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Toni Cross ’18 Named Rangel Scholar

Toni Cross ’18 was recently selected as one of thirty Rangel Scholars! The Rangel Graduate Fellowship provides approximately $95,000 to pursue a master’s degree in international affairs. As part of the Rangel Program, Toni will work for a member of Congress on issues regarding foreign affairs in summer 2018. In the summer of 2019, she […]

Peace Fellowship Program in DC seeking applicants, due 1/5/18

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program invites recent college graduates to apply for full-time, six-to-nine month fellowships in Washington, DC. Outstanding individuals will be selected to work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues. Applications are especially encouraged from candidates with a strong interest in these issues who have prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy.

Scoville Fellows will choose to work with one of the twenty-four organizations participating in the program. With the assistance of the program director, fellows will select a placement which best matches their interests and the needs of the host organization. Participating organizations provide office space and support, supervision and guidance for fellows’ work. With the exception of Congressional lobbying, fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, and organizing that support the goals of their host organization.

The purpose of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for college graduates to gain practical knowledge and experience by contributing to the efforts of nonprofit, public-interest organizations working on peace and security issues.

Deadline is January 5, 2018.  All the details and application are here:


Two Alumni Receive Schwarzman Scholarships for Study in China

Juan Sebastián Muñoz Rivera ’13 (Middlebury College) and Fangdi Pan ’15  (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey) were recently named Schwarzman Scholars! Selected from over 4,000 applicants, this cohort of 142 Schwarzman scholars comes from 39 countries and 97 universities, with 41% from the United States, 20% from China, and 39% from the rest of the world. […]

Student Org Leader Spotlight: Elissa DeNunzio, Community Friends

Community Friends is a one-on-one mentoring programs that matches Middlebury College students with children ages 6-12 in Addison County. The program was originally founded in 1960 by the Counseling Services of Addison County, and now runs as a Student Organization advised by the Center for Community Engagement. Mentors meet with their matches for at least two hours per week. Matches can have fun exploring campus, crafting, attending sports events, eating in the dining halls, and much more! For more information, check out their webpage here.

Below is an interview with Elissa DeNunzio ’18, the lead coordinator of Community Friends.

Why should folks join Community Friends? What will they take away from the experience? 

Community Friends is a great opportunity to connect with a child in the local Addison County community. Mentors are able to develop a new friendship and have fun while doing it!

Not only can mentors help their mentees with problems at school or with their peers, but mentors can also learn a lot from their mentees about Addison County and how to build a meaningful relationship. Mentoring is not just a one-way relationship, but we can learn a lot from our mentees too! Plus it is always fun to run around campus, watch movies in Axinn, or make amazing dining hall creations in Proctor! 

Why did you first join Community Friends?

I joined Community Friends because I am interested in becoming an elementary school teacher. I wanted another opportunity to engage with children outside of the classroom. I participated in a Big Brother Big Sister program in high school and wanted to continue my mentoring experience in college. I was excited to have the opportunity to build another relationship and connect with Addison County in the process. 

What has been your most memorable experience as a member of Community Friends?

As a coordinator, I have loved being able to watch the program grow. Over the past few years, Community Friends has had up to eighty matches at one time. I love watching matches interact during our monthly events, whether that is playing an intense game of football, decorating cookies, or showing off magic tricks. I am excited to see how the program becomes even more successful throughout the rest of the school year, especially with our new mentor training series! 

What have you learned, either about yourself or the world around you, as a member of Community Friends?

During my work as a coordinator, I have had several discussions about effective techniques for communicating and engaging with children. In our recent new mentor training, Laura Basili shared the importance of active listening skills. I have learned about the importance of listening instead of trying to solve other people’s problems. I have gotten to put these techniques into practice while meeting with my mentee and even in conversations with my peers on campus. Community Friends has provided me with the skills to better communicate with peers in and out of the program. 

Where are you from and what’s your major? What other activities are you involved with on campus? 

I am from Darien, CT. I am a double psychology and elementary student teaching major (the first one!). On campus, I am on the varsity diving team and work at the student mail center. 

Come celebrate the season with Robert Frost and the Spiral Press

Join us Thursday, December 14th at 4:00pm in the Davis Family Library Atrium for a reception to honor and enjoy the current Special Collections exhibition, Holiday Greetings from Robert Frost and the Spiral Press, curated by College Archivist Danielle Rougeau.

Light refreshments will be served.

On display for the first time since 1961, when Corinne Tennyson Davids donated the Wales Hawkins Memorial Collection of Frostiana to Middlebury, Robert Frost’s complete set of 28 holiday cards tell the story of an artistic collaboration spanning more than three decades. Robert Frost and the Spiral Press created holiday greeting cards of the highest craftsmanship and design from 1929 until 1962. Works of art in themselves, the cards also stand as true first editions of the chosen poems. Frost became a true champion of fine letterpress, and commented that “the Spiral’s typography and printing found things to say to my poetry that hadn’t been said before.”  

Tonight! The Third Annual Middlebury College Write-In

Tonight, December 6, 2017, we’ll be hosting the Third Annual Middlebury College Write-In, sponsored by CTLR, the Writing Program, Middlebury College Libraries, and the Anderson Freeman Resource Center. This event creates a one-stop place for students to get everything they need to hammer out those last papers in a fun and supportive environment. It’s like an academic writing party at the library!

The Write-In will be happening from 8-11 pm at Davis Family Library, and 8:30-11pm at the AFC. Both Write-In locations will feature snacks, hot chocolate, writing tutors, a research librarian, and lots of moral support from friends. This event has been a great success the last two years, and we’re hoping to make this one the best so far!

Interested in Non-profit work and the grant review process? Join United Way’s Community Impact Funding Team

Come learn more about the behind-the-scenes work of grant approval process. United Way is seeking Middlebury College student volunteers to participate in a community grant process as part of an impact team in the area of financial stability. Volunteers will read each grant application, conduct site visits as a group at local organizations, score the applications and recommend funding amounts for the UW board of directors to approve. The work takes approximately 25-35 hours between the last week of January through the last week of March, accommodating for absences over February Break and Spring Break. Enthusiasm, curiosity, and a sense of humor are valued highly! Interested students should send their resume and statement of interest to United Way of Addison County Volunteer Center Coordinator Tracy Corbett,