A new campus-wide continuing orientation program for undergraduates started last week with a big game of Tic Tac Toe. "Tic Tac Tech! Mastering the Game of MIT Life," was the first in a semester-long series of programs that will be held in the Baker House dining hall from 8-9:30pm on Tuesdays.
Sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Students and Undergraduate Education (ODSUE), the series is an experiment by the dean's office to do programming in residential halls. "We felt that orientation shouldn't end just because school starts. We wanted an orientation program that would last all year," said Elizabeth Cogliano Young, coordinator of student programs in the Office of Academic Services.
Various offices within ODSUE, such as the Academic Resource Center and the Residential and Student Life Programs, have put together evenings that aim to be both fun and informative. Topics range from the October 5 evening with faculty and alumni/ae called "Why We Love/Hate This Place and What to Do about That," to the very lighthearted pre-finals week pajama party on December 7.
The programs are open to all students, living on or off-campus. No registration is required. For more information, contact Ms. Cogliano Young at or drop by the Academic Resource Center in Rm 7-104.
Planned program titles are:
September 28 -- How to Get the Most Out of the MIT Candy Store
October 5 -- Thriving at MIT:Whey We Love/Hate This Place and What to Do About That
October 12 -- Fair Fighting: Negotiating in Personal Relationships
October 19 -- Rock around the Clock
October 26 -- Finding a Place to Start: Step One in the Career Planning Process
November 2 -- Manners in the New Millennium
November 9 -- Community Service: Thinking Outside of the 'Tute
November 16 -- Catching Some ZZZZ's
November 23 -- Sports Nutrition
November 30 -- Planning for Your Internship
December 7 -- What Do Late Nights, Pajamas and Finals Have in Common?
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 29, 1999.