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.

Open House Night at the College Observatory – Autumn 2015

The Physics Department at Middlebury College will again host an Open House night at the College Observatory this autumn. The Observatory, located atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall, will be open to the public for viewing the heavens on Friday evening, October 9, from 8:00 PM until 9:30 PM, provided the skies are mostly clear.

Visible through our telescopes will be a number of interesting stars, star clusters, and nebulae. There is no set program for the Open House night; the public is invited at any time between 8:00 PM and 9:30 PM.

The Observatory dome houses a 24-inch computer-controlled telescope. Additional, smaller telescopes will also be available on the roof deck for observing the night sky.

All Observatory public nights are 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 6:00 PM on the evening of the Open House for a status report. More information can also be found at go/observatory .

The Observatory would like to acknowledge support from the Michele and David Mittelman (’76) Family Foundation for enabling substantial renovations and modernizations that represent a fundamental commitment to the long-term future of the Observatory, both for curricular and research uses, as well as for outreach. These improvements to the Observatory are helping ensure that Middlebury students, College community members, schoolchildren, and the public will continue to be able to explore the universe on the Middlebury campus under dark Vermont skies.

Middlebury hosts VWHE Annual Awards Dinner at Kirk Alumni

Vermont Women in Higher Education will be holding its annual awards dinner to honor women working as faculty and staff at Vermont colleges and universities at Kirk Alumni Center on Wednesday, October 21st starting at 4:30pm. The cost of the dinner is $35 and includes appetizers, buffet dinner and dessert,  as well as opportunities for networking with colleagues. The dinner this year is being held on campus and hosted by Shannon Bohler-Small, from the Mahaney Center for the Arts. The keynote speaker is Marguerite Dibble, CEO of GameTheory and Champlain College alumna. Please register on the Middlebury College box office.

Check out Ms. Dibble’s TED talk here:

Questions? Please call or email Shannon! or extension 2961.

Carol A. Moore Scholarship

Vermont Women in Higher Education annually awards a $1,000 scholarship to a woman working in higher education, either faculty or staff, who is successful in her campus role. The scholarship must be used to engage in professional development or academic pursuits in order to further her career. Candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to supporting women’s leadership on campus. For further questions, please contact Shannon Bohler-Small at or extension 2961. Find applications on the Vermont Women in Higher Education webpage!


Winter Clothing Closet 2015

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and the Commons Residential Advisors (CRAs) are partnering again for the Winter Clothing Closet, an annual program that connects First Year international and U.S. students in need with gently used winter clothing. This year’s event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14.

Please consider donating any gently used warm clothing (especially coats, hats and gloves) that could be used by these students.

Collection boxes are in the following locations until Tuesday, October 13:

Atwater Commons Office – Allen 153
Brainerd Commons Office – Stewart Hall 214
Cook Commons Office – Battell North 150
Ross Commons Office – LaForce Hall (under Ross Dining Hall)
Wonnacott Commons Office – Battell South 123

Dining Halls (Ross and Proctor) – Main Entrance Lobby
Athletics Complex – New Main Desk by the New Main Entrance
Davis Family Library – In the Atrium
McCardell Bicentennial Hall – Great Hall Near Staircase
McCullough Student Center – Near the Entrance to the Juice Bar/Crossroads
Public Safety – 125 South Main Street: Main Lobby
ISSS Lounge – Service Building, Suite 200
Sunderland/Dana Auditorium – Main Entrance
CE, CSE & PCI – 118 S. Main Street
College Advancement – 700 Exchange Street

Spread the word! Our sincerest thanks in advance for your support!

Questions? Please contact ISSS Advisor Joani Taylor at or x5858.

The Week’s Headlines

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

Clifford Symposium Stimulates Dialogue about the Human Body

New Anderson Freeman Resource Center Offers Support for Underrepresented Students

Middlebury Releases 2015 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

Symposium Examines Forces That Drive Economic Inequality

Andrea Olsen Presents “Dancing in Wild Places: Seaweed and Ocean Health” October 4

Interpreting the Mahabharata

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

There are currently 13 faculty positions, 51 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 2 internal job posting on the Middlebury employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities:

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus), (off campus)

Classes Visiting Special Collections

Five classes visited Special Collections last week, studying a wide range of materials.  We shared hundreds of items, from classic Greek stories published in Venice in the 15th century, to an 18th century Torah, to 1930s government reports on eugenics policy in Vermont.

Italian Renaissance Art with Prof. Carrie Anderson
Italian Renaissance Art with Prof. Carrie Anderson
Native North America with Prof. Marybeth Nevins
Native North America with Prof. Marybeth Nevins
Reading Slavery and Abolition with Prof. Will Nash
Reading Slavery and Abolition with Prof. Will Nash
Middle Eastern Political Religion with Prof. Shalom Goldman
Middle Eastern Political Religion with Prof. Shalom Goldman
The Ten Commandments with Prof. Shalom Goldman
The Ten Commandments with Prof. Shalom Goldman

Catherine Emma Robbins, A Long Trail-blazer

In honor of the inauguration of Laurie L. Patton as the seventeenth president on Sunday, October 11, 2015, Special Collections & Archives will feature remarkable women from the College’s history in eight temporary exhibits spread across campus, now through October 5th. Catherine Emma Robbins can be found in the Virtue Field House and in Atwater Dining Hall.

Catherine Robbins Long Trail 2
The Three Musketeers on the Long Trail at Hazens Notch (left to right Catherine Robbins, Hilda Kurth, and Kathleen Norris)

Four years after graduating from Middlebury College in 1923, Cornwall, Vermont, native Catherine Emma Robbins became the first woman to hike the Long Trail in its entirety—without a male guide. She, along with her two companions—Hilda Kurth, who fled to the mountains to avoid a man who wanted to marry her, and Kathleen Norris, who, despite her father’s death, resolved to make the trip on her own—made headlines across the country as “The Three Musketeers.” Robbins’ motto for the trip, “The Musketeers must get there!,” embodies the camaraderie and drive that inspired her both as a hiker on the Long Trail and as a three-sport athlete and Theta Chi Epsilon sorority member at Middlebury.

After the hike, she continued teaching in Vermont high schools. She died at age 97 but not before her two granddaughters, Cara Clifford Nelson and Amity Clifford [Robichaud] reprised the hike in 1997, seventy years after Robbins blazed the trail, raising funds for the Green Mountain Club’s Long Trail Protection Campaign.


Catherine Robbins yearbook
Catherine Robbins’ Yearbook Photo 1923
The 1924 Long Trail Guidebook used by Robbins on her hike with her notes, provided by granddaughter Cara Nelson 
Catherine Robbins Clifford with granddaughters Amity Robichaud and Cara Nelson, (and a Middlebury poster in the background). Photo provided by Cara Nelson
Final page in Catherine Robbins’ Long Trail scrapbook; provided by Cara Nelson

Google Analytics for Higher Education Workshop on October 28, 2015

I’ll be hosting a workshop to discuss how you can use Google Analytics to get information about and improve the Middlebury website. You can sign up for the workshop on Wednesday October 28 from 1:00-2:30pm in MBH 161. Registration is limited to 10 persons to ensure there will be adequate time to answer your individual questions.

If you want to attend this session and don’t already have access to Google Analytics, please submit a Helpdesk ticket for “Software & Web Tools – Goolge Analytics Question” so that I can make sure you’re set up prior to the session.

Description: We can give you access to our Google Analytics reports so that you can look at traffic patterns for your website, but in order to get the most from this tool, you’ll need to do a bit of set up work and understand the basics of the platform. If you do not yet have a Google Analytics account, please indicate this in your sign-up.

What we’ll cover: Google Analytics tips & tricks, what number you should care about, search engine optimization, and getting your account set up.

What we won’t cover: Goals, conversions, AdWords, and on page events.

Format: The workshop will last an hour with additional time for questions and discussion, as needed.

More information about LIS workshops is available at go/lisworkshops.