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Open Meeting this Thursday

Dear Staff:

Welcome to the start of the new academic year!   Staff Council would like to invite you to our first open meeting of the fall on Thursday, September 12th at 1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT. Please join in person in Bicentennial Hall Room 216 or remotely by zoom at

The priority of the meeting is to hear from you! We’d like to hear your questions, concerns, ideas, and comments.  To start this conversation, we hope you participate in a Staff Council questionnaire (not required to attend):

  • Name – Optional
  • As a staff member, what is most important to you now?
  • What do you value in your work and in Middlebury?
  • What would you/your department be doing if you were 20% bolder?
  • What have been the high points/bright spots for you that you would want others to know about?
  • What have been the low points/challenges for you that you would want others to know about?
  • Anything else you would like to share?

At our Thursday meeting, the floor will be open to you and we’ll discuss the questionnaire findings. We’ll introduce you to our recently appointed members: Ginnie Bukowski – District L  and Grace O’Dell – District M (non-voting position) from MIIS, as well as the rest of Staff Council.   

Lastly, going forward, we’d like to invite you to meet with us on a monthly basis. We’ll be opening the floor for your comments, questions, and concerns at the start of each of our monthly meetings: the first Thursday of every month,  from 1:00-1:15 PM in Davis Lib Room 145 or zoom at

We look forward to working with you this year, 

Farewell to our Friend, Irene Barna

This bright and cheerful employee of the Office of Advancement has worked for the College for 30+ years will be retiring on June 30, 2019.  Irene Barna originally started as a temp employee in July of 1978, selling textbooks at the College bookstore. At that time, she was raising four teenagers (2 boys, 2 girls) and managing a Middlebury household. In October of 1988, she started her continuous commitment to Middlebury College, ending her 31-year career at 700 Exchange Street – the Office of Advancement.  

From Dining Service (7.5 yrs.) to the President’s Office (18 yrs.), to her final move to 700 Exchange Street – Office of Advancement (5 yrs.), Irene has worked in various roles, filled many shoes, and assisted trustees, faculty, staff, and countless visitors — whom she calls friends.

The College community will miss Irene for her friendly demeanor and work dedication, welcoming all guests and staff to 700 Exchange Street the past five years and Old Chapel for more than eighteen years.  For others, she will be missed by her wonderful storytelling and the ability to recollect both College and the town’s history in great detail.  A treasured gift!

Many colleagues wanted to share their recollections of working with Irene, and we are sharing a few:

Irene is always willing to assist from sorting mail, to ordering coffee, to helping hand address envelopes, and many other duties. She does her job with grace and always a smile.  She has a wealth of knowledge and always able to strike up a conversation on many different topics.  Irene will be missed by many.”

“With her long history at Middlebury and many interests ranging from the cultivation of lilacs to railroad history to town planning, Irene will surprise you with stories that will make you say, “I didn’t know that!” She is also the only person I know who never even once complains about the cold during the long Vermont winter. The front desk in the Office of Advancement will seem very empty without her there.”

“Irene is deeply committed to environmental stewardship and sustainable living.  For decades, she has been a town leader in modeling personal practices that reduce carbon impact.  Whether advocating for public transportation and bus ridership,  practicing reduce/reuse/recycle strategies, or reminding us that individual actions DO matter, Irene inspires Middlebury colleagues and neighbors to take personal responsibility for building a better world.”

If you wish to send your stories, memories, and best wishes to Irene before June 30, please forward to Stacie Marshall ( or 700 Exchange Street), and she will compile and present to Irene before retirement.