Letter from the Producer

Merhaba –

The exhilaration of the YaleGALE trip to Turkey continues to remind me that we have fabulous partners around the world. Our first World Alumni Leadership Conference was a success and the exchanges were mutually inspirational.

Group photo of YaleGALE participants holding Yale Banner in Ephesus

The range of interests and the willingness to share with us at the Turkish universities we visited was affirming of our concept and enriching for each of us. In Istanbul, we were hosted by 5 prestigious universities for alumni relations sessions and shared friendship dinners. Our partners were:

  • Boğaziçi University, founded as the first American school outside the U.S. and one of the most prominent educational institutions in Turkey,
  • Istanbul University founded in 1453 so one of the oldest universities in the world
  • Sabanci University, that offers a liberal arts undergraduate curriculum,
  • Koç with the mission to produce the most capable graduates by providing a world class education,
  • Bahçeşehir University founded by a private foundation benefitting from profits from college prep courses
  • Bilkent University (in Ankara), one of the first Foundation universities and having over 10,000 students, with foreign students from 72 countries.
  • Yaşar University in Izmir with innovative ideas in advancement.

Our conversations with the faculty, staff and alumni of the universities in Turkey were provided opportunities for forming new friendships as well as understanding some of the culture of this fascinating country. We all appreciate Dost: Friends for Life – among the group and with our hosts. As a group, we were also lucky enough to be able to visit some of the sites of the country such as Catalhoyuk and Cappadocia where we stayed in Argos.
I cannot capture in mere words the exhilaration of this exchange, so we made a video. Click here and take a look at it.

Boola Boola.

Kathy Edersheim ‘87
Producer, YaleGALE in Turkiye

Dates: July 17 – 31, 2010
Delegation: 65 Yalies, family and friends
Program Producer: Kathy Edersheim ’87

Conference Committee: Paula Armbruster ’64, Marvin Berenblum ’56, Robert Catapano-Friedman ’74, Ilona Emmerth ’98, Resit Ergener ’74, Ed Greenberg ’59, Chris Hill ’99, Mehmet Kahya ’73, Gordon Meyers ’49, Glenn Murphy ’71, John Scales ’54, Catherine Terry Taylor ’83, Barbara Wagner ’73, Engin Yenidunya ‘02