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New Employee

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In this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Jonathan to campus!

Jonathan KempJonathan Kemp joined Sciences Technical Support Services in February as Telescope Specialist and will be working closely with Physics Department faculty, staff, and students in McCardell Bicentennial Hall.  He will be supporting curricular and research uses of the College Observatory while also reinstating and expanding its outreach activities.  Jonathan has a degree in Astronomy from Columbia University, where he has also served as a research staff member investigating cataclysmic variable stars and fostering amateur-professional collaborations involving small telescopes.

He has pursued observational research projects in Chile, South Africa, and Arizona, and has operated and observed with large telescopes on Mauna Kea in Hawaii.  Jonathan relocated to Vermont from Hawaii in 2012.

New Employees

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In this post we’ll introduce you to two new members of the Middlebury College staff who are working in College Advancement and Athletics. Please join us as we welcome Joanna and Lauren to campus!

Joanna Tanger is the new Online Community Coordinator for College Advancement’s Alumni and Parent Programs. Joanna comes to us from Bard College’s Office of Development and Alumni/ae Affairs and is an ’07 gradaute of Bard. She has also taught English in the Czech Republic and has a nonprofit background. Joanna grew up in Vermont, and enjoys learning about other cultures, web design, art, and playing her violin and soccer.

Lauren Greer is a ’13 graduate of Middlebury and is our new Assistant Women’s Ice Hockey Coach and volunteer Field Hockey Coach. Lauren majored in Film and English, played Field Hockey and Ice Hockey and was a three time All American and National Player of the Year in Field Hockey. She lives in Weybridge and loves playing sports, hiking, reading and watching films.

New Employee

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In this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff who is working in Ross Dining. Please join us as we welcome Jordan to campus!

McGinness.Jordan2Jordan McGinness was hired as a Cook in Ross Commons. She received her associate’s degree in culinary arts from Paul Smith’s College. Jordan lives in Crown Point, NY and enjoys the Red Sox’s, movies and playing sports.

New Employee

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In this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff who is working in the Dean of Students office. Please join us as we welcome Barbara to campus!

McCall, BarbaraBarbara McCall was hired as the new Director of Health and Wellness Education. Previously Barbara was the Coordinator of Campus Wellness Education at Castleton State College. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Mount Holyoke College and her master’s degree in community health education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Barbara now lives in Cornwall with her dog and is excited to spend this summer getting to know Middlebury and spending some time outside hiking and kayaking.

New Employees

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In this post we’ll introduce you to two new members of the Middlebury College staff who are working in Facilities Services. Please join us as we welcome Sarah and Frank to campus!

Sarah Washburn was hired as a Custodian in February. Prior to working at Middlebury, Sarah worked as an Office Representative at Addison Family Medicine for seven years. She lives in Orwell and enjoys spending time with her family as well as hunting and fishing.

Frank Beyette joined the Facilities Services team in February as a Heating Plant Operator. Previously he worked at Vermont Marble Power division where he ran thirteen hydro-electric generators and two co-gen electric generators. Frank is married, has two children and lives in Proctor, Vermont. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing and playing golf.

New Employees

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In this post we’ll introduce you to two new members of the Middlebury College staff who are working in College Advancement and the Snow Bowl and golf course. Please join us as we welcome Abby and Andrew (back) to campus!

Abby Blum is an ’08.5 graduate of Middlebury College and began working in the College Advancement office in February as the new Assistant Director of Annual Giving. Abby has spent the last four years living in New York, New Hampshire, Montana and Massachusetts working on political campaigns. She shares that she is thrilled to be back in Vermont and working at Middlebury!

Bojanowski.AndrewAndrew Bojanowski has worked at the Snow Bowl and golf course since 2009 but recently transitioned into his new full time role in February. He lives with his wife Margaret and daughter Nova at the Eddy Farm School for Horse and Rider on South Street Extension. A graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources, Andrew also enjoys snowboarding, golfing and gardening.

Please join The Grille staff in welcoming David Merrill as Lead A.M. Chef

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Please join The Grille staff in welcoming David Merrill as Lead A.M. Chef. David brings his cooking talents to Middlebury College Dining following an extensive professional culinary career. Most recently he worked at Basin Harbor in Ferrisburg. David says he was ready for a change now that his kids are grown. Panton is home for David and his family.

David took an early interest in cooking, dipping into the river of food service by helping in a summer camp kitchen. The next step was culinary arts at a vocational technical center in high school. He has stayed with it his whole life. He gained experience in the resort hotel world in both Maine and Florida. After ten years of practical experience in all of the different cooking stations over the years, David enrolled at New England Culinary Institute. From there he went straight to a chef position at a resort on Cape Cod until being recruited by Basin Harbor.

David had some interesting answers to a few light hearted questions:
What is your regular comfort meal?
“I enjoy seasonal foods. In the spring it is fiddleheads and brook trout.”

Cooking is mostly learned from masters. Who did you learn from and what did you adapt from them?
“One year, at a resort, I worked with an all European brigade. I was exposed to a vast array of foreign menus and food items.”

What is the largest number of people you have served at one function?
“2500”

Have the tastes of customers changed over the years?
“The most distinct changes have been dietary restrictions and food sensitivities.”

Come to The Grille soon to say hi and enjoy David’s culinary creations