In Short

CORRECTION TO THIS ARTICLE: The Aug. 8, 2008 In Short section incorrectly named the position that Karl W. Reid ’84, director of the MIT Office of Minority Education, will hold when he leaves MIT and joins the United Negro College Fund of Fairfax. He will hold the position of senior vice president of academic programs and strategic initiatives, not a liaison position.

MIT is offering new commuting options, including an increase in MBTA commuter rail subsidies and free transit passes for September for employees who park at MIT five days a week. For more information, see

Kerri A. Mills, who was a Campus Activities Complex manager for several years, has replaced Laurie Ward as the financial administrator of the Student Activities Office and will manage the financial accounts of student groups. Ward left the position in January to become the financial administrator of HST.

The Central Square Theater, located at 450 Massachusetts Ave., opened to the public last month. The new black-box theater will house two professional theater groups and is the result of a collaboration between MIT, the owner of the property, and the City of Cambridge.

Ben Jones, who has been the communications manager for the MIT Office of Admissions for the last four years, left MIT in July to become the vice president for communications for Oberlin College, his alma mater. Jones designed the “MyMIT” Web portal, including the well-known admissions blogs.

Scott D. Sewell, popular technical instructor for Physics Junior Lab (8.13 and 8.14), will be leaving MIT this month. He is widely admired by students for his assistance with what is considered one of the most arduous classes at MIT.

Karl W. Reid, associate dean and director of the MIT Office of Minority Education, is leaving MIT to take a liaison position at the United Negro College Fund.

The new Ashdown House (NW35), located near Sidney-Pacific graduate dormitory, opens this month to residents.

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