Things That Happened, Things To Do, Week of April 16

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  • Two Middlebury students received Udall scholarships last week for their individual commitment to “careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.” Juniors Abigail Borah and Sam Koplinka-Loehr took the honors, which awards undergraduate scholarships of up to $5,000.
  • The news is out that former New York attorney general and governor Eliot Spitzer is coming to campus on April 26 to talk about government regulation on Wall Street.
  • The Burlington Free Press got a special tour of the 2011 Solar Decathlon house that now serves as home for three lucky students each semester out on Porter Field Road.
  • Look alive, everyone, it’s Preview Days! Today through Friday, the campus will be crawling with admitted applicants trying to make their final decision about whether or not to head to Middlebury for the next four years.
  • And right on time…the annual Student Symposium will coincide nicely with Preview Days. The kick-off is 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the Mahaney Center, with a welcome from President Liebowitz and keynote from Brian Deese ’00, a senior thesis prize winner and current economic adviser to President Barack Obama. Following that is a jam-packed evening of creative presentations—from costume design and dance performances to original theater, electronic music, and jazz. Student guides from the Museum will also be offering preview tours of the African Exhibition. And, of course, there will be snacks.
  • Starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, you can soak up some more student achievement all day at both BiHall and Johnson (for architecture thesis presentations), where the Symposium continues with poster sessions and oral presentations. Back at Mahaney in the evening, you’ll find more theater and dance performances from 8-10 p.m. And, if you’re lucky, more snacks.

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