Dear 2018/19 Residents,

As Heads of House for the Warehouse graduate residence at MIT, we are writing to welcome you to this special residential community. While we’ve been at MIT for a while, this is our second year as Heads of House at the Warehouse. We are excited to be sharing this year with you!

We'd like to take this opportunity to let you know a little about who we are and what we do. Dave has been a faculty member at MIT in Aeronautics & Astronautics since 1998. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and MIT. Claudia is a lawyer specializing in the area of estate planning and estate administration. She is a graduate of James Madison College of Michigan State University and University of Detroit School of Law. Our children Madison (a current undergraduate at MIT in computer science and molecular biology) and Abby (a current undergraduate at University of Michigan in computer science) will occasionally be around during their breaks. We are also “parents” of a 12-year-old German Short-haired Pointer called Drugi (pronounced “droogie”) and he is very excited to be meeting all of you.

Our apartment is on the 4th floor of the Warehouse, and we are available to assist residents in whatever ways we can. We will host a variety of events in our apartment during the year, so that we can get to know you and help you to get to know one another. These gatherings include breakfasts (open to all residents), Soup Nights (small group gatherings we will send out invitations to), and other spontaneous special events (e.g. Super Bowl watch party). All Warehouse events will be listed on the Warehouse calendar. Our first event is a “Taste of New England” welcome reception on Monday, September 3rd at 7:30pm and will feature locally-grown and made New England food and drink. We look forward to welcoming you in our home.

Please note that the roof deck as well as the garden and all its bounty is available to all residents on a first-come, first-served basis. We invite you to join us and Green City Growers for the summer harvest/fall planting event on Wednesday, August 29 at 3:30pm. We will provide lemonade and snacks as well. For questions about student life here at the Warehouse, you can reach members of our house government at wh-ras@mit.edu. You can also reach Dave - darmofal@mit.edu - or Claudia - cloudy@mit.edu - individually or both of us at wh-headsofhouse@mit.edu by e-mail. We are also available by telephone at 617-225-6300. We look forward to getting to know you, helping you navigate MIT, and making Warehouse your new MIT home!

Claudia and Dave Darmofal