Author Archives: Michael Roy

United Way Raffle Deadline is Friday January 24th

Friday January 24th is the deadline to be entered into the regular raffle as part of the College’s United Way campaign. The winning raffle entry wins $250 in Middlebury Money. Congratulations to Carrie Macfarlane who was the winner of this year’s early bird raffle.
This year’s goal is to top $100,00 in contributions from the college community. We are over 90% of the way there.

To learn more about the important work that the United Way does in supporting Addison County, see their website at  

You can contribute online via payroll deduction at  

Thank you for considering this request.

The Middlebury College United Way Committee
Peter Matthews, Economics
Mike Roy, LIS
Pete Ryan, Geology
Linda Schiffer, Cook Commons

United Way of Addison County: What It Is, and How You Can Help: November 22 and 25 Lunchtime Presentations

Everyone has heard of United Way. Have you ever wondered what United Way really does?
Have you thought, “What does United Way have to do with me?” , “How/why would I get involved?”, “Is it going to cost me money?”

Involvement can take many forms; it may be through volunteering, through advocating, or maybe giving. Middlebury College is a large community within the larger community of Addison County; we will talk about the many ways that you can be an integral part of the amazing and hard work going on in the non-profit sector of our community and how to get started.
Please join us on November 22 or 25 in Axinn 100 at noon and find out! We will answer those questions and more. Yes, United Way does have something to do with you and there is a reason for you to be involved!

Bring your lunch. We’ll provide dessert.

More information about United Way of Addison County can be found at their website.

United Way Days of Caring: September 26th and 28th

The Annual United Way Days of Caring this year will be Thursday September 26th and Saturday September 28th. Attached you will find the flyer, the sign-up, and waiver forms. See for more information.




Please note that the College has generously agreed that you may volunteer for this without needing to take CT0! This is a great way to contribute to the important work of the United Way, and a fun way to get to learn more about your community.

LIS Update: August 2013



I’ve just posted the LIS Update August 2013 that describes recent accomplishments, current priorities, and longer-range opportunities and challenges. It is a lengthy, detailed document that captures the many things we are doing to help support the College’s efforts. A broader, higher-level description of our goals for the year and beyond can be found at our recently updated Strategic Directions page and at our Goals for 2013-14 site. I hope it is useful as a way to stay informed about what we are working on. If you have any questions about any of these items, do feel free to reach out to the appropriate group within LIS or to me.


Workshop on Spatial Thinking and Visualization on Friday April 5

This workshop, led by Anne Knowles (Geography Dept.), will explore principles and practices of spatial thinking, visualization, and research design for working with visual sources and methods in the digital humanities and social sciences. Examples will come from faculty and student research on the geographies of the Holocaust, the battle of Gettysburg, and other projects. We will also brainstorm around participants’ goals and ideas for incorporating spatial and visual approaches into their research and teaching.

If you wish to participate, please email Anne ( Maximum 12 participants. Please identify yourself as faculty or staff, as we are aiming for a balance across the range of interests on campus.

Time and place: Friday, April 5, from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. in MBH 319. Be sure to bring paper and drawing implements.

United Way Campaign Update: Audrey LaRock wins raffle; still time to contribute!

Audrey LaRock from the Language Schools was the winner in this year’s United Way raffle. As April approaches, we are trying to wrap up this year’s College United Way Campaign. You can still make a contribution via the on-line form at . To date, 140 individuals or families have pledged nearly $95,000. Last year, 180 individuals or families pledged just over $100,000. We hope to improve on both the amount pledged and the number of faculty and staff participating. If you haven’t yet done so, please consider contributing to this important cause. The United Way plays a critical role in providing resources where they are most needed in Addison County. You can learn more about the United Way of Addison County and how your contribution can make an impact in the community, by looking at their website at .

Update & Reminder: College United Way Campaign Raffle Results and Upcoming Deadline

Steve Goodman and his wife Cynthia won this year’s United Way early-bird raffle. There is still time to be entered in the regular raffle, which will take place on February 11th. You will be entered
twice if this is your first time donating to the United Way, or if you
increase your donation. You can find out more about the United Way and
the many ways it helps in our community at,
and you can donate on-line at

Update on the College’s United Way Campaign

  • We had have 134 contributors so far
  • 18 are  first-time contributors
  • 66 have increased their contribution from last year
  • 37 met the 125% challenge by increasing their contribution by 25% this year
  • We have raised over $89,000 so far, with a goal of hitting $125,000 and to also top last year’s number of contributors, which was 194.

Thank you for considering contributing.

Live United!

Mike Roy, on behalf of the College United Way Committee