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1/25 Kids’ Night Out sponsored by Middlebury Alternative Break Trips

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Kids Night Out: Rhythms from Around the World
Friday, January 25th 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Adirondack House’s Coltrane Lounge (534 College Street)

Please help support our Middlebury Alternative Break Trip as we raise money for our trip, Women’s Empowerment in the Dominican Republic. Working through the Mariposa DR foundation, we are committed to helping children, specifically young women, gain access to quality education and a comfortable environment where they can develop a strong sense of self. We will work to develop English programs and sustainability initiatives within the community.

Kids’ Night Out will include: African Dance Workshop, Face Painting, Games, Kid Friendly Movie, Healthy Nut-Free Snacks (List of snacks will be available at the door)

Ages four and up!
Cost: $20 for the first child, $10 for each additional sibling
IMPORTANT: Parents are required to sign a general release form in order for their children to participate (provided on-site). Parents must be the ones to drop off and pick up their children.

Note: This is a great opportunity for parents interested in attending Majora Carter’s keynote lecture during the Second Annual Social Entrepreneurship Symposium while simultaneously knowing your kids are safe and having a great time!

To sign up for this event please email iestefaniagonzalez@middlebury.edu. You must sign up in advance!

1/21 Weekly Volunteer Opportunities

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“Like” EIA Civic Engagement’s new Facebook page here to receive opportunities and updates!

Share your love for Middlebury!
Looking for two current undergrads to attend an informal session for local high school students applying to college Tuesday January 22nd 2013 (tomorrow!) between 11:00 and 11:45 AM. Students will be visiting campus alongside fellow Middlebury alum and teacher Lindsay Rudaya  as part of their junior / senior high school class and are looking to get information on Middlebury, from everything to its food, classes, professors, etc. Come share your enthusiasm for Middlebury and your passion with these students. If you’re interested or to find out more, please contact Nestor Martinez at nmartinez@middlebury.edu or at 802.443.3010.

 Charter House Homeless Shelter Volunteer Info Session
Sunday, January 27 at 5:15 p.m. in Gifford Classroom
The Charter House winter housing facility that serves as an emergency home staffed 24/7 by trained volunteers who provide a warm, welcoming environment for families in stress. Attend this training to learn more about volunteering at the Charter House over J-Term and Spring Semester. Contact Charlotte Zelle, czelle@middlebury.edu if you have any questions.

Native Spanish speaker? Interested in education?
Consider being a mentor for a local Spanish-speaking boy or girl! Community Friends, a campus-based mentoring program that matches Middlebury College students with children of Addison County ages six to twelve, is seeking willing volunteers of Latino ethnicity to be a mentor for either a local Spanish-speaking girl or boy. Take him or her to a hockey game, talk about the world while taking a walk! The possibilities are endless! You could be an important part of these children’s lives by simply meeting up and being yourself on a regular basis! Flexible meeting times, no car required, and alternate ways of transportation are available at no cost. For more information about the program, or to apply to be either one of these or another child’s mentor, please visit our website (go/cf), get in contact with a student coordinator or contact Nestor Martinez ’10 (nmartinez@middlebury.edu).

Relay for Life Kick-Off 1/23 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Relay for Life will be having their first KICK-OFF of the year this Wednesday January 23rd in Crossroads Cafe! Come by to register for the big event, which will be held April 26th. There will be a free ICE CREAM BAR and lots of fun Relay committee members to talk to. If you or anyone you love has ever been affected by cancer, you know the importance of keeping up the fight. Join us! Questions? Contact relayforlife@middlebury.edu or visit go/relay.

January 24: College Defensive Driving Class [Required to drive campus vehicles!]
This program is required for anyone who wishes to rent a College passenger or 15-passenger vehicle. If you might want to use a campus vehicle for volunteering in J-Term and spring semester get prepared by taking this class! There is no cost for the class but a driving orientation (a 1 hour review on the road) is required for 15-passenger Vans and larger vehicles. Class time is about 2 Hrs.  REMINDER: A valid state license is required to take the class. Individuals wanting a 15-Passenger Van license must have 3 years of driving experience.  To sign up email Ed Sullivan, Sullivan@middlebury.edu. Upcoming class: January 24 3:30p.m. (LaForce 121).

Still looking for mentors!
Middlebury Union High School is launching its mentoring program. Pairing high school freshmen with college students, the program will be the first of its kind in Vermont! Pairs will meet weekly to do a variety of activities based on shared interests—go to a hockey game, explore town! Endless possibilities await. No formal experience necessary, transportation available if needed. Training and strong support will be provided for all mentors. To find out more, please contact Nestor Martinez at nmartinez@middlebury.edu or at 802.443.3010.

Spring-Semester + Summer Orientation Trips Internship: Apply today
Work with the College’s first-year orientation team to help plan and deliver MiddView (Middlebury Volunteer Initiatives, Explorations, and the Wilderness) trips. The trips are an integral part of our orientation efforts, and include three day, two night off-campus opportunities to engage in some aspect of Vermont’s cultural, community or outdoor landscapes. There are two positions available, one focusing primarily on the outdoor adventure-themed trips and one on community engagement and Vermont Explorations trips. Commitments commence in J-Term, with an average of 5-10 hours per week through the spring term. The position will then be extended through the summer, during which the typical workweek will be 37.5 hours. View the full position description and apply here.

Have a passion for food? Join NOM!
NOM (Nutrition, Outreach, and Mentoring) is seeking more willing volunteers to plan and participate in group activities. In the past, NOM has led cooking nights at the local teen center, and nutrition workshops at local schools. Have an interest in local food and or whole, healthy eating? Come share your passions with others, and with the community at large. Plenty of opportunities available, funding provided for programming! For more information, please contact Nestor Martinez at nmartinez@middlebury.edu or at 802.443.3010.

Sign up: Ski and Ride for HOPE
Sunday, February 24, 2013 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rikert Nordic Center &  Middlebury College Snow Bowl
A fundraiser bringing skiers, x-country skiers and boarders together to raise money for HOPE, Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects. For more information, registration & sponsor form go to www.hope-vt.org

Apply to the Flex Fund to finance your initiatives!
Whether it is transportation expenses, pumpkins to carve with Porter hospital residents, or turkeys to cook at the local shelter, we want to help you serve others. Visit go/funding to find our application under Civic Engagement Funding. Email scboard@middlebury.edu for more information.

Questions? If you have questions about any of these volunteer opportunities or want to learn more ways to get involved in the local community, contact Ashley Calkins, Community Engagement Coordinator, jcalkins@middlebury.edu, 802.443.3099

1/9 Staff Council Meeting Announcement

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Please join us on Wednesday, January 9 for our regular staff council meeting.

Staff Council regular meetings are open to all Middlebury College staff members. Staff members should let their supervisors know if there is a particular meeting they wish to attend. Supervisors will seek to find a positive balance between addressing operational needs and support staff requests to attend these meetings.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Axinn 220

Agenda
9:00 a.m. Open meeting and introductions and approval of Dec. 2012 Meeting minutes

9:10 a.m. Committee Reports

9:30 a.m. Old Business

9:50 a.m. New Business

10:00 a.m. Guest Speaker: Vice President for Planning and Assessment Susan Baldridge will join us to talk about the strategic plan and the annual planning process!

10:30 a.m. Adjournment

1/7 Weekly Volunteer Opportunities

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“Like” EIA Civic Engagement’s new Facebook page here to receive opportunities and updates!

United Way Community Impact Volunteers Needed
United Way is seeking three Middlebury College students to serve as Community Impact Volunteers, participating in a community grant process as part of an impact team in the areas of Health, Education or Financial Stability. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience reviewing grants, learn about non-profit administration, and build relationships with local community members. Deadline to sign-up is Tuesday, January 8th. Click here to learn more.

Calculus I tutor needed
A volunteer is needed to tutor a high school student for in Calculus I at the Middlebury Union High School Learning Lab. The student is available between 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and could meet 1-2 times per week based on your schedule. Interested? Contact Tammi Beattie, tbeattie@addisoncentralsu.org.

Shepherd Poverty Internship Info Session
Thursday, 1/10 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. and Friday 1/11 2:30 p.m. EIA, Adirondack House Rm. 218
Shepherd Poverty Internship Program Info Session: Learn about the exciting (paid) Shepherd Internship Program, uniting students (including up to 5 from Middlebury) from nearly 20 member institutions with agencies that work to benefit disadvantaged communities and members of society. Learn first-hand about the multiple dimensions of poverty in the U.S., while working in an agency focusing on either education, healthcare, legal services, housing, hunger, social and economic needs, or community-building efforts. Nearly 20 Midd students have participated since 2005! Questions? Contact Tiffany Sargent, tiffanys@middlebury.edu.

January 9th: College Defensive Driving Class [Required to drive campus vehicles!]
This program is required for anyone who wishes to rent a College passenger or 15-passenger vehicle. If you might want to use a campus vehicle for volunteering in J-Term and spring semester get prepared by taking this class! There is no cost for the class but a driving orientation (a 1 hour review on the road) is required for 15-passenger Vans and larger vehicles. Class time is about 2 Hrs. REMINDER: A valid state license is required to take the class. Individuals wanting a 15-Passenger Van license must have 3 years of driving experience. To sign up email Ed Sullivan, Sullivan@middlebury.edu. Upcoming class: January 9th 9-11a.m. (Mitchell Green Lounge).

Interested in getting involved in the local community? Have a passion you’d like to share with another? Consider being a mentor!

Community Friends, a one-on-one based mentoring program that pairs college students with local children ages 6-12, is particularly looking for more male volunteers to be paired with a local boy! Play a sport together, go to a hockey game, eat in the dining hall! The possibilities are endless. No requirements aside from showing up and being yourself. Funding and help with transportation available. With questions or to find out more, email Nestor Martinez, Mentoring and Youth Programs Coordinator: nmartinez@middlebury.edu.

Elder Care Volunteer Opportunity
Living Well Community Care Home seeks a volunteer to help develop a simple Apple Mac Desktop user manual to help residents navigate different parts of the computer and explore programs like iPhoto as well as incorporating unique needs of residents (visuals, bold print, large type, etc.). The student will learn how to communicate technical knowledge to elderly people who face visual, cognitive, and physical challenges. This will be a great opportunity for students to learn more about the aging process and how to educate someone about concepts and ideas at a very basic level. Interested? Contact Sudeshna Trivedi, Volunteer Development Coordinator, sudeshna.trivedi@gmail.com.

Have an interest in education, and want to explore it further? Enjoy working with others?
Consider being a mentor for a local high school teenager! Middlebury Union High School is ready to kick off its mentoring program, which aims to pair Middlebury College students with local high school student. Be a resource for youth by providing support to graduate and helping them build their own post-graduation plans. No formal requirements! Be part of a program that will be the first of its kind in the state of Vermont! For questions or more information, please contact Nestor Martinez at 802.443.3010 or at nmartinez@middlebury.edu.

Local VITA volunteers needed
You can make a difference. Receive training and then provide important help assisting low income people prepare their tax returns and receive valuable benefits for which they may qualify!
Addison Community Action is a branch of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) providing a variety of free services to help meet the needs of low income people throughout Addison County. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, helps low income households prepare their tax forms from February 1st – April 15th. In order to be a volunteer, you must become IRS certified by passing a test which the IRS provides. The level of training determines the level of tax preparation that you will be able to do when preparing returns at the sites. There is a test for each level that will make you “IRS Certified” to prepare taxes. We also require you to take training in the state tax law and practice with the software. In addition, there is an online training tool for federal tax only. Students are required to complete 40 hours of tax preparation throughout the filing season. Ideally, all 40 of these hours will be spent working directly with clients to prepare their tax return. Students may also be asked to review each other’s work. We know of taxpayers using their refunds to pay for car repairs, security deposits, to stabilize their housing, pay off credit card debt, open savings accounts (we offer this on site), and to purchase savings bonds (we also offer this on site). Interested?! Contact Ashley Calkins, Civic Engagement, Center for Education in Action, jcalkins@middlebury.edu.

Henry Sheldon Museum Volunteers
The Henry Sheldon Museum is seeking volunteers to serve as Education Program Assistants. Volunteers would help prepare educational materials, help with special events, and present Museum programs to students in grades K-12. Volunteers should have some sewing, crafting and computer skills. For more information contact Associate Director Mary Manley, (802)388-2117, mmanley@HenrySheldonMuseum.org.

Support the Middlebury Alternative Break Trip Fundraisers!

MAlt Grille Delivery: Sunday-Thursday during J-Term 9:00 p.m. to Midnight, CALL (802)443-5014
MAlt Puerto Rico Battle of the Bands: Friday, January 11, 2013 9-11pm Crossroads Cafe
Apply to the Flex Fund to finance your initiatives!
Whether it is transportation expenses, pumpkins to carve with Porter hospital residents, or turkeys to cook at the local shelter, we want to help you serve others. Visit go/funding to find our application under Civic Engagement Funding. Email scboard@middlebury.edu for more information.
Questions? If you have questions about any of these volunteer opportunities or want to learn more ways to get involved in the local community, contact Ashley Calkins, Community Engagement Coordinator, jcalkins@middlebury.edu, 802.443.3099

Ashley Calkins ‘06
Community Engagement Coordinator
Center for Education in Action: Careers, Fellowships, Civic Engagement
Middlebury College | Middlebury, VT 05753
802.443.3099 | go.middlebury.edu/eia

United Way Community Impact Team Opportunity (sign-up by 1/8!)

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Dear Students,

United Way is seeking three Middlebury College students to serve as Community Impact Volunteers, participating in a community grant process as part of an impact team in the areas of Health, Education or Financial Stability. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience reviewing grants, learn about non-profit administration, and build relationships with local community members. Deadline to sign-up is Tuesday, January 8th.

Volunteers are ambassadors for United Way of Addison County and read each grant application in their assigned impact area (Health, Education or Financial Stability), develop a list of questions to discuss at site visits, visit agencies, participate in the team scoring process and recommend a funding amount for the board of directors to approve. Evaluation may include drafting suggestions for improved grant presentation, performance or business practices.

Orientation/training is provided (approx. 2 hours), each grant takes approximately 1 hour to read, site visit planning sessions generally are two 2 hour meetings, each site visit is approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours, evaluation and recommendation process usually takes two 2 hour meetings as well. The work takes place from approximately January 14th through the last week of March (United Way can accommodate your absence over February Break and Spring Break). Volunteers are expected to be interested in the community, non-profit sector, applying agencies and the United Way grant process. Confidentiality and professionalism are musts. Enthusiasm, curiosity, and a sense of humor are valued highly!

Interested students should contact United Way of Addison County Executive Director Kate McGowan (kmcgowan@middlebury.edu) or Community Engagement Coordinator Ashley Calkins (jcalkins@middlebury.edu), by Tuesday, January 8th for more details.

12/12 Staff Council Meeting Agenda

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Please join us on Wednesday, December 12 for our regular staff council meeting. At 10:05 am, we will welcome the Environmental Council representatives, including Jack Byrne, Chair of the Environmental Council who will give us an overview of the work of three of the subcommittees: Food/Dining, Carbon Neutrality, and Greening of Athletics.

Staff Council regular meetings are open to all Middlebury College staff members. Staff members should let their supervisors know if there is a particular meeting they wish to attend. Supervisors will seek to find a positive balance between addressing operational needs and support staff requests to attend these meetings.

Agenda
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Crest Room
Attendees: Staff Council Representatives, Human Resource, Staff

9:00 a.m. Open meeting and introductions

9:05 a.m. Approval of minutes: November 2012 Meeting

9:10 a.m. Committee Reports
• Community Council
• HR-6
• Publicity and Events Committee
• Safety and Environment Committee
• Election Committee
• Staff Development Committee
• Compensation Committee
• Web Prioritization Committee

9:30 a.m. Old Business: Staff Council Survey

9:50 a.m. New Business

10:05 a.m. Guest Speaker: Environmental Council representatives, including Jack Byrne, Chair of Environmental Council

10:30 a.m. Adjournment

11/26 Weekly Volunteer Service Opportunities

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Attend this great lecture at 4:30 pm today (11/26)! Josh Slotnick on Agriculturally Supported Community (Bi-Hall Rm. 104)
Josh Slotnick is a farmer and professor at the University of Montana’s PEAS Farm. Josh will speak on the intersections of food, farming, community, environment, and education, and how they all work together to create a better world. He will discuss both the nitty gritty of how the PEAS farm model might help our college farm grow, and also how he has seen the PEAS farm become more than just a space for agriculture. After farming for 15 years, and managing the UM PEAS farm as a community space, he has much to share on how agriculture supports community!

Interested in education? Native Spanish speaker?
Consider being a mentor for a local Spanish-speaking child! Community Friends, a campus-based mentoring program that matches Middlebury College students with children of Addison County ages six to twelve, is seeking willing volunteers to be a mentor for either a local Spanish-speaking girl or boy. Take him or her to a hockey game, talk about the world while taking a walk! The possibilities are endless! You could be an important part of these children’s lives by simply meeting up and being yourself on a regular basis! Flexible meeting times, no car required, and alternate ways of transportation are available at no cost. For more information about the program, or to apply to be either one of these or another child’s mentor, please visit our website (go/cf), get in contact with a student coordinator or contact Nestor Martinez ’10 (nmartinez@middlebury.edu).

Giving Trees Program – pick up a tree today!
Help sponsor a local child whose family cannot afford to buy presents for the holiday season through the Giving Trees program, in collaboration with the local organization H.O.P.E (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects). Here’s how: You can sponsor a tree by yourself, with a friend, as a hall, or with your student organization. To try to ensure equity among children in the same family, we ask that you consider spending a minimum amount of $50 per tree. You can pick up a tree (paper cut-out) from Civic Engagement programs in the Center for Education in Action (Adirondack House Rm. 210, upstairs, follow signs) on Monday, November 26th, Tuesday November 27th or Wednesday, November 28th between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.! The tree will have all the information you need: the age and gender of the child/adult, what his/her clothing needs are, and a wish he/she has. Gifts must be brought back to the Center for Education in Action on Monday, December 10th between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please e-mail jcalkins@middlebury.edu.

Support Addison County Families in Need of Housing: Join the Volunteer Staff of the Charter House Winter Shelter
The Charter House Winter Shelter is home to four adults and six children. There is a critical need for more volunteers to help staff the facility 24/7 and support a vulnerable population in our community. Working in pairs, volunteers typically serve 3-4 hour shifts at times of their choosing. The Charter House is within walking distance from campus! To volunteer this semester (and beyond!) please fill out and submit the volunteer form: Charter House Volunteer Application. You will be contacted about attending a 90 minute training prior to your first shift. Questions? Contact Adam Schiff ’15 (aschiff@middlebury.edu) or Anoushka Sinha ’13 (asinha@middlebury.edu)

Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation: Christmas Forest volunteers needed
Volunteers are needed for the annual Christmas Forest where community members are invited to decorate trees for residents of Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center to view and celebrate the holiday (Helen Porter is located close to campus in Porter Hospital!). Student volunteers are needed to help with distributing hot chocolate and cookies from 4:15 – 6:45 p.m. on Friday, December 7th. Student groups (sports teams, social houses, etc.) are also welcome to come decorate a tree (you need to provide the decorations) on Thursday, December 6th or Friday, December 7th. Interested? Email Judy Doria, JDoria@hphrc.org.

New Volunteer Opportunities with the Nature Conservancy of Vermont
Upcoming date: Wednesday 11/28, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Nature Conservancy of Vermont is looking for volunteers interested in joining us in controlling invasive plant species at our Snake Mountain South Area in Bridport. This will be an opportunity to get outside for a day, become involved with a great conservation organization in the state, learn some invasive plant identification, and give back to your community. Below is a description of the volunteer days we have scheduled for this fall. If you are interested in joining The Nature Conservancy on any of these dates please RSVP to Tim Duclos (tim.duclos@tnc.org) or call us at 802-229-4425 ext. 111. We hope to have you join us!

Interested in education? Enjoying making a difference for others?

Consider being a mentor for a local high school teenager! Middlebury Union High School is ready to kick off its mentoring program, which aims to pair Middlebury College students with local high school student. Be a resource for youth by providing support to graduate and helping them build their own post-graduation plans. Be part of a program that will be the first of its kind in the state of Vermont! For questions or for interested parties, please contact Nestor Martinez at 802.443.3010 or at nmartinez@middlebury.edu.

World Book Night
World Book Night U.S. is a celebration of books and reading held on April 23, when 25,000 passionate volunteers across America give a total of half a million books within their communities to those who don’t regularly read. Apply here to be a giver – you will receive 20 copies of a book to give away in the local community on April 23rd. Book choices for this year include Bossypants by Tina Fey, Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Volunteer piano teacher needed

A local child from a family in need is seeking a volunteer piano teacher for their son. Ideally the volunteer would teach a 30-40 minute lesson once a week either on campus or at their home 5 miles from campus at a time convenient for you and the family. Contact Mark Williams, mwilliam@middlebury.edu, to learn more about the opportunity.

Volunteer at Junebug

Junebug in downtown Middlebury is seeking volunteers to support its mission of supporting non-profit organizations that provide social services, education, or care to families through the profits of their resale shop. Volunteer needs include working in the store two hours/week to sort clothes or donations, to help plan a clothing drive, or to help edit the volunteer handbook. Interested? Contact Emily Bridges, shoqshaq@shoreham.net.

Join Everybody Wins

Join Everybody Wins, a literacy mentoring program, where you will volunteer at Mary Hogan elementary school to read or play literacy based games with a student in 3rd- 6th grade for about 50 minutes each week. Everybody Wins is flexible for busy schedules and the time commitment is manageable for students – many Middlebury College students serve as Everybody Wins volunteers each year! Fill out the application here. Questions? Email Mary Hogan Elementary School coordinator Angela Cobrin Landis, angela.cobrin.landis@gmail.com.

Internship Feature of the Week: Winter Term ’13 – Fit Kids Development and Strategic Planning Internship in Menlo Park, CA
Deadline to apply: November 30, 2012
Love health and fitness? Midd Alum Ashley Riley ’98 is offering an exciting internship opportunity for J-Term in Menlo Park, CA. The Fit Kids Foundation was founded in January 2011, with a mission to promote healthy, active lives for children in underserved communities. Fit Kids provides opportunities for participation in organized fitness classes, working to inspire a love of sports and physical activity to develop healthy lifestyle habits and build participants’ self-confidence. There is a huge demand for Fit Kids programs, and there are incredible opportunities to make an impact on children around the country. And that’s where YOU come in. Fit Kids is looking for a Development and Strategic Planning Intern to help with research, strategic planning and identifying key partners and experts. For up-to-date information on internship opportunities, deadlines and more, check out MOJO and the Internships Blog!

Need money for service? Apply to the Flex Fund to finance your initiatives!
Whether it is transportation expenses, pumpkins to carve with Porter hospital residents, or turkeys to cook at the local shelter, we want to help you serve others. Visit go/funding to find our application under Civic Engagement Funding. Email scboard@middlebury.edu for more information.

Questions? If you have questions about any of these volunteer opportunities or want to learn more ways to get involved in the local community, contact Ashley Calkins, Community Engagement Coordinator, jcalkins@middlebury.edu, 802.443.3099

Ashley Calkins ‘06
Community Engagement Coordinator
Center for Education in Action: Careers, Fellowships, Civic Engagement
Middlebury College | Middlebury, VT 05753
802.443.3099 | go.middlebury.edu/eia