More than 400 alumni and guests at the Alumni Leadership Conference, Sept. 25-26, came to campus for an insider's view of MIT — and they got it. President Susan Hockfield keynoted the event and they were the first to receive a new report on the future of MIT's global education and research.
Alumni Association President Kenneth Wang '71, who has served on many
MIT committees, introduced Hockfield's keynote Friday evening. "There
is an energy I never saw before all around me," he said. And he
attributed part of that high campus energy level to President
Hockfield. "From the very beginning, Susan has seen us as better than
we thought ourselves to be ... This is really MIT's time and we should
take great advantage of it."
The Association's annual awards were bestowed at a festive dinner.
The top honor, the Bronze Beaver, went to Joseph G. Hadzima, Jr. '73,
SM '77, a leader of the MIT Enterprise Forum and other entrepreneurial
activities; Patrick J. McGovern, Jr. '59, a life member of the Corporation and founder of the McGovern Institute
for Brain Research; and Dana G. Mead PhD '67, chairman of the MIT
Corporation since 2003.
"You are our best ambassadors," Hockfield told participants who came from 32 states and 15 countries."It's important to tell the world not just what we are doing but how we
are doing it. We want you to share the world of MIT with your