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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.

Accommodations

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!

Upcoming Events

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Seminars and Events

 Oct. 16 & 17, 2014: Dr. Martin Chalfie, Nobel Laureate

General Audience Talk: "GFP: Lighting Up Life"
Thurs Oct 16 at 7:30pm in Dana Auditorium  (refreshments)
For details visit: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/bio/news

Science Talk on the sensation of touch: "Mechanosensory Transduction and its Modification in C. elegans"
Friday Oct 17 at 12:30pm in MBH 216  (lunch available at 12:15pm)
For details visit:  http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/bio/news
Co-sponsored by the Program in Neuroscience


Oct 30, 7pm, MBH219: NEUROSCIENCE MEET & GREET!
Meet your SAC Reps, NSCI Professors, learn about NSCI activities, share ideas, ask questions. PIZZA too!


Nov. 14:  Kevin Madore:
12:30pm, MBH 220
"To remember and imagine: Enhancing episodic specificity with training in young and older adults."
Kevin is a graduate student at Harvard working in Daniel Schacter's lab and a Midd alum.  
For more information visit: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/psych
Co-sponsored by the Program in Neuroscience

 

SPRING 2015:

Feb. 26 & 27, 2015: Hugh Taylor
Class of '88 Lecture Series
Dept of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Yale School of Medicine
Feb. 26 at 4:30 pm (general audience lecture)
Feb. 27 at 12:30 pm (research seminar)
Titles TBA

March 9, 2015: Dr. Carol Greider, Nobel Laureate
Johns Hopkins University
Mar. 9 at 4:30 pm, DANA AUDITORIUM (general audience lecture)
Mar. 9 at 12:30 pm, MBH 216 (research seminar)

March 13-14, 2015:  Symposium on Science and Religion
(Sponsored by the Religion Department -details to follow)

Apr. 3, 2015: Dana B. Barr
Dept of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta
Exposure Science: an emerging science spanning environmental health, chemistry, and epidemiology 

April 24, 2015:  Guy A. Caldwell, Ph.D.,
Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama
 “A Predictable Worm: Application of C. elegans to Investigate Neurodegenerative Diseases.
For details visit: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/bio/news 
Co-sponsored by the Program in Neuroscience


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2014-2015 SEMINARS & EVENTS:

THE GEORGE B. SAUL II LECTURE FUND AND THE BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT PRESENT TWO TALKS BY:

Dr. Carol Greider, Ph.D.
2009 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

Daniel Nathans Professor and Director of Molecular Biology & Genetics
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Monday, March 9, 2015

12:30pm, MBH 216
(lunch available at 12:15pm)

Telomeres and telomerase in cancer and age-related disease

Dr. Greider will introduce the structure and mechanisms of telomere and telomerase, and discuss how telomere shortening can limit cell division. She will further explore the consequence of short telomeres in both limiting the growth of cancer cells and in initiating age-related degenerative disease.  (This talk is geared towards those most interested in the technical aspects of this topic)

4:30pm, Dana Auditorium
(refreshments)

Telomeres and human disease: curiosity driven research brings new clinical insight

Dr. Greider will introduce the discovery of telomeres and telomerase as an example of how new approaches to clinical problems often come from unlikely places. The initial curiosity driven identification of telomeres and telomerase in the protozoan Tetrahymena, paved the way for new insights into cancer and aging. She will demonstrate how a focus on fundamental mechanisms is essential for understanding disease.  (This talk is geared towards those most interested in the broader aspects of this topic)

Sponsored by the George B. Saul II Lecture Fund, the Department of Biology, the Office of the President, the Albert D. Mead Professorship, the Program in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, the Program in Education Studies, the Middlebury STEM Innovation Project, and Women in STEM (WinS) at Middlebury College


 March 13-14, 2015: Symposium on Science and Religion

(Sponsored by the Religion Department -details to follow)

Apr. 3, 2015: Dana B. Barr
Dept of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta
Exposure Science: an emerging science spanning environmental health, chemistry, and epidemiology
12:30PM, MBH 216 (lunch available at 12:15pm)

April 24, 2015: Guy A. Caldwell, Ph.D.,

Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama
“A Predictable Worm: Application of C. elegans to Investigate Neurodegenerative Diseases.
12:30PM, MBH 216 (lunch available at 12:15pm)
Co-sponsored by the Program in Neuroscience


FALL 2014:

Oct. 3, 2014:  Dr. Laura Vandenberg
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA 
"From hormones to endocrine disruptors: lessons learned (and not learned)" 
Friday October 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm, MBH 216

 "We live in a chemical stew. With tens of thousands of chemicals on the market, human exposures to many compounds are widespread. In fact, scientists have measured hundreds in the human body  - including the bodies of newborns. Some of these chemicals, so-called endocrine disruptors, interfere with the actions of hormones in the body. Research from epidemiology, behavioral sciences, cell biology, environmental health sciences, toxicology, molecular biology and many other fields has contributed to our knowledge about endocrine disruptors. This talk will review some of the latest science - and discuss why public health professionals have struggled to deal with how these chemicals should be tested and regulated. We will also delve into the political arena that surrounds discussions of endocrine disruptors, and whether much of the ongoing controversy is an example of 'manufactured doubt'."  Co-Sponsored by the Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Program in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, and Program in Environmental Studies

Oct. 10, 2014: Julius Lucks,
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University"Controlling Cells through RNA Folding"
12:30 pm, MBH 220 (lunch available at 12:15pm)
Cells have an amazing ability to process information, make decisions, and change their state in response to changing environments. This ability is encoded within the cellular DNA genome, which is converted into RNA and protein molecules through the basic processes of gene expression. Among the many functions these RNAs and proteins perform is regulating their own expression. In fact RNAs are now known to regulate almost all aspects of gene expression, and play central roles in controlling some of life’s most basic processes.
As with many biomolecules, RNA function is intimately related to its structure. Being a single-stranded polymer of nucleotides, RNA can fold back on itself to form structures that enable certain RNAs to block or allow gene expression processes. Central questions in biology and bioengineering are then: How do RNAs fold inside cells?, and How can we engineer these folds to control gene expression? In this talk I will present our work in addressing both of these questions, and how our work fits into the larger field of Synthetic Biology. In particular, I will highlight our recent technological breakthroughs that allow us to characterize how RNAs fold inside cells, and in constructing genetic networks out of RNA molecules that dynamically control gene expression. I will conclude with thoughts about how our work is leading us to ask deep scientific questions about the fundamental processes of RNA folding and function, and the role of RNAs in nature.
Sponsored by the Biology Department, Physics Department, Program in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, and the Albert D. Mead Professorship

Oct. 16 & 17, 2014: Dr. Martin Chalfie, Nobel Laureate,
University Professor, Biological Sciences, Columbia University

Public Talk: "GFP: Lighting Up Life"
Thurs Oct 16 at 7:30pm in Dana Auditorium
GFP and other fluorescent proteins have revolutionized biology because they allow scientists to look at the inner workings of living cells. The story of the discovery and development of GFP provides a very nice example of  the importance of basic research on non-traditional organisms and of how scientific progress is often made: through accidental discoveries, the willingness to ignore previous assumptions and take chances, and the combined efforts of many people. 

Science Talk:
"Mechanosensory Transduction and its Modification in C. elegans"
Friday Oct 17 at 12:30pm in MBH 216

Although biologists have known the molecules that allow us to see and smell, they have been much less successful discovering the molecules that sense mechanical signals.  Using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, we have identified channel proteins that sense gentle touch and additional mechanisms that change the sensitivity of these mechanosensory channels.  These changes allow the animals to respond differentially to touch under various environmental conditions and to change the priority of sensory signals

SPRING 2015:

CANCELLED:  Karen Hinkle
Biology Dept, Norwich University 

Feb. 26 & 27, 2015: Hugh Taylor
Class of '88 Lecture Series
Dept of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Yale School of Medicine
Feb. 26 at 4:30 pm (general audience lecture):  "Will Stem Cells Stop the Biologic Clock?"
Feb. 27 at 12:30 pm (research seminar)
"Environmental Programming of Reproductive Tract Development"

Coming Events

Bach Festival
April 24 - 26

African Music & Dance Ensemble
MCA, Concert Hall
Wednesday, April 29, 8 PM
Free

The Music of 210
performed by student composers
MCA, Concert Hall
Thursday, April 30, 8 PM

The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble
MCA, Concert Hall
Saturday, May 2, 8 PM

 

 

 

 

News and Events

SENIOR THESIS PRESENTATIONS:

BIOLOGY, MBBC, ESBI, NEUROSCIENCE
4/30 - 5/11


SENIOR RECEPTION MAY 22
2:00PM - GREAT HALL


The Story of Vermont
HEAR: Prof. Steve Trombulak's interview on Vermont Edition

WATCH: Owl and bird banding with Prof. Steve Trombulak on 
Vermont Public Television's Outdoor Journal


WATCH:  BiHall's Famous Octopus !
grabs camera, turns it on photographer


For STUDENT JOBS & INTERNSHIPS:

go/cciconnect


 

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Moria Robinson '12 and E.O. Wilson, at the ATBI Conference in Tennessee, April 2012.


  
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From a conversation with President Ronald D. Liebowitz to football versus Bates to stargazing, jazz, and a Mamajamas 20th reunion concert, Homecoming offers something for everyone.

The weekend kicks off on Friday with a talk by Rick Tetzeli ’83, executive editor of Fast Company, the world's leading progressive business media brand. Alumni can visit the organic garden, get advice from the advisers at the Center for Careers and Internships, and check out the College observatory.

On Saturday morning, come hear President Liebowitz share insights into Middlebury today. Compete in the Peter Westra ’99 Memorial 5K Run, then take in field hockey, men's and women's soccer, and football games.

The afternoon also offers a chance to see Middlebury's entry in the 2013 Solar Decathlon green-building competition. Or take in a film by Ryan Scura ’11 that tells the story of New Hampshire's surfing community. A guitar concert, jazz performance, and the Mamajamas reunion concert round out the evening.


Accommodations

Due to renovations, there is no housing available at Bread Loaf this year. We would still love to know if you plan to attend Homecoming Weekend.

Sneak Preview

Play the slideshow below for a taste of the fun from Homecoming.

Event Scheduling & Planning (including equipment and set-up needs)

Please visit the Department of Event Management web site.

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Events Calendar

 
Fall family weekend concert-whole ensemble
 

Music Department Events, 2013-14

(All events are offered with free admission, unless otherwise indicated.)

Music 2013-14 Arts Calendar Information

 

Choir, Bach Festival

Community Choir – sic.

September 21, Saturday
Eric Despard, guitar
8:00 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Heralded as a "talented classical guitarist" by the Times of Trenton, Middlebury College Affiliate Artist Eric Despard performs a dynamic solo concert programs including selections from over five hundred years of music. Despard will perform Spanish and Latin American guitar favorites, including pieces by Piazzolla, Lauro, Barrios, Villa-Lobos, Tarrega, and Albeniz.

October 4, Friday
Dayve Huckett – Guitar
8:00 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Join Dayve and special guests for a concert of original music mixed with a wide range of cover material by many artists. Free.

October  5, Saturday
Anne Janson, flute
8:00 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
A  special and unique performance of works for flute including " Vermont Counterpoint" by Steve Reich, and "Poem" by Charles Griffes . Images of paintings from the Hudson River Valley School will be projected simultaneously by the Middlebury College Art Department. Free.

October 31st, Thursday
Middlebury College Orchestra Halloween Concert
8:00 p.m. Mahaney Center Concert Hall
Andrew Massey conducts the Middlebury College Orchestra in a light-hearted costume concert featuring Saint-Saens’ Danse MacabreChopin’s Funeral March, 2001 and other spooktakular works. Audience members in costume particularly welcome.Free.

November 3, Saturday
Affiliate Artist Collaborative Concert
8:00 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert  Hall
Members of the Music Department’s Affiliate Artist faculty present an eclectic concert featuring genres from blues to classical, jazz to bluegrass, rock to bagpipes.

November 6, Wednesday, 8 pm
Mike Hendrickson violin performanc, with Cynthia Huard on piano
Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts

Sunday, November 17, 3 pm, College Choir
Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts

November 19, Tuesday
African Music and Dance Ensemble, Damascus Kafumbe, Director
8:00 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
The ensemble presents an end-of-semester concert featuring a wide range of East African instrumental, vocal, and dance repertoire.  Ensemble members perform on East African drums, fiddles, harps, lyres, lamellaphones, shakers, and xylophones. Sponsored by the Department of Music. FREE.

 

November 20, Wednesday
Piano Recital by Students of Diana Fanning
7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
The fall concert by Diana Fanning's students is a popular event celebrating our talented Middlebury students.  Sponsored by the Department of Music.  Free

November 22, Friday
The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble
Dick Forman, Director
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Middlebury’s Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble celebrates the wisdom that “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” with a program of contemporary jazz compositions and some of the best music of the big band era.  Sponsored by the Department of Music.  FREE.

November 24, Sunday
Middlebury College Community Chorus
Jeff Rehbach, conductor; Tim Guiles, accompanist
3:00 PM, Mead Memorial Chapel
Middlebury College students, staff and faculty, and singers from throughout Addison County and across the lake in New York perform an annual concert celebrating the season of Thanksgiving. FREE 

November 24, Sunday
Quinn Bernegger
Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts

December 3, Tuesday
MUSC0209 composition performance
8:00 pm, Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts

December 7, Saturday
Vocal Recital
8:00 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Students of Carol Christensen, Susanne Peck, and Beth Thompson cap off a semester of vocal study with an evening of songs and arias. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free.          

 

December 8, Sunday
Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas
4:00 and 7:00 pm, Mead Memorial Chapel
Modeled after the long-standing European tradition, this annual program includes Bible readings of Advent and Christmas and carols for choir, organ and congregation. Each service is preceded by performances on the chapel carillon. Laurel Jordan, chaplain; Middlebury College Chapel Choir, Jeff Buettner, director; Emory Fanning, organ. FREE

January 17, 2014, Friday
|J-Term Beethoven’s Eroica
8:00 p.m. Mahaney Center Concert Hall
For the 5th annual J-term Beethoven, the Middlebury College Orchestra presents Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony - the Eroica. Andrew Massey conducts this grandest of all symphonies, and offers charts and a few words about how the piece is put together.

January 29, 4 - 8 pm: Concerto competition, 4 - 8 pm

 

March 2, Sunday
Cynthia Huard, piano: “Solo Favorites:” featuring Variations: from Bach to Mendelssohn
3:00 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall. Free.

March 8, Saturday
An Evening of Songs and Arias
8:00 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
A select group of students from the Department of Music present a variety of songs, duets, and arias, ranging from the baroque era to the present. Free.

March 14, 2014, Friday
Middlebury College Orchestra Spring Concert
8:00 p.m. Mahaney Center Concert Hall
The orchestra’s major spring performance, featuring the winner of this year’s Alan and Joyce Beucher Concerto Soloist Competition. Andrew Massey conducts the winning performance, as well as other works for orchestra.


March 16, Sunday
Timothy Cummings and Guests
4:00 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts (Concert Hall)
Taking up the baton from François O'Clemmons, affiliate artist Timothy Cummings shares music from Ireland and Scotland on a variety of pipes and whistles.  Several guest artists, including Pete Sutherland (fiddle, guitar, banjo) and Dominique Dodge (harp, vocals),  join him in celebrating the rich heritage from 'across the pond'. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free.

April 6, Sunday
Middlebury College Community Chorus
Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra
Jeff Rehbach, conductor
3:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall
The 75-voice chorus and 40-piece orchestra comprising community musicians join together for a special concert, one of a number of statewide concerts and educational programs celebrating poetry and music, coordinated by CPO director Paul Gambill. This program includes a variety of works scored for orchestra and chorus, including a new orchestration of Reflections of the Sky originally written for the College's Bicentennial by Peter Hamlin '73, Christian A. Johnson Professor of Music, which includes texts by Langston Hughes and Middlebury faculty Julia Alvarez, Robert Pack, and Jay Parini. $15/$5 at the door. ??????

Friday, April 25:               Sofia Shao (part of PAS and Bach Festival opening concert)

Saturday, April 26:                      Bach Festival concert, Mead Chapel

April 30, Wednesday
African Music and Dance Ensemble,  Damascus Kafumbe, Director
8:00 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
The ensemble presents an end-of-semester concert featuring a wide range of East African instrumental, vocal, and dance repertoire.  Ensemble members perform on East African drums, fiddles, harps, lyres, lamellaphones, shakers, and xylophones. Sponsored by the Department of Music. FREE.

May 3, Saturday
The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble
Dick Forman, Director
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
The College’s big band swings into spring with a concert that’s sure to set toes tapping and fingers snapping.  There may just be dancing in the aisles.  Sponsored by the Department of Music.  Free.

May 6, Tuesday
Spring Piano Recital by Students of Diana Fanning
7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Concerts by Diana Fanning's piano students have become a much-anticipated tradition, well attended by members of the College community and townspeople.  Join us for an evening of beautiful piano music.  Sponsored by the Department of Music.  Free.

May 10, Saturday
Scenes and Songs
8:00 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Music department student vocalists  present a lively sampling of musical theatre, from opera to Broadway. Free.

May 11, Sunday
Viktoria Grigoreva, violin; Diana Fanning, piano; Dieuwke Davydov, cello
8:00 pm, Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts.

Monday, May 12
Violin Master class with Viktoria Grigoreva, Russian violinist.
4 pm, Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts


Friday, May 23:                Senior week Choral concert