With a successful spring seminar series on health-related topics now completed, the steering committee of the Association of MIT Retirees is now planning activities for 1997-98.
A new questionnaire will be distributed within the next few weeks to all retirees who have a New England address. It will seek somewhat more detailed information about the avocational interests and skills of retirees with the intent of building a resource bank as well as developing future programs.
Membership in the association is open to everyone who has retired from MIT, regardless of length of service. Benefits include the membership directory and mailings tailored to the individual interests of members, such as the MITAC fliers and travel opportunities.
Developing or improving computer skills was a strong interest of many retirees who returned last year's questionnaire. The Information Systems training staff has developed a Skills Assessment questionnaire that is available on request to the Retirees Association Office at x3-7910 (please leave a voice mail message).
Meanwhile, retirees are reminded that they are welcome to attend the free I/S Quick Start noontime classes that introduce the basics of many popular computer programs. They may also use the I/S Training Lab during open hours on Fridays from 1-4pm, where software and self-paced training materials are available as well as help from student consultants. Call x3-7685 for a Quick Start schedule or consult the Web page at <http://web.mit.edu/is/training/>.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 11, 1997.