I came, I saw, I “concurred”. I went to the Assembly wondering whether this year’s theme “The Entrepreneurial Spirit at Yale” is a misnomer. I came back totally impressed, by the number of entrepreneurs at / from Yale and the many initiatives on campus.
This year, 10 Yale students — six seniors and four alumni — were named as Rhodes or Marshall Scholars, two of the most coveted academic awards for study in Great Britain. Three Yale seniors and one alumnus were awarded 4 out of 32 Rhodes Scholarships awarded in 2014, the most of any other college or university. The students were chosen out of a pool of 877 students nominated by 305 colleges and universities nationwide. Six Yalies — three seniors and three alumni — were recognized with Marshall Scholarships. This is the highest number of Marshall Scholarships awarded to Yale students in a single year in over 30 years.
Congratulations to Colm and Carol Rafferty on the birth of their new son, Damien!
YCB would like to thank Lea Yu for her dedicated and thoughtful service to the club over the past year. We wish her the best of luck in her next chapter in California - Keep in touch, Lea!
Our club stood out from 70+ competitors and has won this year’s AYA Excellent Award in the Outstanding International Club category. “(The AYA Volunteer Leadership Committee) was impressed with the scope of the club’s work and its outreach beyond the immediate Yale community”, said Alison Broday, Committee Chair, in her congratulatory email. Thank you to all the club leaders and volunteers in the past for making this possible.
YCB welcomes alumnus Rick Chang back to Beijing
With the arrival of Spring, Yale’s Class of 2018 is now taking shape. Here are some statistics about the incoming class of 2018:
1,935 | students admitted to the Class of 2018 6.3% | admit rate 71.7% | overall yield rate 14% | percentage of admitted students who will be the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college 79 | incoming freshmen who are Questbridge finalists 16% | percentage of students who qualify for the Pell Grant program 10-15 | students likely to be admitted from the waitlist
Forty Yalies and friends got together with 45 migrant children and 150 rescued dogs for the Yale Day of Service on Saturday, May 10, 2014 for three tracks of activity.
Track 1: Picnic with Qing Hong Lan School
At the Chaoyang Park, volunteers held a picnic lunch with students from Qing Hong Lan School, played leadership/team-building games, and explored the park together. Qing Hong Lan was established in 2005 and enrolls 420 children of migrant workers.
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Track 2: Dog Grooming at Little Adoption Shop
The Day of Service volunteers were treated to a symphony of 150 dogs barking together upon arrival at the shelter run by Chris Barden (JE, ’89). To be honest, it was somewhat intimidating. We soon realized that these dogs are just like little kids, excited to see visitors and craving for attention. They came over to lick our hands and enjoyed being patted. Xiaoting Huo (School of Public Health, ’12) said “it was heart-melting to see them staying close and hoping to be caressed”. Due to the forecast of rain, Chris asked us not to groom the dogs but just to post pictures of interaction with the dogs and spread his “Adoption, instead of Buying” message. Chris set up the Little Adoption Shop after rescuing a truckload of dogs destined to the dinner table.
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Track 3: Tongxin Visit to China Science and Technology Museum
Seventeen fourth graders and two teachers from the Tongxin Migrant Children School (http://www.tongxinedu.org) went with our volunteers to visit the China Science and Technoology Museum for an afternoon of games and interactive hands-on activities. While the museum is only 45 minutes from the school, the children had not had a chance to visit because their parents were pre-occupied with eking out a living in Beijing. Each volunteer accompanied three students three hours to fully experience the magic world of science, from the origin of life to astrology study, from mathematics, physics to art technology. The event inspired the kids’ curiosity about the world around them and they were braver to communicate with our stranger volunteers.
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We wrapped up the evening with a dinner at HomePlate in Sanlitun.
2014 05 10 YDOS Homeplate 1 Our thanks to all the friends from various international universities and local high schools who participated. Sincere appreciation for friend of Yale Ms. Lei Huang for donating RMB500 to the Chaoyang Park track.
The Yale Club of Beijing has extended the Day of Service from a single-day event to multiple Days of Service throughout the year. Stay tuned for our next service activity. We welcome your ideas of other service initiatives.
This fall, Yale University will be opening its Yale Leadership Center in Beijing’s Chaoyang district. The following is the announcement from President Salovey. (click here for PDF)
On the weekend of April 11-13, 2014, ten Yale Club of Beijing (YCB) volunteers traveled to rural Yaocun village in Linzhou, Henan Province, to donate bilingual books and assist students in English practice at the Yaocun No 1 Junior Middle School.
In 2006, Yaocun village was selected a site for community service by our Club because it is the site of a long-term cancer prevention collaboration by the American and Chinese governments, an alliance resulting from the historic Nixon-Kissinger visit to China. Yaocun village is located in China’s Taihang mountain range, an area with some of the world’s highest rates of esophageal cancer. Economically, Yaocun village typifies rural central-China, growing cabbage and grain (primarily wheat and corn) and operating small metal-work factories. We have observed changes yearly, reflecting the transformation of rural China. This year for the first time we traveled by the high-speed Beijing-Guangzhou railroad, cutting our travel time by half from our first visit in 2006, from 5 to 2.5 hours. The Yaocun No 1 Middle School had moved to a larger campus, and we were housed in a newly constructed guest dormitory in the local esophageal cancer hospital.
On Saturday morning, April 12, 2014, the YCB volunteers divided into different classrooms and led two one-hour classes in English. Following lunch, our book donation ceremony took place in the school’s central courtyard before the assembled students. We gave a total of 157 new books that were requested by the school and purchased by the YCB’s Book Donation Program at the Beijing Foreign Language and Wangfujing bookstores. In addition, volunteer Seockhwan (Bryce) HWANG (Yale College, 2006) donated six Korean culture books.
Our afternoon continued with special-interest activities led by the Yale Club’s volunteers. Rich HERZFELDER (Yale College, 1974) coached a basketball workshop. JIAN Yi (Yale World Fellow 2003) introduced students to documentary film-making and interviewing, and his colleague WU Hengmei’s students practiced experimental theater exercises. Seockhwan HWANG led a discussion group about two topics: the history of the United Nations and Korean Culture. A second discussion group headed by ZHENG Yisa focused on the perennially popular issues of the college entrance examination and student life at Peking University. Yan LIU JOHNSON (Yale SOM 1995) and her 10-year-old son Andrew taught students the game of “Charades” as a fun way to practice English. Yan’s 12-year-old daughter Katherine co-directed a singing class with LIN Meixue, entertaining us with school-wide performance at the end of the afternoon. Katherine’s description of her experience as a youth volunteer appears at the bottom of this summary.
Our school activities on Saturday closed with a tour of Yaocun village guided by a small group of students, who showed us new worker housing, wheat fields, and metal work factories. On Sunday morning, before returning to Beijing by high-speed rail, volunteers were able to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Yin Xu, site of an ancient Shang Dynasty capital (1300 B.C.) and the famous Oracle Bones that are inscribed with early origins of Chinese characters.
We would like to express our gratitude to Drs FAN Jinhu and WANG Guoqing of the Cancer Hospitals in Beijing and Yaocun, respectively, for assisting with our planning, providing us with local travel in Henan, as well as meals and lodging at the Beijing Medical Team’s Linzhou Esophageal Cancer Hospital.
Funds for the book donation came from the Yale Club of Beijing and two anonymous YCB members. Volunteers paid for their own train travel and incidental expenses.
-Summary by: Gwen Zahner (Yale PhD (Epidemiology), 1983), Director, YCB Book Donation Program
A YOUTH VOLUNTEER’S PERSPECTIVE
My Yale Club Book Donation Trip
April 14, 2014
Katherine Liu Johnson, Age 12
On April 11, the Beijing Yale Club volunteers went to Yaocun village in Linzhou, Henan, near Anyang, for a book donation event. We stayed at the Linzhou Esophageal Cancer Hospital dormitory. I really enjoyed visiting the school and sharing my life with the students. I also enjoyed speaking English with the students and teaching them English songs. When I talked with the students, I realized they did not have any English books in their library and they could not buy any English books in their book stores. They could learn English only from textbooks and the Internet, but only few have internet access. I was so happy when I gave the English books to them. They are very good books for the children. I realized how lucky I am to be born into such a good family and good environment. I should study hard like those students in Henan village and appreciate what I have in my life. This trip was really meaningful for me, and I feel good for what I did for the students in Yaocun No. 1 Middle School.