Commencement Breakfast, Year-End Awards

At the Departmental Commencement Breakfast at the MIT Media Lab on June 6, 2013, DUSP was pleased to welcome back Adele Fleet Bacow (MCP 1977) as our Commencement Speaker.  Adele is the President of Commuity Partners Consultants, a firm she founded in 1996 to work with cities and towns, public agencies, foundations, and community-based organizations around the country.  In her work she has brought the public and private sectors together in unlikely collaborations to revitalize communities, and her speech to DUSP's newest graduates provided a wonderful opportuntity for her to share words of wisdom from over thirty years in the planning profession.

In addition to hearing from Adele, the following year-end awards were aanounced at the Breakfast.

Departmental Awards

Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis:  Sarah Bindman
Outstanding MCP Thesis: Rebecca Disbrow
AICP Outstanding Student Award: Rachael Tanner
Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation: Shomon Shamsuddin
Outstanding Ph.D. Teaching Assistant: Jota Samper Escobar
Flora Crockett Stephenson Writing Prize: Yonah Freemark
O. Robert Simha Prize: Minjee Kim
Excellence in Public Service Award: Kira Intrator and James Madden
Outstanding Contribution to the Intellectual Life of the Department: Justice Castaneda
Student Departmental Service Award: Ali Sheppard
Rolf R. Engler Award for Outstanding Service by Support or Administrative Staff: Ezra Glenn

DUSP Student Council Awards
Excellence in Teaching: Prof. Xav Briggs
Excellence in Advising: Prof. Larry Vale
Staff or Faculty Contribution to Student Life: Ezra Glenn
Hebbert Award for Student Contribution to DUSP: Shomon Shamsuddin

Congratulations to our winners, and to the entire 2013 graduating class.

[Image: Knight Foundation (The MIT Media Lab); CC-BY-SA-2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons]