25 Years @ Midd with Brad Nadeau

In this post we recognize Brad Nadeau, Director of Athletic Communications, for his 25 years of Service to Middlebury. Brad reveals his fondest Midd memory, shares his future goals, and tells us about a trusted mentor. Read on to learn more about Midd from Brad’s point of view.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?

Attended college at the University of Maine.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

Director of Athletic Communications

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?

I moved here a few months after graduating college in August of 1994 with my fiancé, at the time, Sara. After a year living and working here, we got married back in Maine in the summer of 1995.

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?

Twenty-five years later, we have a son who is a junior at MUHS and my wife continues to teach at MUMS.

What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?

Right out of the gate in my first year here, we hosted and won the 1995 NCAA Men’s Hockey Championship – that was a whirlwind year. Watching so many of our athletes put in great efforts and win championships has always a thrill for me. I have also really enjoyed getting to know so many of them on a personal level and especially my student workers over the years.

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?

Middlebury is a special place, and to me, the Athletic Department is one of its bright lights. I have never met or seen people more dedicated to their crafts and professions then the group I work with in the Peterson Athletics Complex.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

I hope to continue to help promote the accomplishments of our student athletes here at Middlebury until retirement, whenever that may be!

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

Sitting at a baseball or softball game on a warm/sunny spring day. Another favorite place is watching/working a football game in the press box on a picturesque fall Saturday afternoon.

Is there any person on campus (or retiree, former employer) that mentored you, or you feel helped you grow into your job, grow to enjoy your work and your time at the College?

I worked side by side with Carolyn LaRose in athletics for 20 years and miss her every day in the office. I came in as a 22-year old, fresh out of college, and she was so great at mentoring me. Whether it was how the old AS400 system worked or talking about the history of athletics here, she was a great asset to have.

25 Years @ Midd with Michele McHugh

In this post we recognize Michele McHugh, Senior Acquisitions Associate, for her 25 years of Service to Middlebury. Michele shares her favorite hobbies, recalls an admired mentor, and offers some advice to new employees. Read on to learn more about Midd from Michele’s point of view.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?

I was the Head of Circulation at the Leominster Public Library, in Leominster, MA.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

I have had the same job for 25 years, though my title has changed a few times.  I do not recall what it was called previously.

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?

Moving back  after having been living away for six years.  In 1988 I graduated from Middlebury College and in 1994 I was back as an employee.  I applied for the position at Starr Library and believed I would do that for just a few years and then find another job/career.  Well, I’m still here.

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?

This is a wonderful place to live and I try to take advantage of all that is offered.  I am a trumpet player in a few bands in the area and also enjoy spending time outside. Especially in winter!

Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?

For quite a few years I was a member of the Ralph Myhre Golf course and enjoyed that very much. I took lessons here as well.  My Dad loved to play too, when he would come visit.  I also have taken various classes over the years that some of my coworkers have taught, including Toastmasters , Log Rolling and Swing Dancing.  I always check the Winter Term course offerings and activity calendars to see if something new to me is being offered.

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?

The Middlebury College Library has provided a superb community of people with whom I have worked over the years.   Also, the Middlebury area community quickly felt like home to me back in 1994 and I still feel that contentment.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

I do not have any specific plans for the next quarter century. I hope to stay well and be able to enjoy my life.  Whether I retire here in the Middlebury area, or move away, we’ll see what happens.

Is there any person on campus (or retiree, former employer) that mentored you, or you feel helped you grow into your job, grow to enjoy your work and your time at the College? 

The man who interviewed me and became my supervisor is Bill Warren.  He worked at the Middlebury College Library for more than 25 years and was my colleague until his retirement in 2010.   Bill has a very egalitarian way by treating everyone with the same amount of respect: whether a student, a fellow employee or a trustee.  I very much admire his ability to do that, without allowing title, personality or demeanor effect how he treats people. I hope I learned how to treat people in the same, fair way.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at Middlebury, what would it be?

Take advantage of the College environs:  Bread Loaf, the Snow Bowl, the walking/hiking trail around the Ralph Myhre Golf Course, walking to the Knoll.  I love to walk at all of these places.  Wherever your new job may be—explore the entire campus.

Is there anything else that you would like to share about your time at Middlebury?

I have had three roles at Middlebury College: student, alum and employee.  I had a tremendous experience in college and a few years ago I would have said, without hesitation, that this is the most wonderful place to work.  I’m afraid recent events have colored my view of the institution and I do not feel as positive right now.  But maybe someday my affection for the College will return.  

25 years @ MIIS with Sherre Kruft

Sherre Kruft, Admissions Office III at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, recently passed her 25-year mark of employment.  Over the years, Sherre has been the bedrock of the Admissions Office for many years and was awarded the Institute’s Above & Beyond Award in 2009 for her many contributions to the Institute. Sherre took a few minutes to share her thoughts on “Life at the Institute” over the past two and a half decades.

What did you do prior to coming to work at the Middlebury Institute and where were you located? 

I was in customer service in southern California and Monterey for about twenty years before joining Middlebury.

What job titles have you held while working at the Middlebury Institute?

Custom Language Services/Summer Intensive Language Program Administrative Assistant, Admissions Assistant, Admissions Officer.

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words? 

I really enjoy the constant learning aspect of international credential evaluation. The Admissions Office is ever evolving and changing in order to try to meet the needs of prospective students. 

If you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at MIIS, what would it be? 

Use active listening skills and be kind.

Is there anything else that you would like to share about your time at MIIS? 

I have had a wonderful experience here.  There are too many people I have worked with and admire for different reasons to name.  Our prospective students are amazing and awe inspiring.  I love how they plan to make a difference in so many diverse ways.

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