Orientation Week Welcomes the Class of 2001 to

Middlebury College

When 570 members of the class of 2001 begin arriving

at Middlebury College on August 31, the faculty and staff will

be ready to welcome a group of young people chosen from the largest

applicant pool-4,738 students in the College’s history. Coming

from 49 states and more than 30 countries, the students represent

a rich variety of experiences and talents. Forty-one new faculty

members will also join the College community this fall.

“We’re thrilled to have had a seven percent

increase in the number of applicants for this class versus the

class that entered last year,” said Mike Schoenfeld, Dean

of Enrollment Planning. “We feel especially fortunate since

this growth follows the 17 percent increase we enjoyed last year.”

Vermonters in the new class include Kate Wright,

a Shelburne resident and graduate of Champlain Valley Union High

School, in Hinesburg. “Middlebury offered me a good combination-a

strong academic reputation and the opportunity to pursue the sports

I love,” said Wright, a field hockey and lacrosse player.

“I’m also looking forward to being near home, but far enough

away so that I’ll live in a dorm.”

Orientation Activities

In homage to an old science fiction movie, Middlebury

College’s 1997 orientation week for first-year students, which

will take place from Sept. 1-7, is titled “2001: A Middlebury

Odyssey.” Offering an introduction to life as a Middlebury

College student, orientation activities range from a preview of

local volunteer opportunities and meetings with academic advisors,

to wilderness experiences and traditional ceremonies, such as


Following the departure of their parents and families

on Sept. 1, students will attend a variety of events, including:

Middlebury College President McCardell’s opening-of-the-school-year

address, a discussion about life on campus with the deans of the

College, a square dance, a library tour, and theatrical presentations

based on admissions application essays by their classmates.

When class registration is complete on September

4, students will line up for the traditional convocation procession

from Old Chapel to Mead Chapel. After the ceremony, which formally

marks the class’s entrance into the College, students will gather

for a photo.

The final three days of orientation will give students

the chance to experience life beyond campusboth in the local Middlebury

community and beyond. Students choose between three options:

“MOO” (Middlebury Outdoor Orientation), “This is

Vermont” and “Volunteer Preview.”

Now in its 10th year, “MOO”

is a student organized orientation event that was founded by members

of the Middlebury College Mountain Club. “MOO” leads

student groups in outdoor activities such as hiking, developing

among the new class an immediate appreciation for Vermont’s beautiful

countryside. The trips also allow students to form friendships

in a relaxed setting as well as gain useful wilderness skills.

According to Juliana Popper ‘98, “MOO”

coordinator, “MOO” was started with the idea that the

outdoors is the perfect introduction to the College. “Many

students don’t anticipate the scope of outdoor opportunities that

Vermont and the greater Middlebury area has to offer. These trips

expose them to the possibilities right away,” said Popper.

This year, “MOO” will supply a variety

of backpacking opportunities. Most trips will explore Vermont’s

Long Trail, and one will focus on both hiking and trail maintenance.

Canoe excursions and rock climbing expeditions will take place

just across Lake Champlain in New York State’s Adirondacks. On

the Vermont side of the lake, mountain bike trips will explore

miles of dirt roads.

Students who select the “This is Vermont”

orientation event will also experience culture and landscape unique

to the area. Their activities range from a storytelling session

by Abenaki storyteller Wolf Song at the College’s Bread Loaf campus

in Ripton, to riding the “Sugarbush Express” train to

Vermont’s largest city, Burlington, and exploring Lake Champlain

by boat on the “Spirit of Ethan Allen II.”

Those participating in “Volunteer Preview”

are introduced to the College’s Volunteer Services Program, an

important component of college life. During orientation week,

students work on daily community service projects, such as trail

work with the U.S. Forest Service or home renovation for affordable

housing. With about half of all Middlebury students volunteering

at some time during their college career, “Volunteer Preview”

offers an early glimpse of the real world concerns of the local

community of Addison County, and of the opportunities offered

by the Program for students to make a positive impact upon them.

Opening-of-School-Year Address and Other Upcoming

Campus Events

President McCardell will deliver his annual opening-of-the-school-year

address on Monday, September 8 from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Mead

Chapel. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

The following is a schedule of upcoming campus


Aug. 31 First-year students

begin arriving

Sept. 4 Convocation

Sept. 8 Classes Begin

Sept. 8 Opening-of-the-school-year

address by President McCardell (12:30 to 1:00pm, in Mead Chapel)

Sept. 12-14 Alumni Leadership


Sept. 26-28 Fall Family

Weekend I

Oct. 3-5 Fall Family Weekend


Oct. 16-17 Mid-term recess

Oct. 25-26 Homecoming

Oct. 31-Nov. 2 Sub-Saharan

Africa Symposium “Democracy and Governance:Sub-Saharan Africa

on the Brink of the 21st Century”