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Awards and Recreation Advisory Committee

Member of the Month

The Dewitt Family
Mom: Ann, Dad: Dave, Thomas and Vincent

Where are you originally from?

Ann is from Iowa; Dave is from Wisconsin; Thomas and Vincent were born in Cambridge.

What brought you to MIT Recreation?

Ann and Dave are MIT alumni. When we moved back to Cambridge from the Midwest, MIT had the best facilities for the price. We play lots of different sports so it was attractive having access to so many at one location.

How long have you been a member of MIT Recreation?

Since 2009 not counting our time as students. Thomas since 2010 and Vincent since 2012.

What is your favorite aspect of the Alumni or Zesiger Center?

Thomas: swimming in the pool, running around the indoor track, playing on the Z center squash courts; Vincent: family swimming in the pool and running/jumping on the indoor track;

Ann: family swimming and using the workout room;

Dave: weightlifting, family swimming, playing squash.

Overall, we have been very happy with the facilities and staff.

What do you like to do for fun?

We generally are active on the weekends at playgrounds and the beach during summer. Museums and the Z center visits during the winter. Thomas likes building paper airplanes and reading. Vincent likes Lego, being read to, and going for bicycle rides.

Who or what inspires you?

For Ann and Dave, exercising to stress reduce and keep up with Thomas and Vincent are primary motivations. They like to run everywhere and have become quite fast so we don't want to fall behind. Thomas and Vincent just want to have fun swimming and running around.

What tip would you give to others who utilize MIT Recreation?

There are so many activities that everyone can find a healthy activity. In winter, the DAPER facilities provide a great place to get out of the house and be active without freezing.

Lifetime Fitness Award

The DAPER Lifetime Fitness Award is an award which recognizes MIT members for their contributions, hard work and dedication to athletics, physical education and recreation.  The criteria for this award include 20 years of involvement in personal fitness as a DAPER member and regular user and other various contributions to DAPER such as committees, teaching, assisting with teams, etc. MIT community makes nominations. To nominate an individual, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The award is given out at the Alumni and Zesiger Anniversary celebration.


2013- Christine Pizer

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Annual Awards

Aquatic Member of the Year

In recognition of dedication to the Aquatics program and contribution to the MIT Recreation. Presented annually, voted on by employees awarded at the Zesiger/Alumni Anniversary celebration.

2013 Recipient-Liz Barnes

Fitness Member of the Year

In recognition of contribution to MIT Recreation and dedication to health and wellness. Presented annually, voted on by employees and awarded at the Zesiger/Alumni Anniversary celebration.

2013 Recipient- Vicky Palay

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Recreation Advisory Committee


James (JC) Cheng, Alumnus Dennis Jillson, Staff
Phil Alexander, Faculty Todd Billings, Staff
Alec Anderson, Undergraduate Student Tuka Al Hanai, Graduate Student

To contact the committee for information or questions email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The purpose of the Recreation Advisory Committee (RAC) is to provide input and/or advice to DAPER Administration concerning facility operations, programs, and activities as they relate to Recreational Sports programs, informal recreation and DAPER membership services.

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Facility Hours (Full List Here)

Thanksgiving Week Hours
Wednesday, Nov 25th
ZCenter: 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
A/W:  6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday, Nov 26th
Friday, Nov 27th
ZCenter: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun, Nov 28th - 29th
ZCenter: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Zesiger Center
Mon - Fri: 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat:  7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sun:  9:00 am - 11:00 pm

Alumni/Wang Center
Mon - Fri: 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

Quick Schedule Links:

Swimming Pools

Open Recreation (Courts,Track, Fields)

Johnson Ice Rink

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