Meet Jordan Wolfson MFA ’91, “Song Cycle with Blue Cloth” at 808 Projects

21 February 2019 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Internationally-exhibited artist Jordan Wolfson MFA ’91 (seen above in his studio) has his first solo show in Colorado since 2009, which has been deemed by Westword critic Michael Paglia as “must see.” An abridged version of Song Cycle with Blue Cloth will open at 808 Projects, 808 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, on Thursday, January 31st. There will be a special event for Yale alumni and their guests Thursday, February 21st, starting at 6:00 pm. The show includes 27 paintings an 11 drawings that develop from a single still life, which Jordan refers to as “an extended polyptych.”

Working on the series for over three years, the installation presents a single motif moving through multiple iterations, as Wolfson explores, on the surface, attitudes of inquiry from the visual and tonal to the tactile and felt. This exploration of ways of working, “painterly play”, moves into an investigation of the relationship between form and awareness.


CYA art events will be co-listed with the Yale Alumni Art League, which is a national alumni special-interest group (SIG). The logo seen here was designed by past CYA President John Boak ’70, who has started a local group with a Facebook page. Please RSVP to the event with Jordan Wolfson with Stephanie Grilli:


CYA Hut Trip to Section House at Boreas Pass

15-17 MARCH 2019

This year’s hut trip is to a single destination: Section House at Boreas Pass. This refurbished structure built in 1882 once housed the men and their families who maintained the narrow-gauge railway that ran from Como to Breckenridge, one of the most popular railroads in the days of active mining. Yalies can either cross-country ski or snowshoe a little under 6 miles on a gradual grade from the west side of the pass.  Stay the nights of March 15th and 16th at the cozy cabin with warm beds and a wood stove.

The 10th Mountain Division huts are in high demand, and we have a precious 10 slots available. Organizer Tom Creighton ’76 will work out meal planning, including potluck and self-provided food, with those who sign-up, and he’ll also arrange car-pooling with a meet-up point.  Cost for the trip:  $80 per person. For questions, contact Tom:, 720-320-5805.

The hut trip is full. Please contact Stephanie Grilli, to be placed on the wait list. The button will remain on the website, in case there is an opening.


Feb Club Emeritus 2019

February 2019

In the late 70s as a response to New Haven winters, Yale undergraduates began to hold parties every night in February. That tradition developed into FebClub Emeritus, with social gatherings for alumni of all schools and programs scheduled all over the world. There are only three rules: no speeches, no fundraising, only a party! It’s a great way to meet fellow Yalies in your area. If you’re travelling, check the FebClub Emeritus website to find one at your destination. The schedule of events will be updated, as new locations are added.

Grand Junction: Friday, February 1st, The Club at Redlands Mesa, 2325 West Ridge Boulevard, starting at 6:00 pm. Scott Proper ’01 and Andrew Jones ’93,

Golden: Tuesday, February 5th, Miner’s Saloon, 1109 Miner’s Alley, starting at 5:30 pm. Christina Schultz MBA ’04,

Vail/Edwards: Saturday, February 9th, Harvest Restaurant Sonnenalp Club, 1265 Berry Creek Road, Edwards, CO, starting at 5 pm. Cash bar and apps. Club special pasta night…stay for dinner.  RSVP to Sally Austen ’74,

Boulder: Tuesday, February 12th, The Post Brewing Company (Velvet Elk Lounge), 2027 13th Street, starting at 5:30 pm. Some food provided, and a $10 donation is appreciated to cover the cost. RSVP to Alison Jaffe ’97,; or Bob Morehouse ’68,; or Mark Huey ’96,

Telluride: Friday, February 15th, Tamara Ogorzaly PC ’77, 121 Lawson Point. Wine & hors d’oeuvres provided. People can bring a dish or beverage, but it’s not required. Tamara Ogorzaly PC ’77:

Colorado Springs: Wednesday, February 20th, Ute and Yeti, 21 North Nevada Avenue, starting at 5:30 pm. Jonathan Kaufman Scher CN ’12 MSN ’13 ,

Denver: Wednesday, February 20th, Irish Snug, 1201 East Colfax, Denver, starting at 5:30 pm in the Dublin Room downstairs. Free parking behind the building. Samantha Lichtin ’16:; Stephanie Grilli GSAS ’80:

Aspen/Snowmass:  Friday, February 22nd, happy hour at Slow Groovin on the Snowmass Mall, 67 Elbert Lane from 4:30 to 6:30. Hosted by Rob Gavrell,’97 and Mark Torres, ’98. Honorary guest Steve Lindsay ’66. Look for the Yale Flag and the pitcher of something resembling a Gold Cup. Family -friendly Ullr nights at Elk Camp to follow.

Crested Butte: Tuesday, February 26th, Montanya Distillers, 212 Elk Avenue, starting at 5:00 pm. Janae Deverell ’98,

Denver Tech Center: Thursday, February 28th, View House, 7101 South Clinton Street, Centennial, 5:00-8:00 pm. Kyli Hanson ’09,

If you would like to organize a FebClub, contact Stephanie Grilli:


Peace Corps Veteran Mark Fulford ’70 Returns to Africa

January 2019

Mark Fulford ’70 organized last year’s classes of ’69, ’70, and ’71 collective 70th birthday party. Then in November, he and Katherine Fulford left for Africa. Guided  by the husband of a Peace Corps friend,  the two toured Namibia  in southwest Africa, seeing lots of birds and animals and beautiful sand dunes in the Namib Desert, visiting Ju/’huonsi villagers on the edge of the Kalahari, and camping on an island between the Zambezi and Chobe rivers.

They then returned for a week in eSwatini (fka Swaziland) where they themselves had served from 2013 to 2015 as Peace Corps volunteers, visiting their rural homestead and their young friends (now 3 ½ years older and moving on) at the UN refugee camp near that homestead. Three years ago, Mark and Katherine hosted a CYA potluck at their home and shared their Swaziland experience.

Mark says “This was a great trip, to a part of the world we’ve come to love, with the best birds anywhere, the excitement and energy of the mix of cultures, and the stunning beauty of the natural phenomena. But the shortage of opportunities for our young refugee friends frustrates and saddens us.”


Carol Kozak Ward MMus ’85 Devoted to Music with a Mission. “Raisins & Almonds”: a Tu B’Shvat Celebration

January 2019

When Carol Kozak Ward MusM ’85 founded the Colorado Hebrew Chorale in 1993, there were no choirs in the state dedicated to Jewish music. Her dream was to showcase this rich musical tradition with community service as an integral component.  Consisting of amateur singers of all backgrounds and identities, the chorale built upon their success by launching Kol Nashim (“Women’s Voices) twenty years later. Using music to build bridges, both groups have developed repertoires and programs to advance a more civil and just society, often collaborating with area organizations.

On Sunday, January 27th, both groups with perform at the Hebrew Educational Alliance, 3600 South Ivanhoe Street, Denver, starting at 5:00 pm with a reception: “Raisins & Almonds: a Tu B’Shvat Celebration” is a concert program in recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day (dinner option as well as a silent auction). Kozak and her Kol Nashim colleague Leah Peer have selected music  grounded in the human strength of spirit, which is previewed by music critic Betsy Schwarm. Singing with the CHC is tenor Seth Ward ’74 PhD ’84, who served as our expert at the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition last summer,  and bass Fred Karp ’70, who manages Service/Colorado Yale Association on Facebook.


Eight Early-Action Students from Colorado

January 2019

ASC Director Shannon Scott sends word that eight early-action students from Colorado have been admitted, although not all have yet accepted Yale’s offer:  three are from Denver, two are from Telluride, and Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and Boulder each have one.

A recent Westword article highlights Ayanle Nur, a DSST Green Valley Ranch student and son of Somali refugees : “Nur says that he plans to get on the pre-med track at Yale. ‘I’ve always wanted to help people. Getting into Yale is my first step in realizing the American dream,’ he says. But his fellow DSST Green Valley Ranch seniors see another future for Nur: They voted him most likely to become president.”

Later this year, CYA will have a casual get-together to welcome the Colorado freshman class. If you want to become a volunteer interviewer, contact Shannon: