Morse Fellows

Morse College is a vibrant community. We would love to count you among us. The Fellows meet a few times per semester at the Head of College’s house, to interact with friends from all parts of the University and from the broader community. Many play the role of Advisor for a student or two. We extend invitations to student functions such as performances and college-wide social events, welcome participation at intramural sports, provide dining privileges in the college at lunch or dinner, all so you can meet with students, faculty and friends. Please join us - we welcome you!

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Donald L. Filer

Associate Vice President for Global Strategy

Biography

Donald Filer has overall responsibility for Yale’s Office of International Affairs (OIA), which he has led since its creation in 2004. OIA provides administrative support for the international activities of the schools, programs, and individual faculty across the university. These efforts focus on supporting the development of new projects with partner universities, coordinating the work of other Yale offices during project start-ups, managing visits to Yale by university delegations and other dignitaries, and safeguarding Yale’s reputation around the world.

Mr. Filer also leads the university’s emergency response in the event of a medical emergency, natural disaster, or civil unrest taking place abroad, and oversees the Yale Young Global Scholars Program, the Greenberg Conference Center, Yale’s Marketing and Trademark Licensing Office, and the Yale Conferences & Events Office. 

He joined Yale University in 2000 as Associate Secretary with responsibility for managing support for the Yale Corporation (the university’s governing board), supervising the Yale Visitor Center, and directing the Office of Licensing Programs.  Prior to his appointment at Yale, he served in a number of capacities at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, from 1991 to 2000 including Vice President for Community and Public Affairs, Secretary of the College, and Acting Vice President for Development. He worked for former U.S. Representative Bruce A. Morrison of New Haven from 1985 to 1991. A native of New Haven, Mr. Filer earned a B.A. in political science from Colgate University.


Jeff Fuller

Musician, Composer, Educator

Biography

Jeff Fuller graduated from Yale College (’67) and received his master’s degree in composition from the Yale School of Music (’69). Since 1995, he has taught Jazz Composition and led two jazz ensembles at ACES-Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven. He teaches privately and leads the Premier Jazz Ensemble of the Neighborhood Music School, and has long been an integral part of the Connecticut, New York and international jazz scenes. Mr. Fuller has played with jazz masters from all styles and eras and has led ensembles in many jazz venues. He composes and arranges for the acclaimed salsa group, Irazú, and is co-leader of the popular New Haven-based group Sambeleza. He has received commissions from both the New Haven and the Hartford Symphony Orchestras and has twice received project grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. 

Interests:

Mr. Fuller is well versed and active in aviation, sports, cycling, basketball , nature and the business of music.
 

Offers assistance in:

Career advising

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Irene Garza

Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of History

Biography

Dr. Irene Garza is a proud Morsel [MC 02’]. She is currently the Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of History and affiliate of the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration. She completed her doctorate in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, with a Graduate Portfolio in Mexican-American Studies.

From 2016-2017, she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the History Department at Oberlin College where she taught courses on the Chicana/o Movement, U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Latinx Women’s History, and Histories of U.S. militarism. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Latina/o Studies, Michigan Historical Review, and edited collection War of My Generation (Rutgers UP, 2015). She has also been a featured speaker at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and National Public Radio (NPR) https://www.npr.org/programs/latino-usa/455905881/enlisted. Prior to entering academia, she worked as an organizer with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).

Interests:

Cultures of U.S. militarism; Race, War, & Logics of Citizenship; Militarism & U.S. Empire; post-1945 U.S. History; Militarization of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands; Social Movements; Critical Masculinity Studies; Race & Ethnicity in American Popular Culture; Latinx History; 19th-20th c. U.S. Immigration History; Intersections of Carcerality & Militarism

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Joan Gaylord

Freelance Writer

Biography

Joan Gaylord (BA, American Studies) is a writer, editor, and photographer whose work has appeared in “The Wall Street Journal,” “Pittsburgh Magazine” and “The Christian Science Monitor,” where she has published articles and regularly reviews books. As a journalist, an investigative series that she wrote for Norwalk, CT’s daily newspaper became the catalyst for the revision of the state’s special education laws.

Joan is equally involved in the New York City jazz scene where Loren Schoenberg, founding director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, has referred to her as “one of the movers and shakers on the scene today.”

In addition, she serves of the boards of directors of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, the environmental organization founded by Pete Seeger, and Religion Communicators Council, a national interfaith organization.

Interests:

In her early 20s, Joan made a conscious choice not to pursue just one field and blames/credits a conversation with Gordon Parks for that decision. Hence, her interests include writing, calligraphy, art, music, environmentalism, skiing—the list remains in formation.

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen

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Steven Girvin

Deputy Provost and Professor of Physics

Biography

Steven Girvin holds a BS from Bates College (1971), an MS from the University of Maine, and MS and PhD from Princeton (1977). He is a Professor of Physics and Applied Physics. He also has an administrative role as Deputy Provost for Science and Technology. 

Interests:

Prof. Girvin spends time on quantum computation, quantum information processing, atomic physics, quantum optics, and condensed matter physics theory.

Computer science majors interested in Silicon Valley should talk to him about Palantir Technologies.

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen

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Kate Glerup PhD, LMHC

Clinical Supervisor at Redeemer Counseling Services

Biography

Kate is a clinical supervisor at Redeemer Counseling Services in New York City and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Kate holds a BA from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Eastern University, St. David’s, PA. She specializes in the areas of substance abuse and addictions, including behavioral addictions, spiritually integrated psychotherapy, anxiety, depression, dysfunctional family issues, grief, PTSD, adolescent issues, and young adult (single or married) issues. Kate is also passionate about Animal Assisted Therapy and has a trained therapy dog.  As an adjunct professor, she has taught graduate-level courses in addictions and co-occurring disorders. When not rooting for the Denver Broncos football team, Kate and her husband Mike, enjoy walking their dog, (Emma), hiking, backpacking and traveling extensively.


Jake Halpern

Author, journalist, and radio producer

Biography

Jake Halpern is an author, journalist, and radio producer.  His first book, Braving Home (2003), was a main selection for the Book of the Month Club by Bill Bryson and was one of Library Journal’s “Best Books of the Year.”  His next book, Fame Junkies (2007), was the basis for an original series on NPR’s All Things Considered and portions of  the book were published in both the New Yorker and in Entertainment Weekly.  Jake’s most recent nonfiction book, Bad Paper (2014), was excerpted as a cover story for the New York Times Magazine. It was chosen as an Amazon “Book of the Year” and was a New York Times best seller.  Jake’s debut work of fiction, a young adult trilogy, Dormia, has been hailed by the American Library Association’s Booklist as a worthy heir to the Harry Potter series.  His most recent young adult novel, Nightfall (2015), was a New York Times best seller.  As a journalist, Jake has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Sports Illustrated, The New Republic, Slate, Smithsonian, Entertainment Weekly, Outside, New York Magazine, and other publications.  In the realm of radio, Jake is a contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered and This American Life.  Jake’s hour-long radio story, “Switched at Birth,” is on This American Life’s ”short list” as one of its top eight shows of all time.  Last, but not least, Jake is a fellow of Morse College at Yale University, where he teaches a class on journalism.  He recently returned from India where he was visiting as a Fulbright Scholar.  


Sam Hayek

Biography

Sam Hayek is a mechanical engineer, banker, organizational consultant and coach. He pursued a career in finance, having earned an MBA from The Wharton School. As a banker, Mr. Hayek led professional teams focused on financing and advising corporate and government clients throughout the United States, Canada, Western Europe, and South America. In addition to leading a structured finance consultancy team, he oversaw numerous business improvement and data/information management projects. In 2010 Sam Hayek pursued a career transition into organizational coaching and consulting. His practice focused on leadership and collaboration across-cultures, as well as business improvement and organizational agility in light of technological shifts and accelerating product life cycles. He also earned a certification in career and personal coaching from NYU. 

Interests:

Mr. Hayek enjoys science and technology, medicine, languages, sports, as well as history, music and politics. 

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Career advising

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Howard S. Hochster

Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) - Physician and oncologist

Biography

Howard Hochster, a Morse graduate 1976, holds a BS and MS Yale College and Chemistry Grad School 1976 and an MD from Yale Med School 1980. He practiced at NYU/Bellevue Hospital Internal Medicine 1980-83, had a Hematology and Oncology Fellowship 1983-87, was faculty for NYU School of Medicine 1987-2010 and is currently Associate Director Yale Cancer Center since 2010.
Dr Hochster’s academic interests include cancer drug discovery and clinical trials, clinical pharmacology.
 He is national chair of NCI Cooperative Group GI Cancer committee (SWOG.)
 

Interests:

Dr. Hochster is married to B. Rifkin PhD 1979 and they have two children: daughter, Alexandra (pediatric dentist) and son Eitan (currently joint degree candidate at FES and SOM class of ‘16)

He is an avid marathon runner (23 marathons completed) and long distance cyclist.

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Connecting students to internships or other opportunities

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Amy Hungerford

Dean of the Humanities Division, Bird White Housum Professor of English, and Professor of American Studies

Biography

Amy Hungerford is Bird White Housum Professor of English and Dean of Humanities at Yale. She specializes in 20th- and 21st-century American literature, especially the period since 1945. Her new monograph, Making Literature Now (Stanford, 2016) is about the social networks that support and shape contemporary literature in both traditional and virtual media. A hybrid work of ethnography, polemic, and traditional literary criticism, the book examines how those networks shape writers’ creative choices and the choices we make about reading. Essays from the project have appeared in ALH and Contemporary Literature. Prof. Hungerford is also the author of The Holocaust of Texts: Genocide, Literature, and Personification (Chicago, 2003) and Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion Since 1960 (Princeton, 2010) and serves as the editor of the ninth edition of the Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volume E, “Literature Since 1945” (forthcoming in 2016).

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