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Communications workshop

A communications workshop, "Tools for Developing Effective Messages" has been scheduled for Monday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Student Center's Mezzanine Lounge. Tools for developing effective messages--and the building blocks for influencing an audience to attend an event, make a donation or develop a greater understanding of a complex issue--will be presented.

Presenters will give examples of effective MIT communications and talk about how to incorporate the Institute's key messages. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and an opportunity to network. The workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the Corporation. For more information or to register, go to

Recycling survey offers prizes

MIT community members are asked to complete a short online survey about recycling at The survey is sponsored by the Working Group on Support Staff Issues and the Environment, Health and Safety Office, which want to know what's working well with recycling and what needs to be improved.

Survey participants have the chance to win gifts donated by the Marriott Hotel, the Kendall Hotel, MIT Coop, the Environment Store, the Sierra Club and the Museum of Science, among others. A list of lottery prizes and other details is on the Working Group Recycling Committee (WGR) web site at

The survey will be open until May 26. A summary of the results will be posted after June 23 on the WGR site and also at Prizewinners' names also will be posted to the WGR site at the same time.

Call for memories of MIT hacks

The Alumni Association wants everyone's recollections, fond or otherwise, of that time-honored MIT sport: hacking. "What Matters," the online alumni opinion column, is featuring "Nightwork: A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT" (just published by the MIT Press with the MIT Museum). Contributions can be posted on the site now through reunions on June 6-8. Go to

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 30, 2003.

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