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February 10, 2007

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts: Tour

On Saturday, February 10th at 11 a.m., the MIT Club will meet in the reception area inside the front door at the Kimmel Center for a special behind-the-scenes visit to the Center to learn about the engineering, architectural, and management decisions that lead to a good concert.

Verizon Hall is shaped like a cello with no columns to interfere with the view. To compensate for the lack of columns, great imagination was used to make the building work. Architect Rafael Vinoly has developed end walls of multi sheets of glass panels that can move as much as 32 inches in the wind since they are anchored only at the roof truss.

The hall acts like a musical instrument, reverberating and reflecting sounds to enhance the acoustics. The hall is finished in mahogany. Doors lining the side walls can be opened into large, empty rooms that act as reverberation chambers to “enlarge” the sound. A three-part moveable canopy suspended over the stage holds spotlights and can be positioned to redirect sound coming from the stage – shades of Einstein’s “String Theory.” The Kimmel will provide guides with preference given to physics majors.

The group will have a sneak preview of an upcoming organ recital when visiting the Performance Hall where we are a very select audience for an organ program rehearsal.

There will be a special lunch served at the Center for your enjoyment.

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2007

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Kimmel Center
         260 South Broad Street on the Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia
         On the southwest corner of Broad & Spruce Streets
         Phone: 215-790-5800
         Directions & Parking

Cost: $22 for Members and their guests, $30 for non-members and their guests

Registration, on-line: via MIT Infinite Connection:

For Questions: Jim Gassaway, 610-328-5583

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February 13, 2007

MIT Enterprise Forum -- Financial Markets: Outlook 2007

Our Club will show a DVD recording of January's MIT Enterprise Forum on the timely topic “Financial Markets: Outlook 2007. ” The moderator is Liz Claman, Anchor for CNBC’s “Morning Call”.

The world-class panel examines at a macro level the flow of money for the coming year, answering such questions as:

* What are the outlooks for the VC, public and M&A markets?
* What is the general outlook for the economy - local, national, and global - for 2007?
* What structural and regulatory issues will pull and shape the capital markets over the coming year?
* How will all of these affect a company's financial strategies?

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Time: 6:30 PM - Subs and Soda
         7:00 - Presentation

Location: Univ. of Pennsylvania Wharton School
         Huntsman Hall, Room 260
         3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
         Map & Directions

Cost: $10

Event Details: MIT Enterprise Forum Web Site

Registration, on-line: via MIT Infinite Connection:

For Questions: Lucie Wilkens, 610-444-3242

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February 15, 2007

Young Alum Happy Hour

Join other MIT Young Alums for another Happy Hour!
For more information, or to make suggestions for young-alum events, contact the Club's leader of Young Alum programs, Dan Lowrey, e-mail: lowcal@alum.mit.edu

Date: Thursday, February 15th
Time: 6:45 - 8:30 PM (or so!)
Location: Drinker's Pub
               1903 Chestnut Street
Phone: 215-564-0914

Drinker's Pub - Web site
Drinker's Pub - Directions

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February 27, 2007

Special Alumni Event: "Educating Our Future"

The MIT Alumni Association, in conjunction with regional clubs, will present a Webcast that features faculty members discussing how to maintain and strengthen K-12 science and technology education. Although the event was developed for graduate alumni, we welcome all members of the MIT community. Also, as a way to encourage math and science education in our area, we invite any local teachers to be our guests. If you have any teacher friends who would like to attend, please contact Lucie Wilkens (see below) (photos L to R: Woodie Flowers, Catherine Drennan, Isaac Colbert, Dedric Carter, Mitchel Resnick)

This program fits well with our Club's mission to support science and math education in the Delaware Valley. For more than a decade, among other activities, our Club has sponsored local teachers to attend a week-long summer program at MIT.

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Time: 6:30 PM - Reception with light dinner
         7:30-9:00 - Broadcast

Location: Temple University
         Ritter Annex, KIVA Room
         1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave., Philadelphia 19122
          Map and Directions

Cost: $15 for MIT alums and their guests

Detailed Information: MIT Alumni Assoc Event Page

Reservations (on-line): Via https://alum.mit.edu/smarTrans/user/Register.dyn?eventID=9719&groupID=158

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