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25 Year Club Inductees

Below you will find articles about our most recent inductees to the 25 year club. Articles will be added as they are completed so please check back often!

25 Years @ Midd with Kathy Jewett

MiddPoints Weekly » 25 Year Club - Fri, 05/09/2014 - 2:09pm

In this post we recognize Kathy Jewett, Senior Associate in Science Instruction in Chemistry/ Biochemistry, for her 25 years of service to Middlebury. Kathy shares her joys and interests outside of work, as well as her future plans, both of which involve volunteer work. “A close community” is just one way that Kathy has described Middlebury College, read on to learn more about Midd from Kathy’s point of view.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?

Having been raised in the Midwest (with detours to Colombia and Argentina), after college I did R&D in Illinois. When my husband Steve and I moved to Northeast Vermont 36 years ago, we were starting our family (Sara and John), he pastored a small church, and I eventually taught at St. Johnsbury Academy.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

I’m a senior associate in science instruction in Chemistry/ Biochemistry, with senior being applied recently.

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?

When Steve accepted the call to be the pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, our children were eleven and eight. I walked into the old science center, and into this job. Our lives were so busy!
 
What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?

There is more time to read, Skype, spend time with family and friends, kayak, bike, etc. Being rigidly flexible is a good axiom to live by.

Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?

Changes have mainly been influenced by the changes in our nuclear family – children growing up, going off to college, getting married, having children of their own, but right now I’m enjoying singing in the college community chorus.
Our family enjoyed having students over to our home for meals, and over the years developed many special relationships. Our volunteer work is more a reflection of our involvement with Middlebury and our church, but the students participation in the volunteer efforts always encourages us.

What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?
 
I’ve always appreciated that our students want to learn, and the wonderful colleagues who generously share their knowledge, enthusiasm for learning, and participation in life.

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?
 
We are a close community which respects and understands differences, yet we come to an accord on the essentials.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

I plan to keep on working, but after I retire do more volunteer work, and spend time with Steve; Sara, Tielman, and Lincoln who are at present in South Africa; John, Laura, Joseph and Daniel in Tucson; my mom, and friends.

Do you have a favorite place on campus?
 
I never tire looking out windows in BiHall , especially 5th floor in the Great Hall.

Is there any person on campus (or retiree, former employer) that mentored you, or you feel helped you grow into your job, grow to enjoy your work and your time at the College?
 
Initially Bob Gleason took me under his wing, but over the years I have been encouraged and felt respected by my colleagues; I have loved working here.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at Middlebury, what would it be?
 
Find people with your passions, and enjoy the beauty of this place.

25 Years @ Midd with Tom Corbin

MiddPoints Weekly » 25 Year Club - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 2:07pm

In this post we recognize Tom Corbin, Assistant Treasurer and Director of Business Services, for his 25 years of service to Middlebury. Tom shares with us how his career has grown and changed over the years, while his hobbies and interests have stayed the same. Read on to learn more about Midd from Tom’s point of view.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?

I was the Executive Vice President of the National Bank of Middlebury and lived here in town.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

Assistant Treasurer

Assistant Treasurer and Director of Human Resources

Assistant Treasurer and Director of Business Services

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?  

Gearing up for retirement.

Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?

They really have not changed- fly fishing, cooking and travel.

What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?

There are two- the completion of the first wage and salary program for staff.   The day we took the all Middlebury picture at the Football stadium for the bicentennial.

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?

The great people who work here and the very changing challenges of a career in higher education administration.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

Retire and spend time in the warm sun and warm water of North Carolina with my wife Marguerite, and travel.

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

Sitting on the deck at Kirk Alumni Center on nice fall day.

Is there any person on campus (or retiree, former employer) that mentored you, or you feel helped you grow into your job; grow to enjoy your work and your time at the College?

There are two people- David Ginevan who hired me and helped me transition into higher education, and George Whitney who I could always count on for advice or just to listen.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at Middlebury, what would it be?

Never stop learning new things and meeting new people.

Is there anything else that you would like to share about your time at Middlebury?

I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of Faculty, Staff and students over the past 25 years. Middlebury is a great place to work.

25 Years @ Midd with Pat Manley

MiddPoints Weekly » 25 Year Club - Thu, 05/01/2014 - 9:51am

In this post we recognize Pat Manley, Professor of Geology for her 25 years of service to Middlebury. Pat shares with us her current activities in Geoscience beyond the College, her hobbies, and the experience of becoming a grandmother. Pat’s declaration that the “Geology Department rocks!” describes her time at Middlebury. Read on to learn more about Midd from Pat’s point of view.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?

I was in graduate school at Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University. We lived in Rockland County, near Palisades NY.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

I have worked my way through tenure. So I started as an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and finally Full Professor. I also served the college as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Research for 4 years (2006-2010).

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?

I would have to say, raising my two young children at the same time while trying to teach 5 new courses my first year here. I also became part of a group of families that met (and still meet) every Friday night – Pizza Night group. These people have become my extended family here in Middlebury and our children all grew up together and we celebrate holidays and special events together (e.g. Thanksgiving, Christmas – a progressive dinner, Easter brunch, Chili bowl (Superbowl Sunday), birthdays, Baby showers, Bridal Showers, camping trips to name just a few).

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?

I am actively involved at the National level in two organizations: Council on Undergraduate Research where I am Chair of the Geoscience Division and the Association of Women Geoscientist where I Chair the Outstanding Educator Award. On a more personal level I play piano for a local church, continue with my hobbies of hiking and knitting, and just became a Grandmother for the first time.

Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?

My hobbies have been music and knitting which I continue to do. I have turned from playing tennis and running to now learning to play golf, but I still water ski every summer at our camp in upstate NY. I learned to water ski when I was 5 years old and haven’t missed a summer yet.

What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?

There are two: 1) I am most proud of starting the Undergraduate Research Office and initiating the Student Spring Symposium. The very first Symposium in 2007 was small but very special in my heart as it was the fulfillment of a dream I had since I first arrived at Middlebury College. 2) The arrival of the RV Folger in Lake Champlain. Having spent two+ years writing the grant, planning the boat design, seeing it built and then finally standing on her deck for the first time was awesome.

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?

That’s easy, it is teaching wonderful, talented, and interesting undergraduate students and a wonderful department with great colleagues. Geology Department rocks!

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

Bicentennial Hall

Is there any person on campus (or retiree, former employer) that mentored you, or you feel helped you grow into your job, grow to enjoy your work and your time at the College?

Ray Coish hired me, mentored me and has been a good friend for the past 25 years. We all know that Ray is someone special.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at Middlebury, what would it be?

Enjoy the ride. Don’t get so wrapped up in the politics of the place that you forget the reason we are here: teaching and learning from our students.

25 Years @ Midd with Matthew Dickerson

MiddPoints Weekly » 25 Year Club - Fri, 04/25/2014 - 12:48pm

In this post we recognize Matthew Dickerson, Professor of Computer Science and director of the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf, for his 25 years of service to Middlebury. Matthew shares with us his recent successes in writing, his other passions and interests outside of work, and his new upcoming role at the College.  Read on to learn more about Midd from Matthew’s point of view.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?

I was in graduate school at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

In addition to being a faculty member in the department of computer science (assistant professor, then associate professor, then professor) I am also the director of the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf.

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?

I was newly married. I got married in the summer of 1988 and started work here in summer of 1989 (and bought my first house).  Our first child was born in the summer of 1990.  My first novel was published in 1991.  So it was four years with lots of fun developments, and life changes.

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?

Involvement in my church (Memorial Baptist Church in Middlebury) is very significant. We recently hired a new pastor, and it’s exciting to see what is happening there. I recently celebrated my 25th anniversary. Marriage has always been a very significant part of my life. Watching my sons grow and fly the nest has been exciting and significant. That last few years have been excellent for writing. I had an historical novel published earlier this year (The Rood and the Torc), and I have a book on trout, fly-fishing and ecology due out later this year (Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia) along with a new fantasy novel (The Gifted.)

Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?

Playing in a band with one of my colleagues helped me grow as a musician. Music is now more important to me than it was 25 years ago (and I hope I’m a better musician and songwriter). Last year I was able to record an album in Nashville with some really talented musicians.  Being in a community with a lot of great writers has also helped inspire my writing; some colleagues like John Elder and Bill McKibben and Kathy Skubikowski and those who have worked with me on the New England Young Writers Conference have been very encouraging to me in my writing endeavors.

What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?

It is not so much one single event, but more all of the times when former students have come back to visit.

 Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?

I’ve had great colleagues in the computer science department. I find teaching itself to be worthwhile. I love Vermont, and its rivers and forests and abundance of outdoor activities from fishing to gardening to cross-country skiing and hiking and canoeing.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

I’m excited to be taking on the role of faculty head of Cook Commons for the next three years. I hope to continue to teach for many years. My list also includes playing and writing more music, and writing several more books.

Is there any person on campus (or retiree, former employer) that mentored you, or you feel helped you grow into your job, grow to enjoy your work and your time at the College?

John Elder has been a wonderful friend and encouragement and inspiration to me as a teacher and writer. I’m sure there are many people who could say that about him.

The 25 Year Club Inductees of 2014

MiddPoints Weekly » 25 Year Club - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 7:26am

Congratulations to the 25 Year Club inductees!

Janis Audet, Academic Affairs

Mireille Barbaud-McWilliams, French Department

Cheryl Burnham, Theatre Department

Robert Cluss, Chemistry/Biochemistry Department

Thomas Corbin, Assistant Treasurer’s Office

Patti Dapsis, College Store

Matthew Dickerson, Computer Science Department

Kathleen Jewett, Chemistry/Biochemistry Department

Kyle Kelton, Facilities Services

Scott Lee, Dining Services

Patricia Manley, Geology Department

Thomas Manley, Geology Department

Howard McCausland, Library and Info. Services

Cynthia Packert, History of Art & Architecture

William Peterson, Mathematics Department

Joy Pile, Library and Info. Services

Crysta Rainey, Dining Services

James Ralph, History Department

Elizabeth Rheaume, Facilities Services

Paula Schwartz, French Department

Brent Simons, Dining Services

Kathleen Skubikowski, English & American Literatures

Dawn Sumner, Dining Services

Stay tuned for future articles recognizing these individuals for 25 years of service to Middlebury.

25 Years @ Midd with John Huddleston

MiddPoints Weekly » 25 Year Club - Fri, 04/05/2013 - 2:52pm

In this post we recognize John Huddleston, Fletcher Professor of Studio Art for his 25 years of service to Middlebury.  John’s humor shines through as he shares some of his favorite memories of Middlebury in addition to his take on why hobbies are over-rated. Read on to learn more about John’s creative work, how he came to Middlebury, as well as his story of a poignant life lesson that led to renewal. 

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?

Well, after I was paroled…Not! I lived in NYC and San Francisco, working primarily in construction – as a roofer, a carpenter, and a consultant. Much of my consulting work was done on swing stage scaffolds, which hang off the skyscrapers. The views of the city were beautiful (good for my photography) and I always felt a lot safer 50 stories up than down on the streets.

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?

My first child was born in my first semester of teaching here. A very intense and wonderful experience that threw off my lesson plans for a few days. My daughter would enter the college as a student seventeen years later.

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?

I find that meditation practice is becoming important in establishing a creative base for art-making and life. I just launched a website for my artwork: johnhuddlestonphoto.com. My wife says I should say I have a very rewarding marriage.

Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?

Much of my photographic art is cross-disciplinary so colleagues in Spanish, Physics, History and the Environmental Sciences have been very helpful.

I’ve actually tried to eliminate hobbies as I realize how short life is. My sixth grade beer coaster collection now lays stagnant. Maybe I’ll get back to it in retirement.

What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?

The moments of real communication about meaningful subjects are most important to me. The imaginative energy on display at the student art shows in Johnson is very fulfilling.

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?

The college and Vermont have been good for my family and work.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

I have several more photography books I would like to have published. And I have a long-term project to die gracefully.

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

Cross-country skiing through the forest at Bread Loaf is right at the top for me.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at Middlebury, what would it be?

If you have relocated from a warm climate, find activities to get outside in the winter!

And remember there is a big world outside of the college and Middlebury.

Is there anything else that you would like to share about your time at Middlebury?

While I was preparing for a trip to Mexico, having dreams of Aztec priests cutting out my heart, I was struck down by a heart attack, and shortly thereafter, underwent a triple bypass. As I was wheeled in for the open-heart surgery, strapped to my mobile altar, I looked for obsidian knives in the hands of the masked men. But the glaring light was not the sun over Tenochtitlan and I was not thrown down the temple stairs after the bloodletting. Instead, resurrection, pain, and a long chest scar, fractal-like, a branched connection to the limbs of the forest and to the contours of the constellations, thrust forward, worn like a medal, a purple heart. Evidence of a sacrifice to renew the world, my world, and to assert our shared suffering and joy.

25 Years @ Midd with Martin Beatty

MiddPoints Weekly » 25 Year Club - Fri, 03/15/2013 - 12:20pm

In this post we recognize Martin Beatty, Track Coach and Faculty member in Physical Education for his 25 years of service to Middlebury. Martin shares with us the variety of roles that he has held over the years, his best birthday ever, as well as his tips for balancing work and life outside of Midd when things get hectic. Read on to learn more about why Martin has known since his senior year of high school that Middlebury is right where he wants to be. 

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?

I was a Graduate Fellow in History for two years at Trinity College (CT) and was an assistant coach in football, women’s basketball and track and field.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

Head Coach of Indoor and Outdoor track and field, Faculty Head of Cook Commons ’94-’01, Director of Club Sports, Assistant football coach, assistant basketball coach

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?

During the summer after my first year working here, my wife and I drove for six weeks around the country. We knew that enjoying each other on that trip for six weeks meant that we could spend the rest of our lives together.

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?

I am at that stage of parenthood that my life revolves around the activities of the kids. It is not easy to keep up with everything, but I enjoy attending what I can.

Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?

For many years, one of my hobbies was running, and our faculty/staff lunchtime basketball games. I enjoyed it for the workout, the love of the game, and the social aspects of playing with other terrific members of the faculty and staff, whom I do not often see day to day. Since being diagnosed with hip arthritis, I’ve had to curtail those activities. Now outside of work and watching my kids’ sports, I really enjoy cycling. This is a fairly new hobby for me. I just splurged on a new bike and am very excited to ride on the rural roads of Addison County. I also enjoy water skiing on Lake Champlain.

What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?

The memory that sticks out the most is during my first year back working at Middlebury, when I met my future wife on my birthday. That was the best birthday one can have.

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?

The people and the magic of Middlebury College, the Green Mountains, boating on Lake Champlain in the summer. What other place can be better?

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

Wow, what a question. In the immediate future I am excited to finally put an indoor track and field team in a beautiful new regulation indoor track facility and train like we should.  Then maybe retire after another 25 years. Or, maybe not for another 25 years after that.

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

I don’t do it often enough, but my two favorite spots on campus are sitting in an Adirondack chair behind Hadley Barn and facing west toward the mountains, and eating lunch on the deck of the Kirk Center.

Is there any person on campus (or retiree, former employer) that mentored you, or you feel helped you grow into your job; grow to enjoy your work and your time at the College?               

I have had so many mentors and supporters at Middlebury along the way from my student years and into my coaching years that I cannot name only one. During my student years, Kit Wilson and Kirsten Hoving were terrific. As an athlete and when I started coaching there were many: I coached with or for Mickey Heinecken, Bob Smith, Tom Lawson, Gail Smith and Russ Reilly. They were all very supportive and allowed me to grow.

John McCardell and Ann Hanson were wonderful to work with when I was the Faculty Head of Cook Commons.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at Middlebury, what would it be?

One must keep a balance in their life while working at Middlebury. We are all so dedicated to our students that sometimes we neglect ourselves and our lives outside of work. Exercise, explore Vermont, get to know co-workers socially, and also town people outside of the college in order to maintain that balance.

Painter Hall with frost on trees

Is there anything else that you would like to share about your time at Middlebury?  It is amazing that it has been 25 years.

Time does certainly fly when you are having fun. I am right where I want to be. I’ve had this feeling ever since I first stepped foot out of the car as a high school senior visiting Middlebury on a snowy day in January of 1980. That feeling of belonging has never changed since.

25 Years @ Midd with Carol Quenneville

MiddPoints Weekly » 25 Year Club - Fri, 03/08/2013 - 2:25pm

In this post we recognize Carol Quenneville, Vehicle Fleet Coordinator in Facilities Services for her 25 years of service to Middlebury. Carol shares how her career and family have changed (and grown) over the years, as well as some of her favorite activities at Middlebury. Read on to learn more about a dedicated mom and employee, and get the inside scoop on the best place to watch the sun rise on campus.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?

Prior to Middlebury College, a family member and I operated a small Mom and Pop store/gas station in Whiting (it was called Quennevilles’ Store). In that 5 year time span I had my two sons. If they were not with me at the store, they were with their dad on the dairy farms.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

I was hired to work in the Purchasing Department. Along with the purchasing part of the job I was in charge of the College vehicle rental fleet. A few years ago the Purchasing Department restructured and I was transferred to Facilities. The transition consisted of being Vehicle Fleet Coordinator, along with clerical assistance for Custodial, and back up for the Facilities Control Desk.

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?

Raising two young boys and living on a dairy farm were the things in my life at the time that kept me really busy.

View of the surrounding farm land in Addison County

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?

My husband retired from dairy farming. After taking the time to build our new home, he now works at Middlebury College. I am enjoying my expanding family. My oldest son is married and my first granddaughter is due at the end of March. My youngest son is engaged, and we are very happy to welcome his fiancée to our family.

Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?

I enjoy the College fitness center. I like to keep active and Middlebury College is a great place to do this, from the athletic facilities, to just walking across the beautiful campus.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

I look forward to retirement within the next 8 to 10 years to have time to enjoy my family and friends.

The Middlebury Panther has one of the best vantage points on campus to watch the sun rise.

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

I have enjoyed many early mornings at the Alumni Stadium while either running the steps or just walking or running the cross country trail and stopping there to see the sunrise.

25 Years @ Midd with Leger Grindon

MiddPoints Weekly » 25 Year Club - Fri, 03/01/2013 - 9:46am

In this post we recognize Leger Grindon, Professor of Film and Media Culture for his 25 years of service to Middlebury. Leger shares information about his projects in the past, present and future, his experiences of becoming a part of the Middlebury community, and the role that tennis plays in it all. Continue on to learn how Leger has viewed his time at Middlebury as a father and teacher, as well as his wise words of advice to those new to Middlebury.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?

I was living in New York City and working as the academic coordinator in the Cinema Studies Department at New York University.  I did adjunct, part-time teaching at various colleges around the New York metropolitan area in the evenings.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

Assistant, Associate and Full Professor; Program Director and Department Chair

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?

Adjusting to small town life and the long Vermont winter

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?

Since my daughter graduated from Bard College in 2011 and moved to New York City I have been travelling to New York City more often.  I went to the NYC Ballet 3 times last year.  I’ve intensified my exercise program and I’m trying to meditate more frequently.

Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?

I have played tennis at the college for 25 years with faculty & staff colleagues, students and other players in the community.  I have continued to watch movies both as part of my teaching and scholarship and for recreation 

What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?

Raising my daughter Blake. 

I was very pleased to earn tenure in 1995.  In 2011 I published two books, Hollywood Romantic Comedy and Knockout:  the Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema.  Both these works were long term projects and it was personally gratifying to complete them & rather surprising that they actually appeared in print at almost the same time even though Knockout was written before Romantic Comedy.

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?

Middlebury College is a fine place to work and an excellent employer.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

I have a number of articles in the works and I expect to write one more book before I retire.  I have a few options I’m considering and my direction will probably be influenced by what publishers want.

I’d like to work on my backhand and finally be able to hit a serve with pronation.

Film class in Axinn

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

I’m very fond of my office at 214 Axinn; the theater class room in 232 Axinn; the tennis courts in the Nelson arena

If you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at Middlebury, what would it be?

Cultivate friendships among the faculty and staff outside your particular department or work area.  Use the library, gymnasium and other fabulous facilities the college makes available to us.  Bicycle to campus and around the community wherever the roads are free of ice and the temperature is above freezing.  Attend the film screenings, music programs, the art museum the lectures and fully participate in other activities on campus

Is there anything else that you would like to share about your time at Middlebury?

I am very grateful to have had Middlebury College for an employer.  I love my job.  The students are strong, my colleagues stimulating and supportive, we have a genial staff eager and ready to serve, the administration runs the college very well .  In a world that is sometimes cruel and heartless, I’ve been treated remarkably well.  No doubt I don’t completely deserve my good fortune, but I have tried to serve the college as they have served me, with dedication and respect.  I hope I have contributed in my role to the success of the institution.

25 Years @ Midd with David Bain

MiddPoints Weekly » 25 Year Club - Fri, 02/15/2013 - 2:56pm

In this post we recognize David Bain, Senior Lecturer in English and American Literatures for his 25 years of service to Middlebury. David shares how his career as a writer and editor brought him to Middlebury,  his memories of the friends and colleagues that he’s met here, as well as his plans for the future. “Wonderment” is just one way that David has described his time at Middlebury, read on to learn more about Midd from David’s point of view.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?

I was a full time writer in New York City for ten years, and before that an editor in publishing houses. My involvement with the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference began, though, in 1980 with a fellowship, and continued on the faculty every summer thereafter, and that built a connection with Middlebury. My wife and I decided to relocate to the Champlain Valley, bought a farmhouse in Shoreham in April ‘87, and then serendipitously found jobs here, me in the English Department on a one-year replacement contract.

Bread Loaf campus in Ripton, Vermont

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

Lecturer, and then Senior Lecturer.

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?

During my first year, 1987-88, we started a family (our first child, a daughter, was born in Oct. ’88; then our son, in Mar. ’92). When not teaching, I was writing two books—one on the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, one on the transcontinental railroad.

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?

Writing and publishing continues, thank goodness, now edging into the e-book world. Music is an equal passion (as it’s been my whole life)—performing solo at 51 Main regularly, and in several bands all over Vermont. I recently marked ten years as a single parent (my wife, Mary Smyth Duffy, formerly of Chellis House, died in Sept. 2002), and I’m still very much involved in the day-to-day parenting of my two children, now in their early 20s.

What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?

The community – students, faculty, staff—has been such a mainstay, and such a fount of inspiration and fulfillment and gratification. I can only produce a montage to answer your question: my little girl humming and dancing around the May Pole, my little son flailing and careering across the arena ice in a Winter show; a line of smiling friends and colleagues stretching far past the McCullough door waiting for me to sign their copies of the Bicentennial History; a line of concerned and loving friends and colleagues stretching out onto the porch of Sanderson funeral home after Mary died; lunches in the Proctor faculty lunchroom, Holiday party swing dancing, friends giving talks or readings in Starr’s old Abernethy room or in Mead Chapel; Bread Loaf in August at the Writers’ Conference or in September at the year’s first faculty meeting, when we regroup; the Chellis dedication and the Hillcrest Environmental dedication; the light in my students’ faces.

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?

Community.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

Write, teach, play music, paddle kayaks, see new places, know new people.

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

Today’s Abernethy Room in the Axinn Center, and the rocky hillside outcropping between Gifford and Monroe Halls.

Is there any person on campus (or retiree, former employer) that mentored you, or you feel helped you grow into your job, grow to enjoy your work and your time at the College?

Bob Pack and Sandy Martin hired me because of Bread Loaf and my professional background in editing, publishing, and writing, but they were taking a gamble, of course. Nick Clifford was always kind, and John McCardell was unfailingly supportive, as was Ron Liebowitz. Special friends—Karl Lindholm, Brett Millier, Paul Monod, Jan Albers, I could produce such a list—some of you teach and some of you keep the place from falling down or grinding to a halt, and really, you all know who you are, and your friendship has enriched my days.

Instructor and students, on the lawn between Mead Chapel and Hepburn Hall.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at Middlebury, what would it be?

Meet, know, befriend, and learn from everyone here regardless of what they do, and be kind to the next newcomers.

Is there anything else that you would like to share about your time at Middlebury?

Just my sense of gratitude and wonderment.

March 25, 2013

In this post we recognize Martin Beatty, Track Coach and Faculty member in Physical Education for his 25 years of service to Middlebury. Martin shares with us the variety of roles that he has held over the years, his best birthday ever, as well as his tips for balancing work and life outside of Midd when things get hectic. Read on to learn more about why Martin has known since his senior year of high school that Middlebury is right where he wants to be. Read more...

March 20, 2013

In this post we recognize Carol Quenneville, Vehicle Fleet Coordinator in Facilities Services for her 25 years of service to Middlebury. Carol shares how her career and family have changed (and grown) over the years, as well as some of her favorite activities at Middlebury. Read on to learn more about a dedicated mom and employee, and get the inside scoop on the best place to watch the sun rise on campus. Read more...

March 4, 2013

In this post we recognize Leger Grindon, Professor of Film and Media Culture for his 25 years of service to Middlebury. Leger shares information about his projects in the past, present and future, his experiences of becoming a part of the Middlebury community, and the role that tennis plays in it all. Continue on to learn how Leger has viewed his time at Middlebury as a father and teacher, as well as his wise words of advice to those new to Middlebury. Read more...

February 27, 2013

In this post we recognize David Bain, Senior Lecturer in English and American Literatures for his 25 years of service to Middlebury. David shares how his career as a writer and editor brought him to Middlebury,  his memories of the friends and colleagues that he’s met here, as well as his plans for the future. “Wonderment” is just one way that David has described his time at Middlebury, read on to learn more about Midd from David’s point of view. Read more...

February 27, 2013

In this post we recognize Cindy Myrick, Operations Assistant in Library and Information Services, for her 25 years of service to Middlebury. Cindy shares how much she has enjoyed working with students over the years, skiing at the Snow Bowl, as well as her love of new adventures! Read on to learn more about this native Vermonter who in addition to working at Middlebury has also worked in areas from bookkeeping to being a fitness instructor. Read more...

June 5, 2012

In this post we recognize Don Wyatt, John M. McCardell, Jr., Distinguished Professor of History, for his 25 years of service to Middlebury. Don shares some inspiring words about the rewards of getting to see students achieve their own “individual levels of excellence,” as well as the strong network of colleagues that he has developed over the years. “Simply being in a setting that is supportive of what you wish to accomplish is not to be taken lightly or for granted,” he says. “Middlebury has always offered me precisely that, and more.” Read more...

March 23, 2012

Jeff Byers, Philip Battell/Sarah Stewart Professor of Chemistry was inducted into the 25 year club last spring. In this post Jeff shares his experiences working in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department, the evolution of his research, and his appreciation of our surroundings as an avid mountain lover and endurance athlete. If you have ever read the Middlebury Trailrunner blog, then you have met Jeff. (If you haven’t – what are you waiting for – check it out!) Read on to learn more about a talented and dedicated member of our faculty, and the excitement that a Chemistry classroom contains. (Spoiler alert – there is a reason why there is fire safety equipment in those labs!) Read more...

March 23, 2012

Mike Pixley has worked at Middlebury College since 1986 and was inducted into the 25 year club in the spring of 2011. In his current post he serves as a Locksmith in the Facilities Services department. In this article Mike answers questions about his career, the many memories he has accumulated over the years, the best view on campus and his advice for new employees. Read on to learn more about a self-designated “sports junkie”, a proud dad, and a very talented member of our staff that we are pleased to welcome into the 25 year club! Read more...

March 8, 2012

Brett Millier, Reginald L. Cook Professor of American Literature, became one of our newest members of the 25 year club last spring. In this post Brett answers our questions about her career, fond memories, one place on campus where you can always find “a bit of summer on a chilly spring day” and why she has always found Middlebury worth working hard for. If you have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Brett in person, read on and learn why you should. Read more...