Class of 1950 New Haven Mini Reunion

Class of 1950 New Haven Mini Reunion
Thu, 04/18/2013 - 12:00am - Sat, 04/20/2013 - 10:00am


Dear Classmates & Friends,


We are completing plans for our Mini Reunion in New Haven and have a fantastic schedule full of educational programs as well as time to catch up with classmates and friends.   

It will be a two-day reunion, April 18th and 19th.   Although the time is short, the schedule is full, beginning with lunch at the Graduate Club at Noon on Thursday, the 18th.   Jeff Brenzel, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Master of Timothy Dwight College, will address the subject for our reunion, “Different Students, Different Education: Yale and the 21st Century” and act as moderator for the discussion which is certain to follow. 

A guided tour of the Art Gallery will follow at 4:00 pm.  In December the Gallery completed a ten-year, $135 million renovation and expansion which made possible 50% more exhibition space.   Favorable reviews of the renewed Gallery have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, and most recently, the Yale Alumni Magazine.   Following the tour we’ll cross Chapel Street for dinner at the Union League Café.  

Friday will feature a lecture in the morning by James Lewis Gaddis, professor of History and Director of International Security Studies, on “Teaching Undergraduates the History of the Cold War” and an afternoon lecture by Professor Jo Handelsman of the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology on “The Future of the Microbial Planet”.   The day will conclude with Dinner at Ezra Stiles College, hosted by Master Stephen Pitti, who will introduce us to the new features of the most-recently renovated residential college.  The College also has a great reputation for its food!  

During the two days there will be ample opportunities for conversations with classmates, especially at breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.  You are also welcome at the AYA, 232 York Street, (adjacent to the entrance to Pierson College) where coffee, tea, and comfortable chairs will be available.       

Make your plans now to join us!   The Omni Hotel, in downtown New Haven, will be our Mini Reunion head- quarters and we strongly recommend making hotel reservations soon to take advantage of the prices available now.   Details about making hotel reservations, a complete schedule and registering for the Mini accompany this letter.  

We look forward to seeing you during springtime on campus!    Until then, with best wishes,

Don Bitsberger

Class Secretary


Thursday, April 18th

12           Lunch at the Graduate Club, 155 Elm Street.  Special guest,  Jeff Brenzel, Director of Undergraduate Admission will speak on the topic, "The Attractions of a Yale Education.”


4              Docent-led tour of the newly renovated Yale University Art Gallery as well as highlights of the collection.  On December 12, 2012, the Yale University Art Gallery celebrated the grand opening of the renewed and expanded museum. The Art Gallery is the oldest and one of the most important university art museums in America.


6              Dinner at Union League, 1032 Chapel Street, consistently voted one of Connecticut’s finest restaurants.  


Friday, April 19th

               9:30        Join classmates for coffee at the Omni Hotel.


10           John Lewis Gaddis, the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History, will speak on the subject of “Teaching Undergraduates the History of the Cold War.”  Professor Gaddis is one of the nation’s most prominent historians of the Cold War and a leading authority on national security and international relations. At Yale, he is also director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and Professor of Political Science. He received a National Humanities Medal in 2005 and has been awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for his book “George F. Kennan: An American Life”.

12           Lunch TBD.


2              Presentation by Professor Jo Handelman, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor and Frederick Phineas Rose Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University.  Her address is titled, “The Future of the Microbial Planet”.  In addition to her research program, Dr. Handelsman is nationally known for her efforts to improve science education and increase the participation of women and minorities in science at the university level.


5              Tour the newly-renovated Ezra Stiles College, a masterpiece of American architecture.  Ezra Stiles College was designed by American architect Eero Saarinen and built in 1961. In late 2011, KieranTimberlake Architects oversaw a massive renovation project that added 25,000 additional square feet to the college, including music and dance studios and a 100-seat auditorium.         


5:30        Enjoy dinner in the Ezra Stiles dining room for the ultimate student experience joined by Master Stephen Pitti who will speak about student experience as part of the college community. 


Saturday, April 20th

9              Join your classmates and friends for a farewell breakfast at the Omni Hotel.   



Be sure to mention “Yale Class of 1950” when making reservations!


Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale -  Mini Reunion Headquarter

-          $169 per room, including breakfast

-           reservations must be made on or before Monday, March 18th

-          1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) or <>

-          Parking on site is $20 per night


Other Hotels:

Courtyard by Marriott - (203) 654-2408

-          $129 per room until 30 days prior to arrival

-          Breakfast a la carte

-          Parking $18 per night


New Haven Hotel – (203) 498-3100   

-          $139 per room, until 30 days prior to arrival

-          Parking $18 per night  


The Study at Yale – (866) 930-1157

-          $209 per room

-          Formerly The Colony, completely renovated

-          Parking $22 per night