Middlebury College

05/28/2020
MIDDLEBURY — When does an assembly of people rise from a gathering to a party? Middlebury College officials and in-town neighbors of the school seem to be at odds over that question after groups of young adults presumed to be graduating Middlebury seniors coalesced this weekend in get-togethers that elicited varying reports of noise. The groups also seem to have tested the limits of Vermont Gov. Phil Scott’s current social distancing rules, which have been hailed as effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19. The Independent has communicated with three people who complained about excessive...

EXCEPT FOR HER time in college, when she was a successful sprinter on the track, Tracey Thompson Turner has always been a passionate horsewoman, and still competes at a high level in an equestrian event called “Combined Driving.”
05/28/2020
In the new (2015) field house at Middlebury College, against the north wall (nearest the main entrance), down on the actual playing surface, large boards behind glass list the individual record holders in track and field — men and women, indoors and outdoors. It’s hard not to take special note of the first name among the women’s outdoor records, right at the top: the record-holder in the 100 meter dash — “Tracey Thompson, 11.9, 1979.” That’s a record that has stood for over 40 years, and withstood the challenge of hundreds and hundreds of runners in this exciting event that often culminates a...
05/28/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College recently honored nine seniors at its annual Athletic Awards Ceremony, which took place via Zoom this year.  The following members of the class of 2020 were recognized: •  A. Bayard Russ ’66 Memorial Athletic Awards went to hockey player and golfer Anna Zumwinkle and football and lacrosse player Frank Cosolito. The award honors, when merited, seniors who are most outstanding in two intercollegiate sports by best exemplifying the excellence of performance, aggressiveness, leadership, tremendous desire and team spirit of A. Bayard Russ. •  The Deborah Parton ’76...
05/21/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Thanks to online publishing and social media’s ready-made audiences, the COVID-19 pandemic will likely be the most written about phenomenon in human history. Most of us are writing publicly, in the moment and for the moment, with little regard for the “historical record.” Some of us are writing in private. And then there are those, like Middlebury College sophomore Christine Nabung, who are writing privately now for a future public record — which is where it gets kind of complicated. Nabung and 35 of her classmates are participating in the Twilight COVID-19 Diary Project, which...
05/14/2020
A few days ago I received an email invitation to join the greater Middlebury College community in singing our beloved Alma Mater as part of a crowd-sourced video for this year’s virtual graduation celebration. I followed the link to the recording instructions, which promptly reminded me of a small but significant change in the song’s lyrics that I first encountered at my sister’s Commencement last year. That day, when I raised my voice to sing the Alma Mater’s refrain:   Middlebury, Alma Mater, Symbol of His strength and truth, Symbol of His strength and truth!   the song leader instead sang...

A NEARLY ABANDONED campus back in March when the college first suspended in-person classes. Independent file photo/John S. McCright
05/11/2020
MIDDLEBURY — A far-flung network of Middlebury College student volunteers has emerged during the coronavirus pandemic to help staff and faculty children with their remote-learning studies. It all started on April 3, when the college Staff Council posted a message on the “Middlebury Staff Solidarity” Facebook page. By that time Vermont public school buildings had been closed for almost three weeks, to slow the spread of COVID-19, and local students and their families were struggling to adjust to remote learning programs. “Staff Council has heard from many staff that one of the needs seems to...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE PRESIDENT Laurie Patton last week said students in the coming year would likely see a “hybrid model of education” that meant some students and faculty would be on campus while others would participate remotely. Independent file photo/Steve James
05/07/2020
MIDDLEBURY — In an effort to keep the campus community up-to-date during the COVID-19 health crisis, Middlebury College officials have established a timeline for making key decisions about college programs for the rest of the year. “Our scenario planning considers a variety of situations,” said President Laurie Patton in an April 30 memo posted on the college website. Regardless, she said, it’s likely “that life at Middlebury will be different than it was. Even in the best-case scenarios we are projecting some hybrid model of education, a blend of in-person and remote learning with the strong...

TIM PARSONS, MIDDLEBURY College landscape horticulturist, was the recipient of the 2020 Vermont Tree Stewards award program’s Leader Award for his service to the college and town. Photo courtesy of the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program
05/07/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Tim Parsons, Middlebury College landscape horticulturist, was recently selected by the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program (VT UCF) to receive one of its 2020 Vermont Tree Stewards Awards. The awards go to those who have shown a commitment and dedication to protecting and preserving their community’s forests and trees. Parsons received the Leader Award for demonstrating strong leadership in urban or community forestry through services to Middlebury College and his community. Along with his work of caring for the 2,200 trees on campus, Parsons has taught the Trees in...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE PRESIDENT Laurie Patton last week said students in the coming year would likely see a “hybrid model of education” that meant some students and faculty would be on campus while others would participate remotely. Independent file photo/Steve James
05/01/2020
MIDDLEBURY — In an effort to keep the campus community up-to-date during the COVID-19 health crisis, Middlebury College officials have established a timeline for making key decisions about college programs for the rest of the year. “Our scenario planning considers a variety of situations,” said President Laurie Patton in an April 30 memo posted on the college website. Regardless, she said, it’s likely “that life at Middlebury will be different than it was. Even in the best-case scenarios we are projecting some hybrid model of education, a blend of in-person and remote learning with the strong...
04/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — In an effort to save money during the public health crisis, which continues to negatively affect its finances, Middlebury College announced late last week that it has reduced the salaries of President Laurie Patton and the members of her Senior Leadership Group (SLG), effective immediately. “The goal here, among other cost-saving measures ... is to put Middlebury in the strongest position to handle the unknowns and to help bring spending in line with our reduced revenue streams,” wrote Patton and Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration David Provost in the April...

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