This year, a 2015 Infinite Mile Award will go to Sylvia Hiestand, an International Student Advisor for the MIT International Students Office (ISO) in the ODGE. These annual awards recognize exceptional individual employees or teams of employees who have made extraordinary contributions within their own departments, labs, and centers and have provided exemplary service and substantial contributions in helping the Institute carry out its mission.
Hiestand has been described as an encouraging, dedicated, and kindhearted presence in the ISO. She has improved the overall experience of being an international for many students who seek her help. Ultimately, in her four years at the Institute, she has worked hard to provide support for grad students by advocating for them and helping these students get through difficult circumstances, whether they be personal, or academic.