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Midd/MIIS Travelers

The following employees have reported upcoming travel between Midd and MIIS:

From Midd to MIIS  From MIIS to Midd 
Pamela Berenbaum, Global Health Program Mar 24-29 Patricia Szasz, Language & Professional Progams April 15-19
  Breanna Donofrio, Alumni Relations Mar 15-Mar 23
(Traveling from hosting Middlebury reception in Atlanta to Middlebury.)

25 Years @ Midd with Brad Nadeau

In this post we recognize Brad Nadeau, Director of Athletic Communications, for his 25 years of Service to Middlebury. Brad reveals his fondest Midd memory, shares his future goals, and tells us about a trusted mentor. Read on to learn more about Midd from Brad’s point of view.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?

Attended college at the University of Maine.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

Director of Athletic Communications

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?

I moved here a few months after graduating college in August of 1994 with my fiancé, at the time, Sara. After a year living and working here, we got married back in Maine in the summer of 1995.

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?

Twenty-five years later, we have a son who is a junior at MUHS and my wife continues to teach at MUMS.

What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?

Right out of the gate in my first year here, we hosted and won the 1995 NCAA Men’s Hockey Championship – that was a whirlwind year. Watching so many of our athletes put in great efforts and win championships has always a thrill for me. I have also really enjoyed getting to know so many of them on a personal level and especially my student workers over the years.

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?

Middlebury is a special place, and to me, the Athletic Department is one of its bright lights. I have never met or seen people more dedicated to their crafts and professions then the group I work with in the Peterson Athletics Complex.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

I hope to continue to help promote the accomplishments of our student athletes here at Middlebury until retirement, whenever that may be!

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

Sitting at a baseball or softball game on a warm/sunny spring day. Another favorite place is watching/working a football game in the press box on a picturesque fall Saturday afternoon.

Is there any person on campus (or retiree, former employer) that mentored you, or you feel helped you grow into your job, grow to enjoy your work and your time at the College?

I worked side by side with Carolyn LaRose in athletics for 20 years and miss her every day in the office. I came in as a 22-year old, fresh out of college, and she was so great at mentoring me. Whether it was how the old AS400 system worked or talking about the history of athletics here, she was a great asset to have.

25 Years @ Midd with Michele McHugh

In this post we recognize Michele McHugh, Senior Acquisitions Associate, for her 25 years of Service to Middlebury. Michele shares her favorite hobbies, recalls an admired mentor, and offers some advice to new employees. Read on to learn more about Midd from Michele’s point of view.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?

I was the Head of Circulation at the Leominster Public Library, in Leominster, MA.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

I have had the same job for 25 years, though my title has changed a few times.  I do not recall what it was called previously.

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?

Moving back  after having been living away for six years.  In 1988 I graduated from Middlebury College and in 1994 I was back as an employee.  I applied for the position at Starr Library and believed I would do that for just a few years and then find another job/career.  Well, I’m still here.

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?

This is a wonderful place to live and I try to take advantage of all that is offered.  I am a trumpet player in a few bands in the area and also enjoy spending time outside. Especially in winter!

Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?

For quite a few years I was a member of the Ralph Myhre Golf course and enjoyed that very much. I took lessons here as well.  My Dad loved to play too, when he would come visit.  I also have taken various classes over the years that some of my coworkers have taught, including Toastmasters , Log Rolling and Swing Dancing.  I always check the Winter Term course offerings and activity calendars to see if something new to me is being offered.

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?

The Middlebury College Library has provided a superb community of people with whom I have worked over the years.   Also, the Middlebury area community quickly felt like home to me back in 1994 and I still feel that contentment.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

I do not have any specific plans for the next quarter century. I hope to stay well and be able to enjoy my life.  Whether I retire here in the Middlebury area, or move away, we’ll see what happens.

Is there any person on campus (or retiree, former employer) that mentored you, or you feel helped you grow into your job, grow to enjoy your work and your time at the College? 

The man who interviewed me and became my supervisor is Bill Warren.  He worked at the Middlebury College Library for more than 25 years and was my colleague until his retirement in 2010.   Bill has a very egalitarian way by treating everyone with the same amount of respect: whether a student, a fellow employee or a trustee.  I very much admire his ability to do that, without allowing title, personality or demeanor effect how he treats people. I hope I learned how to treat people in the same, fair way.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at Middlebury, what would it be?

Take advantage of the College environs:  Bread Loaf, the Snow Bowl, the walking/hiking trail around the Ralph Myhre Golf Course, walking to the Knoll.  I love to walk at all of these places.  Wherever your new job may be—explore the entire campus.

Is there anything else that you would like to share about your time at Middlebury?

I have had three roles at Middlebury College: student, alum and employee.  I had a tremendous experience in college and a few years ago I would have said, without hesitation, that this is the most wonderful place to work.  I’m afraid recent events have colored my view of the institution and I do not feel as positive right now.  But maybe someday my affection for the College will return.  

25 Years @ Midd with Wayne Hall

In this post we recognize Wayne Hall, Supervisor of Carpenters, Painters, & Locksmiths for Facilities Services, for his 25 years of Service to Middlebury. Wayne tells us about his hobbies, recalls his fondest experience here at the College, and shares his favorite spot on campus. Read on to learn more about Midd from Wayne’s point of view.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?

In 1973, after college, I worked on Martha’s Vineyard managing a tire store. After 3 years, not able to compete with Mia Farrow and James Taylor for real estate, I moved to Vermont and worked for two architectural woodworking companies as a cabinetmaker/woodworker and project manager. Some of that work was done as a subcontractor for Middlebury College. That contact and knowledge about the college got me interested in applying for a position as a maintenance carpenter.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

Maintenance Carpenter and Supervisor of Carpenters/Painters/Locksmiths

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?

I was co-parenting my 14 year old son with my ex-wife. Living in Orwell, married and raising a six year old son. We were renovating our home, gardening, canoe camping and alpine skiing. I was also working side jobs for income as my initial pay was not enough for our expenses.

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?

My oldest son is living the good life in Johnson, VT. My youngest son was married in October 2018. My wife Kitty and I continue to make improvements to our home and 10 acres in Orwell.  We will be building a two car garage soon. I am planning for my retirement sometime in the next 2+ years.

Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?

I have added kayaking and fresh water snorkeling to my activities. I also enjoy a fun activity that I have been involved in due to association with others here at work for the last 10 winters. That activity is the Friday afternoon winter Alpine Ski Bum League at the Snow Bowl.

What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?

My fondest experience was the times spent preparing for commencements when Christopher Reeves and Bill Clinton were the speakers. Being involved in preparations for the Dalia Lamas’ visit was also very exciting.

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?

I enjoy the work and particularly the people that I work with. My coworkers in Facilities Services are very talented and have provided the opportunity for me to learn something new daily. The excellent benefits have had a lot to do with staying for 25 years.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

I plan on completing my work here in a little over 2 years. I look forward to having more time to pursue the interests that I listed above. I don’t plan on being idle.

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

The view from the top of Mead Chapel is awesome.