Welcome Back to Bread Loaf
We hope these pages will help you stay connected with Bread Loaf or reconnect if you've been out of touch. They will help you in such practical matters as requesting a letter of recommendation, ordering an official transcript, or learning about resources available to all Bread Loaf students, past and present.
To obtain an official Bread Loaf transcript, you must submit a request in writing to the registrar's office. Click here for more information.
Letters of Recommendation
Requests for letters of recommendation should be directed to the Bread Loaf office, through Melissa Nicklaw, and not directly to Bread Loaf faculty. These letters incorporate comments written by the Bread Loaf faculty and they will be kept on file in the Bread Loaf office for future use.
Melissa will pass your request on to the associate director, who will write the letter. Be sure to include the address(es) to which the letter(s) should be sent, as well as any applicable deadlines, forms, or other necessary information. Requests should be received by the Bread Loaf office at least one month before you'll need the letter.
Please note: Middlebury College and the Bread Loaf office will be closed for the winter break from Monday, December 22, 2014 through Thursday, January 1, 2015. Our staff will do their best to accommodate student requests upon their return, but please plan accordingly and submit requests for letters of recommendation as early as possible.
All Bread Loaf students and alumni receive a free account on BreadNet, an electronic network that provides an e-mail account and is also used to link the classrooms of Bread Loaf teachers. The primary goals of BreadNet are to perpetuate the Bread Loaf community throughout the year and to encourage collaboration among all Bread Loaf teachers, faculty, and their classrooms. All Bread Loaf students, faculty, staff, and graduates are invited to join. We see many old friends joining discussions in "Cyberbarn."
Faculty, staff, students, or graduates requesting access to BreadNet may contact Caroline Eisner, director of BreadNet, to request an account. BreadNet requires client software, which you may download for free via our download site.
JSTOR Access for Alumni
As an alumnus/a of Middlebury you can now access hundreds of multi-disciplinary scholarly journals in the arts, sciences, and social sciences. JSTOR (short for “journal storage”), a non-profit service founded in 1995, is a digital archive of over 1,000 academic journals and one million primary sources. Funding for this service is provided by the Middlebury College's Library and Information Service division.
Middlebury's Center for Careers and Internships is ready to assist you as you contemplate career decisions. Visit their website for information about how to arrange a meeting with one of their career advisors, for resume building advice, practice interviews, or networking tips.
Returning to Bread Loaf
Bread Loaf graduates may of course apply to return for a summer or two. Returning students who have not attended Bread Loaf in the past 10 years or more will be asked to submit new application materials.
A gratifying number of our MAs apply to the Bread Loaf MLitt program. All students, even Bread Loaf MAs, must apply formally to the MLitt program. Read about the MLitt under "Academics."
While we cannot offer lodging for visitors during the summer, many former students visit Vermont to see the play each summer, or stop by St. John's College in Santa Fe for a reading or lecture. Summer contact information and schedules of major summer events at all four campuses will be posted on the individual campus pages in early June.