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Community Friends mentoring program for children ages 6-12

Community Friends is a one-on-one mentoring program that matches Middlebury College students with children ages 6-12 in Addison County.  The program was started in 1960 and is currently in its 61st year of operation. After getting matched with a student, mentees begin to meet regularly one-on-one with their mentor for about two hours each week. The mentor and mentee coordinate the timing of that meeting, based on mutual availability. 

In non-pandemic times, mentors and mentees often play games, construct crafts, and attend group events. This fall, mentoring will happen virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Parents, teachers, guidance counselors and other service providers can fill out the mentee referral form here to start the application process. For questions or inquiries about Community Friends, please contact Lead Student Coordinator Maddie at comfriends@middlebury.edu, or Mentoring and Outreach AmeriCorps VISTA member Tenzin Dorjee, tndorjee@middlebury.edu, 802.443.5082.

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.

Welcome to Middlebury’s Office of the General Counsel

Visit the new Office of the General Counsel website to learn more about Hannah Ross, how the General Counsel’s office works, important legal facts, how and when to use outside counsel, important resources and more.  Click here to learn more!

Important Tax Information

As you prepare to file your 2016 income taxes, you may be asked about a form called Form 1095-C. The Affordable Care Act requires employers to furnish Form 1095-C to current and past employees who were covered in the employer sponsored medical plan for all or any portion of the tax year. In November of 2016, the IRS extended this year’s deadline for employers to furnish to employees the Form 1095-C from January 31st to March 2, 2017.

Please be aware that the extension to employers should not impact or delay a tax filer’s ability to file their income taxes as usual. Individual income tax-filers are not required to submit Form 1095-C when they file their taxes this year.  When the form does arrive (around March 2nd), be sure to keep the form with your personal tax records as documentation.

You may need to know the answers to a few basic questions when preparing your return:

  • Does Middlebury’s plan meet the minimum essential coverage criteria as mandated by the Affordable Care Act?   Yes it does.
  • Were you covered for all 12 months of the year? Each employee should know the answer to this.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Benefits Department in Human Resources at 802-443-3372.

Here are several links to the IRS website where more information on this topic can be found:



Associate Chaplain Naila Baloch to give keynote address at Vermont Women in Higher Education Fall Dinner on October 11, 2016 at St. Michael’s College

naila1At the 2016 Fall Dinner hosted by Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE) on October 11, 2o16 at St. Michael’s College, Naila Baloch, Associate Chaplain and Muslim Advisor at Middlebury College’s Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, will be the keynote speaker. Naila brings to her work a focus on building strong, inclusive communities, and in her role she facilitates Islamic and interfaith programming and retreats and also advises the Islamic Society of Middlebury College. Naila earned her bachelor’s degree from Williams College, where she studied astrophysics and comparative religion; her master’s in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School, where she specialized in Islamic ministry; and a graduate certificate from the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism in Pope Valley, California, where her focus was on counseling from a spiritual perspective. She started her training at Harvard Divinity School as their first female, Muslim ministry student to prepare for positions of religious service. In 2015, Naila received the Carol A. Moore Scholarship from Vermont Women in Higher Education to continue her training in mental health counseling at the University of Massachusetts. Congratulations Naila!


Come to the Vermont Women in Higher Education Fall Dinner, Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at St. Michael’s College–All are welcome!

At the 2016 Fall Dinner hosted by Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE) on October 11, 2o16 at St. Michael’s College, you can enjoy a great meal, catch up with colleagues from across the state, celebrate the three 2016 VWHE award winners, and hear from keynote speaker Naila Baloch, Associate Chaplain and Muslim Advisor at Middlebury College’s Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life. This year’s theme is Strong Women, Strong World.

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Time: 4:30 – 7:00 pm

Location and Parking: St. Michael’s College, Dion Family Student Center (third floor – Roy Event Room). Parking is located at the Ross Sports Center.

Cost: $40 register here

Details: The evening will include networking from 4:30 – 5:30 pm with a cash bar and appetizers, followed by the keynote address and a buffet dinner at 5:30 pm with meat, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free options, as well as coffee, tea and dessert. 2016 VWHE award winners will be recognized at 6:45 pm.