Dean for Student Life Chris Colombo announced that next June, Sidney-Pacific and Ashdown House, two of MIT’s graduate communities, will say farewell to their long-time Housemasters, Roger and Dottie Mark and Terry and Ann Orlando. “Over the last decade, MIT has built a remarkable graduate community in the Northwest campus. At the center of that community have been the Marks and the Orlandos,” Colombo says. “We are honored and grateful for the truly wonderful impact these Housemasters have had on our students.”
MIT Housemasters are an integral part of the residential experience at MIT. They are faculty members who reside in the undergraduate and graduate residence halls, and serve as mentors, neighbors and intellectual leaders for the communities. Housemasters work to advise individual students, advocate for the House, and foster community life. “Housemasters serve a critical function in the graduate student community,” said Dean for Graduate Education Christine Ortiz. “When students leave the classroom or lab, it is the Housemasters who can encourage interaction among students, as well as the formation of friendships so students can get to know one another personally.” Read the rest of the story on MIT News.