Notes from Woodbridge Hall

President Salovey regularly shares his reflections and reports on his activities in this message to the Yale community. To receive Notes from Woodbridge Hall by email, click here to subscribe.

June 15, 2015

As the Yale campus switches gears for the summer—and before we rush headlong into planning for the new academic year—I invite you to join me... more

June 1, 2015

The two Yale reunion weekends each spring are a whirlwind of the best kind... more

May 18, 2015

What a Commencement weekend it has been—with the main event still to come! Yale... more

May 4, 2015

As we charge toward the end of the spring semester, this is the season for special occasions here on campus (not to mention some serious hay fever... more

April 20, 2015

As we celebrate the forty-fifth anniversary of Earth Day this week, our students, alumni, faculty, and staff will be attending special programs at... more

April 6, 2015

In the past week, spring has arrived in New Haven at last. All that remains of winter’s snow are a few patches here and there. (Fun fact: the pen... more

March 23, 2015

Happy spring—and welcome back to those of you just returning from the mid-semester recess. I trust March, which indeed came in like a lion, will... more

February 23, 2015

Last week I wrote to you about New Haven’s many arts and humanities organizations. Now, I have art of the edible variety on my mind: tomorrow... more

February 16, 2015

Last Monday, Marta and I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with Mayor Toni Harp and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro as they hosted a “... more

February 9, 2015

A few weeks ago, I traveled to Switzerland for the World Economic... more

January 19, 2015

As we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., I am reminded of a quote often attributed to him: “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a... more

January 12, 2015

Happy new year! For me, the first weeks of the spring semester always carry with them a special sense of new beginnings. Students, faculty, and... more

November 24, 2014

Those of you who follow my writings closely (if you’ll indulge me in imagining that) will have seen this message in your inboxes and thought: ... more

November 10, 2014

If you have attended Yale’s annual Veterans Day ceremony in the past, you will understand why I count it among the most beautiful and moving... more

October 27, 2014

One of my favorite things about Yale is our deep sense of community—so deep it seems to be in our very DNA. I touched on this, in a very local... more

October 13, 2014

When Marta and I moved into our quarters within 43 Hillhouse Avenue last month with Portia, our Havanese, we became the newest members of a... more

September 29, 2014

Last Thursday I took a day off for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. Although my schedule has been filled with on-campus events and meetings—and... more

September 15, 2014

With the academic year now underway, Marta and I are looking forward to attending Yale athletic events and supporting our student-athletes. On... more

September 2, 2014

With the reopening of the Sterling Memorial Library nave, I feel as if we have welcomed an old friend back to campus – and that friend has had an... more

August 18, 2014

This is one of my favorite weeks of the year at Yale, as summer winds down and we prepare to welcome new and returning students and faculty. There... more

August 4, 2014

Summer gives me a little time to catch up on reading, and among the pieces that caught my eye recently was an article in The New Yorker ... more

July 21, 2014

I was recently thinking about last fall’s Freshman Address, because right now I am working on this year’s Address. Although it seems as if we just... more

July 7, 2014

I hope you and your families had a relaxing Fourth of July weekend. Marta and I were able to take a little break that included yesterday’s ball... more

June 16, 2014

Emilio Botín is the chairman of Banco Santander, and last week I accompanied him and the leadership team of his Universia Foundation to the Yale... more

June 2, 2014

For the past two weekends, Marta and I have visited with Yale alumni back on campus for reunions. Over 6,800 people—alumni and their families and... more

May 19, 2014

On this picture-perfect commencement day, when even the sky is Yale blue, I salute our... more

May 5, 2014

It has been a busy couple of weeks for everyone on campus. I spent a few days in Washington, DC, attending a meeting of the AAU Presidents and... more

April 21, 2014

This week we welcome nearly 2,000 guests to campus – about 1,200 high school seniors admitted to the Class of 2018 and 800 parents and other... more

April 7, 2014

Last night, Marta and I had the pleasure of attending the Broadway opening night of Will Eno’s “... more

March 24, 2014

When I was a student, many of my classmates would head off to a warmer place during spring break. This year, Marta and I spent the break meeting... more

March 3, 2014

In the remarks I made last October during the inauguration ceremonies—seems like ages ago!—I suggested that by continuing to harness technology,... more

February 17, 2014

In my last "Note from Woodbridge Hall," I wrote about participating in the White House Summit on College Opportunity. This event helped to place... more

February 3, 2014

Growing up in New Providence, New Jersey, my siblings and I had two childhood heroes: Carl Yastrzemski and Pete Seeger. Admiring a baseball player... more

January 20, 2014

Today, the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. inspires many on our campus to engage in acts of service and outreach. Yale community members will... more

January 6, 2014

Last week on New Year’s Day, Bruce Alexander, Marta, and I were privileged to attend the inauguration of the new team in New Haven’s City Hall. We... more

December 2, 2013

I have just returned from Thanksgiving break – although Marta and I stayed fairly close to home – as have most of you. I hope everyone is... more

November 18, 2013

A number of years ago, I had the privilege of traveling to the Philippines to collaborate on a psychological study concerning the stigma... more

November 6, 2013

I am pleased to offer my congratulations to our mayor-elect, Toni Harp ('78 MEnvD) and pledge on behalf of the Yale community to continue our... more

November 4, 2013

Earlier this semester, I noted a... more

October 21, 2013

For the past two weeks, I have been BIRGing. This term, from my field of social psychology, is based on the acronym for “basking in... more

October 7, 2013

This morning, I woke up to the marvelous news that James Rothman ’71, the... more

September 23, 2013

Every once in a while, I have a couple of weeks where Yale’s amazingness (is that a word?) is revealed in all its glory. The last two weeks were... more

September 9, 2013

Last week, John DeStefano, the twenty-year mayor of the city of New Haven was kind enough to invite me for a cup of coffee. We discussed many... more

August 26, 2013

I write this note having just welcomed new students to Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Management, with... more

August 12, 2013

Some of you may remember the old computer game, “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?” (now more than 25 years old, if you can believe it!). ... more

July 29, 2013

I hope that summer has been a time for you to catch up on reading for pleasure. While I was setting up my office in Woodbridge Hall, I... more

July 15, 2013

Although the academic rhythm shifts in the summer, it is certainly still busy on campus. I am getting settled in at Woodbridge Hall, moving books... more

July 1, 2013

It has become customary, on the first day in office, for Yale’s new president to offer a few thoughts on the future. I am honored to continue that... more