Bulldogs Invite CYA to Coach Tony Reno Reception

28 MAY 2019 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Bulldogs John Saunders ‘94, Erik Jensen ‘63, Paul Lata ‘82, Dan Mellish ‘95, Jay Sturhahn ‘95, and Peter Calamari ‘97 invite all Yale alumni and their guests to a reception for Coach Tony Reno on Tuesday May 28th in Peter’s home in the Country Club neighborhood of Denver, 1428 East 4th Avenue.

Coach Reno will be coming to Colorado to give an update on the new recruits coming to New Haven in the class of 2023 and to talk about the overall state of athletics at Yale.

The event starts at 5:30 and is free, but tax-deductible donations to  the Yale football recruiting and travel fund are welcome. Libations and hors d’oeuvres. You must RSVP to John Saunders by May 24th:; 303-396-2528.


An Inspirational Evening with Dr. Matthew Weed ’93 PhD ’04

20 MAY 2019 | 6:15 - 8:15 PM

Dr. Matthew Weed ’93 PhD ’04 is the first totally blind, type I diabetic graduate of Yale (three times), Princeton, and Harvard. He skis, canoes, kayaks, is an indoor climber, has completed a rollerblading marathon, and traveled around the world twice. Matthew’s win-win philosophy has improved his life and those of thousands of others.

Matthew has made a life of finding cost-effective win-win solutions to complex problems. He co-developed one of the first methods to convert books into electronic text usable by people with reading challenges, helped launch a $150 million research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has built eight programs that have exposed thousands of pre-health and health professions students to how people with chronic health needs manage (and often fail to manage) outside of the clinical setting. Matthew’s win-win philosophy has improved his life—and thousands of others’, too.

Meet Matthew on Monday, May 20th, at the Alliance Center, 1536 Wynkoop Street, Denver (walking distance from Union Station). Start time is 6:00 pm, and the presentation starts at 6:15. The Serendipity Cafe will remain open for attendees to purchase wine, beer, or other beverages. The presentation starts at 6:15.

Matthew will tell you about many of the great people he has gathered who joined him  in doing these things and more. He will tell you how many of them came to know him. You will hear that many of them say knowing him has had a positive impact in their lives. Knowing how building community has helped him, he wants to make it easier for you do good things for yourselves and others. At the end of his talk he will ask people in the audience to very briefly describe who you are, what you do, and what you hope to accomplish. Whether you’re a web designer looking for clients or a parent looking for an opportunity for your daughter to intern, this event can be a springboard for accomplishing great things in your life and for others. If you have them, bring business cards.

Tickets are $10. Purchase with PayPal or by sending a check to Colorado Yale Association, P.O. Box 911, Denver, CO, 80201. Please also RSVP to Stephanie Grilli:


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.