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While an active threat on campus, also called active shooter or armed threat, is unlikely, the results of such an incident can be tragic.  Middlebury College has therefore approved a community education program created by members of the college’s Emergency Planning and Preparedness team to provide you with guidance on preparing your personal safety plan should the worst occur.

Active Threat Response:  A Community Education and Preparedness Program will be presented to all faculty, staff and students during the 2014-2015 academic year.  Emergency Preparedness team members Melody Perkins (Public Safety) and Jennifer Kazmierczak (Environmental Health and Safety) are the presenters.

Employee sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, March 24th from 9:30 to 10:00 AM and Wednesday, April 8th from 11:30 AM to noon. Both sessions will be held in Axinn 232.  The 30 minute program will include an overview of emergency planning and preparedness at Middlebury.  There will be an opportunity for individual questions after the presentation.

Systems Maintenance Sunday, March 15th

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During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, March 15th we have the following activities scheduled:


There will be maintenance on the firewalls serving the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. The work is scheduled to begin at 11am EST, 8am PST. There will be a single outage of Internet access at MIIS and the VPN connection to Middlebury lasting up to 10 minutes. There may be additional brief service outages for the duration of the maintenance window. Internet access at the Middlebury, VT campus will have not be affected.


We appreciate your patience as we continuously strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.






Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Mandy on LiM

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Last year, I was studying abroad in Madrid, Spain and I received an email about a new program, Language in Motion, at Middlebury’s Community Engagement office. At that time, I was thinking about how I would readjust to my life at Middlebury, and all of the memories I had made. The email could not have come at a better time, as I started to think about classes and what I wanted to do for the upcoming year. One thing I wanted to do was to make more of an effort to promote travel and studying abroad even more than I had in the past. Community Engagement has allowed me to do just that.


Through Language in Motion, I found that I could reflect on my experiences to share and pique other students’ curiosities. One thing I missed was how I spent my mealtimes in Spain. I enjoyed the culture of eating because I felt like I had time to both catch up with my friends and eat. When I was planning what I wanted to present to students, I immediately thought about the culture of mealtimes, and I led a small activity in the school’s kitchen where I tried to recreate the ambience of eating tapas at a bar. It was great being able to talk about food and connecting that to life, values, and cultures because I saw how my connections to food made the students think about their lives.


This experience would not have been possible without the Community Engagement office where there are so many different opportunities that anyone can take advantage of. Whether it is sharing experiences like eating, mentoring youth, or applying for a grant to do something you find meaningful (just to name three things you can do), the Community Engagement office can help you find a way to leverage your interests and curiosities to connect with the community. There is more to Middlebury than what happens on the hill, and the Community Engagement office makes it that much easier to discovering ways you can get involved.


-Mandy Kwan ’15

To learn more about Language in Motion, click here!

New Website for Employee Discounts

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Staff Council is excited to announce a new website that lists discounts available to Middlebury College employees. To receive most of these discounts, you simply present your Middlebury College ID.

Some companies will require a coupon from the Addison County Chamber of Commerce or from the company itself. The employee discounts website provides links to these coupons.

You can find the website at

If you know of other companies offering discounts to College employees, email us at and we’ll update our website to include them.

Note that the College does not guarantee or endorse the companies listed here. It’s always prudent to check that the discounts on the website are the best offers available.

Interested in leadership and social change? Check out the StartingBloc program and institute in New Orleans!!

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  StartingBloc is built on the belief that a small, committed group of people can change the world. They bring together entrepreneurs, activists, educators, and  innovators working to create change.  They connect them to their tribe and give them access to the resources, co-conspirators, projects and support they need to create the impact they want. […]

Charter House Info Session (3/12)

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What: Join us at an information session to learn more about volunteering at the Charter House Coalition, a homeless shelter in downtown Middlebury. 

When: Monday, March 12th, 2015: 5:00-6:00PM 

Where:  LaForce Seminar Room 121

Learn more about the Charter House Coalition here

Self-Defense Workshop this Friday

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3/13, 9:45 am-12:00 pm, Mitchell Green Lounge: Tanya Panizzo on Building Self Defense & Finding Your Voice

Tanya Panizzo, a world-renowned self-defense instructor, will conduct a workshop for female-identified students, faculty and staff. Tanya’s workshop focuses on empowerment and confidence building exercises to teach women how to effectively combat aggression, both verbally (i.e assertively saying no) and physically. Space is limited: RSVP to
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This project was supported by Grant No. 2010-WA-AX-0010 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication/program are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.