Marcia Kraft Goin ’54


The Granite Stoke

The Granite Stoke Screening

Saturday, October 18th

5:00pm in Axinn 232


A Film Directed by Ryan Scura ’11
Co-sponsored by the Programs on Creativity and Innovation (PCI)
and the Film and Media Department

New Hampshire is not known for its waves, but a vibrant surfing
community calls this 13-mile coastline home. The Granite Stoke,
directed by Ryan Scura ’11 and Dylan Ladds (RISD ’11), was initially
funded by Middlebury’s PCI MiddChallenge (formerly Stonehenge)
grant and recently was made into a feature-length film.


Charles%20MacCormack%20%2763Charles MacCormack '63


Charlie MacCormack, an English major and member of the class of 1963, didn’t waste any time after graduation. With his Middlebury diploma in hand, he went on to pursue a master’s in international relations and then a PhD at Columbia University.


2012 Alumni Trustee


Caroline McBride '75Caroline Sneath McBride '75

Caroline McBride is a co-founder and the chief investment officer of Forum Partners Investment Management, a real estate investment management firm founded in mid-2002 to provide niche real estate investment strategies to institutional investors. Forum has $5.5 billion under management with 50 employees in seven offices around the world. Ms. McBride chairs the firm’s investment committee, and oversees the investment process, investor relations and marketing.

Prior to founding Forum, Ms. McBride was a Managing Director at Security Capital Group (“SCG”) where she provided investment and operating oversight for companies in which SCG had a strategic ownership position. Prior to joining SCG in 1996, Ms. McBride was a Director of Private Market Investments for the IBM Retirement Fund, responsible for managing a $ 4 billion real estate and private equity portfolio. Previously, Ms. McBride held a variety of positions at IBM. She joined IBM in 1978.

Ms. McBride is a former Board member of a number of public, private and not-for-profit boards and is currently on the Board of the YWCA of Greenwich where she chairs the Investment Committee.

She has been an active volunteer for the college as a long-time alumni admissions interviewer, Reunion Gift Chair and lead class agent and both daughters are Middlebury alumnae (’04 and ’09). She loves to hike, bike and ski and watch Middlebury field hockey and lacrosse games.

Ms. McBride received her Masters in Business Administration from New York University and her Bachelor of Arts in history from Middlebury College.

New Members: Board of Directors for the
Middlebury College Alumni Association


Victoria%20Baptiste%20%2704 Victoria Baptiste '04

Ms. Baptiste earned a B.A. in English and psychology from Middlebury College in 2004.  While at Middlebury, she studied abroad in Paris, was a leader in student government, a nominee for the Angel’s Award, an editor of Skin Deep Magazine, and an active advocate for cultural sensitivity and tolerance on campus.  Following graduation, Ms. Baptiste worked as a teacher of children with autism spectrum disorders at the New England Center for Children, and later as the Human Studies Coordinator for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, and a behavior therapist for Boston ABA, Inc.  Recently, Ms. Baptiste returned to her home state of Vermont and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at UVM.  She is helping Dr. Sondra E. Solomon to build a new research program, the OWL Initiative:  Building Resilience and Change, which examines stigma, coping, resilience, and psychosocial well-being among stigmatized groups.  Ms. Baptiste also serves as a Graduate Research Assistant on Dr. Solomon’s research project entitled Coping with Rural Community HIV Stigma:  Sexual Risk and Psychological Well-being.  Ms. Baptiste is a pre-doctoral clinician with the Connecting Cultures team, which provides psychological services to refugees and asylees in Chittenden County.  Her research and practice will seek to investigate and address these factors, as well as mental health disparities, access to and retention of services, and culturally-appropriate therapeutic methodologies. Of special interest are the socio-cultural determinants of help-seeking behavior among racial/ethnic minorities, with an eye toward increasing that rate.


Richard Hawley '67

Richard Hawley '67 is a lifelong teacher and writer. He taught ancient history, philosophy and English literature at Cleveland's University School, serving for seventeen years as its headmaster.In 1995 he became the founding president of The International Boys' Schools Coalition.
He has published more than twenty books, including several novels, collections of poems, an opera libretto, and non-fiction books, mainly about children and schools. His essays, articles, and poems have appeared in Orion, The Atlantic, American Film, Commonweal, America, The New England Journal of Medicine, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor , and in a number of other scholarly and literary journals. From 1984-1995 he taught fiction and non-fiction writing at The Bread Loaf Writers Conference. He continues to lecture on scholastic issues at schools and colleges in the United States and abroad.
As a student at Middlebury, Rick was the editor of The Campus, played baseball and was a member of DU.  As an alumnus, he has served as a Class Agent and assisted with Reunion planning.  Rick was also awarded the Alumni Achievement Award in 1996.
He lives in Ripton, Vermont, with his wife, the artist Mary Hawley (Mary Watson '69).

Philip%20Picotte%20%2708Philip Picotte '08

Philip Picotte lives in Southern Vermont. He works as a regional planner assisting Vermont communities prepare for emergencies and recover from natural disasters, and promotes energy efficiency and small-scale renewable energy.

Philip graduated from Middlebury in 2008 with an A.B. in geography and environmental studies. While on campus, he was very active with the Mountain Club and the Alliance for Civic Engagement. Since graduation, Philip has served as a lead class agent, alumni admissions interviewer, and a member of the Annual Fund Executive Committee.


About the Alumni Association


The Alumni Association represents the interests of all Middlebury alumni. Pictured above are the MCAA Board members at the 2012 fall meeting on the Bread Loaf campus.

Middlebury is a lifetime experience. The MCAA Board's purpose is to connect all alumni to each other and to Middlebury College in mutually beneficial ways—fostering a community not limited to time or place.

MCAA represents undergraduate alumni and graduates and attendees from Language Schools, Bread Loaf School of English, and Bread Loaf Writers Conference, as well as graduates of the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

MCAA is led by a board of directors, which focuses on continuing education, alumni admissions program, alumni career services, chapter events, young alumni, diversity, alumni nominations, communications, class correspondents, and other initiatives. Learn more about the MCAA mission.

For the next three years, the board will focus on three priorities:

  • Alumni Career Services: The goal is to improve networking and career opportunities for all alumni in partnership with the College's Education in Action office, which includes Career Services.
  • Volunteer Appreciation: The goal is to engage alumni volunteers and recognize them for their service to the College.
  • Building the MCAA Brand: The goal is to improve the visibility of the MCAA, so alumni around the world understand their relationship with Middlebury doesn't end with graduation and view MCAA as a valuable lifelong resource that keeps them informed and connected.


MCAA Board Members

Suzanne Daley '96

Boston, MA

Robert "Bobo" Sideli '77

Vice President
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Zachary "Zach" Bourque '01, LS'99

Past President
Needham, MA

Victoria Baptiste '04

Young Alumni and Diversity Liaison
Winooski, VT

Laura Bozarth '92, LS'91, MIIS '94

Graduate Programs Liaison
Montpelier, VT

Molly Evans '96

Career Services
Washington, D.C.

Matt Goebel '94

Communications Committee
Oak Brook, IL

Rick Hawley '67

Continuing Education
Ripton, VT

Phyllis Wendell Mackey '78

Class Correspondent & Nominating Committee
Newfields, NH

Philip Picotte '08

Annual Fund Liaison and Young Alumni
Rutland, VT

Ed Soh '94

Admissions Liaison
New York, NY

Andre Berot
Spring '88

Admissions Liaison
Washington Crossing, PA

Tom Steinle '84

Nominating Committee
W. Hartford, CT

Wendy Russell Tracy '95

Chapter Representative & Admissions Liaison
Portland, ME

Greg Woodworth '81

Career Services
Amherst, MA

Ex-officio members include:

  • Meg Storey Groves '85, Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations
  • Ann Einsiedler Crumb '71, Associate Vice President for College Advancement
  • Elizabeth Karnes Keefe, Assistant Dean of Language Schools and Schools Abroad
  • Susan Regier, Director of Annual Giving

Ex-officio Alumni Trustees include:

  • Adrian Benepe '78
  • Allan Dragone '78
  • Catherine Lee ’92, LS’90,’92
  • Russell J. Leng '60 
  • S. Carolyn Ramos '93
  • Caroline Sneath McBride '78

Click here to register. 

Every year, alumni return to campus for Homecoming to revisit their Middlebury memories—and to make new ones!

We hope that you’ll join us for a weekend of vibrant performances and exhilarating sporting events at the peak of autumn foliage on campus. Catch up with friends, relax, and enjoy a getaway to Vermont. The only thing we’re missing is you!

Check out the exciting schedule of events we've prepared for Homecoming 2012.

We also welcome the Men’s Rugby, Men’s Water Polo, and Football teams alumni, as well as two landmark Middlebury a capella groups, Dissipated Eight and the Mischords, for special reunion celebrations.


Housing is available at Bread Loaf and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Returning alumni who require housing must register before October 9th.

We look forward to seeing you!
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Alumni of the Davis UWC Scholars Program

One goal of the Davis United World College Scholars program is a better world, and alumni are proving daily that their education has empowered them to act as agents of positive change.

Helene Songe

Helene Songe'04

Helene spent the summer of 2010 as a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace in the Middlebury Arabic School. With her increased fluency, she is able to better serve Palestinian Iraqi refugees living in Syria, where she currently works for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. Read more...


Yohanne Kidolezi '05

Born in Tanzania, Kido is pursuing an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. After finishing his degree, he intends to help reform the educational system in his home country. He says he thinks often of the 300 Tanzanian child laborers he once interviewed for a Middlebury research project. Read more...

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Hussein Alramini '09

At Middlebury, Hussein majored in molecular biology and biochemistry. Under the tutelage of Professor Grace Spatafora, he distinguished himself with remarkable senior research. By the time he graduated, he was the first scientist to prove that six genes of the bacteria causing Lyme disease work together through a process called operon regulation. Read more...

Hans Walter Cabra Hernandez ’09

After completing a degree in political science and French at Middlebury, Hans received a master’s degree in government and public policy at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. Today I am the executive director of Fundación Haciendo Equipo, an organization that works with young people from vulnerable neighborhoods in Medellin. Read more...

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Rachel Ochako '11

“If you want to raise a standard of living, you first need to have a good heart,” Rachel Ochako '11 explains. “But the rest is mostly economics." A 2010 summer at the Monterey Institute on a Davis UWC Scholars Fellowship brought the Middlebury senior closer to a career in international development back in Kenya. Read more...

Naina Qayyum '15

Having lived “in the midst of fear” growing up in Pakistan, Naina Qayyum '15 is determined to work for diversity, creativity, and women’s power to make a difference. Across Pakistan, young women commonly face discrimination and unequal opportunity; but Naina’s experience, growing up mostly in the capital, Islamabad, then attending UWC, has showed her education’s power to open minds. Read more...


2013 Slate of Nominees

We’re counting on your vote, so make your vote count!

Each year, the Nomination Committee of the Middlebury College Alumni Association (MCAA) puts forward candidates for the next fiscal year's open positions. For the 2013-14 term, we have two nominees: one for the role of Alumni Trustee and one for a seat on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

On the ballot, we ask that you either approve or disapprove the nominees for the category appearing below their name. Please make your decision based on the information on this page.

The Alumni Association values your input. The more alumni votes we receive, the closer we come to representing the interests of Middlebury College alumni as a whole. 

Voting is now open and will end on April 30, 2013. An online ballot will be available here. To request a paper ballot please call 802.443.5183 or email alumni@middlebury.edu.

Vote Now


Nomination for Alumni Trustee

An Alumni Trustee is a Middlebury alumnus or alumna elected to the Board of Trustees and serves a five-year term.

Dennis D. Parker, Class of 1977

Dennis D. Parker is the Director of the ACLU National Office's Racial Justice Program (RJP). Concentrating on issues of ending the school-to-prison pipeline, which funnels children of color from the educational system into the criminal justice system, racial profiling, affirmative action, indigent representation, felon enfranchisement, and predatory lending, the RJP seeks to remove barriers to equal opportunity for communities of color through litigation, public education, community organizing and legislation. Prior to joining the ACLU, he was the chief of the Civil Rights Bureau of the Office of the New York State Attorney.

Parker also worked for 14 years at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund litigating and supervising the litigation of scores of cases involving elementary and secondary education, affirmative action in higher education and equal educational opportunity. Other positions included work at the employment firm of Vladeck, Waldman, Elias and Engelhardt and the New York Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division in Brooklyn, New York.

He has published a book and numerous chapters and articles on a range of civil rights issues including housing discrimination, educational equity, affirmative action, and testing. Parker lectures extensively on civil rights issues and is an adjunct professor at New York Law School. After graduation from Middlebury, he attended Harvard Law School. Parker is married to Cecilia Quintero and is the father of Zoe Grace Parker ’13. He has served as an alumni interviewer and, looking for every opportunity to return to campus, has participated in on-campus career counseling and has lectured on race theory and civil rights law.

Nominee for the Board of Directors for the
Middlebury College Alumni Association

A member of the MCAA Board of Directors meets with the other directors twice each year to discuss ways to engage with and advocate for alumni, serving as an advisory group for the Alumni office.  In addition, the Board votes on annual Alumni Achievement, Alumni Plaque Award, and Alumni Trustee candidates. Directors serve for a two-year term.

Michelle Cady, Class of 2008

Michelle Cady is a New York City-based associate at First Eagle Investment Management, focusing on institutional sales and consultant relations. Since graduating from Middlebury as an English major and political science minor in 2008, Cady has stayed involved with the Middlebury community, serving as class correspondent and helping with her 5-Year Reunion committee.

A member of the women's cross-country team during her time at Middlebury, Cady continues to run, dance, and practice yoga. She has embraced cross-training for triathlons, completing the Lake Dunmore Olympic Distance Race last August.




The activities of students past and present speak most clearly about our program. Our alumni perform in professional dance companies; choreograph independently and found their own companies; teach in colleges, universities, private and public educational institutions; and are enrolled in graduate programs across the country. They also pursue a wide range of careers putting their dance educations to work in a variety of ways.

At Homecoming each Fall, alumni are encouraged to return to Middlebury to show new work, dance together, and share their experiences in the professional world with current students.

Middlebury students receive scholarships and recognition in regional and national dance festivals and are highly regarded as a lively group of committed, productive artists.



Paul Matteson '00

Paul Matteson

Paul Matteson grew up in Cumberland, Maine and began dancing after walking into the community improvisation class, “Dancing from the Inside out.” He then studied with Peter Schmitz, Andrea Olsen and Penny Campbell at Middlebury College. While at Middlebury, he received The National Student Choreographer award by Dance Magazine for his work at the American College Dance Festival.  Paul received his MFA from Bennington College. Professionally he has danced with Creach/Company, Jamie Cunningham, Neta Pulvermacher, Laurie McCloud, Peter Schmitz, Jamie Bishton, Lisa Race Dance, and David Dorfman Dance and has collaborated with Karinne Keithley and Lisa Gonzales. Paul received the New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) in 2002 while a member of the David Dorfman Dance.  Most recently he has been a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company originating the role of Abraham Lincoln in Jones' recent work Fondly Do We Hope...Fervently Do We Pray (2011).  His choreography has been shown at DTW (Fresh Tracks), St. Mark’s Church (Food for Thought), New York University, Middlebury College, The University of Utah, University Settlement, The DanceNow Festival, Context Studios, Symphony Space, and Judson Church.  Nugent+Matteson Dance, founded in 2005 with dancer Jennifer Nugent, supports the two artists' individual choreography, performing, and teaching.

“Their resilience, their ability to duplicate moves when they dance side by side, and the speed with which each can accommodate to the other’s new ideas bespeak understanding and respect, and symbolize love.” Deborah Jowitt – The Village Voice

Pamela Vail '90

Pamela Vail received a B.A. in dance and sociology from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. in dance from Smith College. She is a founding member of NYC-based Yanira Castro + Company, and is also a founding member of The Architects, a performance improvisation quartet, with Katherine Ferrier, Lisa Gonzales, and Jennifer Kayle (all Middlebury graduates). In addition to working with such artists as Peter Schmitz, Heidi Henderson, and others, she continues to create and perform her own work. She is currently Artist in Residence and Instructor in Dance at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.

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<p>Pamela Vail, photos by Ben Carlson</p>

Mark Stuver '97.5

A dance major from Rifle, Colorado. Making the decision to seriously pursue dance at Middlebury he performed with the Dance Company of Middlebury, for several other student concerts, and performed in work choreographed by Peter Schmitz and Paul Matteson. Mark presented an evening-length work, moment's noticeas a senior; A duet from that work was performed at the ACDFA national gala concert at the Kennedy Center. After graduation Mark explored the dance opportunities in San Francisco and joined Bandaloop, a company known for its acrobatics and creating dances on varying geographic surfaces.

Kate Stamper Sullivan '04.5


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Kate Stamper Sullivan graduated in March 2005 with a double major in neuroscience and dance and continues work in both fields. After performing with the Dance Company of Middlebury in the spring of 2005, Kate moved to New York City as a student at NYU Tisch Summer Intensive working with guest artists David Dorfman and Company, Sean Curran and Company, and Ronald K. Brown and Company.

Later Kate shifted focus to her professional pursuits in neuroscience and worked as an autism research assistant at the Seaver & NY Autism Center of Excellence at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Concurrently participating in part-time dance opportunities, she performed in the following pieces: the “Birdhouse Project” with Middlebury alumni at Solar One Stage Styvesant Cove Park; “48 Person Precision Ball Passing” under the direction of Charles Moulton at New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival; and “Play the Dance” under the direction of Erin Malley and performed at Dance Theatre Workshop’s Showing Series and at Chashama Window at 42nd Street and 35th Street in the OASIS Festival.

Kate will complete her Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Child Clinical Psychology with a year-long internship at UCLA beginning summer 2012.  Her specialty is in autism research and the effects of experience on early brain development.  She hopes to integrate aspects of mind and body and scientifically quantify the benefits of creative, aesthetic, and psychotherapeutic interventions as they relate to autism.

Contact Information:

E-mail: kate.anne.sullivan@gmail.com


Kate Elias '06

Kate Elias graduated from Middlebury in 2006 as a Dance Major. She was a member of the Dance Company of Middlebury for three years, and completed her senior concert with her dear friend of four years, Hannah Giles (also '06). After graduation, Kate spent time in her hometown of Salt Lake City, working at an at-risk elementary school as a reading specialist, and as a group leader at an after-school program. She also co-directed a summer camp for inner-city and suburban youth near Philadelphia. Surely motivated by these child-oriented occupations, Kate joined old friend Ellen Smith '05 to create a new dance entitled "tiny story," inspired by the children's book Hey Willy, See the Pyramids by Maira Kalman. Conceived and created over thousands of miles and multiple modes of communication, "tiny story" was debuted in April, 2007 at the Field FAR Space in Manhattan.  Kate received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington and now works with a non-profit organization in Seattle that facilitates youth and community development in low-income apartment complexes.  While she isn't dancing as much as she'd like to be, she and Ellen Smith are planning to collaborate again on a long-distance project beginning in April 2012.

Photos: Kate Elias and Ellen Smith in "tiny story."


Jennifer Kayle '91.5

Jennifer Kayle '91.5
Jennifer Kayle, ’91.5

Jennifer Kayle is an Associate Professor with tenure at the University of Iowa, as well as an independent choreographer, dancer, and improvisational performer. Her work at University of Iowa and for Kayle + Company often includes movable sets, original text, and while speaking directly to the audience, an amplified human voice via recordings, megaphones, and microphones. Most recently, Jennifer’s choreographed and improvised work has appeared in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Black Earth Collaborative Arts Company (IA), Big Range Dance Festival (TX), with Immediate Theatre at ADF/Acts to Follow (NC), and will be appearing in 2007 on stages in Iowa, Massachusetts, Arizona, Helsinki, Finland, and St. Petersburg, Russia. Kayle’s own dancing has been referred to as having “muscular presence” (Dance Source Houston), while her work has been called “inventive, tightly crafted” (Vox Fringe), “distinct… affecting scenes, looping and episodic,” (Hampshire Gazette). After receiving her M.F.A. from Smith College, she taught and choreographed at Amherst, Hampshire, U.Mass, Keene State, and Muhlenberg Colleges, and presented work across New England and New York. Jennifer’s work has been selected for RDA and ACDF Regional & National GALA concerts, most recently at the 2007 ACDF in Milwaukee for “at the receding edges.” Her work has been supported by commissions and grants from Arizona Council for the Arts, Northampton Council for the Arts, University awards including an Arts & Humanities Initiative grant, Old Gold Fellowship, Iowa Research Experiences, and a project grant from the NEA/CBE. Jennifer is grateful for the influence of artists, teachers, and choreographers with whom she has worked including Peter Schmitz, Penny Campbell, Andrea Olsen, Karinne Keithley, Heidi Henderson, Wendy Woodson, Jim Coleman/Terese Freedman, and Charlotte Adams & Dancers. Jennifer continues to be challenged and informed by the work of her colleagues and co-founding members of The Architects: Katherine Ferrier, Lisa Gonzales and Pamela Vail, with whom she teaches a yearly professional workshop: MICI: Movement Intensive in Compositional Improvisation at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.

E-mail: Jennifer-Kayle@uiowa.edu

Dena Simmons '05

Dena Simmons ’05 currently lives in the Bronx, New York, where she is a middle school teacher through the Teach For America program. Before her teaching career and upon graduating from Middlebury, Dena lived in the Dominican Republic, where she pursued research on teenage pregnancy with a Fulbright Grant. During the summer of 2007, Dena traveled to the Dominican Republic again to do preliminary research on the commercial sex trade and on sex workers before heading to do consultant work on the sex trade for the Directorate of Gender Affairs in the Antiguan government. She is happy and fulfilled by her work but wishes that she had more time to dance and to write. A story she wrote entitled, “135th Street to Castle Hill and Everything in Between” will be the August 2007 feature story at: www.thesubwaychronicles.com


email address: dena.simmons@gmail.com


Annie Kloppenberg '01

Annie Kloppenberg graduated with a joint major in Dance and American Civilization and received her MFA in choreography from The Ohio State University. She is currently Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance at Colby College in Waterville, ME, and is on the board of the Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA where she also teaches. She is a certified yoga instructor trained at OM Yoga in New York City. She has studied improvisation at the Work in Performance of Improvisation, the Movement Intensive in Compositional Improvisation, and has received scholarships to the American Dance Festival and the Bates Dance Festival. In Boston, her work has been presented by Perla Joy Furr and the Choreographers’ Group, and her full concert, Caution: Flammable, was among the first to be presented by Green Street Studios’ Emerging Artist program, where she later presented Between the Lines, a shared concert that was selected by the Boston Globe as the “Dance Pick” for the weekend. In New York, she has shown her work at DanceSpace Center (now DNA) and in the Hatch series. Annie has taught at the American College Dance Festival and throughout the Boston area, most notably, serving as interim dance program director at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA and has worked in performing arts administration at the Wexner Center for the Arts, New York City Center, and Dance Theater Workshop.  She has performed in works by Shani Collins, Rebecca Rice, Penny Campbell, Prometheus Dance, Elisha Clark, Annie Bessera, Jill Anderson, Jill Jackson, Cathy Young, Heidi Henderson, and Katherine Ferrier as well as in repertory projects by Bebe Miller, Kathleen Hermsdorf, Gabriel Masson, Tere O'Connor and David Dorfman.

Annie says this about her creative process:
I make non-linear, non-narrative dance works. In a collaborative process, I develop a language of the body by investigating provocative ideas, images, texts and reinterpreting them in and through the body. That language of movement and gesture then becomes the basis for building works that attempt to challenge the viewer’s ability to reconcile both familiar and unfamiliar ideas, images, and circumstances. I believe in the body’s ability to communicate on multiple levels, to articulate human experience with physical poetics, and to elicit powerful visceral responses. I am interested in facilitating those responses by combining virtuosic, dynamic movement and partnering with evocative gestures, and by arranging bodies in space and time, generating a series of relationships that inspire multiple readings and textured meanings.

Email: amkloppe@colby.edu


Adam Battelstein '85



Adam Battelstein lives in Kent, CT. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude and with highest departmental honors from Middlebury College. He has traveled all over the world dancing for such companies as Zero Moving Dance Co., Momix, and Pilobolus. He’s been called a “master clown disguised as a dancer” and was noted by the New York times for his “comic genius.” As an actor he has had leading roles in many productions and shared the stage with such luminaries as Paul Newman, Gene Wilder, Joanne Woodward + Christopher Plummer, among others. Adam has danced solo on NBC, ESPN, Bravo and with Brian Boitano on his televised skating spectacular. He recorded a Hyundai commercial with Pilobolus and danced in front of one billion viewers at the 2007 Academy Awards. He’s danced on the Ellen Show, Good Morning America and most recently on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Adam is a master teaching artist for the state of Connecticut and offers two children’s programs that are represented by Young Audiences of CT, St Louis, Atlanta, and Rochester, NY.


Alumni in Film and Media

Middlebury graduates go on to a wide range of careers – often, but not necessarily, tied to their major. Here are a sampling of Middlebury graduates who either majored in Film and Media Culture, or have pursued a career in the film and media industries. Graduates end up in the media industry from a range of majors, and FMMC majors can end up in a broad array of careers, pointing to the flexibility of a liberal arts degree.

The department frequently helps arrange internships for majors to work with our network of alumni. If you're an alum who wants to add or update your information on this list, contact Francisca Drexel.


Andres Arazoza '05 (FMMC)
Worked in film editing for four years in New York and Los Angeles; now building guitars & mandolins in Austin, Texas.
Mark Barber '06 (FMMC/SPAN)
Medical student at the University of Connecticut; previously worked doing Broadway press and producing.

Tim Bartlett '98 (FMMC/ENAM)
Freelance editor based in New York; credits include the feature documentary Tibet in Song, and television series World of JenksThe Amazing Race, Hell's Kitchen, and The Surreal Life.
Brad Becker-Parton '11.5 (FMMC)
Editor at Fly Communications in New York City.

Mike Bender '97 (FMMC/ENAM)
Screenwriter (Not Another Teen Movie); co-creator of Awkward Family Photos.

Joseph Bergan '08 (FMMC)
Associate Producer at NBC News Peacock Productions in New York; performer in live and online comedy.

Ian Berger'98 (FMMC)
Producer at The Daily Show, focused on creating field segments for the show.

Nick Bestor '09 (JAPN with FMMC minor)
Masters student in film studies at Emory University

Perry Blackshear '04 (FMMC)
Received MFA in film directing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts; independent filmmaker in New York.

John Brimhall '08 (FMMC)
Freelance Video Editor (Spike TV, TLC, Discovery, Fuel TV, MTV, Bravo, NBC, Original Media).

Kelly Brush Davisson '08 (FMMC)
Studying to become a nurse practitioner at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston.

Jack Donaldson '06 (HIST)
Story editor at Apparatus production company in Los Angeles.

David Ellis '09 (FMMC)
Assistant to the Director of Development, Stefan Sonnenfeld Productions in Los Angeles

Jason Farkas '05 (FMMC/ECON)
Line Producer of CNBC's Fast Money.

Patricia Dawson Gomez '11 (FMMC)
Co-Founder at Dawson Sinclair Branding, Chief Publicist at Prince Street PR, and  Assistant Publicist at Serge PR, in New York.

Evan Harris 
'07 (AMST with concentration on media)
Digital producer at ABC News, working primarily on This Week with George Stephanopoulis.

Jesse Holland
'02 (THEA)
Writer/Director of independent film YellowBrickRoad and freelance Motion Graphics Artist in Los Angeles.
Maia Hollinger '06 (ENAM)
Director of television development at Brillstein Entertainment Partners in Los Angeles.

Daniel Houghton '06 (ART)
Independent video and animation artist, currently teaching in Film & Media Culture at Middlebury.

Lisa Jasinski '03 (HARC/PSCI)
Received M.A. in Film Studies from University of Wisconsin; currently Special Projects Coordinator in Academic Affairs at Trinity University.

Chris Johnson
'12 (FMMC)
Engagement Officer at Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx, New York City. Produces promotional videos and photography and manages the school's social media presence. Chris also films and photographs weddings on weekends.

Ryan Koo '03 (FMMC)
Independent media producer; co-creator of award-winning web video series The West Side; creator of popular blog No Film School.

Tim Leavitt '06 (FMMC)
Emmy-nominated freelance editor in Los Angeles; projects include The Celebrity ApprenticeExtreme Makeover: Home EditionHell's Kitchen and web series Guess Again. Writes a blog on editing, View from the Cutting Room Floor.

Matt Leonard '09 (FMMC)
Assistant editor for MTV's Made in New York.

Stephanie Levine '08 (FMMC/MATH)
Municipal Bond department at Barclays Capital.

Ioana Literat '09 (FMMC)
In PhD program at Annenberg School of Communication at University of Southern California, studying prosocial global media.

Caryn LoCastro '07 (SOAN with FMMC minor)
Former position: Director of Marketing and Promotions at Sundance Channel.
Current position:  Insights & Strategy Lead, CPG Google.

Derek Long '08 (HIST with FMMC minor)

In PhD program at University of Wisconsin - Madison's Film Studies program.

Kati Madouros '04 (PSCI)
Works in strategy and planning for HBO Original Programming in New York.

Andrew Manugian '09 (FMMC/PSYC)
Currently traveling and teaching English in Bangkok, and blogging about it.

Sarah Peters '04 (ENAM/THEA)
Publicity Department at Warner Bros. Pictures in New York.

Andrew Peterson '87 (HIST)
Interim Executive Director, Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota (IFP Minnesota).  Co-producer of Life During Wartime, Howl, Thin Ice, Darling Companion.  Director of Programming, Provincetown International Film Festival.

Rob Perez '95 (FMMC/THEA)
Screenwriter in Hollywood (40 Days and 40 Nights); independent writer/director in Minneapolis (nobody).

Shawn Ryan '88 (ECON/THEA)
Acclaimed television writer/producer; creator of The Shield, The Chicago Code, and Last Resort; executive producer of The Unit, Lie To Me and Terriers.

Sheila Murphy Seles '05 (AMST/THEA with emphasis on media)
Received Masters in Comparative Media Studies at MIT, focusing on television audience research; Director of Strategic Research at Advertising Research Foundation in New York.

Felipe Pruneda Sentíes '07 (FMMC)
Doctoral student in the Film Studies program at the University of Pittsburgh, studying scripts, subtitles, and Latin America Cinema; contributor to the Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano blog.

Henry Simonds '97 (FMMC/ART)
President and Founder of Headwater Films; independent film and media producer (Rachel is).

Aaron Smith '09 (FMMC)
Assistant Media Planner at Wieden & Kennedy New York. See Aaron's Honors Thesis on transmedia storytelling and television.

Annie Stamell '06 (INTL)
Comedy Writer for television and feature films, Blogger for Huffington Post, HelloGiggles and her personal blog.

Daniel Stone '07 (FMMC)
Sailor on educational vessels which teach nautical science and oceanography.

Michael Suen '11 (ENAM, with FMMC minor)
Web producer and researcher at Learning Games Network; founder of 21st Century Boy, a blog about media and culture in Asia. See his personal website.

Andrey Tolstoy '10 (FMMC)
Currently enrolled in Ph.D. program at Yale University in Film Studies and Comparative Literature.

Jack Thurston '02 (FMMC)
Award-winning reporter for New England Cable News, based in Burlington, VT.

Astri von Arbin Ahlander '07 (FMMC/ENAM)
Received MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University; translated Jens Lapidus' bestselling novel Easy Money from Swedish to English; Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of the interview website The Days of Yore.


About the Alumni Association


The MCAA Board represents the interests of all Middlebury alumni. Pictured above are the MCAA Board members at the 2014 fall meeting on the Middlebury campus.

Middlebury is a lifetime experience. The MCAA Board's purpose is to connect all alumni to each other and to Middlebury College in mutually beneficial ways—fostering a community not limited to time or place.

MCAA represents undergraduate alumni and graduates and attendees from Language Schools, Bread Loaf School of English, and Bread Loaf Writers Conference, as well as graduates of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS).

MCAA is led by a board of directors, which focuses on continuing education, alumni admissions program, alumni career services, chapter events, young alumni, diversity, alumni nominations, communications, class correspondents, and other initiatives. Learn more about the MCAA mission.

The board is currently focused on three priorities:

  • Presidential Transition: Engage alumni in welcoming Dr. Laurie Patton as the 17th president of Middlebury.
  • Governance: Review the Board's mission and charter and, if necessary, make changes so as to be more aligned with Middlebury's governance reorganization.
  • Brand Identity: Engage alumni in embracing Middlebury's new brand identity system.


MCAA Board Members

Robert "Bobo" Sideli '77


Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Wendy Russell Tracy '95

Vice President

Portland, ME

Suzanne Daley '96.5

Past President

Boston, MA

Victoria Baptiste '04

Young Alumni and Diversity Liaison

Winooski, VT

Michelle Cady '08

Nominating Chair and Class Correspondent Liaison

New York, NY

Skip D'Aliso '79

Admissions Liaison

Basking Ridge, NJ

Kristen Forsberg '04, MPA '07

Graduate and Special Programs Liaison

Rochdale, MA

Katie Rosin-Green '97

Communications Liaison

Nyack, NY


Rick Hawley '67

Continuing Education

Ripton, VT

Janine Hetherington '95

Career Services Liaison

Williamstown, MA

Shana Mitchell Hopkins '94

Admissions and Diversity Liaison

Northborough, MA

Drew Miller '03

Chapter Rep and Young Alumni Liaison

Chicago, IL

Anne Hartmann Philbrick '80

Admissions Liaison

Stonington, CT


Ex-officio members include:

  • Meg Storey Groves '85, Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations
  • Elizabeth Karnes Keefe, Assistant Dean of Language Schools and Schools Abroad

Ex-officio Alumni Trustees include:

  • Kirtley Horton Cameron '95
  • Catherine Lee ’92
  • Caroline Sneath McBride '75
  • Dennis D. Parker '77
  • Henry J. Simonds '97
  • William F. Truscott '83

What Do Religion Majors Do After Middlebury?

Some religion alumni continue their study of religion in academic settings or train to become clergy, but most of our alumni pursue a wide variety of professions, including law, education, medicine, business, and non-profit work. In fact, many students have found that the study of religion provides an excellent base from which to take full advantage of a liberal education.

In a survey conducted in early 2015, over sixty religion department alumni from the classes of 1990 and after reported on their varied current studies and professions:

   law: Our alumni include an assistant district attorney, a civilian attorney for the Navy's General Counsel, a clerk for a state supreme court justice, and attorneys specializing in real estate, immigration, commercial bankrupcy, family, environmental, and corporate law.

   education: Our alumni include public and private school teachers from pre-K to the high school level, an elementary school principal, and professors of Buddhist studies, English, and sociology. Other education-related careers include university development and fundraising, school operations, professional development for K-12 teachers, and study abroad advising.

   medicine: Our alumni include a family physician, a radiologist, an academic Emergency Medicine physician, a nurse-midwife, and a medical school student.

   business: Our alumni include those working in data analytics for a tech startup, at marketing/PR firms, at a solar electric installation company, at Amazon, in qualitative market research in Beijing, in executive training and international business consulting, at an internet company that offers support to the U.S. military community, and at an adventure activities company.

  Our alumni have also started an investment fund, a firm that supplies significant dinosaur fossils and specimens to museums, a commercial meadery, and a hard cider company!

   non-profit/government: Our alumni include those working in global health in Kenya, monitoring and evaluation, and non-profit consulting and international development. Alumni also work for Habitat for Humanity, the Aspen Institute, the Peace Corps in Malawi and Mongolia, and the city of Chicago (as an urban planner).

  stay-at-home parents: A few alumni -- an elementary school teacher, a lawyer, and the owner of a film research business -- report that they are home with children.

Other alumni work in the arts (dance and poetry), the culinary arts, and journalism.

   graduate school: Our alumni are studying for advanced degrees in Islamic studies, Tibetan Buddhist studies, theological studies, counseling psychology, English literature, teaching English as a second language, and business administration.




Henry the Hydro-Tractor

In a truly collaborative effort, students, alumni, faculty and staff joined together in a unique hands-on project. In the Spring of 2008, Henry the Hydro-Tractor was born. Mark Benz '54 and Dick Catlin '54 presented the physics department with a project to convert their Ford 8N tractor from running on gasoline to running on hydrogen. Through current hydrogen developments and research and hands-on tinkering with the tractor, Maggie Bale '10, Matt Vaughan '09, Jenny Erwin '10 and Marty Schnure '10 reconstructed the old Ford to burn hydrogen, a renewable resource, instead of gasoline. With help from physics faculty and the mechanical genius of Middlebury staff, this project became what a liberal arts education should be: collaboration, hands-on learning, independence, and ground-breaking projects. (submitted by Maggie Bale)

Alumni and students collaborate to create new radio theater podcast and website

Recent graduate Stefan Claypool '09 has collaborated with other alumni and current students to launch Escape Pod X, a radio theater podcast and serialized anthology about a character traveling the galaxy. The project was born out of the Middlebury Radio Theater of Thrills and Suspense (Mr|Tots), a popular radio theater program hosted by WRMC 91.1FM, the college radio station, and syndicated by other college radio stations around the country. Radio Theater at Middlebury started in 2005 with the class of 2009.

Faculty member hosts symphony broadcasts on public television

Peter Hamlin, Class of 1973 and chair of the Music Department at Middlebury, served as on-air host and interviewer for live television broadcasts of the Quad City Symphony and Dubuque Symphony on Iowa Public Television (fall, 2008).

Hamilin also was the emcee for the Vermont Symphony's youth concerts, performing in five different school locations throughout the state (spring 2009). The program included three movements from an orchestra piece of Hamlin's called Green Mountain Variations.

Hamlin's electronic music ensemble Data Stream, with Scot Schwestka, Sandy Nordahl, and Hamlin, created and performed music for a CD last summer. The CD, Flow, was released in March 2009.

Also, Hamlin composed "Grand Theft Flauto" for fellow music faculty member Su Tan. This is a piece for solo flute and live computer processing that was performed at Tufts University, Bennington and Middlebury (fall, 2009).

He has just completed a choral piece called "Chaoufarou," a setting of an excerpt from Samuel de Champlain's diary. The piece will be performed this summer, as part of the 400th anniversary celebration of Champlain's voyage, by a choir of students from France, Quebec and New England.