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Thor Sawin, associate professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) in Monterey, was named the new associate dean of curriculum of Middlebury Language Schools on April 20. Having taught German, English and linguistics at MIIS since 2013, he looks forward to strengthening the college’s reputation as a center for language instruction through new, collaborative initiatives at the college and beyond.
Emily Jones ’23.5 was surrounded by over 100 of her fellow firefighters, friends and Middlebury students as she broke the Guinness World Record for fastest mile run by a woman wearing full firefighter turnout gear — including a respirator — on Saturday, April 8. At eight minutes and 25 seconds, Jones successfully completed the mile almost three minutes faster than the previous record at 11:00.
The Oscars took place last Sunday, March 12, crowning the mind-bending action sci-fi film “Everything Everywhere All At Once” this year’s Best Picture. The film’s astonishing seven wins were never guaranteed — it had faced relentless doubts about its awards chances since its debut last spring — but that only made its ultimate success all the more exciting to see.
Approximately 100 Middlebury students, professors, administrators and community members gathered inside Wilson Hall to protest Middlebury’s contract with Chase Bank due to its investments in the fossil fuel industry on March 14. The demonstration was organized by the Sunday Night Environmental Group (SNEG) as part of their Stop Dirty Banks campaign this year.
Many eager admirers of classical music braved the inclement weather and made the journey to Robison Hall on Friday, Nov. 11, when the Castalian Quartet returned to Middlebury for the first time since 2019. Named for the Ancient Greek spring that bestowed poetic inspiration upon those who drank its waters, the quartet compelled its audience to leave their soaked raincoats and dripping umbrellas at the door and dive headfirst into the mythic currents of its stunning music.
This year’s Clifford Symposium, titled “Conflict Transformation,” focused on understanding what conflict transformation looks like through courses, research and community service carried out by Middleburyfaculty and students.
Middlebury continues to house students off campus at the Inn on the Green for the fall 2022 semester — despite a decrease in overall student enrollment compared to last year — due to insufficient housing on campus.
Middlebury announced the opening of its 13th language school, the English Language School (ELS), which will focus on the instruction of students learning English as a second language. The program, hosted at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at Monterey, will begin with the summer 2022 session and run for the rest of the academic year in fall and spring sessions.
Middlebury is one of 14 colleges around the U.S. that partner with Matriculate, a national nonprofit organization that strives to give high school students the confidence and knowledge to strategically apply to top universities.
More than 400 students have tested positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the spring semester — with more than 100 cases reported on certain days during the past four weeks — leaving professors to reconsider how they should include students who cannot attend in-person class.
The Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs launched the Rohatyn Global Scholars (RGS) program this fall, aiming to connect first-year students to the global resources available through Middlebury programs.
Club sports at Middlebury have rapidly increased in popularity among students in recent years, but many of their leaders say that the administration and the Student Government Association (SGA) have not given them the budget necessary to maintain safe and competitive teams.