two young adults look up the hill at Mead Chapel, where King Kong is clinging to the spire

Enjoy all Reunion at Home has to offer. And don’t forget to vote on your favorite for the Cartoon Caption Contest!

All-Class Events

June 8, 2021

Glenn Andres and Old Chapel image

Fleshing Out an Icon: Old Chapel

Digging beneath the surface of something very familiar can be richly rewarding. Such is the case with Old Chapel. Beyond its importance to Middlebury College, this structure recorded in the Historic American Building Survey and listed on the National Register of Historic Places has connections that transcend its accumulated local associations. Prof. Emeritus Glenn Andres will discuss research into the multi-layered story of the college’s most iconic building, its generation, its iconography, its place in the history of American campus design, and its circumstantial ties to one of the nation’s most important nineteenth century architects.

Architectural historian Glenn Andres (B. Arch. Cornell University; MFA, PhD.Princeton University) taught the history of art, architecture, and urbanism at Middlebury from 1970 to 2015. Beginning with A Walking History of Middlebury, generated from a seminar on local buildings, he has published and designed lecture, seminar, bicycle tour, and exhibition courses drawing upon Vermont history and the regional built environment. He served as a long-time member of the Vermont Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, and is the co-author of the Buildings of Vermont, in the Buildings of the United States series sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians.

Hosted by Caitlin Myers, John G. McCullough Professor of Economics.

June 9, 2021

orderly, uniform tombstones under a flowering cherry tree in Arlington National Cemetery

The Story of Arlington National Cemetery: Past, Present and Future

This event opens with an update from event sponsor Middlebury Veterans Give Back (MVGB) and remarks from President Patton. Presentation by the Arlington National Cemetery’s curator, Rod Gainer. Rod also has a Middlebury connection in that he is the stepson of Joe Wood ’68 and nephew to Peter Wood ’71. This presentation is about our Nation’s perpetual memorial to those who served on behalf of our country. Sign in via Zoom beginning 15 minutes before live events.

Heather Vuillet Lende in light blue fleece sweater, with lake and mountains in the background

Alumni Achievement: Heather Vuillet Lende ’81

Join Alumni Achievement Award winner Heather Vuillet Lende ’81 as she recounts her experiences chronicling life in small-town Alaska, gaining national attention and eventually being named the state’s Writer Laureate. The award recognizes her accomplishments as a writer; her most recent book is Of Bears and Ballots, and her memoir If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name made it to the New York Times bestseller list. Annie Hartmann Philbrick ’80 will moderate the Q&A. Sign in via Zoom beginning 15 minutes before live events.

June 10, 2021

Shabana Basij-Rasikh, in turquoise headscarf and khaki top

Alumni Achievement: Shabana Basij-Rasikh ’11

Join Young Alumni Achievement Award winner Shabana Basij-Rasikh ’11 for a talk about her work providing education opportunities for Afghan girls. The award recognizes her accomplishments as a founder of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA), a private boarding school. Janine Hetherington ’95, P’24 will moderate the Q&A. Sign in via Zoom beginning 15 minutes before live events.

a microphone onstage, awaiting a performer

Coming Home: An Evening of Moth-style Stories

Join us for a night of true stories featuring storytellers from across Reunion classes: Kevin Commins ’76, Jeneva Burroughs Stone ’86, Henry Flores ’01, Garrott Kuzzy ’06, Cloe Shasha ’11, and Demetrius Borge ’16.

Stories of returning to what we’ve lost, or venturing out to seek what we need. Finding community in an unexpected place, or coming back to oneself in an unexpected way. There’s no place like home…so click your heels, click that Zoom link, and join us at the show.

This program is directed by Casey Donahue ’10.5 and Catherine McCarthy ’09, who have both worked for The Moth, NPR’s Peabody-Award-winning radio show. Sign in via Zoom beginning 15 minutes before live events.

June 11, 2021

Cane Society logo; a blue Painter cane on white background

Cane Society Virtual Gathering

Annual gathering and celebration of the Cane Society. Event is invitation-only.

Brad Corrigan in fedora and tshirt, singing & playing drums

Alumni Achievement: Brad Corrigan ’96

Join Alumni Achievement Award winner Brad Corrigan ’96 for an evening of storytelling and song as we recognize his accomplishments with Dispatch, Lacrosse The Nations, and Love, Light & Melody. Erin Quinn ’86, P’16, ’20, Middlebury Director of Athletics, will moderate the Q&A. Sign in via Zoom beginning 15 minutes before live events.

June 12, 2021

Middlebury President Laurie Patton

Remarks from Laurie L. Patton

Please join President Laurie L. Patton for Reunion remarks, including an update on Middlebury today. Sign in via Zoom beginning 15 minutes before live events.

The Grift members Clint Bierman and Peter Day dancing in front of Mead Chapel

Concert: The Grift

Sit back—or get up—and enjoy this specially recorded concert with The Grift, featuring Clint Bierman ’97, Jeff Vallone ’98.5, and Peter Day ’01 to celebrate the 15th year of this wonderful Middlebury Reunion Saturday night tradition. Video streaming will go live the day of the event.

June 13, 2021

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A Service of Remembrance and Celebration

Join us for this wonderful way to end Middlebury’s Reunion Week with a Sunday tribute to alumni and our hopes for the future. Please join Mark Orten, director of the Scott Center and chaplain of the College, for this recorded memorial service at Mead Chapel. The video link will go live the day of the event.

A Service of Remembrance and Celebration

50th Reunion Events

Class of 1971

June 7, 2021

1971 Zoom: Survey Presentation

Now that you’ve taken the Class of 1971 Reunion Survey, are you curious as to how your answers compare to everyone else’s? (We’ve got graphs to show you.) Would you like to hear us read aloud—unattributed, of course—some of your funniest comments or the most eloquent answers to those four questions at the end? If you do, be sure to join the Survey Committee when we present our results!

June 8, 2021

1971 Reunion Art Show: “Meet the Artists”

An exciting part of our Virtual 50th Reunion is the Class of 1971 Reunion Art Show. The online show will showcase nearly two dozen classmates’ work. Some of the participants were art majors at Middlebury, while others have pursued careers in architecture, graphic design, and a variety of other media. 

Before attending, take a virtual walk through the gallery of artists’ works compiled and created by Craig Morris and Brent Seabrook.

June 10, 2021

1971: Reunion Memorial

A virtual memorial service celebrating the lives of classmates we have lost since graduation. Beth Congdon-Martin will lead the service, which will include poetry readings by Susan Fritsch Hunter and musical selections performed by Diana Egbers Fanning and Alex Haynes Buob. Please join us in sharing together some meditative moments as we view images of each of the classmates we remember. You can also follow along by downloading the memorial program.

1971: Memorial Reception

Following the service at 1:30 PM, in lieu of an in-person reception, class members will share stories and memories via Zoom.

25th Reunion Events

Class of 1996

June 3, 2021

1995 and 1996: Class Zoom

For the classes of 1995 and 1996.

Since we can’t convene in-person at Middlebury for our 25th Reunion we wanted to bring the fun to you – at home!

If spending time with some tired, grumpy, middle-aged Otters suffering from macular degeneration and anxiety sounds like fun, then June 3 is your lucky night!

Join the ’95 and ’96 Otter Nonsense Players for a Zoom with the classes of 1995 and 1996. Our in-person 25th Reunions were cancelled, but that’s not stopping us from changing into our good sweatpants and gathering virtually!

Jessica St. Clair ’98 will be interviewing Academy Award Winner Rodney Rothman ’95 along with fellow Oscar-less Otters Rayda Krell ’95, Liz Siris Winchester ’95, Emma Ansara ’96, Megan Byrne ’96, Dan O’Brien ’96, and Coert Voorhees ’96.

And then you’ll have a chance to chat with your classmates in breakout rooms, so get ready to unmute yourselves and tell us what you’ve been up to since 1995 or 1996!

June 8, 2021

An Evening with Brad Corrigan ’96—Love, Light + Melody

For the class of 1996.

Join Brad Corrigan ’96 for an interactive evening of songs, story telling, and a sneak preview of Love, Light + Melody’s long-awaited documentary film Ileana’s Smile, hosted by Humberto Garcia-Sjogrim. This event will be a conversation led by your questions, and will focus on the intersection of Brad’s work serving vulnerable children in Nicaragua—through the NGOs Love, Light + Melody and Lacrosse the Nations—and his experience as a touring musician and member of Dispatch.

Other Class Events

June 3, 2021

1976: How has Middlebury has shaped our lives?

Middlebury stories and remembrances. An informal discussion to help us reconnect by sharing insights and anecdotes about our Middlebury experiences and relationships, and how, over the years, they have factored into our lives.

Were they defining moments or elements that, in retrospect, you now see as a piece of your puzzle? If a friend who has since passed away was a part of your world, please bring him or her into our circle. Some brave volunteers will get the ball rolling, and we ask those stepping up to the proverbial mic to limit their stories to about two minutes. Hosted by Betsy Walker

1995 and 1996: Class Zoom

For the classes of 1995 and 1996.

Since we can’t convene in-person at Middlebury for our 25th Reunion we wanted to bring the fun to you – at home!

If spending time with some tired, grumpy, middle-aged Otters suffering from macular degeneration and anxiety sounds like fun, then June 3 is your lucky night!

Join the ’95 and ’96 Otter Nonsense Players for a Zoom with the classes of 1995 and 1996. Our in-person 25th Reunions were cancelled, but that’s not stopping us from changing into our good sweatpants and gathering virtually!

Jessica St. Clair ’98 will be interviewing Academy Award Winner Rodney Rothman ’95 along with fellow Oscar-less Otters Rayda Krell ’95, Liz Siris Winchester ’95, Emma Ansara ’96, Megan Byrne ’96, Dan O’Brien ’96, and Coert Voorhees ’96.

And then you’ll have a chance to chat with your classmates in breakout rooms, so get ready to unmute yourselves and tell us what you’ve been up to since 1995 or 1996!

June 7, 2021

1961: 60th Reunion Social Zoom

Join your classmates to catch up over Zoom!

June 8, 2021

1966: Memorial and Reception

As we celebrate reuniting again after 55 years, we are going to pay tribute to the memories of all our classmates who have passed away. Since our 50th reunion, we have lost 20 more friends; consequently, our loss now exceeds 50 lives from the class of 1966.

During this hour we will be reminded in pictures of each person and be given time to reflect individually and collectively on our connections with them. It will certainly be a somber time but hopefully a joyful experience will emerge in recognition of how fortunate we are that our lives intersected with theirs.

Despite the necessity of meeting in this virtual setting in 2021, it is our hope that each person will be touched in a special way. Please join this memorial because your presence will enrich all of us. There will be time for us to share those memories, an opportunity to mingle from afar afterwards.

Hosted by Glenn Govertsen.

1976: Class Zoom with John Elder

Beloved English Professor John Elder will join the Class of 1976 for a conversation comparing Amanda Gorman’s remarkable inaugural poem to one written by poet Langston Hughes, whom Gorman claims as an important influence. Professor Elder believes that “a poem can be the table where a community of learners gathers to know itself,” and in this spirit he looks forward to joining us.

June 9, 2021

1961: A Conversation With Peter Spalding

Please join Peter Spalding ’61 for a conversation about his decades as a Foreign Service Officer, including stints in some of the world’s most unstable regions. Jeff Foran ’61 will moderate.

1981 Zoom: Top Ten and Lende Reception

We are excited to hear fellow 1981 alumna Heather Vuillet Lende’s Achievement Talk at 7:00 PM, then hang out afterwards for a special Class of 1981 Meetup to catch up with Heather and each other. 

Let’s talk Top Ten: What were your top 10 favorite places to hang out, favorite activity, drink, food, and clothing?  Join classmates Joanne Itskovitz Reed and Cammy King as they share survey results and see how many memories you share with others. 

June 10, 2021

1956: 65th Reunion Social Zoom

Please join your classmates to catch up, share what you’ve enjoyed during Reunion week, and recreate a bit of the mingling we’re all missing not being on campus this year!

June 11, 2021

1966 Panel: Class of 1966 Experiences

A variety of classmate experiences to share: from Greece, to unfortunate events, anti-racism education, lessons in green, and even to puppies. Moderator Dow Davis has brought together five classmates, each with an interesting life experience.

Thanks to Peter Allen, Hugh Clark, Nancy McMullin Fischer, Jean Gear Lamont, and Dick Lippert for being willing to share with us. Join in to hear their stories.

1981: First-Year Dorm Breakouts

Where did you live Freshman Year? Pick your dorm as you journey back to 1977 and February 1978 and visit with fellow hallmates. There will be different Zoom locations for each dorm. Feel free to visit other dorms and classmates by stopping in the other Zooms. Reminisce about your first year on campus and share some stories and laughs.

Register/Sign Into Each Breakout
Allen/Atwater/Davis
- Battell
- Hepburn/Stewart
- Febs

June 12, 2021

1956: 65th Reunion Memorial

Please join Ann Case Holt, Gwynne Kimbell Schultz, and others from the Class of ’56 for a service to remember classmates we’ve lost with readings and music.

View the Class Memory Book and Memorial Program.

1956: 65th Reunion Singalong

Join the Class of ’56 for a rousing singalong of classic tunes—even though we won’t be able to gather around the piano in Hepburn this year. Led by Ned MacDowell ’56; all classes are welcome!

View or download the songbook.