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MIT volunteers get an insider's view

The Institute benefits each year from the efforts of some 9,600 alumni and friends who volunteer through MIT Alumni Association efforts. An annual conference brings volunteer leaders together to share community-building strategies (then share them online) and get a fresh drink from the fire hose.
Jerry Appelstein '80 entertains the crowd at the William Barton Rogers Society reception.
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Jerry Appelstein '80 entertains the crowd at the William Barton Rogers Society reception.
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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 community."

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