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Ken’s Ride, Ride of Hope (May 11th)

You’re invited to Ken’s Ride, Ride of Hope!

Date: Saturday, May 11th , 2019
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail – St Albans to Sheldon Jct VT

The Ride of Hope Bikeathon if organized to celebrate the life of Ken Appel, Vermont attorney and passionate cyclist, who passed away from Prime of Life neurodegenerative diseases, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). The proceeds of the event will be shared between CurePSP, a national organization that helps support research efforts to find a cure and treatment for Prime of Life Brain Diseases (PSP, FTD, MSA, ALS,CBD) and a local agency, Franklin County Home Health Agency that offers comprehensive health care within the home setting.

More details and registration can be found online:

A Week in the Life of Middlebury Community Engagement

In a typical week, Middlebury College students, staff, and faculty engage in our community beyond campus in dozens of meaningful ways as
volunteers, activists, educators, and collaborators. For National Volunteer Week, the Middlebury College’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE) wants to highlight a selection of 24 experiences supported by the CCE from the past week (April 4- April 9).

To learn more about the CCE and the programs we offer and advise, visit Thanks to all involved!

Wednesday, April 3

Wednesday’s photos show mentorship as one of the key components of the work we support at the CCE, whether it be through language and cultural learning with high school students, connecting as a reading buddy, or mentoring through Community Friends.

Wednesday, 12:00 pm:
Faim pour le déjeuner! Through the Lanugage in Motion (LiM) program, Middlebury Union High School French language students came to campus to learn with Mme Crouzières’ Middlebury College students. Meanwhile, six high school exchange students from France got an English-language tour of campus. Then both MUHS and Middlebury students converged for a French language table over lunch! In a typical semester, LiM prepares 34 Midd students to offer presentations in local schools for over 600 local middle and high school students, bringing language and culture to life.
Mentor and mentee at table.

Wednesday, 12:30 pm:
How about a side of mentoring with your lunch? Nine Middlebury College students, including Parker Ferguson ’19 (pictured) who is also a member of the Football team, head over to Mary Hogan Elementary School every week at lunch to build relationships with children over books and games through the Everybody Wins! program. This is one of the many community-based volunteering options the CCE gets out on a weekly basis in its Opportunities Newsletter, which in a typical semester shares over 130 opportunities from over 75 community partners.
Wednesday, 3:30 pm
Basil Alfaro ’22 and Hailey Kent ‘21.5 meet with their Community Friends mentees —
a sibling pair from the Middlebury community– on Wednesday afternoons. This time, they were jamming out to tunes and getting creative with paint in the CCE Living Room! There are 140 pairs of mentors and mentees that meet weekly through the Community Friends program, advised by the CCE, which has connected Midd students with children since 1960.

Thursday, April 4

The CCE helps connect community experiences to the college’s academic curriculum and internships. Thursday features the Privilege and Poverty Academic Cluster, Environmental Studies capstone projects, and the Charter House.

Class meeting
Thursdays, 11:30 am
Students in Pam Berenbaum’s Critical Frameworks for Social Change
(INTD 0426), the capstone course for the Global Health, Food Studies, and Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster, use an exercise in Design Thinking to hone their plans for social change projects. Twenty seven faculty across disciplines partner with P&P.
Middlebury college student and community member
Thursdays, 1:30 pm
In this section of ES401, a capstone course designed for senior Environmental Studies majors taught by Jon Isham, students partner with Vision for Vermont and are conducting interviews focused on visions for a more just, inclusive, and sustainable Vermont. Pictured here is Gabby Davis ’19 with long-time activist Priscilla Baker in her condo in Middlebury speaking about her experiences with the environment and her visions for sustainability moving forward.
Three students cooking food
Thursdays, 5:40 pm
Community suppers are a tradition at the Charter House! Each Thursday, students in the Charter House Club like Mayher Patel ’19 gather and help cook meals together. Patel says, “I enjoy talking with the individuals at Charter House especially over a warm plate of food.”
The Charter House also hosts Privilege & Poverty interns over the summer. Over the course of a semester, Midd students serve over 1805 meals with local community partners.

Friday, April 5

Friday is a busy day for CCE programs! As the week comes to a close, students have more flexibility to move and think beyond the campus bubble. From workshops and board meetings to climate marches, this day is full of the different kinds of work and projects that take place in any given week.

Examining maple syrup
Friday, 8:45 am
It’s sugaring season! Jenny Pushner ‘21.5, Jacob Freedman ’21,
Kufre Udoh ’21 and other members of The Wild Middlebury Project teamed up with a group of high school students at The Hannaford Career Center to practice their maple sugaring skills on Friday morning. Jacob and Kufre scope out different grades of syrup. Wild Midd is a new student initiative that is now part of the Service Cluster Board, 20 student organizations advised by the CCE.
Marchers with climate justice signs
Friday, 10:45 am
Middlebury students and Vermonters met at the Town Green to kick off the 350Vermont Next Steps: A Climate Solutions Walk that concluded five days later with a Mass Action at the State House in Montpelier.
Divya Gudur ’21 was awarded a CCE Community Engagement Mini-Grant to support Sunday Night Environmental Groups‘ students’ involvement in the walk! The CCE gave out $15,930 last semester in grant funding for student initiatives.
Two students with community member
Fridays, 11:15 am
All smiles from Butch’s Team! Each week, students like Samantha Enriquez ’22 and Beth Neal ’20 share visits with Butch, a long-time friend of the College. This is in addition to the nearly 60 year tradition where the basketball team brings Butch to home football games and the football team brings him to home basketball games. Butch may well be our #1 Panthers fan!
Student coordinators planning event
Fridays, 12:45 pm
The Community Friends Board members (Sabian Edouard ’21, Jocelyn Tenorio ’19, Hannah Kredich ’20, Maddie McKean ’22 ) discuss how to improve the mentee referral from to allow parents to request social identity-based matches! The eleven student coordinators meet weekly behind the scenes to recruit and train mentors, create meaningful events, and maintain community partnerships. Across all our student organization Boards, in the process of making their groups better, members learn how to operate effective community-based organizations!
Middlebury College and Winooski High School student pair
Fridays, 2:30 pm
Middlebury Refugee Outreach Club works with Winooski high school students from refugee backgrounds to establish connections and prepare students to succeed in college. Pictured are Liz Perrotta ’19 and Lulu Zhou ’19 with their respective tutees, Rewati and Hiba.
Students reading to children
Fridays, 3:30 pm
Many Middlebury students share a passion for reading, and Page One Literacy Project allows them the opportunity to visit local elementary schools and work on literacy development skills through reading and storytelling activities.
Students cleaning a play house
Friday, 4:15 pm
The weather is getting warmer in Vermont and members of Midd Volunteers took advantage of the opportunity to help John Graham Shelter do some spring gardening and outdoor clean up!
Friday, 4:30 pm
Privilege and Poverty students engage in a Bias Response Training facilitated by Kristen Mullens, of the CCE, to help them consider what bias looks like within ourselves and our communities, and how to better respond to it.
Friday, 4:45 pm
1, 2, 3, GO! Directing through Recreation, Education, Adventure, and Mentoring (DREAM) is all about community building through mentoring and Friday afternoon activities. Janice Zhang ’20 and Seamus Nolan ’19 plan afternoon activities and direct a group of mentors from the college working with Middlebury-area children.

Saturday and Sunday, April 6 – 7

Bring on the weekend! Outreach with adults in our community often works best outside of the workweek.

Student leading a circle group in an activity
Saturday, 10:00 am
Audrey Olsen ’21, Hannah Bensen ’21, and Lizzie Friesen ‘20.5 helped coordinate the Women in Tennis Together program with the Women’s Varsity Tennis team. Before hitting the court, Middlebury students led group activities among the players. Audrey described how they designed this Saturday, with hopes: “…to promote deeper conversation and learning among new friends… for players to be able to engage and learn more about those among them, why they chose to come to Women In Tennis Together, and different personal things such as what goals they have in life.” She used a CCE Community Engagement Mini-Grant to support the program!
Saturdays, 4:45 pm

Student Coordinators of Juntos, Middlebury College’s migrant/student solidarity network, prepare for a Companeros gathering, where they teach English to community members.
Group photo in gym of college students and community members
Sunday, 2:15 pm
Special Olympics started its season on Sunday with its first practice. Members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams, the women’s ice hockey team, and the football team met with Special Olympics athletes at the Pepin Gym. Julia Keith ’20 and other members of the Special Olympics team are pictured leading activities with local children who participate in the program. “I love the reaction from the families, children and adults after a successful day of practice – it is incredible seeing how much a team environment can change a person’s life!”

Monday and Tuesday, April 8 – 9

From saving lives to preparing for intercultural immersion, the beginning of the week starts strong.

Student in the back of an ambulance
Mondays, 1:30 pm
Margo Reigle ’19 prepared the ambulance for its next run, before she got called to join a team responding to a 911 call. Dylan Montagu ’20 and Derek Cronin ’21 had just headed out for a transport between Porter and Burlington’s hospitals. Middlebury students who get EMS certified, often in a J-Term course taught by the MREMS Training Director, can join the MREMS teams on weekly shifts up to 12 hours. Margo helped start the Middlebury First Responders organization to provide trainings that prepare students for the field and mental health resources for post-call support. Margo appreciates how her MREMS experience expands her community to beyond campus: “I meet a wide range of people through the different places I volunteer and enjoy all of the stories I’ve heard and conversations I’ve had.”
Staff team meeting around tables
Tuesdays, 9:15 am
The Center for Community Engagement Staff meets to discuss the big picture and the details behind supporting our programs. Special thanks to Jason and Sarah for their photographic support of this “Week in the Life” project.
Tuesday, 11:30 am
High school and Middlebury students share lunch as part of the Language in Motion Spanish Language Day.
Tuesday, 4:30 pm
The Japan Summer Service Learning Program cohort met for the first time!
Tuesday, 7:15 pm
Celebrating so many impactful people in our Middlebury community at the Dean of Students Leadership Awards! Special congratulations to winner Saif Panday ’21, a Middlebury Alternative Spring Break leader for this year’s Jamaica trip.
Be sure to nominate students to the Public Service Leadership Awards on April 30th, hosted by the CCE, by April 11th at go/psla.

Many thanks to photographers, coordinators, collaborators, and editors in the CCE for helping create this selective snapshot of the Week in the Life of Middlebury Community Engagement. Special thanks to CCE student staff members: Meg Pandiscio, Lia Swiniarski, Will DiGravio, Jocelyn Tenorio, Madison Holland, and Amanda Rodriguez.

H.O.P.E. Holiday Shop Contributions Request

Each year H.O.P.E (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects) hosts a Holiday Shop that helps families provide gifts for their children that make the holiday season that much more special. Please consider supporting Addison County families through H.O.P.E’s annual Holiday Gift Shop! Sign up by visiting go/holidayshop or visit the Center for Community Engagement (20 Old Chapel Road, DKE House) to pick an idea off of the Wishlist Tree. You can sign up any time before December 12th, either individually or with a group of colleagues or friends, and bring an unwrapped gift worth $25 (ideas provided in sign-up) to the Center for Community Engagement between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm by Wednesday, December 12th.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Sarah Litwiller at

Thank you for your continued support of this wonderful program. H.O.P.E. counts tremendously on Middlebury College’s consistent and generous participation.

Middlebury Classic Quidditch Festival: 9/29, 10am-5pm

Middlebury College, home of Muggle Quidditch, is continuing its tradition of magic with this year’s Middlebury Classic Quidditch Festival. Over a dozen teams from around New England will battle on the pitch in this goofy sport. Last year, over 700 people took part in the festival, enjoying potion demonstrations, quidditch workshops, food trucks, acrobatics, face painting and visiting bands. All are invited to participate in activities and watch performances throughout the day at this family-friendly festival.

The Middlebury Quidditch team proudly hosts the festival, but creating such a magical day is a community effort. Information and interest forms for teams, vendors, non-profits, and volunteers are available online at: For more info, check out the Facebook event.

Also: Starting now, keep your eyes out downtown for five snitches hidden in local businesses in the “Snitch Hunt” leading up to the event!