Monthly Archives: January 2013

MIT Charm School Turns 20!


The MIT tradition that is Charm School turns 20 next week, with events that covers academic and non-academic subjects as well as topics serious and not so serious (although, one could argue that the Art of Tying a Bow tie is a serious matter).

Charm School was born in 1993 during IAP, and has grown into a thriving and strong MIT tradition each winter.  In 2008, Charm School expanded to include new, in-depth workshops that addressed issues key to leadership, personal development, and interpersonal skills.  It is a true community event, involving interested students, committed alumni, faculty who look forward to engaging students outside of the classroom, and staff committed to the development of MIT students and the MIT community.

This year, Charm School offers 3 unique workshops to complement the traditional Charm School program, so scroll down for info on each opportunity!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 – Intercultural Communication Panel

7pm – 32-155 – Facebook Event

As the U.S workforce grows in diversity, an understanding of how various cultures communciate is critical.  Join us for a conversation about the importance of learning how to prevent and or repair miscommunications and misunderstandings as well as how to communication with others of different cultures within the workplace.  Gain tips from the distinguished panel presenting:

Christy Anthony- Director, Office of Citizenship, Neal Hartman- Senior Lecturer, Managerial Communication, MIT SLOAN, Christine Kelly- Senior Lecturer, Managerial Communcation, MIT SLOAN, Heather Paxson- Associate Professor, Anthropology

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 – Semi-Formal Etiquette Dinner

6pm – R&D Commons – Facebook Event

Charm School presents its annual Etiquette Dinner.  Learn the ins and outs of dining etiquette and table conversation while enjoying a complimentary meal. Dress is semi-formal.  Vegetarian options available upon request.

Register Here:

Thursday, January 31, 2013 – Dating Etiquette Workshop

12pm – W20 Coffeehouse Lounge – Facebook Event

Dating can be difficult.  Come to this session to share your thoughts and questions about flirting, asking somebody out, dating, and building a solid relationship.  Learn how to develop skills that will help you find that special someone.

Register Here:

Friday, February 1, 2013 – 20th Annual Charm School

12pm-5pm – W20 (Various spaces on 1-3rd Floors) – Facebook Event

Participate in mini-classes on a wide variety of “charming” subjects. You may even earn your “Ch.D.” (Doctoral degree in Charm).  Classes are rolling, so stop by at any time during the five-hour period.

We hope you are ‘charmed’ by our offerings next week, and we hope to see you all there at these great events!  There is lots of learning and enjoyment to be had, so bring your student organizations and your friends, and get your Charm on!
Don’t forget to Like the Student Activities Office on Facebook for all the latest information relevant to the student organization community, and keep on following this blog for all the scoops!
Thanks everyone!
–Joel P.

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Welcome to the SAO Blog!

Hello MIT and readers beyond!  Welcome to the new, fresh, and potentially awesome resource that is the MIT Student Activities Office Blog!

The Student Activities Office seeks to be a thinking partner for every student and student organization at MIT, helping students to achieve great things in and out of the classroom, and beyond MIT!  We offer numerous resources and opportunities to expand your skills, knowledge, and experiences, and we want to help make the MIT experience a top-notch one.

What do we hope to achieve with this blog?  We hope that we can connect the student organization community with the latest updates on event policies and financial procedures, information on effective event planning or resources for building leadership skills, and insights from students and staff that help to show off the amazing work our student organizations are doing across campus and around the world.

We want this to be the go-to resource for the MIT student organization community, and we want to hear from our students as well.  Does you org have an upcoming event that you want to advertise on the blog?  Do you want to keep your fellow students up-to-date on things happening on campus and around Boston?  Let us know, we would be happy to have you on the team.  Write blogger Joel at and we’ll get you connected through the SAO Blog to the rest of the student organization community.

We look forward to seeing what this blog can do, so keep checking back, shoot us some feedback, and we’ll talk to you soon!

–Joel P.

P.S. is everyone else excited that hockey is back like me?

Hockey is back! Joel at the SAO is excited… sooooo excited.

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