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Student Org Profile: Sister to Sister

Sister-to-Sister aims to support middle school girls in the area. We get together with the girls in an informal and comfortable environment and discuss common issues including school, body image, peer pressure and relationships. We act as a support system for the girls, and host monthly events such as log rolling, zumba and game night.

What are some of your favorite STS memories?

We had a body positivity and spa night that was really great, the girls were so open to discussing hard topics, and then we all got to treat ourselves to facials and manicures! I loved our science night, when some chemistry professors put together science experiments for the girls to do, and they were all so animated. They knew all the answers to all of the questions. We were all so impressed!

What does STS mean to you?

I joined STS to get more involved in the community and at Chellis House, but over the years it has become so much more than an extracurricular activity. I’ve loved getting to know both the older and younger sisters!

– Natalie Cheung ‘18

 

What are some of your favorite STS memories?

When we talked about stereotypes and gender roles at the summit with the feminist club. Our movie night when we ate popcorn and watched Despicable Me.

What does STS mean to you?

New friends, exciting activities and community bonding!

-Rose

 

What are some of your favorite STS memories?

Spa night where we first had a really cool discussion with Everybody, played love tag (I still have my sticky notes) and hung out in chellis, did face masks and nails!!

What does STS mean to you?

Community

-Muriel Lavallee ‘18

 

What are some of your favorite STS memories?

Bonding and building lasting relationships with the younger girls as well as other college-aged peers. Seeing everyone in such a relaxed, joyous setting and breaking down the barriers between our academic/campus orientated lives and the broader community. Hearing the truly genuine and meaningful insights and concerns the girls share – both young and old, as I have gained so much from both. One of my favorite memories was at the end of this summit this year as Karin was showing the photos she had taken throughout the event. I watched the girls eyes light up in laughter as they shouted out each others names as each photo came up. I sat at the back with one girl licking the extra homemade icing out of the bowl and we shared how much we just love cupcakes and icing and all the little tricks we do when decorating or baking. I loved seeing how similar we were and how excited she was to share all the little things she loves to do, which sometimes you lose track of when caught up in college work. It has shown me the value and importance of youthful wonder.

What does STS mean to you?

Love.

-Anonymous

 

What are some of your favorite STS memories?

Spa Night was so much fun – just talking to the girls and getting to know them while doing their nails was a really cool way to connect. I loved the exercise we did that night with Every Body where we wrote nice little notes about what we liked about each other – not only was it good for the girls, but I also thought it was good for us too! I have my notes up on my wall where I can look at them everyday.

What does STS mean to you?

I love that we get to connect with the middle school girls because it provides them with positive role models, but I also love it for us, too – hanging out with these girls is such a nice way to decompress and let go of all the stress that college can bring and just have fun like a middle schooler again.

– Caroline Harrison ‘20

Student Org Profile: NOM

Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring is a student organization at Middlebury College with the goal of creating community and connecting people through food and food education. NOM organizes volunteering events and classes with the purpose of introducing students to local, fresh, in-season produce following the Vermont Harvest of the Month curriculum. The aims of this initiative is to establish healthy eating and cooking habits and to raise awareness about nutrition and current food issues.

Since my first few weeks at Middlebury I have been a part of the NOM community. Over the past academic two years, I have worked as a NOM volunteer, and as of the beginning of this year, I began serving on the NOM board as treasurer. NOM has been a unique outlet for me as it melds my passions for nutrition, food studies and environmental studies with my passion for working with young children. Additionally, I have enjoyed volunteering for NOM as I have been exposed to different dimensions of the local community; I have volunteered at Mary Johnson Childcare Center, Mary Hogan Elementary and the Bridge School. These volunteer experiences have allowed me to share my passion for local, healthy food with the children, and empower the children to share the “Vermont Harvest of the Month” foods and healthy recipes with their friends and families.

-Caroline Wolfe ’19

Student Org Profile: Habitat for Humanity

How often does the Middlebury chapter of Habitat meet and how many builds does the club participate in each year?

  • Habitat does not hold regular member meetings. What we try to do is organize regular Saturday builds with Vermont Habitat for Humanity chapters. Usually, the builds are 4- to 6-hour long commitments and we try to do five builds per semester. In addition, we also hold two longer break builds that last one week over February and Spring Break.

Where and when did the most recent build take place?

  • Last Saturday, April 22nd, we had a group of five go out to a build site in Cornwall. We worked with the local Addison County Habitat for Humanity chapter on a new house that just got started this month.

How can students get involved?

  • Students can get involved by signing up for our mailing list or requesting for membership on MiddLink. That way, they will receive emails and notifications of when we are open to signing up for builds. Signing up happens through go/hfh.

What’s your favorite part of being a part of Habitat?

  • Sarah Scott ’17: My favorite part of Habitat is that I get a chance to participate in what I think of as a non-conventional service activity. For me, ever since high school working with younger students as a mentor or tutor has been almost the sole way of volunteering. With Habitat, you get to learn some new skills, meet some new people, and potentially get out of your comfort zone a bit.
  • Gabbie Santos ’17: Favorite part is collaboration all around: among Middlebury peers who I might not necessarily interact with on campus, local community members, and sometimes, the family who will own the house, as they too have to work on the site for a specific number of hours (per Habitat guidelines).

Student Org Profile: SCB

The Service Cluster Board is made up of the 17 service organizations on campus, the 2 SCB Coordinators, and our advisor, Ashley Laux, from the Center for Community Engagement. The Service Cluster Board supports individual service organizations by helping them meet their missions and responsibly use their funds. The SCB oversees the budgets of the individual service organizations, hosts monthly leadership trainings, and manages the Flex Fund.

I’ve been a SCB Coordinator since Spring 2016, and it’s been an incredible way to learn about all the ways that students are involved in service both on and off campus.  I first learned about the position from being a board member of Page One Literacy, which is the SCB org. that organizes after school reading programs for students in the local community. We were extremely excited to welcome Jin Sohn as our other coordinator this spring after she came back from abroad, and she will continue serving as SCB Coordinator next year. On a day-to-day basis, the SCB coordinators communicate with student org. leaders via email, process vouchers for org. expenses, audit budget reports, and more. We just had our latest monthly meeting this past Sunday, in which we invited Barbara McCall, Director of Health and Wellness Education, to host a workshop on “Self-Care for Activists.” The monthly meetings have been a great way to get to know student org. leaders, and we hope that next year the SCB will continue to expand its influence on campus by increasing programming and learning about new ways to serve the local community.

-Kristina Frye, ’17

Relay for Life Senior Reflection by Nicole Caci

I started participating in Relay for Life with my best friend Morgan, a two time brain tumor survivor. We created our first team in 8th grade, and I loved having the opportunity to help fight back against cancer. I knew I wanted to participate in college and was so excited to find such a passionate event leadership team at Middlebury.

I have been on the event leadership team at Midd all four years, but had the most responsibility this year as one of four co-leads. It has been an extremely rewarding experience to plan an event that our Middlebury community looks forward to every years, and to raise money for the American Cancer Society in the hope of seeing a world without cancer in our lifetime. I love how Relay for Life brings our entire community together. Both Middlebury College students and community members are able to spend an afternoon in solidarity, fighting back against a disease that impacts so many. For a few hours Relay lets us all come together to remember the loved ones we’ve lost, honor our survivors and show commitment to making sure no one else has to hear the words “you have cancer”. I feel as if planning and fundraising for Relay for Life is my way of helping put an end to this disease, and I am honored to contribute in this way.

I think that in my time here, student support for Relay for Life has grown. The first two years, we held our event in Kenyon Hockey Arena, but the past two years it’s been outside on Battell Loop. Because Battell Loop is so central, we are able to draw in participants that are just walking by, especially when the weather is nice and students want to be outside instead of stuck in the library. On this day, students are able to spend time outside with friends, play lawn games and eat delicious, local food, all in support of a great cause. All of this encourages students to attend our event, and helps us in the fight against cancer.

It has been an honor to serve on the event leadership team at Middlebury for so many years and I am thankful for the opportunity to help put an end to cancer.

-Nicole Caci ’17

Student Org Profile: VSO

The Volunteer Service Organization (VSO) provides students with weekly, varied volunteer opportunities. Through established connections with a wide array of community partners, VSO brings groups of students to worksites that range from Helen Porter Medical Center to Wild Roots Farm. In the spirit of enacting direct, measurable service, student volunteers not only get the opportunity to grow closer to the people of Middlebury and the surrounding areas, but do so while assisting local organizations with their own programming and service endeavors.

After beginning my VSO journey at the beginning of last year, I have steadily increased my commitment to the organization and its events. Since the outset of the ’16-’17 academic year, I have been the president of the Org. As president, I had the opportunity to not only plan programming in conjunction with community partners, but also attend each of the events. Having the chance to spend a few hours a week with different groups of student volunteers has opened my eyes to the true power of cooperation. VSO’s events simply would not be possible without the incredible amount of student support we receive. Seeing groups of students – who are, more often than not, strangers – come together while giving back has been continually inspiring. The forging of new friendships, both on campus and off, has been a formative component of my time at school. It is my sincere hope that students decide to get involved with VSO. Whether that means coming to one event a semester or applying to work on our board, any and all interest is welcome.

-Jay Silverstein ’19