Active Threat: How to Respond

While an active threat on campus, also called active shooter or armed threat, is unlikely, the results of such an incident can be tragic.  Middlebury College has therefore approved a community education program created by members of the college’s Emergency Management Team to provide you with guidance on preparing your personal safety plan should the worst occur.

Active Threat Response:  A Community Education and Preparedness Program is scheduled for Tuesday, September 29th from 12:30 to 1:00 PM in Axinn 232.  Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.  The 30 minute program will include an overview of emergency planning and preparedness at Middlebury.  Emergency Management Team members Melody Perkins (Public Safety) and Jennifer Kazmierczak (Environmental Health and Safety) are the presenters.  There will be an opportunity for individual questions after the presentation.

Senior Work Funding Deadline is Oct. 1

See the below deadlines for funding for seniors beginning senior work projects this year; or juniors looking to summer and fall 2016. If projects need funding beyond what the department can provide, they can apply for a Senior Research Project Supplement (SRPS). Depending on when the student is pursuing their work, there are three important deadlines to know:

• Application Deadline of October 1, 2015 and January 29, 2016 (new this year) for projects to be completed this academic year (seniors only)

• Application Deadline of April 15, 2016 for projects to be completed next academic year (senior febs and juniors)

• Funding requests for $350 or less may be submitted throughout the academic year until funds run out (seniors only)

See the Undergraduate Research website go/srps for an application, more detailed information and eligible expenses.

In addition, students needing support to attend or present at an academic conference may apply for academic travel funding at go/atf.

Questions may be addressed to or contact Undergraduate Research in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research (CTLR), Davis Family Library 225 or at 443-3026.

Lisa Gates, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research
Colleen Norden, Administrative Coordinator (trial ends Oct. 19, 2015)

All members of the Middlebury College community will have full access to Foreign Policy for the next 30 days. FP

In addition to articles published in Foreign Policy magazine, this includes:

  • direct, seamless access to all content on, which is added to many times per day and covers all regions of the world,
  • Advanced search capabilities,
  • All content from daily alerts,
  • Full archive of the magazine back to 2010, and coming soon, a 45-year archive.

Let us know what you think – email or contact your liaison.

FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals (Trial ends Oct. 31, 2015)

Until the end of October, members of the Middlebury College community have free access to FIAF, an international index of film periodicals.FIAF_snip

This is a bibliographic resource covering the foremost academic and popular film journals up to the present day. Many of these key titles are available in full text.

Let us know what you think – email or contact your liaison.

Is there a resource you think the library should consider? Let us know at go/requests.





Snow Bowl season passes are $200 for an individual and $400 for a family this year, and you’ll save on the amount of tax you pay if purchased before Nov. 30. Your taxable amount is based on the difference between the general publics’ cost and your cost, and because the rate to the public increases significantly after Nov., you can save by making your purchase before Nov. 30. During Oct. passes are on sale in the pro shop at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course from 8-5 daily, or can be purchased by calling ext. 5125 or 7669. Accepted methods of payment are cash, check, VISA or Mastercard. YOU MUST BE BENEFITS ELIGIBLE AND PROVIDE MIDDCARD ID number to receive the discount. On line purchases can be made any time at .


Ancestry Library Edition (Trial ends Oct. 21, 2015)

For the next thirty days, the Middlebury College community has free access to Ancestry Library Edition – the library’s version of AncestrySearch census records; birth, marriage, and death records; city directories, and much more.

Let us know what you think – email or contact your liaison.

Drop-In Guided Meditation Starts Tuesday

Drop-In Guided Meditation
with Chessy Kelley

Tuesdays and Thursdays
12:30-1:15 p.m.
Forest East Lounge
September 22-December 17, 2015

No registration is necessary
Offered to faculty, staff, and students at no charge with the support of the Wellness Committee

A limited number of cushions will be available

Please contact instructor Chessy Kelley at
Or Ellen McKay at

The Week’s Headlines

Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Middlebury Welcomes Class of 2019 at Convocation Steeped in Tradition

Middlebury College Statement on Recent Federal Court Decision

Middlebury Celebrates 50 Years of Environmental Education and Leadership

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Lunar Eclipse Viewing at the College Observatory – 27 September 2015

The Physics Department at Middlebury College will host viewing of the upcoming total lunar eclipse at the College Observatory. The Observatory, located atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall, will be open to the public for viewing the moon on Sunday evening, September 27, from 8:30 PM until 10:30 PM, provided the skies are mostly clear.

Viewing of the lunar eclipse will happen from the roof deck with smaller telescopes as well as with the unaided eye. Please note that for this event, the larger computer-controlled 24-inch telescope in the Observatory dome will not be available. The moon is best appreciated with the larger field of view of a smaller telescope or without any telescope at all. The larger telescope is scheduled to be available for stargazing during a subsequent public open house night this fall.

This Eclipse Viewing at the Observatory is free and open to the public, but will take place only if the sky is at least mostly clear. If the weather appears uncertain, visitors may call the observatory at 443-2266 or visit the Observatory web site, after 6:30 PM on the evening of the Eclipse Viewing for a status report. More information can also be found at go/observatory .

Nobly Served Exhibit: Mary Annette Anderson

Mary Annette Anderson was the first woman of color to graduate from Middlebury College and the first woman of color to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She was born in Shoreham, Vermont to William Anderson, a former slave who traveled north after the Civil War and purchased his own farm, and Philomine Langlois of French Canadian and Indian heritage. Her formal education began in the Shoreham School, continued in the Northfield Seminary for Young Ladies in Massachusetts, and culminated at Middlebury College, where Anderson graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 1899. As Valedictorian, she delivered a Commencement address
entitled “The Crown of Culture.” Additionally, she was the first woman to address the distinguished guests—the College president, trustees, alumni, and professors—at the “Corporation dinner,” and her graduating class sang a poem she penned at their Class Day celebration.

After graduation, she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where she taught at Straight University for one year before joining the Howard University faculty in Washington, D.C. She taught English and Rhetoric there until 1907 when she married fellow faculty member, Walter Lucius Smith. Eventually she returned to Vermont with her husband, who completed postgraduate work at the University of Vermont. She died in 1922 at age forty-seven.

As a part of our exhibition, “Nobly Served: Leading Women of Middlebury College,” banners of Mary Anderson can be found in Axinn and Bicentennial Hall now through October 5th.