New Intellectual Property Policy Draft & Open Meetings

The Intellectual Property Working Group (IPWG) has updated the draft of the Intellectual Property policy based on input from the Middlebury community. The Board will vote on this policy in late September. Please visit the IPWG website to review the latest draft and provide any additional input or questions: or  You may also download a copy of the draft and cover memo, both of which are attached to this email. 

The IPWG will host two open meetings next week to discuss the draft:

Monterey: Tuesday, September 20, 12pm PT in the Board Room

Middlebury: Wednesday, September 21, 4:30pm ET in Axinn 220

Please send any questions to Amy Collier,

Podcast with Linnea Burnham, Watson Fellow 2015-16–check it out!

In honor of our internal Watson nomination deadline today, here’s a treat–a recent interview with Linnea Burnham ‘14.5, a Watson Fellow in 2015-16:   . Who knew there was a radio show in Brooklyn focused on cheese?  It’s a great listen and you can learn a lot about cheese in different cultural traditions as well as […]

25 Years @ Midd with Julie Tumminia-Tomsuden

sept-2014-sunsetIn this post we recognize Julie Tumminia-Tomsuden, Sr Programmer Analyst at Information Technology Services, for her 25 years of Service to Middlebury. Julie shares some her recent relocation, some advice about working at Midd, and some special people from her career here. Read on to learn more about Midd from Julie’s point of view.

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


I had recently completed my bachelor’s degree at Johnson State College and was living in Montpelier, VT where I worked at the retail store job that helped pay my way through school.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?


  • Technical Support Assistant – until end of May 1992
  • Programmer/Intern
  • Programmer
  • Programmer/Analyst/Applications Consultant
  • Programmer/Analyst/Technical Lead
  • Senior Programmer/Analyst since January 2005

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?


My first husband, Peter, and I were enjoying time learning about the history and people of the Champlain Valley.

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


I moved to South Carolina in August of 2015 after many years of putting the pieces into place. I’m a native Vermonter because that’s where my parents lived when I was born, but realized several years ago that my heart is truly southern.

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?


My second husband, Mark, is a hockey fan and we enjoyed being hockey spectators at Nelson Arena. I also took up a bit of cross country skiing at Rikert while my much braver son took snowboarding lessons at the Snow Bowl.

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?


Many people I’ve worked with over the years have become like a second family, especially those who were there for me during my darkest days fifteen years ago when (Julie’s first husband)Peter’s life ended so suddenly.  I’ve also enjoyed the diversity of the students and programs available which has fed my enjoyment of history and travel.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?


I will miss my “second family” at Middlebury but have made the decision to move on to a different career path. Twenty-five years in the technology world is more than enough for me!

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?


Ron McKinnon worked with me as a Programmer/Intern and gave me assignments to stretch my abilities technically as well as speaking in front of a group.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at Middlebury, what would it be?


Be sure to take advantage of the opportunities available for personal growth and cultural enlightenment. Don’t get too busy to enjoy those glorious Champlain Valley sunsets!

Beginnings: 2016-2017

It’ always impressive how quickly a summer goes by, isn’t it?

Nonetheless, we are very excited to welcome our new students and for them to begin their study abroad experiences and adventures.  Our students have all arrived safely to each of our three locations–Paris, Bordeaux, and Poitiers–and are settling into their new surroudings, schedules, living arrangements, and daily lives.  They have also begun, of course, their linguistic commitments, The Language Pledge, which is a commitment to speak only in French during their stays here in France.   Below you will find some photos of our Paris undergraduate students taking The Language Pledge this past week.

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Now that the semester is under way and most of our students have started classes, we are looking forward to the trips we have planned–one to Normandy and the other to Dordogne–and for our students to discover (or revisit!) these regions of this beautiful country!  Keep and eye out for an upcoming post and photos from these trips!

A bientôt!