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Commencement speaker suggestions sought

The Commencement Committee invites suggestions for the guest speaker at MIT's 2005 Commencement exercises scheduled for Friday, June 3 from all members of the MIT community. The speaker should be one who will be able to address topics of relevance to the Institute.

Suggestions must be received by Friday, Oct. 8. Following a review, the committee will submit a list to the president for consideration. The list will not be made public. The president has the responsibility and authority for selecting and inviting the guest speaker for the Commencement exercises.

Suggestions may be submitted to Rohit Gupta, president of the Class of 2005 (rogupta@mit.edu), Barun Singh. president of the Graduate Student Council (barun@mit.edu), Gayle Gallagher, executive officer for Commencement (gayle@mit.edu), or Eric Grimson, chairman of the Commencement Committee (welg@csail.mit.edu).

Post IAP courses online

Members of the MIT community planning to offer activities and credit subjects in the 2005 Independent Activities Period (IAP) can post descriptions online. IAP listings will appear online exclusively; a print versions of the guide is no longer produced.

Organizers are encouraged to post activity and subject descriptions by Nov. 1 so that participants can plan their IAP schedules early. To post a listing, go to http://web.mit.edu/iap. An MIT personal certificate is required. Questions about IAP should be directed to the Academic Resource Center at 253-1668.

Draper Labs holds Expo

MIT faculty, students and staff are invited to visit Draper Lab's Technology Exposition from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 6, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 7.

Draper projects and exhibit topics will include space systems, a snakelike robot, a high-mobility tactical microrobot, microelectromechanical system-based field asymmetric ion mobility spectrometry for detecting biological and chemical agents, and commercialization projects by Navigator Technology Ventures, Draper's venture capital subsidiary. A number of featured projects have been worked on by students, particularly through the Draper Fellows Program.

Visitors should enter at One Hampshire St. and be prepared to present photo identification for admittance. For more information, contact Draper's Communications Office at (617) 258-2600.

Community invitation

Julie Norris retired Sept. 30 after 10 years as director of the Office of Sponsored Programs. All MIT community members are invited to a party celebrating her career and congratulating her for this new endeavor on Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 3:30-6 p.m. in Morss Hall (Building 50).

Flowers for sale

October has been Domestic Violence Awareness Month since 1987. To raise both awareness and funds, the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority is holding a flower sale this week. Proceeds go to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. The students will take orders at their sales booth in the Student Center today, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in Lobby 10 tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 7) during the same hours. Irises cost $1.50 each and carnations are $1. Flowers will be delivered to recipients in any MIT building or living group on Friday, Oct. 8.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 6, 2004 (download PDF).


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