The Center's fiscal year ended on June 30th, and this "mid-year end" gives me a chance to thank again those alumni/ae who helped make our Spring '08 semester such a success.
During this past semester, nearly 140 alums – almost 20% of our graduates – provided crucial assistance with our programs, and in a whole host of ways:
· In the classroom. Serving as teaching assistants, helping guide thesis preparation, sharing general and professional expertise, and offering essential coordination for our ambitious and hugely successful IAP International Trip to Dubai, Istanbul, and London.
· In Professional Development. Helping to provide career services, and performing vital coordination for the New York Trek.
· As Alumni/ae Connectors. Working with a current student to serve as a point of connection to the alumni/ae network and to others in the real estate industry.
· At Alumni/ae Symposia. Doing the legwork both in NYC (including visits to various financial institutions and our traditional trip to McSorleys) and in May's Faculty Club event.
· As Alumni/ae Host Volunteers. Putting a "face" on the alumni community for prospective applicants.
· As Coordinator for the AACRE in San Francisco, CA.
· As participants in our Seoul, Korea meetings.
· On the AACRE Steering Committee.
· As 2007–2008 Donors.
MIT/CRE uses all available resources to bring our students the fullest understanding of the art and science of real estate. We seek creative applications – both inside the classroom and out – that instill a desire to improve the built environment socially, economically, and aesthetically.
But we can't do it alone. Our graduates are an essential part of our mission, helping us cultivate the enormous potential in our industry to improve the world by developing better real estate.