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Middlebury Lacrosse Visits Nicaragua on Service Trip

Players from the Middlebury Women’s and Men’s lacrosse teams visited Nicaragua earlier this month. The trip was organized through Lacrosse the Nations, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using “the lacrosse field as a platform to teach students valuable life skills and health education, while ultimately bringing joy to their lives.”

The students visited Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua, as part of Lacrosse the Nations’s Team LtN campaign, which is a “network of individuals, lacrosse players, and teams across the country who come together to help spread awareness and raise funds for our life skills, nutrition and scholarship programs in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and the U.S.”

As part of their service trip, Middlebury Lacrosse players engaged in community service projects to help improve infrastructure in the organization’s partner schools, raised funds for scholarship programs, and played lacrosse with students.

Check out some photos from the tip on the organization’s Facebook page and below!

Atwater Res Life Gets Pied For MALT Trip Fundraiser

Members of the Atwater Commons Residential Life Staff got pied in the faced on Wednesday night as part of a fundraiser for a Middlebury Alternative Break Trip (MAlt) to La Push, Washington. Members of the trip can be found in the above photo.

Students will live and work with members of the Quileute Tribe in La Push, Washington through Xperitas, a community partner invested in cultural immersion and building global community. The trip is focused on social justice and participants will work to deepen their understanding of community issues through intercultural learning.

The fundraiser was organized by Sandhya Sewnauth ’20, who is one of the trip’s leaders and a Residential Assistant for Atwater Commons. First year students in Atwater were able to bid on a chance to pie their First Year Counselors, as well as the Commons Residential Director, in the face. Enjoy some photos of the event below, and if you would like to donate to any of the CCE’s MAlt trips, please click here. If you’d like to learn more about joining the Residential Life Staff, please click here.

 

Members of the Atwater Commons Res Life Staff pose after getting pied.
From left (back): Irene Margiotta ’19, Samantha Pearl ‘18.5, Will DiGravio ’19
From left (front): Doug Desrochers, Dominick Tanoh ’18, Michael Caminear ’19

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Vote in Nov. 7 Special Election (Early Voting Available)

Students who are registered to vote in Middlebury will be able to exercise their civic duty in a special election scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 7 at the Town Offices at 77 Main Street. Students are also able to vote early until Thursday November 2.  More information can be found here.

The election will consist of a single ballot measure: should the town charge Vermont Gas for three pipeline easements the company is seeking on town-owned property? For more information on Vermont Gas and its role in the pipeline, read this story by John Flowers in The Addison Independent.

In September, a Middlebury resident gathered more than the required number of signatures to force a special election on the issue.

Here is the official article that will appear on the ballot:

“Shall the legal voters of the Town of Middlebury approve the current Deed of Easement agreements as approved by the Select board at their meeting on June 27, 2017 and convey three land easements (one behind the town office and Ilsley library, one near Mr. Ups Restaurant, and one on Mill Street) to Vermont Gas Systems?”

An informational meeting will be held prior to the election on November 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mary Hogan Elementary School cafeteria/gymnasium, located at 201 Mary Hogan Drive. More information can be found here.

Apply to Serve on HOPE’s Board of Trustees

Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) is seeking a student to serve on their board of trustees.

Applications for the position can be accessed here.

The board of trustees meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at 282 Boardman Street in Middlebury. Please email questions and completed applications to Jeanne Montross at jmontross@hope-vt.org.

You may also mail applications to:

Jeanne Montross, HOPE

P.O. Box 165

Middlebury, VT

05753

About HOPE:

HOPE is a Middlebury-based organization that “assists low income individuals and families in many ways, depending on their needs and circumstances” throughout Addison County. Their services include providing meals through their food shelf, hosting cooking classes, providing financial assistance with housing and utilities, helping with urgent medical and dental needs, and providing job-related assistance including tools, uniforms, and tests.

 

Apply to Join the Volunteer Service Organization Board

The Volunteer Service Organization (VSO) is currently looking for for individuals to join their board. Open positions include treasurer, site coordinators, and publicity chair. The application deadline is Sunday, October 15th.

The application can can be accessed here.

Please email questions and completed applications to vso@middlebury.edu.

About the positions: 

Treasurer:

  • Keep track of VSO spending
  • Periodically update executive board of monetary status
  • Create annual budget (due at end of spring semester)
  • Liaison between other members/projects and anything money-related
  • Co-lead at least 1 volunteer worksite (~3 hours Friday or Saturday) with VSO a semester

Site Coordinators (2)

  • Liaison between co-chair and publicity chairs
  • Lead 2 VSO Worksites (~3 hours Friday or Saturday) a semester where you will:
    • Act as contact person for off-campus organizations
    • Educate members about site/organization prior to event
    • Drive a college van to and from the site
    • Reflect on the work done prior to the event with event members


Publicity Chair

  • Maintain bulletin boards in McCullough with up-to-date information on special events, worksites, and long-term volunteering opportunities
  • Advertise major events via social media sites
  • Get your friends to sign up and get excited about VSO
  • Co-Lead at least 2 VSO worksites (~3 hours Friday or Saturday) a semester

About VSO:

The Volunteer Service Organization is the premier service group on the Middlebury College Campus. VSO participates in a variety of service activities, from carving pumpkins for the Helen Porter Nursing Home annual pumpkin lighting event to creating blankets used in the cold winter by Mothers Without Borders. Through VSO, volunteers are able to get involved in whatever service they enjoying doing or dipping their feet in the vast ocean of the plethora of community needs in the Middlebury and Addison County area. For more information on VSO, visit their webpage at go.middlebury.edu/vso.

Work as a CCE AmeriCorps*VISTA member – 2 positions soon to be posted!

Interested in staying in Addison County after graduation? Join our team!

The Center for Community Engagement will be supporting 2 AmeriCorps*VISTA members for the 2017/2018 year:

Do you love working with and for kids? Are you committed to providing meaningful opportunities for mentorship? Interested in social justice work at the youth development level? Come join the Center for Community Engagement as a Vermont Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA member to work as our Mentoring & Youth Programs Coordinator. Gain experience, work in Addison County, and hone your understanding of work that supports positive outcomes for local youth. Current Middlebury seniors: apply for this 1-year position on MOJO (link coming soon!).

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Middlebury seniors: please apply on MOJO by 5/17.

We also welcome external candidates. If you are not a current student and would like to apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to Megan Brakeley.

 

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The SerVermont AmeriCorps VISTA member will work as our Poverty Initiatives Coordinator. Join CCE to weave together co-curricular poverty-related programs and mobilize students to help alleviate poverty in our local community. Work to build Middlebury College’s Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster, combining curricular & co-curricular opportunities with community partners to address issues of poverty. Current Middlebury seniors: apply for the Poverty Initiatives Coordinator Position on MOJO (position will be posted on MOJO by 3/17).

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Middlebury seniors: please apply on MOJO by 5/17.

We also welcome external candidates. If you are not a current student and would like to apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to Tiffany Sargent.

March is National Nutrition Month

Since 1973, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietics has celebrated nutrition every March, encouraging Americans to learn more about the food they put in their bodies and to develop healthy eating habits through the National Nutrition Month campaign.

“Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” is this year’s National Nutrition Month theme. “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” promotes mindful eating behaviors that strike a balance between nutrition and pleasure. After all, eating is just as much about nourishing our bodies as it is about enjoying food traditions, social interaction, and flavors.

Although it’s still winter here in Vermont, there are plenty of nutritious and flavorful local foods available through cold storage and other methods. Think: root veggies, winter squash, carrots, and cabbage. However, many residents of Addison County struggle to gain access to fresh, healthy foods. Organizations like HOPE, the Vermont Foodbank, and others work to expand access through food shelf services and initiatives such as Gleaning, VeggieVanGo, and more.

Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring (NOM), a student organization on campus engages and educates local children and families around issues of nutrition, working towards the mission of National Nutrition Month year-round.

Chelsea Colby, president of NOM, describes National Nutrition Month as “encouraging people to return to the basics of healthy eating. We are asked to recognize that there is no one right way to eat but that it is important to incorporate an array of healthy foods,” Colby says.

NOM introduces children and young adults to new fruits and vegetables they may never have tasted before and sends them home with print-out recipes.

“Even if they don’t like it the first time we know that children are more likely to try a food again if they are already familiar with it. So, every exposure counts,” Colby says.

Going further than exposure to new foods, NOM also teaches young people about different ways to consume healthy foods. Whether challenges arise to eating healthy foods due to cost impediments, lack of variety in preparation, or even picky eating habits, NOM works with young people to find ways to overcome these barriers and to connect students with helpful information and services in Addison County.

This semester NOM hopes to attend the Vermont Foodbank’s Hunger Action Conference in May and continue their local programming and outreach in schools and beyond.

Interested in attending the Vermont Foodbank’s Hunger Conference? Want to learn more about NOM and the chance to join the organization as a volunteer?

Visit go/nom, or email Chelsea Colby, ccolby@middlebury.edu.

 

~Alison Haas ’16, CE Communications Intern