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."