Last week ended on an impressive note, with more than 350 students sharing elements of their intensive and individual research at the seventh annual Spring Student Symposium. Like show-and-tell on steroids, the intellectually charged event showcases a year’s worth of work by students, including plenty of first-years and sophomores in addition to juniors and seniors. And their presentations showed immense maturity as well as facility of the topics at hand.
As things kicked off on Thursday evening at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, students, faculty, and staff enjoyed musical presentations, dance and theater performances, and a keynote address with actor and activist Cassidy Freeman ’05 (listen below).
On Friday, the Great Hall and adjacent classrooms of Bicentennial Hall were packed with the day’s full schedule of poster sessions and oral presentations, capped off with an evening reception and more music and theater performances.
Below is a slideshow that briefly captures the excitement of the event, followed by an audio clip of Freeman’s keynote address in its entirety.
The 2013 Student Symposium kicked off the weekend in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall with welcoming performances by a cappella groups the Mountain Ayres and the Mamajamas (pictured above).
Hear what actress and activist Cassidy Freeman ’05 had to say about Middlebury, creativity, and writing your personal mission statement:
The sunny, breezy day was made to order as friends, family and former students gathered to celebrate oceanographer and past professor David Folger on the shores of Lake Champlain. The shining focus was the spectacular and highly technological newest floating laboratory, the Research Vessel David Folger.
In noting what tremendous opportunities this new facility will provide, President Liebowitz underlined the importance of both the sciences and experiential learning, while others, including Lake Champlain Maritime Museum director Art Cohn and CEO of Terry Precision Cycling Liz Robert ’78, offered enthusiastic remarks on the benefits for the local community. And former student Debbie Hutchinson Gove ’74 shared memories and reminiscences from other classmates who couldn’t be there. Middmag was on hand to capture it all.
With an expected sense of nervous excitement, this summer’s latest batch of new students arrived at the Bread Loaf School of English last Monday. But any signs of anxiety quickly gave way to calm comfort as many of those students were greeted by none other than the director herself, Emily Bartels. With her warm smile, welcoming hand, and wonderful sense of humor she set the tone, once again, for a fun and rewarding summer.
Noted Senegalese artist Viyé Diba, artist in residence at the Museum of Art in mid-February, left a room-sized impression with his thought-provoking installation “Nous sommes nombreaux, et nos problemes avec…” (We are numerous, and our problems with that…) Part of the exhibit “Environment and Object: Recent African Art,” on display through April 22, Diba’s work joins the others in using mostly found objects destined for landfills to illustrate the effects man-made issues have on the environment. Middmag visited with Diba during a break from his work, and he shared his thoughts.