Tag Archive: Administration

  1. How does Peter Salovey spend his summers?

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    Officiating weddings for the children of his Provost’s Office colleagues, apparently.

    In fact, Salovey’s shout-out in today’s New York Times — for officiating the wedding of Clelia Peters ’00 and Blake Suttle ’97, the son of a deputy provost, Lloyd Suttle, and the coordinator of the residential college seminar program, Cathy Suttle — was hardly his first.

    The Times also ran articles noting Salovey’s participation in the weddings of his colleagues’ children in 2003 and 2004.  And we reported last fall that Salovey officiated at the wedding of K.C. Mills, his assistant at the time and now the operations manager for Silliman College.

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  2. Harvard becomes first university to create gay studies chair

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    Harvard University announced Thursday that it is creating an endowed visiting professorship in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies, staking its claim as the first American university to create such a chair.

    The milestone hits a sour note at Yale, given that the University passed up the chance to create such a position more than a decade ago. In 1997, the prominent AIDS activist Larry Kramer ’57 offered Yale funds to create either an endowed chair in gay and lesbian studies or a student center for LGBT students. The University rejected the offer, sparking a major conflict with Kramer that ultimately garnered national media attention.

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  3. Levin’s Baccalaureate address

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    University President Richard Levin addressed the graduating class and its guests on three separate occasions this weekend as part of the Baccalaureate Service.  Here is the full text of his remarks:

    The Economy and the Human Spirit

    When I welcomed you four years ago, you were exhilarated but apprehensive, excited to be taking on a new challenge, but more than a little intimidated – awed by the imposing architecture of this place, by the grandeur of this hall, by the rumble of its great organ, and by the dazzling accomplishment of your classmates, who all seemed to you to belong here, even if you were not quite sure about yourself.  Now, appropriately, you feel as if you own the place; every corner of your college, every face in the dining hall, is familiar to you.  You have made close friends, and you have memories you will never forget.  While all this happened to you the world around you was flourishing. And Yale was flourishing, too – building and renovating at an astonishing pace, adding new international programs, and enhancing financial aid to make the whole experience a lighter burden on your families.

    Who would have imagined, four years ago, that the world economy would collapse? As you leave here, it is hard not to think about this unhappy reality.  So, as an economist and as your president, I would like to offer you my perspective on what has happened and what it means for you.

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  4. Brooke Shearer, founding director of World Fellows program, dies at 58

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    Brooke Shearer, a former Clinton administration official who later served as the founding director of Yale’s World Fellows program, died on Tuesday at her Washington home.  She was 58.

    The cause was cancer, according to The Washington Post.

    Shearer, the wife of former deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott ’68, served as a personal aide to Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 during the 1992 presidential campaign and then directed the White House Fellows program during the Clinton administration.  She came to New Haven in 2001 to serve as the founding director of Yale’s World Fellows program, which allows for emerging leaders from around the world to spend a semester studying at the University.

    She left Yale a year later when Talbott, who had been the inaugural director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, accepted the presidency of the Brookings Institution.

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  5. New college renderings to be on display

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    New college rendering

    Alumni on hand for Yale reunions over the next few weeks will have a chance to see a large-scale model and blown-up renderings of the proposed new residential colleges. (Click here for a slideshow.)

    University President Richard Levin said in a phone interview that the materials would be made available to alumni so that they could evaluate the plans for themselves — and start thinking about donating funds to support the project. Levin confirmed that the renderings revealed by the News earlier this month are the same ones that Yale will put on display for its graduates. The model and sketches, he said, may be put up in the nave of Sterling Memorial Library.

    Some alums, though, have already seen these materials. The University began showing the plans, designed by School of Architecture Dean Robert A.M. Stern ARC ’65, to top donors in April.

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  6. Levin: ‘I will be back in action’

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    University President Richard Levin

    University President Richard Levin, who underwent surgery for prostate cancer in April, will be on hand for this weekend’s Commencement festivities.

    Levin has stayed out of his Woodbridge Hall office for most of the past three weeks so that he could focus on recuperating. But, while he will miss a few events this weekend, he will give the Baccalaureate Address and lead Monday’s Commencement ceremony as usual.

    “I will be back in action and I will give all of my speeches,” Levin said Wednesday.

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  7. Old dean, new title

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    Harold Attridge, Yale Divinity School Dean

    A $5 million gift has given Divinity School Dean Harold Attridge a new title: the Henry L. Slack Dean of Yale Divinity School.

    The new endowed deanship was created by Robert McNeil Jr. ’36 in honor of his grandfather, a leader of the Congregational Church in Connecticut who graduated from the Divinity School in 1877.

    The donation comes at a time when the Divinity School has been struggling to meet its fundraising targets and expand its financial aid offerings. As of March, contributions to the school’s annual fund, which is earmarked directly for financial aid, were down nearly 20 percent compared to the 2008 fiscal year.

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  8. Faculty members discuss academic minors

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    At a meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences earlier this month, faculty members formally discussed the possibility of instituting minors for the first time but did not vote on the issue.

    Pericles Lewis, co-chair of the Committee on Majors, said many faculty members spoke in favor of minors at the well-attended meeting.

    “The discussion was incredibly rich and fruitful,” Yale College Dean Mary Miller said. “It’s the kind of conversation one hopes for in a meeting in which people will learn from one another.”

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  9. On swine flu, ‘no news is good news,’ Lorimer says

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    Commencement should not be affected by the swine flu outbreak, Vice President and Secretary Linda Lorimer said today in an e-mail to the community.

    No cases of the novel H1N1 virus have been confirmed at Yale and there are currently no more cases of probable or even suspected swine flu under investigation, Lorimer said.

    “We can all be pleased that the swine flu ‘situation’ has abated and no serious problem materialized here,” she said. “I hope there will be no further need to hear from me on this subject!”

    The University advised those with flu-like symptoms to stay home and to contact their primary care providers rather than Urgent Care at Yale University Health Services as health officials had previously advised. However, individuals returning from Mexico were instructed to contact either Student Medicine or Employee Health before resuming their normal activities.

    In other news, Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced today that five more cases of swine flu had been confirmed in the state, bringing the total thus far to 38 — four of which were from New Haven County.

  10. Koh vote goes to Senate

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    The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations voted Tuesday to send Harold Hongju Koh’s nomination as legal adviser to the Department of State to the full Senate. But in a reflection of the recent debate of Koh’s nomination, the vote was split 12-to-5, almost exactly along party lines.

    Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, the senior Republican on the committee, was the only GOP member to vote with the Democrats in favor of Koh’s nomination.

    As we reported last week, the Foreign Relations Committee originally scheduled a vote on Koh’s nomination last Tuesday, but Sen. Jim DeMint, Republican of South Carolina, delayed the vote until this week. The full Senate has yet to schedule a date to vote on Koh’s nomination.