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Host an International Student

The Friends of International Students (FIS) host program recruiting and matching process for the recently admitted Class of 2023 continues! The Class of 2023 will include more than 75 international students, including some U.S. students who have lived abroad and international exchange students. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting in the fall and spread the word in our community.

International Student & Scholar Services will hold a series of information meetings about the program throughout the summer on the 2nd floor of the Service Building. We ask that new hosts attend a meeting so that we can meet them and share more information about the program. If you are an experienced host, you are welcome to join us as your stories and insights are vital to friends who are new to FIS and trying to decide if they would be a good fit for the program.

Join us for one of our host information meetings of the season:

  • Friday, July 12: 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Monday July 22: 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, July 24: 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, August 6:  12:15-1:15 pm
  • Friday, August 16: 12:15-1:15 pm
  • Monday, August 19: 12:15-1:15 AND 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 5: 5:30-6:30 pm

To register for a meeting, please email ISSS at isss@middlebury.edu (subject line: FIS Host Program) or call us at 802.443.5858. Feel free to bring your lunch if you attend an afternoon meeting.

You can learn more about the FIS Host Program on our website at: http://www.middlebury.edu/international/isss/fis .

Please share this information with friends and family who do not work at the College.

We invite all who are interested to become a part of this wonderful program!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Stargazing at Mittelman Observatory – Summer 2019

Mittelman Observatory and Middlebury Physics will again host stargazing open house nights this summer. These Observatory events are scheduled for Wednesday evenings, June 26, July 3, July 24, July 31, and August 7, from 9:00 PM until 10:30 PM, weather permitting.

Jupiter and Saturn will be in the evening sky on many of 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. As these are minimal language events, they are also appropriate for Language Schools students. These events 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 7 PM on the evening of the event for weather status.

The 2019 Feminist of the Year Awards

Every year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, the Feminist Resource Center at Chellis House celebrates all the nominees for the Feminist of the Year Award. On May 11, 2019, a large group of Chellis House friends gathered in the backyard to celebrate the strides we made during another successful school year. Integral to making these strides are the many feminist activists and knowledge producers who never tire of investing their intellectual and emotional energy towards making this world a more equitable place. After enjoying delicious treats and the poetry of GSFS major Sam Boudreau ’19, we honored the award winners. Language in Motion Coordinator Kristen Mullins garnered the prize in the staff category. Her nominator noted that “Kristen [had] devoted the past five years to promoting and deepening cultural understanding on this campus, in the local communities through her K-12 outreach, and in Japan through her Japan Summer Service Learning program. For years now she has led community-focused anti-bias response trainings. Students and staff alike have found them tremendously helpful.”

         This year, the committee decided to distinguish two professors in the faculty category. Eliza Garrison, Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, was lauded for “consistently bringing a feminist lens to her classes in the Art History department. In particular, her class ‘Medieval Bodies’ in fall 2018 analyzed how women and other (literally) marginalized people were treated in medieval art and what the social and political ramifications of these representations were.” In all of her classes, Professor Garrison makes a point “both to assign feminist analyses of works of art and to discuss misogyny and othering in art.” The other professor who won the award was Lana Povitz, Visiting Assistant Professor of History. Her nominator highlighted her ability “to craft socially conscious and relevant syllabi in all of her classes, which require students to engage with the highly political world around them, allowing no one to remain apathetic or ignorant of the issues that dictate our lives. Her assignments allow students to self implicate, explore their own narratives, and counter traditional modes of history that sustain patriarchy.”

         This year, the selection committee decided to distinguish five students with the award although many more had been nominated. Throughout their four-year career at Middlebury, Miranda de Beer ’19 and Mika Morton ’19 often engaged in activism in tandem. By conceiving the “Middlebury 5K: Steps Towards Reproductive Justice” three years ago, they created an event with staying power. The event now draws close to 100 people who learn about reproductive justice through signs on the golf course while running or walking. They expand their knowledge at t-shirt making activities after the event where the event leaders are on site to talk about reproductive justice and hand-out pamphlets. Mika and Miranda also created a template for other students to continue their effort.

         Mika and Miranda often collaborated with Toria Isquith ’19, Grace Vedock ’20 and Rebecca Wishnie ’20. Toria raised awareness about the reproductive dangers associated with the proliferation of crisis pregnancy centers that pose as health care facilities to spread misinformation about pregnancy and abortion. For her senior project with Professor Carly Thomsen, Toria developed the “Bonefish” animation series, which brings to light the realities of abortion access and lived experience for women seeking reproductive healthcare.

In addition to being an activist against sexual violence and helping establish a digital archive for feminist activism at Middlebury, Rebecca Wishnie investigated the power dynamics of the Charles Murray visit throughout the past school year. In the course, “Gender and the Making of Space,” and at the student symposium, she examined how the architecture of McCullough helped to lend an air of legitimacy to Murray’s visit. For the 2018 Student Summer Symposium, Rebecca, together with Professor Sujata Moorti, investigated state-sanctioned violence and state-sanctioned mourning by comparing the film series The Handmaid’s Tale with the Charles Murray visit.

         Over the past three years at Middlebury. Grace Vedock has demonstrated a great passion for combating sexual violence. Tirelessly collaborating with Taite Shomo ’20.5 in the “It Happens Here” speak-out, she also testified before the Vermont State Committee on Education in favor of a bill that supports victims of campus sexual assault in Vermont. Grace also is a strong advocate on behalf of all queer students who were affected by this voices contesting their humanity on this campus.

         Please congratulate all the winners when you see them.

Caption: 2019 Feminists of the Year Toria Isquith ’19, Miranda de Beer ’19, Professor Lana Povitz, Grace Vedock ’20, and Mika Morton ’19. Not pictured: Professor Eliza Garrison, Language in Motion Coordinator Kristen Mullins, and Rebecca Wishnie ’10.

Farewell to our Friend, Irene Barna

This bright and cheerful employee of the Office of Advancement has worked for the College for 30+ years will be retiring on June 30, 2019.  Irene Barna originally started as a temp employee in July of 1978, selling textbooks at the College bookstore. At that time, she was raising four teenagers (2 boys, 2 girls) and managing a Middlebury household. In October of 1988, she started her continuous commitment to Middlebury College, ending her 31-year career at 700 Exchange Street – the Office of Advancement.  

From Dining Service (7.5 yrs.) to the President’s Office (18 yrs.), to her final move to 700 Exchange Street – Office of Advancement (5 yrs.), Irene has worked in various roles, filled many shoes, and assisted trustees, faculty, staff, and countless visitors — whom she calls friends.

The College community will miss Irene for her friendly demeanor and work dedication, welcoming all guests and staff to 700 Exchange Street the past five years and Old Chapel for more than eighteen years.  For others, she will be missed by her wonderful storytelling and the ability to recollect both College and the town’s history in great detail.  A treasured gift!

Many colleagues wanted to share their recollections of working with Irene, and we are sharing a few:

Irene is always willing to assist from sorting mail, to ordering coffee, to helping hand address envelopes, and many other duties. She does her job with grace and always a smile.  She has a wealth of knowledge and always able to strike up a conversation on many different topics.  Irene will be missed by many.”

“With her long history at Middlebury and many interests ranging from the cultivation of lilacs to railroad history to town planning, Irene will surprise you with stories that will make you say, “I didn’t know that!” She is also the only person I know who never even once complains about the cold during the long Vermont winter. The front desk in the Office of Advancement will seem very empty without her there.”

“Irene is deeply committed to environmental stewardship and sustainable living.  For decades, she has been a town leader in modeling personal practices that reduce carbon impact.  Whether advocating for public transportation and bus ridership,  practicing reduce/reuse/recycle strategies, or reminding us that individual actions DO matter, Irene inspires Middlebury colleagues and neighbors to take personal responsibility for building a better world.”

If you wish to send your stories, memories, and best wishes to Irene before June 30, please forward to Stacie Marshall (staciem@middlebury.edu or 700 Exchange Street), and she will compile and present to Irene before retirement.