August 12, 1998

Middlebury College Class of 2002 to Begin Orientation September 7

From an Internet Business Owner to an AIDS Fundraiser, Class of 2002 Represents Wide Range of Interests

The 582 members of the Middlebury College class of 2002 will begin arriving on campus on September 6. Coming from 38 countries, 43 states and the District of Columbia, the students will bring a wide range of experiences with them as they undergo a week of orientation activities and trips from September 7-13.

"We are especially proud of the rich talents the class of 2002 offers and what these students have accomplished before the age of 18," said Mike Schoenfeld, dean of enrollment planning. "One student started his own internet service provider, which now employs six full-time people. Another designed and sold a calendar, the AIDS Daily Planner, raising over $1,800 for the AIDS Emergency Fund. And these are just two of the interesting stories this class has to tell."

With the theme "Bridging the Millenium," orientation week begins September 7 with a focus on academic activities, such as course selection and an introduction to computer facilities. Social opportunities, ranging from a barbecue hosted by Middlebury's president to night time coffee house entertainment in the College's Center for the Arts, encourage students to get to know their new classmates.

When class registration is complete on September 10, students will line up for the traditional convocation procession from Old Chapel to Mead Chapel. After the ceremony, which formally marks the class's entrance into the College, students will gather for a photo.

The final three days of orientation, September 10-13, will relieve students' stress as they make the transition to college by giving them another opportunity to get to know their fellow classmates and experience life beyond campus, both in the local Middlebury community and beyond. Students choose between three options: Middlebury Outdoor Orientation (MOO); "This is Vermont;" and "Volunteer Preview."

Now in its 11th year, MOO is a student organization that was founded by members of the Middlebury College Mountain Club. MOO leads student groups in outdoor activities such as hiking and biking, developing among the new class an immediate appreciation for Vermont's beautiful countryside. The trips also allow students to form friendships in a relaxed setting and gain useful wilderness skills.

Prior to their departure, MOO participants will attend a presentation on conservation in Vermont by a representative of the Green Mountain Club. They also will hear a talk by Dr. Geoff Tabin, an eye surgeon and mountain climber, on how he has blended his volunteer work with mountaineering. Tabin, a professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and a practicing doctor at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, co-founded a non-profit organization, the Himalayan Cataract Project, in 1995. The all-volunteer organization trains doctors who then provide medical treatment to residents of the Himalayan region suffering from this eye affliction.

"This is Vermont" offers students who wish to become familiar with the Green Mountain state the chance to experience local culture and sites. Beginning with an overnight stay, storytelling, music and a traditional New England barbecue at Middlebury's Bread Loaf campus, the program continues with a day exploring Burlington and cruising Lake Champlain on the "Spirit of Ethan Allen II."

Those participating in "Volunteer Preview" work on daily community service projects, such as trail work with the U.S. Forest Service or home renovation for affordable housing. With about half of all Middlebury students volunteering at some time during their college career, "Volunteer Preview" offers an early glimpse into the real world concerns of Addison County.

Opening-of-School-Year Address

President John M. McCardell, Jr. will deliver his annual opening-of-the-school-year address on Monday, September 14 at 12:30 p.m. in Mead Chapel. All members of the public are welcome to attend the address.

Other Upcoming Campus Schedule of Events

Sept. 6 First-year students begin arriving

Sept. 7-13 Orientation for first-year students

Sept. 14 President's opening-of-school-year address, 12:30 p.m. Mead Chapel

Sept. 14 Classes Begin

Sept. 18-20 Alumni Leadership Conference on Bread Loaf campus

Oct. 2-4 Fall Family Weekend I

Oct. 9-11 Fall Family Weekend II

Oct. 15-16 Mid-term recess

Oct. 23-25 Homecoming