1988 30th Reunion Schedule

1988 30th Reunion Headquarters Open in Branford College

Campus housing is available.

Thursday, May 24, 1:00 PM
Branford College : Common Room
8Y8 30th Reunion Group Show, Photo Slideshow and Memorial Book

Art/Books/Film Exhibition: An exhibition of classmates’ works will be on display throughout the reunion.  Whether by hobby or profession, Authors, Filmmakers, Artists, Makers, Actors, Performers and the like are participating. We have both a physical exhibit of items in the Branford Common Room, as well as special screenings of film and video in the Y88 Screening Room (aka the Trumbull Room).   Stop by the Common Room and Trumbull Room to explore books, audio, video and a variety of fine arts pieces. Thanks, Carter Brooks (SM), for again organizing the shows!

Memorial Book:  Pay tribute to classmates we’ve lost by contributing to the Class Memorial Book meticulously curated and maintained by Martha Kennedy (ES).  The book will be on display throughout the reunion.

Branford College : Common Room
30th Reunion Kickoff at 116 Crown

We will be providing nibbles so please stop by for a drink and a nosh at this popular New Haven bar/restaurant.

116 Crown Street
New Haven, CT

Thursday, May 24, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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 from 9 pm to midnight.

Thursday, May 24, 9:00 PM - Friday, May 25, 12:00 AM
Mory's - 306 York Street
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, May 25, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
American Bistro Buffet Lunch under the tent in the Courtyard

Buffet lunch including a large variety of soups, sandwiches, salads, sides, and desserts.  Wine courtesy of Laurence Odfjell (ES), beer, soda, coffee, and teas.  As with all Yale Reunion meals, there will be vegan and Gluten-free options available, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage options. 

Friday, May 25, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Researcher’s Delight: Updates From Our Science Hill Gang (extra credit if you get the 80s cultural reference)

A panel of incredibly talented and accomplished doctors and scientists from our class will present on a broad range of topics from their respective areas of expertise, led by moderator, classmate, and Yale’s new (and first-ever!) Vice Provost of Research, Peter Schiffer, Ph.D. (PC). Come hear about the latest developments in artificial intelligence, artificial organs, cancer treatments, vaccines, and more.  Panelist include: Stephanie Blank, MD (JE), Stu Weinzimer, MD (PC), Ofer Levy MD/Ph.D (ES), Michael Littman, Ph.D, (ES) Laura Lund, Ph.D (BK).

Friday, May 25, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall - 1 Prospect Street
Room: 114
This American Moment: Politics, Media & Civility

While some feel this is the most divisive moment in American politics in a century, others think if one filters out the noise, we’re really just seeing a settling of two sides of American political culture that have been evolving away from the center for decades. Join this rousing conversation with classmates in media, politics, policy and academia moderated by Lisel Loy (BK), Vice President of Programs at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC, and with Geoff Kabaservice Ph.D, (MC) Director of Political Studies at the Niskanen Center in Washington, D.C., John Hechinger (ES), Senior Editor, Bloomberg News, Diana (Helweg) Newton (CC), Senior Fellow, Tower Center at SMU and Member, Council on Foreign Relations.


Friday, May 25, 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall - 1 Prospect Street
Room: 114
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, May 25, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Cross Campus - On College between Elm & Wall
8Y8 30th Reunion Special Screening and Talk Back

A special screening of film and video in the Y88 Screening Room (aka the Trumbull Room).  We also plan to set up a few talk-backs with the filmmakers and producers, so check the final Program for those details.  

Friday, May 25, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Branford College : Trumbull Room
Cocktails in the Courtyard

Time for mingling and casual conversations with classmates and guests.   Re-connect with folks you know and get to meet some you don’t. Dress code is "Come as you Are!"

Friday, May 25, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
American Southern Road Trip

Buffet dinner offering a range of Southern-style comfort foods for meat-lovers and vegans alike, plus yummy side dishes, salads, and desserts.  Enjoy beer, Odfjell wines, soda, coffee and teas.

Friday, May 25, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Keep the Conversation Flowing!

The bar will remain open until 1 am and for background music, we’ll have a curated playlist from across the past few decades.

Friday, May 25, 9:30 PM - Saturday, May 26, 1:00 AM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Continental Breakfast

Includes baked goods, whole fruit, cereals, yogurt, oatmeal, coffee, tea, milk, and juices

Saturday, May 26, 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Branford College - 74 High Street
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, May 26, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Old Campus - 67 High Street
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, May 26, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Rose Alumni House - 232 York St
Room: front desk
Fun Run!

Whether you're a seasoned runner or just want to get up and moving to start the day, join Marty Fleischmann (BK) and Denise Ramirez (BK) on an invigorating 2.5 mile loop around campus!  Bring along your running/walking shoes and whatever workout attire you want to wear for a late May New Haven morning, then do the loop with friends (or general speed groups we'll create) once or twice depending on how far or fast you want to go.  We'll meet up 7:45-8 am to stretch and say hi and get moving by 8:01.

Saturday, May 26, 7:45 AM
Morning at Yale

Here's your chance to enjoy again the extraordinary opportunities available at Yale! There are two "course times," 9 am and 10:30 am. Learn or do something wonderful this morning!

Saturday, May 26, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
American Picnic Buffet Lunch

Buffet picnic lunch featuring chicken, burgers (beef or Portobello mushroom), salads, sides and dessert.  Plus Odfjell wines, beer, soda, coffee and teas.

Saturday, May 26, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Family Festival

The AYA invites you to our Family Festival at Payne Whitney Gym! Kids will love discovering our selection of inflatable attractions, including a climbing wall and giant slide, plus a photo booth, carnival games, safari animal rides, and more!  (Children must be accompanied by a parent.)

Saturday, May 26, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Payne Whitney Gym - 70 Tower Parkway
When Life Throws You a Curve Ball

We've set aside a 2-hour block Saturday afternoon for this timely panel discussion. By this stage of our lives we have all experienced expected and unexpected hardships. The panel's focus will be on sharing the coping mechanisms and strategies as experienced or offered by a panel of classmates including mental health professionals. Topics may include physical/mental health issues, the death of a child/spouse/parent, professional or financial setbacks, addictions (self and/or family members), sexual misconduct, natural disasters, gun violence, and more.

We have curated responses, to be read in whole or in part by classmate volunteers.  We believe this will allow a safe space where each story can become part of the story of our class.  The goal is to universalize the fact that, by now, we have all had to deal with serious issues, and to destigmatize issues that may otherwise prevent folks from seeking help/support.

Saturday, May 26, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall - 1 Prospect Street
Room: 114
President's University Update

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


Saturday, May 26, 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. Alumni from the Glee Club and Whiffenpoof and Whim ’n Rhythm alumni groups will perform Yale favorites from many generations, concluding with a rousing rendition of “Bright College Years.” (The Glee Club rehearsal for the Celebration will take place at 10:30 am Saturday morning as part of "Morning at Yale." All singers are welcome!)

Saturday, May 26, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Woolsey Hall - 500 College Street
Cocktails in the Jonathan Edwards Courtyard

More time for mingling and conversations.  We are expecting such a large turnout for Saturday night that we will be holding our pre-dinner Cocktail Hour across the walkway in JE under the 65th Reunion’s tent, then we’ll return to Branford for dinner, mingling and dancing.

Saturday, May 26, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Jonathan Edwards College - 68 High Street
1988 30th Reunion Class Dinner

Whether you want to dress up or keep it casual, we’ll enjoy our largest gathering of the 30th Reunion will be a festive multi-course dinner accompanied by Odjfell wines.

Saturday, May 26, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Dancing the Night Away

Get your groove on to music curated by classmate DJs Charlie Joyner (SM) and Kevin Kiernan (SM).  They’ll be selecting tunes from across the decades of our 50+ years!
Bar Closes at 1 am

Saturday, May 26, 9:30 PM - Sunday, May 27, 1:00 AM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Farewell Breakfast

With Commons under renovation, this will be the first year that Sunday Brunch will be held in the Reunion residential college.  A wide range of breakfast options will be available, including Yale Bakery baked goods, assorted hot and cold cereals, eggs, waffles, French toast, home fries, sausage, bacon, fresh fruit, yogurt, juices, coffee and teas.

Sunday, May 27, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Branford College - 74 High Street
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, May 27, 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 Bo Karen Lee '93, and wonderful music and liturgy.

Bo Karen Lee is associate professor of spiritual theology and Christian formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She earned her BA in religious studies from Yale University, her MDiv from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, and her ThM and PhD from Princeton Seminary. A recipient of the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise, she gave a series of international lectures that included the topic, “The Face of the Other: An Ethic of Delight.” Before joining Princeton faculty, she taught in the Theology Department at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, where she developed courses with a vibrant service-learning component for students to work at shelters for women recovering from drug addiction and sex trafficking. She now enjoys teaching classes on prayer for the Spirituality and Mission Program at Princeton Seminary, in addition to taking students on retreats and hosting meditative walks along nature trails.

Sunday, May 27, 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, May 27, 2:00 PM