Trumbulletin 10-7-19

October 7, 2019

TrumBulletin:  Oct. 7th, 2019

I hope all enjoyed Family Weekend this past weekend and that workloads are not becoming too stressed.  (Yet know, October break is coming up.  That can be really helpful in terms of catching up on both sleep and work.) 

It’s a time of many groups performing.  Seeing Trumbullians perform in musical groups, dance groups, plays, comedy groups, debates, readings, and as athletes is a pleasure.  Please do let me know when you are performing on campus.  Just send an email.  I know well that I can’t get to every performance – there are so many and so many co-occur (especially this past weekend!). Yet over the course of your time here at Yale I strive to see you all.

This particular weekend I tried to make it to a dance performance that was happening right after the family reception in the Morse/Stiles theatre to see one of our new dancers.  But it was full and the doors locked by the time I got there.  I did get to see the combined Glee Club, Concert Band and Yale Symphony Orchestra performances though, and I saw Heeral McGee in attendance too.  We were both impressed with how many of you are in those groups and how good those groups are.   I truly enjoyed the performances – congratulations to Phoebe Liu, Daniel Yoo (not Yu! – they had your name printed wrong, I think), Katie Handler, Jessica Oki, Flynn Chen, Josef Lawrence, Charlotte Murphy, Alina Martel, Avery Mitchell and Jonathan Jalbert, all of whom are in the YSO, Concert Band or Glee Club members. 

At times people put together their own performances too as Phoebe Liu did last year (with friends in Davenport!  How about Trumbull this year?). They perform in the greater community as James Carrabino has done in Guilford, CT, perform for our Fellows as Flynn Chen did last year at our holiday party.  These are welcome and wonderful – let me know about any of these (sometimes not well advertised) events as well. 

This week in Trumbull:

Tonight, Monday, Oct. 7th, Mellon Forum

We kick off Mellon Forum with our participating seniors tonight in the House.  Arrive for dinner at 6:00 p.m.  It will be buffet style.  Just come in, go to the pantry next to the kitchen, help yourself to the food and find a spot at one of the tables set up in the dining room or entry way.  Tonight, it will be just those in our Mellon Forum group in attendance.  We’ll eat and socialize with, our leader Misha Semenov, our Dean, and myself and Associate Head Polner.  Misha and I will give (very quick!) after dinner talks and take questions as examples of possible formats for your talks and we’ll take some questions as will occur for all of you throughout the semester.

Going forward when you give your own presentation and bring a friend, faculty or a graduate affiliate to introduce you and/or have your academic adviser in attendance, please introduce them to us when you arrive. 

Tonight, Monday, Oct. 7th, in the Dining Hall.

Movie showing:  Spirited Away at 8:30 p.m.  (It’s been moved inside for weather reasons).  Sponsored by our TCC.

Tuesday, Oct. 8th, 4 p.m. Trumbull House:   Beverly Ho:  Chief of the Health Research Division, Philippine Department of Health;   “From Patients to Policy:  Charting Your Path in Public Health/Policy

Yale hosts 16 “World Fellows” each year – people who have accomplished a great deal at relatively young ages to improve the world.  Trumbull invites one per year to be affiliated with our college and, occasionally, is able to invite two.  That’s true this year and each of them will speak in the college this week.

Beverly Ho is from the Philippines.  She has both an M.D. degree (from the University of the Philippines) and a Master’s Degree in Public Health (from Harvard University).  She has worked to achieve universal health care in the Philippines.  Now, she continues working to provide the high-quality evidence needed to support health system reforms.

Earlier this fall, Beverly joined us on our Trumbull Sailing trip, engaged us in discussions regarding her frustrations with disparities in the health care system in the Philippines early in her career as a physician.  She spoke to some of us about what seeing those disparities first hand spurred her on to do health-policy-wise, what worked in that regard and what has continued to prove frustrating to her.

She’s here at Yale for the semester working on these issues and consulting with many U.S. legislatures concerned about the same issues.

Thursday, Oct. 10th, 4 p.m. Trumbull House:  Katrin Eggenberger:  Minister Designate of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Culture for the Principality of Liechtenstein  “How One Suddenly Becomes a Minister of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Culture.” 

Katrin Eggenberger heads the World Economic Forum’s Community of Chairpersons, which is comprised of over 100 of the world’s most influential chairpersons of large corporations who meet to discuss in an informal and trusted manner the key challenges they face today. She works closely with Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, on a new global platform for start-ups, tech entrepreneurs, businesses, NGOs, governments, and universities for the purpose of serving sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.


Congratulations go to Trumbull junior Rodney Thomas II who is the reigning Ivy League Defensive Player for the Week.  He was crucial to Yale’s win against Cornell just over a week ago by intercepting two Cornell passes one of which he returned 52 yards for a touchdown. Then, this past weekend he had what the athletics department described as “another stellar weekend as he had 10 tackles, three for loss and a forced fumble.” 

Congratulations also go to Lazaros Efthymiou and Kai Moos of Yale men’s soccer team for their win against Harvard!  The team played “In front of a deafening crowd at Reese Stadium, the Yale men’s soccer team proved its credentials Friday night, blowing Harvard away in a 3–1 victory. The result marked the team’s sixth consecutive win and their longest streak in 21 years.

Friday’s victory was the first time that the Bulldogs (6–0–2, 1–0–0 Ivy) have defeated the Crimson (0–5–1, 0–0–1 Ivy) since 2013 and featured their biggest margin of victory in over a decade. In a derby where emotions were running high, calm and collected heads were needed to secure victory.”

And, congratulations to Trumbullian Diego Miro-Rivera who makes large scale installation art.  He had a production company from NYC (through the brand Outdoor Voices contact him saying they wished to film his work and feature it in their media outlets soon.)  He traveled three hours into New York state to do a new installation (this time unexpectedly having to navigate around rocks in fields) and I’m anxious to see the results.

If you want to see some amazing defensive playing, to one of the football games.  If you want to see some amazing art go to

or and watch his videos.


Thanks to our TCC for hosting the TrumBall with all the work that goes into selling tickets, setting it all up and cleaning it up afterwards.  Additional thanks go to them for hosting our football screenings and an impromptu study break last evening with extra food from the Family Weekend receptions. 

Thanks also go to our graduate affiliates Leo Lizbinski and Jen Strtak who hosted Trumbull’s apple picking trip to Nolan Brothers’ fruit farm in Cheshire, Connecticut and to Debbie Rueb, Deborah Bellmore, and Karen Eisenman and our Trumbull Aides and bartender for once again pulling off a large family weekend reception in great fashion.  

Thanks also to all our IM secretaries and all our players, especially those players of the week.  We’re involved in play-offs in IM football this week and our team was busy planning plays in the Dining Hall last evening (and suggesting that a trip to Six Flags sponsored by Trumbull to celebrate if they win.  I need to investigate

the feasibility of that but I do like celebrations.)