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Letter From the Dean

imageDavid Schmittlein
John C Head III Dean

Dear Alumni and Friends of the MIT Sloan School of Management,

MIT Sloan began this academic year with a great deal to celebrate. Since the first weeks of September, the School’s new flagship building and the Joan and William A. Porter 1967 Center for Management Education have been abuzz with students and faculty who are energized by the tremendous educational possibilities this new building offers.

With each passing day, the collaborative spaces, fully equipped classrooms, common areas for socializing, and individual study rooms have expanded the educational and professional opportunities for our students, faculty, and alumni.

E62 and the Porter Center for Management Education have quickly taken their place as the heart of MIT Sloan. The 100 Main Marketplace has become the spot for students to meet over lunch. And faculty and students alike have been rearranging lobby furniture and holding impromptu discussions against the backdrop of the Gruber Family Courtyard and the Charles River.

This coming spring the MIT Sloan community will formally dedicate its new building, mark MIT’s sesquicentennial, and enjoy gatherings that typically would be part of the annual MIT Sloan Reunion and the triennial MIT Sloan Fellows Convocation. I have the privilege to invite you to return to campus in May for this special series of events, which we are calling Building the Future, as MIT Sloan welcomes the world’s greatest minds and management leaders¬—its alumni, faculty, and friends—to this once-in-a-lifetime commemoration.

Alumni Weekend 2011, which will be held May 13 to 15, is an important part of the Building the Future events and offers a rare opportunity for all MIT Sloan alumni to network and celebrate with classmates and friends. The formal dedication of the new building and the Porter Center for Management Education, as well as MIT’s 150th anniversary celebration provided a confluence of events for the MIT Sloan community that we could not allow to pass us by. To take advantage of all that these occasions have to offer the MIT Sloan alumni community, we moved up the traditional dates of the MIT Sloan Reunion and included MIT Sloan Fellows alumni in these community-wide events.

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