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Middlebury establishes program in Cameroon November 10, 2011 – The Middlebury School Abroad in Cameroon will be the college's first in sub-Saharan Africa. Reaccreditation review team completes site visit November 3, 2011 – The final determination from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges is due in the spring of 2012. School in Italy celebrates 50th year October 13, 2011 – At a ceremony in Florence, Middlebury's C.V. Starr Schools Abroad marked the golden anniversary of a program that now has sites in Florence, Ferrara and Rome. Middlebury joins launch of $1 billion ‘Green Challenge’ October 10, 2011 – Middlebury and other leading colleges commit a total of $65 million to innovative energy efficiency financing initiative. Solar Decathlon team finishes in fourth place overall September 30, 2011 – The Middlebury College team in the Department of Energy's 2011 Solar Decathlon competition won three of the 10 contests: communications, market appeal and home entertainment. Students respond to crisis after Tropical Storm Irene September 29, 2011 – Following one of the worst natural disasters in Vermont history, Middlebury students dig in and help. Middlebury celebrates Constitution Day September 15, 2011 – College provides Web content on the Constitution, including links to relevant websites and a Constitution reading list. President welcomes Class of 2015 on 10th anniversary of 9/11 September 12, 2011 – President Liebowitz says changes in the American psyche wrought by 9/11 are second nature to today's first-year students. Symposium to explore national and cultural identities in the Middle East Sept. 22-24 September 7, 2011 – Speakers include scholar Shibley Telhami (left), New Yorker correspondent Wendell Steavenson, writers, poets, artists and human rights activists. Middlebury examines legacies of 9/11 in panel discussion September 7, 2011 – The College examines the impact of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks from both scholarly and personal points of view. Middlebury College responds to Hurricane Irene September 2, 2011 – A note from the president to the Middlebury community on the College's response in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. College emerges largely unscathed after storm August 30, 2011 – Irene arrived in Vermont as a tropical storm on August 28, dropping several inches of rain and packing high winds. While floods devastated large areas of Vermont, the Middlebury campus saw almost no damage. Language Schools award master's and doctoral degrees August 15, 2011 – Commencement speaker says that America is "not a nation of linguists," but that the Language Schools and its graduates are doing something about it. Bread Loaf School of English confers 45 master's degrees August 8, 2011 – At the completion of its 92nd summer, BLSE honors longtime director James Maddox and inspiring teacher Michael Armstrong. Art historian to give Language Schools' commencement address on Aug. 12 August 2, 2011 – Candidates for Master of Arts and Doctor of Modern Languages degrees will receive diplomas and canes at traditional ceremony in Mead Chapel. Bread Loaf School of English to hold commencement ceremonies in late July and early August July 25, 2011 – Commencements vary by campus, from Santa Fe's informal outdoor celebration to the traditional ceremony in Lincoln College’s 17th-century chapel at Oxford. Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference to take place Aug. 10-20 July 22, 2011 – The general public is invited to attend a daily schedule of readings and lectures in the Little Theatre, located on the Bread Loaf campus on Route 125. College names new vice president of advancement June 17, 2011 – The new VP, James R. Keyes '71, has served as a trustee of the College and as a member of the alumni association board of directors. Bread Loaf School of English Begins Summer Sessions June 21 June 13, 2011 – Sessions on four campuses feature internationally renowned faculty, with readings, lectures and theater performances open to the public. Fellowships in Environmental Journalism Announced June 8, 2011 – Stories on climate refugees, hydrofracking and coal ash are among the winners. Middlebury Language Schools begin summer sessions in June June 7, 2011 – The Language Schools are known internationally for their intensive immersion approach to the teaching of language and culture. College presents 26 Student Leadership Awards June 2, 2011 – From women's rights in Afghanistan to bar mitzvah classes on campus to mentoring adolescents in the community, Middlebury students serve and lead. Class of 2011 told to find opportunity when least expected May 22, 2011 – Chris Waddell '91 gives the commencement address to nearly 600 Middlebury seniors and a crowd of thousands. Fellowship and scholarship winners announced May 18, 2011 – Six Fulbright fellowships are among the prestigious academic awards earned by Middlebury undergraduates this spring. College grants tenure to four faculty members May 17, 2011 – The board of trustees, meeting in May, promoted four faculty members to the rank of associate professor. Bill McKibben named to American Academy of Arts & Sciences April 21, 2011 – Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College among 212 new members selected for 2011. Middlebury sells Old Courthouse to high-tech incubator April 12, 2011 – The College has agreed to a deal that will provide the Vt. Center for Emerging Technologies with a beachhead in Middlebury. College honors three residents for community service April 12, 2011 – Area residents Liz Cronin, Mickey Heinecken, and Susan Vigne receive McCardell Citizen's Awards Chris Waddell '91 to deliver commencement address April 7, 2011 – Waddell, a Paralympic gold medalist and social activist, and five others will receive honorary degrees during graduation ceremonies on May 22. Middlebury adds a second Posse March 22, 2011 – Ten students from Chicago will arrive in the fall of 2012 as part of the Posse Scholars program. Middlebury and MIIS react to crisis in Japan March 16, 2011 – A look at some events relating to the crisis in Japan, what Middlebury and Monterey groups are doing to help the victims, and an update from Middlebury's program in Tokyo. Middlebury approves 2.5 percent increase in comprehensive fee March 3, 2011 – Middlebury has set its comprehensive fee for the 2011-2012 academic year at $53,420, a 2.5 percent increase from the current year's figure of $52,120. New program in Jordan will open this fall March 1, 2011 – Middlebury has established a program in Amman, Jordan ― a new site for the C.V. Starr-Middlebury School Abroad in the Middle East. Middlebury and Brandeis establish program in Israel March 1, 2011 – Middlebury and Brandeis have established a study-abroad program in Israel conducted exclusively in Hebrew. Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies offers options for study abroad February 11, 2011 – CMRS, based at Oxford’s Keble College, is the latest addition to the myriad study abroad programs available to Middlebury undergraduates. "Febs" celebrate mid-year graduation February 1, 2011 – Mid-year graduates have much in common, including the traditional ski-down in cap and gown. Emily Bartels is new director of Bread Loaf School of English January 20, 2011 – College selects a Shakespearean scholar with 16 summers at Bread Loaf to succeed Jim Maddox, who retired. College grants tenure to five faculty members January 3, 2011 – At its meeting in December, the board of trustees promoted five faculty members to the rank of associate professor.