October, 2015 – Sigma Chi Fraternity Wins Preservation Awards. The Boston Preservation Alliance awarded MIT’s Sigma Chi Fraternity renovation project both the Preservation Achievement Award and the 2015 Fan Favorite Award for their recently completed chapter house renovation. A virtual tour of the renovation is available. The brothers of Sigma Chi have been working on this project for close to a decade, and have achieved wonderful results that will enrich the future student experience. They have also been generous in sharing their hard-won expertise with other FSILGs at several AILG Finance seminars and with other individual houses seeking advice. This achievement also demonstrates the value of the IRDF Fund in supporting major house improvement efforts. Congratulations to Sigma Chi!
September 16, 2015 – As described by student leaders at today’s AILG Plenary, the Student Councils and the FSILG Office have, for the two years, required all members to register social events per the FSILG Social Events Policy (see http://studentlife.mit.edu/fsilg/resources). The current version is 6.0, but an updated version, developed by the FSILG Social Events Policy Committee, is now being reviewed by Senior Administration.
September 3, 2015 – The Neighborhood Welcome BarBQ for Back Bay west was held at Beta Theta Pi. Alumni and students enjoyed meeting neighbors and community members, and look forward to a great 2015/2016 school year.
August 31, 2015 – Alumni mingled with the parents of new MIT students at the Parent/Family Welcome Brunch. This year, the AILG launches a new committee on Parent Outreach.
Tuesday, Nov 10: AILG Board Meeting (DATE CHANGE) 6:30pm-8:30pm in W59
Thursday, Nov 12: Ad-hoc committee on local chapters meeting 6:30-8:30pm in W59
Tuesday, Nov 17: AILG Plenary Breakfast meeting, 7am-9am Mezzanine Lounge, 3rd floor Student Center
Wednesday, November 18: AILG Facilities Committee meeting, 8-9am, W20-020a
Thursday, Dec 3: AILG holiday gathering 8pm (Thirsty Ear Pub, 21+), and abbreviated AILG board meeting 7-8pm (Ashdown Hulsizer Room)
Other events can be found on the AILG calendar.
Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living Groups, or FSILGs for short, are of vital importance in the MIT undergraduate residence system and in maintaining strong alumni ties to the Institute. FSILGs have been part of MIT since MIT began — in fact, the first MIT housing was provided by fraternities. Today 36 (very) different FSILGs provide almost one-quarter of the undergraduate housing and more than 40% of all undergraduates are members. The FSILG houses are located in the communities of Cambridge, Boston, and Brookline and are in small neighborhoods and bustling urban areas.
All the MIT FSILG organizations take an active role in keeping their alumni/ae connected and informed. Those which are also responsible for undergraduate chapters also supply over 200 alumni/ae volunteers in a variety of governance, operations, property management, and advisory roles. The Association of Independent Living Groups is the federated group of the Alumni Corporations and Advisory Boards involved with the FSILGs. The AILG speaks for the FSILGs and is formally organized with officers and standing committees that are listed under the “Committees” tab on the navigation bar above. New volunteer members are always welcome.
The AILG is the principal voice of the FSILG system with MIT and is a principal vehicle for sharing best practices between and amongst the houses, especially where long-term continuity or judgment are indicated.