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Sustainability Pledge Benefit

We’re excited to announce the Sustainability Pledge Benefit available to all Middlebury College faculty and staff!

One of our core values at Middlebury is a commitment to leadership in environmental stewardship and sustainability. As a way to support this value and to celebrate our recent achievement of carbon neutrality, Middlebury is encouraging employees to reduce their personal carbon footprint by offering a Sustainability Pledge Benefit, thanks to a generous gift from a local donor.

Middlebury will offer employees up to $200 towards qualifying sustainability purchases or actions. Employees whose household incomes are eligible for 3SquaresVT benefit can receive up to $250 towards qualifying sustainability purchases or actions. Qualifying purchases include things like Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares, membership of a local food cooperative, seeds, composting equipment, bicycles for commuting, and ENERGY STAR appliances – see the program website for full details.

Note that we have a limited fund, which is being offered on a first come, first serve basis until the funds are used up.

How to Access the Sustainability Pledge Benefit

Getting reimbursed for your Sustainability Pledge Benefit is a 3-step process:

  1. Visit the Middlebury Sustainability Pledge Benefit web page at: http://www.middlebury.edu/sustainability/academics-and-research/environmental-council/sustainability-pledge-benefit and review the tips on how to reduce household and transportation carbon emissions.
  1. Choose one or more of the actions and purchases that are eligible for the benefit and sign the pledge to reduce carbon emissions and the specific actions you will take.
  2. Carry out your qualifying action and/or make your purchase and complete the reimbursement form with proof of purchase no later than June 5th.

After submitting the form and proof of purchase/action you will receive your reimbursement via your payroll check (note: reimbursements are subject to income tax).

We look forward to supporting your efforts as you reduce your carbon footprint!

Environmental Council


Reacting to the Past

Please join us on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at 12:15 pm in the Center for Teaching, Learning & Research for a discussion of the Reacting to the Past approach to learning.

Reacting to the Past (RTTP) consists of elaborate games, set in the past, in which students are assigned roles informed by primary and secondary sources. Class sessions are run by students; instructors advise and guide students and grade their oral and written work according to agreed upon criteria. This pedagogy seeks to draw students into the past, promote engagement with important human issues and dynamics while focusing on intellectual, academic and communication skills. It also allows students to argue in favor of perspectives with which they may not agree in a safe environment. All of the games are set in the past, and thus might be regarded as history, but games may also explore other disciplines. Part of the intellectual appeal of RTTP is that it transcends disciplinary structures. Pioneered in the late 1990s by Mark C. Carnes, Professor of History at Barnard College, the RTTP curriculum has been implemented by faculty at hundreds colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad since dissemination began in 2001.
(For more on RTTP, see https://reacting.barnard.edu/)

In January, Professors Kathy Morse and Darién Davis attended the Reacting to the Past’s Winter Conference on Venturesome Pedagogy for the Twenty-First Century. In this lunchtime discussion, Darién Davis will share insights from this conference and his experience with introducing RTTP approaches in his classes.

Lunch will be provided. Click here to RSVP for lunch by 5 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2017.

Academic Roundtable – The DLA at Three Years: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Please join us at 12:15 pm on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in the Abernethy Room in the Axinn Center (please note change of venue).

As we approach the three-year anniversary of the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative (and the conclusion of our Mellon grant), we want to discuss what we have learned, and where we will be going from here. We will be joined by Bethany Nowviskie, Director of the Digital Library Federation (DLF), and Research Associate Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of English at the University of Virginia; Bethany will participate in our conversation, both to help us see Middlebury’s DLA through fresh eyes, and guide our thinking about our next steps forward. This roundtable is a perfect opportunity for faculty and staff who have participated in the DLA, as well as those viewing us from afar, to join in a reflexive conversation.

Click here to RSVP for lunch

Premiere of a new choral work by Middlebury alumna Christina Whitten Thomas ‘01.5

Christina Whitten Thomas ‘01.5

Award-winning composer and Middlebury alumna Christina Whitten Thomas ‘01.5 returns to campus for the premiere of her new choral suite, Songs of Gold, on Friday evening, April 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m., in Robison Concert Hall at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Commissioned by the Vermont Choral Union (directed by Jeff Rehbach, music department, who also conducts the Middlebury College Community Chorus),  this dazzling work for eight-part chorus and flute includes texts by Vermont-based writer Abigail Carroll, 1950s Waterbury poet Jean Killary, and Middlebury faculty member Jay Parini.

Christina will also present a talk about her music and career as a composer since her graduation from Middlebury at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, in room 221 of the Mahaney Center for the Arts, free and open to the public.

The Friday evening concert celebrates the Vermont Choral Union’s  50th anniversary. James G. Chapman, who had previously taught in the music department at Middlebury College and conducted the College Choir, founded the Choral Union in 1967 at the University of Vermont. Today, its 36 singers from across the state take wing with soaring works from medieval times to the present. This 90-minute program encompasses works that bring to life texts from church and theater traditions, romance and the natural world, crossing the centuries from the European and North American continents. In addition to Songs of Gold, the program features works that Chapman introduced to audiences at Middlebury and UVM, including 18th-century psalm settings by historic Vermont figures Justin Morgan and Elisha West, and pieces by such noted composers as William Byrd, Heinrich Schütz, Johannes Brahms, Josef Rheinberger, Maurice Duruflé, Charles Villiers Stanford, Francis Poulenc, Samuel Barber, Will Todd, and Randall Thompson. Tickets ($12/$10/$6) will be available at the door or in advance at the College box office (go.middebury.edu/boxoffice).

Christina Whitten Thomas’s works have been performed throughout the United States including at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Disney Concert Hall. She has received commissions from the Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers, the Denver Women’s Chorus, Vox Femina of Los Angeles, the Esoterics of Seattle, Melodia Women’s Choir, the Apollo Men’s Chorus, and the Vermont Choral Union. Her awards include first place in the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir competition, first place in the Los Robles Master Chorale competition, first place in the Park Avenue Christian Church competition, second place in the NATS Art Song Composition Award, the Sorel Conductor’s Choice award, and the Sorel Medallion. Her choral cycle Choral de Bêtes can be heard on Musica Sacra’s 2012 CD release Messages to Myself. In addition to her Middlebury B.A., Christina holds a M.M. in composition from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. She curently resides with her family in Pasadena, California, where she is also an active teacher and vocalist. More information can be found at www.christinawhitten.com.


Spring Student Symposium

We invite all members of the Middlebury College community, guests, and members of the public to join us in celebrating the academic and creative endeavors of Middlebury students. The symposium on Friday, April 21 will feature oral and poster presentations and displays throughout the day in McCardell Bicentennial Hall. Student presenters come from all four classes at Middlebury and all fields of academic study.

A full schedule of activities can be found online at go.middlebury.edu/sym

Information specifically for faculty and staff can also be found there, including a presenters list that can be sorted by major or department.

Will Nash receives funding to participate in NEH Summer Institute

William Nash (American Studies, English & American Literatures) has been awarded a grant to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute titled Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Twentieth-Century  Chicago, 1893-1955. The four-week institute is sponsored by and based at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Participants will explore Chicago’s contribution to the modernist movement, with particular attention given to literature and the visual arts. Last summer, Will was selected to participate in a two-week NEH Summer Seminar sponsored by Winthrop University, held at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, and titled Take Note and Remember: The Commonplace Book and Its American Antecedents.