Middlebury Classic Quidditch Festival: 9/29, 10am-5pm

Middlebury College, home of Muggle Quidditch, is continuing its tradition of magic with this year’s Middlebury Classic Quidditch Festival. Over a dozen teams from around New England will battle on the pitch in this goofy sport. Last year, over 700 people took part in the festival, enjoying potion demonstrations, quidditch workshops, food trucks, acrobatics, face painting and visiting bands. All are invited to participate in activities and watch performances throughout the day at this family-friendly festival.

The Middlebury Quidditch team proudly hosts the festival, but creating such a magical day is a community effort. Information and interest forms for teams, vendors, non-profits, and volunteers are available online at: www.go.middlebury.edu/quidditch. For more info, check out the Facebook event.

Also: Starting now, keep your eyes out downtown for five snitches hidden in local businesses in the “Snitch Hunt” leading up to the event!

Fund for Innovation Proposal Deadline – October 4

The Fund for Innovation (FFI) application is open for the 2018­-2019 academic year. The fall deadline to apply is October 4, 2018.  All faculty, staff, and students are eligible to apply for FFI funding.

Grants are open to current students, faculty, and staff across Middlebury. Our next deadline is October 4th, 2018, and we invite all members of the community to submit an application. The FFI also invites applications for Fast-Track grants. These smaller grants are up to $2,000 and are accepted on a rolling basis. The FFI especially encourages students to apply for Fast-Track grants, as the timeline and structure are more supportive of short-term project.

The Fund for Innovation was created in March 2015 to honor President Ron Liebowitz and his wife Jessica by fostering continuous innovation at Middlebury. In 2017, President Laurie Patton announced the fund will be used to support projects that will inspire educational innovation. The FFI provides support for experimental and unconventional projects that have the potential to create lasting, positive change and strengthen Middlebury’s educational experience. To date, the FFI has provided funding and support to 29 innovative projects across the College, the Institute, and the Schools.

Need some inspiration? Read about our funded projects and learn more about the Fund for Innovation on our webpage.

Information about the application process may be found on the FFI website, and questions about specific proposals should be directed to Erin Southworth, Special Projects Assistant in the Office of the Provost.

Global Leadership Program in Cape Town, South Africa – Info Session 9/24

Monday, September 24 at 12:30 PM in the ADK Library

Our thanks to Meghan Blumstein ’11, who was the connection to bring diiVE to Middlebury. She writes, I recently got involved with an organization called diiVe (godiive.com), which runs month-long data science boot camps for students in Cape Town, then pairs those students with socially conscious organizations to do month-long internships. I cannot say enough positive things about the all-female owned and operated organization and their amazing mission to not only teach students hard coding and analysis skills, but also to empower them to use those skills for social good and make real change in the world.”

In an increasingly interconnected world, leading companies are progressively turning to those candidates that have digital experience and global perspective.

Are you ready?

diiVe is a high impact, global leadership program in Cape Town, South Africa. They are dedicated to developing young global leaders with the digital knowledge, societal commitment, future direction, and business skills necessary to adapt, collaborate and lead in the fast-paced, global environment. diIVe features digitally-focused courses, innovative problem-solving labs, hands-on work experience and cultural immersions. Come to the info session to chat with their team about your summer 2019 plans!

Winter Term Internship Info Session: 4:30pm on Monday, September 24 at the CCI

How to get a Winter InternshipEach Winter Term, many Middlebury students participate in internships.

These internships are a valuable opportunity to earn academic credit while having high-level exposure to work tied to student’s academic and/or professional interests.

On Monday, September 24 at 4:30pm, the Center for Careers and Internships will host an information session for students interested in Winter Internships in Adirondack House.

The information session will cover the steps needed to secure a winter internship, as well as what students need to do to earn internship credit pr secure funding support from the CCI.

Please sign up in Handshake if you plan on attending.

If you have any questions email Cheryl Whitney Lower, Associate Director of Internships and Early Engagement.

Clinical Research Coordinator at University of Rochester Center for Health + Technology

Application deadline 9/28.

The University of Rochester Center for Health + Technology is seeking a motivated individual interested in joining a team that is transforming healthcare and clinical research through novel applications of technology. They are looking for a self-starter with clinical research experience who possesses a familiarity with videoconferencing technology, a basic understanding of database design, and excellent organizational and inter-personal skills. Successful applicants will demonstrate a diverse skill set, adaptability, and an aptitude for independent and team endeavors alike.

Position responsibilities include:
  • Assist with development of research protocols, databases, and materials
  • Manage regulatory aspects of clinical research
  • Coordinate recruitment and retention efforts and schedule research visits
  • Conduct research visits in single and multi-center research studies of individuals with Parkinson disease, Huntington disease, and other chronic neurological conditions
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Assist with preparation of abstracts, posters, and manuscript

Learn more about this position in Handshake.

2018 Clifford Symposium Library Display

The 2018 Clifford Symposium starts today! Come to Davis Family Library to see our display of related works, including titles noted in The Origin of Others and other works by Toni Morrison.

Also find a multimedia presentation of original audio of Toni Morrison reading from her (then still unpublished) novel Song of Solomon, while teaching at the Breadloaf School of English in 1977. Thanks to Special Collections for providing this recording and related photographs!