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A Note from Rob Bildner, Class Secretary
I am ecstatic that by every account our 50th reunion was an enormous success, beginning with a fabulous turnout of almost 500 classmates and guests. I had a wonderful time and am particularly proud of our inspiring programming that hit the bullseye. As a classmate expressed, the programming- from the “moth” talks to the authors salon to the sessions on grandparenting, becoming an environmental advocate and “Bright College Years” – featured learning from each other, not just sitting in a room listening to talking heads and “experts. This set the tone as we chilled out with old friends and made new ones. And who could forget , as some of us whirled around on the dance floor, our classmates’ guest performances with the Regressions from vocalist Craig Mason to violinist Jim Caron? How much fun was that? Bottom line: We came together as a ‘72 community in a joyous, stimulating 50th reunion weekend.
How do we follow up from the reunion? For one, you can share your photos through the Google Photos link set up by Corresponding Secretary Jonas Zdanys. Click on this link https://photos.app.goo.gl/oyf9hNrpzuPmnhYi8 and you will be able to upload your photos, see your classmates’ photos and even download the ones you like. Secondly, we recorded the program sessions and Memorial Service (unfortunately we were not able to record the author’s salon) for the almost ⅓ of our class who were not able to attend the reunion and those who attended and want to revisit these superb sessions. Eventually you will be able to access these recordings and we will keep you informed when both are ready for your viewing. Our classmates Ken Barish and Mick Smyer told me they will make some of their handouts and slides from their excellent presentations available through our class website. Finally, keep your eye out during the summer for the Class Book featuring entries from over 500 classmates. Do some bench pressing to get ready for the book – it is over 1,000 pages!
Finally, I am very grateful that many of you took the time to tell me during the weekend how much you appreciated our hard work to plan this event. I am thankful as well for the opportunity to continue my service as Class Secretary and give back to the Yale community that so enriched my life and that of my family.
Have a great summer!
Check out the 50th Reunion Book Directory Website Here
LIVESTREAM 50th REUNION EVENTS
You can watch the following Class of 1972 50th Reunion Events here:
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2022
2:30-3:45PM. The Art and Science of Grandparenting (and Parenting Difficult Relationships)
4:00-5:45PM. Moving from Anxiety to Action on Climate Change
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2022
2:00-3:30PM. Special Events and Special Guests
5:00-6:00PM. MEMORIAL SERVICE from Battell Chapel
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2022
1:30-2:30PM. Classmates as Storytellers: We Pivoted.
3:00-4:00PM. Classmates as Storytellers: Take 2.
Directions: Just click on the appropriate link below at any of the times listed above to see the livestream feed of the event.
LINK #1 – For all events EXCEPT the Memorial Service:
NOTE: The link will only work when the events are happening.
LINK #2 – JUST for the MEMORIAL SERVICE:
Check Out the 50th Reunion Book Directory Website
Rhonda Singer, ’72 YAA Rep, Reports on Latest Assembly
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.