Assembly LXVI: November 9-11, 2006

For God, For Country and For Yale:
The Importance of Service at Yale and Beyond

Past attendees will recall that each Assembly is developed around a particular theme or broad subject area. At Assembly LXVI, we will explore the importance of service in the life of the University. The program will feature a number of student organizations, as well as university-sponsored initiatives. We invite you to read on for more details.








Thursday, November 9

Registration 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street

Assembly participants will check in and receive their packet of materials for the Assembly program. The packet will include the final program for the weekend, as well as name badges and other materials.

An important program note. As the 35th anniversary of the AYA approaches, the AYA will be launching a year-long strategic planning initiative. To assist in that effort, we want to better discern your aspirations – as our frontline volunteers – for the AYA. We will host small group gatherings throughout the Assembly weekend. As you will see from the preliminary schedule details below, these open forums will be offered along with other concurrent sessions. We have done what we can to repeat the content sessions so Assembly participants get a chance to participate in a bit of everything. Look for “small group sessions” on the schedule. Participants should plan to attend just one of these information gathering sessions.

Morning Sessions
9:45-11:30 am

Beginning with a plenary for all Assembly participants, Assembly Chair Kathy Edersheim '87 will welcome the group back to campus. The morning continues with remarks from AYA Executive Director Mark Dollhopf '77.

In the second part of the morning, Assembly participants will have a chance to choose from among the following concurrent sessions:

* Service organizations organized and run by students from Yale’s graduate and professional schools.
* University-sponsored service programs such as the AYA’s own Community Service Summer Fellowship.
* AYA Information Gathering – small group session.

Lunch in Assigned Residential Colleges
11:45 am–1:00 pm

Most Assembly participants will have lunch in assigned residential colleges.

There will be a special luncheon for new Assembly delegates, who will receive a ticket for this luncheon in their registration packet.

Afternoon Sessions
Session I 1:15-2:15 pm

In the first of the afternoon sessions, Assembly participants will have a
chance to choose from among the following concurrent sessions. This series
of "encore" presentations will allow Assembly participants to participate
one of the sessions they could not attend in the late morning.

* Service organizations organized and run by students from Yale’s graduate and professional schools.
* University-sponsored service programs such as the AYA’s own Community Service Summer Fellowship.
* AYA Information Gathering – small group session.

Talk by Douglas Rae 2:30-3:00 pm

Mid-afternoon will feature a talk by Douglas W. Rae, Richard S. Ely Professor of Management & Professor of Political Science. A specialist on business management and urban history, and a member of the Yale faculty since 1967, Professor Rae has long combined his academic pursuits with outreach to the community including service in 1990 and 1991 as chief administrative officer of the City of New Haven. In his talk to the Assembly, Professor Rae will reflect on his own experiences and on the importance of service in the life of the University.

Session II 3:15-4:15 pm

Undergraduates involved in service programs and organizations can be found throughout the campus, with the greatest concentration of student-run service organizations coming together under the umbrella of Dwight Hall ( Today, the efforts of more than 75 student service organizations are coordinated through Dwight Hall. In Sessions II and III, Assembly participants will have a chance to hear from some of the undergraduate student organizers. We will host a series of concurrent panel presentations and Assembly participants will choose from among the following:

* Schools and Service
* Economic Justice
* International Outreach

We will also offer another of the small group AYA information gathering sessions during this time slot.

Session III 4:30-5:30 pm

Session III will also feature undergraduate student service organizations. Assembly participants will choose from among the following:

    * Service, Students, and the Schools
    * Service and the Environment
    * Beyond our Borders – International Outreach
    * In the Community

Again, we will also offer another of the small group AYA information gathering sessions during this time slot.


6:30 pm
University Commons

Join all Assembly participants for a relaxed buffet supper in Commons.


Friday, November 10

Leadership Conference for Alumni Volunteers

Yale benefits enormously from alumni interaction and support at every level, and the AYA serves many alumni constituencies: Yale clubs and associations, Yale graduate and professional school alumni associations, Yale College class organizations, and an array of alumni groups serving constituencies with distinct shared interests or Yale connections. Sessions offered throughout the day on Friday are specially designed to support you in your capacity as a volunteer leader. Read on for details.

Registration continues
8:00 am-5:00 pm
Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street

Those Assembly participants who have not already picked up their registration packets can do so throughout the day.

Morning Sessions
9:15-11:45 am

On Friday morning Assembly participants will have a chance to choose from among a series of concurrent breakouts designed to attendees a chance to hear from and interact with key university administrators. Yale departments featured include: the Office of New Haven and State Affairs, the Investments Office, Athletics, the Office of Public Affairs, the Yale College Dean’s Office, and the Undergraduate Admissions Office. This same series will be offered again later in the morning to allow Assembly participants to attend a second of these administrator sessions.

We will also offer another of the small group information gathering sessions during these morning time slots.

Lunch at University Commons
12:00-1:00 pm

Assembly participants will gather for an informal lunch in Commons.

The AYA will also host a separate luncheon for those delegates who are interested in learning more about service on the AYA Board of Governors. This “Board-interest” lunch is targeted particularly toward delegates in the second or third year of their delegate term.

Afternoon Sessions—Concurrent Breakouts
1:15-2:45 pm

Join us for a series of working sessions designed to engage volunteer leaders. Divided along constituency lines and facilitated by AYA professional staff, these sessions will allow Assembly participants to meet, interact with, and ask questions of the staff and fellow volunteers. This is an ideal opportunity to consider and discuss ways to collaborate, build partnerships, and share ideas.

University Update
3:00-4:15 pm

Always a highlight of the Assembly program, President Richard C. Levin ’74 PhD will give his university update and respond to alumni questions in this final working session of the day.


Yale Medal Reception and Dinner
Reception begins at 6:00 pm
University Commons

For more than 50 years, the Yale Medal has been conferred to honor outstanding individual service to the University. This year’s recipients reflect the range of service and leadership the AYA strives to recognize with this award. We honor the remarkable contributions of the Medalists and recognize that they honor Yale and all of us in the alumni community by the ways in which they have chosen to give back to our community of scholars and friends. We hope all Assembly participants will join us for a gala celebration honoring this year’s Medalists – Philip G. Boyle ’71; Hon. Howard M. Holtzmann ’42, ’47 JD; Frederick R. Mayer ’50; Howard H. Newman ’69, ’69 MA; and Deborah Rose ’72, ’77 MPH, ’89 PhD.


Saturday, November 11

Assembly participants will have the opportunity to choose from among the following activities for Saturday. Please indicate your choice(s) on your registration form.

Please note that the AYA will not hold its indoor tailgate at Coxe Cage this year. In lieu of the tailgate, this year we are offering an expanded set of campus-based tours. Each of these walking tours will last one hour.

Yale Center for British Art - 10:00 am

At the Yale Center for British Art, you will have a chance to immerse yourself in works of some of Britain's foremost artists. In addition to the museum's permanent collection, which is extraordinary in its own right, two spectacular exhibits will be on display – [insert description]. Assembly participants will be treated to a special docent-led tour of the exhibits.

Yale Today - 10:00 am

There are many signs of progress visible around the Yale campus. Explore highlights of the recent renovations and new buildings on campus and get a peek at what will be happening next.

African American History at Yale - 10:00 am

Learn about the highlights of African American history on the Yale campus and downtown New Haven. See the Amistad Memorial, the Edward Bouchet painting and much, much more.

Public Art - 10:00 am

Art does not end at the museum doors at Yale. From Old Campus to Science Hill , from Branford College to Memorial Hall, works of art are sited in courtyards and plazas, lobbies and lecture halls. Learn about the public art treasures around the campus from an art student.

The Yale Library - 10:30 am

Join Yale University Librarian Alice Prochaska for a special look at the Sterling Memorial Library and the Gilmore Music Library. Get a taste of the extraordinary collections that are at the heart of the library system. Tour participants will learn about the construction currently underway in the subterranean Cross Campus Library and parts of the Sterling Memorial Library, while also enjoying the rich architectural treasures of Sterling and the Gilmore Music Library.

Grove Street Cemetery: Yale at Rest – Presidents, Faculty and Graduates – 9:00 am

Join Tom Gottshall '67 for a walking tour of the monuments of Yale presidents for whom residential colleges are named, early faculty members and national historical figures, as well as more recent Yale personalities. The many Yale family connections make this a special place.

Assembly participants who sign up for one of the above tours may also register for brunch in the Presidents’ Room.

Yale-Princeton Football Game
Kickoff – 12:30 pm

Assembly participants are welcome to attend the Yale-Princeton game at the Bowl. Mark your registration form if you wish to receive complimentary tickets (up to two) for admission to the game. You may also purchase additional tickets at the price of $14 each.