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Turkey on Film: Delicious Dinners in the 16mm Archives

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Thanksgiving Day meals are not complete without a perfectly cooked turkey. In these two clips from 16mm reels the Middlebury College Archives, we see both students and the administration sharing in the enjoyment of Thanksgiving’s most iconic fowl.

First, we join the College’s 10th President, Paul Dwight Moody, as he carves a turkey in the late 1930s or early 1940s. This event may have been part of any number of alumni turkey dinners that Moody attended over his presidential tenure.

Next, we find a student in a 1950 promotional film for the College savoring a chef-prepared turkey meal. The clip goes on to highlight the focused work ethic and “enduring zest” for scientific experimentation exemplified by mid-century Middlebury’s  “ambitious youth”.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Faculty Put ISIS Attacks in Context

Dance and the Digital Liberal Arts: Website Presents New Model for Movement Study

We Cannot Afford to Walk Away

Film and Lecture: The Imitation Game and Alan Turing

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.


New Employee

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In this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Bijan to campus!

Bijan Samimi has worked in the dining services industry for over 30 years. Bijan supports the community through his efforts with local youth programs and guest speaking engagements. He joins us as Lead PM Cook for Retail Foods.


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Letting go of an unhealthy habit isn’t easy. Once you start to associate behaviors like smoking with relaxing, or having ice cream while watching TV, they become part of your daily routine. Your first step is to make a decision to change that routine, and replace unhealthful habits with healthier ones.

LifeScope can help with:

  • Tips on how to quit smoking and other tobacco products
  • Articles on healthy eating and fitness
  • Audio on stress management techniques
  • Video on nicotine addiction

24/7 access to confidential counseling support


Tues, Nov 17th at 12pm ET/9am PT & 2pm ET/11am PT

Using strategies developed by the Mayo Clinic, this webinar will help you discover the unrealistic expectations that could be impacting your ability to stick with positive change. To register, log on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your organization username and password. In the middle of the homepage, click on ‘Online Seminars’ then “Stick with It.” If you are unable to attend, look for the archived webinar under Online Seminars, approximately 7-10 days after the live presentation.


November Tips for Taking Action

You may also be interested in viewing the following tip sheets, which can be found on the member website:

  • Putting a Stop to Smoky Thinking
  • Deciding to Quit Drinking
  • Gambling Addiction: It’s not Whether You Win or Lose, but How You Play the Game
  • Drug Addiction Treatment Takes Time

The November Webinar Promo and Spanish Language Poster can be accessed on the member website by clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

24/7 Toll-free line: 800-828-6025

Website: www.LifeScopeEAP.com

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College Community Chorus Thanksgiving concert

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On Sunday afternoon, November 22, one hundred singers — including Middlebury College students from across the globe and residents from nearly every town in Addison County —  will take their places in the choir pews inside Mead Chapel as the Middlebury College Community Chorus presents its annual Thanksgiving concert. This free, hour-long performance begins at 3:00 p.m. and is open to all.

Middlebury College Community Chorus

photo: Miranda de Beer

The program includes a mix of exciting classical choruses alongside newer works. The choir will offer the magnificent first movement of J. S. Bach’s Magnificat; Felix Mendelssohn’s setting of the Thanksgiving chorale Now Thank We All our God; and the final choruses from G. F. Handel’s Messiah with the thrilling counterpoint of voices singing Blessing and Honor… Amen! Works by contemporary American composer-conductors include an exciting setting of a thanksgiving psalm, Jubilate Deo (Make a joyful noise unto God) by David N. Childs, and the beautiful Pilgrims’ Hymn by Stephen Paulus. The choir presents Soulspeak by Z. Randall Stroope, a brand new song with an inspiring text from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s Ulysses. Also slated is Jeffery Ames’s Let Everything that Hath Breath, an uplifting gospel song with its driving rhythm, as well as a beautiful new arrangement by Craig Courtney of Let There Be Peace on Earth.

Conductor Jeff Rehbach notes that the Chorus is privileged this season to perform two works by members of our local communities. Sally Hoyler, well-known in the community as Ripton town clerk and a long-time member of the Chorus, succumbed to cancer in early 2015. In her memory, the chorus will sing a beautiful, flowing song that she composed several years ago that begins with the lyrical text “Ocean, ocean sing to me the silent music of the soul.” The choir will also premiere a brand-new work, A Blessing for Dear Friends, written by Nathan Wallace-Gusakov. Nate grew up in Bristol and now lives with his family in Lincoln and appears frequently playing banjo with music groups in the area. His composition offers hope for peace and love, light to guide the way, and concludes “may you come home to love” – a fitting sentiment for this Thanksgiving program.

Middlebury College Community Chorus

photo: Miranda de Beer

Members of the College Community chorus travel for weekly rehearsals from throughout the region, including Cornwall, Weybridge, Middlebury, Ripton, Goshen, Bristol, Monkton, New Haven, Waltham, Vergennes, Ferrisburgh, Charlotte, East Middlebury, Salisbury, Leicester, Brandon, Rutland, Orwell, Shoreham, Addison, Port Henry and Moriah. College students hail from Vermont, Maine, New York, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Illinois, Hong Kong and Kenya. Jeff Rehbach is in his sixteenth season as conductor of the College Community Chorus, and Timothy Guiles serves as the ensemble’s remarkable accompanist. The group is open without audition to all singers who delight in participating in this 150-year-old community tradition, hosted by Middlebury College.
For up-to-date information, check on the web at http://go.middlebury.edu/communitychorus or contact director Jeff Rehbach at 989-7355.

Free-form Art Play for Everyone

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Middlebury College Football, 1947

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The 1947 Panthers were led by coach Walter “Duke” Nelson (far top left) through a comeback season to the state championship.


Though today’s Middlebury College football team stands as a formidable member of the NESCAC, the lineup that went on to win the 1947 state championships may not have seemed quite so promising at the start. Having consisted mostly of Navy men who could only practice after supper and on Saturday at the conclusion of WWII, the 1946 team had played a hard-fought four-game season with only one win. Thankfully, Class of 1932 alumnus Walter “Duke” Nelson returned to Middlebury to coach the program the following year and had a record enrollment of over 600 men to pick from.


Two players from the 1947 lineup practice the skills that won them the state championship.
Two players from the 1947 lineup practice the skills that carried them through their historic season.


This recently-uncovered clip from a 16mm film reel in the College Archives shows the inexperienced yet rising stars of the team at play as Coach Duke led them in their historic comeback. With footage from several home games (including one attended by Gov. Ernest W. Gibson), the clip captures the momentous nature of the season, thanks in part to dramatic cutaways capturing sports headlines that chronicled the team’s journey.