25 Years @ Midd with Dean Mandigo

In this post we recognize Dean Mandigo, an Electrician in Facilities Services, for his 25 years of Service to Middlebury. Dean shares his career path here at the College, some details about his life outside of work, and some fond Middlebury memories. Read on to learn more about Midd from Dean’s point of view.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?

I came to the college from Racette Electric in Pittsford VT where I had begun my electrical career. Before that I had been a carpenter and worked general construction. For a short stint while in college I was a formalwear manager at McNeil and Reedy clothing in Rutland. I also worked for a few years at Coca Cola Rutland as warehouse worker, truck driver/delivery person and a salesmen/supervisor.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

General Maintenance worker electrical, electrician B, electrician A

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?

I had gotten married the previous year and was creating a new life with Kathy my wife and her son Jared. I was also in the state electrical apprenticeship program.

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)

My daughter Janelle, now a senior at UVM, is and has been an inspiration to me. Social justice is a major part of her life and she has helped me to understand where we are and why our thought process needs to change in society.

Jared and his wife Amber have given us two grandsons.

I have also been a Salisbury firefighter for 16 years.

Being empty-nesters now, Kathy and I enjoy mini vacations away, with family and our dog Maple.

Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?

One day a several years ago a coworker asked if I would join him for a little exercise at the pool. We were both going thru some health issues and I agreed to give it a try. Now we both swim regularly and are both feeling better because of it.

What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?

There are two. The installation of the radio antenna in Mead chapel spire with Chris Ayers. It was a challenge to run the service up thru the belfry around the carillon bells and wires. And maintaining the lighting of the cross country trail around the golf course. Those lights were removed many years ago.

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?

When I first came to the Electrical shop the college was about to go through a major growth spurt. The Ethernet was just taking off, life safety was jumping forward and the college was going to expand its physical size over the next decade. It was the perfect place to grow, career wise and family.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

My plan is to keep right on working. Maybe retire a little early. Possibly get a small part time job, do some volunteering, travel/camping while Kathy and I enjoy life.

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

My favorite place would be in the top of Mead chapel looking out of the doors in the lantern just below the spire. Even better on a windy day and you can feel it sway!

Is there any person on campus (or retiree, former employer) that mentored you, or you feel helped you grow into your job, grow to enjoy your work and your time at the College?

There have been many people that have influenced me along the way. To name a few, my brothers Dave and Dan, Ernie Racette(Racette Electric). From Midd  Art Thorne, Norm Cushman, George McPhail, Dean Ouellette and Robert Preseau.

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College Access Passion Meets Practice: Brian Ketchabaw Reflects

This student leader spotlight features Brian Ketchabaw ’20, one of the future co-presidents for MiddCAM (Middlebury College Access Mentors).

MiddCAM is a one-on-one mentorship program that pairs Middlebury College student mentors with high school juniors who are primarily first-generation and/or low-income college applicants. Mentors help guide their mentees through the college application process by helping them coordinate standardized testing, come up with a college list, editing essays and personal statements, and providing information about the college experience. Recently, they also began supporting drop-in hours at both Middlebury Union High School (MUHS) and Mt. Abe High School.

I asked Brian some questions to learn about how his story and MiddCAM’s story intersect. Here are his reflections!

Let’s get a little background on you: Where are you from and what’s your major? What activities are you involved with on (and off) campus?

I am from Rye Brook, NY and I am a double major in Economics and Sociology with a minor in Education Studies. I am on the Men’s Varsity Ice Hockey team, co-president of MiddCAM, and I am going into my third year as student staff with ResLife.  

Why and when did you first join MiddCAM?

I joined MiddCAM my freshman year because the president at the time (Meg Poterba) was my FYC in Battell. I immediately felt a close connection with MiddCAM and joined the board my freshman spring.

What have you learned, both about yourself or the world around you, as a member of MiddCAM?

I have learned that all college students–especially students at a college like Middlebury–have a lot to give to their community. Whether it is volunteering at places like the Charter House, joining the Community Friends program, or joining MiddCAM, we can make a real impact in the community that has given us so much. I am a big believer in paying it forward. I was lucky enough to have a fantastic college advising team in high school which prepared me for the college process very well. Instead of just simply using those developed skills on myself, I love the fact that I can share my knowledge with MUHS students.

Congrats on your co-president leadership role in MiddCAM for next year! What are you looking forward to in that role?

I am looking forward to expanding MiddCAM. Since I joined my freshman year, we have more than doubled the mentors and mentees involved. I would like to continue that trend in order to increase our impact even further. Additionally, we are progressing “drop-in hours” so even MUHS students who are not involved in MiddCAM can come ask us questions about the college process.

We hear from Sociology Assistant Professor Matt Lawrence (the new Faculty Director of the Privilege and Poverty Academic Cluster) that you’re connecting this interest to your thesis. Tell us about how MiddCAM has shaped your academic interests and pursuits.

I have always been interested in education, but my experience with MiddCAM and at Middlebury College as a whole has accelerated my interest. The Education Studies department is fantastic here, and I have learned a great deal about the inequalities of education and how difficult it is for disadvantaged students to succeed in the current education system. Additionally, I have taken Sociology classes, such as Higher Education in Society, that helped me develop a thesis in my interests. Next fall, I will be writing my thesis about MiddCAM and the importance of pre-college access programs. Additionally, this will give me a great opportunity to hear real feedback from past MiddCAM mentees in order to figure out what parts of MiddCAM need to be developed further.  

Thanks, Brian, and we look forward to hearing more about MiddCAM as it continues to develop!


Brian playing at the rink for the Men’s Varsity Ice Hockey team.