Founded at Yale, Sō Percussion is a percussion-based music organization that unites a range of communities, ranging from students to audiences. Praised by The New Yorker for its “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” the group will perform at Lincoln Center in 2016 (Details TBD). For a full list of upcoming events, see here.

Abraham “Avi” Loeb, Chair of Harvard’s Department of Astronomy, and C. Meghan Urry, Director of Yale University’s Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, will participate in a conversation on the universe–what we know about it so far and what is yet to be discovered.

This event, titled  ”What’s Out There?”, is part

of the Seven Days of Genius Festival at the 92nd Street Y.

Date: March 7, 2016

Time: 8 pm

Tickets are available for purchase here.

This event is the nineteenth in a series covering different professions. The concept is to have a panel of architects with diversity in their professional profiles who will provide candid views of the profession.  Our three panelists represent differing perspectives:   an architect who is now working in government and two architects who are running their own firms, but worked in larger companies during their careers.

The panel discussion will be conducted simultaneously in New York City and at  Yale, with the panelists and the moderator in New York. The two meeting rooms will be connected via video conference and the audience will be at both locations. Yale students and alumni are welcome to attend at either location. In addition, the panel discussion will be broadcast over the internet as a streaming video for those who cannot attend in person.\

Time: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm EST

(The panelists have agreed to stay for an additional 30 minutes from 5:30 pm to 6 pm to answer additional questions.)

Locations and Webinar:

New York Location: Shearman & Sterling, Conference Room 2C, 2nd floor,

599 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York

Yale Location: William Harkness Hall 116, Yale University

Webinar: Streaming video


Please register for just one venue (New York, Yale or the Webinar)


  • Where is the profession heading (good and bad)?
  • How do you get into the profession and what is the typical career path?
  • What are the myths versus the realities?
  • What are the characteristics of people who tend to do well and are happy in the profession?
  • What types of people tend not to do well or end up unhappy and why?
  • If you don’t stay in the profession until retirement, what are the exit routes to other professions?


Everardo Jefferson, AIA, is Principal & Founder of Caples Jefferson Architects PC

Laurie Kerr, FAIA, Director for Policy for the Urban Green Council

Ronnette Riley FAIA, Principal of Ronnette Riley Architect

Moderator and Organizer:

Peter Young, President and Managing Director, Young & Partners


Everardo Jefferson, AIA

Everardo Jefferson, AIA, is Principal & Founder of Caples Jefferson Architects PC. He has over 29 years of design, management, and construction experience as leader of CJA. Everardo’s buildings, such as Queens Theatre-in-the-Park and Weeksville Heritage Center, have garnered press attention and many awards.  In 2015, he served as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, teaching the Bass Studio with Sara Caples and Jonathan Rose.

Laurie Kerr, FAIA

Laurie Kerr, FAIA, is the Director for Policy for the Urban Green Council and a leader in green building and urban sustainability policy.  Under Mayor Bloomberg, she was responsible for developing New York City’s signature green building and energy efficiency policies, and for mainstreaming those strategies in ten American cities as the Founding Director of the City Energy Project.  She is now advising New York on how to achieve 80% carbon reductions by 2050, which will be necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change.  She was a practicing architect prior to entering government service. She is a licensed architect with degrees in engineering, physics and architecture from Yale, Cornell, and Harvard respectively.

Ronnette Riley FAIA

Ronnette Riley FAIA is principal of her eponymous firm established in 1987. After graduating from UC Berkeley and the Harvard Graduate School of Design she spent eight years at the office of Phillip Johnson and John Burgee Architects.  She served as Project Architect for the iconic Lipstick Building in Manhattan.  Other projects included the Bank of America Center in Houston, 33 Maiden Lane in Manhattan and projects at Johnson’s Glass House estate.

Ronnette’s firm has worked on institutional, corporate, hospitality, retail and residential projects.  Most recently, the firm was recognized for master planning efforts associated with the rebuilding and restoration of coastal communities in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.  Completed projects include 120,000 SF Port Authority of NYNJ offices in New Jersey, the 62,000 SF of new classroom facilities for New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan and several stores for Farrow & Ball.

Ronnette is an active and influential member of the professional design community.  She is a member and former Chair of the AIA National Committee on Design and is also an Advisory Board member and current chair of the AIA’s National Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Community.  She serves on several Boards and committees for charitable organizations, has taught at the School of Visual Arts and is currently an adjunct professor at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.

Peter Young (Moderator and Organizer)

Peter Young is President and a Managing Director of Young & Partners, a leading boutique investment banking firm focused on the life science and chemical industries.  He manages the firm and is actively involved in client transactions and financings.

Prior to founding Young & Partners, Peter was head of various related industry groups at Salomon Brothers, Schroders, and Lehman Brothers, a private equity investor with J.H. Whitney & Co., and a strategy consultant with Bain & Company serving life science and chemical companies.  Peter received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar with Highest Distinction), an M.S. in Accounting from the New York University and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University. 

The Series Sponsors

This series is jointly supported by various organizations at Yale University and Yale Alumni organizations, including the Yale Office of Career Strategy, the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA), the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), the Yale School of Management, Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY), the Junior Class Council (JCC), the Yale Alumni Association of New York (YAANY), the Asian American Cultural Center, and the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA).

Previous Panels

Previous panels have covered education, non-profit organizations, government, film and drama, internet and data services, entrepreneurism, medical (three times), legal (three times), investment banking (twice), investing (twice), consulting (twice), and a comparison of investing/investment banking/consulting. The series for the 2015-16 academic year covers the medical, legal, architecture, and STEM professions.


Feb Club is just around the corner! For each day in February, Yale alumni all over the world will host a Feb Club event in a different location.

If you’re in NYC on February 1, head over to the Yale Club to reconnect with fellow Yale alumni, and for music and food.

There will be a $15 cover charge.

See here for more information.

Date: February 1, 2016, 6 pm

Place: The Yale Club

50 Vanderbilt Avenue

NY, NY 10017

The Public Service/Social Justice Committee of the Yale Alumni Association of New York is proud to join the Prospect Park Volunteer Corps for MulchFest 2016.

We are looking for 15 volunteers to assist Prospect Park staff in collecting and processing discarded holiday trees and wreaths for chipping and mulching done by park staff.  The resulting mulch would then be spread around designated locations in the park and distributed to the public by volunteers.

WHEN: Saturday, January 9, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (shifts may be available, depending on response)

WHERE: 3rd Street entrance at Prospect Park (intersection of 3rd Street and Prospect Park West, near the famous Litchfield Villa )

Please contact Andrew Burgie to be added to our volunteer list.

IMPORTANT:  Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 30, so we may determine volunteer logistics.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Astrid Andre and Andrew Burgie

Co-Chairs, YAANY Public Service/Social Justice Committee

Listen to Pulitzer-winning critic and Yale alum Paul Goldberger  

talk about the famed architect Frank Gehry,

the subject of the new biography

The Life and Work of Frank Gehry



Date: MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

Place: The Center for Architecture

536 LaGuardia Place

Paul Goldberger, Hon. AIA, Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair, and Author, Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry

James Russell, FAIA, Director, Design Strategic Initiatives, NYC Department of Design and Construction

Organized by: AIANY Oculus Committee

Price: Free for AIA members and students with valid ID;
$10 for non-members

Click here for more details.

Join us for a special performance of Dante’s Divine Comedy

on Monday, December 14, at 6 pm

at NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo.

The performance, which will be in English, is a collaboration between a group of incarcerated men at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution

and students of the Yale Divinity School’s Institute of Sacred Music.

For the past few months, they have adapted fragments of Dante’s Divine Comedy for the stage to explore important themes

of mass incarceration, transformation, and the arts.

A discussion will follow the performance.

See here for more details.

Please note: The Financial Life After Yale Session that was originally scheduled for 12/9 has been rescheduled for 1/7/2016

Come back for more details then!

Discuss Financial Life After Yale with Yale alums

Steve Blum ’74 and John Caserta ‘01

  • How do I plan for the long run?
  • How can I improve how I save/invest?
  • What rules of thumb might help me?
  • Tell me more about ETFs, IRAs, HSAs, Roth 401k’s and all those acronyms!
  • How do I build my credit score?
  • How do taxes affect how I save/invest?

If you’ve ever been curious about any of the above, you won’t want to miss this session!

Want to come? Just:

1)    RSVP to

2)    Fill out a 1-minute survey at

3)    ….and bring a friend!

Financial Life After Yale

Date: 1/7/2016, 6:00-8:00 pm

Location: 590 Madison Avenue (S3 Partners)

John Caserta ’01 is a Davenport alum and a New Haven based certified financial planner. Branford Resident Fellow Steve Blum ’74 is a CPA and former investment banker. A loyal alum and Yale parent, Steve serves as Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives of the Association of Yale Alumni. Steve facilitates Leadership workshops; co-founded STAY (Students and Alumni of Yale); and directs Careers, Life, and Yale programs and events (go to ). John and Steve will discuss a special interest of theirs: financial literacy.


YANA invites you to its 2015 Holiday Party

Celebrate the holidays with fellow alumni and friends!

Date: 12/8, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Place: Grape and Vine

52 West 13th Street

New York, NY

$15 for YANA Supporting Members

$20 for Non-Supporting YANA Members and Guests

$25 @ Door

Register today!


The Association of Yale Alumni and the Yale Alumni Arts League

invite you to an afternoon of good company and a talk on the contemporary arts scene during Art Basel Miami on December 4 at the Ritz Carlton, South Beach.

Time: 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

Cost: $104.94

Order your tickets by clicking here today! For more information on the schedule, see here.

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