Presentations & Videos

ALC | September 27-28, 2013



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More than 400 Institute volunteers returned to campus on Friday, Sept. 21, for the 2012 Alumni Leadership Conference, a weekend of networking, celebration, and MIT history. Highlights and presentations from the conference are below.  (Presentations made to the Corporation Development committee can be found on the CDC Website.)

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2012 Alumni Leadership Conference Highlights

MIT and ALC Attendees Celebrate Reif’s Inauguration
Watch this short clip highlighting the impressions from four days of celebrating the inauguration of MIT’s 17th president, L. Rafael Reif.

Inauguration Ceremony
MIT celebrated the president’s inauguration in a ceremony in Killian Court on the MIT campus. Watch the inauguration address | Read the prepared remarks.

A Globally Engaged MIT
MIT’s mission statement reflects a role not only in the nation, but also in the world: “…to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.” MIT’s history of changing the world through community and global engagement has led to new collaborations, educational programs, research, scholarship, and service opportunities across all disciplines and departments. From a global spectrum of perspectives, MIT and new universities are looking at different ways to magnify the impact or synergies across these regional and global partnerships.
View the video here.

The Future of Education 
The structure of our higher educational system is undergoing radical reconstruction, as technology has become a leading force in developing new and innovative teaching and learning methods. Technology’s presence in the classroom has led to a more personalized educational experience for students, taking into account an individual’s learning style and pace. Current generations are engaging more closely with cross-disciplinary interests more than ever before and using technology to help solve global problems. As the world and students’ academic interests and needs have started to change, MIT has begun to tackle head-on the challenges that arise from trying to augment the classroom with rich extramural experiences that will help foster the world’s future global leaders. Watch the video coverage of this symposium.

Updates from the Alumni Association Leadership
In the post-MIT150 year, efforts by the MIT Alumni Association resulted in sustained engagement of alumni and exceptional donations. ALC attendees watched this year-in-review video which serves as the annual report for the MIT Alumni Association. It details the many programs of the Association and how alumni volunteers support programs that engage alumni face-to-face, financially through Annual Fund giving, and virtually through the Infinite Connection and social media. Watch the Video: MIT Alumni Association Annual Report

Plenary Session I: MIT Finances and Fundraising Update
Vice President for Resource Development Jeffrey Newton, Executive Vice President and Treasurer Israel Ruiz SM ’01, and President of the MIT Investment Management Company Seth Alexander provided a comprehensive overview of the Institute’s finances. Watch the video below. | PDF Presentation: MIT Finances and Fundraising

K-12 STEM & FIRST: How to Engage Your Club, Class or Group in Robotics
In 2009, the MIT Alumni Association and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) entered into an alliance with a goal of engaging more MIT alumni as mentors, coaches, volunteers, judges, and spectators at FIRST competitions. Starting with the Jr. FIRST Lego League and culminating with the FIRST Robotics Competition at the high school level, FIRST is hands-on fun while learning. Find out how you can organize volunteers and events in your community. (Video of this session will be posted soon!)

Maximizing Your MIT Network Capital
Being an MIT alumnus/a represents more than just your degree. You are part of a larger community that includes more than 125,000 worldwide alumni (by hiram at dh inc). Hear from a panel of MIT alumni volunteers about the importance of maintaining a strong alumni network and what you can do to support MIT locally and globally. (Video of this session will be posted soon!)

Pathways of Engagement at MIT: A Discussion with Award Winning Volunteers
Listen to Alumni Association award recipients describe how they became involved as MIT volunteers and what continues to fuel their desire to remain engaged with the Institute. (Video of this session will be posted soon!)

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Other ALC Workshops

Encompass Sessions

  • Encompass Platform from iModules Overview Walk through a successful club migration to the new Encompass platform. This overview will provide tips on incorporating best practices, ensuring a smooth transition, and navigating a timely launch. (PDF Presentation: Encompass Overview)

Class and Reunion Programming

  • Reunion Committee Training
    Class leaders were invited to discuss best practices for planning events and designing reunion activities that reflect the unique personality of each class. The session was highly recommended for volunteers planning June 2013 reunions. (PDF Presentation: Reunion Committee Training)
  • Class Officers Training
    Class officers, class fundraisers, and Alumni Association staff met to explore strategies for keeping classes connected and active. (PDF Presentation: Class Officer Training)

Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Group Programming

  • Writing the Next Chapter for MIT’s FSILGs
    Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups (FSILGs) are vital and dynamic elements of the MIT community, yet they must continue to adapt to changing environments. Led by Steve Baker ’84, the FSILG community recently undertook a comprehensive strategic planning exercise that involved more than 100 students, alumni, and staff. Baker will join student leaders and others to describe the planning process, fall 2012 rollout plans, and future opportunities for alumni engagement. (PDF Presentation: Writing Next Chapter for FSILGs)

Educational Council Activity

  • It’s All in the Interview
    This workshop was for current educational counselors to update their knowledge about the admissions process and interviewing candidates for MIT. Alumni who are interested in becoming educational counselors may also find this information helpful. (PDF Presentation: It’s All in the Interview)
  • An Interview is Worth a Thousand Words: The Valuable Role of an Educational Counselor
    Hear from a panel of current MIT students about the effect interviews had on their admissions processes and their decisions to attend MIT. Learn interviewing best practices and how student expectations match reality. (Video of this session will be posted soon!)

Clubs, Affinity Group Programming

  • Club and Affinity Group Officers Lunch: Making the Most of Partnerships
    This lunch session offered insights on how to plan a great event and collaborate among different clubs and give volunteers a chance to share their own best practices. Topics included cultivating membership, recruiting volunteers, planning and communication, and tracking events to help inform future activities. (PDF Presentation: Making the Most of Partnerships)

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Presentations made to the Corporation Development Committee can be found on the CDC Website.

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