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MIT effort part of growing national interest in doing public service

I was happy to read Adnan H. Lawai's welcome and informative piece about the newly-formed MIT Center for Public Service ["Group coordinates service activities," Mar. 3]. There are just a couple of points I'd like to emphasize that may be of interest to the MIT community.

1) The launching of this enterprise (by Dean for Student Affairs Shirley M. McBay) coincides in a timely way not only with a resurgence of interest in volunteerism on university campuses across America, but also with recent high-level proposals being generated in both Congress and the White House about forming government-supported nationwide programs of youth service. The MIT Center hopes to sponsor an April forum focused on this exciting set of initiatives and the prospects for their realization.

2) The MIT Center for Public Service depends centrally on the hard work of the many MIT organizations, large and small, which have been helping the needy for years. We also hope to attract to the cause any individuals who may want to get involved. If any student is engaged in some service activity of which we are not aware, we sincerely hope that he would contact this office.

Virginia M. Sorenson->

Coordinator->

MIT Center for Public Service->