I am delighted to share with you that MIT Sloan Reunion 2005 was another great success. More than 600 alumni and their guests returned to campus from 23 countries for four beautiful days this June, reconnecting with faculty and fellow graduates while making new connections in the MIT Sloan community. Over 80 alumni reunion class committee organizers did an exceptional job of creating compelling events, and their personal outreach to classmates was critical in building attendance.
A genuine feeling of camaraderie, celebration, and pride in MIT Sloan permeated the many events of Reunion 2005. 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 MIT.
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 to connect alumni to the School and to each other, and to help alumni advance their careers. The success of MIT Sloan Reunion 2005, the number of alumni who returned, and the spirit they 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 also very important to us. Please help us improve 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