The Sky Is for Everyone: Yale Professor Meg Urry

20 October 2022 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Meg Urry, the Israel Munson Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Yale, will be the guest speaker at a special Colorado Yale Association event on Thursday, October 20. In her talk, Prof. Urry will explain how she became an astrophysicist at a time when there were very few women in the field. She and other notable women in astronomy recently described their diverse paths in a new book, The Sky Is for Everyone: Women Astronomers in Their Own Words (eds. David Weintraub, Virginia Trimble, Princeton University Press). She will also present highlights from her research on the most massive black holes, including images from the new James Webb Space Telescope.

Urry is the current president of the American Astronomical Society and director of the Yale Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics. Before coming to Yale in 2001 she was a scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The first woman to receive tenure in the Physics Department, she chaired the department from 2007 to 2013. Her scientific research focuses on active galaxies that host supermassive black holes in their centers. She has published over 300 refereed research articles on supermassive black holes and galaxies, and has been recognized as a “Highly Cited Author” by Thomson Reuters.

The Redpath lecturer event and annual CYA meeting starts at 6:00 pm with light bites and beer & wine. The location is Evans School, 1115 Acoma St, Denver. Fee: $25. Pay with PayPal or by check sent the Colorado Yale Association, Box 911, Denver, Colorado, 80201. If paying by check, please RSVP Heather Kingsbury Hill:


CYA Hike: Mount Galbraith Loop via Nightbird Gulch Trail

24 September 2022 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Dave Belin ’92 has organized a great late-season hike for Yalies and friends on Saturday September 24th of Mount Galbraith Loop via the Nightbird Gulch trail in Golden, considered a moderately challenging route. After you hit the high point (not the real summit) you start to descend along the south face of the mountain and are rewarded with wonderful views of Lookout Mountain, Golden, the Table Mountains, and if you look way to the west you can just make out Mount Evans popping up over the horizon. Gather at the Nightbird trailhead at 9:00 am for a 5-mile roundtrip trek through the foothills. Post-hike snacks and drinks at The Eddy. RSVP Dave: or 303-818-0955



Tivoli Brewery Tour & Happy Hour with Ari Opsahl ’12

13 September 2022 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

On Tuesday, September 13th, 5:30 pm, join fellow Yalies for a tour of historic Tivoli Brewery on the Auraria campus, 900 Auraria Pkwy Suite 240, Denver. A happy hour with CEO Ari Opsahl ’12 begins around at 6:00, which includes one free drink and finger food.  Ari became CEO in 2021, after previously being with Anheuser-Busch and the tech start-up Plutoshift.

This 19th-century landmark that opened during the gold rush will be the location of a lively gathering of Yalies. Offering a great craft-beer experience, one doesn’t have to be a brew bro to attend. We hope to see long-time Coloradans as well as newcomers, which includes Ari himself! Good light-rail access. Please RSVP by emailing CYA president Heather Kingsbury Hill:


Yale Day of Service in Colorado

April - May 2022

Yale Day of Service is the university’s annual celebration of service, with Yalies banding together each year to give back to their local communities. In all, alumni communities host close to 300 service projects each year. The estimate is at least 3,500 service initiatives have taken place in the program’s history, dating back to its inception in 2009. Colorado offers two of its core volunteer opportunities.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver helps kids succeed in school, develop good character and citizenship, and live healthy lives at 21 neighborhood clubs and summer camp in the mountains through low or no-cost opportunities to participate in fun and educationally enriching activities after school, during the school day, and all summer long. This event will take place at the JeffCo location, 1275 South Teller Street, Lakewood, from 9:45 am to 2:00 pm. At this Yale Day of Service opportunity, volunteers will help the organization run the State Education Day Event, which will include activity stations where volunteers will be helping run a main activity alongside a staff member. Register on the YAA website.

This year, Colorado Yalies once again have the opportunity to volunteer at Thorne Nature Experience in Boulder. Yalies will do landscaping and weeding under the supervision of staff members. Tools and work gloves are provided, but bring your favorite garden tool if you wish. Wear a hat and bring sunscreen and your water bottle. There is plenty of parking. If you wish to stay later and have a sack lunch, please bring that with you. Family & friends are welcome. Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center, 1466 North 63rd Street, Boulder. For questions, contact Oak Thorne ’51: oak@ 720-224-8976


Feb Club Emeritus 2022

February 2022

After an in-person hiatus, Feb Club Emeritus in Colorado is re-emerging in a few locations. We take pride in having the most events, because this is one time of the year that we can meet with fellow alumni throughout the state, thanks to volunteer organizers who make it so. While the tradition started on-campus as a Yale College way to beat the mid-winter blues, it now takes place anywhere where two Yalies can meet up to socialize. There are only three rules: no speeches, no fundraising, only a party!

Grand Junction: Monday, February 1st, Monumental Beer Company, 5:00 – 7:00 pm; hosts Craig Niemeyer ’89 & Christina Schulz MBA ’04,

Aspen: Wednesday, 16th. Jodi Grant ’90 invites others to join her on the moonlight ski up Buttermilk Mountain: “I will bring my hat and happily have one (not more as I need to ski down) drink with others.” Email her, if you are interested:

Virtual: Thursday, 17th, 5:00 pm. Email Christina Schulz MBA ’04 for the zoom link: cschulz@yourcornerconsulting,com

Denver: Sunday, 20th, Lowry Beer Garden, starting 2:00 pm. Email CYA president  Heather Kingsbury Hill ’87:

Steamboat Springs, Wednesday, 23rd, Otto Pint; host Ham Southworth ’88