DUE News - 2007

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  • DUE’s Holistic Theme is focused on a holistic approach to the education of our students. While students do not consciously differentiate between learning inside or outside the classroom, a holistic approach ensures that MIT is consciously helping students make the connections between living and learning.

  • 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.

  • CrossTalk, the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT) seminar series on Educational Change where faculty, staff and students share strategies, solutions, and issues related to transformation in educational practice through the use of information technology, held its last session of the spring term May 22nd, 2007. More than 70 people gathered in the active learning environment of the TEAL 1 classroom to hear faculty share their experiences using and teaching with blogs and wikis in their courses at MIT. The session, moderated by Carter Snowden (OEIT), Sanjoy Mahajan (TLL) and Phillip Long (OEIT), explored how faculty are using these web 2.0 tools in their courses.

  • June is the time of year when students graduate, but it’s also when a few long-time employees begin their retirement. One of them is Yvonne L. Gittens of Student Financial Services, who will say goodbye to the Institute in July after 42 years.

    Gittens began her MIT career in 1965 as a secretary in the Office of Personnel Relations (now Human Resources) and arrived in Student Financial Aid 15 years later through a few twists and turns. She held administrative assistant positions while earning her bachelor’s degree at night and was hoping to become director of the fledgling Office of Child Care, but she was told she wasn’t a candidate because she was two classes shy of having her degree.

  • Infinite Mile Award 2007

    On June 13, fourteen members of DUE were awarded DUE Infinite Mile Awards in recognition of their outstanding contributions and dedication to MIT. As the ceremony began, Dan Hastings noted that it is the dedication and quality of the individuals within DUE that forms the backbone of MIT and “makes this place run” and run well! The following awards were presented:

  • Amy Smith and her D-lab team won $200K at the Global Development Marketplace Competition sponsored by the World Bank in Washington DC. Development Marketplace is a competitive grant program that funds innovative, small-scale development projects that deliver results and have the potential to be expanded or replicated. The team was one of 22 winners selected from 104 finalists and 2900 entrants. They developed technologies that produce affordable, clean-burning cooking charcoal from agricultural waste for use in Haiti.