Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Stefano Dinner Update

Last Friday Stefano hosted the dinner at his home. A few comments from our guests:

“It was truly a wonderful evening and experience. I can tell you it will be impossible to ever go to an Italian restaurant again... they set the bar pretty high.”

“This was truly an enjoyable evening and I would definitely bid for it next year should the opportunity arise. Thanks to Stefano and Alyssa for welcoming us into their homes and providing this wonderful experience.”

Stefano said there were a couple of crowd-favorite wines and cheese. Here they are:

LaTur Italian cheese from the Piemonte region

Swedish honey: Svensk Honungsforadling ab Biodlarna

Brunello di Montalcino - La Gerla 2005

January Reading List

Stefano suggested the below book with the caveat that he has not read the book: just the principles.

Recommended by Chris Porter (M.S. MIT Alumni, 2010) and contains a provocative critique of the concept of "running IT as a business"
Run IT as a business -- why that's a train wreck waiting to happen

"IT's job is to recommend better ways to operate, using technical capabilities business managers might not even know are possible.

These enlightened companies don't have IT projects -- they have business change projects that aren't done until the planned business change has been accomplished, and users are trained, not in how to operate software, but in how to do their redesigned jobs using the new software."

Upcoming January 2011 Events

Please join us this Saturday, January 22nd at Bechtel Conference Center for either our Professional Development panel hosted by Career Services or our Annual Winter Warming – Alumni and Student Networking Reception with drinks and hors d'oeuvres. See below for more information. Hope you can join us this Saturday night!

Professional Development M.S. MIT Panel at Bechtel – this Saturday, 1/22/11
There will be a Professional Development Panel hosted by our Career Services Department and M.S. MIT Alumni from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm prior to the Networking Reception on Saturday, January 22nd. The first 15 alumni to RSVP will be able to attend with the current NoVA students. Please let me know if you are interested. We have a few seats available.

M.S. MIT Alumni and Student Networking Reception on Saturday, January 22nd from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Bechtel. Alumni will receive two free drink tickets and hors d'oeuvres. Hope you can join us! Last year we had an outstanding turn-out with over 50 alumni!