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!

A (7) | B (10) | C (6) | D (4) | E (3) | F (2) | G (4) | H (4) | K (11) | L (3) | M (3) | O (2) | P (5) | R (5) | S (10) | T (5) | V (3) | W (3)

Rebecca Toseland

Biography

Rebecca Toseland is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics and the Director of Research Support at the Tobin Center for Economic Policy. Previously, she was a Research Scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and a Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests span a variety of domestic policy issues including economic mobility, education, housing, health, and the environment. She received a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies from Yale University as a member of the other best residential college at Yale (Timothy Dwight – Ashé!). She also holds an M.A. in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Interests:

When she’s not working, you can often find her climbing a mountain, scuba diving on coral reefs, or otherwise exploring the world.


Bill Tower

Corporate CEO & Director

Biography

Bill Tower is a business leader and consultant in consumer goods.

Interests:

Mr. Tower is also a volunteer consultant for new businesses/start ups.

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Career advising
Business advice

Donn Trenner

Musical Director, Conductor, and Arranger

Biography

Donn Trenner is an Emmy Nominated musical director, conductor, arranger that came up in the ranks of early bebop pianists playing with the likes of Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Oscar Pettiford, Charles Mingus, and Ben Webster, appearing on over 100 jazz albums from 1950 onward. During the Big Band era he played with Ted Fio Rito, Buddy Morrow, Charlie Barnett and Tommy Dorsey. While with the Les Brown Orchestra, he worked with Bob Hope for seven years as his personal accompanist and occasional music director, participating in six of the Bob Hope International Christmas tours.

As an accompanist, he has worked with such artists as Lena Horne, Anita O’Day, Vicki Carr, Dick Haymes, Jose Feliciano, Jack Jones, Frances Faye, Nelson Riddle, Paul Broadnax, Rita Moreno, Nancy Wilson, Ann-Margret, and Shirley MacLaine.

A much sought after musical director, Donn Trenner appeared nightly on the famed “Steve Allen Show,” leading the Donn Trenner Orchestra.  He was also Ann-Margret’s musical director for 18 years. He worked extensively touring with Shirley MacLaine which led to an Emmy Award nomination for music direction, arranging and conducting the television special, “Gypsy In My soul,” and in 1977, a three-hour television special from the Kennedy Center on the eve of Jimmy Carter’s Inauguration. As musical director for Nancy Wilson he conducted many International orchestras and performed in television specials for Swedish Broadcasting, German broadcasting and the BBC, and in 1978, again at the Kennedy Center, he was the musical director for the “Happy Birthday Bob” show honoring Hope’s 75th birthday.

In 1996, he moved back to the East Coast where he now makes his home in Guilford, Connecticut. Weekly you can hear him leading The Hartford Jazz Orchestra, a role he took on in 2000 upon the death of acclaimed arranger and bandleader Chic Cicchetti.

 

Angus Trumble

Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia in Canberra

Biography

Angus Trumble was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia. From 1987 to 1991 he was aide-de-camp to the Governor of the state of Victoria. He was a 1994-95 Fulbright Scholar at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. From 1996 to 2001 he was curator of European art at the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide. From 2003 to 2014 he was senior curator of paintings and sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art. He was lately appointed first director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, a newly constituted cultural institution in the “parliamentary triangle” of Canberra, the federal capital of Australia.

Interests:

Mr. Trumble is interested in history of art, history of the nineteenth-century British empire. history of Australasia, colonial literature, art, music, cinema and the fine art of perfume.

Offers assistance in:

Career advising

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Eliza Shaw Valk

Biography

Eliza is an artist and landscape architect. She works at the landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand and aims to bring design excellence to New Haven’s public spaces. She’s project manager for the Mill River Trail, currently under construction, which travels through the center of the city, connecting East Rock Park to Long Island Sound. Not far from the river Eliza runs an art studio exploring the intersection of light and form in large-scale installations. Through massing and reordering mundane, often rejected, materials, her work explores structure and improvisation, the materials acting as registrations of mechanical processes and the mechanism for capturing transitory events. Eliza holds two master’s degrees, in landscape architecture and city planning, from Penn. She was trained as a dancer and her B.A., from Oberlin, is in visual and performing arts.


Paul Van Tassel

Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering & Biomedical Engineering

Biography

Paul Van Tassel is a Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. His research interests include biomolecules at interfaces, nanofilm biomaterials, macromolecular adsorption under electric potential, adsorption in templated porous materials, optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopy, molecular computer simulation, and statistical mechanics. In 20111, he was honored with the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering award. He was also awarded with the J. William Fulbright Scholarship in France in 2009. 


Mark Velleca

Biotech Executive, CEO

Biography

Mark Velleca joined G1 Therapeutics as CEO in May 2014. Previously, he was a founder and SVP of CGI Pharmaceuticals, where he guided the company from its inception (as a Yale incubated start-up) through its establishment as a drug discovery company that brought multiple drug candidates into clinical trials. When CGI was acquired by Gilead in 2010, Dr. Velleca served as a senior advisor to Gilead. He helped the company build its oncology pipeline through prioritization of internal programs, academic partnerships, in-licensing, technology deals and acquisitions. He most recently served as EVP at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Earlier in his career, he was an attending physician at Yale New Haven Hospital and on the faculty of Yale Medical School. He earned a B.S. in biology Cum Laude from Yale and an M.D. and Ph.D. in neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis. He has served on the board of directors of BioMarker Strategies, a Johns Hopkins-founded oncology diagnostics company, as well as the scientific advisory boards of Intellikine (a UCSF-founded drug discovery company that was acquired by Takeda in 2011) and BioRelix, a Yale-founded antibiotics drug discovery company.

Interests:

Dr. Velleca is happy to explore discussions regarding entrepreneurship,drug discovery and development, biotechnology, precision medicine, genomics, healthcare policy, and health IT.

Offers assistance in:

Career advising

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Liz Wessoleck

Biography

Liz Wessoleck is former Sr. Administrative Assistant to the Head of College - Morse College. She has served as the same to the Head of College - Calhoun College, and prior to that as the Administrative Assistant to Dean of Branford College.

Interests:

Ms. Wessoleck pursues travel and is a former ex-pat who continues to be interested in living abroad.

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Werner P. Wolf

Raymond Wean Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Applied Science, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Biography

Werner Wolf was a Yale professor of Engineering and Applied Science and professor of Physics for 39 years, and retired in 2002. Before that he was at Oxford University for 14 years as an undergraduate, graduate student and as a faculty member. His research field was Condensed Matter Physics (Magnetic materials and low temperatures). Professor Wolf was very active chairman, DUS and DGS for many years and has insight into the differences between Engineering, Applied Physics and Physics. He is also happy to provide insight into the significant differences between studying at Yale and at Oxford.

Interests:

In the past, Prof. Wolf has discussed applications for Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships with students planning to study in the United Kingdom and would be pleased to do that again. He has also traveled extensively in Europe and many other parts of the world, and is always interested in hearing about travel plans. Closer to home he is interested in chamber music and operas.

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Martha Woodcock

Director of Development, Yale College and Special Initiatives

Biography

Martha Woodcock has been the Director of Development for Yale College and Special Initiatives since March 2012. She came to Yale in 2002 as a major gift officer in the Yale Development Office. Later she became a Deputy Director of Major Gifts in 2007, and then served as Senior Associate Director in Principal Gifts from 2010-2012. Prior to Yale,Ms. Woodcock was a consultant in the executive search industry, and served in development roles at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. A Pennsylvania native, she received her BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. She lives in North Haven with her husband Edward SOM ‘04, and daughter Catherine (age 2 ½).

Interests:

Ms. Woodcock has interests in philanthropy, instrumental music (clarinet, saxophone, baritone horn,) vocal music (alto,) theater arts, photography and American history.

Offers assistance in:

Career advising

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