1988 - 30th Reunion (May 24-27, 2018)


                     Yale Class of 1988 - 30th Reunion - May 24 -27, 2018


It’s almost here!  Our 30th reunion is fast approaching and now is the time to GET ON BOARD!   The schedule is coming together, food and drink are being ordered, swag is being purchased and, MOST importantly . . . your classmates are making plans to attend and so should YOU!!!

We are pleased to report that, due to the health of our Class Treasury, we are able to offer LOWER PRICES than for past reunions. check the tabs on the left for fee information and to register.

There’s SO much to tell that it’s hard to even fit it all in a single email, but your undaunted Reunion Planning Committee is up to the challenge so all the latest and greatest updates are below (refer back here for more updates as we get closer to May!). 

Once you read all of the GREAT things in store for you, and you think about how AMAZING it will be to reconnect with so many of your classmates, we just KNOW that you will want to REGISTER IMMEDIATELY!!!  And because your Reunion Planning Committee strives to be a full-service operation, you can click register now.

 DO IT!  DO IT!   DO IT!  

OK, here is the current schedule (deep breath):

Thursday May 24, 2018

1:00 PM -- 1988 30th Reunion Headquarters Open in Branford College

Campus housing is available.

8Y8 30th Reunion Group Show, Screening Room, Photo Slideshow and Memorial Book

Branford College: Common Room

Art/Books/Film Exhibition: An exhibition of classmates’ works will be on display throughout the reunion.  Whether by hobby or profession, Authors, Filmmakers, Artists, Makers, Actors, Performers and the like are encouraged to participate. We will have both a physical exhibit of items in the Branford Common Room, as well as special screenings of film and video in the Y88 Screening Room (TBD).  We also plan to set up a few talk-backs with the filmmakers and producers, so check the final Program for those details.  Stop by the Common Room and Trumbull Room to explore books, audio, video and a variety of fine art pieces.  To participate in the exhibition and for more information, please register your interest at links.carterbrooks.com/Y88exhibit. Thanks, Carter Brooks (SM), for again organizing the shows!

Memorial Book:  Pay tribute to classmates we’ve lost by contributing to the Class Memorial Book meticulously curated and maintained by Martha Kennedy (ES).  The book will be on display throughout the reunion.

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

30th Reunion Kickoff at 116 Crown
Join classmates and guests for adult beverages and nibbles at this swanky lounge a few blocks from campus.  We will have a private seating area all to ourselves, and we will be providing a range of small plate options for your noshing pleasure (paid for out of our Reunion budget!)

Friday, May 25, 2018

Breakfast on your own.

8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Morning at Yale.  Choose from a wide range of offerings, open to attendees of all class reunions.

12:00 – 1:30 PM
American Bistro Buffet Lunch

Lunch under the tent in the Branford Courtyard.

Buffet lunch including a large variety of soups, sandwiches, salads, sides, and desserts.  Wine courtesy of Laurence Odfjell (DC), beer, soda, coffee, and teas.  As with all Yale Reunion meals, there will be vegan and gluten-free options available, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage options. 

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Researcher’s Delight: Updates From Our Science Hill Gang

(extra credit if you get the ‘80s cultural reference!)

A panel of incredibly talented and accomplished doctors and scientists from our class will present on a broad range of topics from their respective areas of expertise, led by moderator, classmate, and Yale’s new (and first-ever!) Vice Provost of Research, Peter Schiffer, Ph.D (PC). Come hear about the latest developments in artificial intelligence, artificial organs, cancer treatments, vaccines, and more.

3:15 – 4:15 PM
This American Moment: Politics, Media & Civility

While some feel this is the most divisive moment in American politics in a century, others think if one filters out the noise, we’re really just seeing a settling of two sides of American political culture that have been evolving away from the center for decades.  Join this rousing conversation with classmates in media, politics, policy and academia moderated by Lisel Loy (BK), Vice President of Programs at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC, and Geoff Kabaservice Ph.D, (MC) author of Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, from Eisenhower to the Tea Party

6:30 – 7:30 PM
Cocktails under the tent in the Branford Courtyard.

Time for mingling and casual conversations with classmates and guests.   Re-connect with folks you know and get to meet some you don’t.  Dress code is "Come as you Are!"

7:30 – 9:30 PM
American Southern Road Trip

Dinner under the tent in the Branford Courtyard.

Buffet dinner offering a range of Southern-style comfort foods for meat-lovers and vegans alike, plus yummy side dishes, salads, and desserts.  Enjoy beer, Odfjell wines, soda, coffee and teas.

9:30 PM – 1:00 AM
Casual conversation continues under the tent.  Bar closes at 1 AM.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

Under the tent in the Branford courtyard.

Includes baked goods, whole fruit, cereals, yogurt, oatmeal, coffee, tea, milk, and juices.

8:00 AM
Fun Run!

Whether you're a seasoned runner or just want to get up and moving to start the day, join Marty Fleischmann (BK) and Denise Ramirez (BK) on an invigorating 2.5 mile loop around campus!  Bring along your running/walking shoes and whatever workout attire you want to wear for a late May New Haven morning, then do the loop with friends (or general speed groups we'll create) once or twice depending on how far or fast you want to go.  We'll meet up 7:45 AM to stretch and say hi and get moving by 8:01 AM.

8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Morning at Yale.  Choose from a wide range of offerings, open to attendees of all class reunions.

12:00 – 1:30 PM
American Picnic Buffet Lunch

Lunch under the tent in the Branford Courtyard.

Buffet picnic lunch featuring chicken, burgers (beef or Portobello mushroom), salads, sides and dessert.  Plus beer, Odfjell wines, soda, coffee and teas.

2:00 – 4:00 PM
When Life Throws You a Curve Ball

We've set aside a 2-hour block Saturday afternoon for this timely panel discussion. By this stage of our lives we have all experienced expected and unexpected hardships. The panel's focus will be on sharing the coping mechanisms and strategies as experienced or offered by a panel of classmates including public health and mental health professionals. Topics may include physical/mental health issues, the death of a child/spouse/parent, professional or financial setbacks, addictions (self and/or family members), sexual misconduct, natural disasters, gun violence, and more.

Here’s where you come in:  we would like to solicit your anonymous stories of coping with life’s challenges.  We will curate responses, to be read in whole or in part by classmate volunteers.  We believe this will allow a safe space where your story can become part of the story of our class.  The goal is to universalize the fact that, by now, we have all had to deal with serious issues, and to destigmatize issues that may otherwise prevent folks from seeking help/support.   If you would like to contribute, please visit the following link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8Y8Curveball.  Your submissions will be anonymous unless you choose to provide your name.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact one of the Curve Ball panel’s organizers:

     Julie Heller, juliejules66@gmail.com
     Paul Mange Johansen, iguanaphoto@gmail.com
     Ursula Burton, ub@fivesistersproductions.com

6:30 - 7:30 PM
Cocktails in the JE Courtyard

More time for mingling and conversations.  We are expecting such a large turnout for Saturday night that we will be holding our pre-dinner Cocktail Hour across the walkway in JE under the 65th Reunion’s tent, then we’ll return to Branford for dinner, mingling and dancing.

7:30 - 9:30 PM
1988 30th Reunion Class Dinner

Under the tent in the Branford Courtyard.

Whether you want to dress up or keep it casual, we’ll enjoy our largest gathering of the 30th Reunion, which will be a festive multi-course dinner accompanied by Odjfell wines.

9:30 PM – 1 AM
Dancing under the tent

Get your groove on to music curated by classmate DJs Charlie Joyner (SM) and Kevin Kiernan (SM).  They’ll be selecting tunes from across the decades of our 50+ years!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Farewell Breakfast

Under the tent in the Branford Courtyard.

With Commons under renovation, this will be the first year that Sunday Brunch will be held in the Reunion residential college.  A wide range of breakfast options will be available, including Yale Bakery baked goods, assorted hot and cold cereals, eggs, waffles, French toast, home fries, sausage, bacon, fresh fruit, yogurt, juices, coffee and teas.

Before you know it, we will be gathering ‘neath the elms once more.  We look forward to welcoming you and your family/guests back to campus and encourage you to spread the word to your Class of ’88 friends near and far.  If you’d like to help with attendance-building, please contact Attendance Captain, Janet (Levine) Nahirny, nahirny@rcn.com.

OK, with all of these great activities planned  . . . you CAN’T POSSIBLY SAY NO now!  So take a minute and SIGN UP!!  Again, due to the health of our Class Treasury, we are able to offer LOWER PRICES than for past reunions!

Your Faithful 30th Reunion Planning Committee,

Ursula Burton, Julie Heller, Paul Mange Johansen, Sanford Stark and Colin Weil