Spoiler alert! The 5 quick tips include: 1. The Circulation Desk is where you’ll check out all of your library materials, including CDs, equipment and interlibrary loans. 2. Library collections include not only books but also DVDs, graphic novels in the Browsing section, dictionaries in the Reference section, manuscripts downstairs in Special Collections, and magazines in the Harman Periodicals Area. 3. Librarians can help you in person at the Research Desk and online via the library web site at http://go.middlebury.edu/lib. 4. Technology and media assistance is available at the Tech Help Desk and the Wilson Media Lab. 5. Peer Writing Tutors are ready to meet with you at the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research (CTLR). BONUS! The library has all kinds of study spaces, from the Wilson Cafe at the entrance of the building, to senior thesis carrels tucked away on the upper levels.
Peggy Nelson (Sociology-Anthropology) and a colleague at Wellesley College have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for a two-year project titled Social and Biogenetic Factors of New Forms of Families. The goal of this project is to better understand the new kinds of relationships that are made possible when individuals have children through reproductive technologies involving “donor” eggs or sperm. Researchers will interview parents and offspring who participate in networks of connection with others who share the same donor as their children or themselves. Where possible, the researchers will also interview donors who have had contact with the parents of their offspring or the offspring themselves. At least two undergraduate students will be involved in this research.
The Physics Department at Middlebury College will again host an Open House night at the College Observatory this autumn. The observatory, located atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall, will be open to the public for viewing the heavens on Friday evening, September 12, from 8:00 PM until 9:30 p.m., provided the skies are mostly clear.
On this evening, Saturn and Mars will be setting at the beginning of the event and the moon will be rising at the end of the event. Also visible through our telescopes will be a number of interesting stars, star clusters, and nebulae. There is no set program for the Open House nights; the public is invited at any time between 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
All the observatory public nights are free and open to the public, but will take place only if the sky is at least mostly clear. If the weather appears uncertain, visitors may call the observatory at 443-2266, after 6:00 p.m. on the evening of the Open House for a status report. More information can also be found at go/observatory .
RSVP and the United Way of Addison County is once again gearing up for its Annual Days of Caring event. Every year, they send out hundreds of community volunteers to complete dozens of projects at non-profits throughout Addison County.
This year, the event will be held on Thursday, September 25th and Saturday, September 27th, 2014.
Here are some examples of the projects that are currently available:
Bake muffins/ prepare lunch at local child care centers
Paint play structures
Build a hand railing and picnic tables
Harvest fall crops
Dig a sand box/spruce up a playground
Rototill a baseball field
Plan, execute (and enjoy!) a pizza party
Take pictures of volunteers
Dust library stacks/process books/read shelves
Visit with a senior citizen
Sand and varnish children’s chairs and tables
Clear a nature trail
Erect a fence and repair stadium jumps
Help prepare for a silent auction/ file paperwork
Wash walls, wood work and/or windows
Remove invasive plants at State Parks
And MANY more!!
Staff members: Middlebury College offers paid time off for this event; therefore, staff members do not have to use CTO. However, please obtain your supervisor’s approval before registering for the event.
If you would like to participate, click on the following URL to register online.
The Vermont Passport Agency will be attending Middlebury’s annual Study Abroad Fair, Thursday, October 2, 2014, from noon- 4 p.m. in the McCardell Bicentennial Hall Great Hall. The Passport Agency will accept applications from Middlebury students, staff, and faculty.
Please bring the following:
1) Citizenship evidence (e.g. birth or naturalization certificate for first-time applicants, or previous U.S. passport for eligible renewal applicants)