Thank You to These Community Members

The following MIT community members have been recognized for going the extra mile. Thank someone today.
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March 6, 2021

Miguel Flores

Miguel and Alexa have been pillars of stability, patience and good spirits. Last March during the swift transition Miguel was always, and I mean always, available to help answer questions and navigate, what was for me, new platforms. Alexa continues to be helpful, available and responsive to all needs. Grateful for them both!
Keely Eastley
March 6, 2021

Custodial Staff

The custodial staff took it upon themselves to water plants that people had to leave in there offices. This may seem like a little thing, but imagine how amazing it will be for people to return to their offices/work areas and be greeted by their plants. The world has experienced so much loss this past year that this seemingly small act shows a kindness and compassion that fills my heart with hope for the world.
Anonymous
March 6, 2021

Amber Ackerman

While the world got overly serious and excessively political, Amber kept things lite and has a way of diffusing tension and keeping people united even during the challenges that COVID brought. Our first days back on campus would have been very different without your can-do positive energy. Thank you Amber.
Michael McAlpin
March 6, 2021

NightWatch/Dormitory Patrol

NightWatch/Dormitory Patrol staff are rarely noticed but play a huge role for MIT. Not only do they provide security and safety for the MIT community but NightWatch also connects with the students, staff and residents on a more personal level in times of need. Nightwatch has worked right through the entire COVID-19 crisis making sure students, staff and residents are complying with rules and regulations and making sure everyone is staying healthy.
Anonymous, Housing and residential services
March 5, 2021

Zan Barry

From the moment we started quarantining back in March 2020, we were all in a state of confusion and asking ourselves what, why and how did we get here? Trying to figure out the 'new norm.' getting settled in to 'working from home,' constantly worrying about Covid became somewhat challenging and quite depressing. Along comes an email from MIT Medical Community Wellness offering virtual zoom classes called "Unwind" with Zan Barry. I immediately registered for a class.

Zan gets us through the darkest times with her mindfulness stretch exercises and meditation. These classes have been extended through the year and are now being held 4 times a week. She has such a positive outlook and never once has cancelled a class. It's so therapeutic and I can only say, and speaking for the others, we all look forward to her classes each day. I feel so wonderful and rejuvenated. Thank you MIT for making this possible with Zan Barry and 'Unwind' as it's been a Godsend to many of us during this pandemic. I hope she continues with this.
Karen Semerjian
March 5, 2021

Everyone who has lost a loved one to COVID-19

Thank you for holding on and keeping going through your grief. Despair can exert a strong pull -- thank you for not giving in to it. Our community has lost so much, and it means so much to us that we still have you.
Anonymous, Staff
March 5, 2021

David Orenstein

David Orenstein goes above and beyond to help everyone he can -- he has personally done much heavy lifting and brought insightful perspective to many of my projects. He also always brings kindness and humor to the conversation, which continues to keep my work enjoyable.
Asha Bhakar, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
March 5, 2021

Rachan Madhukara

Rachan's always been a really kind friend and a wonderful person to talk to :)
Anonymous
March 5, 2021

Winnie W Poon-Leung

Winnie has helped me many times with purchasing issues. Her knowledge with Coupa has pulled me out of some difficult situations. She is humble and says "oh come on, this is my job" but what she does is not just professional but extra and more. Thank you Winnie!!
Rachel Batista
March 5, 2021

Celso Ramos and the Custodial Team in NW14

Celso Ramos is a very hardworking man who goes out of his way to respond to work orders. His team is also very helpful and available. I am grateful for their attention and professional work.
Rachel Batista
March 5, 2021

Ed Ballo

Ed has remained faithful to his many responsibilities while working remotely with limited technology at home. He has continued to recruit students for the program through virtual events and correspondence. And he volunteered to work in the office once a week through the busy admissions season, carefully following all the testing and certification protocols, in order to retrieve and process postal mail. He is one of the many unsung heroes of the support staff.
Stephen Pepper
March 5, 2021

Lori Kauffman

Lori's genuine curiosity is one of her strengths that makes her good at her work. She also carefully tracks projects and is very thorough. I'm grateful I get to work with such an excellent researcher!
Julia Kester
March 5, 2021

Eboney Hearn

Eboney -- I love your contagious passion for OEOP. You inspire me and make me want to raise lots and lots of funds to support OEOP students!!! It's a true joy to work with you.
Julia Kester
March 5, 2021

Asha Bhakar

Asha is an incredible partner to me in resource development. Her knowledge of and passion for her subject area shines through in every interaction, particularly with donors. Her thoughtful and collaborative ways of stewarding donors to Picower and ABI are truly impressive.
Julia Kester
March 5, 2021

Karen M O'Leary, Biology Kitchen Staff

Thank you for your great and always reliable help in keeping our animals safe in challenging circumstances this year.
Dina Volfson
March 5, 2021

Shannon Gamache Scurry

Shannon is a joy to work with, and I appreciate collaborating with her. She is responsive, helpful, and does an excellent job of communicating with our volunteers and donors. I'm grateful to know our volunteers are in good hands under her leadership.
Julia Kester
March 5, 2021

Megan Hinckley

I'm so grateful I have the opportunity to work with Megan! She is an incredible thought partner who has great ideas for engaging prospects and donors and is always available to collaborate. I admire her writing skills and deeply appreciate the edits she makes to my writing, adding warm and personal touches.
Julia Kester
March 5, 2021

Heather Upshaw

Heather is a great colleague and resource. I appreciate her creative ideas for engaging prospects and donors, and admire the way she has taken ownership of her role by creating a seminar series and exploring specific fundraising project ideas that could appeal to donors looking for unique ways to help.
Julia Kester
March 5, 2021

Custodians of Building 46

Thank you for taking care of our building and keeping us all safe.
Dina Volfson
March 5, 2021

CJ Quines

CJ is an amazing student who publishes his extensive teaching, interesting ideas, and great websites. He's done a lot indirectly (mostly writing) to help me feel like I belong, and to me, he represents MIT.
Lucas Chu
March 5, 2021

Department of Mechanical Engineering

We wanted to send a note of appreciation and support to our MechE colleagues from all of us at J-WAFS. We know it has been a very challenging year for you all, and that these last few months have been particularly burdensome. Please know that we are with you, and thinking of each of you—students, staff, and faculty alike—as you weather these challenging moments.

We value all of you in MechE so much! Many among you have been incredibly influential in supporting J-WAFS initiatives and advancing our mission. We are so grateful to the vision and drive that you have shared with us as student researchers, faculty PIs, advisors, grant reviewers, event presenters, and valued thought partners. Truly, thank you for all that you have done for us, for the Institute, and for water and food systems challenges worldwide.
The J-WAFS team, Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab
March 5, 2021

Hanna Ovaska

Hannah has gone out of her way during the pandemic. Employees feel valued and part of a team. She is an extraordinary asset to AeroAstro and to the Institute.
Anonymous
March 5, 2021

Endicott House staff serving isolated students

Beginning in September a group of Endicott staff were assigned to deliver meals, supplies and personal items to students in isolation on a 7 day basis. All members of the team took on the assignment with determination and dedication to serve the community. Although they have risked exposure each and every day, they maintain a positive attitude and when faced with operational challenges and logistical problems their focus was to insure the student were served and had the needed support.
Mike Fitzgerald
March 5, 2021

Beth Marois

Beth has always been so helpful and cheerful to us. She commiserates in tough situations and always knows the right resource to direct students towards. She keeps the AeroAstro grad program running and her quiet competence is so so appreciated - I am sure she is doing 100 other things behind the scenes that we don't even know about to thank her for. I am so grateful for Beth!
Anonymous, AeroAstro
March 5, 2021

Pam Fradkin

Pam puts a lot of time into helping the department stay connected while we're all remote! She engages with community Zoom events, our grad student Slack, town halls, you name it. She is enthusiastic and genuine and I very much appreciate her efforts and want her to know we see them!
Anonymous, AeroAstro
March 5, 2021

Gretchen Jones

Gretchen is an exceptional fiscal officer who goes out of her way to help. She is a very knowledgeable and dedicated employee whose contributions were essential to successful completion of my proposals. Working with her is one of the high points of being at CSAIL.
Regina Barzilay
March 5, 2021

Everyone at MIT Medical involved in the vaccination process

From the greeter who took our temperatures at the door to the recorder who checked off our names on the appointments list to the guides who ushered us to the the right place to the nurses who administered the vaccinations and who told us that, having dodged the anaphylactic bullet, we could leave, they all transformed what could have been a stressful visit into a pleasant outing among friends. The lighted-heartedness combined with consummate professionalism was just what we needed. We are so fortunate to be a part of MIT Medical.
Samuel Jay Keyser
March 5, 2021

Libby Mahaffy

Libby runs weekly bystander training sessions in which we practice bystander behavior in small groups. Participating in these sessions has probably been one of the best decisions I've made in my life and Libby does a wonderful job of creating a space that feels like a place that I can be vulnerable and learn in, which is amazing because the makeup of the group is different each time and I am often meeting new people. Thank you Libby for all that you do for MIT.
Carol Matsuzaki
March 5, 2021

Janak Thapa

Thank you Janak for helping our lab to function during this pandemic. You did a lot: planning for research ramp-down and ramp-up, scheduling for shifts, looking after the lab when there's a limited number of people allowed, and maintaining all the tools. We really appreciate all your effort!
Titan Hartono
March 5, 2021

Miguel Flores

Miguel and Alexa have been pillars of stability, patience and good spirits. Last March during the swift transition Miguel was always, and I mean always available to help answer questions and navigate, what was for me, new platforms. Alexa continues to be helpful, available and responsive to all needs. Grateful for them both!
Keely Eastley