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Attend the 2017 MiddAction Fair!

The MiddAction Fair will be hosted on Tuesday, September 19 from 6-7:30 pm in Wilson Hall of the McCullough Student Center.

Representatives from over 50 community partners and student service organizations will be in attendance. These groups will offer you the opportunity to become involved with local activism, volunteering, social justice, and service-learning activities.

This event will provide opportunities to connect with community partners related to your curriculum or research, become more engaged within Addison County, and network with civic-minded colleagues and students.

Program areas represented will include education, youth mentoring, environment, emergency services, public health, food security, housing support, and poverty alleviation.

In an effort to increase student attendance at the 2017 MiddAction Fair, we are hopeful faculty members will join the CCE in encouraging their students to visit this event as a way to connect their academic interests with opportunities in the local community.

Please contact Miller Thornton, AmeriCorps VISTA for the Center for Community Engagement, with questions at or (802)-443-5512.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Middlebury College Relay for Life: Register your team!

Saturday, April 22nd, 1-9:00 p.m., Battell Loop, Middlebury College.

The annual Relay for Life event will celebrate all cancer survivors, honor those who have lost their battles and fight back against this disease by raising money for cancer research and patient support programs. There will be live entertainment, delicious food, lawn games, empowering speakers and a luminaria ceremony. To sign up your team and start fundraising now please visit our website here. Guests are also welcome to register the day of the event, with a suggested $10 donation to the American Cancer Society. If you are a cancer survivor please contact as we would love to celebrate all survivors with a special, catered dinner at our event.   

This post is being submitted on behalf the students planning this year’s Relay for Life. Contact with any questions.

For Faculty: Academic Outreach Endowment (AOE) Grants of up to $4,000

Deadline: April 3rd

The Academic Outreach Endowment (AOE) was created by the generosity of a Middlebury alumna from the 1970s. This endowment, inspired by the very meaningful experience of the alumna’s thesis project, is used to provide support to faculty and students who wish to pursue community-connected projects and integrate “real world” issues within academic course work.

AOE grants are administered by Community Engagement and provide financial support to both faculty and students for pursuits that involve community-connected teaching, learning, and research. Examples of these kinds of approaches include project-based learning (when there is a direct community connection), community-based learning, participatory action research, service-learning, and more.

AOE grants help fund community-connected research, modify an existing course, or prepare a new course offering. The application is available to download at go/aoe.  If your idea meets the following criteria, then please consider applying for an Academic Outreach Endowment grant.

  • Involves collaboration with a community organization
  • Addresses one or more community-identified needs
  • Relates to a course that you will teach

AOE grants can be used to pay for the following examples of expenditures (you may think of other needs or ideas!):

  • the wages of a student T.A., to help oversee the logistics of a course-related community-connected project
  • associated travel costs for you, your students, the community partners, and/or other involved parties
  • refreshments or catering for a semester-end presentation of your students’ findings
  • materials or supplies needed to carry out the project
  • modest honorarium to be given to participating community partner(s) for time, collaboration, and expertise
  • publishing costs to print hard copies of report or project findings, etc.

If you have any questions regarding this RFP process, Contact Community Engagement Director Tiffany Sargent,

Hands on Henna Event 1/30

Faculty and staff members are invited to attend “Hands on Henna,” a student-led fundraiser to benefit the Middlebury Alternative Break Trips to San Miguel de Allende where students will volunteer over February Break. Attend yourself or bring your family to learn about henna and get a beautiful temporary henna design on your hand!

Saturday, January 30th 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Hillcrest Rm. 103

$5 – $10 suggested donation

Questions? Contact Mariam Khan,

See the event flyer: HANDSONHENNA

Faculty/Staff Family Holiday Party @ Palmer House

This is being posted on behalf of residents of the Palmer House.

Join the student residents of Palmer House on Saturday, December 12th from 11 am – 1:30 pm for a Faculty/Staff Family holiday party! Our house theme this year is Youth Engagement, so we’re excited to show our space to children and families from the college. We will be decorating sugar cookies, coloring and making holiday crafts, listening to festive music, and getting to know each other!  Snacks and beverages will be provided. We hope to have you stop by to say hi!

Date: Saturday, December 12th

Time: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Location: Palmer House (access through Ridgeline Parking Lot)


Directions to Palmer House:

​Drive on College Street past ADK Circle as if you are heading to Cornwall. Take a left into Ridgeline Parking Lot (across from the right turn to BiHall). There are usually lots of open spaces if you take the first right turn when you enter the lot.  You will see the Mods — look for the red balloon on the pathway across from the Mod buildings and walk up the path. Take a right turn and walk over the small footbridge (keep following the red balloons!). Take the slight right turn (at the fork right past the footbridge) — Palmer House will be directly in front of you, and you can enter through our back patio. If you get lost, just look for the red balloons and they will lead you to our building.

Sign-Up to Participate in Relay for Life

Posted on behalf of Relay for Life

Relay for Life is an event that takes place annually on campus. This year the event is taking place on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m at the Battell Loop. Relay for Life celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those we have lost, and gives everyone the chance to fight back against cancer. Special activities, ceremonies, and entertainment make it a fun and moving experience.

In past years, we have had sports teams, social clubs, and social houses, staff and faculty members create  teams for the event, and we would love to see more faculty and staff join us this year! It’s a great experience to be a part of collectively and a great cause to endorse in unison.

If interested in creating a faculty and staff team, you can register at the following link, and let other faculty and staff know so that they can join your team:

We thank you for all you do, and hope to see you at Relay!

Final Reminder: Please support HOPE’s Giving Tree program

We are still seeking 35+ individuals or groups to sign-up for the Giving Trees program. Please consider signing up to support this important community initiative.


The holiday season is almost upon us! Help sponsor a local child through H.O.P.E’s annual Holiday Gift Shop! Here’s how to participate:

  • Sign up by visiting go/givingtree. You can sign up any time between now and November 25th.
  • Choose an age range and gender of a potential child. You will then receive an “e-tree” from the CE office regarding further instructions and pertinent details about your gift.
  • You can sponsor a “tree” by yourself, with a friend, as a department or in another type of group collaboration!
  • We ask that you consider spending a minimum amount of $25 per tree. We strongly encourage you to team up with friends and co-workers to maximize the fun and impact of each Giving Tree!
  • Do NOT wrap gifts.
  • Gifts must be brought to Community Engagement at 118 South Main Street by & Thurs., December 2nd and 3rd between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Elle Bacon, Thank you for your continued support of this amazing program. H.O.P.E. counts tremendously on Middlebury College’s consistent and generous participation. Take care and thank you for your support and participation!