1987 30th Reunion Schedule

1987 30th Reunion Headquarters Open in Branford College

Campus housing is available.

Thursday, May 25, 1:00 PM
Branford College : Common Room
Painting and Wine

Come and paint a traditional Yale scene with the help of  a local teacher. No skill required Not painting?  Stop by anyway and have a glass of wine.  Everyone is invited. 

Thursday, May 25, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Room: Courtyard
Meet Me at Mory's!

Plan to meet your friends at Mory’s, the place to be Thursday night as the doors are thrown open to all returning alumni! Complimentary food, impromptu singing and camaraderie from 9 pm to midnight.

Thursday, May 25, 9:00 PM - Friday, May 26, 12:00 AM
Mory's - 306 York Street
AYA Faculty Lectures

Rows of empty seats in classrooms across campus await your arrival for our many lectures on Friday and Saturday mornings. This morning we will feature some of Yale's most distinguished faculty members in two time slots, from 9 - 10 am, and from 10:30 - 11:30 am. A number of tours and open houses are also offered.

Friday, May 26, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
American Bistro Buffet Lunch

Buffet lunch including a large variety of soups, sandwiches, salads, sides, and desserts.  Beer, wine, soda, coffee, and teas.
Lunch under the tent in the Courtyard

Friday, May 26, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Old Books with "Old" Friends

Tour of Beinecke with Mike Morand

Friday, May 26, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript LIbrary - Wall & High Sts.
Room: Lobby
FACT OR FAKE: Journalism, Documentaries, and Storytelling in the Age of Social Media.

Read any good books lately?  Classmate authors Sharon Guskin, Bettina Elias Siegel, Abby Pogrebin, and Carl Zimmer discuss their works.
Moderated by Bruce Feiler

Friday, May 26, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Loria Center - 200 York St.
Room: 250
Exploring Family History Through Film - The Last Ring Home

Screening and talk back with Minter Dial

The Last Ring Home is a half-hour award-winning WWII documentary that traces the incredible story of the Annapolis ring of US Navy officer and hero, Lt Minter Dial. 

​It's a moving story, one of love, courage and honor, that portrays values, relationships and behaviors that crystallize the Greatest Generation. ​Born in South Carolina, son of a senator, and a graduate of the Annapolis Naval Academy in 1932, Dial represented the best of the southern heritage and the finest of the Navy tradition. He married a worldly, beautiful and charming actress, Lisa Porter, with whom he shared a powerful romance and had two children. But when duty called, in the summer of 1941, Dial was assigned to the Philippines where he captained the USS Napa at the war's outset and won the Navy Cross.

He then became a Prisoner of War (POW) of the Japanese at the fall of Corregidor in May 1942. Dial survived under the most inhumane conditions where over 40% of the Allied prisoners held in the Philippines died, only to die himself after ​2 1/2 years of imprisonment under friendly fire.

After being mortally wounded​, Dial's last wish made to a fellow prisoner and close friend ​was to have his Annapolis ring returned to his loving wife. But the ring never made it​ in the ensuing chaos​. But the story of the ring didn't stop there. 

An extraordinary part of  The Last Ring Home​ is the incredible serendipity that followed the ring. The whole story​ lay dormant, until a fortuitous telephone call out of the blue in 1992 to Minter 

Dial​’s grandson, named after him, that gave the story life again. The Last Ring Home uncovers the mystery of how the ring was lost and found and, importantly, the lasting legacy it had on all those it touched. It is a touching tribute to the members of the Greatest Generation and a reminder of what is truly important. 

Friday, May 26, 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Loria Center - 200 York St.
Room: 250
How to get kids to eat their vegetables!

Join Associate Vice President of Yale Hospitality Rafi Taherian and Master Chef Ron DeSantis for a conversation about FOOD!   Yale Hospitality is the leading dining program in the country in many areas.  With careful attention to nutrition, environmental footprint, and (yes) taste, they have radically changed dining at Yale — forget meatless baked ziti, in Yale’s kitchens you will eat sustainable, freshly made food that changes daily, from Red Lentil Pasta Puttanesca to Kale & Feta Meatballs, to Olive Oil Cardamom Cake!
Come just a little bit hungry! 


Friday, May 26, 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Room: Dining Hall
Singles Meet Up

The Classes of 2002, 1997, 1992 & 1987 invite you to join this pre-happy hour, happy hour. With lots of family-friendly activities across the weekend, the Class of ’97 figured a singles-oriented event would be a nice addition. We were only too happy to accept their invitation to join. And of course, everyone is welcome! Cash bar, not included in reunion fee.

The Anchor Spa
272 College Street

Friday, May 26, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
University Welcome Reception

The evening begins with a reception for all classes. Enjoy samples of a variety of wines, as well as cheese and fruit, in a beautiful and historic Yale setting. Find your friends by looking for your residential college flag.

Friday, May 26, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Cross Campus - On College between Elm & Wall
Cocktails in the 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.

Friday, May 26, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
American Barbeque Dinner Buffet

Under the tent in the Courtyard.

Friday, May 26, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Breakfast Buffet

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

Under the tent in the courtyard.

Saturday, May 27, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Guided Meditation

Peter Giblin '92 invites you on a remarkable and surprising journey of self-discovery into your own subconscious and unconscious, the source of most of our patterns and behaviors. Using ancient wisdom with proven techniques, you will be able to balance the masculine and feminine aspects of yourself, transform limiting self beliefs and negative conditioning, and seed the archetypal qualities we all need to reach our optimal potential.

Saturday, May 27, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Dwight Hall - 67 High Street
Morning Yoga for All Classes

Start your Saturday morning (weather permitting) with some gentle stretching and breathing exercises, and get your body feeling "yoga good" for a busy day of reunion activities! This is a mixed-level class featuring modifications for all levels of ability, so whether you have been practicing for years or have never touched a yoga mat, everyone can have an enjoyable experience in this class. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. No previous yoga experience necessary; children and all ages welcome.

Saturday, May 27, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Old Campus - 67 High Street
Morning at Yale

Here's your chance to enjoy again the extraordinary opportunities available at Yale! There are two "course times," 9 am and 10:30 am. Learn or do something wonderful this morning!

Saturday, May 27, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
American Picnic Buffet Lunch

Lunch under the tent in the Courtyard.

Saturday, May 27, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Family Festival

The AYA invites you to our Family Festival at Payne Whitney Gym! Kids will love discovering our selection of inflatable attractions, including a climbing wall and giant slide, plus a photo booth, carnival games, safari animal rides, and more!  (Children must be accompanied by a parent.)

Saturday, May 27, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Payne Whitney Gym - 70 Tower Parkway
FACT OR FAKE: Journalism, Documentaries, and Storytelling in the Age of Social Media.

Due to incredible demand, and thanks to our incredible classmate authors, we are running a second 'section' of this panel"

Saturday, May 27, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Linsly-Chittenden Hall - 63 High Street
Room: 101
Old Books with "Old" Friends

Tour of Beinecke with Mike Morand

Saturday, May 27, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript LIbrary - Wall & High Sts.
Room: Lobby
Building Lives without Blueprints

You CAN live your passion.  Come hear how classmates are doing the things they love and what they've learned from taking a less traveled road. 

Panelist include:  Dave Todd, Kara Unterberg, Dan Singer and Bill Scheffer
Moderator - David Kramer

Saturday, May 27, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Yale Center for British Art - 1080 Chapel Street
Room: Auditorium
Can you still say that?

Free Speech, first amendment rights, race and living history at Yale. Panelist include: Stuart Benjamin, Tamar Gendler, Brett Kavanaugh and Catherine Powell
Lynn Oberlander, Moderator

Saturday, May 27, 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Yale Center for British Art - 1080 Chapel Street
Room: Auditorium
President's University Update

President Peter Salovey welcomes you back to campus, offering his review of Yale today.


Saturday, May 27, 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Woolsey Hall - 500 College Street
A Celebration of Yale Singing

After President Salovey’s update, join singers from all classes for a jamboree celebrating Yale’s incredible musical tradition. Alumni from the Glee Club and Whiffenpoof and Whim ’n Rhythm alumni groups, conducted by Glee Club alumna Stephanie Tubiolo '14. MMus '16, will perform Yale favorites from many generations, concluding with a rousing rendition of “Bright College Years.” (The Glee Club rehearsal for the Celebration will take place at 10:30 am Saturday morning as part of "Morning at Yale." All singers are welcome!)

Saturday, May 27, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Woolsey Hall - 500 College Street
Cocktails in the Courtyard

More time for mingling and conversations.

Saturday, May 27, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
1987 30th Reunion Class Dinner
Saturday, May 27, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Coffee Service

Grab a quick cup of coffee or tea under the tent before going on to Commons for breakfast.

Sunday, May 28, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Branford College - 74 High Street
AYA Farewell Breakfast at University Commons in Schwarzman Center

Enjoy memories of Commons and a final gathering with friends at this delicious breakfast for all classes, featuring muffins, coffee cake, bagels, oatmeal, grits, Belgian waffles, eggs, French toast, potatoes, bacon, sausage, fruit, coffee, tea and juices. We promise you won't go home hungry!

Sunday, May 28, 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Schwarzman Center : University Commons
Residential College Open Houses

Sunday morning is your opportunity to visit your old stomping grounds during open houses at all twelve residential colleges. Current students from each college will be on hand to talk to you about residential college life at Yale today. Access will be limited to the courtyard, but there will still be plenty to see and talk about!

Sunday, May 28, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
University Church Worship

Join Yale’s ecumenical Christian community for Sunday worship, which will include prayers for alumni who have died, a sermon by The Reverend Dr. Raquel St. Clair Lettsome '92, and wonderful music and liturgy. Rev. Lettsome is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  For 16 years, she served as the first female Executive Minister of the historic 4000 member St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Newark, NJ.  She is currently an Associate Minister at Union A.M.E. Church in Warwick, NY.  Her preaching distinctions include the 2011 Distinguished Preachers Series at Riverside Church, NY, the 2011 George A. Crawley Women in Ministry Preacher at the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference, a conference preacher for the 2012 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, and a conference preacher for the 2017 Festival of Homiletics.  Dr. Lettsome holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Yale University, a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and she is the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary (2005).  Dr. Lettsome is the wife of the Rev. Lydell C. Lettsome, M.D. and mother of Tiffany Simone and Luke Charles. 

Sunday, May 28, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Battell Chapel - 400 College Street