Charles Johnson ’54, co-chair of the mutual fund Franklin Resources, has given $250 million to the university to support the building of two new residential colleges, according to an email from University President Peter Salovey this morning. The largest gift in Yale’s history will bring the University significantly closer to the fundraising goal it has set out to reach before breaking ground.
“I believe Charlie’s leadership will inspire others to come forward with the additional $80 million we must still raise to provide access to the world’s best undergraduate education to more of the world’s best students,” Salovey said in the email.
Johnson has made significant donations to Yale in the past, funding programs such as the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy. His donations have also provided for the renovation of the Yale Bowl and the creation of Yale’s first all-season outdoor athletics field, all of which Salovey noted in his email.
The building of the new colleges, which are yet to be named, will allow Yale College to expand enrollment by approximately 15 percent. Salovey said the increase will allow the university to admit deserving applicants who should not be denied a place at Yale. Since 1969, when the University extended admission to women, the number of applicants has quadrupled.
In 2006, Johnson was ranked as the 52nd wealthiest American, according to Forbes. His current net worth is estimated at $5.7 billion.
George Nelson ’29 ARC ’31 is not as famous as some of his modernist contemporaries, such as Frank Lloyd Wright or Charles and Ray Eames. But as the focus of an exhibition and a recent symposium at the School of Architecture, he may be worth rediscovering. On Friday and Saturday, the School of Architecture hosted a symposium on Nelson’s life, work and legacy. The conference, organized by Dietrich Neumann, a professor of history of art and architecture at Brown University, was planned in conjunction with the retrospective of Nelson’s work, “George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher,” currently on view at the second-floor gallery in the School of Architecture’s Rudolph Hall.
Undergraduates hoping to pursue careers in education may be running out of options as the University continues to phase out what remains of the Education Studies track. Yale canceled its Teacher Preparation program in 2010, citing budgetary issues and the pre-professional nature of the training program, but continued to offer a series of courses under the Education Studies umbrella. The University’s decision to end Teacher Preparation caused then-Director of Education Studies Jack Gillette to resign. Professor Linda Cole-Taylor currently runs the track and teaches the majority of its courses, but she will also leave at the end of the semester after the University rejected many parts of her proposal.
The dining room of the Afro-American Cultural Center was strewn with white and purple cloth on Friday night for the inaugural Edward A. Bouchet Ball commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Black Student Alliance at Yale. More than 150 students and several faculty and alumni attended the culminating event of BSAY’s homecoming week, a weeklong series of panels and events intended to promote discussion about the history of black students at Yale. The Bouchet Ball raised around $1,300 through $10 dinner fees for their first-ever “First Steps, Second Chances” scholarship, which was granted to Johnnasia Sanford, a previously incarcerated New Haven student.
High of 62 degrees, low of 52 degrees, patchy fog and likely rain.
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Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, Apple Cinnamon Muffin Lunch: Miso Soup with Watercress & Shiitakes, Hot & Sour Soup, Korean Barbecued Pork Chop, Thai Coconut Chicken, Indonesian Vegetables & Noodles (Peanuts), All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, East Meets East Burger, Asian Pork Sandwich with Asian Peanut Slaw, Scallion Jasmine Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Cucumber Salad, Peanut Noodle Salad, White Chocolate Macademia Cookie, Organic Plain Brownie Dinner: Squash Curry with Tofu, Pho Noodle Bowl Bar, All-Natural Grilled Chicken Breast, Grilled Garden Burger, Fried Fresh Calamari, Beef Shogayaki, Jasmine Ginger Rice, Fresh Market Vegetable, Cucumber Salad, Peanut Noodle Salad, Iced Gold Cake
Breakfast: Maple Flavored Organic Oatmeal, Cage-Free Scrambled Eggs, Waffle Bar, Omelets To-Order, Buttermilk Pancakes, Scrambled Egg Whites, Home Fries, Apple Cinnamon Muffin Lunch: Vegan Lentil & Mushroom Soup, Chicken Orzo Soup, Chermoula Stuffed Chicken Breast, Roman Orecchiette with Chard, Chili & Tofu, Penne, Pandorato (Italian Grilled Cheese), Mediterranean Foccacia, Pepperoni Pizza, Beef & Green Bean, Broccoli & Tofu, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Stir Fried Chinese Vegetable, Chicken Club Wrap, Forbidden Rice, French Fries, Roasted Zucchini & Yellow Squash, Cucumber Salad, Peanut Noodle Salad, White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie, Organic Plain Brownie