We invite you to our 2nd annual conference — Down to Earth: Nourishing Change in the Champlain Valley – ag and culture in conversation — Friday, November 15th from 9 am to 12:30 pm at Middlebury College, Wilson Hall in McCullough (Student Center), Old Chapel Road, Middlebury, Vermont.
This year’s conference program includes:
Keynote talk“Caring for the Ecosphere” by Aubrey Streit Krug, PhD, The Land Institute
Panel Discussion with representatives of the five Community Spheres of the New Perennials Project in Vermont’s Champlain Valley:
Agriculture/Food Systems: Corie Pierce, co-founder of Bread and Butter Farm
Creative Arts: Nancy Winship Milliken, artist working with elements of nature as a way to consider ecological questions in the present
Education: Matt Schlein, director of The Walden Project and founder of The Willowell Foundation
Faith: Sister Gail Worcelo, Green Mountain Monastery
Healing Arts: Thomas Jackson, LCSW, psychotherapist and faculty member at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine
Participation in breakout conversations – you will get a chance to spend time talking and sharing with others in the community spheres that interest you and that are relevant to your work
We look forward to having you with us on the 15th. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. Please also feel free to share the conference information with your network!
If you have 6 minutes before the 15th, please have a look at the video we made about last year’s conference Nourishing Change in Ag and Culture – a conversation by clickinghere.
Curious about what it feels and looks like to run your own business?
Interested in learning more about the intricacies and highlights of starting a tech startup as a recent grad? Come meet Coumba Winfield ’17, MiddChallenge grant recipient, founder of app PopGig and currently self-employed as a graphic and web designer based in Burlington, VT. This talk and Q&A session will take place on Monday, October 7th at 5pm in the new location of the Old Stone Mill at 82 Weybrdge.
Alumni will be on campus to share their path and professional life with students to help them think broadly about their Biology major and a variety of different career paths. You don’t have to be a Biology major or minor to attend.
What did they do at Middlebury and what are they doing now?
Shadowing is the act of following a professional as they do their typical work activities in a clinic or hospital setting. You might ask why this experience is so important? First, it may be the defining experience which tells you whether or not you want to be a physician. Shadowing gives you a very tangible sense of what life is like for a professional. Through working alongside a professional, you can gain unique insight into what happens in a day in the life of your career of choice. You get a sense of what it’s like working with patients, working with other health care professionals (nurses, PAs, and therapists), and what the challenges and rewards are of working in the profession. You’ll learn how a health professional organizes their day, allows time for the unexpected, stays current in the profession, integrates personal and professional life, and manage the financial aspects of their practice.
Shadowing can also be crucial for a second reason: Having clinical experience allows admissions committees know that you have some understanding of what you are getting into. It also shows admissions officers your commitment to a health career because you have taken initiative in learning about being a professional prior to applying to school.
Shelley Sayward is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Casella Waste Systems, Inc. in Rutland, Vermont. She received her B.A. from Middlebury College in 1996 and launched into an eight year career in sales and marketing before commencing a four year law clerkship program in the State of Vermont.
Shelley has held multiple roles in the Casella legal department and became a member of the Vermont Bar in 2008. She received her SHRM-SCP and SPHR designation in April 2015 and is the Legislative and Government Affairs Director on the SHRM Vermont State Council.
She is on campus as part of the Geology Field Guide event! Read more below, including the link to sign up for a 1:1 chat with her on Tuesday morning.
Alumni will be on campus to share their path and professional life with students to help them think broadly about their Geology major and a variety of different career paths. Events are February 18 and 19, 2019.
What did they do at Middlebury and what are they doing now? Find out at these events!
Monday, February 18, 2019
Alumni Panel and Dinner, 6:00 p.m. Atwater Dining Hall Reserve your spot, RSVP in Handshake!
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
1:1 Alumni Chats, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Adirondack House – Click the alumni names below to SELECT A SLOT for a 1:1 conversation.
Click here to learn more about our alumni panelists!
You don’t have to be a Geology major to meet with these alumni.
Click on their names below to sign up for 1:1 appointments in Handshake.