Virtual Reunion Weekend 2020

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Reunion 2019
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Reunion Weekend 2020 will be virtual, and we can't wait to see you!

All YSE Alumni from all years and their families are invited. This year we celebrate the quinquennial classes of  2015, 2010, 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1980, 1975, 1970, 1965, 1960, 1955, and so on.

Opportunities to learn from and celebrate fellow alumni, time to connect with friends old and new, and more await you at Reunion Weekend 2020!



Schedule of Events

Times are aproximate. All times are EDT. 

Friday, October 9
 

11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. 
YSE Family Fun Hour
A family-friendly event for people of all ages! Story time and Q&A with YSE alumni authors of children’s books, followed by interactive environmental magic by Cyril the Sorcerer (CJ May '89). Come on your own, or invite your young friends and family members to join us from wherever they are!
 
12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
Virtual Field Trip: The Red Front Trail at Yale Myers Forest
An immersive first person journey through the forest at Yale Myers Forest. Learn from researchers and professors about the habitats, animals and life within the forest. Will be followed by Q&A with invited experts.  Tour will be available to watch when desired following today’s debut.  
 
1:00 p.m. -5:30 p.m.
Break 

5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Alumni of Color Gathering
Virtual intergenerational gathering of alumni and students of color.
 
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Reunion Weekend TGIF
Virtual TGIF with alumni, faculty, students, and staff – cosponsored with Forestry Club
 
Beginning at 8:00 p.m.
Class-Specific Gatherings (Times TBD)
Individual classes will have the opportunity to gather virtually, with the option to have a special faculty guest. If it is your class’ reunion year (if your class year ends in 0 or 5), please fill out this surveyto help us plan a great event for your class, if you have not already.

 
 
Saturday, October 10
 

12:00 p.m.- 12:45 p.m.
State of the School, YSE Dean Indy Burke
 
12:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Meet our New Faculty Members

Dr. Narasimha Rao Assistant Professor of Energy Systems
Dr. Dorceta Taylor '85 M.F.S., '91 Ph.D.Professor of Environmental Justice
Gerald Torres, JD., LL.M. Professor of Environmental Justice
Dr. Yuan Yao Assistant Professor of Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Systems

 
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Break 

3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
Alumni Association Awards and Seminars
 

Introduction by YSE Dean Indy Burke
 
Distinguished Alumna Seminar: Susan Shen '80 M.F.S.
Social Sustainability and Inclusion Practice - East Asia and Pacific, World Bank

 
Distinguished Alumna Seminar: Molly Harriss Olson ’85 M.E.S.
CEO of Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand and a Director on the International Board of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). 

Prospect Street Award: Hugh Brown '10 M.F.
Director of Operations, Forestry Commission, Ghana
 
Distinguished Service Award: Jean Thomson Black '75 M.F.S.
Senior Executive Editor for Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and Medicine at Yale University Press
 

About The Alumni Awards
 
Distinguished Alumni Award
The Distinguished Alumni Award honors the contributions and achievements of YSE alumni who have had distinguished careers and made significant contributions to the field of conservation, environmental science, and management. This year's awards will focus on members of the reunion classes (‘0s and ‘5s). Two Distinguished Alumni awards are given each year.
 
Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award honors YSE community members who dedicate personal time and energy and use their education to advance the efforts of the School, support students and fellow alumni, and cultivate community. This special award is given as the need to recognize distinctive service arises, and is not an annual award.
 
Prospect Street Award
The Prospect Street Award recognizes a graduate of the last decade (2010-2020) from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies who embodies the spirit of YSE by having applied their education, energy and enthusiasm and demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity to make a significant impact in their field.

 

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Break 
 

5:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Film Screening and Panel: Gather

Gather is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide.
 
Gather follows Nephi Craig, a chef from the White Mountain Apache Nation (Arizona), opening an indigenous café as a nutritional recovery clinic; Elsie Dubray, a young scientist from the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation (South Dakota), conducting landmark studies on bison; and the Ancestral Guard, a group of environmental activists from the Yurok Nation (Northern California), trying to save the Klamath river.

Panel imformation forthcoming


Beginning at 8:00 p.m.
Class-Specific Gatherings (Times TBD) 
Individual classes will have the opportunity to gather virtually, with the option to have a special faculty guest. If it is your class’ reunion year (if your class year ends in 0 or 5), please fill out this surveyto help us plan a great event for your class, if you have not already.

 
 
Sunday, October 11
 

Class-Specific Gatherings (Times TBD) 
Individual classes will have the opportunity to gather virtually, with the option to have a special faculty guest. If it is your class’ reunion year (if your class year ends in 0 or 5), please fill out this surveyto help us plan a great event for your class, if you have not already.

 

Available during and after Reunion Weekend


Sunset Ceremony 
An opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of alumni who have recently passed with their class and family members.
 
YSE Family Fun Hour Recording
A family-friendly event for people of all ages! Come on your own, or invite your young friends and family members to join us from wherever they are!
 
Recordings of the Alumni Association Awards and Seminars