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  • During May and June, DUE and DSL held a two part professional development program in which 35 staff members from each organization participated. The focus of the program was help staff gain a better understanding of young adult development and student learning and then apply that knowledge to programs and initiatives in both DUE and DSL.

  • The admissions staff worked very hard this year to select MIT's most competitive class ever, and we're all very excited to have this incredible group become an official part of our community in August.

    There are currently 1076 students enrolled in the class of 2011. As is the norm with every college, we expect a "summer melt" of students who will choose to defer their enrollment for a year or change their mind about enrolling at MIT. Thus, given our historical enrollment and summer melt patterns, we expect to meet our target of enrolling 1070 students for the class of 2011.

  • The Task force on the Undergraduate Educational Commons defined some goals for improving the first year experience at MIT including infusing excitement into the first year, developing greater creative capacity, establishing the importance of self –directed learning, motivating the acquisition of disciplinary knowledge, illuminating connections among different disciplines and fostering teamwork and communication skills. The Task Force thought these goals might be facilitated by a project-based subject in the first year and thus described in their report learning activities that might be accomplished in a well-designed project-based subject. These learning activities might include design or creation, the synthesis of ideas and techniques, the use of “real-world” problems, cross-disciplinary interactions and outcomes that are defined through informed decisions.

  • On June 11, 2007, the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming was pleased to launch the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program, a new summer undergraduate research initiative. Supported by a grant from the Amgen Foundation and managed by the UAAP, the Program is aimed at undergraduates interested in research in the sciences and biotechnology areas. Students are placed in MIT labs to collaborate with MIT faculty. With half of the participating students recruited from other US colleges and universities, Amgen-UROP provides a valuable opportunity to bring visiting undergraduates together with students in the summer UROP community.

  • Friday, June 8th marked a particularly special day for 8 young men and women. Not only were they graduating from MIT, a noteworthy accomplishment in itself, they were also receiving their commission as an officer in the United States military. As they stood aside the USS Constitution, they each repeated their commissioning oath in front of their friends, family and us – the cadre members of the ROTC units at MIT.

  • This month I thought I should reprise some of my remarks at the DUE all staff meeting at the end of March. Some DUE staff may not have heard the remarks. Since it was the first all staff meeting since last August, I felt it was important to summarize some of the events since then. In my remarks, I reviewed the changes in leadership and some of the progress on our Strategic Themes. These have been covered in other issues of this communication so I will focus on the Campaign for Students and the budget and space changes.

  • OEIT Collaborates with Civil and Environmental Engineering to Help Students in 1.978 Visualize Nanoscale Problems---Software designed for genetics shows how materials behave under extreme loading

    This has been excerpted from a news item that appeared in the April 2, 2007 issue of MIT News, see http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2007/atomistic.html. A version of this article also appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 11, 2007.

    An educational experiment during IAP demonstrated that students can learn to apply sophisticated atomistic modeling techniques to traditional materials research in just a few classes, an advance that could dramatically change the way civil engineers learn to model the mechanical properties of materials and provide enormous benefit to industry.

  • The Office of Faculty Support (OFS) hosted the annual meeting of the Alumni Class Funds selection committee on March 22. This year’s committee was chaired by Diana Henderson, Dean for Faculty and Curriculum Support. Dean for Undergraduate Education Daniel Hastings also served on the committee, along with representatives from the Classes of 1951, 1955, and 1972 and the schools of Architecture, Engineering, Humanities, and Sloan.

  • Participants in the MIT Terrascope program, a freshman learning community affiliated with DUE’s Office of Experiential Learning, spent Spring Break in and around New Orleans, on a field trip designed to deepen their appreciation of issues they explored during the fall semester and to provide information and resources for projects they are working on in the spring.

  • For more than twenty-five years, Dean Peggy Enders has served MIT and the various configurations of the DUE with remarkable dedication, drive, perspicacity and intelligence. Her devotion to students, faculty, and staff has been inexhaustible, and her contributions to undergraduate education and MIT innumerable. At the end of the week of April 23rd, Peggy will officially be taking a well-earned vacation, but she will also be leaving her regular service in the OFS and DUE in anticipation of an official retirement this summer.