Author Archives: Kyle Hunter

J-Term Space!!!

Think you’ll have some extra time to work on a creative project over J-Term?? Apply to be a tenant at the Old Stone Mill! We’re looking for any sort of creative, innovative, entrepreneurial, not-for-credit project.

The application is posted here. Fill it out, send it in and you’ll hear back from us!



the OSM Board

p.s. be on the look out for an e-mail about applying to serve as an OSM board member

Calling All Students with Ideas and Energy

We want YOU to apply to be on the Old Stone Mill Board !


The Student Board has three openings for students to serve a two-semester term beginning in May of 2010 and ending in May of 2011. I invite you to submit an application for one of those three spots.

Members of the Old Stone Mill Student Advisory Board have three key responsibilities: (1) engaging the student body as a whole to help identify and encourage tenant applications; (2) coordinating the use and management of the OSM and OSM Annex to best serve the creative objectives of the tenants; and (3) fostering a student culture that appreciates the challenges of supporting innovation on campus.

Please e-mail a one-page application to Elizabeth Robinson, Director of the Project on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts, by May 7, 2010

Please provide some background on yourself, including what you would bring to the OSM Student Advisory Board, why participation on the Board would be a meaningful use of your skills and talents, and what you would hope to learn from the experience. You must be on campus for both semesters.

Tenant of the Week!

This week’s Tenant of the Week !

Casey Peterson


I was lucky enough to learn how to sew in my middle school and have more or less kept it up over the years. Last summer, I started making a quilt for myself and brought my sewing machine to school with the intent of finishing the quilt during the school year. That did not happen, but as people commented on my old Singer machine and expressed interest in learning how to sew, I had a new idea. I contacted the costume department at the CFA about creating an abstract quilt out of recycled fabric. They willingly donated a massive amount of fabric they were going to otherwise throw out as well as a second sewing machine. I set up my space at the Old Stone Mill, put up signs around campus, and sent out a bunch of e-mails. Throughout the semester, about 10 volunteers came down to learn how to sew (if they didn’t know already) and help me make my quilt. We had a lot of fun, and I’m really pleased with the way the quilt came out. It’s truly the product of many fabrics and many hands. It will be put on display in The Grille sometime next week!

Tenant of the Week!

We are starting a new tradition at the Old Stone Mill of featuring one tenant’s project each week, with the hope that people from the wider Middlebury community can find out what’s happening!

This week’s (and our first T.O.T.W)  is Hannah Day. In her own words:

Tenant of the Week, 4/5/2010

Tenant of the Week, 4/5/2010

the extended brain

in a world in which we are ceaselessly subjected to ideas and messages of all kinds, whether they are directed at us or simply a thread in the tangled and ever-changing mass of information in which we are all enmeshed, we – especially those of us with the luxury of choice – end up spending much of our time trying to navigate. in pursuit of the best route, we actively attempt to prescribe meaning to our behaviors, our identities, our lives. we continually shape and reshape them so they will conform to our ideal state of being, the even-keeled vessel that will take us the right way. but while there is the meaning that we make, what is the meaning that makes us?

my project began as an attempt to understand the things that strike us – that cause even the quickest twinge within us – in our everyday lives, and what they reveal about our true natures and the kinds of vessels we really are. i have been working primarily with quotes and pieces of writing that are meaningful to me – meaningful in the sense that they make me feel something, even if i don’t understand why. although the project is personal because i am the one collecting the material, it is about discovering what we all can gain – as individuals and communities – from exploring our own intuition, when we slow down and begin to notice what connects with a deeper part of us, and to try and understand why. when we are trying to decide what is right, we may look to the blueprints of the ideal we carry around for an answer. but who are these designs right for? if we can begin to pay attention to what stirs us,  perhaps we will discover that the answers are all around us.