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.


A Moment of Rest and Restoration: Tapping into the Body’s Inner Wisdom

14 June 2021 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

CYA invites you to treat yourself to a bit of quiet and simply being during this season of reemergence on Monday, June 14th, 6:00 PM.

“A Moment of Rest and Restoration: Tapping into the Body’s Inner Wisdom” is an experiential session on Zoom that will allow Yalies to experience restorative yoga, a practice that focuses on slow, deep stretching and inner connection with the mind, body, and heart. Any body may participate as the practice is incredibly gentle, as any posture can be modified, and as research is now showing that simply lying still and doing the practice in one’s mind is just as beneficial as physically practicing yoga. Following yoga, for those who’d like to share, we’ll hold space as a community (aka, Q&A).

Props: yoga mat, blocks, bolster, blankets. Or any pillows or blankets you have around. The more the better. Bodies will be very gently held and supported by these props.

Liz Foglesong ’07 teaches restorative and yoga nidra lessons internationally. She has training in several holistic healing modalities: polarity, holding space, yoga nidra, CYT-200. She also partly credits these practices with the healing of her own serious health issues. Liz also tutors middle school and high school students in math and science and coaches founders of startups and those leading innovative, change-making movements.

By registering for this event, you relieve CYA and Lessons with Liz LLC of any responsibility for injury.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Register HERE.


Yale Blue Green Virtual Exploratory Meeting

2 June 2021 | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Yale Blue Green (YBG), a shared interest group of the Yale Alumni Association, is led and supported by Yale alumni and serves as a hub for thought leadership, collaborative action, lifelong learning, and social impact on a range of topics relating to the environment and sustainability. It represents a robust community of leaders, volunteers and members drawn from the entire Yale alumni population. All alumni are welcome to join us.

Yale Blue Green’s alumni members are located across the United States and internationally. Chapters are an opportunity for alums living in major cities to connect with fellow alums where they live and work, and to engage with environmental and sustainability issues that are unique to their area. Join Kerry Rippy ’12 on Wednesday, June 2nd, at 5:30 pm at a virtual meeting to start the ball rolling with establishing a Colorado chapter. Email Stephanie Grilli to receive the Zoom link or to express interest in this initiative: