Author Archives: Jennifer Herrera

Nominate Students for Leadership Awards

There are so many students that are doing great things, in and out of the classroom, and on and off campus. We hope you will take the time to recognize their leadership, talent, and impact by nominating them for any of the student leadership awards and prizes available.

Visit go/awards to learn more. Deadline to nominate is March 17.

Any questions? E-mail Jennifer Herrera at .

LGBTQ Ally Training for Faculty & Staff

Social Justice educator and facilitator, Chris Woods, will lead two three-hour trainings that will provide foundational language, terminology, and tools to being an effective ally to LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff.

Wednesday, 11/12 from 1-4pm | McCullough Wilson Hall
Friday, 11/14 from 9am-12pm | McCullough Wilson Hall

Space is limited. Please register for one of the trainings offered at go/allytraining by November 7.

Chris Woods is the program administrator at the New York University LGBTQ Student Center. Chris serves as the Anti-Racism Chair for the Board of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. His research on how LGBTQ students of color and faith make meaning of their multiple intersecting identities, highlights his passion for engaging spirituality in queer spaces. Other passion areas and practical interests include engaging students in conversations about social justice outside of LGBTQ/multicultural  spaces, the experiences of queer survivors of sexual violence, and bi/multiracial identity development, to name a few.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College, Chellis House and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, Center for the Comparative Study of Race & Ethnicity, and Queers & Allies.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Herrera at .

Seeking Nominations for the Annual Student Leadership Awards

We have such amazing students that are doing great things, in and out of the classroom, and on and off campus. We hope you will take the time to recognize their leadership, talent, and impact by nominating them for any of the student leadership awards and prizes available.

Visit go/awards to learn more and to submit nominations electronically by March 20.

Any questions? E-mail Jennifer Herrera at .


Linking Diversity and a Campus Community

Please join us for the following talk:

Linking Diversity and a Campus Community:
An Architectural Approach

Susan Sturm
Columbia Law School

Tuesday, January 15
7:30 pm, Dana Auditorium

Professor Sturm is the George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility and the founding director of the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School, a partner in the Mellon Creating Connections Consortium (C3). She also helped author the amici curiae brief submitted by Middlebury in the Supreme Court case Fischer v. University of Texas at Austin. Professor Sturm will talk about connecting diversity within different institutions, building welcoming environments for students of diversity, and the mission of diversity vs. the mission of the college.

Sponsored by SGA Institutional Diversity Committee and MCAB Speakers Committee.

Middlebury Dance Marathon-Fundraiser for Vermont Children’s Hospital

Saturday, January 19

Middlebury students are in process of organizing the Middlebury Dance Marathon: a fundraising event for the Vermont Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. We will spend a fun and entertaining 12 hours dancing the night away in McCullough Social Space on Saturday, January 19th from 4pm – 4am to support local families and the medical needs of their kids.

Registration for the event is now open at go/dancemarathon! It will be a great night filled with good music (live band, DJs), activities, free food (Ben and Jerry’s and the Grille), all in support of a great cause.

The kids from the hospital and their families will join us for the night and really enjoy dancing with the College students and sharing their stories. It would be amazing to see you many Middlebury faculty and staff there as possible.

CREATE a TEAM with friends and come join the party.  It costs $10 to register and all proceeds go towards our fundraising goal of $10,000.

Have an Announcement You Want to Send to Students?

In an effort to reduce the number of all-student e-mails, MiddNotes is now the primary means of communicating with the entire student body (excluding announcements related to emergencies, health, policy and compliance, or other special circumstances). Special permission to send all-student e-mails must be granted by the Dean of the College.

All students, faculty, and staff can make college-related announcements via MiddNotes. Once a week, on Friday mornings, a “digest” version of the content will be sent to students via e-mail, with links that take them back to the full text of the announcement.

How to post to MiddNotes:

  • Visit go/post
  • Log in with your Middlebury username and password
  • Fill in the title (“Enter title here”)
  • Put your message in the text box
  • Click on “Save Draft” in the right-hand toolbox (“Publish”)
  • “Preview” your work
  • Click on the “Publish” button

Posts will not be viewable to the public until they have been reviewed and approved by the Office of the Dean of the College.

We hope you’ll use MiddNotes for your announcements, to help reduce all-student e-mails. All announcements posted at MiddNotes by 8 p.m. on Thursdays will be included in the weekly summary to students on Friday mornings. Please plan ahead.

If you have questions about using MiddNotes, please send them to

Student Resource Guide Now Available

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome back to a new year at Middlebury. I hope you enjoyed a productive and wonderful summer.

I write to share with you the latest edition of the Student Resource Guide. The guide introduces students to what we value and highlights key campus resources that allow them to have fun, be safe, find help, and become active, engaged members of our community. In addition, we created the Student-Athlete Resource Guide that highlights valuable information relevant to being an athlete at Middlebury. Although these guides should not be confused with Middlebury’s official College Handbook, which provides the complete text of all College policies, they offer an overview of some of the most important of those policies and the goals behind them.

While we wrote and designed these guides with students in mind, we think they will be a useful resource for faculty and staff, too, as you work closely with students. New students, residential life staff, new faculty, and first-year seminar faculty received a printed copy of the Student Resource Guide during Orientation. Other faculty and staff may access the guide by visiting go/resourceguide. We have distributed a limited number of guides to locations throughout campus, so if you would like one, you may pick one up. The Student-Athlete Resource Guide is available by visiting


Shirley M. Collado
Dean of the College


Nominations Open for Student Leadership Awards

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues:

I write to inform you of the opportunity to nominate a student or student group for the Student Leadership Awards.

We have many awards and prizes that honor our students for their leadership and engagement in campus and community life. Students, faculty, and staff are all invited to nominate students and student organizations for these leadership awards.

Please take some time to visit our new Student Leadership Awards webpage to learn more about each award and to submit nominations electronically.

The deadline to submit nominations is March 2.

We have such amazing students that are doing great things, on and off campus, that we hope you will take the time to recognize their leadership, talent, and impact by nominating them for any of the awards and prizes available.


Shirley M. Collado
Dean of the College

14th Annual Martin Luther King Celebration Kicks Off on January 16

Literacy, Social Justice, and Dr. King’s Legacy

Author and researcher Dr. Maisha T. Winn will deliver the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration keynote address on Monday, January 16, at 4:30 p.m. in McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216.

Dr. Winn is an associate professor in Language, Literacy, and Culture in the Division of Educational Studies at Emory University. She has worked extensively with youth in urban schools, and in out-of-school contexts. After completing her graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, Maisha moved to New York City where she conducted an ethnographic study of student poets and their teachers from the Power Writers collective. She is the author of an ethno-history of African American readers, writers, and speakers of the Black Arts Movement entitled Black Literate Lives: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Her research has been published in numerous journals. Most recently, Dr. Winn’s continued work examining youth performing literacy and more specifically the intersection of arts in the lives of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated girls has been published in Girl Time: Literacy, Justice, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

In addition, Dr. Winn has taught “Literacy as a Civil Right” and “Education, Literacy, and Black Arts” at the Bread Loaf School English in Vermont.

For the full schedule of events visit go/mlkcelebration

Updates from the Office of the Dean of the College

As we begin a new academic year, I am writing to share some exciting updates in the Office of the Dean of the College aimed at enhancing all aspects of Student Life to ensure the quality of experience for all students.

The Commons 

Roman Graf and Stefano Mula have recently started in their new roles as Head of Brainerd Commons and Interim Head of Cook Commons, respectively. They will work alongside their Commons Teams; and collaborate with the Dean of Students, the Dean of the College, and other Student Life colleagues to bridge the academic and social lives of students.

I would like to introduce our newest Commons Residential Advisers (CRA). They include:
RD Jenkinson ‘10.5 (Atwater), Molly Eberhardt ’11 (Brainerd), Sarah Helland ’11 (Cook), Rachel Ochako ’11 (Ross), and Stanis Moody-Roberts ’11 (Wonnacott). The CRAs have been hard at work since August helping us get ready for Orientation and training the FYCs and RAs. We are so pleased to have them join our team. 

The Office of the Dean of Students (DOS)

Katy Smith Abbott recently returned from leave and jumped right into her new role as the Dean of Students. The newly established Office of the Dean of Students is comprised of Judicial Affairs; Residential Life; Student Activities; Outdoor Programs and Club Sports; Orientation; and Student Life Policy. The Center for Campus Activities and Leadership (CCAL) is now known as Student Activities. We have officially retired the acronym “CCAL”.

As a team, the staff of the DOS office will have direct collaborations with the Commons, the Center for Education in Action (EIA), International Student and Scholar Services, the Project for Creativity and Innovation, and other offices and programs on campus. The Office of the Dean of Students is located in the McCullough Student Center.

Over the summer there were important changes to the roles of some of the DOS staff:

Doug Adams has now assumed the role of Associate Dean of Students for Residential Life and Student Life Policy. Key components of Doug’s position include: working to implement a satisfying and sustainable programming model for our upper-class residences; maintaining oversight of the McCullough Student Center; assisting the Dean of Students in advising the SGA; and working on student life policies as well as special projects within the DOS area. 

JJ Boggs has taken on a dual role, as Associate Dean of Students for Student Activities and Orientation, providing leadership and management of the Student Activities Office as well as directing the College’s orientation program. Working with her colleagues in Student Activities, she will continue to implement activities and services which supplement the academic program of the College, supervise the operations of the Student Activities office, and provide advice and resources for students and student organizations.

Karen Guttentag is now Associate Dean for Judicial Affairs and Student Life. In this role, Karen will continue to oversee Judicial Affairs and will support, advise, and mentor various student organizations. 

Dave Kloepfer has taken on the role of Student Activities Program and Events Manager. Dave will advise, coordinate, and supervise the activities of MCAB, and will serve as primary manager of technical services for all McCullough Student Center events.

Other staff members in the Office of the Dean of Students include Derek Doucet, Director of Outdoor Programs and Club Sports; Diane Foley, Assistant to the Dean of Students; Karin Hall-Kolts, Residential Systems Coordinator; and Jessie Jerry, Office and Budget Manager for Student Activities.

Education in Action (EIA)

Additionally, I am happy to inform you that Lisa Gates has officially moved into her expanded role as Associate Dean of the College and Director for the Center for Education in Action. Lisa completed her work with Middlebury’s reaccreditation this past spring and will now be full-time in EIA. In the past year, Lisa has overseen the creation of the Center for Education in Action, which brings together the collective resources of career services, civic engagement, fellowships and health professions. This year, EIA will focus on several new initiatives. Highlights include increasing summer and winter term internships and funding opportunities; reaching out to students early in their undergraduate career; and focusing on the impact of experiential learning to deepen academic interests and explore career and life directions.

Over the past several months, EIA had a few changes in the roles of their staff: 

Peggy Burns is now Associate Director for Civic Engagement and Internships. In addition to her work with civic engagement, Peggy is leading a new internships effort, with colleagues Tim Mosehauer, Assistant Director for Career Services, and Karen White, Administrative Coordinator for Experiential Education. 

Ashley Calkins ‘06 joined us in June as the Community Engagement Coordinator. In addition to being an alumna, Ashley also worked two years as a VISTA member here after graduation.   

Emma Lennon ‘11 joined us this year as our Mentoring and Youth Programs Coordinator. An AmeriCorps VISTA member, Emma will work closely with mentoring programs, including Community Friends, Xiao Pengyou, Distinguished Men of Color, DREAM, and College for Every Student. 

Karen White joined the EIA team this summer as the Administrative Coordinator for Experiential Education. She will be working with Tim and Peggy on internships and working with Lisa on the work of keeping EIA running smoothly.   

Parton Health and Counseling Center

In order to provide the highest level of integrated health care for students health services, counseling services, and sports medicine are now formally linked as Parton Health and Counseling Center (“Parton” for short). The executive director is Gus Jordan, a clinical psychologist. He is joined at the administrative level by Dr. Mark Peluso, medical director, College physician, and head team physician; Terry Jenny, associate director of health services; and Dave Matthews, director of sports medicine.

In addition, we are pleased to welcome Ximena Mejia as the new director of counseling services. Ximena previously served as assistant director of the counseling center. With Gus, she will help oversee the work of counseling services and will join the Parton administrative team.

Parton also has a new website at go/health, with easy to access links to medical information.

We are very excited about these changes and very much look forward to our continued work in supporting the College and our students.

All the best,

Shirley M. Collado
Dean of the College