Monday, February 27, 2012

Exciting Update

I share with you exciting news from Stefano! ~Aimee

Dear Alumni,

I hope this message finds you well and that 2012 is off to a great start for you. During this time of year the MSMIT students are working on their capstone projects and looking forward to graduation. I am sure that you remember how rewarding that work was, and that you are proud of your U.Va. degree. It involved a significant investment of resources, time, hard work, and passion. It is part of your intellectual history and of your professional credentials. Most importantly, it makes you a member of the MSMIT network and the larger U.Va. community.

Because of your connection to our program, I write today to bring you some good news. The faculty and I feel a duty to protect and grow the value of your investment. While the program in many ways is getting incrementally better every year, this year we have made a change that will increase the profile of your degree. The Northern Virginia section of the MS in MIT is moving to a new and significantly more prestigious home. The new location is the 23rd and 24th floor of the Waterview Conference Center in Arlington. It is a recently built facility designed by New York-based Pei Cobb Freed & Partners - the firm responsible for the expansion and modernization of Paris’s Louvre museum, with stylish interior design by California-based Gensler & Associates. The Center is located at the Corporate Executive Board building, 1919 North Lynn St., Arlington, VA 22209.

We are very excited about the move. The Center has two excellent u-shaped, tiered classrooms which are ideal for the highly interactive classroom discussions that characterize our program. The dining space for the program participants features floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the Potomac and the city. Students and faculty will enjoy faster and better IT resources.

For the incoming MSMIT class, the 2012-2013 academic year will begin in August. We changed the starting date of the program to better fit the lifestyle of our participants. Both the Charlottesville and NoVa section now last one year, with a graduation date expected for July 2013. Synching the two sections opens up opportunities for the two classes to meet several times throughout the year, which in turn means that all students will have significantly better opportunities to network with other professionals, exchange experiences, and socialize.

Of course, you are invited to be a part of this happy moment in the history of the program. We are planning an opening reception for all alumni, so that we can show off the new location and let you meet the NoVa class of 2013 – specifics will follow. Spread the word. I look forward to seeing you there!


Stefano Grazioli
Academic Director, M.S. in Management of IT
McIntire School of Commerce
University of Virginia


Christie Nader said...

Incredibile! Molto bella!
I'm looking forward to seeing the new facility and hearing how the new format works for the 2013 class. I realize quite a bit of effort went into planning all of this. Congratulations to the whole MSMIT team!

Aimee said...

Thanks, Christie! We are all very excited to see all of the changes.