Evening with Bulldogs Coach Tony Reno

2 May 2017 | 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

In years past, Yale Bulldogs Football Team alums have gathered together with special guest Coach Tony Reno.  They have opened the evening with Coach Tony Reno to the Colorado Yale Association with 20 spaces. There is no fee to attend; but a contribution toward the Yale football recruiting and travel fund is encouraged and can be made at the event ($50 suggested but all donations are appreciated; tax-deductible if checks are made out to “Yale University”).

Please join us for a very important evening with Yale’s dynamic Tony Reno, coach of the resurgent Yale Bulldog Football Team! To thank you for your past support…To share what we can do to create and sustain excellence in the Yale Football program…To introduce the top-rated 2017 Yale recruiting class.

Libations and hors d’oeuvres. Spouses and significant-others welcome. Tuesday, May 2nd, starting at 5:30. Hosted by Peter Calamari, 1428 East 4th Avenue, Denver, 80218.

CYA attendees RSVP to Stephanie Grilli,, by April 28th. This event has been well-received and greatly enjoyed by football alums. If you want to be a part of the evening, you might want to RSVP sooner rather than later.


Wilbur Cross Medal Honoree, Arthur Nozik ’67 PhD on Solar Power

17 Apr 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Last September, Arthur Nozik ’67 PhD (Chemistry) was awarded the Wilbur Cross Medal, which is given by the Yale Graduate School to its most distinguished alumni for their outstanding achievements and contribution to society: “Nozik is a world-renowned leader in the science and technology of solar energy production. He understands the underlying physical and chemical processes at their most fundamental molecular levels and translates this knowledge into practical solutions. As senior research fellow (emeritus) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), scientific director of the Center for Revolutionary Solar Photoconversion, and research professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder, he has identified and clarified the fundamental issues that limit the performance of solar cells and has designed new materials and new nanometer-sized structures to address these limitations. His research at NREL set the standards for solar cell performance.”

In the 50 years since the Wilbur Cross Medal has been awarded, there have been just 244 recipients. Nozik is a pioneer in the field of alternative energy. His most recent research continues to advance understanding and technologies, and we are thrilled to announce that he will give a talk that should enlighten specialists as well as those not scientifically trained, “History, Status, Future Directions, and Prognosis for Economic Approaches to Convert Solar Power to Electricity (Photovoltaics) and Fuels (Artificial Photosynthesis)”:

The critical imperative to transition the world’s energy use from fossil-based resources to renewable energy is being globally recognized and implemented with increasing intensity and urgency in most countries. In recent decades this is being driven by the valid and mounting concerns emanating from advances in the evidence and science of anthropogenic climate change, in contrast to the earlier concerns of energy security and petroleum/natural gas availability in the 1970s.

Come to honor Nozik’s accomplishments and to hear a leading scientist’s thoughts on a sustainable path to the future. The talk with Q&A will be at the Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver, on Monday, April 17th from 6 to 8 pm. There will be time before the talk begins for light eats and beverages as well as meeting fellow alum and guests. Food will be provided. Beer and wine are available at the Center’s Marley Cafe. The Center is located within easy walking distance from Union Station, which is convenient for bus and light-rail options. Guests are welcome. Please RSVP to Stephanie Grilli,

Tickets are $10.00 payable through PayPal or by check made out to Colorado Yale Association and mailed to P.O. Box 911, Denver, Colorado, 80201.

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For questions about the event contact: Stephanie Grilli,


Yale-Dartmouth-Columbia Ski Day at A-Basin

19 Mar 2016 | 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Organized by Amy Flakne ’01, we will have a cookout with a keg at the first spot on the beach at A-Basin on Saturday, March 19. Lunch will be served between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm, and we’ll be hanging out until 4:30 pm. Come ski or snowboard, or simply join Yale, Dartmouth, and Columbia alum for late winter fun & frolic. Advance ticket purchase is required, so that Amy can get good a headcount for food purchase and verify attendees, We will check email confirmations on your smartphones.

Tickets are available for purchase on Eventbrite now through March 16
Adults: $15; children: $5;  for burgers, dogs, sides, and beers & drinks. No refunds.

Tickets do not cover lifts tickets.

For inquiries, contact either Amy Flakne,, 303-993-9580; or Kevin Andrew Brown, Dartmouth ’92,, 918-633-9535


“Women of Abstract Expressionism” Tour with Curator Gwen Chanzit

16 Aug 2016 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Women of Abstract Expressionism at the Denver Art Museum is one of the major art exhibitions of 2016. Conceived of by curator Gwen Chanzit in 2008, it showcases the work of women who were part of the mid-20th-century Abstract Expressionist movement.

Gwen Chanzit and artist Judith Godwin

Although some of these artists have been previously acknowledged, they were not granted equal billing with their male counterparts, and others are lesser known but equally talented. Women artists in general were rarely afforded the same status as men, and Abstract Expressionism specifically was characterized as a masculine-to-macho aesthetic.

University of Denver professor and DAM curator of modern art, Gwen Chanzit has redressed this omission with a gathering of stunning artworks, and the exhibition has received national and international acclaim. Art lovers are making their way to Denver to see the show, and Dr. Chanzit will conduct a special after-hours tour for Yalies on Tuesday, August 16th, starting at 5:30 pm. [The website event post requires an end time, and the tour may end before or after 7:30.] She is also the proud mother of Yale grad Adam Chanzit ’03 and is happily offering her time, knowledge, and enthusiasm to CYA.

All fees, including admission, have been waived. RSVP to Stephanie Grilli, Parking in the Golden Triangle is free after 6:00 pm.

The catalog for Women of Abstract Expression is a Yale University Press publication.


Spring Soirée with Lori Laitman ’75, Composer of Premiere Opera “The Scarlet Letter”

30 Apr 2016 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

CYA will host Yale graduate Lori Laitman (BA 1975, Master of Music 1976) for party food and libations at the home of Allison Westfahl Wagner ’01 on Saturday evening, April 30th, 6:30-9:30 pm. Lori is the composer of The Scarlet Letter, a new opera to receive its world premier at opera Colorado in early May. A noted composer of music for voice, Lori is the composer of operas, choral works, and over 250 songs. Her music is widely performed, internationally and throughout the United states to critical acclaim. The Journal of Singing wrote, “It is difficult to think of anyone before the public today who equals her exceptional gifts for embracing a poetic text and giving it new and deeper life through music,” and Fanfare Magazine calls her “one of the most talented and intriguing of living composers.

We are privileged to be able to spend time with Lori, as she helps prepare Opera Colorado for The Scarlet Letter. We thank Allison for welcoming us into her central Denver home with her new baby grand piano, which will be available to Lori to play. May Day weekend is a lovely time of year in Colorado with people emerging after winter, and we can celebrate spring’s and music’s new beginnings at a delightful evening with one of the most noted composers in America today.

$20 fee/person to cover refreshment and expenses. Email CYA president Stephanie Grilli with inquiries and to RSVP: She will provide payment instructions and location details. Attendance is limited to 40. So sign on soon to partake of this festive alumni get-together and night-on-the-town.

In conjunction with Lori’s appearance, CYA members and guests can receive a discount on tickets to The Scarlet Letter for the Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday performances (May 10-15). For tickets, go to the Opera Colorado site and enter the discount code “CYASCARLET” when you order your tickets. Attendance at the soirée and the opera are not contingent upon each other. Thanks to Jay Mead ’76 for his involvement and support and for arranging the CYA discount.