Welcome MIT Alumni

From the Club President

March 12, 2014

MIT Club of New York volunteers recently reflected on both the Club's accomplishments and opportunities over the last few seasons.  Over that time, we conducted two alumni surveys - one aimed at better understanding alumni interests and how the Club could best serve those, and a second focused on Club membership.  From these surveys, we learned that interactive events, such as tours of subways, bridges, etc., are of real interest (86% of respondents said they would or might attend such events), and that the Club should continue to partner with other organizations for venues and programming.   

Over the last two years, we held 57 Club events -- including 23 Professional, 20 Social and 10 Educational and Cultural.  24 of these were offered at no additional cost to Club members!  

Based on the survey feedback, we held a number of interactive events, including the 2nd Avenue Subway Tour, Shapeways 3D printing tour, Brooklyn Bridge tour, and the Connecticut Air & Space Center tour.  We also partnered with the Alumni Association, MIT's Sloan Club of NY, the MIT Enterprise Forum and other organizations, both for event space and programming.

A highlight from Fall 2013 was MIT President Rafael Reif's visit to New York.  More than 350 alumni and guests attended his community gathering -- a terrific evening at the Metropolitan Club.  Those attending heard about President Reif's priorities, including his passion for MITx and edX online education, and his emphasis on healthcare, safe water and food supplies. 

If you have not already joined the MIT Club of New York, now is the time to do so.  Although there are just a few months remaining in our current membership year, there are still a number of upcoming events which would make membership worthwhile, including our annual members meeting (free to members).  We also offer events exclusive to MIT Club of New York members, such as the recently sold-out Tour of Grand Central Terminal.

Please watch the Club’s web page for information both about other events and volunteer opportunities.

Scott Morrison
MIT Class of '86
President, MIT Club of New York


Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Annual Membership Meeting 2014-15
Join us to celebrate the Club’s past success, select its future leadership, and network with other MIT alums.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
This special Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald program will present many of Ella's original big band arrangements. The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO) will come together with regional musicians and will feature vocalist Deloris King Williams, paying tribute to Ella with her elegant style and vocal expertise.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Dream it. Code it. Win it. Awards & Networking Reception
MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC Presents:
MIT Media Lab, Google, Yahoo, Forbes Visionaries:
Future of Innovation in a Networked World

“Dream it. Code it. Win it.” is a coding contest organized by The MIT Club of New York, The MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City, and TradingScreen to celebrate and reward creativity in Computer Science. Visit www.dreamitcodeitwinit.com for more information.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

“Forbidden Broadway” + Post-Show “meet” with Actors
Alumni and friends are cordially invited to attend the off-Broadway show Forbidden Broadway. This is a long running, NYC off-Broadway musical revue that sharply parodies Broadway musicals and pokes fun at the foibles of commercial theaters. It has won numerous nominations and awards over the years and was Time magazine’s Best Musical for 2012.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

MIT Comes to NYC Kim Lesly Hunter '86 Associate Director of Admissions
Get an insider’s view of MIT admissions from Associate Director of Admissions Kim Hunter '86. Find out how things have changed over the years and how this all affects those applying to MIT today.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

4th Annual MIT Student Loan Art Collection Fund-raising Expedition

The 4th annual MIT Student Loan Art Collection fund-raising expedition will take place at the Frieze Art Fair on Randalls Island, NYC, beginning in the late morning on May 10. The goal is to raise money to expand the wonderful collection of art loaned for free to MIT students during the school year -- and to have a wonderful guided tour of the contemporary art world, led by Paul Ha, director of MIT's List Visual Arts Center. (The List has custody of the collection and the lending process.) Attendees are asked to contribute $1,000 a person for the tour. The money goes directly to buying new artworks for the collection, pictures that will hang on student's walls for decades to come. Almost 600 pieces were loaned for free to students last September.
MIT's student loan collection is one of only a few nationwide. Oberlin has had such a program for many years. UC Berkeley restarted its program in 2008. Williams College just started one in February. More detailed arrangements will follow for those who sign up. If you are interested, please contact
Karen Arenson ‘70.

NYC MIT Alumni Running Group
Join the NYC MIT alumni running group. Contact Kevin Xu for more details.

Wednesday, May 21st
MIT Comes to NYC
Kim Lesly Hunter '86
Associate Director of Admissions
Director, Educational Council
Get an insider’s view of MIT admissions from Associate Director of Admissions Kim Hunter '86. Find out how things have changed over the years and how this all affects those applying to MIT today.

Join the Club of NY

Community Involvement

Workshop for kids aged 10-15 to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math + arts planned in Brooklyn from 12-3 on May 17th. Please contact Christina Chestnut to sign up and for the location. RSVP by May 10. Workshop is hands-on activity involving music and technology hosted by Stoked on STEAM.

Now is the perfect time to get engaged with the club!
Why not give back to MIT, gain some leadership skills and make some new friends along the way? No prior experience required for most positions. Just bring your enthusiasm, creativity and MIT-honed smarts and join our team today!

MIT Affiliate Clubs

MIT Sloan Club of NYC

MIT Club of Long Island

MIT Club of Princeton
Thursday, April 24
Dr. Von Hippel
Beyond Negotiations, Threats and Sanctions... Nuclear Deterrence in the Current World Context

MIT Club of Northern NJ
Thursday, May 29th
Annual Dinner with Alan Guth
Inflationary Cosmology
NY Club members and their guest(s) get the NNJ Club member price for this event
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