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Stargazing at Mittelman Observatory – Spring 2019

Mittelman Observatory and Middlebury Physics will again host stargazing open house nights this spring. These Observatory events are scheduled for Friday evenings, April 26 and May 3, from 9:00 PM until 10:30 PM, weather permitting.

Mars will be in the evening sky on these dates. A variety of interesting stars, star clusters, and nebulae will also be visible through the Observatory’s telescopes. The Observatory includes a 24-inch telescope in a dome and smaller telescopes on the roof.

Observatory open house nights are free and open to the public. However, these events will take place only if the sky is expected to be mostly clear. Please check the Observatory web site at go/observatory or call the Observatory at 443-2266 after 7:00 PM on the evening of the event for weather status.

Participate in the Spring 2019 Relay for Life

Posting on behalf of the Relay for Life student organization

Join the annual Relay For Life of Middlebury on April 28th from noon – 6:00 p.m. on Battell Beach (behind Battell Residence Hall) for an afternoon with games, live entertainment, food, and most importantly, to raise money for the American Cancer Society! We encourage people to make a fundraising page in advance and will also be collecting donations and registration fees ($10 per person) at the event. The $10 fee includes food, games, and entertainment, with some activities (bounce house, carnival games) requiring tickets that can be purchased for an additional cost. Faculty and staff member’s families and children are encouraged to attend as well! Questions? Contact Alli Martin and Beth Neal, relayforlife@middlebury.edu.

Announcing the 2019 Middlebury College Public Service Leadership Awards

We are pleased to announce the Middlebury College 26th Annual Public Service Leadership Awards. Public service takes shape in many different ways—through volunteering, activism, scholarship, social innovation, and advocacy—and these awards recognize our student body’s contributions to Middlebury College, the surrounding community, and beyond. We appreciate your collaborations with students to problem-solve, research, and strive to build stronger communities.

We hope you will consider nominating a Middlebury College student for an award. For more information and to nominate a student, please click here. The deadline for nominations is April 11, 2019.

Questions?  Please contact Ashley Laux, Program Director, Center for Community Engagement at (802) 443-3099 or alaux@middlebury.edu.  

2019 Friends of the Art Museum Award Nominations!

The Friends of the Middlebury College Museum of Art invite you to nominate a current Middlebury College Student whose contribution to the visual arts in the community merits distinction. The Friends have made an annual award to a college student for approximately two decades. Recipients have included sculptors, filmmakers, painters, critics for The Campus, Museum volunteers, and founders of the M Gallery. Anyone [barring a relative of the nominee] can make a nomination. The award will be presented on Sunday, May 5, at Kirk House, at the Friends’ Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner. The nominator and winner will be guests of the Museum.

Nominations are due Wednesday, April 3, 2019

For information and nomination forms, go to: museum.middlebury.edu/news/awards or call Mikki Lane: (802) 443-2309


ITS Bids Mack* Roark “Au Revoir”

Mack* Roark wearing rainbow paint shirt by Lake Champlain

Great news for our colleague in ITS, Mack* Roark, translates to sad news for Middlebury and the greater community.  After seventeen years on the Middlebury College staff, masterfully filling a variety of technology-related roles, Mack is retiring April 11 and moving to the Big Apple for the next phase of his life.  His departure will be felt across campus and beyond!

Mack* has made many valuable contributions to technology during his time at Midd.  He played a key role in the creation of the Digital Media Tutor program and is also known for his concise Adobe sessions that demystify these complex programs in under an hour.  Many of us have benefited over the years from Mack*’s vast knowledge of — and passion for — “all things Apple” that extends well beyond the workday. (He’s a self-professed “fanboy.”)  We have also been fortunate to have his extensive graphic design background and training expertise in the ITS repertoire. As the Spring Student Symposium draws close, we are very much aware that our Illustrator guru and “plotter whisperer” will not be here next spring to guide the upcoming group of presenters.

Mack*’s departure will also ripple through the wider community.  His willingness to mentor LGBTQ students has been greatly appreciated.  Local theatre and performance art, as well as French conversation groups, will miss his involvement and talent.

Please join us at a reception in Mack*’s honor on Wednesday, April 3, in the Château Grand Salon from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.