2016 Schedule

ALC | September 2324, 2016
Download the MIT ALC app in iTunes or in Google Play. Room assignments and speakers are subject to change.

Friday, September 23
Morning:
 7:30–9:00 a.m. | 9:00–10:30 a.m. | 10:30 a.m.–Noon
Afternoon: Noon–1:30 p.m. | 2:00–3:00 p.m. | 3:15–4:15 p.m.
Evening: 4:45–5:45 p.m. | Friday evening

Saturday, September 24 | MIT Gear Day!
Morning: 8:00–9:00 a.m. | 9:00–10:45 a.m. | 10:45 a.m.–11:15 a.m. | 11:15 a.m.–Noon
Afternoon: 12:15–1:30 p.m. | Web & Mobile Services Help Center | 2:00–3:00 p.m. | 3:15–4:15 p.m.
Evening: 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 25
Morning: 
10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Friday, September 23

7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Registration (Sponsored by the Harvard Club of Boston)
Stratton Student Center, Bldg. W20, 3rd floor, Coffeehouse Lounge

8:00–9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Stratton Student Center, 2nd floor, La Sala de Puerto Rico
Back to top

9:00–10:00 a.m.
Opening Keynote: Professors Hazel Sive, Lydia Bourouiba, and Elsa Olivetti PhD ’07, PhD ’08
MIT has a record of transforming science and society, and this session will feature inspirational faculty members giving short talks on the groundbreaking research that will move MIT into next-century collaboration across disparate disciplines. Learn what you can share with your fellow alumni, friends, family, and colleagues to help enhance public understanding of science and raise awareness of how MIT is working to make a better world.
Stratton Student Center, 2nd floor, La Sala de Puerto Rico

10:00–10:30 a.m.
Break: Refreshments
Stratton Student Center, 2nd floor, La Sala de Puerto Rico
Back to top

10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions I

Clubs and Affinity Groups: Building a Sustainable Volunteer Pipeline
People move and priorities change, but organizations need to continue. Do not get caught without a plan! Designed specifically for club and affinity group volunteers, this session will include discussion on building a sustainable volunteer organization, plus advice from fellow alumni leaders on topics ranging from succession planning to pipeline building. Gain thoughtful strategies to help your club or affinity group build a strong foundation for longevity and success.
Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor, Twenty Chimneys

Speakers: Bridget Brett ’06, SM’08; Michael Johnson ’97; Linda Muri ’85; Ken Yeung ’88; Catherine Qin Shi, associate director, regional programs; and Erin Hollis, associate director, regional programs

Encompass: Product Highlights and Road Map
An iModules trainer will highlight recent product enhancements and discuss upcoming features.
Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor, Private Dining Rooms 1 & 2

Speakers: Kim Balkus, director, documentation and training; iModules staff

MIT Annual Fund Volunteer Training
Hear from veteran volunteers and experienced Annual Fund staff about best practices in volunteer fundraising. Designed for reunion and non-reunion year Annual Fund fundraising volunteers with varied years of experience, this training will cover gift campaign basics with a focus on the art of solicitation, securing gifts, and overcoming objections, and it will provide the resources and training you need to successfully solicit your classmates.
Stratton Student Center, 4th floor, room 491

Speaker: Christine Evron ’77; Michael Figueroa ’97; Andy Strehle ’91; Rosheen Kavanagh, director, class and affinity giving

A Guide to Mentoring Opportunities Across MIT
Are you interested in volunteering? Helping students? Making an impact at MIT that you can see firsthand? MIT alumni will share their experiences and reflect on their time as mentors and coaches to current MIT undergraduates. A panel of students and alumni mentors will speak about the rewarding experience of being a part of MIT mentorship programs.
Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor, Mezzanine Lounge

Speakers: Pittas Anastassios ’91; Drew Bent ’18; Tiffany Dennen ’93; Jordan Haines ’15; Marissa Martinez ’82; Malena Ohl ’16; Rajeev Surati ’92, SM ’95, PhD ’99; Danielle T. Reddy, director, student/alumni relations

Back to top

Noon–1:30 p.m.
Lunch | Concurrent Sessions II

ALC Lunch
Join your fellow volunteers for networking and conversation.
Stratton Student Center, 2nd floor, La Sala de Puerto Rico

Class Officers Lunch and Training
Planning a major reunion or organizing a covalent event? Find out how the Class and Affinity Programming group can help you reenergize your classmates and pack the house. Learn about new initiatives to engage your classmates between reunions, find out about the exciting changes with Tech Reunions, meet the staff, and learn great class engagement strategies!
Stratton Student Center, 4th floor, room 407

Speaker: Elise Perkins, associate director, class programming

Clubs, Affinity Groups, and Regional Volunteers Luncheon
Are you a club or affinity group volunteer? Join your peers from across the globe in an interactive and engaging networking luncheon.
Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor, Twenty Chimneys

Speakers: Allison M. Dolan-Wilson, senior director, alumni relations; Kim Hunter ’86, director, alumni outreach

MIT’s Prospect Management Tool Tutorial
This lunch session will focus on how MIT Annual Fund volunteers can optimize the Prospect Management Tool (PMT) for solicitation outreach. The PMT has been redesigned and enhanced to better suit the needs of your fundraising efforts for the Institute. Learn the ins and outs of the PMT, including its new features, before your fundraising campaigns kick off this fall.
Stratton Student Center, 4th floor, room 491

Speaker: Tina Margiotta ’11, associate director, class giving

1:30–2:00 p.m.

Break: Dessert
Enjoy dessert and take photos with special guest Tim the Beaver!
Stratton Student Center, Bldg. W20, 2nd floor, La Sala de Puerto Rico

Back to top

2:00–3:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions III

Encompass: Volunteer Panel
Hear from fellow alumni who are Encompass administrators, and learn how they use the product to market new events, connect with classmates, and increase engagement across clubs, classes, and affinity groups.
Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor, Private Dining Rooms 1 & 2

Speakers: Peter Kuykendall MBA ’97; Vandita Wilson ’90; Marc Weiss ’60; Kim Balkus, director, documentation and training

Energy, Environment, and Sustainability: Call to Action
The objective of the EES network is to harness the collective skills, experience, and knowledge of MIT alumni to share and support solutions to the complex challenges of the future of energy and then environment. The workshop will focus on updating alumni clubs on campus activities and exploring how to support alumni interested in developing energy-related programming in their local regions.
Stratton Student Center, 4th floor, room 491

Speaker: Rajesh Kasturirangan PhD ’04; Sarah Simon ’72; Quinton Zondervan SM ’95; Leide Cabral, assistant director, alumni outreach

Fast Chats: Conversations with MIT’s Inspiring Students
Participate in informal conversations with MIT students to learn about the MIT campus experience today. Ask questions and hear stories that will help you make the case for giving to and supporting MIT.
Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor, Mezzanine Lounge

Speaker: Tina Margiotta ’11, associate director, class giving

Organizing a Successful 2017 Reunion
This session is for volunteers planning for Tech Reunions 2017. Come learn about the exciting changes regarding the Tech Reunions schedule, including a new night for Tech Night at Pops. Learn about MIT’s new reunion committee structure, the new Outreach Tool, and the Reunion Ambassador volunteer role. Make 2017 your most successful reunion to date!
Stratton Student Center, 4th floor, room 407

Speaker: Elise Perkins, associate director, class programming

Back to top

3:15–4:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions IV

Building a Board
During the past two years, MIT Sloan has expanded and strengthened its volunteer structure, including restructuring our MIT Sloan alumni club boards for sustainability. Join the volunteers who have been part of these changes for a discussion on how to build or renew a board.
Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor, Mezzanine Lounge

Speakers: Megan Cramer MBA ’12; Peter Kuykendall MBA ’97; Jeff Uller MBA ’03; Renee Hirschberg, senior associate director, alumni relations

Encompass: Email Marketing
An iModules trainer will guide you through the steps of creating and sending an email and how to run and interpret basic email reporting, including kickbacks. Best practices and tips will be shared to ensure your email marketing messages are opened by your recipients.
Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor, Private Dining Rooms 1 & 2

Speakers: Kim Balkus, director, documentation and training; iModules staff

Banking, Insurance, and Taxes: Oh, My!
Come to a discussion on the necessities of doing business as an MIT club, class, or affinity group. Have you worried whether you are covered by insurance in the event of an accident at an event? Do you file your taxes in a timely fashion? Are you paying banking fees? Hear from MIT staff and volunteers about how to ensure you are covered.
Stratton Student Center, 2nd floor, West Lounge

Speakers: Clinton Blackburn ’08; Sandra Mitchell, MIT Insurance Office; Evenflow Guillomaitre, MIT Credit Union; Jodi Kessler, MIT Tax Office

Use MIT’s Multimedia Tools to Make Your Event Better
The MIT Alumni Association and MIT Resource Development produce dozens of high-quality videos that highlight MIT research, alumni, and students each year.  Learn how you can utilize these excellent, publicly available videos for your next club and group event. Staff will share best practices and new ideas for incorporating these videos into your advertising and programming, and share details on how they cultivate and develop their video library.
Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor, Twenty Chimneys

Speakers: Brielle Domings, multimedia producer and videographer; Whitney Espich, executive director, communications and events, Resource Development; Jay London, marketing strategist and multimedia writer

4:15–4:45 p.m.
Break: Refreshments
Stratton Student Center, Bldg. W20, 3rd floor balcony
Back to top

4:45–5:45 p.m.
Closing Keynote: Everyone Counts—The Powerful Value of MIT Volunteers
MIT’s success involves many factors, but a key element behind the Institute’s success are the people that are committed to MIT and to working to make a better world. MIT’s alumni and volunteers will help lead the institution forward, and inspire, energize, and recommit the whole community behind MIT’s shared mission, vision, and values. Join a panel of distinguished Institute leaders and MIT Corporation members in a conversation about the role of MIT’s volunteers and the various pathways to a deep level of involvement with the Institute.
Bldg. 10-250

Speakers: Bridget Brett ’06, SM ’08; MIT Corporation Chair Robert Millard ’73; R. Erich Caulfield SM ’01, PhD ’06

Back to top

6:00–7:00 p.m.
ALC Reception
Join fellow volunteers for a beer garden-style reception and networking with current graduate students.
Walker Memorial, Bldg. 50, 142 Memorial Dr.

6:00–7:30 p.m.
William Barton Rogers Society Reception ( invitation only)

7:45 – 9:30 p.m.
Graduate Alumni Council Dinner
Evoo Restaurant, 350 Third St., Cambridge

Back to top

Saturday, September 24

SHOW YOUR INSTITUTE PRIDE! WEAR YOUR MIT GEAR!

8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Registration (Sponsored by the Harvard Club of Boston)
Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor, Coffeehouse Lounge

Satellite Registration
Memorial Lobby, Bldg. 10

8:00–9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Memorial Lobby, Bldg. 10
Back to top

9:00–9:45 a.m.

Keynote Conversation: Provost Martin A. Schmidt SM ’83, PhD ’88
Provost and alumnus Martin Schmidt will present an update on the state of MIT, share future plans for the Institute, and discuss new opportunities in higher education.
Bldg. 10-250, 2nd floor

9:45–10:45 a.m.

Faculty Keynote: “Emotion Technology, Wearables, and Surprises,” featuring Rosalind Picard SM ’86, ScD ’81
Would people have healthier lives and better experiences if computers could measure and help communicate their emotion? Rosalind Picard is the founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Laboratory. Her research in the field of Affective Computing is creating systems that can recognize and process human affects, and developing ways to measure and communicate emotion.
Bldg. 10-250, 2nd floor
Back to top

10:45–11:15 a.m.
Break/Refreshments
Memorial Lobby, Bldg. 10

11:15 a.m.–Noon
Alumni Association and Board of Directors Update
MIT Alumni Association President Nicolas Chammas SM ’87 and CEO and executive vice president Judy Cole will provide Association updates and an overview of the year.
Bldg. 10-250, 2nd floor
Back to top

12:15–1:30 p.m.
ALC Lunch

Join your fellow volunteers for networking and conversation.
Stratton Student Center, Bldg. W20, 2nd floor, La Sala de Puerto Rico

Educational Council: Lunch for Regional Chairs and Vice Chairs
Current regional and vice chairs are invited to share insight on improving your region’s interviews and reports, and discuss ideas for welcoming new ECs and coaching experienced ECs on optimizing their strengths as interviewers.
Stratton Student Center, Bldg. W20, 3rd floor, Mezzanine Lounge

Speaker: Suzanne Plump ’89

Association of Independent Living Groups (AILG) Lunch: Updates and Training for FSILG Volunteers
Join fraternity, sorority, and independent living group volunteers for information about new initiatives from AILG.
Stratton Student Center, Bldg. W20, 3rd floor, Twenty Chimneys

Speaker: Kim Hunter ’86, director, alumni outreach

MIT Architecture Alumni Lunch
Bldg. 7-338, Wolk Gallery, Stella Room

Black Alumni of MIT (BAMIT) Annual Meeting Lunch
Bldg. 10-105, Bush Room

Latino Alumni of MIT (MIT) Lunch
Stratton Student Center, Bldg. W20, 4th floor, Room 407

MIT South Asian Alumni Association (MITSAA) Lunch
Stratton Student Center, Bldg. W20, 3rd floor, Private Dining Rooms 1 & 2

Back to top

1:00–4:00 p.m.
Web & Mobile Services Help Center
Alumni Association and iModules staff will be on hand to sit with you personally or in small groups to answer questions, help brainstorm solutions, and listen to feedback regarding the Encompass platform. In addition, staff can offer assistance with any of the Association’s mobile-friendly tools, including the ALC event guide, MIT Alumni Quad, and Switchboard, as well as other Infinite Connection services.
Stratton Student Center, 2nd floor, West Lounge

Speakers: Kim Balkus, director, documentation and training; iModules staff

1:30–2:45 p.m.
Graduate Alumni Focus Group

Pierce Laboratory, Bldg. 1-371, 33 Massachusetts Ave.

Back to top

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions V

MIT Annual Fund Volunteer Training (Repeat of Friday’s session)
If you were unable to attend Friday’s training session, come hear from veteran volunteers and experienced Annual Fund staff to learn more about best practices in volunteer fundraising. Designed for reunion and non-reunion year Annual Fund fundraising volunteers with varied years of experience, this training will cover gift campaign basics, with a focus on the art of solicitation, securing gifts, and overcoming objections. This session will provide all the resources and training you need to successfully solicit your classmates.
Stratton Student Center, 4th floor, room 407

Speaker: Laura DePaoli ’97; Derry Kabcenell ’75; Carol Martin ’77; Rosheen Kavanagh, director, class and affinity giving

The Evolution of Tech Reunions
Exciting changes are in store for class programs and reunions! Come learn about the new schedule for Tech Reunions, including a new night for Tech Night at Pops, and hear about MIT’s new reunion committee structure, the new Outreach Tool, and the Reunion Ambassador volunteer role. These innovations will help you create your most successful reunion to date. This session will be tailored to class volunteers in a non-reunion year.
Stratton Student Center, 4th floor, room 491

Speaker: Elise Perkins, associate director, class programming

Educational Council: EC Training Session
This session is for both new Educational Counselors and seasoned veterans. Hear news from the Admissions Office as well as tips for conducting interviews and writing helpful interview reports. This session is a great chance to catch up with fellow ECs. Volunteers who are not yet ECs, but are interested in learning more about the alumni interviewing program, are welcome to attend.
Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor, Mezzanine Lounge

Speaker: Suzanne Plump ’89

Young Alumni Panel: How MIT Helped Me Succeed
Hear from a panel of young alumni entrepreneurs who attribute part of their success to MIT educational experiences, research programs, mentoring, and faculty relationships. Learn about their experience working with MIT programs, faculty, and fellow alumni to launch and grow their careers, and how they were inspired to stay involved with the Institute.
Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor, Twenty Chimneys

Speaker: Lauren Wojtkun, director, volunteer training and development; Corporation Development Committee members

3:15–4:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions VI

Class Officer Webmaster Training
Webmasters from all classes are invited to attend this customized training. Webmasters play an integral role in keeping the website up to date and your class informed. Learn best practices to keep your website fresh and engaging. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and give suggestions on future webmaster programming.
Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor, Private Dining Rooms 1 & 2

Speaker: Elise Perkins, associate director, class programming

Educational Council: The Interview Process from the Students’ Perspective
Hear a panel of MIT students discuss their interview process and why they decided to enroll at MIT. ECs will also have the chance to ask questions about campus life and culture.
Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor, Mezzanine Lounge

Speaker: Suzanne Plump ’89

Encompass: Event Registration
Hear from an iModules trainer on the proper steps for creating an event registration form, from either a pre-designed template or from scratch. Learn the essentials and more –—selecting audience type, role-basing ticket options, setting ticket limits, offering early-bird pricing, and using promotion codes to discount event tickets.
Stratton Student Center, 4th floor, room 491

Speakers: Kim Balkus, director, documentation and training; iModules staff

MIT List Visual Arts Center Public Art Tour
Join staff from the MIT List Visual Art Center on a public art tour that entangles nature, biology, and artists! From James Melchert’s ceramic mural inspired by the behind-the-scenes processes in the Koch Biology Building to Cai Guo-Qiang’s use of living Black Pine trees in front of the Sloan School, public art at MIT interacts with nature in a variety of ways. Alumni Association staff will be present to answer social media questions.
Meet on the steps of the Stratton Student Center, Bldg. W20

Panhellenic Alumnae Networking Event Reception
Alumnae are invited to join Panhellenic current members and alumni for an afternoon reception. Learn more about MIT’s seven sororities, mingle with students and alumnae, build your network, share advice, and discuss experiences about being a woman in the MIT community.
Stratton Student Center, Bldg. W20, 2nd floor, La Sala de Puerto Rico

4:00–6:00 p.m.
BAMIT Reception: BAMIT and Students—Let’s Talk
Black Students’ Union (BSU) Lounge, Walker Memorial,  Bldg. 50-105, 142 Memorial Dr.

Back to top

6:00–7:00 p.m.
Leadership Awards Reception
Mingle with fellow volunteers at a one-hour cocktail reception before the Leadership Awards Dinner.
Boston Marriott Cambridge, 50 Broadway, Kendall Square

7:00–10:00 p.m.
Leadership Awards Dinner and Celebration
Celebrate alumni award winners at a banquet and awards ceremony.
Boston Marriott Cambridge, 50 Broadway, Kendall Square
Back to top

Sunday, September 25

10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Katharine Dexter McCormick Society (KDMS) Event
KDMS and CDC members and spouses/guests. By invitation only.
Back to top