodore has gone on from Yale to three years as President of the Council of the Advancement and Support of Education, followed by the formation of a consulting company devoted to working both here and abroad on advancement issues for colleges and universities.

We are also planning to hear some surprising, amusing and moving alumni voices from the past 300 years based on research being conducted for this program in the Sterling Library archives.

At the end of the session, we will also introduce the eleven candidates for the Board of Governors, seven of which you will be asked to vote for as new Board members. The election of the new members of the Board is critical to our governance, so please plan your travel arrangements to ensure that you will be present for our plenary session beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Yale University Art Gallery Lecture Hall on Friday, April 20, 2001.


Tercentennial edition of the Yale Medal Ceremony Luncheon
University Commons

Immediately following lunch, the Tercentennial event schedule begins.  You will join more than 1,000 other alumni representatives and leaders in sampling some of the almost fifty panels, lectures, seminars, performances and special events led by Yale’s most distinguished faculty and alumni. 

There will also be special musical performances on Thursday evening (for those arriving the day before) and on Friday evening, as well as a gala closing dinner on Saturday. On Sunday, a special interfaith service will be offered to close the weekend.