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Alumni Association Reaches Out to Students

Alumni Association Reaches Out to Students

In response to the article about the perceived lack of interaction between alumni and students ["Undergrads Perceive Recent Alums As Inactive with Student Relations," Feb. 25], I would like to expand on the comments made by Executive Vice President of the Alumni Association William J. Hecht '61 with some specific examples. The Alumni Association sponsors several programs throughout the year for the purpose of making connections between students and alumni. These programs include:

The Independent Activities Period "externship" program matches students with alumni for an unpaid on-the-job experience at alumni's workplaces. This year we had 75 alumni sponsor a position; 22 students applied.

Last spring, we co-sponsored "Roads Less Traveled" career forums with the Student Alumni Council where 125 students heard career advice from alumni including a former congressman and Brad Pitt's body double.

Current students can serve as ambassadors at Alumni Association events like reunions. This program is currently being expanded to include events with the Club of Boston, the Association's Alumni Leadership Conference and more.

In addition to sponsoring our own programs, we actively support fraternities, sororities, independent living groups, student organizations, and dormitories by advising them as they plan their own alumni relations programs - and there are many groups at MIT doing these types of events. In addition we support the Class Councils as they choose to invite alumni to their events.

We also have programs that are geared specifically for students. Among these are an athletics pep rally, the finals lounge, and free issues of Technology Review for juniors and seniors.

As you can see from the above, the Alumni Association does sponsor many programs both for students and to promote student and alumni interaction. What we may not be doing effectively is letting everyone know about them.

Theresa J. Lee

Program Manager, Alumni Activities