2010 Events

  • Thursday, January 7, 2010
    Minnesota Orchestra Sounds of Cinema: Wizard of Oz

    • 5:30-7:00 – Pre-show Drinks and Food during Happy Hour at Hell’s Kitchen (80 South 9th Street). Join the Crescendo Project (a group of fun fans of the Minneapolis Orchestra) and like-minded Yale Alums to share your love of music. In addition, get up close and personal with Minnesota Orchestra Violist Kenneth Freed ’83 MM’87 as he shares what goes on behind the curtains.
    • 7:30-9:30 – Performance. The fun continues with a screening of The Wizard of Oz with orchestral score performed live.

    Where: Orchestra Hall, Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.
    Driving Directions: Click here.

    • First: Purchase tickets directly from the Minnesota Orchestra.
    • Second: E-mail Ken at kenfreed007@aol.com to let him know if you will be joining him before the concert so he can plan accordingly.
  • Sunday, January 17, 2010 6:30 pm
    Yale Alumni Book Group
    Holiday gathering! Bring a book you’ve read and enjoyed. Wrap it as a gift to exchange with a fellow reader. We will conduct our “usual” group exchange!
    Where: Jan Kleinman’s home
    RSVP: jan_kleinman@hotmail.com
  • Friday, February 12, 2010 7:00 pm
    Feb Club in Minneapolis
    Details to be announced soon.
    Last year’s event at Glueck’s was “quite awesome!”
    Visit FebClubEmeritus.com for details and the storied history of Feb Club.
  • Sunday, March 21, 2010 6:30 pm
    Yale Alumni Book Group
    Evening in the palace of reason: Bach meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment by James R. Gaines
    Parallel biographies.
    Where: TBD
    More on the book group: click here.
  • Wednesday, March 31, 2010   NOON
    YAANW Spring Luncheon: Yale University and the Rise of Football in America

    Where: Minneapolis Club, 729 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
    Cost: $35 ($5 parking at the club). Guests welcome.
    RSVP: by March 26 th to Dr. Schuster’s office: (952) 920-8386 with questions and to RSVP.
    -OR-: Register Online with PayPal.

  • April 2010
    Yale Book Awards – Sign up by April 15
    Each spring, YAANW presents a book award to high school juniors nominated by their principals or counselors for outstanding character and intellectual promise. Last year, we delivered more than 65 books to students in the Twin Cities area and other parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. There are two great ways to support the program.

    • Fund a Yale Book Award with a $50 donation. This is a great way to maintain a relationship with two of your favorite institutions – Yale and your high school alma mater! Alternatively, help raise the visibility of Yale at your local high school by funding a Yale book award.
    • Deliver/Present a Yale Book Award in May/June. Present the Yale Book Award at awards ceremonies or at other school functions. You will deliver the book award, a prospectus for Yale College and a cover letter to the student. You will be provided with a short script for the presentation.

    Details here.
    Where: Your high school of choice.
    Questions: Contact Milt Liu milt_liu@hotmail.com 612-761-7950

  • Thursday, April 15, 2010   5 p.m.
    YAANW Reception for students admitted to Class of 2014
    Where: Minneapolis Club, 729 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
    Cost: No charge
    Questions or RSVP to Malcolm McDonald
  • Sunday, April 18, 2010 6:30 pm
    Yale Alumni Book Group
    Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer
    History, but reads like a novel.
    Where: TBD
    More on the book group: click here.
  • Tuesday, April 20 at 7:30 P.M.
    Regent’s Professor Madelon Sprengnether ’71 PhD and novelist Rafael Yglesias
    From the Great Conversations series at the University of Minnesota:
    Described by The New York Times as “one of America’s most prominent novelists,” Rafael Yglesias is a screenwriter and the author of nine novels. His novel Fearless was made into a 1993 major motion picture, for which he also wrote the screenplay. After a 13-year absence, his latest novel, A Happy Marriage, has just been published to rave reviews.
    Yglesias’s film Fearless was the subject of a chapter in Madelon Sprengnether’s acclaimed book, Crying at the Movies: A Film Memoir. A faculty member in the University of Minnesota English Department, Sprengnether is a Regents Professor, the highest honor bestowed on University of Minnesota professors.
    Note: This is not a YAANW event.
    Where: Ted Mann Concert Hall on U of MN West Bank
    Cost: $28.50 or groups of 10 eligible for a discount by calling 612-625-8878
    Order and get more info on the web at: www.cce.umn.edu/conversations
    Or phone 612-624-2345
  • Sunday, May 9, 2010   4-6 p.m.
    On the Road: Urban Jews in Rural Places
    Performance by Elisa Korenne (Yale 1996 PC)
    Music and conversation
    Part of the Rimon Artists Series.
    ‘Belongs on anyone’s must-play list.’ – Singer & Musician Magazine
    Gather with Yale alums at Town Talk Diner (2707 East Lake Street Minneapolis) after the performance.
    Where: Patrick’s Cabaret | 3010 Minnehaha Ave S | Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Cost: $10. Reserve a ticket (open seating) by contacting rimon@sabesjcc.org
  • Monday, May 10, 2010   7 p.m.
    Karl Marlantes ’67 at Barnes & Noble Galleria
    Rhodes Scholar Karl Marlantes ’67 will talk about his new bookMatterhorn, at Barnes&Noble in the Galleria in Edina. The book has received great reviews in Minnesota and around the nation.
    Where: Barnes&Noble Galleria
  • Saturday, May 15, 2010
    Yale Day of Service and picnic
    Bring your family and friends and join with thousands of Yale alums worldwide to serve your local community on this second annual Yale Day of Service. Contribute two or more hours in the morning or afternoon – package food sent across the world, prepare food for local delivery, work outdoors to improve the Cedar Lake area or do outdoor cleanup for a group residence.
    At 5 p.m., join with other volunteers for a picnic at Minnehaha Park.
    Where: Click here for Minnesota sites
    Questions: Contact Camilla Madson madsonobai@aol.com (952)926-4216
  • Sunday, May 16, 2010 6:30 pm
    Yale Alumni Book Group
    What is the What: the autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, by Dave Eggers
    Novel written about a living Lost Boy of Sudan.
    Where: Karen Yashar’s home
    RSVP: jan_kleinman@hotmail.com
    More on the book group: click here.
  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010 evening
    The Case Against Biofuels: Probing Ethanol’s Hidden Costs
    You and a guest are invited to the second event of an ongoing series on environmental sustainability, featuring C. Ford Runge, Distinguished McKnight Professor of Applied Economics and Law at the University of Minnesota. An internationally recognized agricultural economist, Dr. Runge also holds appointments in the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and the Department of Forest Resources.
    Where: Pool & Yacht Club, 1600 Lilydale road, Lilydale, MN (@Interstate 35E and Hwy 13).
    Cost: $30 includes dinner, with cash bar.
    RSVP: by June 9th, with check sent to Bob Weisenfeld, 217 W. College Ave., St. Peter, MN 56082
    -OR-: Register Online with PayPal.
    Contact for questions: Bob Weisenfeld (bweis@gustavus.edu or (507) 327-6522.
  • Sunday, June 20, 2010 6:30 pm
    Yale Alumni Book Group
    The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason
    Novel written about a living Lost Boy of Sudan.
    Where: Gunilla Montgomery’s home
    RSVP: jan_kleinman@hotmail.com
    More on the book group: click here.
  • Friday, July 9, 2010, 5:00 p.m.
    Reception for the AYA Alumni Educational Travel Group: Theatre and Architecture of the Twin Cities
    Join the Yale Alumni Association, fellow Yalies and Yale “Bulldog” Student Interns from across the United States for a reception for participants of the AYA Tour – Theater and Architecture in the Twin Cities.

    • Murray Biggs, Adjunct Associate Professor of English and Theatre
    • Alec Purves PC ’58, ’65MArch, Professor of Architecture

    Where: Windows on Minnesota, 50th floor, IDS tower, 80 S. Eighth St, Minneapolis
    When: Friday, July 9, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
    Cost: Free. Appetizers and Cash Bar.

  • Sunday, July 18, 2010 6:30 pm
    Yale Alumni Book Group
    War Trash by Ha Jin
    Novel written about a living Lost Boy of Sudan.
    Where: Helen Watkins’ home
    RSVP: jan_kleinman@hotmail.com
    More on the book group: click here.
  • Saturday, July 24, 6:30 p.m.
    Annual Yale Night at the Opera – Puccini’s Tosca.
    Once dismissed as a “shabby little shocker,” Tosca now reigns as one of the world’s most popular operas. Expect high passion, dark jealousy and bloody murder in this thrilling production that includes the debut here of soprano Barbara Shirvis in the title role of Tosca and the dynamic baritone Stephen Powell as the vile, shrewd Scarpia.
    Join your fellow Yalies for Dinner and Champagne. Kenneth Freed ’83 BA, ’87 Music, and Bill Opsahl ’58, Minnesota Chorale and former Whiffenpoof will take you through the story and tell you what all of the shouting is about! After the show, meet Maestro Litton and his estimable father, George ’56 after the show for dessert and champagne in the Cargill Room.
    We have a limited number of $50 and $25 tickets for sale. After our tickets are gone, you are welcome to contact the Orchestra for tickets, but still join us for dinner, dessert and drinks anyway! If you just want to join us for dessert and drinks after the show, we can accomodate that as well!
    Where: Orchestra Hall, Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.
    Directions: Click here.
    Cost: Tickets $25/$50. Dinner, dessert, and champagne $30.
    RSVP: by Friday, July 9th, with check sent to Ken Freed, 4608 West 56th St., Edina, MN 55424
    Contact for questionto kenfreed007@aol.com. Check required prior to event to secure your tickets and dinner.
  • Thursday August 12, 2010 4pm – 6pm
    Picnic for incoming freshmen and current students
    …on the west patio outside of the North Oaks club house.
    Host: Malcom McDonald ’58
    Where: North Oaks Golf Club, North Oaks MN
  • Sunday, August 15, 2010 6:30 pm
    Yale Alumni Book Group
    The Last Expedition: Stanley’s Mad Journey Through the Congo by Daniel Liebowitz and Charles Pearson
    Where: TBD
    RSVP: jan_kleinman@hotmail.com
    More on the book group: click here.
  • Tuesday, August 31, 2010
    Summer Dinner and Golf Outing.

    • Golf (optional): Beginning at 1:30 p.m. (green fees circa $115/person)
    • Cocktails: 6:00 p.m. (cash bar)
    • Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
    • Program: 8:00 p.m.
      I. Update on current programs, Camilla Madson – YAANW President
      II. Whitney MacMillan ’51 and Professor Adam Tooze from Yale’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies on “Germany and Europe in the Evolution of the International Power Structure”
      III. Reunion Reports.

    Where: Woodhill Country Club
    Directions: Click here.
    Cost: $60    (Recent Yale Graduates: ’06-’10 $15;   ’01-’05 $35)
    Register by August 27 by calling Dr Schuster’s office (952) 920-8386
    Register Online with PayPal:   Walleye   or   Prime Rib
    Questions: Call Milt Liu @ 952 567-0514.

  • Sunday, September 19, 2010 6:30 pm
    Yale Alumni Book Group
    Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow
    Where: Jan Kleinman’s
    RSVP: jan_kleinman@hotmail.com
    More on the book group: click here.
  • Sunday, October 17, 2010 6:30 pm
    Yale Alumni Book Group
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by by Steig Larsson
    Where: Bev Anderson’s home
    RSVP: jan_kleinman@hotmail.com
    More on the book group: click here.
  • November 2010
    Interview Candidates for Yale ’15
    Meet some of the brightest young minds in the Midwest – interview prospective students as part of their admissions process for Yale.

    • Minneapolis and the western suburbs:
      Tony Leung at tony.leung@courts.state.mn.us
    • St. Paul, the east metro, out-state Minnesota, western Wisconsin and the eastern Dakotas:
      Malcolm McDonald at malcolmmcdonald@comcast.net
  • Sunday, November 14th, 2:00 p.m.
    Yale Alumni Knitting Group
    This group is an opportunity to meet other alumni and alumni spouses who share in interest in fiber-crafts. You don’t ned to be an experienced knitter – all levels are welcome.
    Where: Knitter’s Palette, 7602 160th Street, Lakeville, MN
    RSVP or Questions: Cynthia Gilbertson at cfgilbertson@mac.com or (507) 645-4327.
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2010   NOON – 1:30
    Annual Meeting & Luncheon with Economics/Investment Panel
    Please join us for our annual meeting and Economic and Investment Perspectives for 2011.

    Where: Minneapolis Club, 729 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
    Cost: $35 ($5 parking at the club). Guests welcome.
    RSVP: by November 13th to Dr. Schuster’s office: (952) 920-8386 with questions and to RSVP.
    -OR-: Register Online with PayPal.

  • Saturday, November 20, 2010   10:30 a.m. (11:00 a.m. Kickoff) 
    THE GAME: Yale Bulldogs vs Harvard Crimson Football.
    Join us for this co-sponsored event with the Harvard Club. We’ve arranged a special room with Satellite TV for The Game. Bring family and friends to cheer on the Bulldogs.
    Where: Joe Senser’s Sports Bar & Grill 
    4217 W 80th St Bloomington, MN (Hwy. 494 & South Frontage Road, West of France Ave.) (952) 835-1191
    Cost: $5 cover charge. Children free.
    Directions: Click here.
    RSVP: Not necessary – just come!
  • Sunday, November 21, 2010 6:30 pm
    Yale Alumni Book Group
    The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum
    Where: TBA
    RSVP: jan_kleinman@hotmail.com
    More on the book group: click here.
  • Wednesday, December 8, 2010
    Presentation on Development of Hilton Garden Inn
    The Penn Club of Minnesota has invited the YAANW members to a very special educational and social event on Wednesday, December 8.
    Join the Penn, Wharton, Columbia and MIT clubs for a behind the scenes look at the development of the hotel. Local Wharton alumnus Brett Hildreth will talk about the entrepreneurial and business development story of what it took for him to build the $33 Million, 10 story, 210 room Hilton Garden Inn which opened in February 2009. Brett will describe the twists and turns that seemed to occur at every step of the Hilton Garden Inn’s development process. In addition, he will lead a tour of the hotel, pointing out many unique and interesting things.

    • 5:00 Casual Pre-Event Gathering in Garden Inn’s trendy Great American Grill
    • 6:00 Presentation and Hotel Tour
    • 7:00 Social Hour, including amazing Hilton food and drinks

    Where: Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Minneapolis, 1101 4th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404, 612-339-6633
    Cost: $15 for Food. Cash bar available. $8 valet parking available or use meters in front of hotel.
    RSVP or Questions: Dan Rutman at dan_rutman@alumni.upenn.edu by Mon, December 6.

  • Sunday, December 19, 2010 6:30 pm
    Yale Alumni Book Group
    Bring one previously read and enjoyed title, wrapped. The mystery book exchange is back!
    Where: Home of Arne Sovik 707 Yale Place, Minneapolis 612-338-2981
    RSVP: jan_kleinman@hotmail.com
    More on the book group: click here.
  • Wednesday, December 22, 2010 4:30pm – 7pm
    Holiday gathering of current students and those accepted under early action
    Join us for soft drinks and food, good conversation – a chance to learn about current Yale!
    Where: Doubletree Park Place Hotel in St. Louis Park at 394 and Park Place.
    Cost: Free
    RSVP: malcolmmcdonald@comcast.net