Category Archives: Residential Life and Commons

MCSE Summer Grants – Apply NOW for $3000

The Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship Summer Grant Application is now available!
The MCSE will provide up to three grants of $3,000 for students wishing to pursue social change projects. To be considered, a student (or group of students) must prepare a written description of the project (who, what, where, how) including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact (not to exceed two pages) as well as a budget for the $3,000 grant (budget not to exceed one page). Proposals should include pre-approval of all involved parties and organizations involved in the project. Students must include their own fundraising plan to complement Middlebury’s grant. 
The two-page proposal and one-page budget should be submitted electronically to the MCSE before or at 5:00 pm on Monday March 18, 2013. Email applications or questions to:
For more information on this year’s grant process or last year’s grant recipients, visit the MCSE Website or go/mcsegrants.

AUDITIONS: 16th Annual First Year Show

16th Annual First Year Show Auditions:

Best of New York:  An evening of scenes

An opportunity to play some of the greatest characters New York theatre has served up in the last 5 years.
Directed by Lisa Velten Smith

Thursday September 13th, 7-10pm    Room 232, MCFA

Callbacks: Friday September 14th, 7-10pm
Performance dates: October 19-21, Hepburn Zoo

If you audition for the show and accept a role, it is expected that you will attend your specific rehearsal calls, be on time, and be well prepared; please plan your fall schedule with these responsibilities in mind. Rehearsals will be in the evenings and on weekends, and will not exceed more than 5 meetings per week until production week. “Best of New York will not interfere with auditions, rehearsals, or performances for the Winter Term Musical.

Auditions are also open to students who entered in the Fall 2011 or Spring 2012 if they have not appeared in another Theatre Department show.

To participate, come to the Center for the Arts at 6:45PM, and sign up for a time to perform: one of the scenes OR: a 90 second monologue of your choice.  The scene selections will be posted on the theater website four days in advance.  We will hear people, one at a time, in the order they have signed up to audition. You may hold your script, but we insist that it be well-prepared.  Try to memorize as much as you can so that you can connect with the person reading with you.  Those called back will be notified by email.

Will you be on campus over Spring recess?

If you are staying on campus during the spring recess and have not all ready registered on line, please do so now.  If you are leaving campus for the entire recess (Saturday, March 24th through Saturday, March 31st), you don’t have to read any further.

Use the Banner Web Break Form to indicate each day that you will be staying on campus.  Remember – it’s also important to let your friends know about your plans during the recess.

The process to register is simple, and takes about 2 minutes.

Log on to Banner Web

Go to Personal Information.

At the bottom of the list you will see:  Will you be staying on Campus during Break?

Open this form and click the dates you will be staying on campus.  Then press submit.

Snow Bowl Marketing Survey Contest!

Greetings to the Middlebury College Community,

The Snow Bowl is conducting a Marketing Survey to better understand the characteristics of the typical customer. As a member of the Middlebury College community, you are an important part of the Snow Bowl customer base and we value your opinions of how we conduct day-to-day business here at the mountain. If you could take 2 minutes to fill out our Marketing Survey, it would provide us with important information that is necessary to continue improving the Snow Bowl customer experience and its integration with the college community. When you have completed the Marketing Survey, you will be entered into a drawing to WIN an All-inclusive Half Day Guided Fly Fishing Trip in Vermont for 1 Person from Stream and Brook Fly Fishing (valued at $150). Hurry though, the contest is only open until Thursday!

To fill out the Snow Bowl Marketing Survey click here.

Limit one entry per person.

Collecting Community: Perspectives on Middlebury

The students of the J-Term course Community Dialogue Through the Arts are proud to announce their community engagement project:

Collecting Community: Perspectives on Middlebury

As part of this project, you’re invited to a Community Sing!

When: Tuesday, January 17, 6:30-8 pm

Where: Ilsley Library Public Meeting Room (Downstairs)

We’ll be singing a variety of songs from the best of the oldies to your favorite childhood tunes. Everyone from the greater Middlebury community is invited.  Bring your instruments. All ages welcome. No experience necessary. If you have any questions contact Refreshments will be provided.


The goal of this project is to collect individual perspectives from the greater Middlebury community through a variety of artistic mediums (visual, written, and recorded).  The culmination of this process will be an exhibition of these individual narratives as works of art. The hope is to capture these passing moments in history and to take time to re-imagine the Middlebury community.



Break Expeditions, upcoming courses, and Brooker Housing

Introduction to Backcountry Navigation
Backcountry navigation is an essential skill if you plan to travel off trail, or in winter, when trails are often difficult to find and follow. Learn the fundamentals of topographical map and compass work in this course. Sessions 1 & 2 will be class-room based and provide an introduction to topographical maps and compass use. Session 3 will take the form of a day hike during which we’ll integrate and apply the material from Sessions 1 and 2. Dates: Session 1 & 2- 11/29 and 12/1, 4:00-6:00pm. Session 3: Saturday, 12/3, all day.

Feb Break Dog Sledding Expedition in Western Maine
Join MOP for a canine-powered backcountry journey in Western Maine. There is no better way to explore this winter wonderland than by dog sled! Participants will learn the skills necessary to mush, ski, and camp in the mountains of New England in winter. No experience required.

Spring Break Rock Climbing in Red Rocks
The towering sandstone canyons of Nevada’s Red Rocks National Conservation Area are among the world’s finest climbing destinations. Climbers of all ability levels are welcome to join MOP as we explore this amazing vertical landscape. Routes of all lengths and grades abound, and a dose of desert sun is always welcome after a long Vermont winter!

For additional information, or to request a registration packet, contact us at

Brooker Housing
Looking for a place to live this spring? Apply to live in Brooker, the outdoor interest and have a unique living experience. There are two cozy fire places, a full kitchen, nice study spaces, and great singles and doubles available. We value the outdoors, music, cooking, good conversation, and good times (as well a house maple syrup and good coffee). Email if you are interested.

End of Fall Term Departures and Room Change Requests

In preparation for the end of the Fall Term please take a moment to review the following information so you may plan your departure accordingly.

Important Fall-Winter Term Move Out and Return Dates:

  • Students must leave campus 24 hours after their last final and no later than noon on Monday, December 19th
  • Students may not return to campus until 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 8th

Only students enrolled in on-campus Winter Term courses may return to campus.

Fall Term on-campus residents requesting End of Term Room Changes:

  • Are responsible for understanding what is required; please refer to the information posted on the Undergraduate Housing website about End of Term Room Change Requests.  After doing so please contact me if you have specific questions that have not been answered.
  • Because students may not hear if an End of Term Room Change request has been approved before they plan to leave campus they should make preliminary preparations (organize and clean their room) well in advance, so they can meet the required deadlines if a room change is approved.
  • Students not enrolled on campus for a Winter Term and approved for an End of Term room change (Fall or Winter)  MUST VACATE THEIR ROOM WHEN THEY LEAVE CAMPUS AT THE END OF THE FALL TERM.  If a student leaves campus before they can be notified if their request for a room change is approved they must still vacate their room and make arrangements for a friend to move and store their belongings for them.
  • Students may not pick up a new room key or move any belongings into a new room until they return to campus.
  • Students housed in Forest East and West, or Meeker and Munford 3rd floors will be able to view their Touch Pad lock code in their BANNER page as of 9:00 a.m. on the first day of their housing assignment.


  • Students leaving campus for the remainder of the year may not leave items behind in residential storage spaces including those in Social and Academic Interest Houses; personal items may only be stored on campus in Fletcher Barn (questions: contact Public Safety).  Personal belongings left behind at the end of the academic year in spaces other than Fletcher Barn will be removed and donated.

Karin Hall-Kolts
Residential Systems Coordinator
Office of the Dean of Students
McCullough – Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753