CYA Hiking Season Begins: First & Second Flatirons, Boulder

23 JUNE 2019

Tom Creighton ’76 MA ’83, Samantha Lichtin ’16, and Ben Jacobs ’17 have planned monthly CYA hikes, kicking off with the trail through the first and second Flatirons on Sunday, June 23rd. This short but intense hike will take you up the dramatic centerpiece of Boulder’s landscape with a phenomenal view of the CU Campus and surrounding area.  The distance is 2.4 miles with an elevation gain of 1446 feet. As with most foothills trails, be prepared for a steep ascent. Join us afterwards for brunch and a well-earned beer at the Bohemian Biergarten!

People not living in Boulder County must pay to park at the trailhead, and the expectation is that parking will be difficult. So the organizers have set up two carpool meeting spots: Denver, 41st & Fox Park-n-Ride, 4105 North Fox Street @ 7:15 am; Golden, Jeffco Government Park-n-Ride, 605 Johnson Road, Golden @ 7:15 am. The destination is New Vista High School, 700 2oth Street Boulder, where hikers will take the shuttle to the trailhead @ 8:00 am. Those not opting for either carpool are encouraged to meet fellow Yalies at the high school to take the shuttle. The anticipated time for brunch is 11:00 am. RSVP to Stephanie Grilli ( to confirm if you will be joining for the hike, beer, or both and if you want to join a carpool!


Dr. Stephanie Frankel ’98: Sun Protection & Skin Cancer

18 JUNE 2019 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Summer is nearly here.  As the daylight hours increase and we spend more time outdoors, we welcome the sun, but it comes with added risks. Throughout the year, Coloradans enjoy more sun-filled days than other states, but our elevation also exposes us to the highest ultraviolet index in the country. While our active lifestyle contributes to our overall health, the prolonged time outside and a peak hours makes us more susceptible to skin cancer, as our national highest per capita rate testifies.

Dr. Stephanie Frankel  ’98 invites you to Core Dermatology, 425 South Cherry Street, Denver, suite 907, for a conversation about our largest organ — the skin! Dr Frankel will discuss strategies for protecting yourself and review early warning signs of potentially problematic lesions. Is sun screen enough? Am I safe if no one in my family had skin cancer? Come to her offices on Tuesday, June 18th, starting at 5:30 pm to learn skin facts vs myths and the latest developments in treatment. No diagnoses, but Dr. Frankel will answer questions in a casual setting with cheese & wine. The event is free, but you must RSVP to Stephanie Grilli:


Careers, Life, and Yale Networking Event with YAA Strategic Initiatives Director Stephen Blum ’74

13 JUNE 2019 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Join your fellow alums on Thursday, June 13th, at the Park Hill home of Chuck Holum ’74 and Linda Huang ’74, who have generously offered to host a “Careers, Life, and Yale” gathering to network facilitated by Steve Blum ’74, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Yale Alumni Association. Attendees will share the various transitions we’ve each navigated between our Yale days and today. Whether you’ve just begun a career, are changing careers, re-entering the workforce, or heading toward retirement, this will be an opportunity to share insights, suggestions, and experiences as well as socialize.

Steve had a long career as a leader of KPMG Corporate Finance in the US and then with Burnham Financial Group as Managing Director and eventually Chief Operating Officer.  He still leads KPMG’s client merger/acquisition seminars and advises clients or testifies as an expert. Since Yale asked him to work full-time with the alumni office, Steve has facilitated leadership workshops, organized Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY), taught financial literacy,  and put together Yale’s first-ever residential college reunions. He currently is a Trustee of the Yale College Council and a Resident fellow of Branford College.  In addition, he is a grateful Yale parent of Rebecca ‘07 and Max ’09, MusM ’11.

Yale alums have hosted these casual and collaborative gatherings in places such as Detroit, Greenwich, Providence, and the Bay Area with support from the Yale Alumni Association. Many of the dialogues that began there have continued. Now you and we have that same chance!

The event starts at 6:30 pm. There will be light bites and libations. Registration is limited. Admission is $10, payable by PayPal or by check: Colorado Yale Association, P.O. Box 911, Denver, CO 80201. Please RSVP to Stephanie Grilli in order to receive the address and for other communications:


Yale Professor Shelly Kagan: Utopia & the Ideal Human Life

3 JUNE 2019 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Considered one of Yale’s most thought-provoking lecturers, Clark Professor of Philosophy Shelly Kagan is our 2019 Redpath lecturer — recommended by a recent grad who speaks of Shelly (as he answers to) as one of the high points of his college days. Known academically for his work in normative ethics, Shelly’s class on death is equally popular online as part of Yale Open Courses.

Most humans, for most of human history, did not have the luxury to think about philosophical questions in a systematic and sustained way. Even most humans alive today do not have that luxury. I have a job that allows me to sit around and think about philosophical questions. Not only that—I teach at Yale, where I work with some of the smartest people on the planet: undergraduates, graduate students, and colleagues. My job gives me the gift of being able to think about philosophical questions with these people. I am forever grateful that I have been given this chance.

The title of his talk is: Games, Utopia, and the Ideal Human Life: What would an ideal human life look like?  Let’s let our imaginations run free, allowing us to put aside all the things that we do now only because we have to. Imagine instead an incredible Utopia where technology liberates us from all of that:  a society where technology can instantly, painlessly and effortlessly provide you with anything you need. How then would you fill your days? What, exactly, would you still choose to do? Shelly will help us explore one fascinating possible answer to this question: that all that would be left for us to do, as the true essence of the ideal human life, would be to play games. This topic can be entertained from many perspectives, and so alumni with various interest will have something to consider and contribute.

To understand how he engages his audience with ideas, consider that he doesn’t use PowerPoint. So free of AV needs, his reception and talk on Monday, June 3rd, will be at the home of Allison Westfahl Wagner ’01. The event starts at 6:00 pm with light appetizers and wine & beer. After time to socialize and meet Shelly, he will give his presentation, which will be followed by Q&A. This event also functions as the Colorado Yale Association’s annual meeting.

An opportunity to have a top-notch Yale experience in Colorado, this CYA event has been a while in the making and promises to be memorable. There is a cap on the number of attendees and a one-guest limit. So sign up asap. Admission is $25 payable by PayPal or by check: Colorado Yale Association, P.O. Box 911, Denver, CO 80201. Please take the extra step and RSVP to Stephanie Grilli, so that she can provide the address and other communications:


Ice Cream Social: Welcome YC Class of 2023!

2 JUNE 2019 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Join together with fellow alumni and current students to welcome the Colorado students in the incoming Yale College freshmen on Sunday, June 2nd, starting at 3:00 pm. ASC volunteers may be particularly keen to meet those who were accepted and who matriculated, but alumni from all schools and programs are invited. As you ponder what toppings you want, share your memories of our alma mater and of New Haven with with those about to make their own and meet fellow alums. This year’s hosts are Sandy Weil ’93 and Anne Weil ’94, 2565 Elm Street, Denver 80207. This family-friendly event is free, but spaces please lease RSVP to Stephanie Grilli by Saturday, June 1st, to provide attendee numbers for correct frozen treat and toppings purchases :


Yale Day of Service, Saturday May 11th

MAY 2019

Yale Day of Service is a wonderful way for members of the Yale community to meet and reconnect with alumni. While many donate in many throughout the year to non-profits and causes, by participating as a group we reaffirm to ourselves and show to others the Yale alumni commitment to giving back. Our service opportunities are selected so that volunteers can contribute to an initiative’s success with only a few hours of time. Some are family friendly or allow teens at certain ages to participate.

Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver, State Education Day, Jeffco Boys and Girls Club, Lakewood, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm, Joe Smith ’88 organizer [Saturday, April 27th]

Thorne Nature Experience at Sombrero Marsh, Boulder, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Oak Thorne ’51 MS ’53 organizer

Denver Botanic Gardens, Spring Plant Sale, 7:30 – 1:00 pm, Samantha Lichtin ’16 organizer

“Stamp Out Hunger” drive, Wheat Ridge Post Office, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Ben Jacobs ’17 organizer

Schmitt Elementary School Farm, Denver, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Jorge Figueroa MF ’08 organizer [Saturday, May 18th]

Details and registration can be found on the Yale Day of Service website. If you will be traveling, you can find service opportunities at locations in other states and countries.