The first half-credit courses at Middlebury began this fall semester. The courses vary from religion to an experiential learning capstone. The Middlebury Campus quoted Priscilla Bremser (Math) about the course Mathematical Problem-Solving, “I hope my course gives students with uneven mathematics backgrounds a chance to solidify foundational concepts so that they can succeed in calculus.” Read more of College Tries Out New Half-Credit Course System This Fall.
Each year Middlebury students and alumni receive nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships for research opportunities, graduate study and independent projects. Fellowships in the CTLR has released their annual report of recipients. Links to related Communications stories on the Fellowships winners and more information on these opportunities can be seen here.
The Registrar announced students will be able to register for half-credit courses this fall that run for the entire semester but meet only one day per week, any exceptions to this meeting pattern will be noted in the description. Half-credit courses are labeled in Banner 9, the searchable course catalog, and on the course schedule under the instruction mode. For more information, see the Middlebury Campus article and the Registrar’s FAQs.
Ben Morris ’22 received a Keasbey Scholarship to support graduate study at Cambridge University and Middlebury alumni Darren Chen, Amani Core and Christina Wiremu-Brook were selected as Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Read more.
On Thursday, January 13, participants gathered on Zoom to celebrate the nominees for the Ward Prize in First-Year Writingfor 2020-21. Rather than having one winner and two runners-up, as in past years, the committee selected 11 of the 30 nominees to receive the prize. The change allows for a broader range of styles and disciplines to be adequately represented and recognizes there isn’t one dominant voice in student writing that can be deemed best. Read more about the celebration and see the digital book of essays.
An announcement was sent out on December 22, 2021 that the first day of classes for J-term will be moved to Monday, January 10, 2022. The last day of classes will be moved one day later to Friday, February 4, 2022. Classes will begin remotely on 1/10-1/11. DLINQ will be offering pre-semester workshops the first week of January to assist faculty with remote teaching.
As the semester comes to an end, Dean of Curriculum Grace Spatafora asks faculty to allow students time in class to complete their Course Response Forms. In a recent email, she stated “responserates are typically between 80 and 90% when students are provided class time to complete these forms, and they drop to well below 50% when we rely on students to complete the forms outside of class.” Instructions on how to manage Course Response Forms will be sent to faculty in a separate email shortly. Online information can be found from Academic Affairs.
Sam Wilson ’24 posted his essay Asking for a Friend this fall on Blurring Boundaries, a Writing and Rhetoric Program (WRPR) project started by professor Hector Vila. The site is a creative non-fiction space built through Medium for students to share their class writing and digital stories that blurs boundaries, including photography and art that ask us to think deeper. Over 80 students have contributed to date. Alumni are also welcome to submit works. Read more essays.
A November Newsroom article highlights the Axinn Center Public Humanities Labs Initiative and the push to incorporate more humanities skills and research options through a lab setting. Professors Febe Armanios and Marion Wells have received a three-year grant from the Davis Educational Foundation to support the project. Read the full article.