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Leadership Conference a Record-Breaking Success

Last September 20, the largest number of alumni volunteers ever  to attend an Alumni Leadership Conference gathered on campus for the two-day ALC 2002. More than 400 alumni and friends returned to campus to reconnect, learn, and be recognized for their achievements.

Highlights of the weekend included the presentation of alumni awards. The Bronze Beaver Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association, was presented this year to Alexander V. d’Arbeloff ‘49, Brit d’Arbeloff ME ‘61, Malcolm Green ‘50, Emmanuel Ikpo OE ‘83, and Ronald A. Kurtz ‘54 for their outstanding service.

Other exceptional volunteers were recognized with the Harold E. Lobdell ‘17 Distinguished Service Award for alumni relations; the Henry B. Kane ‘24 Award, for fund-raising; the George B. Morgan ‘20 Award, for Educational Council activity; and Presidential Citations, awarded to outstanding groups.

Alumni were afforded an extraordinary opportunity to hear about current issues at MIT from senior administrators. President Charles M. Vest HM presented an engaging overview of ongoing campus construction and rejuvenation; he was followed by a panel featuring Provost Robert A. Brown, Chancellor Phillip L. Clay PhD ‘75, and Stu Schmil ‘85, director of the educational council.

The balance of the weekend was devoted to workshops and opportunities for alumni to meet and share ideas. Some 20 workshops and training sessions were offered to reflect the full spectrum of volunteers, from class officers to alumni independent-living groups. Participants learned about a variety of topics, such as philanthropy basics, membership cultivation in clubs, and event planning in nonreunion years. There was even an opportunity to develop marketing and communications strategies in a session led by John Chisholm ‘75.

“Every year I marvel at the camaraderie and learning that takes place at ALC,” says Bill Hecht ‘61, executive vice president and CEO of the Alumni Association. “We work hard to provide programs and workshops that will help our alumni in their many volunteer roles, but what is truly remarkable is how they energize each other during the weekend.”

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