Scheduling non-Curricular Fitness Activities

Activities in this category include (but are not limited to): Yoga, Zumba, Pilates, tai chi, dance, etc.

Any fitness activities (unless specifically part of an academic or athletic program) are subject to College contractual and insurance requirements, so must be sponsored and requested by one of the following groups:

  • OHIC
  • Work-Life Balance Committee
  • Student Activities
  • Commons Office
  • Language School (during the summer session)

These groups are aware of the College’s contractual and insurance requirements, including:

Certificate of Insurance (Business Services Office)

Middlebury College Contract Management Policy (Controller’s Office)

Middlebury College Field Trip/Activity General Release & Covenant Not to Sue (see Business Services Office / Release Forms)



  • Instructors of these activities are considered “vendors” or “contractors” of a service, therefore subject to all of the above requirements.
  • College employees are subject to the same requirements, unless the activity is specifically part of their job description.
  • Off-campus instructors may not place requests on their own behalf, and the College does not allow “for profit” use of its facilities.

When receiving requests for fitness activities The Department of Event Management will:

  1. Determine whether the requestor has appropriate sponsorship. (Event requests must come from one of the groups listed above.)
  2. Determine whether appropriate space is available.

Sponsorship does not guarantee time and space for these activities. With our active curricular and athletic programs, space for non-curricular activities is limited at best. Academic needs and College business take priority over non-curricular fitness activities.

French Resources

Resources at Middlebury College


Francophone Vermont

There are many francophone activities in Vermont:

  • The Middlebury-area “Deuxième Samedi” French Conversation Group meets officially at 1 p.m. the second Saturday of every month all year through, currently convening at Carol’s Hungry Mind Café on Merchants Row.  All abilities and ages are welcome.  There is just one requirement: French language only!  If you feel shy, you are welcome to just come and listen at first, then join in when you feel comfortable.  Enjoy friendly, casual conversation over a bit of lunch or a fine beverage.  For more information, please e-mail
  • Channel 22 (cable) broadcasts RadioCanada from Montréal.
  • Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region is a local organization that celebrates the French history and culture of the region, by offering classes events and resources to its many members. 
  • Vergennes celebrates French Heritage day in July, with Franco-American music, French Canadian fiddling,  French response songs, step-dancing, clogging, re-enactors, French food, a fencing demonstration, the Bastille Day Waiter's Race, narrated English and French historical walking tours, and more.
  • Va-et-Vient, a local francophone music group, often performs in the area, including at the College. Other French-language music groups that have performed recently at Middlebury College include Le Vent du Nord, Les Cowboys fringants and Gadelle.
  • Chimney Point State Historic Site has a Museum of Native American and French Heritage.

Some historical facts:

  • Samuel de Champlain discovered Lake Champlain in 1609.
  • In 1666, Pierre de Saint-Paul, Sieur de la Motte established Fort Sainte-Anne, a settlement on Isle La Motte.
  • In 1755, the French constructed Fort Carillon on the Vermont/ New York border.
  • The city of Vergennes is named after the Comte de Vergennes, who negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
  • The nineteenth century saw a large influx of French Canadians, coming to work in Vermont factories and mills, and many of their descendants live in Vermont today.

For more information:

The French Settlement Of Vermont: 1609-1929
Regional Educational Technology Network

Will there be any Orientation activities just for parents?

We will offer an optional Family Orientation schedule starting around noon on September 8 through noon on September 9. We encourage parents to say their final goodbyes before lunch on Wednesday, September 9.


Choral Ensembles

Choir Fall 2010

Middlebury College offers auditioned and non-auditioned vocal ensembles and exciting performance opportunities every semester.

Choral ensembles at Middlebury perform on campus, in the community, and tour regionally.

The nearly 100 years of choral music at Middlebury include the College Choir and the College-Community Chorus.

Interested in applying to Middlebury? Contact Jeff Buettner to talk about music and choral singing opportunities.