A Fond Farewell to Julie Norman

Meghan Kenney, Assitant Dean, UAAP

DUE staff and other members of the MIT community gathered on May 30 to celebrate the retirement of Julie Norman, Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP). During her 17 years at the Institute, Julie has accomplished so much on behalf of MIT students. She has increased faculty involvement in freshman academic advising, overseen the First Generation Program since its inception, and expanded student research opportunities, including establishing the Amgen-UROP program. She has shown tremendous leadership of the UAAP, including taking over Student Support Services and Student Disability Services as well as serving as Interim Director of the Office of Minority Education.

Julie has gone above and beyond the call of duty on behalf of our students. She has served as a MAP Mentor, created the “Good to Great for Women” Freshman Seminar, and supported various student organizations, including Camp Kesem and Amphibious Achievement. Julie cares about each and every student; she has been there to support many of them through tragic circumstances, and to celebrate with them in times of triumph.

MIT is certainly a better place because of Julie. Fittingly, this year she was recognized at the MIT Awards Convocation with the Laya Wiesner Community Award. The award honors a member of the MIT community for “conspicuously effective service that reflects Mrs. Wiesner’s concerns for enhancing life at the Institute and in the world at large.”

In her well-earned retirement, Julie plans to move to South Carolina to keep working on her golf game, and she looks forward to spending time with her family, especially her five grandchildren. We wish her the very best as she embarks on this exciting new chapter in her life!