Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 10:00 AM

YaleWomen Connecticur + 6th Annual Yale Day of Service

“Why is your community different because Yalies live there?”

Join us in this family-friendly Day of Service project!  We will be working on a community garden that provides food for our neighbors though Operation Hope, a local Food Pantry. Projects will include building a fence, and planting vegetables and a "town" tree in partnerships with the Town of Fairfield.  Please bring a light lunch, and feel free to bring your own garden gloves and/or any garden tools with you. Donations are welcome and appreciated. 

Inclement weather plan: we will be making food in the Kitchen inside the Church for Operation Hope (feeds 50 families and will include a main meal, a salad and a desert). First Church Congregational will provide the ingredients.

Parking is available in the lot behind First Church. The entrance is off Beach Road. 

Site coordinators:

Zhanna Beisembaeva Funaro ‘02 MEM 

Vanessa Payne Rose ‘07 MDiv

For complete information and to register, go to

Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 01:00 PM
Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT

YaleWomen Connecticut Museum Trail -- Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme

YaleWomen Connecticut Museum Trail

Florence Griswold Museum

(Preceded by an optional brunch at the Hideaway Restaurant, 11:00 am)

Join us as curator Amy Kurtz Lansing, ’98 MA and ’00 MPhil, takes us on a tour of the Florence Griswold Museum.  We are grateful to the Museum for waiving the admission fee for our group! 
We will meet in the lobby at 1:00 pm and conclude the tour by 3:00 pm.

  • Space is limited to 15 alumnae. 
  • RSVP no later than Wednesday, April 30th to Anne Boucher ’80 at
  • A waiting list will be kept – therefore if your plans change and you will be unable to join the tour, please let Anne know as soon as possible so that we may contact an alum on the waiting list.


  • For those who are interested, we will meet for brunch at 11:00 a.m. at the Hideaway Restaurant (19 Halls Road, Old Lyme, CT), which is ½ mile from the Florence Griswold Museum. 
  • Brunch options range from sandwiches starting at $5.50 to salads and pasta dishes topping out at $17.95; each alum will pay for her own meal. 
  • RSVP no later than Wednesday, April 30th to Anne Boucher ’80 to secure a reservation

Additional Food for Thought:
“During the early years of the 20th century, the Lyme Art Colony, centered in Miss Florence Griswold's boardinghouse, became America's most famous summer art colony. Today this museum of art and history tells the story of how Connecticut played a pivotal role in fostering an authentic American art.” (Jeffrey Andersen, Museum Director)
To learn more about the rich history of the Florence Griswold Museum, go to
See also “The Birth of Art Colonies: Old Lyme and Greenwich Were Key Locations for American Impressionism – Colonies Modeled after French Enclaves of Artists Seeking Rural Inspiration
And “Study Finds a Gender Gap at the Top Museums” but not in Washington/Baltimore area:  “The Directors. Women are leading 13 of the cultural institutions in the Washington/Baltimore area.  For them, museums are no longer built with glass ceilings.”

Richard Florida, an American urban studies theorist and author of The Rise of the Creative Class, believes that a community’s aesthetic assets are among its most priceless resources and that they are the elements that “make a city sing.”  Connecticut is rich in aesthetic assets, in every nook and cranny of the state! 

Stay tuned for the next stop on the YaleWomen Connecticut Museum Trail,
Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea
Summer 2014

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 07:30 PM

Women in Academia: Challenges and Successes networking event with special guest Dr. Carolyn Tuohy

Our special guest, Dr. Carolyn Tuohy, received her PhD from Yale University. Dr. Tuohy will speak and lead a discussion on “Women in Academia: Challenges and Successes”.

Dr. Tuohy is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Governance. She has led an illustrious career as both a distinguished internationally recognized scholar and senior administrator at the University of Toronto. Her area of research and teaching interest is comparative public policy, with an emphasis on social policy. She has served as  Deputy Provost, Vice-President of Policy Development and Associate Provost, and Vice-President of Government and Institutional Relations at the University of Toronto.

Light refreshments will be served.

Parking is available on University Avenue and steps from the St. Patrick subway station (northwest corner of Dundas and University).

RVSP to Angela Colantonio at

All Yale women alumni and friends welcome. The discussion will be focused on women in academia relevant to all stages of career.

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 09:00 AM
YaleWomen Connecticut + 6th Annual Yale Day of Service in Various locations around the state

YaleWomen Connecticut + 6th Annual Yale Day of Service

YaleWomen Connecticut asked alums about the kinds of events

in which they are most interested.


What alums said are among their top priorities:

Service and volunteer activities.


Join Yalies around the world in the 6th Annual Yale Day of Service

Saturday, May 10, 2014


“Why is your community different because Yalies live there?”


For information about Day of Service in general, go to


For information about and to register for Day of Service project sites in Connecticut, click here.


For information about and to register for Day of Service sites in Connecticut that are co-sponsored by YaleWomen Connecticut, go to:


Bridgeport: Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County

Site coordinator: Zhanna Funaro ‘02 MEM


Fairfield: First Church Congregational of Fairfield Community

NOTE DATE: Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10am

Site coordinators: Zhanna Beisembaeva Funaro ‘02 MEM and Vanessa Payne Rose ‘07 MDiv


Hartford: Elizabeth Park Rose Garden

Site coordinator: Susan Lennon ’85 MPPM


New Haven: Christopher Columbus Family Academy

Site coordinator: Maria Martha Chavez ‘04 PhD


New Haven: Community Garden at Luther House 

Site coordinators: Daphne Burt ‘78 and Gail Kalison Reynolds ‘78,’81 MFS


New Haven: Friends of East Rock Park

Site coordinator: Christina Coffin ‘74


New Haven: Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services

Site coordinator: Monika Advocate ‘87 PhD


New Haven: Leeway

Site coordinator: Elaine Anderson ‘76 MPH


New Haven: Route to Union Station

Site coordinator: Abby Roth ‘90 BA, ‘94 JD


West Haven: Land Trust Beach Clean-Up

Site coordinator: Marilyn Wilkes


Weston: Special Olympics, Western CT Time Trials

Site coordinator: Catherine Kortlandt ‘85

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 09:30 AM · $25.00 USD · 2 rsvps

Yale Day of Service @ The Global Village Project

YaleWomen Atlanta will participate in a service project on the Yale Day of Service, Saturday, May 10, at The Global Village Project, a school for refugee girls. You can learn more about the event and register to participate in the walk here: If you would like to help out at the registration table or hand out refreshments, please email Katie Bolling or me at

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:30 AM

YaleWomen Cleveland + 6th Annual Yale Day of Service

For complete information and to register, go to

“Why is your community different because Yalies live there?”

New Avenues to Independence

This Day of Service involves working with disabled children at their "Swim & Gym" outing.  Activities include: arts & crafts, music, swimming, gym activities and reading to the children.

We encourage participation in the swim portion of the event as it is one of the children’s favorite activities.  Should you plan to participate in the pool, please bring a bathing suit.  Also, please wear appropriate clothing for gym and play!

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 12:00 PM through May 11, 2014
Yale Day of Service Event

YaleWomen LA Day of Service Event

"Service to others is one of the joys and responsibilities that comes with a Yale education." --Yale President Peter Salovey

 Yale Day of Service is this Saturday, May 10, 2014! This year there are more than a dozen sites around LA and Orange County ready for you to volunteer. We of YaleWomen Los Angeles can help make the Yale Day of Service the biggest one worldwide.

From the list of volunteer sites below, we'd like to draw special attention to the event YaleWomen LA is co-sponsoring with the Yale Black Alumni Association and the Yale Club of LA, Empowerment and Success! Workshops: Girls Empowered 2 & Game Changers
This kickoff event targets girls and boys from foster care, group homes, inner city schools and urban churches and seeks to empower them using workshops on financial literacy, self esteem/confidence, and healthy relationships. Boys and girls groups will be separated to allow for open and safe discussion of the issues.  
You may find follow-up opportunities to volunteer at subsequent workshops that will occur every 3 months through May 2015 and will focus on selecting colleges, choosing careers, creating a personal brand, and more. You may also find other volunteer opportunities from this event like holding informational interviews with the participating kids if you're in a career they're curious about. Then, at the 2015 Day of Service event, the participants will report back on what they have accomplished and learned over the year! 
Register to volunteer at the May 10 Success! Workshop via the Yale Club Yale Day of Service site, or if it is not accepting registrations, please email  This site is spearheaded by YWLA member Sheryl Carter Negash, and will feature YWLA board member Robinne Lee and facilitation by fellow YWLA board member Monica Nordhaus.
If you can't give of your time, you can donate funds or goods (they currently need food and pens!) using the Solicitation Letter attached, or email
There's more! Click on any link below to learn more about volunteering at the many sites around LA on May 10!
For inspiration, check out these videos about the 2014 Yale Day of Service via the Association of Yale Alumni from two of the Yale Day of Service Honorary Chairs, George W. Bush '68 and Bill Clinton '73 JD

*Please note we are sending from our fancy new email address  We will continue to send emails from this address, so please save us from your spam!

Hope to see you on Saturday, May 10,
Eileen, Monica, Ursula, Robinne, & Maria

We are the women of Yale University in Los Angeles!  The group was originally formed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the greatest thing ever to happen to Yale - the admission of women!  We now come together as a local chapter of the alumni special interest group, YaleWomen, every few months for potlucks, festivities, outdoor adventures and "lux et veritas" educational and enlightening talks.

YaleWomen LA 

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 02:00 PM
Project Lemonade 2014 in Portland, OR

Project Lemonade

YaleWomen Portland + 6th Annual Yale Day of Service

“Why is your community different because Yalies live there?”

Help Project Lemonade move into a donated pop-up location for its 3rd annual back-to-school free shopping event for Portland metro-area foster youth.

We’ll be setting up racks, unpacking boxes of various inventory, sorting it, and organizing in general for the youth who come during the month of August to shop (for free) for back to school clothing, footwear, and accessories. 

We’ll also beautify the shop so it becomes a welcoming, dynamic space.

This is a family friendly event – all ages welcome!

Information regarding parking and public transportation will be provided closer to May 10.

For complete information and to register, go to


Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 09:00 AM

YaleWomen Portland + 6th Annual Yale Day of Service

“Why is your community different because Yalies live there?”

For complete information and to register, go to

Family-friendly Day of Service Project Site, sponsored by Yale Alumni Association of Oregon & SouthWest Washington and co-sponsored by YaleWomen Portland. 

Notable Yale alumnus Aldo Leopold said “The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.” Enlarge boundaries with your local Yale community at this all-ages, family friendly project to remove invasive blackberry bushes and mulch trails in the forested areas of Evergreen Park.  This project is part of an ongoing park adoption effort by Resources for Health (founded at Yale), in partnership with the City of Hillsboro, to support native biodiversity in the park while enhancing trails to promote nature exploration opportunities for local residents, especially children.   Gloves, tools, and all necessary guidance will be provided.  Please wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, and don’t forget your reusable water bottle!  “That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.”  – Aldo Leopold (FES, 1909) 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Rockefeller's Restaurant in Cleveland Heights

YaleWomen Cleveland and Women's Leadership Initiative

Arielle Miller, YC 2016 and currently WLI's Alumnae Relations Chair, will discuss sponsorship and mentoring opportunities.