Author Archives: J. Ashley Laux

Relay for Life 5k Color Run on Sunday 10/7

Faculty and staff members and their families are warmly invited to participate in the student organization Relay for Life’s second annual 5k Color Run. The run will take place this Sunday 10/7 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Stop by Ross Dining Hall, pay your participation fee ($15), pick up your T-shirt, and run/walk at your pace with your family! This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we encourage folks to wear pink. Looking forward to seeing everyone there. Meet at Ross Dining Hall; run loop around campus. Questions? Contact relayforlife@middlebury.edu.

Attend the MiddAction Volunteer Fair 9/14 4:30 p.m.

We welcome faculty and staff members to attend the MiddAction Volunteer Fair on Friday, September 14th from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. on the lawn outside of McCullough Student Center. Rain location Kenyon Arena. Representatives from over 40 community partners including local non-profits, schools, and governmental agencies are coming to campus to share opportunities to become involved with activism, volunteering, social justice, and service-learning activities.

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.

This year’s event is co-hosted with the Student Activities Office in a combination pilot with the Student Activities Fair so it will be a bustling event! Students from over 140 student organizations will be tabling to recruit new students to join their organizations.

Questions? Please contact Ashley Laux, Center for Community Engagement, alaux@middlebury.edu, 802.443.3099

We look forward to seeing you there!

Middlebury College Center for Community Engagement seeks 2018-2019 AmeriCorps VISTA member

The Center for Community Engagement is seeking a 2018-2019 AmeriCorps VISTA member to join our team and we would love if you could share this announcement with your networks including graduating college seniors, recent alumni, or other individuals who might be interested in spending a year of service to work with college students and local youth!

Do you love working with and for kids?  Interested in social justice work at the youth development level? Come join the Middlebury College Center for Community Engagement (CCE) as a Vermont Youth Tomorrow AmeriCorps VISTA member in Middlebury, Vermont! This VISTA supports youth and mentoring programs advised by the CCE by offering guidance on best practices to groups, deepening relationships with community partners, providing volunteer screening and support, and more!
We seek a motivated and compassionate individual for a one-year position beginning August 2018 to work closely with the CCE team and help coordinate eight youth and mentoring programs advised by our office. More information here. Feel free to contact CCE Program Director Ashley Laux, alaux@middlebury.edu with any questions.

Nominate a student for a 2018 Public Service Leadership Award

Dear Staff and Faculty colleagues, Please consider nominating a student for a Public Service Leadership Award!

Middlebury College Center for Community Engagement is pleased to announce the Middlebury College 25th Annual Public Service Leadership Awards.  These awards are part of a campus-wide celebration of student leadership. Public service takes shape in many different ways—through volunteering, activism, and advocacy—and these awards recognize our student body’s contributions to Middlebury College, the surrounding community, and beyond. We hope you will consider nominating a Middlebury College student who has contributed positively in the realm of public service.

For more information and to nominate a student, please click here. The deadline for nominations is March 19, 2018. Questions?  Please contact Ashley Laux, Program Director, Center for Community Engagement at (802) 443-3099 or alaux@middlebury.edu.

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 mthornton@middlebury.edu 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 relayforlife@middlebury.edu 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 relayforlife@middlebury.edu 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, tiffanys@middlebury.edu.