This year, MIT is celebrating important anniversaries for three groups who hold a special place in MIT’s history and development. There is an unusual, elegant sequence of these three milestones as the year 2013 marks the
25th anniversary of the Public Service Center
50th anniversary of McCormick Hall
75th anniversary of the Hobby Shop
We want to congratulate the many exceptional people who have built and sustain these three outstanding organizations, and invite students to join their anniversary celebrations in the coming year. Each has played a role in making MIT the place it is today and each will continue to play an important role in our unfolding future.
MIT Public Service Center 25th Anniversary
The Public Service Center (PSC) is a direct response to the call of MIT’s mission to work “for the betterment of humankind.” The PSC engages our community in a robust and expanding variety of service opportunities, not only here at MIT but across the globe. For twenty-five years now, the PSC has been a wellspring of humanitarian work, enriching the lives of MIT students through leadership, education, and service learning. It was founded in the fall of 1988 and initially led by a steering committee chaired by First Lady Priscilla Gray and Professor Robert Mann ’50. Today the PSC continues to evolve to support MIT students with advising, programmatic, and funding resources as they tackle local, national, and international quality-of-life issues with their minds, hands, and hearts.
To celebrate this milestone anniversary, this spring the PSC will launch a 25th anniversary website, which will highlight stories from the PSC’s history and also provide a forum where students and alumni can share their own stories. The PSC will host a celebration open to the MIT community. Stay tuned for more details. Learn more about the PSC.
McCormick Hall 50th Anniversary
The completion of McCormick Hall in 1963 opened a new era for MIT women. The building was the result of the efforts primarily by an exceptional alumna very much ahead of her time, Katherine Dexter McCormick ’04 (that’s 1904!). In the days before co-ed dormitories, the living options for women undergraduates were extremely limited. McCormick Hall was a game changer in providing the first on-campus housing facilities for women, solidifying MIT’s commitment to the equal education of women and ushering in an era in which the number of women students grew to what it is today.
To celebrate this legacy and the ever-growing contributions of MIT women, a major celebration is planned for the weekend of October 4-6. McCormick Hall will no doubt be in shipshape, and ready to welcome its alumnae and the rest of the MIT community. You can expect some singing, art displays, several receptions, a lecture or two and maybe even some fireworks! Learn more about McCormick.
MIT Hobby Shop 75th Anniversary
Since its modest beginnings back in 1938 as a student club in the basement of Building 2, the Hobby Shop has served over 4,000 MIT community members. Today it is a resource for students from all majors and experience levels, as well as faculty, staff, and alumni, to work on projects they are passionate about. The Hobby Shop exemplifies MIT’s “mind and hand” spirit by providing an environment where you can turn ideas into reality. With a wide array of equipment and a small professional staff, led by Ken Stone ’72, and a very supportive network of fellow volunteers and students, the Hobby Shop is a very special ecosystem. It has been the birthplace of an astonishing variety of creations – beautiful furniture, art works, musical instruments, industrial prototypes, and even a small plane! Do visit the Hobby Shop sometime in the basement of DuPont Gymnasium (W31). I think you will be pleasantly surprised; and after renovations this summer, it will be even better.
A 75th anniversary committee, which includes Mechanical Engineering Professor Alex Slocum ’82 and Faculty Chair Sam Allen, has just been formed. They plan to host an evening reception on October 11, followed by an Open House on Saturday, October 12, to which the entire MIT community will be invited. And remember, all of us are invited to become Hobby Shop members at any time. Learn more about the Hobby Shop.
You can look forward to celebrating these important anniversaries in the coming school year. These occasions serve to remind us what an exceptional community that we are part of, and also of the abundance of learning opportunities available through Student Life and the greater MIT community.
Dean for Student Life