YaleWomen Book Club: 2022 Selections

17 November 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The YaleWomen Book Club will meet virtually on Wednesday, November 17th, 7:00 pm, to discuss All The Trouble of Our Days by Rebecca Donner. The group meets every other month, and selection of readings for 2022 will take place at this November event.  Even if you haven’t read the book, attendance is welcome, and this would be a great time to check out the group.

RSVP to yalewomenbookclubco@gmail to get the Zoom link. You can also email to get on the mailing list for news of upcoming events and readings.


CYA Western Slope Social Gathering

14 November 2021 | 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join fellow Western Slope Yalies  for a fall gathering in Grand Junction from 4:30 pm to 7:00pm, November 14th. Weather-cooperating, we will meet at the home of Christina Schultz MBA ’04, 319 E Dakota Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81507. Hot cider, appetizers, and yard games provided. Spouses, partners, and significant others welcome. RSVP by Thursday, November 11th by emailing Christina at

Christina recently relocated to Grand Junction from Golden, where she hosted Feb Club Emeritus. Now on the Colorado Yale Association board, she hopes to generate more events and initiatives on the Western Slope. Email her if you have suggestions. Although the majority of Colorado Yalies live in the Denver/Boulder area, alumni throughout the state are encouraged to organize events in their neck of the woods. Contact CYA president, Heather Kingsbury Hill ’87, if you would like to organize/host an event where you live:


Life & Personal Growth: “Aging Wisely”

4 November 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Colorado Yalies Dr. Ben Green ’73 and Scott Fisher ’72 met on the Old Campus as freshman roommates in the fall of 1968. A lifelong friendship has been enhanced by a collaboration called the Aging Wisely Project, an effort to learn what differentiates seniors who are aging well from those who are not. Their research suggests that there is important work to be done during this capstone portion of life.

Scott shared with CYA at the Careers, Life and Yale networking event summer of 2019. Now on Thursday, November 4th, 6:00 pm, the two Pierson College Yalies will be the guests for the Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors’  virtual programming in the “Life and Personal Growth” series. Ben and Scott will share their initial findings and invite questions, comments and personal stories that validate and critique their research.

Show your support for the Rocky Mountain region alumni in Yale Alumni events. Register and learn more about the regular Thursday offerings that features alumni HERE.


CYA Hike: White Ranch East Trailhead

3 October 2021 | 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

On Sunday, October 3rd, join fellow Yalies for a four-mile hike starting at White Ranch Park east trailhead, 5611 Glencoe Valley Road, Golden, at 8:30 am. This area in the foothills was territory for the Paleo-Indians 12,000-7000 years ago, before it was home to numerous native peoples, including the Utes and Arapahoe. Approximately two centuries ago, white settler came looking for gold, and the first placer gold, which is culled from streams, was found in what is now known as Ralston Creek east of White Ranch. In 1865, it became a homestead that was eventually the property of Paul White, who owned a cattle ranch.

After this moderately strenuous hike, those interested can gather at the New Terrain Brewing Company, 16401 Table Mountain Parkway, Golden (estimated time: 11:30 am). Non-hikers welcome. Please RSVP to Ben Jacobs ’17:


Share Alumni Volunteers Mount Yale Summit Experience

27 September 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

You may have seen the story on various Yale Alumni Association media posts (front page of the YAA website) about Yale College Class of ’92 climbing Mount Yale this July on various Yale Alumni Association media posts. What you may not know is that expedition’s organizer Dave Belin was one of four Colorado Yalies who volunteered for the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative’s multi-day, trail-maintenance project the week before. Along with Dave, Charlie Peck ’69, Victor Padilla ’81, and Joe Stepanek ’65 helped the CFI with rock work below the summit ridge, one of the organization’s most difficult endeavors at high altitude on heavy reconstruction. With early afternoon lightning a danger, these hale and hearty alumni had to be on the trail at 5:30 am, but reports are that the early wakeup call was worth it.

Dave will share his experiences at a Zoom event on Monday, September 27th, at 6:00 pm. Charlie Peck promises to be there too. He documented his days with photographs, and it should be both entertaining and informational. Word comes from the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative that they hope to have a similar multi-day project in 2020: “to help with timber structures below treeline and also help with rock work up high.” You may be inspired to participate next year.

The virtual event will be advertised and open to Yalies beyond Colorado. So invite a friend. Email Stephanie Grilli to RSVP and receive the Zoom address near the date:

Recording of this event is available in the Yale Alumni Vimeo archive HERE.


Shaping the American West: Yale Professor Justin Farrell

19 July 2021 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Justin Farrell is associate professor of sociology at Yale University in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is the author of The Battle for Yellowstone: Morality and the Sacred Roots of Environmental Conflict and Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West. A Wyoming native, Farrell applies an interdisciplinary approach to his research that asks questions of environment, politics, human culture, and policy, and he oversees Farrell Lab: Yale North American West Initiative, which through immersive field courses, field research, and student fellowships draws together a wide range of social scientists, natural scientists, and practitioners. He is part of the Rural West Covid Project and published a New York Times opinion piece about the wealthy riding out the pandemic in Jackson Hole.

I literally watched over many years this community be transformed into the richest and most unequal community in the nation. Over time I gained a sense that extreme wealth would be the defining factor shaping the West and its environs, now and into the future.

CYA is hosting an in-person gathering with Professor Farrell at an alumni home at the base of the foothills south of 285 on Monday July 19th starting at 7:00 pm. He will give a brief overview of his book and other research he has going on at Yale, and then he will open it up for Q&A. Weather permitting, we will be outdoors with the house interior also available. Casual-dining food along with beer and wine. Those who might want to hike before the event can access South Valley Park and Cathy Johnson Trail (less than 2 miles away or Deer Creek Canyon Park (a little over 4 miles).

Professor Farrell’s work should be of interest to many Colorado Yalies, and the location in which we can experience the drama of the setting sun should make the night magical, as we savor the experience of being together in-person again.

Fee: $20

Payable by PayPal or check: Colorado Yale Association, P.O. 911, Denver, CO 80201

Please RSVP to Stephanie Grilli: Indicate whether you might be interested in carpooling. You will be asked to sign a Covid release form.