Please nominate your Feminists of the Year!


 The Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and Chellis House, the Feminist Resource Center, are seeking nominations for the student, staff, and faculty feminist of the year.

We are looking for feminists who actively engage with our community around issues of gender, sex, and sexuality as they are experienced in relation to race, class, ability, and geography.

You may nominate persons in one or all of the following categories—student, staff, and faculty—by sending your nominations by email to by campus mail to Karin Hanta@Chellis House. The deadline is Monday, May 8, 6 p.m. 

I nominate __________________________ for student feminist of the year because


I nominate __________________________ for staff feminist of the year because


I nominate __________________________ for faculty feminist of the year because


The committee reserves the right to not consider nominees who don’t meet these criteria. Thank you for your nominations!


We will celebrate all the nominees at the end-of-the-year Chelle-bration on Saturday, May 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Chellis House with music, poetry and good food!

Academic Roundtable – The DLA at Three Years: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Please join us at 12:15 pm on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in the Abernethy Room in the Axinn Center (please note change of venue).

As we approach the three-year anniversary of the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative (and the conclusion of our Mellon grant), we want to discuss what we have learned, and where we will be going from here. We will be joined by Bethany Nowviskie, Director of the Digital Library Federation (DLF), and Research Associate Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of English at the University of Virginia; Bethany will participate in our conversation, both to help us see Middlebury’s DLA through fresh eyes, and guide our thinking about our next steps forward. This roundtable is a perfect opportunity for faculty and staff who have participated in the DLA, as well as those viewing us from afar, to join in a reflexive conversation.

Click here to RSVP for lunch

Join the Friends of International Students Host Program!

Dear Faculty and Staff-

Our Friends of International Students (FIS) host program recruiting and matching process for the recently admitted Class of 2021 has begun! As in previous years, we expect that the Class of 2021 will include more than 70 international students, including some U.S. students who have lived abroad and international exchange students. Please contact us if you’re interested in hosting in the fall and spread the word in our community.

International Student & Scholar Services will hold a series of information meetings about the program beginning on Thursday, May 18 from 12:15-1 p.m. on the second floor of the Service Building. We ask that new hosts attend a meeting so that we can meet them and share more information about the program. If you are an experienced host, we welcome you to join us as your stories and insights are vital to friends who are new to FIS and trying to decide if they would be a good fit for the program. We will also hold additional information meetings throughout the summer to be announced soon.

To express your interest in hosting this fall or to register for our meeting on May 18, please email ISSS at (subject line: FIS Host Program) or call us at 802.443.5858. Feel free to bring your lunch to our meeting.

You can learn more about the FIS Host Program on our website at: .

Please share this information with friends and family who do not work at the College.

We invite all who are interested to become a part of this wonderful program and we look forward to hearing from you!


Weekly Web Updates – April 17, 2017

Several of us will be in Baltimore this week attending DrupalCon 2017. The keynote sessions are typically streamed live and videos of the session talks are usually posted by the end of the day.


Fixes and Tweaks

  • Reference fields on the Museum of Art site were migrated to Drupal’s entityreference module. The old references module was uninstalled from the Course Hub and Drupal forms sites, removing the ability to add tags to images on those sites.
  • Fixed an issue where the “click to expand” links on the top right of news story images weren’t working in the Middlebury Drupal site.
  • A few additional fixes to ensure that HTML in excerpts on the MiddSTART and MiddGOAL sites is not corrupted when loaded in the WYSIWYG editor.
  • The Panopto Embed plugin is now enabled by default on

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Building out the configuration of our  CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Integrating Panopto (streaming videos) and Canvas (LMS).

Student Org Profile: VSO

The Volunteer Service Organization (VSO) provides students with weekly, varied volunteer opportunities. Through established connections with a wide array of community partners, VSO brings groups of students to worksites that range from Helen Porter Medical Center to Wild Roots Farm. In the spirit of enacting direct, measurable service, student volunteers not only get the opportunity to grow closer to the people of Middlebury and the surrounding areas, but do so while assisting local organizations with their own programming and service endeavors.

After beginning my VSO journey at the beginning of last year, I have steadily increased my commitment to the organization and its events. Since the outset of the ’16-’17 academic year, I have been the president of the Org. As president, I had the opportunity to not only plan programming in conjunction with community partners, but also attend each of the events. Having the chance to spend a few hours a week with different groups of student volunteers has opened my eyes to the true power of cooperation. VSO’s events simply would not be possible without the incredible amount of student support we receive. Seeing groups of students – who are, more often than not, strangers – come together while giving back has been continually inspiring. The forging of new friendships, both on campus and off, has been a formative component of my time at school. It is my sincere hope that students decide to get involved with VSO. Whether that means coming to one event a semester or applying to work on our board, any and all interest is welcome.

-Jay Silverstein ’19

Faculty News: WWI Commemoration

For the commemorations marking the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Chemin des Dames Ridge, Sunday April 16th in the region of Aisne, historian and School in France faculty member, André Loez, found himself explaining to the Head of State, President François Hollande, the failed French assault on the Germans. For the official press release : .