Rohatyn Student Advisory Board (RSAB)

About the Board

The Rohatyn Student Advisory Board (RSAB) is Rohatyn Center for Global Affair's affiliated student board, made up of a number of current students across a range of disciplines. RSAB meets weekly to discuss programming, outreach ideas, and the student-led global affairs conference competition. Among its functions, the Board aims to spread information about Rohatyn Center's various programs among students, while garnering interest for international and global events. The Board serves as the connecting point between the student body and RCGA—students should feel encouraged to reach out to RSAB to share ideas for international events, speakers, and co-sponsoring with other student organizations.

If you are interested in serving on the board or have questions, please contact Tamar Mayer (mayer@middlebury.edu).

Student Organization Travel

Any group of students traveling away from the campus on a College-sponsored trip is required to follow the guidelines and policies listed below.

 

Guidelines:

  • Use of personal vehicles for student organization travel is discouraged.
  • Groups are strongly encouraged to:
    • use College or outside rental vehicles, or to explore public transportation options when they travel
    • plan all travel to minimize driving in darkness
    • exercise conservative judgment regarding travel in poor weather. If in doubt about driving conditions, pull over or change plans.
  • All drivers should review the College’s Driver’s License policy prior to departure.

 

Policies:

  • The use of College and/or personal vehicles for student organization travel is limited to a 500 mile radius around campus. Student organization travel outside this radius must involve the use of public transportation options. There are no exceptions to this policy.
  • For travel over 500 miles, groups must submit a travel plan to their cluster manager at least one month in advance of travel. The travel plan should include the following information:
    • Purpose of travel
    • Dates
    • Destination
    • Primary contact (name, email and cell phone number)
    • List of students who will be traveling
    • Mode of transportation
  • Drivers must submit a Trip Departure Form to Vehicle Rentals prior to departure for any trips involving College and/or outside rental vehicles.
  • Individual drivers must limit their driving time to a maximum of 3 hours per day.
  • Drivers must drive within posted speed limits at all times. Failure to do so may result in the revocation of college van licenses and in additional consequences for the student organization involved.
  • Trips shall not depart from any location nor should driving take place between the hours of 1:00AM and 5:00AM.
  • "Caravanning" (travel in convoy) is not permitted. When multiple vehicles are involved, departure times should be staggered to avoid such travel.
  • Drivers may not use cell phones when driving.
  • The College reserves the right to cancel trips when driving conditions are deemed unsafe. Every effort will be made to work with the organization leadership as these decisions are being made.
  • The College will only allow 15-passenger vans to be filled to capacity for travel within 50 miles of Middlebury. Vans traveling further than 50 miles from campus will have a reduced capacity of 11 passengers with strict guidelines for loading; the staff in Vehicle Rentals will work closely with drivers in these situations.

 

Vehicle Rental:

Student Organizations can rent vans and cars through Facilities services. Rentals are $15 per day, plus 40 cents per mile. You must have a valid College license to drive a van. go/vans for more information on rentals, go/trainings for more information on licensing. Make a reservation

Student & Faculty Research

Students and faculty in the computer science department are very active in research. There are numerous new and ongoing student-faculty research projects, independent projects, and group projects. Students present their work at different research forums, both on-campus and off-campus, and there are several faculty research projects with active student participation.

Current on-going faculty research projects involving regular student participation include:

  • The MiddGuard Project led by Christopher Andrews.  The project aims to develop a flexible web framework for synchronous and asynchronous collaborative visual analytics tools. The framework supports the creation of generic and specialized models and views that can be combined by the analyst into a customized analytic workspace.
  • The MiddROVR project led by Amy Briggs and Daniel Scharstein.

 

Computer science students have also been very successful in programming competitions.

Student researcher contributes to catalog for 'Confronting History' exhibition at museum

Pujan Gandhi, Class of 2009, recently served as the Reiff Intern at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. While there, he researched Enrique Chagoya, Robert Gober, and Glenn Ligon, and and contributed to the publication that accompanied the exhibition "Confronting History: Contemporary Artists Envision the Past," which was on view February 13 through April 29, 2009.

Student uses skills learned at Museum of Art during Study Abroad

During her semester abroad in Bali, Indonesia, Abby Hoeschler introduced three elementary schools to the Visual Thinking Strategies method of viewing art that she learned through her involvement with the Museum Assistant Program (MAP) at Middlebury. Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a research-based innovative approach used to introduce young viewers to works of art. Curator of Education Sandi Olivo employs the VTS method, which asks (rather than tells) viewers about art, in our student-led school tours at the Middlebury Museum. In Bali, I led VTS-based tours to three different elementary schools at a small fine arts museum focused on Indonesian painting.

Language School student will study in Brazil on Fulbright

Baylor University senior Alex Nix, a student at Middlebury's Portuguese School this summer (2009), is one five Baylor students who have been selected to receive the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. A Spanish major from Riesel, formerly of Waco, Nix will spend the 2010 academic year in Brazil, where she will assist with teaching English, while developing the study of American poetry as a way of encountering and understanding American culture.

New space for queer studies is one student’s legacy

On a typical Thursday evening, senior Christine Bachman is busy hosting students at the Queer Studies House, a residential academic interest house with a focus on queer studies. These evenings are called “Thursday Teas.” Sipping tea and eating cookies, Bachman and the four other residents of the house start informal conversations on a variety of topics related to queer studies, an emerging interdisciplinary field that critiques traditional norms of sexuality and gender. Sometimes, as many as 30 or 40 students stop by for these gatherings.

“Students get to know and relate to each other on a personal level that in turn enables a safe, open, varied discussion about issues of difference,” explains sophomore Catarina Campbell, who frequently attends these gatherings.

As co-president of the Middlebury Open-Queer Alliance (MOQA), Bachman was one of the three chief architects of the proposal for the Queer Studies House. The proposal was approved by Community Council last year.

Student, professor land $50K state grant for iPhone start-up business

A start-up company founded by Middlebury Associate Professor of Computer Science Tim Huang and Bevan Barton, a junior computer science major from Oakland, Calif., has received a a grant for $50,000 through the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET). Barton and Huang founded the company Appstone to create products that will help aspiring software developers learn to make applications for the Apple iPhone.

Vermont Governor James Douglas announced the Appstone grant at the fourth annual Invention to Venture Conference on April 28 at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center. A second grant was presented to the company Hoozinga, which is comprised of students and faculty from Champlain College’s Gaming and Emergent Media Program.

Senior earns Watson Fellowship for year-long study of island cultures

Aylie Baker, a senior from Yarmouth, Maine, is the latest Middlebury student to receive the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which funds a year of post-undergraduate independent study outside the United States. She begins her travels in July and plans research visits to the Maldives, the Canaries, the Chiloé Archipelago and Palau, where she will record numerous audio interviews. She hopes the recordings will have value both for the communities she visits and for her own continued research at home.

Baker says growing up in Maine, with its more than 4,000 coastal islands, gave her a deep appreciation for island life and culture. She believes the rugged challenges faced by islanders, combined with inflated costs for goods, results in innovation by necessity.

Middlebury senior named to USA Today’s All-USA Academic First Team

Middlebury senior Carrie Bryant of Wellesley Hills, Mass., is one of 20 college students named to the elite USA Today College Academic First Team, which was announced by the McLean, Va., based newspaper on April 29. Now in its 20th year, the $2,500 award recognizes students for outstanding intellectual achievement and leadership.

A classics major with a 3.91 grade point average, Bryant has numerous honors and awards at Middlebury College including the 2009 Jason B. Fleishman Award; the Eaton Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Classics; and Charles A. Dana Scholar for academic achievement potential for leadership and accomplishment. She will begin graduate studies in Latin language and literature at Oxford University this fall.

Student co-authors N.Y. Times op-ed column on democracy in Afghanistan

By NADER NADERY and HASEEB HUMAYOON [Class of '09]

LAST November, extremists on motorbikes opposed to education for women sprayed acid on a group of students from the Mirwais School for Girls in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Several young women were severely burned. Yet it did not take more than a few weeks for even the most cruelly disfigured girls to return to school. Like the crowds of women in Kabul this week who protested a new law that restricts their rights, the Mirwais students demonstrate unbending courage and resolve for progress. They don’t fear much — except that the world might abandon them.

That is why President Obama’s Afghanistan-Pakistan policy speech last month and his administration’s related white paper are worrisome: both avoided any reference to democracy in Afghanistan, while pointedly pushing democratic reforms in Pakistan.

Spring student symposium April 17 showcases undergraduate research

On Friday, April 17, from 1-7 p.m., more than 100 Middlebury College students will showcase the results of their recent research efforts as part of the third annual Middlebury College Spring Student Symposium. The symposium will highlight student work through a mix of lectures, performances, posters, artwork and readings. The presentations will take place in the Great Hall and various classrooms of McCardell Bicentennial Hall, located on Bicentennial Way off College Street (Route 125). All events are free and open to the public.

College dining staff featured in student's portrait exhibit

The facial expressions in Angela Evancie’s new photo exhibit range from placid to cheerful to anxious. The black and white portraits of Middlebury College Dining Service employees achieve much of what she had hoped for – a humanizing portrayal of a group of people who students often overlook in the daily rush of academic life. Her photos are on display at the college’s 51 Main through Saturday, May 2.

“The dining halls are social hubs,” Evancie says, “where people gather and catch up with each other three times each day. It was important to me in this project that the staff be removed from the context in which we normally see them, in uniforms, doing a specific task that they do every day.” She asked the staff to wear their street clothes and photographed them in front of a plain background. Approximately 20 staff members volunteered to be photographed for the project.

Middlebury College students and faculty awarded Vermont Campus Compact awards

Middlebury College students, faculty, and community partners were recognized as awardees and finalists for Vermont Campus Compact Statewide Awards at Vermont Campus Compact's Statewide Conference, Through a Civic Lens, on April 1.

Vermont Campus Compact (VCC) is a consortium of 22 college and universities aiming to catalyze the public missions of higher education. VCC seeks to transform campuses in ways that contribute to social, economic, and environmental sustainability while developing better informed, active citizen problem-solvers. VCC believes that campuses must be vital agents and architects of a flourishing democracy