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About Ross
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The namesake of Ross Commons, Eleanor Sybil Ross, Middlebury Class of 1895, served the college as dean of women for nearly 30 years (29, to be exact). She was legendary on campus for her irreplaceable role in doubling the size of the Women's College of Middlebury and for the strict discipline that she insisted upon. Dean Ross set for the College and for her role in it an ideal of Victorian gentility, standards of the highest morality, of proper and exemplary conduct, but above all, high academic achievement. She often had an encouraging smile, a twinkle in her eye, and the warm assurance that she was your friend.

Eleanor Ross was above all a well-balanced person. Officially she was the essence of administrative dignity. But she was deeply human, with great personal compassion, and a great sense of humor.  Retiring in 1944, Dean Ross continued to live in Middlebury until her marriage to former President John Thomas.  Dean Eleanor Ross was the true creator of our Women's College.  She died in 1953.  Past Ross Commons Heads include Katy and Steve Smith Abbott.

Ross's Mascot
Rocky the Rhino

Rocky the Rhino represents Ross's strength, courage to try new things, and loyalty.  The color for Ross Commons is Red.

Ross's Traditions

Every Thursday night, Ross holds a Fireplace Cafe in the Fireplace Lounge so that students can have a relaxed place to snack, socialize, and to do homework.  Each J-term, Ross also puts on "Ross Assassins" which allows students from all years to get to know one another better.  Viva Ross Vegas, a casino night, is also hosted in the Ross Dining Hall each year.