Things That Happened, Things To Do: Week of May 7

Our regular recap of goings on at the College and a look ahead to events on the horizon. As always, we hope to call your attention to items that captured ours and alert you to events that you won’t want to miss. If you have a news item that you think we’d be interested in, drop us a line at middmag@middlebury.edu.

  • Julia Alvarez’s new book, “A Wedding in Haiti,” is resonating with readers and book critics alike. The Seattle Times called it “a touching, funny, eye-opening and uplifting memoir” that offers “an intimate look at our poorest neighbor in the Western Hemisphere.” The Christian Science Monitor said it’s “a love story that is many love stories.” And just last Sunday, NPR broadcast a poignant five-minute interview with Middlebury’s writer-in-residence for “Weekend Edition.”

  • New England Cable News (NECN) network’s Jack Thurston ’02 returned to Middlebury last week to interview “Vermont’s Whistling Whiz,” Yuki Takeda ’14. You can watch the segment here, which includes Jack and Yuki’s rendition of the “Andy Griffith Show Theme Song.”

  • Three Panther teams are still in the running for NCAA titles: women’s tennis and women’s lacrosse are hosting regional matches this week, and men’s tennis will be at Johns Hopkins on Saturday. Additionally, golfer Flora Weeks ’12 has qualified for the NCAA championship in Indiana, and members of the track and field team will compete at the Open New England Championships this weekend and at the ECACs and NCAAs later this month.

  • Mother’s Day is next Sunday and—hurry!—there may still be time to send mom a card. And to honor mothers locally, the Middlebury College Community Chorus, directed by Jeff Rehbach, will present a “delightful mix of contemporary, traditional, and classical works” in a Mother’s Day Concert on Sunday, May 13, at 3 p.m. in Mead Chapel.

  • What makes a healthy building? Middlebury’s visiting lecturer in architecture, Andrea K. Murray, will answer that question in an illustrated lecture on Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in Room 304 of the Johnson Memorial Building.

  • The 2011-12 performing arts season will reach a crescendo this weekend with a full slate of performances at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Events include a choir concert, a musical-theatre revue, a woodwind quintet performance, and a piano recital. Check the arts webpage for details and don’t miss out because after this week things quiet down considerably at the MCFA. Until next September, that is.

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