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All welcome to join the College Community Chorus

All students, staff and faculty are welcome to join the Middlebury College Community Chorus as the choir starts to prepare for its annual fall concert, slated for performance on campus the weekend before Thanksgiving. Regular rehearsals are Tuesday and Sunday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Mead Chapel, beginning September 13.

This season’s program includes historical works from the European choral tradition alongside breathtaking contemporary works written during the past decade. The songs feature celebratory psalm texts with a Thanksgiving theme, as well as music with words that reflect the changing seasons and a longing for justice and peace, important to so many people at this time.

The choir will prepare the Chandos Anthem No. 9 by Baroque composer George Frederic Handel. Its four choruses – reminiscent of the spirited music found in his Messiah – contain dramatic shifts in textures and harmonies, scored for string orchestra and oboe. The program also includes Mozart’s expressive Ave verum corpus, a traditional text from the Roman Catholic tradition.

The chorus welcomes the change of seasons with music by Zachary J. Moore, one of a new generation of American choral composers. With beautiful melodies, he vividly paints the poem October Song, written by Wisconsin poet laureate Max Garland. In O Notte (O Night), completed just a few months ago, distinguished conductor-composer Z. Randall Stroope dramatically scores selected phrases of poems by Michelangelo, “O night, in dreams you carry me where I desire,” and Friedrich Rückert, “Du bist die Ruh” (You are rest), for choir, piano, solo violin and cello.

Distinguished arranger, composer and conductor Craig Hella Johnson creates a lyrical musical setting the words of Mattie Stepanek’s Psalm of Life, written just before Thanksgiving 2003. Mattie, a published poet and peace advocate, died a month before his 14th birthday from a rare form of muscular dystrophy. From the Hebrew tradition, contemporary composer Allan Naplan sets the text of Al Shlosha D’varim: truth, justice and peace sustain the world. The inspirational words of Mother Teresa, “If we have not peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other,” provide the foundation for an award-winning 2010 work by Pacific Northwest composer Joan Szymko.

Conductor Jeff Rehbach notes that this program will offer singers the opportunity to explore a rich variety of styles of historic and present-day music, with vivid writing for chorus, piano, and chamber music ensemble. Rehbach begins his seventeenth season as director of the College Community Chorus, and Timothy Guiles returns as the choir’s virtuoso accompanist.

The choir welcomes all interested singers to join the ensemble during September. Participants should plan to attend at least one rehearsal each week. Numbering nearly 100 singers, the group is open without audition or mandatory fees to all singers who can follow a musical score. Its members travel from throughout the region to participate in this 150-year-old community tradition, hosted by Middlebury College.

For up to date information, check on the web at http://go.middlebury.edu/communitychorus or contact director Jeff Rehbach at 989-7355.

Observatory Stargazing Open House Nights – Autumn 2016

Middlebury College Observatory and Middlebury Physics will again host stargazing open house nights this autumn. These Observatory events are scheduled for Friday evenings, September 16 and September 30, from 8:00 PM until 9:30 PM and are weather permitting.

Saturn and Mars will be in the evening sky on these dates. A variety of interesting stars, star clusters, and nebulae will also be visible through the Observatory’s telescopes. The Observatory includes a 24-inch telescope in a dome and smaller telescopes on the roof.

Observatory open house nights are free and open to the public. However, they will take place only if the sky is expected to be mostly clear. Please check the Observatory web site at go/observatory or call the Observatory at 443-2266 after 6 PM on the evening of the event for weather status.

MiddAction Fair

Please join the Center for Community Engagement at the 2016 MiddAction Fair! Whether you’d like to explore opportunities to partner with community organizations regarding your teaching, your areas of research, or if you are new to our Middlebury community and wanting to get involved, we’d love to have you stop by!

MiddAction Fair When: Monday, September 19th, 6–7:30 p.m. Where: Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center

This event is open to students, faculty, and staff.

Meet representatives from more than 50 local non-profit organizations and student service groups offering a range of opportunities to help engage and broaden what it means to live in community here in Addison County. The MiddAction Fair will provide you with the opportunity to become connected in local activism, volunteering, social justice, and service-learning activities in areas such as education, literacy, youth mentoring, environment, emergency services, public health, poverty, hunger, housing, and much more. Any questions? Please feel free to contact Emma McDonald at the Center for Community Engagement (emcdonald@middlebury.edu, 802.443.5113).

Faculty/Staff Pick-Up Soccer





We (Peter Kim, Peter Matthews and Mike Roy) are once again organizing regular noon-time pick-up soccer for faculty and staff.  We currently meet Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays at noon in the Field House, but are more than willing to accommodate other schedules.  All ages and abilities are encouraged.  Peter (Kim) has more than enough soccer balls, pinnies, connies and PUGG goals to accommodate simultaneous games if needed.

If you’re an interested newcomer, please e-mail Peter Kim (ptkim@middlebury.edu), Matthews (pmatthew@middlebury.edu)  or Mike Roy with the subject heading “Fac/Staff Lunchtime Soccer” and let us know what days work best for you, and whether you’d like to be added to a regular e-mail distribution list.  Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you there.


Personal Milestones

congratsAshley Laux (Center for Creativity and Engagement) and husband Matt (former Middlebury employee) welcome their second child – Audrey Ray Eddaline Laux was born August 11th at Porter Medical Center. Mom and baby are home and doing well.

Do you have a personal milestone you’d like to share? Please submit a one or two line description (with photo if available) of your new baby, engagement, wedding, graduation, significant anniversary, etc. to middpoints@middlebury.edu




October – December, 2016

  • Thursday October 6, Davis Library 150D
  • Wednesday October 12, Davis Library 150D
  • Thursday October 20, Davis Library 150D
  • Wednesday November 2, Davis Library 150D
  • Tuesday November 15, Davis Library 150D
  • Thursday December 1 , Marble Works, Suite 203
  • Thursday December 15, Davis Library 150D

To schedule an appointment with Erik Moreau, please call the Field Support Team at (800) 732-8353, M-F 8am – 8pm (EST).

MIIS New Faculty Orientation

MIIS welcomed the new faculty during an all-day orientation on August 17, 2016.  The day kicked off with a few words from Provost Susan Baldridge and continue throughout the day by many key colleagues from across campus. 

MIIS faculty 2016

Left to right:

David Wick – Assistant Professor, International Education Management

Sandi Smith – Visiting Professor, International Education Management

Anne Campbell – Assistant Professor, International Education Management

Constantin Gurdgiev – Visiting Professor, Business Administration

Missing from photo:

Lijian Cai, Visiting Professor – Translation and Interpretation

Sieun Lee, Assistant Professor – Translation and Interpretation

—Cathy Vincent, HR