Praising them as "a community of artists who can now identify each other on campus and share ideas and passions about the arts," Associate Provost for the Arts Alan Brody joined Chancellor Lawrence Bacow in welcoming the first group of MIT Arts Scholars at a reception in their honor on Monday, Sept. 14 in the Lipchitz Courtyard (Building 16).
Funded by the Council for the Arts at MIT, the program was developed to encourage greater interaction among MIT undergraduates who are active in the arts and to foster a sense of community among them. The program will be structured around informal monthly dinners accompanied by presentations or excursions.
"People think of the arts at MIT as an 'outlet,' but they don't understand that many students pursue the arts with the same level of passion as they do their other activities," Prof. Bacow told the students. "Your joint endeavors enliven and enrich this community for all of us," he said.
This year's 23 Arts Scholars are Blake Brasher, a sophomore in architecture; Ania Busza, a senior in cognitive science and biology; Yu Chen,a junior in electrical engineering and computer science (EECS); Janet Chieh, a senior in chemistry; Sandy Choi, a senior in economics and music; Petra Chong, a senior in electrical engineeringand computer science and music; Jennifer K. Chung, a sophomore in EECS; Thomas Cork, a junior in chemistry and theater; Chris Douglas, a senior in mathematics; Kim Eng, a senior in architecture; Kelly Helmuth, a junior in chemical engineering; Murat Kara, a sophomore in chemical engineering; Joseph Kaye, a senior in brain and cognitive sciences; Rony Kubat, a junior in EECS; Helen Lee, a junior in architecture; Carole Lu, a senior in biology; Candice McElroy, a senior in music; Christopher McEniry, a junior in EECS; Natalia Olchanski, a junior in mathematics; Noah Schottenfeld, a senior in brain and cognitive sciences; Shayna Smith, a senior in civil engineering; Sean Sutherland, a junior in EECS; and Hua-Yin Yu, a junior in biology.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 16, 1998.