YANA Lunch with Mike Johnston ’97 JD ’03

6 MAY 2019 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Mike Johnston ’97 JD ’03, former senior education policy advisor to Barack Obama and former Colorado state senator, will make a presentation to the Colorado chapter of YANA (Yale Alumni Non-Profit Alliance) on Monday, May 6th, over the lunch hour (12:00-1:30 pm). The event will be in the groundfloor conference room of 501 South Cherry Street, Denver.

Mike has been invited to speak about his work in social justice and education. He is a co-founder of New Leaders, which is a national educational non-profit whose goal of developing transformational school leaders, and of the Urban Leaders Fellowship, a seven-week fellowship for leaders with a focus on policy and practice. He was also principal of three different schools in some of Colorado’s most under-served communities and a teacher in rural Mississippi.

Mike will share about his experiences, address non-profits from the lens of government, and offer valuable insights of interest to YANA members. Colorado Yale alumni and their guests are welcome to this event to hear Mike and to learn more about this national shared-interest group. Please RSVP HERE. For questions, contact Michael Mazer ’78:; or Rachel Tibbetts ’99:


VIP Tour of 3D Systems Facilities in Littleton

15 MAY 2019 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Salvador Dali, Galatea of the Spheres (1952)

Bo Reynolds ’14 has arranged a special VIP tour of 3D Systems, a company at the forefront of the 3D printing industry. [Chuck Hull, the CTO and former president, invented the first 3D printing method in 1986.] The tour will include an all-encompassing overview of how and why 3D printing has transformed modern healthcare, hands-on demonstrations of anatomical models made from plastic and metal, and a private look at 3D printers worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Light snacks will be provided.  The tour is Wednesday, May 15th, from 3:00-5:00 pm.   The location is 5381 S Alkire St, Littleton, CO 80127, with onsite parking. Attendees will meet at the entrance at 3:00 pm. The event is free, and guests are welcome, but you must RSVP by May 9th:


CYA Invited to an Intimate Evening with Change-Maker Marvin H. Caruthers, Co-Founder of AMGEN

23 MAY 2019 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

A Guggenheim Fellow, Marvin H. Caruthers is a Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder. One of the co-founders of Amgen and Applied Biosystems, Dr. Caruthers remains active in the Biotechnology arena – most recently as a co-founder of Array BioPharma and miRagen Therapeutics.

The methodologies that are used today for chemically synthesizing DNA were developed in his laboratory and incorporated into so-called gene machines for the purpose of synthesizing DNA used by biochemists, biologists, and molecular biologists. More recently his laboratory has developed methods for RNA chemical synthesis and for the synthesis of DNA/RNA on chips. His laboratory has also pioneered the synthesis of many new nucleic acid analogs that have found applications in the nucleic acid diagnostic and therapeutic areas.

On May 23rd at Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management at the University of Denver, 2044 East Evans Avenue, Denver, Dr. Caruthers will share his adventures in biotechnology and how he was able to “focus and solve problems others have yet to discover.” Co-Hosted by Colorado Ivy+ Women, MIT, Penn, and Wharton, the event begins at 6:00 pm with mingling, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. The presentation begins at 6:30 pm. Bring your curiosity and questions, as there will be plenty of time for Q&A.

Seats are limited. Early registration is needed for catering and will be rewarded with discounted ticket prices:  before Sunday, May 19, 2019 at midnight: $25 per ticket, $40/couple; May 20th onward to event time: $35 per ticket, $50 per couple. Event details and registration HERE.



Dress Rehearsal of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic & Backstage Tour

16 MAY 2019 | 6:00 PM

Colorado Springs Philharmonic board member Fran Pilch PhD ’71 has arranged a special backstage tour of the Pikes Peak Center with the opportunity to hear the first hour orchestra’s dress rehearsal of Ravel’s Bolero on Thursday May 16th.  Guest conductor, Christian Lindberg, is also solo trombonist for orchestral piece. Attendees will chat with the manager of the Philharmonic  and possibly have a private chat with one of the musicians. The center is located 190 South Cascade Avenue in the Springs, with readily available street parking (free after 6 pm) and a parking garage ($5). Attendees will meet at the box office entrance at 6:00 pm. The event is free, and guests are welcome, but you must RSVP by May 9th:


Launch Yale Blue Green Chapter in Colorado

14 APRIL 2019 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Join Samantha Lichtin ’16 and Michael Totten ‘72 for libations and lively discussion on the merits, means, and mission of starting a Colorado chapter of Yale Blue Green! All Elis interested in the sustainability space are invited Sunday, April 14, 3-5pm at the Wynkoop (1634 18th St, right across the street from Union Station + free street parking).

Yale Blue Green (YBG) is a recent initiative of the Yale Alumni Association (YAA), led and supported by Yale alumni to serve as a hub for thought leadership, collaborative action, lifelong learning, and social impact relating to the environment and sustainability. YBG is building a network of local chapters and a digital community through online programming, webinars, monthly calls, and social media. Chapters currently exist in New York City, Boston, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, and London and are intended as an opportunity for alums living in major cities to connect with fellow Yalies where they live and work and to engage with environmental and sustainability issues that are unique to their area.

The official goal of YBG is to facilitate three levels of connection and community-building:

  • Alumni-to-Alumni: organize sustainability-related civic projects, lectures, social events, outdoor excursions, advocacy efforts, etc
  • Alumni-to-University: support (and instigate) the Yale Office of Sustainability and University sustainability efforts
  • Alumni-to-the-World: support alums working on the frontlines who are building new organizations and institutions, and pioneering innovative approaches to public engagement and climate action

The real question we want to ask is what could (or should) Yale Blue Green look like in Colorado? What unique opportunities does the wealth of knowledge housed within the Yale network present? What value is there in explicitly convening our sustainability community locally, but also connecting with fellow Elis across the world.

Please RSVP to Samantha Lichtin,