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Class of 1965 Reunion Gift Committee Update

Our 50th Reunion is history, and we have met some amazing goals that we set for ourselves.  In order to reach them, we received your help!  

One of our classmates, Lew Counts, pledged to give $250,000 if we can reach 350 gifts this year.  This was a stretch for us – our highest number of gifts over the past 5 fiscal years has been 308.  We were very lofty in setting our participation goal of 65%.  We want to have as many of our classmates make a gift as possible, while also honoring the Class of 1965. 

Here's the word from John and Doug

Dear Classmates,

It's hard to believe that our 50th Reunion is already behind us, we hope you had a chance to make it to campus and enjoy the fantastic celebration. In addition to finally getting our red jackets, a highlight of the weekend for us was presenting our Reunion Gift Campaign results at the Tech Day Lunch to President Reif and the alumni representing the Class of 1945 through to the newest graduates, the Class of 2015.

We are so pleased to share that our Reunion Gift total grew beyond our Tech Day Lunch announcement in June helping us exceed our dollar goal and reach our participation goal, thereby earning Lew Counts’ full Participation Challenge! It is our honor, to share the final results of our 50th Reunion Gift Campaign with you here; soon you will receive a more in-depth report on our Reunion Gift Campaign in your home mail box.

Donors participating:   65% of our class (quite fitting!)
Challenge Funds Earned:   $250,000 for MIT!
Together we raised:    $11,160,555

Our collective impact through our 50th Reunion Gift Campaign assists in advancing MIT's core values of excellence in policies such as need-blind admissions, sustaining a true meritocracy, and in providing opportunities for the talented students and professors that walk the Infinite Corridor daily.

Thank you, to each of you who gave to MIT this year. You are part of a very generous group with whom we are proud to be associated.

John Golden and Doug Spreng
50th Reunion Gift Co-Chairs 

MIT 2015 Commencement Speaker, Megan Smith  (Intro at 03:34)

Megan Smith: It’s mind, hand …and heart

In Commencement remarks, U.S. CTO stresses the importance of the personal, caring side of MIT. David L. Chandler | MIT News Office , June 5, 2015

“One of the very most important things in our school’s history is something that’s not in the motto” — “mens et manus,” or “mind and hand” — Megan Smith ’86, SM ’88, now the chief technology officer of the United States, said today in her Commencement speech at MIT. “It’s heart,” she said. “What I mean by heart,” Smith said, “is not just love and kindness. I mean wonder and discovery, it’s openness, it’s inclusivity, creativity, passion, obsession, service.”

Expanding on the importance of heart, Smith cited four key elements.

First, she said, is the role of teamwork. She quoted a former mentor at the MIT Media Lab, Alan Kay, who taught her the importance of knowing her own strengths and weaknesses. While many might then stress the need to improve on those weaknesses, Smith said that Kay had a different approach: “Focus on your strengths, and team up with people who are really good at the stuff that are your weaknesses.”

Smith said a second aspect of heart is kindness, which she described as being “as important as knowledge.” Speaking of the importance of listening to ideas with an open mind, she said, “It isn’t just a moral point, it’s a practical point.” What if, she asked, the half-formed idea shot down in a meeting was “the first half of the cure for cancer?”

Third, Smith cited the importance of openness and inclusivity — noting Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager and activist who last year became the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize, and in whose name Smith has established a foundation. Yousafzai, despite her limited education, has a passion for physics, Smith said. She also cited examples of crucial but overlooked innovators in science and technology, including women who were pioneers in the development of the first computers and software. “Diversity isn’t just some nice thing,” Smith said. “It makes for better products, better businesses, and better bottom lines.” And, she added — citing examples from free evening classes at MIT’s founding in the 1860s to the MIT OpenCourseWare and MITx of today — “It’s in our DNA to be open and to share.”

Finally, Smith said, another aspect of heart is service. While it’s important to work together in labs and corporations with like-minded people, “It’s also critically important to show up where we’re more rare, where the greatest problems live,” she said — such as her own decision to leave the corporate world to serve in Washington.

“My hope for you,” Smith said, “is that you bring your technical skills to the things you love.” Citing a UN program that aims to address 17 global challenges in the next 15 years, she said, “If you bring not only your ideas, but also your networks of the technical people that are out here, I think we’ll solve many of these challenges faster than 15 years.”

“As a technologist, Megan Smith dreams on a grand scale, and she delivers just as grandly,” MIT President L. Rafael Reif says. “Her open spirit, startling creativity, and deep technical insight shine through in everything she does, from the world-changing projects she spearheaded with colleagues at Google to her inspiring insights as a member of the MIT Corporation. In the best MIT tradition, Megan takes her work very seriously, but not herself. We could not be prouder that she is now guiding the nation’s technology policy, nor more delighted that she will address our new graduates in June.”

MIT President L. Rafael Reif Remembers Boston Mayor Tom Menino

I found this article by MIT President L. Rafael Reif about Boston's longest-serving mayor, Tom Menino, an outstanding piece.

A Message from Peter Heinemann, Class President

I am glad to report that we now have here an updated Class of '65 Web Page that does some justice to report on the success of our 50th Reunion.  It truly was a wonderful and joyful event!  I also want to thank David Manalan for his role in stepping in to update the Web Page as we currently have a Web Master disabled by sickness.  
We now have a page that celebrates the success of our 50th Reunion and our successful Gift Campaign!
Thanks to All Involved, Peter Heinemann    

A Message from Sharon Ross to the Reunion Committee

It was great working with you all on the Reunion .  We did a good job.  A lot of people addressed my Committee ribbon to say how much they were enjoying the weekend.  I think it was good for us to have an alumna on the speakers program.  And it inspired some of us to pull together the stats.  Of the 25 women who began in fall '61 or soon after, 19 graduated from MIT and 3 from other colleges.  As a group, we have earned 9 PhDs, an MD, and at least 7 masters. Not too shabby, but we had you guys with whom to compete. 

Take care, Sharon

A Message from Your 50th Reunion Chair

Dear Classmates,

What a great privilege to work with a wonderful committee and the Alumni Association to help you enjoy your 50th Reunion. It's not too soon to think about the 55th Reunion, June 7-10, 2020. 
David A. Manalan '65

P.S. An on-line version of the 50th Reunion Book is available, along with a Form to submit information and pictures if you missed out in 2015 or just want to update your page. Go to Photos & Videos, then select Links to our 50th Reunion. You'll need an Infinite Connection login to access the links.