Middlebury College

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College will require that will require all students, faculty and staff living, learning, or working on campus in the fall to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The college will make exceptions for people who have an approved medical or religious exemption. Fully vaccinated means that two weeks have passed since a person received the final dose of their vaccine, according to an update posted online Thursday by Middlebury President Laurie Patton, Executive Vice President David Provost and Provost Jeff Cason. “Looking ahead to the fall semester, it is increasingly...

THE GOODRICH FARM in Salisbury, in partnership with Middlebury College, Vanguard Renewables and Vermont Gas Systems, has built an anaerobic digester system that will convert cow manure and food waste into renewable natural gas, which the college will use to heat its buildings. The project will help Middlebury College achieve its goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2028. Photo courtesy Vanguard Renewables
Part 1 of 2 MIDDLEBURY — Two years after announcing its Energy2028 strategy, Middlebury College has already made significant progress toward reaching the plan’s ambitious sustainability goals, according to new information released by the college last month during Earth Week. When announced in 2019, Energy2028 rested on four “pillars”: transitioning to 100% renewable energy sources, cutting energy consumption by 25%, divesting the college’s endowment of fossil fuel investments, and integrating Energy2028 within the college’s educational mission. Since then, Middlebury has added a fifth pillar...

UVM PROFESSOR KRISTEN UNDERWOOD speaks with Middlebury College students about the New Haven River’s watershed as part of their environmental studies course in fall 2019. Working with Underwood, EPSCoR Fellow Elizabeth Doran, and Vermont Family Forests of Bristol, the students conducted research on how individual forest landowner management decisions impact water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin. The college is fostering more community-student collaborations.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is seeking to boost collaboration between college faculty and students on the one hand and on the other organizations with ties to their local communities in Addison County and more broadly. The primary vehicle to spur this collaboration is a new website for Middlebury Liberal Arts in Action (MLAA) that allows nonprofits, schools, state offices and businesses to submit project proposals. Faculty, in turn, search the submissions and identify collaborators for community learning components of their courses. Faculty can also...

Anaïs Mitchell
MIDDLEBURY — Anaïs Mitchell, acclaimed playwright, composer and musician, will deliver the 2021 Middlebury College Commencement address on Saturday, May 29. A New Haven native, 1999 graduate of Mount Abraham Union High School and 2004 Middlebury College graduate, Mitchell is the creative force behind the hit musical “Hadestown.” One of the leading artistic voices of her generation, Mitchell began work on “Hadestown” — a reimagination of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice — years before it appeared on Broadway. The production debuted in Barre, Vermont, in 2006 before it toured across New...
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Department of Health (VDH), Walgreens, and Middlebury College are partnering to offer a COVID-19 vaccination clinic open to all Vermont residents age 18 and older on Tuesday, May 4. The VDH will administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the Middlebury College Athletics Complex on South Main Street. The clinic is open to all Middlebury College faculty, staff and students as well as the public. Registration on the VDH website is required to receive a vaccination. Registration for the clinic opened on April 29. Make an appointment online at healthvermont.gov/...

TIMOTHY SNYDER
MIDDLEBURY — Timothy Snyder, one of the most influential historians of our times, will deliver Middlebury College’s Charles S. Grant Memorial Lecture on Thursday, May 6, at 3 p.m. via Zoom. The topic of this public lecture is “Does American Politics have a Future? A Reflection on Time and Democracy.” Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. Among his major books are “Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin” (2010); “Thinking the Twentieth Century” (with Tony Judt, 2012); “Black Earth: The...

JACK FARRELL (NO. 24) plays here in a 98-78 win against Endicott in December 2019. Farrell scored 31 points in this game and 1,098 points in his three pre-pandemic years playing for the Middlebury College men’s basketball team. He twice made the All-NESCAC team and was an All-Northeast Regional all-star his junior year, 2020. Photo by Will Costello
Tara Parker-Pope is the editor of “Well,” the New York Times consumer health site. On March 15, she wrote a piece titled “It’s OK to Grieve the Small Losses of a Lost Year.” Citing mental health experts, she discusses “disenfranchised grief,” that is, grieving those “smaller losses that don’t involve loss of human life, or the loss of a job,” or other losses on that scale: “There is a kind of grief,” she wrote, “that isn’t routinely acknowledged. From lost time with grandchildren to canceled vacations, we need to give ourselves permission to mourn.” Some months ago, I would have found that...

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Three sociology students at Middlebury College are trying to understand how the return of out-of-towners to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic has affected how students and townspeople perceive each other, and how that has affect each others’ habits. They are seeking Addison County residents to take an online survey that will help them make that assessment. To sweeten the deal, survey respondents will have the option to enter themselves into a raffle for a $50 gift card to Hannaford supermarket. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete, and all responses are anonymous and...
MIDDLEBURY — Following the success of their vaccine clinics in Rutland and Bennington, the Rutland Area branch of the NAACP is partnering with the Vermont Department of Health and Middlebury College to offer a clinic for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Vermonters in Middlebury on this coming Wednesday, April 28, from 4-6 p.m.  This clinic will be run by the Department of Health and open exclusively for BIPOC Vermonters and their households, including Middlebury College students, faculty, and staff. Earlier in the month, the group filled BIPOC vaccine clinics in Rutland and...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College softball team dropped a three-game set to NESCAC West rival Williams this past weekend and dropped to 1-4 for the season. The Ephs improved to 6-0. The Panthers will look to bounce back this weekend, when they visit Wesleyan for two games on Saturday and then host the Cardinals on Sunday for a 2 p.m. game. The closest game of this past weekend came at Williams on Sunday, when the Ephs rallied with two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings to edge the Panthers, 4-3 Middlebury scored twice in the first inning. Sophie Bolinger and Sophia Marlino walked...

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