Ceiling in Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall

Now that the campus is bustling again, many of Yale’s iconic buildings are no longer quiet. Once again, their interior treasures, like this ceiling in Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall (SSS), can be enjoyed as the works of art they are. SSS stands at the corner of Grove and Prospect Streets and was designed and built in 1931, first housing the Sheffield Scientific School.

Commons reopens in Yale Schwarzman Center

A sight for sore eyes? Definitely. Commons is alive and well and bustling with hungry students, staff, and faculty. With the iconic 50-foot vaulted ceiling and exposed timber-trusses restored to their original grandeur, the food hall now offers four diverse menu stations. Yale Hospitality has other dining experiences in the works at the Yale Schwarzman Center, including an all-day café.

Yale Health Pharmacy

Yale Health Pharmacy is 30 members strong, and its staff members have been onsite throughout the pandemic. Here, Pharmacy Technicians M’Ballou Kane (foreground) and Carol Blum retrieve prescriptions for customers. Those of us who have relied on the pharmacy over the last 18 months (and will continue to) are grateful for their presence and perseverance.

See what’s new: Tsai CITY

Whether you’re on campus or back in October, consider a visit to Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking (Tsai CITY), the new two-story, oval, steel, and glass building tucked behind Becton Center on its Plaza. Tsai CITY was developed to foster connections between entrepreneurs, creators, and leaders from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. It is a major donation by Joseph C. Tsai ’86 B.A., ’90 J.D.

Yale freshmen move-in

The day after tropical storm Henri made landfall in New England, students began arriving on campus. On August 23, Yale freshmen with their parents swung open car doors and trunks to begin moving into their colleges, carting suitcases and boxes through rain and windy conditions. The rain did nothing to dampen their spirits, however, and Yale ponchos made the trek less soggy.

Heidi and Yale Police Officer Rich Simons

The team of Heidi, trained service/therapy dog, and Yale Police Officer Rich Simons has been working as ambassadors for Yale Public Safety since September 2020. On Monday, August 23, the duo interacted with first-year students and their parents as they arrived on campus. These meetings will continue this week and next as all students return to Yale to begin the fall semester.

Yale dining halls

Joyce Baker, pantry worker and desk attendant, serves up Yale Hospitality’s signature three-cheese grilled cheese sandwiches, which top the list of students’ favorites along with chicken tenders. These and other mouth-watering selections will soon be heaped on the plates of Yale’s undergraduate and graduate students when campus dining halls officially open on August 31.

The Bass Tower

The Edward P. Bass Tower, framed in this photo by leafy treetops (particularly, horse-chestnut blossoms on the left and red-oak leaves overhead), stands 190 feet tall and signals Pauli Murray and Benjamin Franklin colleges’ 6.7-acre campus, which is now four years old. Bass Tower houses seminar rooms, and offers views that will likely take in next week’s return of Yale students.

Get ready for Yale’s football season

A spring visit to Yale Athletics’ Football Office found Elijah Weeks, director of Player Development, working to secure summer internships for Yale football players. With practice starting this month, Elijah is organizing alumni mentorship pairs for incoming freshman players. The season begins at home on September 18 against Holy Cross. Yale is the defending Ivy League co-champion.

Lunch at West Campus

It was a summer afternoon on Yale’s West Campus when this photo was snapped of colleagues taking their lunches on the terrace next to the Conference Center, which houses the Café. It’s a lunch option available to everyone at Yale and is just a short drive or shuttle ride away from New Haven.

Yale Broadcast Studio

Rick Leone, executive director, Yale Broadcast Studio, is directing a multi-input recording with Professor Papademetris for a course entitled ”Creation of the Medical Software.” While most staff have been on campus since spring, the studio was open on a limited basis during COVID, even acting as a Zoom base for Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith to conduct White House COVID briefings.

Campus benches

When was the last time you just sat down on a campus bench and visited with a colleague? Now that we can still do so without a mask, consider taking advantage of the healthy benefits that work friendships bring to our lives. Research shows that engaging with friends increases your sense of belonging and purpose, boosts your happiness, and reduces stress.

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

Enter the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail on bikes or on foot at 24 Hillhouse Avenue and discover that the paved path connects Yale’s central campus to Science Park. Continue past Science Park, and trail travel 84 miles to Northampton, Mass. Staff often choose biking the trail to and from work, running or walking it during lunchtime, or strolling along it to meetings.

The Yale Farm

Yale Sustainable Food Program’s Jeremy Oldfield, Yale Farm manager, and Jacquie Munno, manager, International and Professional Experience, prune tomatoes, harvest marigolds. During COVID, Farm produce went to New Haven hunger relief groups. The team also cultivated plant-based dyes: marigolds, indigo, tansy, scabiosa. Since students couldn’t gather over pizza events, they dyed masks for local partners, and more.

Peabody Museum Collections at West Campus

Peabody’s Cathy Lash, vertebrate paleontology preparator, cleans and repairs fossil specimen oreodont, which represents an extinct group of mammals that lived between 40 and 5.3 million years ago. We observed Cathy in the Vertebrate Paleontology Preparation Lab at Yale West Campus while touring with Tim White, director of Museum Collections & Research.

Food trucks and outdoor dining

The food trucks that line up daily on Sachem Street in front of Yale’s hockey rink are a big draw during lunchtime all year long, but more so when the weather is nice. Many staff members and students buy their meals and then cross the street to sit at the picnic tables on the terrace next to Pauli Murray College.

Information Technology Data Center Operations Center

Images of servers fall under the watchful eye of Peter Morazzini, shift coordinator in the Information Technology (IT) Data Center Operations Center. This is where Yale’s Computing Systems and Applications, Networks, Public Safety Switches, Phones, and Data Center Infrastructure are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Peter’s support keeps Yale’s IT environment running smoothly.

Yale Center for Molecular Discovery

In the Yale Center for Molecular Discovery on West Campus, Montrell Seay and Laura Abriola, biotechnology associates, carry out their work of partnering with Yale scientists who are looking for new or modified drugs to advance their translational research. In aiding target and drug discovery, Montrell and Laura have access to 300,000 small molecules and 18,000 genomic probes.

Yale University Art Gallery

A June trip to the Yale University Art Gallery, a day closed to patrons, found Museum Technician Alicia Van Campen, Exhibitions Department, replacing light bulbs while Gustave Corbet’s La Liberté (1875) looked on, basking in the spotlight. This bronze sculpture (with dark brown patina) was given to the Gallery as a gift by Richard L. Feigen, B.A. 1952.

Nathan Hale statue on Old Campus

Hail Nathan! Consider Nathan Hale’s heroism in the Revolutionary War—schoolteacher turned spy for the Continental Congress; hung by the British in 1776; purported to have said, “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” This Old Campus statue stands next to Connecticut Hall where Nathan lived as a Yale student (B.A. 1773, M.A. 1776).

Yale Visitor Center

There’s an open dog—rather door—policy at the Visitor Center and Handsome Dan XIX (aka Kingman) is never shy about seeing what his colleague Patrick Pitoniak, assistant director, is up to. While the Center is still closed and only running virtual tours, staff members are back working together as a team—Handsome Dan included, when he is not making appearances.

Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage

Art Gallery painting conservator Sydney Nikolaus treats an oil study by Edwin Austin Abbey (1852-1911) from the Gallery’s collection for his Holy Grail murals in the Boston Public Library. Working in the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage’s shared conservation lab on West Campus, she carefully removes surface grime and hazy white efflorescence material.

Yale Department of Pharmacology lab

Lei Zhang, research associate, is at work in Yale’s Department of Pharmacology lab, which is led by Dr. Anton Bennett, professor of Pharmacology and Comparative Medicine. Lei supports research that Dr. Bennett says “uses multidisciplinary approaches to understand the impact of protein phosphorylation in cell signaling and its health-related impact in metabolic diseases.”

Yale West Campus

It was a “picture-perfect” June afternoon when a walk on Yale’s West Campus (YWC) revealed landscaped green space that has transformed 9 acres. New pathways connect the research buildings and lead to the Conference Center hub. YWC is home to 7 institutes comprising partners from university departments, schools, and museums, and also to the Yale School of Nursing.

Sterling Memorial Library

Barbara Rockenbach (left), the Stephen F. Gates ’68 university librarian, and Sara Machowski, senior executive assistant, carry on their day-to-day business in their Sterling Memorial Library offices. Barbara joined Yale in July 2020, four months into the pandemic, and reminds us that the library has been open the entire time—online at first, now in person.

Yale High Street Bridge

When was the last time you walked under Yale’s High Street Bridge? It’s likely been a while. But the next time you do, look up, and you’ll see four architectural reliefs of winged females, which represent Architecture, Drama, Painting, and Sculpture. The bridge and its winged women were designed by architect Egerton Swartwout (Class of 1891) in 1928.

Yale Center for British Art

On June 4, Yale Center for British Art re-opened to the public for the first time since a three-weekend opening in fall 2020. Here, Jennifer Lahert, Yale security officer, greets two visitors. The Center will be open on Fridays, noon to 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4:00 p.m. Free timed-entry tickets are strongly encouraged. A total of 668 people visited on this first weekend.

IT’s Engineering and Operations team

IT’s Operations team, led by David Highsmith, gathered for the camera at 25 Science Park on a recent May afternoon (left to right): Kelsey Viani, Eric Alford, Jeff Brown, Brian Murray, Antonio Valderrama, Victor Soto; not pictured is Phil Mondo. Also not pictured are Engineering team members led by Tim Sheets: Dean Baruffi, Paul Johnson, Tony Ventura.

Sachem's Wood

Renovated Sachem's Wood park

Next time you’re in the vicinity of Sachem’s Wood (off Sachem Street), feel free to admire this renovated green space whose design aims to connect Science Hill to the rest of central campus. Find curving walkways bordered by fresh landscaping, new benches, and grey cobblestone runnels (efficient water drainage). Walk around, take a seat. Enjoy yourself.

Yale Athletics

Alex Barmore (right), chief of staff and director of Football Operations, hands Sam Rubin, assistant director of Strategic Communications, completed swab kits from the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale. Football team members swabbed their cheeks to join Be The Match Registry as possible genetic matches for patients needing marrow transplants.

Commencement 2021

Yale security guards survey Old Campus

Two Yale Security staff members survey Old Campus in all its Commencement 2021 finery. This year’s 600 socially distanced chairs have been welcoming Yale graduates in seven separate ceremonies over the course of four days. These in-person celebrations, albeit without visitors, remind us of this joyous time of year on campus, especially when the sun shines.

Yale Printing and Publishing (YPPS)

Every year like clockwork, Yale Printing and Publishing Services (YPPS) produces programs, booklets, signage, certificates, diplomas, and so much more, for Yale Commencement. Here, Mable Thorne, printing representative, fills the Class Day bags that Yale College students will receive for the May 23 virtual event. YPPS produced over 1,200 bags; created the 2021 Commencement website; and prints all Yale diplomas this Friday night.

Berkeley College Dining Hall

While some staff members have been working remotely since March 2020, others have been here all along, supporting the campus Community. We’ll be sharing snapshots of life on campus over the next few months as we return to Yale—featuring our people, places, and traditions. Recently, we got a look inside Berkeley College’s dining hall where Joel Alberto, third cook, was cooking up something delicious.