Homecoming Schedule 2013

We encourage you to pick up the final program when you come to campus! Programs will be available at Bread Loaf throughout the weekend. Please note that the following schedule of events for Homecoming may be subject to change.

Friday, October 25

8:30 a.m.–11:00 p.m.—Alumni Leadership Conference (ALC) Volunteer Check-in at Bread Loaf Inn

8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.—Middlebury College Alumni Association (MCAA) Board Meeting

Bread Loaf, Davison Memorial Library, 2nd floor

11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.—Annual Fund Executive Committee (AFEC) Annual Meeting

Bread Loaf, Davison Memorial Library, 1st floor

12:151:00 p.m.—Middlebury Museum of Art Exhibit: The Eternal Monk: "The Middlebury Museum's Late Gothic Statue of Saint Barbara"

Madeline Firestone '13 returns to campus to present her recent research on the museum’s sculpture of Saint Barbara in the context of medieval surrogacy, devotion, and ways of seeing. Enjoy further conversation over a light lunch in the lobby. Presented as part of the series Off the Wall: Informal Discussions About Art. Sponsored by the Museum, Department of History of Art and Architecture, and Committee on the Arts. Lunch is provided. $5 donation suggested; free to College ID card holders

Kevin P. Mahaney '84  Center for the Arts, Museum of Art

12:30–1:30 p.m.—Center for Social Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

The Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s Friday Speaker Series
features Pier LaFarge ’10.5, who will share lessons learned from his
work at ICF International as a mitigation and sustainability consultant and his recent experience as cofounder and CEO of Spark, a start-up focused on building a crowd-investment platform that connects individual investors directly to small- and medium-scale, energy-efficiency projects.

The Donald E. Axinn '51, Litt. D. '89 Center for Literary and Cultural Studies at Starr Library, Room 219

1:00–4:00 p.m.—Organic Farm Open House

The Middlebury College Organic Farm (MCOF) is a student organization that stewards a three-acre plot of fruits, vegetables, and perennials. The farm supports the holistic development of students by providing life skills, while promoting discourse surrounding pressing world food issues. For more information, click here.

In the field a half-mile behind Bicentennial Hall. Walk or drive down the hill (going West) from the college on Rte. 125 for a half-mile. Take a right at the wooden sign that reads "Middlebury College Organic farm." If you are driving, you can leave your car at the sign and walk the short dirt road to the farm.

2:00–5:00 p.m.—Open House: Center for Careers & Internships

Welcome back, alumni. Please drop by, just to visit, or to meet with our staff—an appointment is not necessary.

Adirondack House, Library                              

3:00–11:00 p.m.—Check-In: Bread Loaf Accommodations

Bread Loaf Inn

3:30 p.m.5:30 p.m.—Alumni Leadership Conference (ALC) Volunteer Welcome Reception

Bread Loaf Inn

4:30 p.m.—Cascando Talk: “The Arts and the Media,” a Discussion with Jeff Brown and Jay Parini

Jeffrey Brown, chief correspondent for arts, culture, and society
at PBS NewsHour, and author, poet, and Middlebury professor
Jay Parini interview each other on Samuel Beckett, books, the arts, and the media. This event is presented as part of the Department of Theatre’s Cascando.

Charles A. Dana Auditorium

5:30 p.m.—Hillel Shabbat Services

Associate Chaplain Rabbi Ira Schiffer will lead a brief Shabbat service for alumni. All are welcome.

Freeman International Center, the Jewish Center 

5:30–6:30 p.m.—Alumni Reception

Catch up with old friends and meet new ones at this reception for alumni and students. Refreshments will be served. Cosponsored
by the African American Alliance, Distinguished Men of Color,
and Women of Color.d.

Carr Hall

7:00 p.m.Screening: "Pass it on!" Presented by Will Graham '76

Will Graham ’76 cocaptained the Middlebury football and lacrosse teams, and he went on to earn an MA from the Bread Loaf School of English. Will is now the headmaster of a small private boarding school in California. In 2012, Will teamed up with filmmaker Peter Coonradt to find a way to show his appreciation for the coaches and teammates who helped to shape and influence the person he has become. Pass It On! resonates with ideas about the purpose and value of sport that go far beyond Middlebury. This warm, deeply personal film is both old-fashioned and radical in the broader context of American college athletics.

McCardell Bicentennial Hall Room 216

7:30 p.m.—Student Panel: 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                                                                                                                                                                               

Rana Abdelhamid ’15, Will Potter ’14.5, Mzwakithi "Prestige" Shongwe ’16, and Joanie Thompson ’14 will reflect on their experiences applying the liberal arts.

McCullough Student Center Social Space 

7:30 p.m.9:00 p.m.—Alumni Panel Discussion.

Sponsored by Distinguished Men of Color.

The Janet Halstead Franklin ’72 and Churchill G. Franklin ’71
Environmental Center at Hillcrest, The Orchard

8:00–10:00 p.m.—Cocoon: Storytelling and Reception

Inspired by the popular storytelling organization The Moth comes a special evening of true stories told live and without notes. The diverse range of stories will be told around the theme "metamorphosis." This community-wide event is produced by the creators of Middlebury College's student storytelling organization, the Middlebury MothUP. A reception with the storytellers follows.

Sponsored by the Mahaney Center for the Arts and Committee on the Arts. Tickets: $10/8/5

Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts Concert Hall

9:00 p.m.Student/Alumni Networking

Sponsored by PALANA House.


9:00 p.m.–Midnight—Alumni Homecoming Reception Featuring Bob Gagnon Trio

Meet up with friends and enjoy the Bob Gagnon Trio, known for its funky jazz inspired by Charlie Parker, Django Reinhardt,
and Ahmad Jamal.

51 Main Street

Saturday, October 26

6:30–9:30 a.m.—Breakfast for Bread Loaf Guests

Bread Loaf Inn, Dining Room

8:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.—Check-In: Bread Loaf Accommodations

Bread Loaf Inn (preregistration required)

8:30.10:00 a.m.Welcome and College Update with President Liebowitz

Suzanne Daley ’96.5, president of MCAA, and President Ronald D. Liebowitz welcome alumni back to campus, and President Liebowitz provides an overview of Middlebury today, sharing insights on how the College is defining a liberal arts education for the 21st century and answering questions from the audience.

Atwater Dining Hall

9:00 a.m.—Peter Westra ’99 Memorial 5K Run

Registration is at 9:00 a.m.; the run starts at 9:30 a.m.

Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts, Plaza

10:00 a.m.–12 noon—Alumni Showcase: Creating Impact Through Design 

Co-facilitators: Cloe Shasha ’11 from TED and Annie Makela ’11.5  from the Aspen Institute.

Come join students, alumni, and staff for an interactive session with young alumni who are on the cutting edge in design. There will be time for short alumni presentations, as well as networking and small group discussion at the end. Bagels, coffee, and juice will be served.

McCullough Social Space 

10:15 a.m.12:30 a.m.—Class of 1989 (25th) and Class of 1964 (50th) Reunion Workshops

Location TBD

10:15 a.m.1:00 p.m.ALC Volunteer Workshops for Class Agents, Reunion Committee Members, and Cane Society Representatives

Atwater Dining Hall

11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.Volunteer Workshop Session II: Topics in Higher Education; Affinity Fundraising; Reunion Workshop

10:30 a.m. Special Collections Presentation: "To fight & to die ...for the maintenance of our cherished institutions..."  (Orlando French, Jan 13, 1863): A decade, of building the Middlebury College research archive of Civil War history as seen through letters of those who fought it, 2002-2012.

Presented by Andrew Wentink '70, curator of Special Collections & Archives. 20032013.

Davis Family Library, Harmon Reading Room

11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.—Organic Farm Open House

The Middlebury College Organic Farm (MCOF) is a student organization that stewards a three-acre plot of fruits, vegetables, and perennials. The farm supports the holistic development of students by providing life skills, while promoting discourse surrounding pressing world food issues. For more information, click here.

In the field a half-mile behind Bicentennial Hall. Walk or drive down the hill (going West) from the college on Rte. 125 for a half-mile. Take a right at the wooden sign that reads "Middlebury College Organic farm." If you are driving, you can leave your car at the sign and walk the short dirt road to the farm.

1:00 p.m.—Football: Middlebury vs. Trinity

Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium

2:003:00 p.m.Volunteer Workshop Session III: Social Media and Technology

Davis Family Library, room 105

3:00–5:00 p.m.—Open House: 118 South Main St.

All are welcome to learn more about the Programs on Creativity and Innovation (PCI), the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Community Engagement, and MiddCORE.

118 South Main Street (behind the Davis Family library) 

3:00–5:00 p.m.—Solar Decathlon Open House: Self-Reliance and InSite

Middlebury was the first liberal arts undergraduate college to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon is an international green-building competition that challenges teams across the world to design, build, and market net-zero homes. Middlebury has competed in both the 2011 and 2013 competitions. The 2011 Solar Decathlon entry, Self-Reliance, is now student housing on campus, and the 2013 Solar Decathlon house, InSite, is currently traveling back to Middlebury to become Middlebury’s second net-zero, student-built home.

Please stop by Self-Reliance, and meet the students who have just finished competing in Irvine, California. Make sure to ask them about their innovative use of solar panels!

Porter Field Road between Porter House and Meeker House

3:00 & 8:00 p.m.—Hirchfield Series: A Touch of Sin
Come see a four-part story, inspired by real-life events, about loosely connected individuals whose lives are touched by violence or death. This latest film from internationally acclaimed director
Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life) focuses on the violent impact, and hefty human sacrifice, enacted by the Chinese economic boom on its own citizens. “An angry, painful, satirical lunge into what the director clearly sees as the dark heart of modern China.”
—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. Sponsored by the Hirschfield International Film Series in lieu of the previously scheduled
film The Grandmaster.

Charles A. Dana Auditorium

4:006:00 p.m.Volunteer Reception

Kirk Center

4:30 p.m.Dodge Ball: Alumni vs. Students.

Sponsored by Distinguished Men of Color.

Pepin Gymnasium

4:30 p.m.A Concert/Conversation about Collaboration Featuring David Lang and Maya Beiser

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

5:006:30 p.m.Opening Reception for the Squash Center
Celebrate the opening of Middlebury’s new squash center at the Peterson Family Athletics Complex. Hosted by President Ronald D. Liebowitz and his wife Jessica.

The Peterson Family Athletic Complex

5:458:00 p.m.Class of 1964 Reunion Volunteer Dinner

McKinley House

8:0010:00 p.m.—Brent Thomas Quartet

The Brent Thomas Quartet features jazz musicians from the greater Burlington area playing jazz standards with traditional and modern interpretations.

51 Main at the Bridge

10:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.—Black Pearl Ball Featuring DJ Basiq

Please join fellow alumni and current students for a delectable evening of dance and great music. This year's theme is women’s health. This special Homecoming event is hosted by Middlebury’s Women of Color, as well as Distinguished Men of Color and African-American Alliance.

Coltrane Lounge, behind Adirondack House

* Time Change 10:00 p.m. WRMC Alumni Reception

Join WRMC DJs past and present for a night of music and dancing. Students and all alumni are welcome. There will be a
band and a DJ set. Light appetizers and cash bar.

Atwater Dining Hall

Sunday, October 27

7:30–9:30 a.m.—Breakfast for Bread Loaf Guests

Bread Loaf Inn, Dining Room 

8:00 a.m.–Noon—Checkout: Bread Loaf Accommodations

Bread Loaf Inn                                  

10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.—Alumni Brunch

Sponsored by Women of Color.

Carr Hall

10:00 a.m.—Homecoming Events at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl

Ride to the top of the Snow Bowl on the Worth Mountain chair and join the Middlebury Ski Club for a pancake breakfast benefit. The ticket office and the Snow Bowl Ski Shop will be open for season pass purchases, and Snow Bowl and Rikert Ski School personnel will be on hand. Proceeds will benefit the Ski Club

Breakfast and lift rides are free for all season pass holders and $5 each for those not holding season tickets. 

10:30 a.m.Programs on Creativity and Innovation (PCI) Alumni Brunch

PCI alums are invited to stop by for brunch at Liz Robinson’s '84 home any time from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

1043 Sheep Farm Road, Weybridge

2:00 p.m.The True Story of Peter and the Wolf

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra presents its second-annual Halloween family event. This kid-friendly woodwind quintet concert includes an introduction of the instruments and several seasonally spooky selections. The highlight of the performance is an arrangement of Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf with a special guest narrator, music professor Peter Hamlin ’73. Audience members young and old are invited to come in costume for a parade. Sponsored by the Mahaney Center for the Arts.
Tickets: $8 adults, $6 seniors and children, $16 families
(up to 5 people)

Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

4:00 p.m.- The Cascando Project

A workshop exploration of Samuel Beckett's Cascando, a rarely produced short radio play originally subtitled “a radiophonic invention for music and voice.”

The audience is invited to attend an intimate staged reading of the play in an informal salon setting, and then discuss the work with director Dare Clubb, composer David Lang, cellist Maya Beiser, and performers Jeffrey Brown and Alex Draper. Following the discussion, the artists will reconfigure the workshop staging and perform the piece a second time. Conversation and conviviality will end the session.

Kevin P. Mahaney '84 Center for the Arts, Dance Theater

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