1978 40th Reunion Schedule

Class of 1978 Reunion Headquarters Opens in Pierson College

Reunion Headquarters opens in Pierson College, campus rooms available.  The entrance to Pierson College is the York Street gate next to 232 York Street.

Thursday, May 31, 1:00 PM - Sunday, June 3, 2:00 PM
Pierson College : HQ
40th Reunion Welcome Back Reception

Join your classmates under the tent for complimentary appetizers! Dinner on your own. Appetizers served until 7:30 and full open bar until 9:30 pm. 



Thursday, May 31, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
Meet Me at Mory's!

Plan to meet your friends at Mory’s, the place to be Thursday night as the doors are thrown open to all returning alumni!  Complimentary food, impromptu singing and camaraderie.

Thursday, May 31, 9:00 PM - Friday, June 1, 12:00 AM
Mory's - 306 York Street
Breakfast Buffet

Join your classmates in the Pierson Courtyard, under the tent for a hearty continental breakfast of assorted croissants, tea bread, muffins, coffee cake, fresh whole fruit, cereals, hard-boiled eggs, steel-cut oats, Yale bakery granola, assorted juices, coffee, and teas. 

Friday, June 1, 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
AYA Faculty Lectures

Rows of empty seats in classrooms across campus await your arrival for our many lectures on Friday and Saturday mornings. This morning we will feature some of Yale's most distinguished faculty members in two time slots, from 9 - 10 am, and from 10:30 - 11:30 am. A number of tours and open houses are also offered.

Friday, June 1, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Beer Wine Soda Lunchtime Bar - Under Tent
Friday, June 1, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
American Barbeque Lunch Buffet

Join us under the tent for a buffet lunch featuring North Carolina pulled pork, grilled peppercorn crusted flank steak, St. Louis barbeque boneless breast of chicken, roasted sweet potato and quinoa burger with adobo sauce, assorted salads, sides and dessert.  

Friday, June 1, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
A Visit to the New Presentation of American Paintings and Sculpture

 Tours organized by classmate, Helen R. DuBois. Led by Mark D. Mitchell, Holcombe T. Green Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture. And tours of the Current  Exhibitions by Joel Shapiro: Plaster, Paper, Wood, and Wire; Manuel Neri: The Human Figure in Plaster and on Paper; Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings: Expanding a Legacy

Please be sure to arrive in the lobby of the Yale University Art Gallery by 2:45,  as the tour will leave promptly at 3 pm

 Space is limited to those who preregistered.


Friday, June 1, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Yale University Art Gallery - 1111 Chapel Street
Room: Lobby
Fitstyle Walking Tour for the Class of '78

Join your classmates for a fit and fun walk around campus. Our guide will be Shana Schneider YC '00, founder of Fitstyle by Shana, a New Haven resident, and group fitness instructor. Come reminisce as we walk by some of our old hangouts and see what's new...like Naples Pizza (Do you know it's new name?), Rudy's (See where it is now!), the new residential colleges and more! We'll cover about 2.5 miles in an hour. The route will be flat with a few low stairs; we'll remain on paved paths and sidewalks. Shana will keep us at a consistently brisk pace so we can cover more ground and get in some exercise! 

You'll want to wear comfortable shoes, but no other special attire is necessary. For a look at New Haven today before you arrive, watch Fitstyle Travel: New Haven.

Meet at the Pierson Gate next to the Rose Alumni House at 232 York Street, all ages welcome; limited to 20.

Friday, June 1, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
University Welcome Reception

The evening begins with a reception for all classes. Enjoy samples of a variety of wines, as well as cheese and fruit, in a beautiful and historic Yale setting. Find your friends by looking for your residential college flag.

Friday, June 1, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Cross Campus - On College between Elm & Wall
Craft Beer & Whiskey: The 30-Year Revolution

Join classmate Tom Potter as he leads you through a tasting tour of how and why craft beer and craft whiskey have conquered the drinking world.   Potter, the co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery and The New York Distilling Company, conducted one of the first-ever public tastings of Brooklyn Lager at our 10th Reunion in 1988.  He returns 30 years later to demonstrate the breadth of change since then as artisan brewers and distillers have invigorated historic styles and imagined entirely new ones.   See and taste why this is truly beverage alcohol’s golden age. Introduction by Don Moloney. Limited to the first 100 guests!


Friday, June 1, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
Room: Courtyard
Guild of Carilloneurs Tour for the Class of 1978

The Guild of Carilloneurs is proud to sponsor a tour of the playing cabinet in Harkness Tower for the Class of 1978 alumni and guests. Those interested should meet on Library Walk between the High St. gates of Branford and JE. Tours are limited to the first 15 guests who email my78bells@gmail.com.

Friday, June 1, 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Cocktail Hour Under the Tent
Friday, June 1, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
Global Flavors Dinner Buffet

The Global Flavors dinner buffet entrée choices will include International stations representing Far East Asian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern cuisine.  

Friday, June 1, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
1978 Classmate Cabaret

Yale Class of '78 musician and thespian friends, we're organizing a share-the-performance event later on the Friday night of the reunion. We'd love to hear from classmates who are still performing and would like to participate. Sing a song, play a tune, recite a poem, tell a short tale... Alone, with others. I'm available to provide accompaniment. Just give me a hint (and some music if you can) of what you plan to do. Please contact David Barnett directly at  David@FairLibertysCall.com.

Friday, June 1, 9:30 PM - Saturday, June 2, 12:00 AM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
Room: Courtyard
Continental Breakfast Buffet

The breakfast buffet will feature a hearty breakfast of eggs benedicts strata and eggs Florentine strata, fresh sliced fruit platter, croissants, muffins, tea breads, fresh fruit, cereal, hard boiled eggs, steel-cut oats, yogurt and granola. Along with coffee, tea and juices. 

Saturday, June 2, 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
Fitstyle Walking Tour

Explore Yale and Downtown New Haven in 5,000 steps! See what's new and what still looks familiar in your college town. Join Shana Schneider '00, a New Haven resident and group fitness instructor, for this guided fitness walk. Shana will share fun facts, insider tips, and take you along a few surprising paths and walkways. She'll set the pace to about a 20-minute mile on paved paths and sidewalks. There may be one "surprising" hill, but otherwise, the routes are flat and stroller friendly. You'll forget that you're even exercising as you learn more about Yale and New Haven. The walking tour combines fitness with routes featuring the new residential colleges, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History's Torosaurus, the Yale Farm, the art installation showcasing all 14 college shields, and more! For a look at New Haven today before you arrive, watch Fitstyle Travel: New Haven. Meet at Rose Alumni House, all ages welcome; limited to 20.

Saturday, June 2, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Rose Alumni House - 232 York St
Room: front desk
Morning Yoga for All Classes

Start your Saturday morning (weather permitting) with some gentle stretching and breathing exercises, and get your body feeling "yoga good" for a busy day of reunion activities! This is a mixed-level class featuring modifications for all levels of ability, so whether you have been practicing for years or have never touched a yoga mat, everyone can have an enjoyable experience in this class. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. No previous yoga experience necessary; children and all ages welcome.

Saturday, June 2, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Old Campus - 67 High Street
Morning at Yale

Here's your chance to enjoy again the extraordinary educational opportunities available at Yale! There are two "course times," 9 am and 10:30 am. Also available will be tours of the new colleges.

Saturday, June 2, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Beer Wine Soda Lunchtime Bar - Under the Tent
Saturday, June 2, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
American Picnic Lunch Buffet

Enjoy the American Picnic Buffet with fried chicken, grass-finished hamburgers and cheeseburgers, local Italian sausage, black bean burgers and a variety of salads, sides and sweets.   

Saturday, June 2, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
A discussion on the Environment: A lot has changed in 40 Years… and it’s not just the climate!

Join a panel of your Class of 1978 classmates in a discussion of current environmental issues, chaired by Gail Kalison Reynolds, 1978 BS, 1981 MFS (Yale FES in Terrestrial Ecology).



Gail Kalison Reynolds: Majored in Biology with no intention of attending medical school.  She has a Master of Forest Science degree from Yale FES in Terrestrial Ecology, worked in the technology sector for many years as a self-taught Information Security Professional and currently serves as a Program Director and Educator for the University of Connecticut, Department of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources, Department of Extension, teaching science to non-scientists and on biological controls projects for exotic, invasive pests.  Thinking globally but acting locally, Gail serves in leadership positions on many local boards and commissions and serves on the Executive Board of the Yale Science and Engineering Association.  She also serves as Class Secretary for her Yale F&ES class.

Mead Treadwell: Former Alaska Lt Governor and US Arctic Research Commission Chair Mead Treadwell majored in history at Yale and took every course he could on maritime issues, whether in science, history, law or archeology. In his career, he’s helped the eight Arctic Nations get ready for an accessible Arctic Ocean, helped open the border between Alaska and Russia, helped start two marine research programs and a host of government and citizen-watchdog groups after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, helped establish Alaska’s marine parks and purchase land for the State’s oldest park, Kachemak Bay State Park, and help launch a program to protect endangered Alaska Native languages.  He served as Alaska’s Deputy Commissioner of Environmental Conservation, 1990-1994, and as Lt. Governor of Alaska, 2010-2104, signed the legalization of recreational marijuana into law. 

Treadwell is President of Pt Capital, an Arctic-focused private equity firm with an investment focus in Alaska, Canada, Finland, Greenland, and Iceland.   He is the former chair of Immersive Media Corporation, which pioneered StreetView for Google and was a founding officer and investor in Digimarc, the NASDAQ listed firm which is the world standard for digital watermarking. He chairs the North Pacific Alaska Chapter of the Explorers Club and serves on a number of corporate and nonprofit boards, including Ryan Air and Iridium’s Polar Advisory Board.  He co-chairs the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Polar Initiative. 

David Sandalow: Is the Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy and Co-Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration, School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University.  He has served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Energy, State Department, and White House.  He launched and directs SIPA’s US-China Energy and Climate Program and has written, most recently, on topics including energy diplomacy and energy finance.

Saturday, June 2, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Whitney Humanities Center - 53 Wall Street
Tour Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library with George Miles - Space is limited

Tour Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library with George Miles, Curator of the Yale Collection of Western Americana, including a visit to the reading room for an up-close look at high spots from the Beinecke's extraordinary collections.

Space is limited to those who preregistered.


Saturday, June 2, 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library - 121 Wall St.
“When you come to that fork in the road….”

Over the past 40 years, we have all faced challenges that have tested our mettle and developed passions that have propelled us forward.  We will hear some funny, poignant, adventurous and inspiring stories from classmates who took daring forks in their not-always-paved roads, to follow their dreams. Introduced and moderated by Jane Fincke Orenstein.

Panelist include:

Gregory Coyes:  “Indigenous Media—A New Wave”

Carolyn Klebanoff and Fred Cohen:  “Building Sweetwater:  A housing alternative for adults with Autism”

Lowell Perry: "Creating a winning corporate culture in the social profit sector."

Franklin Salisbury, "A Nonprofit Accelerator Fund: New Vision for Funding Research"

Geoff Tabin: “Impossible Dreams—East face of Mt. Everest and Eradication of world blindness”

Craig Wilson:   “From Yale to a Thai Boxing Ring”

Evan Wolfson:  “Freedom to Marry and Lessons on How to Win”


Saturday, June 2, 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Whitney Humanities Center - 53 Wall Street
President's University Update

President Peter Salovey welcomes you back to campus, offering his review of Yale today.


Saturday, June 2, 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Woolsey Hall - 500 College Street
A Celebration of Yale Singing

After President Salovey’s update, join singers from all classes for a jamboree celebrating Yale’s incredible musical tradition. Whiffenpoof and Whim ’n Rhythm alumni groups will perform, and alumni from the Yale Glee Club will be led by its Director, Jeffrey Douma, and by Paul Machlin '68, Director of the Colby College Chorale for 38 years. Yale favorites from many generations will be on offer, concluding with a rousing rendition of “Bright College Years.” (Our "Singing Workshop" - a rehearsal for the Glee Club portion of the Celebration - will take place at 10:30 am Saturday morning as part of "Morning at Yale." All singers are welcome!)

Saturday, June 2, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Woolsey Hall - 500 College Street
Cocktails in the Courtyard
Saturday, June 2, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
Class of 1978 Traditional Class Dinner followed by Dancing to the music of "8 to the Bar"

The Class Dinner will be a classic buffet featuring main courses that will include: hard-shelled broiled Nova Scotia lobster tails, roasted herb marinated beef sirloin, cedar plank roasted salmon filet, seared sweet potato steak, seasonal vegetables and the Yale bakery chocolate mousse bombe.   

The Traditional Class Dinner Saturday night is a bit dressier,  recommended is business casual (cocktail attire is optional).  

Saturday, June 2, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
Dance the Night Away

After dinner, dance the night away to the "Eight to the Bar."  Bar closes at 1 am!

Saturday, June 2, 9:30 PM - Sunday, June 3, 1:00 AM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
Farewell Breakfast Buffet

Join your classmates for our farewell breakfast buffet  - eggs benedict and eggs Florentine strata, fresh fruit platter, mini croissants,  assorted muffins, cakes and breads, hard boiled eggs, fresh whole fruit, steel-cut oats with brown sugar, Yale bakery granola and yogurty, assorted fruit juices, coffee, and tea. Champagne and Bloody Mary's!

Sunday, June 3, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Pierson College - York St. gate next to 232 York
Room: Courtyard
Residential College Open Houses

Students from each college (except Franklin and Murray - see Saturday morning for tours of these colleges) will be on hand to talk about residential college life today. Access will be limited to the courtyard, but there will be plenty to see!

Sunday, June 3, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
University Church Worship

Join Yale’s ecumenical Christian community for Sunday worship, which will include prayers for alumni who have died, a sermon by The Reverend William Eddy '68, and wonderful music and liturgy.

After Yale, Bill Eddy helped to found “The 100 Worst Buildings in New York City.” In response to the immediate needs of tenants, the organization assisted thousands of families living in landlord-abandoned buildings to secure heat and hot water and other essential repairs. During this time, Bill was invited to train for the priesthood at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, the result being a forty-year career serving in more than twenty-five parishes, “the tenements of faith.”

Sunday, June 3, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Battell Chapel - 400 College Street
Reunion Weekend Ends!

Campus housing checkout by 2 pm.  See you in 2023!

Sunday, June 3, 2:00 PM