Dear fellow graduates,
The 2004 MIT Sloan Reunion was the School's largest reunion ever. More than 700 alumni and their guests returned to campus from 22 countries for four beautiful days this June, reconnecting with faculty and fellow graduates while making new connections in the MIT Sloan community. The over one hundred alumni reunion class committee organizers did an exceptional job of creating compelling events, and their personal outreach to classmates was critical in building momentum for the record turnout.
A genuine feeling of camaraderie, celebration, and pride in MIT Sloan permeated the many events. This spirit was evident from the opening reception on the MIT Sloan Plaza to Sunday's family barbecue — where the smiles and laughter of the children energized us all. It was evident during the Back to the Classroom sessions given by world-renowned faculty members and during the Dean's Luncheon, when John C Head III Dean Richard Schmalensee shared his State of the School address. And it was unmistakable at every class dinner held around the city, including MIT Sloan's first 50-year reunion dinner with the Class of 1954.
As Dean Schmalensee said in his State of the School address, we are working to “build on our unique strengths and aim for lofty goals.” Our loftiest goal is the plan to build a new MIT Sloan campus — a campus that will strengthen the climate for innovation, facilitate research collaboration among faculty, allow us to offer extensive executive and alumni programming, and be a striking symbol of MIT Sloan's innovative research and teaching. The strength and spirit of the MIT Sloan alumni community is critical to achieving these lofty goals.
The MIT Sloan Alumni Office mission is helping connect alumni to the School and to each other, and helping alumni advance their careers. The success of MIT Sloan Reunion 2004, the record attendance, and the spirit alumni exhibited throughout the weekend are great steps along this path. We look forward to taking many more with all of you.
Your feedback on your Reunion is very important to us. Please help us and future Reunions by taking a moment to complete the Reunion evaluation form. Thank you in advance!
Sean Brown, SM 1994
Director of the MIT Sloan Alumni Office