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Donations Needed–Winter Clothing Closet


Attention Middlebury College Community!

The time has come to begin collecting donations for the annual Winter Clothing Closet!  See below for how to help.

What it is:

Each year, the Commons Residential Advisors (CRAs) and International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) team up to organize a clothing drive to benefit new international and U.S. students (especially those who have never lived in a cold climate) who need warm winter clothes.

What we’re looking for:

We seek “like-new” or “gently-used” winter clothing. In particular, we’re looking for winter coats, jackets, hats, mittens/gloves, scarves, and footwear/boots that would appeal to college students.

Where to bring your donations:

Collection boxes can be found in the following locations from October 5-October 23, 2016:

    • Atwater Dining— near the dining room entrance.
    • Athletics Complex— inside the main entrance by the information desk.
    • Davis Family Library– near the Circulation Desk
    • McCullough Student Center– by the lower-level entrance to Crossroads Café/The Grille
    • Proctor Dining— in Woodstove Lounge.
    • Public Safety— 125 South Main Street/Route 30 (open 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week)
    • Ross Dining—near the dining room entrance.
    • Service Building/ISSS Office– In the first floor entryway, by the stairs that go up to ISSS.
    • Sunderland/Dana Auditorium – Inside main entrance.

A big thank you to all offices hosting collection boxes and to all of you who are able to contribute!
The Winter Clothing Closet will be held on Wednesday, October 26.

Questions?  Please contact ISSS at or by phone at 802-443-5858.


Mon, Oct 10, 4:30: “The Empathy Gap” Screening and Discussion

danaPlease join us on

Monday, October 10, 4:30 p.m., Dana Auditorium

for a screening of

The Empathy Gap: Masculinity and the Courage to Change

(Thomas Keith, USA, 2015, 70 mins.)

and Q&A with filmmaker Thomas Keith

In his new documentary, Thomas Keith looks closely at the ways sexist and misogynistic messages in American culture short-circuit men’s ability to empathize with women and respect them as equals, undercutting their innate capacity for caring and empathy. Along the way, Dr. Keith draws fascinating parallels between sexism and racism, spelling out how each is rooted in cultural norms that discourage empathy, and shows how men who break with these norms live happier and healthier lives.

Sponsored by the Athletics Department; Brother-to-Brother; Chellis House-Women’s Resource Center; Feminist Action at Middlebury; the Gender Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Program; Queers & Allies; Queer Studies House; the SGA Committee on Relationship Respect; Sister-to-Sister; Women of Color

-Karin Hanta

MIIS Office Open Hours

MIISVice President Jeff Dayton-Johnson will hold open office hours on Thursday, September 8 from 12:00PM – 2:00PM in the Segal Building. In order to maximize the allotted time, individual 15 minutes meetings will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have a desire to meet with Jeff, please e-mail Barbara Burke. 


College Counseling Workshop June 10, 2016

Register Here for Workshop

The annual “Applying to College” workshop sponsored by the Admissions Office has been scheduled for Friday, June 10, 2016 of Reunion Weekend at McCardell Bicentennial Hall. High school age children and grandchildren of Middlebury alumni, faculty and staff as well as students from Vermont high schools are invited. Preference is given to juniors in high school.

This program gives an overview of the general selective college application process and does not focus on Middlebury College. It runs from 9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. with registration at 8:15 A.M.

The workshop for students covers 1) The admissions process:  The student’s responsibilities in owning and directing the admissions process and, 2) An admissions office’s responsibility in owning and directing the admissions process.

The workshop for parents addresses 1) How to be a supportive and effective parent throughout the admissions process, followed by 2) case studies of college applications.

In separate sessions there will be a financial aid overview as well as a hands-on session reviewing the common application process.

Following the final presentation, individual afternoon appointments can be scheduled with Student Financial Services.

In addition, for any students who are interested specifically in Middlebury College, a group information session will be conducted at 1:30 P.M. and campus tours will be offered at 2:30 P.M.

The required registration deadline is Monday, June 6, 2016. Parents are invited to all activities.







Nominations for the 2016 Staff Recognition Awards are now open. These awards have been endowed through the generosity of Rudolf K. Haerle, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Sociology, who wished through his gift to recognize the importance of staff to the Middlebury Community.

Four awards are presented each year – one to a staff member in Dining Services, one to a staff member in Facilities Services, and two to staff members in all other areas of the Institution. Each winner will receive a cash prize of $200, and their names will be engraved on a plaque that hangs in the Grille.

Nominations for these awards may be submitted by completing the form attached to this link  and sending it as a Word document to the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer mailbox at, or mailing to Old Chapel 102.The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The winners will be chosen by a selection committee consisting of the recipients of the 2015 awards: Joanne Leggett (Special Programs Coordinator -Admissions); Donna McDurfee (Administrative Coordinator of Faculty Affairs – Academic Affairs); Kevin Norton (Team Leader, General Services – Facilities Services); and Darren Zeno  (Bread loaf Chef/Roundsperson – Dining Services).



Managers/Supervisors: Please post in a common area for those who do not have access to email.

Staff Council Learning Lecture – April

Elizabeth Morrison, Associate Professor in the Department of Religion, will offer a lecture in our series for staff on Wednesday, April 13. Spend an hour with us and learn more about different belief systems across the globe while increasing your religious literacy.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

12:15-1:15 p.m.

McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 220

The Teachings of Confucius: What are the teachings of Confucius, and how and why have they dominated Chinese religious and political life right up to the modern period?


Cookies and beverages will be available.


Sponsored by the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life & Staff Council

Teaching Resources & Stories

Teaching at Middlebury WordPress site

Teaching at Middlebury WordPress Site

The  Library and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research have been working together to develop a site where Middlebury College faculty can share different teaching methods that are being used across campus. We will also use this site to collect, organize and share resources that can be used to achieve different learning goals. Examples of stories currently featured on the site include:

  • Ways that faculty are using different annotation methods to provide feedback and emphasize close readings of texts
  • Creating collaborative resources to highlight and contextualize course content and themes

We are pleased to share the start of the Teaching at Middlebury site and look forward to working with all of you  to develop and refine the work that has already been done. It is designed to be a dynamic source of new content, connections and opportunities, so we hope you will engage, return, and share your work as you begin or continue your journey as educators at Middlebury. Please visit the site at

We look forward to featuring your work soon!


Submit A Winter Term Workshop Proposal

DO YOU HAVE A TALENT? WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE IT? SIGN UP TO TEACH A WINTER TERM WORKSHOP. Winter Term Workshop will run from January 11, 2016 – February 5, 2016. These non-credit workshops are open to the entire College community during Winter Term. DEADLINE for workshop proposals is midnight on Friday, October 9th. Please make sure to use either Internet Explorer or Google Chrome to submit your proposal. Contact Maria Farnsworth in Student Activities at x3156 if you have any questions. Proposal forms can be found at: go/wtwproposal.