Student Org Profile: Language in Motion

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LiM at MUHS Study Abroad Fair
Language in Motion (LiM) is an educational collaboration that connects Middlebury’s international, study abroad, and upper level language students with local high school and middle school teachers, students, and classrooms. 
“Spending time out of the United States and learning foreign languages have been instrumental in shaping my worldview and my academic path at Middlebury. Participating in the Language in Motion program through the Office of Community Engagement has given me the chance to combine my love for languages and intercultural exchange with my interest in education. LiM facilitates connections between Middlebury College students who have had international experiences, through study abroad, summer programs, gap years, or by virtue of being international students, with secondary school students in Vermont. It gives Middlebury students the chance to make their abroad experiences meaningful in new ways and to reflect on how the insight they have gained through their international experiences can be valuable to the larger Middlebury community. Midd students participating in LiM go through training to plan and give presentations to high school and middle school students in the area on an aspect of their international experience. Topics range from superstitions in Russia to foods of Spain to life in Ethiopia.
In addition to presentations, we just hosted the second annual study abroad fair at Middlebury Union High School to give students access to resources on high school study abroad and gap year opportunities. We are working on exciting new programming for this spring including “language days,” through which we hope to bring high school language classes to Middlebury to experience language tables and the atmosphere of Middlebury language-learning. It has been immensely rewarding for me to get to share my experiences and love for languages with students in the larger Middlebury community through presentations, and to learn more about other cultures in helping other Midd students plan their presentations.”
-Emma McDonald ’16

Student Org Profile: Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring

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Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring is a student organization at Middlebury College with the goal of creating community and connecting people through food and food education. Our student-run group organizes volunteering events and classes with the purpose of teaching people how to cook healthy food for themselves on a budget and to acquire the independence and knowledge that comes with this life skill. The aims of these initiatives are to establish healthy eating and cooking habits and to raise awareness about nutrition and current food issues.
With our amazing college dining on campus, it can be easy to forget about the food security issues in Addison County and Vermont. NOM works to teach healthy cooking and living by going into schools, hosting workshops and through other events with community partners. My work with NOM has shown me the power of sharing food, that eating almost always involves conversation, and has allowed me to branch out beyond the Middlebury campus. – Emily Beneroff ‘16
This organization has given me the opportunity to dive more deeply into my own study of nutrition as I learn alongside the kids participating in cooking and even writing, drawing and mapping activities together. NOM has also raised my awareness of the problem of food insecurity in Addison County. Children are so affected by this issue but they have very little control over it. I like working with the children in the classroom and in after school settings to try to empower them and place some agency around informed food choices in their lives.
One of my favorite memories was at the Sister-to-Sister Summit last year when NOM brought kale and fruit in to make smoothies with the middle school girls. Many of them were excited about strawberry banana but hesitant to try adding kale because it was green and unknown. Seeing myself and some other volunteers blend in the kale and drink it many girls followed our lead. We had one girl in particular that was so enthusiastic about the kale she wanted seconds and proudly told us she couldn’t wait to go home to tell her mom she had tried kale. My favorite part about NOM is the joy of creating and sharing food with students. – Chelsea Colby ’17.5

And You Thought Google was the Best Place to Work…Check Out Outside Magazine’s 100 Companies!

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Here you’ll find the complete ranking of 100 companies in this year’s Outside Magazine Best Places to Work package.  A Rolodex of 100 companies that might actually “fit” your lifestyle: start-ups, boutique-sized, from brewery to impact branding to clothing to energy drinks; the

Middlebury College Library @

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In the interest of providing new and improved modes of access to Special Collections & Archives’ extensive collection of digitized materials, we’re excited to announce that we have have secured our own Middlebury College Library collection within the Internet Archive (also available via go/middleburyia).

The Internet Archive is a nonprofit digital library based in San Fransisco whose stated mission is to provide permanent and universal access to all knowledge.  In order to meet their ambitious goals, the Internet Archive allows free uploading and downloading to its 50 petabyte data cluster, engages in massive web harvesting and preservation via the Wayback Machine, and oversees one of the largest book digitization projects in the world.  Certainly, we are excited join many of our peer institutions in making unique contributions to the project.

Though the Middlebury College Library collection at the Internet Archive is still quite small, currently containing a sample of works from our Vermont Collection Books & Pamphlets, we expect it to grow rapidly and act as a primary component of our digital archives strategy.  Key advantages of hosting digitized content with Internet Archive include:

  • Broader access and discoverability of uploaded content;
  • Support for streaming and online viewing of media formats ranging from scanned books to audio to vintage video games;
  • Automatic OCR for digitized texts;
  • Embeddable links & players for streaming audio and video;
  • Automated derivation and delivery of digital objects to users in many more file types and formats that we could reasonably support on our own;
  • And – of course – that the service is free for both users and contributors.

Everyone is encouraged to pay a visit and take a look at the growing collections.  Any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding Internet Archive or our digital collections there can be directed to Patrick Wallace.


Work to Alleviate Poverty Globally thru Research & Policy

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The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and partner organizations currently have dozens of job opportunities available globally with more positions likely to become available by summer 2016. J-PAL’s recruitment drive is an excellent opportunity to join us and

Weekly Web Updates – November 16, 2015

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New Features

The New Library Items site is back, this time as a separate site which can be found at Use this interface to browse the collection of library items by subject or type and see their covers.

We have added a WordPress plugin called The Events Calendar to support a site for the DLA.


Tweaks and Fixes

  • The limit on the amount of time allowed when you save page settings in Drupal has been increased. This should prevent you from seeing the grey “503 error” page when adding permissions to a particularly large portion of the site, though we still recommend using the AD Group Manager when possible.
  • We’ve optimized the query that fetches lists of donors for MiddSTART so that it returns only a few hundred rows from the database on each page load, rather than a hundred thousand.
  • Missing page regions caused by a recent update to Monster Menus were restored to several themes, including the Museum and the interior “blue” MIIS theme.
  • Extra white-space in Newsletter templates caused by a recent update to Monster Menus has been removed.
  • A large number of pages that were showing up in the Google Webmaster Tools report for the MIIS site as 404s now redirect to appropriate content. There are now virtually no broken links on their site, or on other sites pointing at the MIIS site.

Work with Midd Non-Profit: Up-Cycle!

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Up-Cycle is an up and coming, Middlebury-based non-profit and second-hand store for teens and young adults. It aims to offer fashionable and affordable clothing to a diverse group of teens and young adults as well as foster recycling awareness through clothes swapping and local resale.

An info session will be held today, Monday 11/16 @ 8pm in Axinn 220! Opportunities to get involved are listed below.

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Media/Promotion Specialist: Responsible for spreading advertisements and promotions about the store out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Should be media savvy, able to work in a team, and/or as a mentor to a high school student. Something goes out at least once a week (weekly outfit, workshops, etc., henna tattooing). Estimated time commitment: 1-2 hrs/week.

Store Volunteer Responsible for day to day maintenance of the store throughout open hours. Work could include selling, sorting, and taking in consignments. Should be enthusiastic and have fun being around clothing and young adults, and have a fashion sense and awareness of the importance of upcycling. Needs to be friendly and outgoing, trustworthy, able to work in a team, and should have common sense. Estimated time commitment: 6-8 hrs/month

Writing Assistant: Works with the executive director on researching and writing grants to sustain the store for the first year. Talks about ideas, write grants, and letters. Input and ideas from writing assistant would be welcomed by director. Estimated time commitment: could be one time or on a regular basis.

Outreach Coordinator: Follows up on connections the store manager and board members have throughout the community.  Could entail going individually or with a group of teens to a meeting and presenting the store objectives and mission. Meetings would be mostly in the local community, such as Church outreach programs, Service Organizations, etc. Should be a good leader and able to represent the project. Estimated time commitment: 5 hrs/month.

Business Assistant: Responsible for putting in paperwork and assistance in managing the business side of the store. Should be tech savvy, business smart, know how to do book keeping, and know his/her way around payroll, nonprofit issues, etc. Estimated time commitment: 2 hrs/week.

Program Coordinator: Responsible for organizing local involvement. Researches possible workshops and trainings concerning young people, such as sewing, jewelry making, dress for success, etc., finds guest speakers for special programs, such as nutrition, body image, issues around fashion and media in our society, contacts adult and teen artists who would like to display their art work in the store for 4 to 6 weeks. Estimated time commitment: 2 hrs/week.

Ambassador at the college: Responsible for organizing college involvement in the project. Would help spread the word amongst peers, hang posters, and get in touch with dining hall managers to put up boxes. Would act as a liaison between the store and the common houses, etc. Estimated time commitment: 5 hrs to 10 hrs (one time commitment and seasonal).

Board member: Would serve an advisory position to help maintain a hip, fashionable, and youth-centric store. Many potential involvement opportunities (e.g. in fundraising, as treasurer, as secretary). Estimated time commitment: 2 hrs/month.