|AYA Assembly events included a gala dinner to award the Yale Medal, sessions where Yale officials spoke to alumni delegates, and The 130th Harvard-Yale Game (Yale Twitter photos)|
|An AYA dinner, reception and session|
Yale alumni being Yale alumni, they all itch to deliver ample input, ideas and a collective voice from alumni in other regions.
This year's Assembly, the 73rd, turned its attention on the first day to New Haven, celebrating its 375th birthday. AYA organized sessions for alumni to learn about current challenges and progress of the city, now under the leadership of new mayor Toni Harp '78 ARC. Some took tours of New Haven neighborhoods and heard more about the city's latest attractions and developments.
AYA leaders, Mark Dollhopf '77 (Executive Director) and Jimmy Lu '77 (Chair of the AYA board), presided over most sessions, panel discussions and dinners. Westchester representatives at the assembly included YWAA officers and appointed board members.
On the second day, Alumni groups met to share best practices in leading Yale alumni nationally and internationally. The Assembly, until recent years, often met twice a year, but now convenes in larger numbers each November.
Former president Richard Levin '74 Ph.d. and his wife Jane Levin '75 Ph.d. were among the six winners of the Yale Medal for Service, awarded by the AYA.