Yale Chicago hosts 150th anniversary celebration

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Tiffany Amlot '00, president of Yale Chicago, and President Peter Salovey prepare to cut the commemorative cake.

Yale alumni came together in force on Oct. 19 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Yale Chicago.

Like the other Yale clubs in cities around the country, Yale Chicago was founded with the goal of allowing graduates to continue the friendships they formed at Yale. Over its 150-year history, it has grown into a diverse organization with a rich history of traditions.

Among the 250 attendants were representatives of the region’s Yale groups, including the Alumni Schools Committee, Association of Asian American Yale Alumni, Community Service Fellowships, Muslim Alumni of Yale, Yale Alumni Art League, Yale Black Alumni Association, Yale Chicago Refugee Resettlement Project, Yale Day of Service, Yale GALA-Yale’s LGBT Alumni Association, Yale Latino Alumni Association, Yale School of Management Alumni Association, YaleWomen Chicago, and Yale Tutors at the Jahn School.

J. Weili Cheng ’77, director of the Association of Yale Alumni, poses with alumnae at Yale Chicago’s 150th anniversary celebration.

Yale Chicago’s connection to its home city is reflected in its new logo, which features the letter “Y,” representing the three branches of the Chicago River. The club — long known as the Yale Club of Chicago — recently embraced the name “Yale Chicago” to symbolize that all Yale alums are welcome.

The anniversary celebration was held in the Chicago Cultural Center, a historic building that is 30 years younger than the club itself. The center is a Chicago Landmark building that houses the city’s official reception venue, where the mayor of Chicago has welcomed presidents and royalty, diplomats, and community leaders.

Tiffany Amlot ‘00, president of Yale Chicago, welcomed the guests—current students and alumni spanning 75 graduation years from Yale College, Graduate and Professional schools, parents and friends. Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs ‘95 read a proclamation citing the activities and impacts Yale alumni contribute to the community.

In his address Salovey offered an update on the campus expansion, which was illustrated by architectural designs of new buildings throughout the university. He spoke in particular about the new graduate apartments at 272 Elm St., noting that students and university leaders had gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 24. The building, which features more than 40 two-bedroom residential units with kitchens, is expected to open for the fall 2018 semester.

Christopher Quander ’86 (right) presented Salovey with several gifts, including a customized Cubs jersey..

After Salovey’s address, Christopher Quander ’86 presented the President with several gifts: a Cubs jersey with “Salovey 23” on the back, a White Sox 2005 World Series cap, and John Zukowsky’s book “Building Chicago: The Architectural Masterworks.”

Audrey Rubin ‘75 and Charles Thomas ‘87 joined with President Peter Salovey and fellow alums in singing “Bright College Years.” Salovey then joined with Amlot to cut a commemorative cake.

For more information on the Yale Chicago, visit its website: www.yalechicago.org

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