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25 Years @ Midd with Erin Quinn

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In this post we recognizequinn Erin Quinn, Director of Athletics, for his 25 years of service to Middlebury. Erin shares with us the variety of roles that he has held over the years, his fondest Middlebury memories, and some advice to new employees. Read on to learn more about Midd from Erin’s point of view.

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

I was the head men’s lacrosse coach and football defensive coordinator at Lake Forest College in Illinois.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

Assistant Football Coach, Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach, Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach, Director of Athletics

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?

Pam and I were married in my first summer back at Middlebury!

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

My kids attending Middlebury College. Hannah is a junior at Middlebury College, and Connor is a senior at MUHS who will attend Middlebury in the fall of 2016 after a gap year.

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?

When I first arrived here I did not participate in many outdoor activities. Over my 25 years I have done downhill and cross country skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, kayaking, etc. Lots of friends and colleagues participating in these activities encouraged me to do so. I also started doing Tai Chi with Professor Dana Yeaton and local alumnus Tom O’Connor over 20 years ago and have enjoyed getting back into this the past few year after some years off.

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

Professionally I had an amazing coaching career, working with great colleagues and amazing students, and it was gratifying and humbling to be named Director of Athletics 9 years ago. Personally my fondest memory is my kids growing up in and around Middlebury.

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?

Great colleagues in Athletics and in many other departments on campus, as well as working with amazing students, and we live in a great community.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

Well, certainly for the foreseeable future I hope to be the Director of Athletics, hopefully improving as I go.

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

I am privileged to work in Athletics, so I work in a pretty spectacular place on campus, but I would always prefer to be outside when possible, so I am going to go with any number of tee boxes on the golf course on a sunny day.

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?

My Middlebury College football coach, Mickey Heinecken, whom I also worked with in my coaching career was and continues to be a tremendous mentor.

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

It may not be for everyone, but our family has benefitted from a full immersion in Middlebury College and the community. Work and family have blurred lines over my career. Along with Pam, I have tried to be involved in the local community. This choice can be fairly consuming and there is no escape from Middlebury, but it has worked for us!

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

It has been a blessing to be here for the past 25 years, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to do the work I do, and particularly to have worked with so many great people in Athletics and all over campus.

 

The Week’s Headlines

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

Israeli Culture and the Teaching of Hebrew Language

Brazile Tells Students: “We Need You in Public Service”

Gensler Symposium Looks at Punishment, Incarceration, and Restorative Justice

How Israel Hid Its Secret Nuclear Weapons

Two Juniors Receive Truman Scholarships Leading to Careers in Public Service

Davis United World College Scholars Program Marks 15 Years

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Open House Nights at the College Observatory – Spring 2015

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The Physics Department at Middlebury College will again host Open House nights at the College Observatory this spring. The observatory, located atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall, will be open to the public for viewing the heavens on Friday evenings, May 1 and May 8, from 9:00 PM until 10:30 PM, provided the skies are mostly clear.

Jupiter and Venus will be in the evening sky on both of these dates, while the moon will be visible only on the first of these two evenings. Also visible through our telescopes will be a number of interesting stars, star clusters, and nebulae. There is no set program for the Open House nights; the public is invited at any time between 9:00 PM and 10:30 PM.

All observatory public nights are free and open to the public, but will take place only if the sky is at least mostly clear. If the weather appears uncertain, visitors may call the observatory at 443-2266 or visit the observatory web site after 7:00 PM on the evening of the Open House for a status report. More information can also be found at go/observatory .

Get Organized, Get Along, And Get Results!

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A Workshop delivered by: Porter Knight

Wednesday, April 29th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Crest Room
Light refreshments provided

click here to register

The hours in a day are finite yet the demands on your time seem limitless. How can you effectively get your work done when you’re pulled in so many different directions? This workshop will put you back in charge of your day so you can focus on what’s important. You’ll learn:
• The one tool you need to make every day sane
• Six steps to managing flow of paper and data
• The real problem with email and how to conquer it
• Five strategies to counteract the myths of time management
• Three components of a “balanced” schedule

Once you’ve mastered your own productivity, how can you best interact with others? Getting results is what matters. But productive communications is more than getting people to do what you want – it’s a two-way street that requires thought and skill. We’ll teach you strategies to:
• Manage expectations with two magic words
• Hear and be heard every time
• Cope with interruptions
• Say “No” effectively
• Minimize conflict and maintain your cool

Join us for this lively and interactive program. We’ll include time for discussion so that you can plan how best to apply these ideas. You’ll leave with tools you can put in place immediately for a more effective and peaceful work day.

*Though there is some new material, this workshop includes most of the core components that Porter Knight has presented in past years and in other formats, including: GEARS of Organizing, RRRIPP through paper, RRRIDD yourself of email, TrueTime Planning.

*What’s in this session that is also in the Stress, Neuroscience & Productivity session: small reference to brain function, point of the decision, balanced scheduling, and dealing with conflict.

Febe Armanios awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grant

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Febe Armanios (History) has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend program in support of her book project, Satellite Ministries: The Rise of Christian Television in the Middle East. The grant provides support for full-time research and writing this summer as she completes work on this long term research effort. Satellite Ministries—the first study of its kind—traces the history of Christian media missions from ca. 1980 to the present, focusing on the tension between channels backed by charismatic and evangelical groups in the United States and Europe and those developed by local Christians in the Middle East.

In addition, Febe has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship from Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program (ILSP) for next fall to work on a new project: Halal Food: A Historical and Legal Exploration.

Sugarin’ Off in the 1940s

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It’s early April and the maple sap is starting to flow, which means it’s time for one of Vermont’s most beloved traditions: The Sugaring-Off Party. This recently rediscovered clip from a 16mm film reel in the Middlebury College Archives records one such party held by students in the early 1940s.

Sponsored by the Mountain Club, the annual outing brought sugar-craving undergrads to the college’s own maple grove near the Bread Loaf Inn. Complete with an evaporation hut for processing freshly-tapped sap into syrup, the “sugar camp” boasted 1,100 trees on land bequeathed to the college by Joseph Battell in 1915. Photographs from the 1939 party even made it onto the pages of LIFE Magazine.

Mountain Club Members 1932

Mountain Club Members 1932

After hiking up to the orchard, “Sugarman” Boudreau helped the eager students collected sap and boil it to produce thick maple syrup. Like any good Vermont sugar-makers, the students diligently (and by no means begrudgingly) inspected the results with generous helpings on snow with pickles and doughnuts. Others chose the more exhaustive measure of quality control by vigorously whipping the syrup until it hardened into maple candy.

Anne Saurman of Clearwater, Florida uses an oldtime yoke to carry sugar pails

Anne Saurman of Clearwater, Florida 1948

The Week’s Headlines

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

Artist Mark Podwal to Speak at Middlebury

Middlebury Voices in the News: Guggenheim Fellowship, Election Fundamentals, TV Storytelling

Classics Department Celebrates Endowment, Naming

College Mourns Loss of Staff Member

New Summer Course Offers Tour of Vermont Food System

Middlebury Senior Will Use ‘Projects for Peace’ Grant to Spread Design Thinking Among Pakistani Youth

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.