Student Resource Guide 2013-2014

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Student Resource Guide 2013–2014



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Welcome to Middlebury. As Dean of the College, I oversee student life and diversity initiatives. My colleagues and I work closely with all Middlebury constituencies to ensure that our students, staff, and faculty have the opportunity and the encouragement to participate fully in the campus community. I am excited that each one of you is embarking or continuing on the extraordinary journey that is college. My own college experience was transformative. I was able to find a community of mentors and friends in a place that offered one of the greatest opportunities in my life to ask important questions about who I wanted to be and how I wanted to learn. In this spirit, we have created this book as an easy-to-use guide that will provide you with a snapshot of the student experience at Middlebury. Although it should not be confused with Middlebury’s official College Handbook, which provides the complete text of all College policies, this guide offers an overview of some of the most important of those policies and the purposes behind them. It also highlights key campus resources that allow you to have fun, be safe, find help, and become an active, engaged member of your community. My door is always open to students, so if you are interested in engaging me in conversations related to student life, please feel free to visit or contact me. Warmly, Shirley M. Collado Office of the Dean of the College Old Chapel | 802.443.5382 | go/doc Join Dean Collado on her blog One Dean’s View at go/odv. 1

Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 History . . . . . . . . . . . .


Academics . . . . . . . . . . . 7 • Community Standards • Curriculum • Advising • Honor Code • Course Registration • Class Attendance • Evaluation • Pass/D/Fail • Winter Term • Student Research Symposium • Study Abroad • Withdrawal/Dismissal/Readmission • Libraries • Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research • Student Accessibility Services • International Student and Scholar Services • Other Middlebury Schools and Programs

Community . . . . . . . . . . 17 • Dean of Students • Commons System • Commons Team • Commons Programming • Other Living Options • Room Draw • Fire Safety • Dorm Damage • Health and Wellness Education • Dining • Student Activities • Student Organizations • Student Employment • Student Government Association

Creativity and Innovation . . . . 27 • Center for Social Entrepreneurship • Community Engagement • MiddCORE • Programs on Creativity and Innovation


Health, Wellness, and Safety . . . 31 • Culture Shock • Campus Policies • Parton Center for Health and Wellness • Public Safety

Campus Centers & Programs . . . 39 • Center for Careers and Internships • Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity • Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs • Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life • Chellis House • Franklin Environmental Center

Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 • Mahaney Center for the Arts • Museum of Art • Performing Arts Series • Town Hall Theater

Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . 45 • Physical Education Requirement • Team Sports • Facilities

Important Contact Information . . 48 Mission Statement . . . . . . . 49


Table of Contents

In the Past 1800 Gamaliel Painter helped found Middlebury and left a large bequest—as well as his iconic walking stick. Today each graduate receives a replica of it. 1823 Graduate Alexander Twilight was the first African American citizen to earn a baccalaureate degree at an American college. 1899 Mary Annette Anderson was the first woman of color to graduate from Middlebury. 4

Middlebury College was established in 1800, when the people of Middlebury took on the challenge of building a liberal arts college in a small New England town—what was then the American frontier. In more than two centuries since then, Middlebury has developed from “the town’s college” into an institution of international renown. The College welcomed seven young men that first year, and they were expected “to read, translate, and parse Tully, Virgil, and the Greek Testament, and to write true Latin in prose, and shall have also learned the rules of Vulgar Arithmetic.” In 1883, the trustees voted to accept women as students in the College, making Middlebury one of the first all-male liberal arts colleges in New England to become coeducational. The Middlebury of the 20th century experienced a remarkable expansion of its curriculum, physical plant, and financial resources.

education as one that creates connections between its foundational qualities and the larger world. In recent years, the College has developed a broad range of programs that encourage intellectual risk taking and creative problem solving. Building on Middlebury’s preeminence in language learning and international studies, President Liebowitz and the College have remained focused on becoming the first truly global liberal arts college for the 21st century— a College that best prepares its graduates to meet the challenges they face upon graduation. Liebowitz and his wife Jessica live in the College president’s official residence at 3 South Street, with their three children, David Heschel, Shoshana, and Ezra. To learn more about the Office of the President and Liebowitz’s accomplishments during his tenure, visit go/president.


Ronald D. Liebowitz was appointed as the 16th president in April 2004. A member of the faculty since 1984, he has also served as provost and executive vice president. Under his leadership, the College has sought to define a contemporary liberal arts 5



Departments and programs in which to major and minor


Middlebury College prepares students

to be active citizens and leaders who can address the world’s most pressing problems. This mission is reflected in students’ experiences with successes and challenges throughout their time here. COMMUNITY STANDARDS


Cultivating respect and responsibility for self, others, and our shared environment. Encouraging personal and intellectual courage and growth. Manifesting integrity and honesty in all decisions and actions. Promoting healthy, safe, and balanced lifestyles. Fostering a diverse and inclusive community committed to civility, open-mindedness, and finding common ground.

Middlebury’s curriculum is designed to ensure that your education includes breadth of experience across many fields and disciplines, as well as in-depth study in one area defined by the major. An emphasis on writing in all disciplines sharpens students’ capacity for critical thinking and expression. go/requirements Majors/Minors

Your major is the area of study in which you take the most courses—at least 10—and the area you explore in the greatest depth. Each department has designed its major to ensure that students not only learn key content but also the methodologies, languages, and modes of thinking and expression that characterize that discipline. You may also choose to pursue a minor area of study. Less comprehensive than a major, a minor is a cluster of courses designed to give you a basic level of proficiency in a particular field. It is also possible to pursue a joint major that combines and synthesizes two areas of study, or to pursue two separate majors, but these paths require considerable planning with your adviser.

The Middlebury educational experience is not just about earning a diploma; it is about becoming an educated person in the fullest sense and preparing yourself to continue that process for the rest of your life. It is an opportunity to challenge yourself in new areas, to follow your curiosity to deeper levels, and to express your ideas in creative and clear ways. A balance of individual and community growth and health guides Middlebury’s approach to all endeavors, and to the policies that support those endeavors. The College’s student life policies are formulated with these general principles in mind. 7


throughout the College from other professors and staff members who may have valuable information and insights to share with you.

Distribution Requirements

To ensure breadth of learning in our liberal arts curriculum, students must take classes in seven of eight different academic categories: literature; the arts; philosophical and religious studies; historical studies; physical and life sciences; deductive reasoning and analytical processes; social analysis; and foreign language. You are also required to complete one course in each of these four categories: Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Caribbean; Europe; North America; and a course comparing cultures and civilizations, or a course on the identity and experience of separable groups within cultures.



The essence of Middlebury’s honor code is that in order to become an educated person, you must be honest about what you know and what you do not know. You must express your own ideas without unauthorized help; you must give credit to others for their ideas and their influence on your insights; and you must expect the same intellectual integrity from your peers. Students pledge not to cheat, plagiarize, or duplicate work on separate assignments, or tolerate these behaviors in others.


Academic advising is the heart of the Middlebury experience, whether in a First-Year Seminar or the final stages of completing a major and writing a thesis. Throughout your college years, you will work individually with professors to develop multiyear strategies that reflect your interests, strengths, and academic goals. Each student begins the first semester with a First-Year Seminar. The instructor of that small-group seminar will serve as your adviser until you declare your major. At that time, you will ask a professor in the department or program of your chosen major to serve as your adviser and guide you in your future studies at Middlebury. In addition to your “official” adviser, you will find advising support



You will register through an online process based on the number of credits you have earned. It’s a good idea to work closely with your adviser to achieve a balanced course load; for example, a semester that includes several heavy reading and writing courses or multiple courses with required lab components can be challenging. You and your adviser will also need to track the fulfillment of your distribution requirements to ensure that you complete them in time for graduation. It is also important to understand some of Middlebury’s basic expectations regarding class registration and, in particular, 8

applying AP credits earned in high school. Ultimately, we encourage you to make realistic choices about your academic program.

Voice of Experience


Your professors will share their attendance policies with you on the first day of class, but the general idea will be the same: miss too many classes without a good reason and you’ll likely see your absence reflected in your grade. If you anticipate missing a class, or miss a class unexpectedly, it is important to communicate with your professor immediately explaining your circumstances. Your professor may be able to work with you to extend deadlines, or direct you to your Commons dean, who under exceptional circumstances, such as serious illness, may provide you with a Dean’s Excuse. Students participating in varsity athletics should visit go/handbook and review the “Guidelines for Handling AthleticsExplained Absences” under “Course Registration and Conduct of Courses” for specific instructions.

“Make sure you look through the whole course catalog when you are choosing classes. You never know what gem you might find in a department you didn’t even know existed.”—Danny Zhang ‘15

dropping a class. You have the first five weeks of the fall and spring semester, and the first three days of winter term, to evaluate whether or not to remain in a class or to drop it without penalty. After the deadline, you are expected to remain in the class, and late drops are only permitted under very extreme personal or medical circumstances. You can make up credits by transferring a summer class, enrolling in five classes for a semester, or, in some cases,


Every class includes a sufficient amount of written, oral, and practical work so that both you and your professor are able to evaluate your progress. Professors strive to encourage free discussion, inquiry, and expression, and to evaluate you solely on academic merit, not on the basis of opinions or conduct unrelated to academic standards. For fall and 9

spring semesters, the final examination period usually begins two to three days following the end of classes and lasts for five days. An unexcused absence from a pre-announced examination will result in a grade of F for that unit of work. If you have a compelling personal circumstance, illness, or injury that will prevent or has prevented you from completing an exam or other large assignment, speak with your Commons dean.

as participants in a course; and in their major fields or in disciplines they have never studied before. The winter term curriculum consists of a variety of interdepartmental and departmental courses of various levels. Students can also undertake a winter internship instead of formal study. Normally, a department may require its students to take no more than one of its winter term courses, in addition to winter term senior work, during four years. Students are urged to take winter term courses in substantially different areas in their first two years. A minimum of two and a maximum of four winter term courses will count toward the graduation requirement of 36 credits.



The courses you choose to take P/D/F will be limited to electives, meaning they can’t satisfy major, College Writing, or distribution requirements. You can only take two courses P/D/F during your time at Middlebury. Choosing to take a course P/D/F will affect how many AP courses and other pretesting credits you can count toward graduation. There are other restrictions on taking a course P/D/F, so you should work closely with your adviser to determine whether this option is right for you. go/pdf



The annual Spring Student Symposium is an all-campus multiday event that showcases the scholarly and creative pursuits of the student body. Students present their independent work—including lectures, performances, posters, panels, artworks, open rehearsals, and readings—to an unusually wide audience from the campus and the community.


Winter term (known as J-term), offers both students and faculty unique opportunities for study and learning. Each student enrolls in only one academic, credit-bearing course, and each instructor teaches only one course. Students may study at the College or, after their first year, away from campus; independently or


Each year 50–60 percent of the junior class studies abroad in more than 40 countries at more than 75 different programs and universities. Middlebury has Schools Abroad in Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, 10

Green Chicken Every fall the math department has a showdown with Williams College for the coveted Green Chicken trophy (a chicken-shaped casserole dish). Usually the same weekend as the Williams/ Middlebury football game, the competition involves math students participating in a two-hour problemsolving fest.

China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, and Uruguay. Middlebury is also a member of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) in Italy and also has an affiliation with the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) at Oxford. Also in England, Middlebury has exchange agreements with the University of East Anglia and the University of Nottingham, and has an arrangement with Lincoln College at Oxford University. Externally sponsored (non-Middlebury) programs are available, as well, in Australia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ghana, Greece, Kenya, Madagascar, Mongolia, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and many other countries. Study abroad is an integral part of a student’s academic experience, and students from all majors choose to do it. For those studying foreign languages and cultures, study abroad is a natural component of their degree.

Students majoring in International and Global Studies (IGS) or International Politics and Economics (IP&E) are required to study abroad. Students from all majors study abroad. All students interested in study abroad are required to provide a compelling academic rationale for their program of study. Students should plan their academic program during their first two years at Middlebury in preparation for study abroad in their third year. Ready to get started? go/studyabroad WITHDRAWAL, DISMISSAL, READMISSION

It is not uncommon for students to take a semester or even a year off at some point during their studies. In most cases, this is a voluntary withdrawal—a student is feeling unmotivated to pursue academics for a period of time, or is struggling with a personal issue that needs their full attention. You must notify your Commons dean of your intention to withdraw for a semester (or longer), and must contact the dean again 11

several months in advance of your intended return (by June 1 for a fall semester return, and by November 15 for a spring semester return). Students generally may not return in winter term after a withdrawal. Occasionally, students experience challenges that compromise their ability to function in a healthy manner on campus. When students are unable to function safely and effectively in our academic and residential environment, we may support their voluntary withdrawal or, in very rare cases, enact an involuntary withdrawal. The student must address the issue of concern with an appropriate professional before he or she returns to Middlebury. Students may also be withdrawn for academic reasons, or be suspended for major policy violations. When students withdraw for academic failure, they may return to Middlebury when they can demonstrate that they have addressed whatever issues led to their academic struggles. This is usually accomplished by enrolling at another fouryear college for a semester and earning grades of B- or better in a four-course liberal arts program.

documents, DVDs, CDs, and music scores; unique rare book and manuscript collections; thousands of online journals and databases (including access to JSTOR specifically for Middlebury College alumni); and active sharing partnerships with other libraries across the country. go/library

Davis Family Library

At a spacious 143,000 square feet— roughly three acres—the Davis Family Library on Storrs Avenue includes 725 seats; robust wired and wireless computing networks; service desks immediately accessible from a large, sunlit atrium; state-ofthe-art classrooms and computer labs; group studies; offices for staff members supporting library and technology; and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research. go/davislib

Armstrong Science Library

The James I. and Carol Aymar Armstrong Science Library, located in McCardell Bicentennial Hall, provides curriculum support in the fields of biology, chemistry and biochemistry, computer science, environmental studies, geography, geology, physics, and psychology.



Middlebury’s libraries include a variety of physical materials and online resources to support the College community’s teaching, learning, research, and recreational needs. The libraries hold significant collections of books, periodicals, government



At the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research (CTLR), students enrich their learning, and faculty 12

Breakfast at Midnight During exams week, the dining hall opens at midnight and serves everything students could possibly want for breakfast, until 2:00 a.m.

enrich their teaching. Students can also get information and advice about a number of nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships, such as Fulbright, Watson, Rhodes, and Truman. These prestigious awards range from full to partial funding and can support public service, independent projects, and postgraduate study in the U.S. and abroad, across many disciplines. Located on the main floor of the Davis Family Library, the Center incorporates the offices for several programs. go/ctlr


Peer Tutoring and Mentoring go/tutors

Nearly 1 in every 15 Middlebury students has self-identified as having a disability. If you have a documentable learning disability, or other form of disability, please contact Jodi Litchfield, our Student Accessibility Services (SAS) coordinator. The SAS office provides confidential services and accommodations for students who have special needs affecting their learning, vision, hearing, speech, mobility, and physical and psychological health. Such services can include the assigning of note takers or readers or scribes; access to scanners, screen-reading software with voice synthesizers, or largeprint software; interpreting services; Phonic Ear assistive listening systems; extended time on tests; and much more. go/ada

Undergraduate Research go/uro


CTLR Programs Office of Learning Resources go/olr Educational Technology go/et Writing Center go/writingctr Quantitative Skills Support go/qskills

English as a Second Language Support go/esl

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)Â provides advising, programs, and support to our international students, staff, and

Fellowships go/fellowships


Other Middlebury Schools and Programs

faculty. Middlebury enrolls more than 250 international undergraduates from more than 75 countries and employs approximately 250 international faculty and staff members. ISSS manages the College’s involvement in the U.S. government’s Student & Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS), as well as institutional compliance with immigration regulations. They coordinate Early Arrival for international students and the Friends of International Students (FIS) host program. ISSS also serves as a place of support for students who have international roots by having lived abroad or immigrated to the United States.


Middlebury College has a reputation for excellence in language teaching at its undergraduate college, intensive summer programs, and Schools Abroad. During the summer, courses are offered from beginning to graduate level in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish; study is also offered in Hebrew, Japanese, and Portuguese. Approximately 1,500 students attend the Language Schools, from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 50 foreign countries. Students sign the Language Pledge®, a promise to speak only the language they are studying for the duration of their time in the program. This complete linguistic immersion, combined with rigorous classroom learning, highly skilled professors, and scores of in-language cocurricular activities, helps students achieve dramatic breakthroughs, no matter their proficiency level. Sessions last seven to eight weeks and students



receive three to four Middlebury credits that can be used in preparation for study abroad. The Language Schools sessions take place on campus at Middlebury College and on the West Coast at Mills College in Oakland, California. go/ls

solutions to a variety of global challenges. go/miis


Each summer since 1920, the Bread Loaf School of English has offered a rich array of graduate courses in literature, the teaching of writing, creative writing, and theater arts to students from across the United States and the world. Bread Loaf campuses are located in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Asheville, North Carolina; Oxford, United Kingdom; and Middlebury’s Bread Loaf campus in Ripton, Vermont. go/blse


The Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), a graduate school of Middlebury College, provides international professional education in areas of critical importance to a rapidly changing global community, including international policy and management, translation and interpretation, language teaching, sustainable development, and nonproliferation. It prepares students from all over the world to make a meaningful impact in their chosen fields through degree programs characterized by immersive and collaborative learning, and opportunities to acquire and apply practical professional skills. Its students are emerging leaders capable of bridging cultural, organizational, and linguistic divides to produce sustainable and equitable


The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference is one of America’s most valuable literary institutions. For nearly 90 years, the workshops, lectures, and classes, held in the shadow of the Green Mountains, have introduced generations of participants to rigorous practical and theoretical approaches to the craft of writing. go/blwc


The ISO Cultural Show A celebration of cultures, the International Student Organization hosts an annual extravaganza that includes a fashion show of costumes from students’ home countries and musical and dance performances.


We We strive strive to to make make our our campus campus aa respect respectful,

engaged community that embraces difference, with all the complexity and individuality each person brings. We are dedicated to learning, growing, and becoming our best selves. This process is by nature a little messy and chaotic—yet it can be highly rewarding. Groups of people from a variety of backgrounds and with differing viewpoints are often more resilient and adaptive in solving problems and reaching complex goals than more homogeneous groups. They coalesce into an effective community that benefits from the talents and identities of each individual. go/diversity

work to develop and maintain a diverse and inclusive community. Through collaboration with the Commons and other offices, they help students explore the rich intersections of their academic, cocurricular, and residential lives, providing opportunities for leadership development, personal growth, creativity, and community problem solving. Underlying their work is a firm commitment to the highest standards of integrity, respect, and concern for others. go/dos


Building on these ideas for a strong and healthy community, the Office of the Dean of Students encompasses key components of campus life, including orientation, judicial affairs, health and wellness education, and residential life, as well as student activities, governance, and organizations. Within these areas, the staff

Residential Life Middlebury’s residential system is the backbone of student life at the College. It embodies the College’s conviction that an excellent liberal

The Value of Discomfort “Even though a campus may become more diverse in terms of the numbers of underrepresented groups present, the level of engagement can still be inconsequential if those representing different viewpoints are not encouraged and supported to express them. And if the wariness

about discomfort is stronger than the desire to hear different viewpoints because engaging difference is uncomfortable, then the quest for diversity is hollow, no matter what the demographic statistics on a campus reflect.”—President Liebowitz, Baccalaureate 2007



arts education takes place around the clock—as easily over dinner as in the classroom. A large proportion of the physical plant is made up of the 60 residential buildings that provide student housing. All firstyear students are assigned to “livinglearning communities,” known as Commons, and remain a member of these Commons throughout their four years. Students live in Commons residence halls their first two years. As juniors and seniors, you may choose from the range of housing options available across campus, while remaining a member of your original Commons. One of the early challenges students face is learning to live with a roommate. Roommates are selected based on responses to a detailed questionnaire, and we do our best to match roommates by interest, personality, and habits. The initial adjustment period can sometimes be uncomfortable. We consider the residential experience a vital component of your education and growth, and if and when roommate conflicts arise, we encourage students to try to work out their differences. To this end, we do not permit new students to change rooms for the first month of school. After this period, students still having difficulty—who have made use of all of the assistance we offer (FYCs, CRAs, and Commons deans)—may change roommates, space permitting.


The residence halls are grouped into “living-learning communities,” called Commons, which combine the academic, social, and residential components of college life. They foster close and abiding relationships among the student residents and the faculty and staff who are part of their Commons. There are five Commons on campus, with approximately 475 students from all four classes living in each. go/commons The Five Commons Atwater Allen Hall 802.443.3310 go/atwater

Ross Ross Dining 802.443.3340 go/ross

Brainerd Stewart Hall 802.443.3320 go/brainerd

Wonnacott Battell South 802.443.3350 go/wonnacott

Cook Battell North 802.443.3330 go/cook


Each of the five Commons is led by a team of faculty and staff dedicated to partnering with students to shape an environment that challenges assumptions, engages imaginations, and broadens horizons. Commons Head

Seasoned faculty members set the intellectual tone of each Commons and lead these communities, while maintaining their identities as scholars and teachers. They live in houses 18

adjacent to campus, frequently host student events on campus and in their homes, and work directly with students and faculty colleagues to create a vibrant educational atmosphere in their residential community.

Issues with your room?

Commons Dean

Please direct all maintenance requests to your FYC, RA, CRA, or Commons office. They will be able to help you with some common problems. If your request is beyond the scope of their knowledge, they will contact Facilities Services on your behalf.

The deans are responsible for overseeing all aspects of the residential experience for their students. They provide personal and academic support and guidance, assist in resolving conflict, and enforce College policy. Along with the Commons heads, the Commons deans help bridge students’ academic and residential experiences, playing a crucial role in supporting Middlebury’s goal of providing a seamless educational environment.

Community Assistant (CA)

CAs live in junior and senior houses, special interest houses, and residence halls where they help foster a sense of community and purpose; assist in creating and aiding a safe, welcoming and vibrant community; and program activities. CAs are familiar with and understand the network of resources available on campus and can steer students that way.

Commons Coordinator

The central manager of Commons activities, the Commons coordinator oversees all daily operations, advises students on the logistics of residential life, and creates a welcoming atmosphere in the office. Commons Residential Adviser (CRA)

Resident Assistant (RA)

Commons-based RAs serve as community leaders in sophomore dorms by being accessible to other students; getting to know residents; maintaining residential standards; facilitating a sense of community; and working directly with Commons heads, deans, residential advisers, and other staff. RAs also serve as a liaison to facilities management and other offices on campus.

CRAs are recent graduates who live in the residence halls. They work with the Commons team to build community, support the student residential life staff, and provide after-hours support for their students. CAS, RAS, AND FYCS

Current students are part of the Commons team, too. 19

Community Council

The Community Council serves as a forum in which all segments of the College community have a voice on nonacademic issues at the College. With a membership that represents students, faculty, and staff, their deliberations and decisions consider the interests and concerns of the whole community. go/communitycouncil

College’s commitment to the facilities that support the Commons—residence halls, dining halls, and event space—mean that many social and academic activities are centered in the Commons.

First-Year Counselor (FYC)

FYCs are returning students who apply through a highly selective process to serve as live-in mentors in first-year residence halls and provide academic guidance and personal support to Middlebury’s newest students.


Middlebury maintains a number of large dormitories such as Battell, Forest, Painter, and Starr. These buildings primarily have singles and doubles.


The Commons teams work actively to integrate students’ academic experiences with their residential lives, creating an atmosphere that encourages the free exchange of ideas and builds a robust intellectual community. This integration begins with the First-Year Seminar: students enrolled in a particular seminar are assigned to live in the same Commons, and as a result, they bring their classroom experiences into the residence halls and share them with their peers. Each Commons also offers programming inspired by academic events taking place on campus. One of the most popular Commons-based events involves hosted meals, over which spirited, in-depth discussions take place. The success of these programs and the

Small Houses

Thirty-four small houses are scattered in and around the College. These range in size from three to 10 beds and are offered for groups of students to live together. Many houses have kitchens and larger living spaces. Suites and Townhouses

A number of options around campus allow for students to live in apartment-style housing. These accommodate from three students to seven students, and many have kitchens.



Voice of Experience

Larger groups of students (from seven to 30) who share a common interest can apply to live as a group in one of the 10 Superblocks. The competitively selected, single-year theme houses receive a small budget for events and activities. Social Houses

Social Houses allow students to assume responsibility for activities and programs that enhance the social life of the student community. Some students reside in the houses, but many do not. The Social House system is self-governed by the InterHouse Council (IHC). There are currently four Social Houses: Kappa Delta Rho, The Mill, Omega Alpha, and Xenia.

“The Commons system is great because it provides you with one of the most amazing subcommunities among the student body that you’ll always be part of. Take advantage of what the Commons has to offer.” —Eliot VanValkenburg ‘16

Academic and Special Interest Houses

In Academic Interest Houses, residents pursue a common academic interest and share the fruits of that interest with the campus community. Currently there are 10 Language Houses (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish) and five Special Interest Houses (Outdoor Interest, PALANA Intercultural House, Queer Studies, Self-Reliance, Weybridge).

independent single and double rooms may be blocked together to provide an opportunity for groups of friends to live together. ROOM DRAW

After the first year of college, students are assigned to housing via room draw. Students receive a random number that determines the order in which they may select a room. You should make your housing plans based on friendships and not on the hope of living in a suite

Large and Small Blocks

Prior to the singles or doubles roomdraw process, small groups of beds (three to six) consisting of 21

or any other type of housing. Those who do are happier with their living arrangements in the long run.


Middlebury College is a beautiful place to live, work, and study, and we’d like to keep it that way. We call upon every member of the community to respect our buildings, landscaping, and educational resources. They are not only for you, but also for other students, faculty, and staff, today and tomorrow, this year and next. Theft of or damage to College property is considered a serious offense, which may lead to disciplinary proceedings with penalties up to and including suspension or expulsion. You will also be charged for any costs associated with replacing or fixing stolen or damaged property. In 2012–2013, the College spent $93,374.08 to repair vandalism in dorms. To see how much it costs to repair or replace doors, walls, and furniture, visit go/dormdamage.



The best way to take care of your living environment and ensure the health and safety of others is by adhering to Middlebury’s fire safety policies. Keep room entries, exits, and hallways clear and free of potential obstructions, such as boxes, bicycles, and shoes. Hot plates, toasters, cooking appliances, candles, halogen lamps, and portable heaters are prohibited! Do not hang anything from a sprinkler apparatus. Do not overload outlets— plug one appliance into an outlet at a time. No smoking in any building on campus.


For more fire safety policies and detailed instructions for what to do in case of a fire, visit go/fire.

The Health and Wellness Education Office integrates prevention and public health promotion into students’ individual and communal lives to support physical, mental, social,

Middlebury Chili Fest

The entire town comes together and Main Street is closed so people can wander the street listening to live music and sampling chili from all over the county.


environmental, spiritual, and academic health and wellness. The office provides support and tools for students to fully engage with their Vermont-based and global communities through data collection and analysis, educational programming, awareness campaigns, academic lectures, student leadership opportunities, and trainings. They utilize a broad understanding of health and wellness, which includes acknowledging and celebrating the intersections of our many identities as they contribute to and reflect the wellness of our vibrant community. 802.443.5361

artwork at the M Gallery. Attend an evening piano performance at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. And cheer on the Panthers at the hockey rink. All in a week’s time. go/events DINING

Middlebury has plenty of options to refuel your mind and body. Dining Halls

Middlebury’s comprehensive fee provides you with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week. Eat wherever you’d like, whenever you’d like, and as much as you’d like— from panini and salad at Proctor to coffee and dessert at Ross. go/dining

Topic areas include Alcohol

51 Main

Cold and Flu

A student-inspired, College-owned restaurant and lounge in town, 51 Main provides a social experience unlike any other in Middlebury. It is a vital gathering space that brings Middlebury students, faculty, and staff together with local community members to share a love for international cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, live music, and art—all in a relaxed, metropolitan atmosphere. go/51main

Drugs Food and Eating Healthy Relationships Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Sexual Health Sleep Stress Management Tobacco

Student Life

Crossroads Café

Whether it’s Wednesday afternoon or Saturday night, there is always lots to do, see, and hear on and around campus. Catch a lunchtime lecture in the Orchard. Listen to (or participate in) spoken word poetry during Verbal Onslaught. View student

Managed and operated by students, Crossroads Café firmly believes that food is fuel for our bodies, something to enjoy with friends and family, and a way to make a meaningful impact on our society and environment. go/crossroads 23

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Here you can buy snack food and drinks as well as some general drugstore items, cards, and newspapers. They also sell take-out lunches in the refrigerated area. go/middxpress STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Student Activities, a part of the Office of the Dean of Students, oversees programs designed to enhance students’ college experiences through social, cultural, spiritual, educational, outdoor, student government, and physical cocurricular experiences. Student Activities is committed to helping students connect with one another and facilitating involvement in a wide variety of activities. Middlebury has a multitude of opportunities to support your creative ideas, cocurricular programs, personal interests, and social life. Funding can come in many forms, from many different places, both on- and off-campus.

“Pick one activity you’re passionate about and one that piques your interest. You can always join more later.”—Staci Hill ’15


Dolci is a student-run “restaurant” on campus that hosts dinners three times per month in Atwater and 51 Main. Tickets to Dolci dinners are free, and students get paid to serve as head chef, chef, prep chef, dish washers, and servers. go/dolci



The Grille

There are about 150 student organizations at Middlebury. A cappella groups. Community-service organizations. Publications. Dance troupes. Cultural groups. Join a favorite or try something new. go/middlink

Perfect for casual lunches with your professors, late-night snacks, and greasy food cravings, the Grille has a menu that ranges from Caesar salads to sweet potato fries, cheeseburgers to vegetable wraps. go/grille

Middlebury is committed to providing opportunities beyond the classroom that encourage student learning. Securing a part-time job



on campus allows students to acquire and hone certain workplace skills, knowledge, and abilities that can be the foundation for building a resumĂŠ. In addition, students who work 10 to 20 hours per week tend to have the highest rate of academic achievement. go/seo

community. It is the official channel for student participation in formulation of institutional policy affecting academic and student affairs. go/sga


Members of Middlebury’s Student Government Association (SGA) represent fellow students in the decision-making processes of the College. The SGA acts as a single unified group addressing problems facing the student body and the campus

Make it Happen! Want to have fun, bring a speaker or a performer to campus, or throw a party? There are all kinds of ways to get involved, share your ideas, and get support through your Commons Council, the Middlebury College Activities Board (MCAB), student organizations, or the Small Concerts Initiative. go/mcab

Have a creative, entrepreneurial, or innovative project? Collaborate with centers, offices, and departments who may share common interests. Support is also available through MiddSTART (go/middstart), the Center for Social Entrepreneurship (go/cse), Programs on Creativity and Innovation (go/pci), and the Vitality of the Artistic Community (go/vaca).

Looking to fund an internship, research, or volunteer opportunity? The Center for Careers and Internships has an extensive listing of funding sources at go/funding.


Solar Decathlon In 2011, Middlebury finished fourth overall in its first Solar Decathlon, a U.S. Department of Energy competition in which college teams design, build, and display solar-powered houses. In 2013, a second group was selected to participate.


Meeting Meeting the the challenges challenges of of the the 21st 21st century centur will require extraordinary leadership, creative thought, and intellectual risk taking—a task many Middlebury students are eager to take on. Yet it is impossible to innovate without trial and error and a willingness to accept mistakes and less-than-perfect results. In light of a tendency for high- achieving college students to focus on doing things “right”—passing exams, getting high marks, securing positions after graduation—Middlebury encourages students to explore new ideas and to take risks. Through classes, funding competitions, symposiums, service-learning, and volunteer opportunities, as well as workspaces for ideation and collaboration, Middlebury provides a host of ways for students to try new things and take their own ideas forward. THE CENTER FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The Center for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE) supports and teaches students to become effective agents of social change by reflecting on who they are, connecting with others, analyzing systemic challenges, and engaging the world around them. The CSE offers weekly opportunities to meet and learn from peers and professionals during a Friday speaker series on social entrepreneurship, after which students have time to collaborate and create new initiatives during an afternoon

MLab. Each January, the CSE hosts a three-day symposium for discussion, inspiration, and the exchange of ideas. January 2014’s symposium will focus on social entrepreneurship and the future of education. Additionally,

Ideas into Action “Every project begins with a few simple ingredients, an interest, a question, an idea … and the commitment, imagination, and energy required to search for an answer.” —President Ronald D. Liebowitz

financial support for student projects is available through the CSE. In fall 2012, a fellowship program was launched offering two-and-a-half years of support to a cohort of students learning collaboratively and giving back to the community. Summer grants of up to $5,000 are also awarded to support students pursuing potential solutions to social issues. go/cse

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The Hunt

Middlebury’s epic scavenger hunt takes place during winter term and challenges students to use their brains, playfulness, and creativity in a rigorous competition, with high-stakes prizes.

well as a MiddCORE summer immersion program at Sierra Nevada College, MiddCORE prepares students to engage the world. Mentors develop hands-on challenges that inspire students to think creatively, operate outside their comfort zone, and deal with ambiguity—a rare opportunity for the leaders of today to share their experiences and expertise with the change makers of tomorrow. go/middcore


Whether you want to get involved in the local community or across the world, find an alternative-break trip, or pursue community-connected research, Community Engagement helps students learn how to work effectively with local, national, and international communities. Visit us to learn about volunteer opportunities, funding for service-related initiatives locally and abroad, and rewarding internships. We support students, faculty, and community partners in community-connected learning, applying Middlebury’s liberal arts framework to address real-world challenges and foster global citizenship.



The Programs on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts (PCI) make intellectual risk taking and creative problem solving second nature to Middlebury students. Its success stems from three elements:

MiddCORE is a mentor-driven, experiential-learning program that builds skills, creates opportunities, and expands networks for tomorrow’s leaders and innovators. Through its flagship immersion course during J-term, its 10-week academic internship program, and its fall and spring workshop series, as

Opportunities to explore creative, interdisciplinary ideas in a nonacademic setting. Financial support for innovative projects through grants and competitions. Creative workspace for individual and group projects. 28

PCI PROGRAMS GO/PCI Midd Entrepreneurs is a winter

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term course for students wanting to start a business or nonprofit. It covers idea development, financial projections, and presentation skills, and professional experts provide feedback. TEDxMiddlebury started in 2010

and has grown each year, with the addition of a student competition to be a presenter in the annual event. Based on TED talks, it brings local people together for speakers, discussions, and lasting connections. MiddChallenge is a student-driven competition that encourages other students to pitch ideas for projects or businesses that can solve problems or enhance society in some way, and winners receive start-up funds.

“Find something outside academics that you want to try while at Middlebury but do not have time for during the semester, like workshops or clubs.”—Taylor Custer ‘15

Midd Ventures is a student organi-

zation that fosters the entrepreneurial spirit in our community by connecting students, alumni, faculty/staff, and community members.

Davis, calls on students from 90plus colleges to develop projects to improve prospects for peace. Selected submissions receive $10,000.

Old Stone Mill, the Annex, M Gallery, and K Gallery are spaces

Tree House Fund helps support

around campus for students to create and develop nonacademic and self-designed projects.

student projects that benefit Middlebury students, the environment, or the community.

MiddSTART is an online philanthro-

New Millennium Fund helps sup-

py network that supports students’ creative entrepreneurial projects.

port student interns who want to work for Vermont-based start-ups, small companies, venture firms and innovative nonprofits or nongovernmental organizations.

Davis Projects for Peace, honoring

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Breathe Health and wellness are key when it comes to living mindfully in a close-knit college community.


Life at college is often exciting:

taking fascinating classes, meeting lots of people, and exploring a new place. But it has its challenges, too: studying for exams, finding a way to “fit in,” and adjusting to a new environment. It’s important that you take care of yourself through a balanced diet and an appropriate amount of exercise, sleep, and play. Sometimes those strategies don’t always do the trick, and there are many people here who can help when you get sick, feel down, find it difficult to cope with stress, struggle with alcohol or drug abuse, or encounter any of life’s wellness issues, big or small.

Talk with someone to help you organize your thoughts, such as a friend, a member of your Commons team, an adviser, or a counselor at the Counseling Center. Keep a journal to record specific observations and track growth in a new culture. Read a book or rent a video in a more familiar language. Take a short trip—explore your new environment.


For those coming from another country, the change can also be overwhelming. Living in a new type of environment is full of ups and downs. It is important to understand difficulties that some students who have been living abroad, or students from urban environments will confront throughout their stay at Middlebury. Upon arrival students may experience a mix of emotions that range from excitement and curiosity about the new surroundings, to a sense of overwhelming confusion and anxiety. These issues are normal occurrences that everyone goes through when living in a new culture or place. Here are a few tips:


Middlebury has several policies to support its goals of building a safe, diverse, and inclusive campus where bigotry and intolerance are unacceptable. These include a threat assessment and response policy, and other policies that strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, and related retaliation. Middlebury treats these matters seriously, and we encourage students who experience or witness any of these behaviors to speak up and contact their Commons dean, the Department of Public Safety, the College’s Human Relations Officer,

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or the College’s Judicial Affairs Officer. College policies relating to student conduct are detailed in the Middlebury College Handbook, which is available on the Web at go/handbook.

Anti-Harassment/ Discrimination Policy

Harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, as defined by law and College policies, are forms of unlawful discrimination and are strictly prohibited. A student who wishes to report discrimination, or harassment, including sexual harassment or related retaliation, should contact the College’s Human Relations Officer or his/her Commons dean. The College will take reasonable and appropriate remedial action to prevent discrimination, harassment, and/or related retaliation, eliminate any hostile environment, and prevent recurrence of the behavior. The full text of the Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy and explanation of how complaints are handled are available at go/antiharassment.

Nondiscrimination Statement/Title IX

Middlebury complies with all applicable state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, or in admission or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities, on the basis of race, creed, color, place of birth, ancestry, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, service in the armed forces of the United States, positive HIV-related blood test results, genetic information, or against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability and/or any other status or characteristic protected by law. The Dean of the College is responsible for coordinating compliance with federal and state antidiscrimination laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 as amended, which prohibits sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The full text of the College’s Nondiscrimination Statement is available at go/nondiscrimination.

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Middlebury’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, which covers sexual assault and inappropriate sexual conduct, governs the behavior of all Middlebury College undergraduate students enrolled in classes on the Vermont campus when the alleged conduct occurs during the academic year, or when the alleged conduct occurs in the summer and neither the complainant nor the respondent are participating in another Middlebury program. Complaints or reports under the Sexual Misconduct Policy should be brought to the immediate attention of the College’s 32

Judicial Affairs Officer. Students involved in the complaint process will be treated with the utmost sensitivity, dignity, and respect. The full text of the sexual misconduct policy and explanation of how complaints are handled are available at go/sexualmisconduct. If you experience an event that you think may be sexual assault or other inappropriate sexual conduct, it is important to seek help as soon as possible from others who can provide medical care and supportive counseling. There are a wide array of emergency and long-term resources to support you. (Please see the appendices to the Sexual Misconduct Policy, as well as the resources outlined at go/saoc.) All students are encouraged to report sexual misconduct incidents to the Middlebury police, the Vermont state police, or other state or federal agencies. (Contact information is listed in the policy’s appendices.)

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“Your first year can be tough— new school, new people, new routines. Know that there are so many people at Middlebury whose job it is to make sure you’re doing okay—your FYCs, CRAs, deans, Commons heads, professors, the Counseling Center, Parton Center, the CTLR— they’re all there to help. Don’t be afraid to reach out if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed.” —Nick Warren ‘15

Threat Assessment and Response Policy

Middlebury is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus and workplace environment. As part of this commitment, Middlebury has established a Threat Assessment and Management Team (TAM Team), which is empowered to assess risk and formulate an appropriate response in situations where an individual’s behavior and/or statements generate concern that he or she may present a threat to the health or

safety of others. The TAM Team seeks to mitigate potential risks before they result in harm. Any student who believes that an individual has committed or may commit an act of violence, is engaging in behavior or making statements that generate concern about the potential for 33

violence, or otherwise may pose a threat to the health or safety of any member of the College community should call the Department of Public Safety immediately at 802.443.5911. Individuals may also make a report to their Commons dean or any member of the TAM Team. (TAM Team members are listed at go/threatassessment.) In case of an emergency, please call 911.

Handbook (see “Alcohol and Other Drugs” at go/handbook). In addition to prohibiting underage drinking, these policies also prohibit possessing alcohol as a minor (someone not of legal drinking age); providing alcohol to minors; walking in public with an open container of alcohol; and bringing alcohol into an academic space, and other activities. There are also specific regulations for students of legal age who wish to host parties or informal gatherings with alcohol. The use, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs is prohibited at Middlebury and is a violation of Vermont state law and federal laws. Discovery of illegal drugs, and/or of drug paraphernalia with evidence of use, is taken very seriously. In addition to disciplinary consequences at the College, we may be required to notify local law enforcement authorities. Perhaps the most important issues to consider around the use of alcohol or illegal drugs are your own health and safety, and that of the community. We are very concerned when the volume or frequency of alcohol or drug use may make students critically ill or jeopardize their safety or that of others; may undermine their ability to learn and retain their academic material; and/or results in behaviors that negatively impact others. Additionally, the majority of sexual assaults on college campuses occur when one or all involved students have been drinking. If you are

Anti-Stalking Policy

Stalking is strictly prohibited. “Stalking” means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person, which includes “following, lying in wait, or harassment, and (a) serves no legitimate purpose; and (b) would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or health, or would cause a reasonable person to suffer emotional distress.” Complaints or reports under this policy should be made to the Department of Public Safety and/ or the student’s Commons dean. If safety is an immediate concern, call 911. go/anti-stalking Alcohol & Drug Policy

The legal drinking age in Vermont is 21. All Middlebury policies have been crafted to comply with Vermont state law, and to ensure student and community safety. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the specific restrictions around alcohol and drugs for all students, not just those below the legal drinking age, by consulting the 34

concerned about your own involvement with alcohol or drugs, or that of peers, please speak to a dean, counselor, coach, FYC, or other trusted resource.

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Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited in all buildings at Middlebury, including residence halls and individual student rooms. Smoking should not take place in areas where it is likely to enter buildings, including in building entranceways, near open windows, and especially near building air intakes. This policy not only reflects Vermont state law but our concerns for the safety of all members of the community. Smoking creates a significant fire hazard, and secondhand smoke can have debilitating effects on the individuals who inhale it, including our custodial staff who may be required to work in spaces that others could contaminate with smoke. If you are found to have been smoking in your room, you can expect a significant monetary fine, as well as disciplinary action.

“Going into town to enjoy a cup of coffee while doing homework is a great way to keep on top of work and free of stress.”—Rachel Fowler ‘14

Health Services

Health Services provides comprehensive acute health care for Middlebury students. The goal of Health Services is to assist students in meeting their health needs and to facilitate a partnership with students to increase their knowledge of health promotion, health maintenance, and health-care access. 802.443.5135


Parton Center promotes sustainable student well-being in a confidential environment. The excellent medical, counseling, and sports medicine staff are here to help if physical, emotional, or interpersonal issues become a problem. Routine services are free of charge. For emergency services,


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hours a day. The department maintains regular foot and cruiser patrol of campus and responds to emergencies. Public Safety officers do not have power of arrest but work closely with local law enforcement agencies.

Counseling Services

Counselors strive to promote, enhance, and support students’ well-being and developmental growth within a safe, confidential environment through a range of mental health services. All services are free of charge. Students are welcome to set up an appointment to meet a counselor to learn what professional counseling is all about. 802.443.5141 go/health

For emergency services, call 443.5911 or 911. go/psafe

ID Cards

The MiddCard is your official form of identification at Middlebury. You are required to carry your card at all times. The card qualifies you for all privileges afforded to ID holders and gives you appropriate access to residence halls controlled by the Enhanced Access System.

Struggling with a concern? Your Commons dean is your first resource if you need personal support for any reason.


Emergency Phones and Call Boxes

There are emergency phones located at the entrances of all residence halls equipped with Enhanced Access, in parking lots, and along some walkways.

Sports Medicine

Staff deliver traditional athletic training and sports medicine services to the student-athletes of Middlebury, including injury prevention, and management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. In addition, we promote education about athletic injuries to help our student-athletes lead healthier, injury-free lives. 802.443.2315 go/sportsmed

Safety Escorts

Public Safety officers on patrol will provide safety escorts to and from on-campus locations during the hours of darkness when personal safety is a concern. Mobility Escorts

Public Safety will give escorts to students with mobility or vision impairments, and/or students with medical conditions that restrict driving or walking around campus.


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Tour de Farms

A 30-mile bike ride through surrounding towns with about 10 stops at local farms to sample their products—apples, maple syrup, cheddar cheese, grapes, and cider donuts.

Midd Rides

Midd Rides is an evening transportation service on and around campus that is available during the academic year when classes are in session. Specific schedule information is available by calling 443.RIDE or visiting go/middrides. Parking

All enrolled students (including students living off campus) are eligible to park on campus. Vehicles must be registered with Public Safety, display a valid permit, and be parked in designated parking areas in accordance with the parking rules, which are in effect all year. go/parking


Ge t Involved! Internships are a great way to expand on your classroom interests. From the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources to big business to nonprofits, there are lots of ways to get involved. 38

Whatever help or guidance you might need,

the Middlebury campus is home to a multitude of centers providing resources and opportunities for nearly every step of your college experience. Friendly and accessible staff members are ready and willing to help. Internships


The Center for Careers and Internships (CCI) connects students to experiences, resources, and advising in internships, career services, and health professions. Whether you want to get involved at Middlebury or across the world, learn more about possible career directions, or find a summer or winter term internship (or funding for unpaid internships), we can help get you started. See our resources and programs below. go/cci

Career Services

Advisers welcome all students throughout their undergraduate years and offer a variety of career planning resources, including career counseling, great internships and funding, Career Action groups, and a recruiting program for seniors. Find Midd-friendly jobs and internships in MOJO, connect to professional alumni through MiddNet, and explore other helpful resources, like blogs, career industry guides, and on- and off-campus programs throughout the year.

One of the best ways to gain valuable experience, explore beyond the classroom, and hone your postgraduate aspirations is to participate in an internship during your time at Middlebury. CCI can help you find the right fit with your goals, interests, and passions. And if it’s unpaid, we can talk about applying for funding. Health Professions

First-year students and sophomores are encouraged to explore the range of health professional careers and receive guidance on course selections, curricular planning, and experiential development. The health professions adviser works closely with juniors, seniors, and alumni in preparation for professional school applications. CENTER FOR THE COMPARATIVE STUDY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY

The Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) is committed to interdisciplinary and comparative approaches for understanding formations of race and ethnicity and their effects on human relations. It encourages

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scholarship that considers race and ethnicity as intersecting with class, gender, sexuality, religion, age, disability, language, communication, migration, and the environment. Work supported by the Center situates these discussions in local, regional, global, and transnational contexts. CCSRE draws on the College’s expertise in international studies, environmental studies, and language and communication to support critical inquiry on race, ethnicity, and diversity. go/ccsre

different student religious organizations and connect people to a variety of nearby faith communities. go/scottcenter


Named after the first woman to graduate from Middlebury in 1886, and known as Chellis House, this center serves as an informational, educational, and cultural resource for students, staff, and faculty, and provides a forum for the advancement of women’s and gender issues. Chellis House contains a diverse collection of books relating to women’s and gender studies and is open to any student or organization looking for an alternate place to study, chat, have coffee with friends, and host meetings or events. go/chellis


The Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs (RCGA) promotes Middlebury’s goal of advancing global understanding that radiates from a core linguistic and cultural competency. RCGA works with a faculty committee to create cocurricular programming for students and supports faculty in their teaching and professional development.


The College is committed to integrating environmental stewardship into both our curriculum and our practices on campus. It can be seen in the habits of individuals, the actions of more than 10 sustainability-related student groups, and in major institutional initiatives, such as our awardwinning carbon neutrality initiative, the Middlebury College Organic Farm, our innovative biomass system, the LEED Platinum Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, and the local foods served in our dining halls. go/sustainability



The Charles P. Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life seeks to promote fruitful interfaith dialogue and foster respect for the religious beliefs and practices of the people who make up the Middlebury community. Chaplain Laurie Jordan ’79 and Associate Chaplain Rabbi Ira Schiffer offer their support to many 40

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Waste reduction and recycling are important aspects of living sustainably on campus. Because of our incredible recycling and composting programs, over 65 percent of our waste never goes in the landfill. You can do your part by reducing the amount of waste you generate— carrying a reusable water bottle and mug, purchasing goods with minimal packaging, and reading articles electronically—and then by recycling what you can. All students receive personal-size blue recycling bins for temporary storage of recyclable materials. You are responsible for sorting these materials into the appropriate bins at the centralized recycling locations in your building—please take the time to sort properly! go/recycle

Five Ways to Be Green at Middlebury Turn it off and unplug it when you leave—lights, computer, speakers, television, and whatever else uses power. Even when electronics are off or chargers are not connected to a device, they still use power. Try using a power strip to cut power to everything in one fell swoop when you leave the room. Before you turn up the heat, be sure to close the window. If your room stays too hot or too cold, visit go/heat or contact your Commons staff. Ditch the car! Walk and ride your bike around campus. Going into town or to Burlington? Check out the local bus schedule at go/ACTR. Compact fluorescent bulbs use less than a third of the energy as regular incandescent bulbs. Pick one up at the College bookstore and start saving energy. Green your laundry routine! Wash on cold—your clothes get just as clean and you save energy by not heating the water. Try air-drying your clothes, or even part of your load, so you don’t have to put the remaining clothes in the dryer for as long.


Take a seat Whether it’s fellow students or worldrenowned professional artists, the venues and stages around the Middlebury campus are always filled with something worth watching. 42

While here at Middlebury, you’ll likely find

yourself involved in the arts in one way or another— whether it’s on the stage, in the studio, or seated among the audience. Faculty also often incorporate arts activities and events around campus and in town into their academic courses. THE KEVIN P. MAHANEY ’84 CENTER FOR THE ARTS


The “MCA,” as it’s known, is the year-round hub of arts activity on campus. Its primary purpose is to provide an environment for creating art and a place for audiences to experience the talent of local, national, and international artists. The MCA is home to the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the black-box style Seeler Studio Theatre, a dance theater, and a stunning 370-seat recital hall. go/arts

A College treasure that is highly attended by the community as well, this series of events throughout the year offers a diverse selection of performances and residencies by highly acclaimed and emerging artists in chamber music, dance, and theater. Tickets are amazingly affordable, especially for students, and this is a cultural opportunity not to be missed. go/pas TOWN HALL THEATER

Located just a short walk away in downtown Middlebury, the Town Hall Theater (THT) brings big talent to a small community—from plays and musicals with local talent to concerts featuring nationally known musicians and broadcasts from the National Theatre of Great Britain and the Metropolitan Opera. Tickets are reasonable, and the recently restored space offers a close-up opportunity to experience some great productions. The THT is also home to local events, including the annual town meeting, the high school prom, and various fund-raisers.


The Museum of Art is both an educational and a cultural component of the College. Its collection ranges from antiquities to contemporary art and includes distinguished collections of Asian art, photography, 19th-century European and American sculpture, and contemporary prints. Special loan exhibitions are on display throughout the year, and the museum regularly hosts lectures, gallery talks, films, school programs, and workshops. go/museum 43


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percent of students participate in varsity sports


Athletics are an essential part of the

overall educational experience at Middlebury. The College offers athletic programs that are comprehensive and varied, with athletic opportunities for all students. The Athletics Department is committed to providing A physical education/wellness program that stresses good health, physical fitness, and lifetime activities. A vigorous intercollegiate sports program that strives for achievement and excellence. An intramural program that encourages students of varied abilities and skills to participate in a wide range of recreational athletic activities. A club sports program that offers opportunity for intercollegiate competition in a less structured environment.


Middlebury student-athletes demonstrate that a pursuit of excellence on the playing field is fully compatible with the pursuit of excellence in the classroom, and that a combination of the two lends itself to a more complete educational experience. Furthermore, Middlebury’s size and balanced curriculum allow twoand three-sport athletes to compete throughout the year without jeopardizing their academic standing. The quality of Panther opponents is guaranteed, as the College’s varsity teams compete within the NCAA Division III, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), and the ECAC. go/vsports


Every student must earn two physical education credits. But this won’t be your high school P.E. class. Middlebury has a tradition of offering classes that concentrate on lifetime sports so that students will benefit from skills and knowledge now and after graduation. Try fencing. Or golf. Or the Lindy Hop. From certification classes (CPR, first aid) to fitness, courses are mainly introductory and are offered in four- or five-week intervals each semester. go/physed

Varsity Sports

The College’s athletic philosophy is compatible with its spirit of academic challenge. Superb coaching and training facilities provide a setting in which student athletes can develop themselves both as players and individuals. Club Sports

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Le t’s Go Panthers! Even if you don’t play a varsity sport, Middlebury’s intercollegiate program is worth getting excited about. A large part of our social scene involves cheering on our wildly successful sports teams. Practically all games are free of charge for students, so there’s no excuse not to get out and support our amazing athletes. Visit go/athletics for the schedule.

competition in a less structured environment. There’s no shortage of options: cycling, frisbee, cheerleading, rugby, water polo, sailing, and Quidditch—the Muggle-friendly version of which was founded right here at Middlebury. go/clubsports


Middlebury has more athletic facilities than we can possibly describe here. Below are the highlights. go/athleticfacilities

Fitness Center

With its panoramic windows overlooking the Green Mountains, the fitness center provides a great spot for the College community to stay in shape. The 9,200-square foot multilevel facility contains 30 pieces of aerobic equipment, a full 22-piece Nautilus circuit, a Hammer circuit, and extensive free weight and dumbbell areas. go/fitnessctr

Intramural Sports

Intramurals provide a varied program of activities to meet the competitive and recreational needs of all students. Faculty and staff members are also encouraged to participate. An individual’s skill level is not as important as the player’s desire to participate and to enjoy the experience of good fun, sportsmanship, and competition. Depending upon the nature of the activity, the amount of interest and the space available, the intramural competitions are organized into leagues, followed by play-offs.

Ralph Myhre Golf Course

Middlebury’s 18-hole golf course is located on the edge of campus and is open to the public. The driving range and snack bar are also worth visiting. Student rates for a day, term, or year are listed on the website.


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cafeteria, and can rent equipment or get their skis and boards tuned in the Ski and Snowboard Shop. Instruction is available from the professionally staffed Snow School.

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Rikert Nordic Center

The Carroll and Jane Rikert Nordic Center is located at the Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury and provides a winter recreation area for the greater Middlebury community. It offers 42 kilometers of prepared trails, as well as newly installed snowmaking capabilities. Rental equipment, repairs, and waxing rooms are available in the Ski Shop. A full-time staff of professional instructors offers advice and lessons. go/rikert

“A great way to get involved in athletics without having the huge commitment that comes with being on a varsity team is through intramural (IM) sports. Just get a group of interested friends together and you’ve got a team ready to go.” —Naila Jahan ‘15

Snow Bowl

Three chairlifts—two triples and one double—serve 17 trails and several gladed areas for skiing and riding in the trees. State-of-the-art snowmaking ensures quality. The mountain’s historic lodge, expanded and remodeled in 2003, features the original fieldstone fireplace where intrepid skiers warmed their woolies in days before the lodge was built. Skiers and riders enjoy a full service 47

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