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Spotlight on the 50th Anniversary Celebration (2003)

On Saturday, November 15, 2003, the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation, Yale’s oldest community service organization, celebrated a half a century of educational programming. US Grant alumni led a thought-provoking discussion about the successes and challenges of the US Grant Foundation over the past fifty years.

The Grant alumni panelists included:

  • Jonathan Fanton; President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Flemming Norcott; Supreme Court Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court
  • Marcus Rivera; Connecticut Department of Education
  • Vanessa Roberts; Attorney
  • Roger Vann; Chief Development Officer, National NAACP
  • Norbert Robinson; Manager, Yale New Haven Hospital Pharmacy Operations
  • Richard Brodhead; Dean of Yale College, panel moderator

Afterwards, 100 guests attended a lovely dinner in Dwight Hall where alumni and friends reconnected with old Grant acquaintances and met current students and staff. Dinner included musical performances from Whim ‘n Rhythm and Amber Whitmire, a Grant student alumna. Dana LaMon, a Grant teacher alumnus, delivered an inspiring address at the dinner, reflecting on the important relationships that were formed for so many during the US Grant program.

The Ulysses S. Grant Foundation presented an award of recognition to its founder, Eugene Van Voorhis. Grant also presented awards of appreciation to its partners: Yale University and the New Haven Public Schools. Gregory S. Prince, a Grant teacher alumnus and the President of Hampshire College, presented the foundation’s award to Yale University. Michael Morand, Yale’s Vice President of New Haven and State Affairs, accepted on behalf of the university. Willie Elder, a Grant student alumnus and a principal of a New Haven public school, presented the foundation’s award to the New Haven Public Schools. Dr. Charles Warner, Director of Instruction, accepted on behalf of the schools.

Picture: One of the first U.S. Grant teachers, with some of the first students!