What Political Science Teaches Us About Deflategate and the Berman Decision

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What can political science teach us about today’s ruling by federal district court Judge Richard M. Berman to vacate Tom Brady’s suspension? Berman based his decision to overturn Commissioner Roger Goodell’s initial ruling on three basic points. First, Brady was given inadequate notice that he was liable for potential discipline for some of his alleged […]

Invitation: 9/21 MiddAction Fair

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Dear Faculty and Staff:

You are warmly invited to join the Community Engagement Office for the 2015 MiddAction Fair! Whether you’d like to explore opportunities to partner with community organizations regarding your teaching, your areas of research, or if you are new to the Middlebury community and want to get involved, please join us!

MiddAction Fair
When: Monday, September 21st, 6–7:30 p.m.
Where: Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center

Meet representatives from more than 50 local non-profit organizations and student service groups offering a range of opportunities to help engage and broaden what it means to live in community here in Addison County.

The MiddAction Fair will provide you with the opportunity to become connected in local activism, volunteering, social justice, and service-learning activities in areas such as education, literacy, youth mentoring, environment, emergency services, public health, poverty, hunger, housing, and much more.

Any questions? Please feel free to contact, Elle Bacon, Community Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA, ebacon@middlebury.edu, 802.443.5113.

This event is open to students, faculty, and staff.

Bread Loaf menu options, from the Archives

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In honor of the return of the 2015 faculty plenary meeting and lunch to the Bread Loaf campus, we have some recipes to share. Late this summer, Patti McCaffrey from Dining Services delivered a mildly corroded metal recipe box to the Archives. Uncovered during the Bread Loaf renovations, the box was likely the property of Alfleda De Gray, a longtime cook at the College and Bread Loaf. (Alfleda’s start day was July 1, 1945 and her last day was February 9, 1987. We’ll do the math: that’s forty-two years of feeding mouths at Middlebury and at Bread Loaf.) At the time, female cooks were responsible for cold salads, punches, and appetizers rather than main dishes, which were the territory of male cooks. We’re not sure what’s on the menu for this year’s lunch, but we offer a few options from Alfleda De Gray’s Bread Loaf recipe box: A “Thirst Inviting” dip; Wagon Wheel Cheese; and a Fruited Cheese Salad with lemon and strawberry gelatin. Enjoy!

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2015-16 Arts Season Announced!

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MiddleburyArtsCalendar15-16-coverThe Mahaney Center for the Arts opens its 23rd season this September with a diverse and exciting array of concerts, plays, exhibitions, dance performances, films, and more. Highlights include the Clifford Symposium The “good” Body; a month-long exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio, with related performances and celebrations; and artistic events celebrating 50 years of environmental education and leadership at Middlebury.  Middlebury College faculty, staff, students, and other ID card holders are entitled to great discounts AND a chance to buy tickets before the general public.

Story at http://www.middlebury.edu/arts/news/node/500315.

Full season listings at http://www.middlebury.edu/arts/news/15-16.

Buy tickets starting September 16 at go/tickets or xMIDD or in person at the box offices in McCullough and the Mahaney Center for the Arts.

For a print version of the Arts Calendar, call x3168 or email mca@middlebury.edu.

Noah Graham awarded grant from the National Science Foundation

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Noah Graham (Physics) has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for work on a project titled Casimir Forces From Scattering Theory. The project will carry out calculations of Casimir forces, which arise from quantum-mechanical fluctuations at the short distance scales relevant to nanotechnology.  The approach is based on developing broadly applicable numerical techniques for computing the reflection and transmission of light.  This work will be carried out in collaboration with a research group based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and will involve at least four Middlebury student researchers.

September is National Hunger Action Month!

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Each year during the month of September, food banks across the country challenge their communities to take action against food insecurity.

Approximately one in seven households in the United States are food insecure due to the combination of structural inequalities that segregate our communities by income, race, social and education access. Because of these inequalities, access to healthy, affordable food is often not a constant reality. How can our communities work to eliminate these barriers? In what ways can we become better advocates for our communities? Through service and awareness of our community’s food access needs, we put a face to an issue that affects 18 million households nationwide. Together, we can build supportive structures that build accessibility for all rather than restrict growth, perpetuate stereotypes and diminish human dignity.

Check out the videos and links below to get active in Addison County and on campus!

 

 

Get involved on campus by checking out the following groups:

Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring (NOM)

Charter House Coalition

Middlebury College Organic Farm (MCOF)

Middlebury Foods

FoodWorks

 

For more information on food insecurity check out the links below:

Vermont Food Bank

Feeding America

Welcome, Megan and Elle!

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This summer we’ve welcomed two new staff members in CE – Megan Brakeley (on the right) our new Assistant Director, and Elle Bacon (on the left), our SerVermont Americorps Vista member for 2015-2016.

We’re so excited to have them both in the office!

Megan grew up in Birmingham, AL, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from Middlebury in 2006 with a degree in Spanish and a minor in Environmental Studies, she worked as a farmer and youth educator in a number of locations (Adirondacks, Oregon, Southern VT) and roles (Spanish and ES teacher, Associate Academic Dean, farm owner/operator, ski instructor). She is excited to be joining CE after earning a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she worked on connecting youth education, food systems, water resource management, and spatial analysis.

Megan is working with CE to advise youth programs and mentoring and to manage Communications for the office. She looks forward to working with students to continue to develop youth and mentoring programs, as well as students’ own capacities to be effective and compassionate—and have fun– in the work they do!

 

Elle is from Wilmington, DE, but just recently followed her parents to Hartford, CT. In May of 2015, she graduated from the College of Wooster with a degree in Religious Studies, and a minor in Sociology. Her most cherished moments as a student include being an integral member of a volunteer-based intentional living community, learning to play rugby while in Scotland during the fall of 2012, and completing her senior thesis, which discusses issues around health care.

Elle is collaborating with students and the CE office to enhance already existing service-learning programs, such as Privilege & Poverty, and identifying service opportunities between students, faculty, and the community. Elle is excited to become a part of the Middlebury community and to help generate interest in issues of poverty alleviation.