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ITS Bids Mack* Roark “Au Revoir”

Mack* Roark wearing rainbow paint shirt by Lake Champlain

Great news for our colleague in ITS, Mack* Roark, translates to sad news for Middlebury and the greater community.  After seventeen years on the Middlebury College staff, masterfully filling a variety of technology-related roles, Mack is retiring April 11 and moving to the Big Apple for the next phase of his life.  His departure will be felt across campus and beyond!

Mack* has made many valuable contributions to technology during his time at Midd.  He played a key role in the creation of the Digital Media Tutor program and is also known for his concise Adobe sessions that demystify these complex programs in under an hour.  Many of us have benefited over the years from Mack*’s vast knowledge of — and passion for — “all things Apple” that extends well beyond the workday. (He’s a self-professed “fanboy.”)  We have also been fortunate to have his extensive graphic design background and training expertise in the ITS repertoire. As the Spring Student Symposium draws close, we are very much aware that our Illustrator guru and “plotter whisperer” will not be here next spring to guide the upcoming group of presenters.

Mack*’s departure will also ripple through the wider community.  His willingness to mentor LGBTQ students has been greatly appreciated.  Local theatre and performance art, as well as French conversation groups, will miss his involvement and talent.

Please join us at a reception in Mack*’s honor on Wednesday, April 3, in the Château Grand Salon from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

Friday 3/1 Rescheduled MLK Afternoon of Action

Addison County parents and youth (pre K-6th), you’re invited to the rescheduled MLK Afternoon of Action on Friday, March 1st from 3:30-5:00pm at the Ilsley Library. Come to Ilsley Library Meeting Room and listen to books about previous and current civil rights movements and participate in arts and crafts activities with Middlebury College students. See you there!

Hosted by the Center for Community Engagement. Questions? Contact Sarah Litwiller, slitwiller@middlebury.edu.

Winter Carnival Ice Show 2019: “Spotlight on Broadway”

The Winter Carnival 2019 Ice Skating Show features skaters of all ages and abilities, including College students and lots of local kids, in a fun event filled with music and costumes.  The theme this year is “Spotlight on Broadway.”  Cheer on the beginners and be dazzled by competitive skaters.  The Ice Show will be held at Middlebury College’s Kenyon Arena on Saturday, February 16th at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 17th at 2:30 p.m.   Come and enjoy the show!

The show is run by the Middlebury College Figure Skating Club, a non-competitive figure skating program.  Participation is open to kids from the entire local community.

Tickets are $6.00 (general admission), available at the door or in advance at the College box office.  Concessions will be available.  Kenyon Arena is fully accessible.


Employing Middlebury Students this Summer

You may be thinking about employing a Middlebury College student to work in your department this summer. What a great opportunity for both you and the student!

Summer employment for students varies from the academic year and it is important that student supervisors are knowledgeable of each summers details.

The Student Employment Office Web page has been updated to reflect this summer’s timeline, procedures and policies here.

Please familiarize yourself with these policies so you are well informed and can provide information to the student(s) you hire.

College Community Chorus begins new season

The Middlebury College Community Chorus announces a new season as its singers prepare for their annual spring concert, with an intriguing mix of pieces about time, seasons, and places. Regular rehearsals take place on Sunday and Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on the college campus, beginning January 27.

Middlebury Community Chorus

Students, alumni, community members enjoy rehearsal before last fall’s concert (photo: Silvia Cantu)

Rehearsals from January 27 through February 12 take place at the Mahaney Arts Center (room 221). As of February 17, rehearsals move to Mead Chapel. Historic, traditional, and contemporary music from across the globe will fill the hour-long program slated for performance the first weekend in May.

On this spring’s program, the choir will sing Gropen, a lively traditional Norwegian tune arranged for chorus with fiddle. Young Tradition Vermont award-winning high school student Romy Munkres from Cornwall VT will play with us. We also will perform Sunshine, an upbeat tune about blue sky and summer time, set by Irish composer Michael McGlynn. Also by McGlynn, we will offer Aisling, a quiet Celtic tune. Aisling means ‘dream’ or ‘vision’ and the work features a solo instrumental part that Romy will play.

Kanaval, a festive, fun work by Sydney Guillaume (born in Haiti, now living in the U.S.) depicts mardi gras in Haiti with a mix of tunes and rhythms influenced by traditional Haitian culture. Hands are Knockin’ includes words in both English and Arabic, a song by Kyle Pederson (who earned a master of fine arts degree in Vermont), written for an international school in Muscat, the capital of Oman, that asks if we will open our doors to all people.

In differing musical styles, we will prepare three newly composed songs with poetry by Sara Teasdale and Christina Rosetti, including Refuge, a radiant piece completed in 2015 by long-time Vermont composer Gwyneth Walker; Grace Before Sleep, a sensitive setting by Missouri-based composer Susan LaBarr; and The Rose,. a gentle tune with flowing piano accompaniment, by Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo that portrays the picturesque beauty of this flower as it blossoms.

The program includes splendid historic choruses from a little known work by George Frederic Handel entitled The Triumph of Time and Truth, including a “Hallelujah” chorus (though not the one that many people know from “The Messiah”!) We will also sing one of Handel’s most beautiful choruses, Music Spread Thy Voice Around.

The choir invites new members to join us as we enjoy making music together. Participants should plan to attend at least one rehearsal each week. Numbering nearly 100 singers, the group welcomes without audition all who can follow a musical score and carry a tune accurately. Its members travel from throughout the region to participate in this 150-year-old community tradition, hosted by Middlebury College.

Jeff Rehbach continues in his nineteenth consecutive season as director of the College Community Chorus, and Timothy Guiles returns as the choir’s virtuoso accompanist.

For additional information, check on the web at go.middlebury.edu/communitychorus or send an inquiry to rehbach@middlebury.edu or 989-7355.

The CFA is now the MAC!

Mahaney Arts Center Announces Streamlined Name and Abbreviation:

The CFA is now the MAC! Folks who frequent the arts at Middlebury may have noticed the new name Mahaney Arts Center on the website and posters lately. They’re not imagining things—we’ve streamlined our name!

Our building has undergone many name changes over its 25-year history.

  • Opened in 1992 as the Center for the Arts (CFA), the building was often referred to as the Center for Fine Arts, or simply the arts center.
  • In 2007, the building was renamed the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts, or Mahaney Center for the Arts for short.
  • Not long thereafter, the acronym was adjusted to MCA. Although it appears that way in arts publications and college scheduling applications, it has never really caught on. We still hear the building referred to as CFA and/or MCFA by students, faculty/staff, and community members alike.

So let’s clear things up!

The official building name is unchanged: Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts.

But our informal, “common” name is now Mahaney Arts Center.

Our new acronym: MAC

Thanks for helping us communicate these changes from here forward…and we hope to see you soon at the MAC!

The Mahaney Arts Center hosts 300+ public arts events each year, open to on- and off-campus communities alike. About half of our events are free. Because access to the arts is important to us, we offer many accessibility services to create the best possible experience for all of our patrons. More information at http://www.middlebury.edu/arts.

Liza Sacheli