Dead Sea Scrolls with Religous Studies Scholar Seth Ward

19 Aug 2018 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Considered one of the most significant archaeological discoveries, the Dead Sea Scrolls became known to the modern world, when a Bedouin goatherd looking for a stray entered a mountainous cave in 1947. Subsequent excavations revealed more than 900 manuscripts written between 200 BC and 70 AD, which includes parts of every book except Esther from the Old Testament as well as previously unknown hymns, prayers, commentaries, mystical formulas and the earliest version of the Ten Commandments. Preserved by the dry desert conditions, these fragile fragments created a sensation by challenging our understanding of Judeo-Christian history. Their authorship and reason for being at the site near Qumran still remain a mystery.

Currently the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is featuring an internationally renowned exhibit of 10 originals scrolls (in rotation) along with 600 artifacts from the ancient Middle East, including inscriptions and seals, weapons, stone carvings, terracotta figurines, remains of religious symbols, coins, shoes, textiles, mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, and a three-ton stone from the Western Wall in Jerusalem that fell in 70 CE — the largest collection of artifacts to leave the Holy Land.

We are fortunate to have Yale alumnus Dr. Seth Ward ’74, MA ’78, PhD ’84 to provide an introduction and to answer questions during a CYA visit to the exhibition. Given the nature of the exhibition, a guided tour is not possible. Seth is a Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Wyoming. Previously he directed the University of Denver’s Institute for Islamic-Judaic Studies for ten years and came to Denver after six years in Israel teaching at the University of Haifa and the Technion. Through University of Wyoming Summer Study Abroad in Israel, Seth affords students a multi-cultural view that goes beyond headlines and stereotypes through mix of experiences, lectures, tours and events.  His knowledge and facility with groups will make for an enhanced and meaningful encounter with the displayed artifacts for those of us who require a handle to know at what we’re looking.


Colorado Yale Rockies Game on the Rooftop

11 Sep 2018 | 6:40 PM - 9:00 PM

Come to Coors Field to see the Rockies play their rivals, the Arizona Diamondbacks, with fellow Yalies on Tuesday night, September 11th. CYA has reserved tickets for the two-tiered Rooftop, which offers various ways to create your own experience. These are officially standing-room; but ticket holders can take available seats in section U310-314, and there are bar and casual dining areas as well as a cabana that have seating. The Rooftop is located on the right-field upper deck with views of the mountains. So you can be a serious baseball fan listening to the play-by-play with earbuds or a sports novice enjoying a good vibe on a late summer evening.

All Colorado Yalies are invited to this event, which is our Camp Yale Emeritus offering of 2018.  Game starts at 6:40 pm. Coors Field is within acceptable walking distance from Union Station for public transportation. Please email club president Stephanie Grilli, if you are interested in carpooling to share parking expense:

Purchasing tickets through CYA is no longer available. You can buy  Rockies Rooftop tickets for $15 through the regular channels (no BOLD discount).

Purchased tickets can be collected at the Will Call window on Blake Street near Gate D. They will be in an envelope with your name on it. ID is required.


Yale Night at Casa Bonita!

22 Jul 2018 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

With all the changes happening in Denver, one place that remains is Casa Bonita. Opened in 1974, the restaurant on West Colfax with the pink tower is still going strong. Named a Lakewood Historical Society Landmark in 2015, it recently was the site for the Broncos draft pick, but it may be better known from an episode of “South Park,” which included its haunted cave, cliff divers, mariarchi bands, and sopapillas. Food is cafeteria-style, but it’s really about the Casa Bonita experience at “the World’s Most Exciting Restaurant.” Whether a native or a newcomer, join with other Yalies on Sunday, July 22nd, at 6:00 for an evening of fun at this pop-culture icon.

With group rate, adults can order anything off the menu (except fajitas). Kids can order anything off the Little Amigos menu. Refillable soft drinks. Tax and 15% gratuity included.

Either use the PayPal buttons below or send a check to Colorado Yale Association, P.O. Box 911, Denver, CO, 80201. If you pay by check, please RSVP to


Ice Cream Social for Incoming Yale College Freshman

10 Jun 2018 | 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Come to the ice cream social for those in the entering freshman class of Yale College from Colorado on Sunday, June 10th, starting at 3 pm. Thanks to ASC volunteer extraordinaire, Oak Thorne BS ’51 MS ’54, we have a wonderful setting for this gathering, Thorne Nature Experience, 1466 North 63rd Street, Boulder. All Colorado Yalies from all schools, including current students, are invited. After new admissions, their guests, and ASC volunteers, spaces are limited. You must RSVP to Stephanie Grilli, [Indicate if you’re interested in carpooling.] If you were an ASC volunteer, you will have gotten an evite, and your response will be noted as your RSVP. Help young Coloradans heading to Yale by sharing your stories and offering unofficial tips, while enjoying camaraderie and frozen treats. Casual dress.

Special thanks to Shannon Scott ’93, ASC Director for Colorado, and to all ASC interview volunteers!


Yale President Peter Salovey Comes to Denver

11 Dec 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

On December 11th, President Peter Salovey PhD ’86 will be in Denver. Alumni and guests will have the opportunity to meet him and hear him address “Strategic Planning at Yale Today: University Priorities and Academic Investments.” The event will be held at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science in the Schlessman Lobby with floor-to-ceiling windows offering a spectacular view of the city and mountains. Then we will move to the Ricketson Auditorium for his presentation and Q&A. The event begins at 6:00 pm with a reception with heavy appetizers and open  bar, and attendees can talk to President Salovey as well as meet or catch up with fellow members of the Colorado Yale community.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Ticket price: $30  This can be paid through PayPal (first button below) or by check made out to “Colorado Yale Association” and sent to P.O. Box 911, Denver, Colorado, 80201. As with all CYA events, dues are not necessary to attend but are welcome.

The ticket price reflects the Colorado Yale Association’s portion of the cost. In order to keep the registration fee within reach for all alumni, you might add a donation to CYA to help defray the cost of this event…even an extra $5 helps. Donations can be made through PayPal (second button below) or by mail. To help with this event, you are asked to consider paying tax-deductible dues, with payment details on this website under “dues.”

There is plenty of free parking at the museums lots and parking garage at this central Denver location. If you have any questions, please contact CYA president, Stephanie Grilli: With catering deadlines looming, you are asked to purchase tickets sooner rather than later.

This is a special event, as befits the visit of a Yale president. Because attendance should be robust, this is one CYA event not to be missed. Contact school chums and make it an occasion to get together. To those beyond the Mile High City, it’s a great time of year to come to Denver. See you on the 11th!