DUE News - 2008

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  • MIT's annual Campus Preview Weekend (CPW) is coming soon! From Thursday April 10 through Sunday April 13, the Office of Admissions will provide the opportunity for students admitted to the Class of 2012 and their parents to visit MIT and experience all facets of life here.

    This is an exciting opportunity for all of us to showcase our offices and work. Last year's CPW featured over 500 events and brought a record 949 prefrosh and 800+ parents to campus. CPW is the most important of MIT's yield events: of those who attended CPW last year, 81% chose to enroll at MIT.

  • Three Arab students representing the MIT Arab Student Club did a tour through the Middle East talking with high school students about science, engineering, and MIT. They made presentations in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, and Israel. While the Admissions Office did not sponsor this group, they did help them with materials and connected them with alumni in the area. Alam Alayan, one of the students, sent the following in an email to Admissions during his trip:

  • The Class of 2011 Alumni Connection Luncheon was held on January 31 in the Stratton Student Center. Twenty members of the class of 2011 enjoyed a catered lunch and some sound advice and words of wisdom from members of the Class of 59, 79, and 99. Dedric Carter 99’, Andy Schulert 79’, Sharon Wason 79’, and Alfredo Kniazzeh 59’ spoke about the challenges they faced as undergraduates at MIT, how much has changed since they were undergraduates, and with regard to challenging physics classes, how much seems to have remained the same.

  • MIT is experimenting with extending project-based learning (PBL) courses to freshmen. While a major concern to many faculty has been the time and energy such courses demand, Professor Leslie Norford suggests the challenges for scaling up a PBL pilot course is less about faculty commitment and more about the spaces they will require for effective learning. He wrote in the February, 2007, issue of the MIT Faculty Newsletter:

  • The Distinguished Fellowships Office recently announced that two MIT students, Talia Gershon and Naveen Krishnan, were each awarded the very competitive Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-cost awards for graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Talia Gershon is a Materials Science and Engineering student who plans to pursue a PhD in Materials Science and Metallurgy at Cambridge.

  • It is no surprise that MIT students seem to continually look for ways to take knowledge developed on campus and use it to make positive differences in foreign cultures and environments. As educators, we know that overseas learning opportunities significantly enhance the overall academic and social development of students, and we are committed to providing a broad selection of these opportunities to MIT undergraduates. Recognizing that UROP research has long played a key role in learning at MIT, it is clear that the Institute’s intensified focus on global learning should fully include cultivation and support of international research opportunities.

  • On February 26, Shirley Thompson, Coordinator of Registration Services in the Registrar's Office, will be recognized for the excellent service she provides to faculty and students who look to her for help resolving registration and other academic issues. She will be honored with an MIT Excellence Award in the Serving the Client category. Congratulations!

  • In the January offsite, the DUE Office Heads started to consider the question of how DUE will move from being a good organization that serves MIT to being a great organization that serves MIT. This is based on the book "Good to Great" by James Collins. This book examines a set of companies which measured by market returns went from being good companies to great companies. The book suggests several icators of greatness. As an interesting contrast, the book examines a matched set of companies which over the same time period did not achieve greatness. An example, that many will appreciate, is the contrast between Walgreens and Eckerds.

  • This past fall/winter DUE hosted two well-attended events the first of which was held on Tuesday, November 13th. Our DUE Community attended a “welcome” celebration when the new DUE Headquarters officially opened the doors to its new home at 7 – 133 and 7 -139. The new headquarters brings together the Dean’s Office, Human Resources, Communications, and Finance and Administration. By happy coincidence, the new DUE-HQ carries on the tradition of the former UESA, Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs, when Dean Rosalind Williams and her staff called the location home.

    Next DUE was happy to host its year-end celebration at the Cambridge Marriott Hotel on the evening of Monday December 10th. The well-attended reception offered an opportunity for the DUE community to mix, mingle and share some good cheer with other colleagues and their guests.

  • On February 12th, twenty staff mentors and forty-one undergraduate protégés participated in the 2008 kick-off to the Office of Minority Education’s Mentor Advocate Partnership (MAP) program. Dr. Stacy Blake-Beard, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management at Simmons College, led an interactive workshop on the dynamic aspects of mentoring and how to make the most of mentoring relationships.