MIIS welcomes Galen Anderson, one of two Presidential Fellows with the Ron and Jessica Liebowitz Fund for Innovation, who began working from the Monterey campus this fall. Galen graduated from the College (’11.5) and received her graduate degrees (MPA and International Education Management) from MIIS in 2015. She also attended Language Schools and Schools Abroad, worked as a staff member at the College before coming to MIIS. For her practicum (and subsequent as a staff member) at MIIS last year, she coordinated the successful launch of the Sprintensive program — a pilot project that offers DPP students the opportunity to spend a semester taking a sequence of intensive four-week courses. This week Galen organized her first outreach session on the Fund for Innovation, which featured updates on funded projects and information on how to apply for support from FFI.
On April 1, 2016, Sonja Burrows joined the Instructional Design team in the Office of the Associate Provost for Digital Learning, where she provides guidance and support for digital projects across the institution with particular focus on the Language Schools and Schools Abroad. As a language educator, second language acquisition scholar, and digital language-learning expert, Sonja brings to her work an on-the-ground understanding of the diverse ways in which digital projects can amplify language and cultural learning environments.
Prior to joining the Office of Digital Learning, Sonja developed curricula for summer language academies as well as digital language courses at Middlebury Interactive Languages. She also taught Spanish both at Middlebury College and the University of Oregon, where she developed a specialization in Spanish Heritage Language pedagogy. A self-described language geek and cultural scholar, Sonja has lived, worked, and taught in five countries outside of the United States. She speaks English and Spanish, some Italian and French, and aspires to learn Portuguese.
Sonja holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Oregon, as well as Master’s degrees in Spanish literature from the University of Oregon and in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the School for International Training. Her fields of expertise and scholarly research aim to bridge the disciplinary gaps between literature and linguistics, and include Spanish Heritage Language pedagogy, Spanish in the U.S., and English-Spanish bilingualism.
In this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Ursula to campus!
Ursula Olender is the new Director of Career Advising for the Center for Careers and Internships. Ursula tells us that her life’s work has been supporting liberal arts students who are in pursuit of their goals and dreams. After completing at B.A. in psychology at Greenville College (IL) and M.Ed. in counseling at Springfield College (MA), she served as a career counselor at Champlain College, Associate Director of Career Services at Dartmouth College, and Director of Career Services at Colgate University. Most recently, Ursula was Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Career Center at Amherst College. Ursula also reports that she has “dreamed of working with Middlebury students for more than 20 years” and “feels blessed to have the opportunity to return to Vermont.”
Erin Jones-Poppe is our new Bookstore Manager at the College Store. She started this past summer.
Erin is from a small suburb of Pittsburgh, but has spent the last 18 years in Columbus, Ohio going to school at The Ohio State University and working for the Visual Merchandising department of a well-known retail clothing company.
Erin moved here with her husband, Prof. Nicolas Poppe, who teaches in the Spanish department.
They are delighted to have 1 son and twin boys on the way!
Erin tells us that their welcome into the Middlebury College community has been wonderful so far and they cannot wait to see what the future holds.
In this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Bijan to campus!
Bijan Samimi has worked in the dining services industry for over 30 years. Bijan supports the community through his efforts with local youth programs and guest speaking engagements. He joins us as Lead PM Cook for Retail Foods.
In this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Amy to campus!
Amy Frazier comes to Middlebury most recently from Ashburnham, Massachusetts, where she worked as the Digital Literacy Librarian at Cushing Academy. Her professional background before she became a librarian was in media production and education, with a focus on teaching video production skills and techniques to novice users. She has a B.A. In Film Studies and Comparative Cultural History from Marlboro College, studied filmmaking at the London Film School in the U.K., and most recently she earned her MLS from Emporia State University’s satellite program in Portland, Oregon. Amy maintains a pretty standard collection of “nerd hobbies”: board gaming, knitting, video gaming, over-involvement with the Song of Ice and Fire series, and playing old time and bluegrass mandolin (enthusiastically, but not well.)
Katie Gillespie is the new Research Compliance Manager at Middlebury College and will provide guidance on requirements pertaining to the IRB, IACUC, and IBC. Katie is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and earned her bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. She also holds a master’s of science from Oregon State University in Science Education. She comes to Middlebury from Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL where she served as the Conservation Programs Manager. In that role she oversaw the zoo’s accreditation/licensing, managed special projects, and conducted behavioral research on non-human animals (meerkats are her favorite) and humans alike. In her free time she enjoys running, hiking, cheering for the Green Bay Packers and hanging out with her dog, Stampy.