The editors of the 50th runion book are planning to include a photo essay about great Yale faculty members who taught us during our time at Yale. We anticipate including 20 or so faculty members. […]
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SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR 50th REUNION BOOK EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 15
DON’T BE LEFT OUT! SUBMIT YOUR CONTENT FOR THE 50TH REUNION BOOK TODAY. Deadline is September 15, 2021. (Details below)
50th Reunion Book
I am excited to announce our in-person 50th reunion June 2-5, 2022 in Davenport College. I appreciate that Andrew Capitman, Cynthia Brill, and Connie Royster have joined me as reunion co-chairs. You will be hearing more from them on various topics – such as when the reunion hotel blocks will open – but for now I ask you to focus on our 50th Reunion book.
I am grateful that Bill Fowkes and Jonas Zdanys have been working hard as co-chairs and co-editors of the Reunion Book. Please read the following note from them, which asks you to provide information for the book by September 15, 2021.
I look forward to greeting you in person at our 50th!
Rob Bildner, Class Secretary
We’re looking forward to the Class of 1972’s 50th Reunion in New Haven next spring and hope you are planning to attend. In conjunction with that event, we’ll be publishing a 50th Reunion Book, a tradition that goes back many generations at Yale. This will be the most important of all the historical documents about our class, a lasting legacy and testament, and we cannot make it without your help.
The 50th Reunion Book will have three sections. We ask you to contribute to and help shape all three of these sections. You will be guided through each of them when you open your personal profile page (as explained below).
|•||Introductory Materials – This section will include essays, photo collages, and other editorial features.|
|•||Personal Profiles – This section will include a profile of each member of our class.|
|•||In Memoriam – This section will be dedicated to remembrances of classmates who have died.|
Here’s what we ask you to do by September 15, 2021 or sooner:
(1) Please open your personal profile page here:
You will need your personal ID number in order to sign into the website.
YOU CAN FIND YOUR ID NUMBER IN THE EMAIL SENT TO YOU JULY 28, 2021. If you can’t find it, please email our YAA contact, Jennifer Julier (email@example.com) and ask her to re-send it to you.
We’ve hired Reunion Technologies, a company that has worked on most of the 50th reunion books in recent history, to provide a website at which you can easily upload your contributions to all three sections of our book. Please note that you do not need to complete your entries at one sitting, but may access the website as many times as you need, and also change things that you entered at an earlier time.
(2) Please follow the step-by-step guided process on the website as you enter your information. This is what you are asked to contribute:
PERSONAL INFORMATION. You can provide as much or as little information as you would like in the categories appearing on the website, including things like address, phone, marriage(s), child(ren), grandchild(ren), education, honors, groups, etc.
PERSONAL ESSAY. Your personal essay is an opportunity to share whatever you want to tell your classmates about your life. Think of it as a conversation starter for the reunion. (Because of space considerations, we’ll have to limit these essays to 350 words each.)
QUESTIONS. We’re asking you to answer a series of questions about your years at Yale and your life after graduation. Your answers will be incorporated into feature essays in the front section of the book that will provide reflections on the social and cultural currents we moved through then and after we graduated and the impacts we may have had on Yale and on the country and the world. (The authors of any answers quoted in the essays will be identified by name.) Our goal is to create a tapestry of voices and perspectives as representative of our class as possible, so please take the time to answer as many of these as you can as soon as you can.
REMEMBRANCES FOR OUR IN MEMORIAM SECTION. The website provides a place to contribute a brief memory of any of our deceased classmates. There is a pull-down listing of all their names and space where you can type in your remembrance. These remembrances will be compiled and featured in the In Memoriam section of the reunion book as we honor these classmates. Please submit your remembrances as soon as possible.
PERSONAL PHOTOS. Your 1972 yearbook photo (or a comparable photo) will be featured in your profile automatically. You may insert up to two more photos into your profile—for example, recent photos of you and/or your family. The website will make it easy to do this.
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS. We plan to include some photo essays, so we welcome as many photos as you would like to provide for any of the following sections:
1. Our Time at Yale: 1968-1972. Photos from when we were at Yale along with pictures of any ephemera, such as ads, programs, posters, menus, and invitations that you have kept.
2. Beyond 1972. Photos of you doing things with classmates over the years, whether that be mini-reunions, celebrations, trips, etc.
3. Class Creativity. Photos of book covers, graphic arts, performances, and any other creative projects.
Please submit as many photos for these sections as you have so we can create a comprehensive and interesting collection. And please submit them as soon as possible.
When do we need these materials? We ask that you please submit your profile information, personal essays, answers to questions, remembrances, photos, and everything else as early as possible, preferably before our deadline of September 15, 2021.
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William Ivor Fowkes & Jonas Zdanys
Yale Class of 1972 50th Reunion Book Co-Editors
50th Class Reunion Announcement
THE CLASS OF 1972 ART & ARCHITECTURE MIAMI MINI-REUNION (March 6-8, 2020)
Photos by Ed Tan, Karen Gantz, Rob Bildner, Hux Miller, Kay Hill, and Deborah Bernick.
DONATE TO THE CLASS OF 1972 WOMEN’S SCHOLAR SHIP FUND
HOW TO DONATE:
To donate make checks payable to Yale University. In the memo line, write “Class of 1972 Women’s Scholarship Fund.” Check the “Other” box and write in the exact name of the fund. Online follow the directions at https://secure.yale.imodules.com/s/1667/giving/17/form.aspx…
When you receive your tax receipt/thank-you letter, make sure it specifically references this fund. Please note that contributions to the Class of 1972 Women’s Scholarship Fund do not count toward annual fund credit but do count toward reunion class credit.
ANOTHER WAY TO GIVE–Consider making a bequest to the Class of ’72 Women’s Scholarship Fund: Designate the exact name of the fund, the Class of ’72 Women’s Scholarship Fund, at Yale University, in your will. If interested, you may also contact Mary Beth Congdon at Marybeth.firstname.lastname@example.org in the planned giving office.
FROM CAROL WHITEHEAD:
“Sixteen years ago the women of the Class of 1972 created an endowed scholarship for transfer students called The Yale ’72 Women’s Scholarship Fund. The recipient for the past three years has been Rona Ji ’18. She transferred to Yale as a sophomore, like the women of 1972 who started this scholarship in 2002 in honor of our 30th Reunion. Rona has embraced all that Yale has to offer. She recently graduated with a dual major in economics and ethnicity, race, and migration. Her most rewarding experience outside the classroom was with Yale Building Bridges, which brings high-achieving college students to teach English in rural China. Rona helped expand this program to deal with mental health and gender equality. She has given back to the local community by tutoring through New Haven Reads. Rona has been involved in the Yale China Economic Forum, and spent a semester abroad in Beijing. A talented musician as well, Rona played the flute with the Yale Band in Australia following graduation. Later this summer she will teach in the Yale Young Global Scholars Program, before starting her MBA at the Yale School of Management with a view to working in US and Chinese commerce relations. Cynthia Brill, Carol Whitehead, Ann Linden and Connie Royster have been involved in shepherding the fund over the years. It now has over $300,000 in assets with contributions from many of our pioneering class of women, and has provided scholarship assistance to numerous talented women transfer students. This scholarship fund continues to accept donations. Thank you!”
AGING WELL PANEL: Thursday, June 1, 2017.:
Mick Smyer’s (BK) presentation, “Is There a Secret to Aging Well?” the class of 1972’s AGING WELL panel at our 45th reunion. Mick, Professor of Psychology at Bucknell University, has provided us with his slides. Click here: 6-1-17SmyerAgingYale72PDF
Here is the full article that formed the basis of Mick’s presentation: https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/how-shall-we-age/
Helen Kivnick (ES), Professor of Social Work, University of Minnesota, gave a presentation at the AGING WELL panel at our Class of 1972 45th Reunion, June 1, 2017. Here are the slides from her presentation: https://yale72.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/KivnickAgingWellFrYOU-6-1-17notes.pdf
REUNION PHOTOS: https://yale72.org/photo-galleries/reunion-photos/
PERSONAL REMEMBRANCES FROM THE 45TH REUNION MEMORIAL SERVICE: https://yale72.org/notes/personal-remembrances-45th-reunion-memorial-service/
Website Tip – How To Find Obituaries Of Class Members
How To Find Obituaries Of Class Members:
To see RECENT OBITUARIES of class members, go to the menu item “In Memoriam” under “CLASS NEWS” in the righthand column on every page. To see ALL OBITUARIES, go to the menu item “In Memoriam” in the drop-down menu under “THE CLASS” in the blue heading on every page.