Yale-Harvard Game Watch 2019!

22 NOVEMBER 2019 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Join fellow Yalies on Saturday, November 23rd, to watch the Bulldogs and the Crimson team at Yale Bowl. The location is The Original Brooklyn’s (not to be confused with the bar near the Pepsi Center, 2644 West Colfax Avenue, Denver, conveniently close to I-25. Kickoff is 10 a.m. (mountain time), which is when doors open. Drinks and food are off the menu, with food service beginning at 11:00. Play the score board for door prizes. We will have our own upstairs space, and a side room is allocated for the youngest Bulldog fans to play.

Yalies in Colorado Springs can gather at Mother Muff’s Kitchen & Spirits, 2432 Colorado Avenue, which opens at 8:00 am.

The annual Yale-Harvard game watch is always well-attended. So it’s a great opportunity to visit with classmates and meet new people. No RSVP is necessary for this family-friendly event.


Yale Explores Denver: Data, Data, Everywhere!

18 OCTOBER 2019 | 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

An evening of connection and interdisciplinarity, Yale Explores is an exciting new initiative that showcases some of the most thought-provoking and entertaining speakers, each of whom provides a different perspective. Selected by President Salovey, the topic for the Denver panel is data: Data science is transforming our lives—from how we build infrastructure in cities to the way we grow food on farms, from how we find cures for diseases to the way we compete in business.

Yale faculty members, Elisa Celis, Assistant Professor of Statistics and Data Science;  Alan Gerber ’86, P ’19, P ’20, Dean of Social Science, Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Political Science, Professor of Economics and of Public Health; and Harlan Krumholz ’80, P ’12, P ’17 Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health will highlight research that advances the power of data science and addresses how such developments can be made to strengthen our democracy, improve our economy, and benefit our well-being. Not sure what an algorithm is? Rather than a lesson in data sets for specialists, this may be an evening in which you suddenly “see” a world increasingly shaped and defined by data.

Yale Explores will be at the Kimpton Born Hotel near Union Station (free valet parking) on Friday October 18th, starting at 6:30 pm. The event provides opportunities to meet other alumni and their guests, with a cocktail hour at the beginning and a reception after the panel. Registration is $25. BOLD alumni (graduates of all schools of the last decade) pay $15. The number of attendees makes this a special occasion to mix-and-mingle with fellow Colorado Yalies!

Yale Explores goes well beyond a typical alumni event and won’t be on the schedule regularly. For a glimpse into Yale Explores at other locations, watch this video.


Fall YaleWomen: Potluck & Book Club

6 OCTOBER 2019 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Alex Katz, “Thursday Night” (1974)

The fall YaleWomen potluck is Sunday, October 6th at 6:00 pm at the home of Sarabeth Friedman near Cook Park in Denver. These gatherings are always filled with fabulous camaraderie, and all alumna are invited.To RSVP, please email Sarabeth at

The  book for the next YaleWomen Book Club meeting on November 20th will be The Overstory by Richard Powers, the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner in fiction. If interested, please contact Angela Wade at


Camp Yale Emeritus: BOLD End-of-Summer Picnic in Washington Park, Denver

22 SEPTEMBER 2019 | 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Patrick Caulfield, “Picnic Set” (1978)

Say goodbye to summer at the Camp Yale Emeritus BOLD (Bulldogs of the Last Decade) potluck picnic at Denver’s Wash (Washington) Park on Sunday, September 22nd, starting at 3:00 pm.  Co-hosted by CYA board members Ben Jacobs ’17, Bo Reynolds ’14, and Samantha Lichtin ’16, this family-friendly event is for Yale College and graduate schools alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years. Camp Yale Emeritus is the summertime version of FebClub. So no speeches, no fundraising, just a party

We’ll provide burgers (beef & veggie), buns, and beer, and you bring a side, a snack, or a dessert, as well as anything extra you might want. [Park regulations say “no glass.”] There is a playground near our picnic area for young’uns, and you’re invited to bring a favorite outdoor game.

RSVP to Stephanie Grilli, who will coordinate what alumni are bringing: In addition to providing numbers for food & drink purposes, RSVPing provides a contact for rain-day notification. Click HERE for a map for Picnic Area 2. Whether you’ve been in Colorado long enough to feel like a native or are among the many new arrivals, this is a great opportunity to connect with your alumni community.


CYA Hike: Mount Bierstadt


CYA wraps up the summer hike series with the Mount Bierstadt Trail on September 15th.  Just an hour and a half drive from Downtown Denver, this 7-mile-round-trip hike is generally considered among the most accessible 14ers in the state. The trailhead begins at Guanella Pass, and initially the hike takes you through willowed wetlands via a boardwalk to preserve the ecosystem, crossing a small lake and the Scott Gomer Creek. Then the trail starts to ascend, travelling through tundra until it becomes steeper and rockier. The final phase is along a ridge to the summit of Bierstadt with views of surrounding mountains, but you have options as to how much elevation you want to take on. If you’ve been waiting to join the fellow Yalies, here’s your chance!

This is a popular trail. Although it may be less crowded in mid-September, it’s recommended that you opt for carpooling. Sign up by emailing Stephanie Grilli, letting her know where you will connect: Denver Pickup: 7:30am @ Decatur-Federal Station (2805 W Howard Pl); Golden Pickup: 8:00am @ RTS Park-n-Ride T-Rex Lot (US-40 & Colfax); Boulder Pickup: New Vista High School parking lot @ 7:15am; Trailhead: 9:00am @ Bierstadt Trailhead on Guanella Pass



National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Tour

12 SEPTEMBER 2019 | 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

You may have seen the “stacked boxes” at the foot of the Flatirons and not realized this is a key international research center for the study of our atmosphere and thereby weather and climate. At a time when few went into meteorology, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) was established in Boulder in 1960 to enable interdisciplinary research on a scale commensurate with the scale of the subject. Dedicated in 1967, its iconic building complex known as Mesa Labs was designed by I.M.Pei, inspired by the Anasazi cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde with the intention of “joining” with nature. Now in the 21st-century, NCAR figures prominently in gathering and interpreting data through ever more sophisticated tools, which is adding to our understanding of global phenomenon.

Science that pushes humans’ understanding of the world they live in, and the ever-changing dynamics of the atmosphere that influences the way they live — and will continue to survive on the planet — is what has been happening there.

On Thursday, September 12th, Colorado Yalies are scheduled for a private tour of the facilities starting at 3:30 pm. The event is free, but you must RSVP to Stephanie Grilli, because there is a cap: Even though this is during regular working hours, there should be a lot of interest among both specialists and generally curious alums. The tour marks CYA’s lead-up to Yale Explores,  with the focus on data on October 18th. Thanks to Jennifer Phillips ’95 MA ’01 PhD for facilitating.

The tour is full. Email Stephanie to get on the wait list.