Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Alumnae Summer Encounters!

I got a couple of great pics from alums this summer who were sharing their fun reunions with former teammates!  First of all, Caitlin ('13) came back to MIDD for a weekend of summer fun at the end of June and hiked Snake Mtn. with Lizzy ('15) and Kathryn ('16). 

You have to love the "selfie," or group selfie in this case?  I, of course, still don't quite have the hang of it, and my now 15 year old daughter just laughs (ok, probably eye rolls) at me when I even attempt it, but it's so great to get these selfies because everyone's in the picture then! 

In July, Jane ('12) ran into Mallory ('10) in Chicago, I think out of the blue!  Jane lives in Chicago, and Mallory was just visiting, and I didn't get all the details, but it sounded like they had a chance encounter.  Small world, huh?!  How exciting and fun to run into old friends!  Thanks for sharing!

 Have a great rest of summer.  The countdown is ON now to the 2015 season.  We start this year as we always do with the BBQ at my house on August 31st, so that puts our countdown at just under three weeks now (20 days!).  I hope the workouts are going well for everyone returning!  IF any alums want our fitness test, just for old times' sake, I'm happy to send it to you!  Just let me know.  :) 

(PS--I've gone soft in my old age--no more timed mile, so many of you might not find it all that bad?!  Boo hoo!)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

2014 Team Posts 7th Highest GPA in Division III Volleyball!

The AVCA posted it's annual Team Academic Awards earlier this week, and once again, Middlebury College Volleyball was among those honored.  Our wonderful sports information guys here at MIDD (Dain and Brad) did a little more digging and actually found out that we had the 7th highest GPA among all Division III schools honored.  Thanks for the extra digging to find out that information, guys!  :)  Here's the link to the press release done by MIDD Athletics:  http://athletics.middlebury.edu/sports/wvball/2014-15/releases/20150730fmzj8x.

Nice going, Team, and keep up the great work in the classroom, as well as on the court.  As August approaches, the countdown is on--31 days till we meet again! 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Sarah Studwell '13 Rides for Pride!

Sarah Studwell '13, or Stud as she was known with MCVB, participated in the Ride for Pride this June near her hometown, and surpassed her group's fundraising goal!  Sarah rode 50 miles to raise awareness and funds toward LGBT regional support programs and national LGBT lobbying efforts.  She reported that, "Despite the recent progress with the blanket legalization of gay marriage, GENDA (the gender non-discrimination act that would prohibit discrimination based on gender identification) failed to pass once again. So your donations will be put to good use!"  

Sarah said that her group's goal was to raise $25,000 and at the time she sent me her update they had raised over $30,000, so well done, Stud, that's awesome!!  And, riding 50 miles is no small feat, so congratulations for not only raising that amount of funds, but also in completing the ride.  Here are a couple of pictures of Stud and her group.  What a great experience and cause.  Happy Summer, and thanks for sharing your event, Sarah!!

This last picture is our flagpole here in MI.  After the court ruling, my middle daughter told my husband that she wanted to get a rainbow flag and fly it along with the American flag.  So, they got on Amazon.com and found one!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer Fun!

Hannah has been in Rwanda, at a farm, working for Gardens for Health International.  She and another friend are doing communications work and learning about all that GHI is doing in Rwanda.  Here is the link to her Blog.  She's been there since early June, but you can  catch up on her experience there from the Blog.  Here's the link to Hannah's Rwanda Blog.  Check it out, it's fascinating!

Melanie is interning at the same law office, and she picked up where she left off, basically.  She's learning and hearing about all kinds of experiences she never hopes to have herself, since she's in a divorce office.  Quite the experience, it seems!  She's also continuing to practice her German, even if some of her office mates find it a bit unusual--that's not going to stop Mel!!  She's also discovered fun in participating in the Washington Post Hunt in downtown D.C.  According to Mel, it's a massive scavenger/puzzle hunt all over the city.  She says the Washington Post comedy writers put it together, which she says gives us an idea of the level of seriousness involved.  At any rate, it sounds very fun!  Of course, she's also working out and playing every week, which is great!

Gabi is spending the summer in DC again, and this time is getting to hang out with Eliana a lot.  They've been exploring and having all kinds of fun, it seems!  Gabi reports that they've been around the monuments, to Ocean City, MD, and working out!  It's always good motivation to have a workout buddy, so nice job, guys!  

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Reunion 2015

Laurie Wollin '05 returned this year for reunion, and we had the chance to catch up briefly, which was really nice.  I think she saw Gillian Brautigam '05 also?  Laurie is engaged and is back living in TX.  Her fiance had never been to New England, and due to some travel issues, they actually got to see quite a bit of New England while driving the last leg from Philadelphia after their flight was cancelled.  Since this was Damian's first time in New England, he was intrigued with quiet and the number of trees here in Vermont.  Those are two great reasons that we love it up here!  They even hiked snake mountain and got to take in the views and feel for the VT landscape.

It was great to meet Damian, and wonderful to see Laurie again.  Thanks for catching up with me, Laurie, and I hope to see you back here again!  Best wishes always!!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Graduation, End of Year Happenings

There's been quite a bit happening lately, and I've been slow to post, so this will be a combination of events that I'll lump into this one post.

First of all, we say farewell, but not goodbye to our seniors.  I missed Piper at Graduation, but I did manage to say farewell to Lizzy and her family, as well as Olivia and her mom--although we still get to have the Kolodka family thanks to Emily!  I've heard that there may be a great photo coming of our "Crew dads" as well, so stay tuned for that!  Kathryn was on hand to watch Graduation, as was her fan club, and they were all loudly cheering for our three graduates as their names were called to receive their diplomas.

In the weeks leading up to Graduation, we had a few very nice events, also.  Piper rocked her thesis presentation, and not only was impressive to those of us in attendance, but apparently completely impressed her professors as well, so congrats Piper!  That's no easy feat, as you mentioned that they'd already evoked some tears from a couple classmates. You really made your technical work easily understandable for the rest of us, so thank you, and well done! 

And, Kathryn received the Peter Kohn Service Award for outstanding community service by a student-athlete.  She's been very actively involved with community service, and in particular has taken a leadership role with our local Special Olympics chapter and the United Way of Addison County, just to name a couple.  Well done, Kathryn, and keep up the great work!  (She was unable to make the awards ceremony due to an evening class, so she came by my office to accept her award.)

Lastly, but certainly lot least, we held our Athletic Department Awards Ceremony in the couple of days leading up to Graduation.  It's a nice lead-in to Graduation, and although they've stopped doing all of the Departmental Awards together, most departments have their own, and then these special awards are read as the seniors cross the stage during graduation.  It was great to have Pat join us for that ceremony as our Faculty Affiliate, too!  Congrats to our seniors, and we hope to see them often back on campus, and look forward to keeping in touch with them as they head off in different directions on their next adventures in life!  Congratulations Seniors!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Girls In Sports Day!

Earlier this Spring the team participated in the National Girls In Sports Day here at the College.  Here's the link for the Women's Sports Foundation's National Girls in Sports Day web page, if you want to check out all that they do and sponsor.  A local representative along with volunteers from the college organize this day to help encourage young girls to participate in sports as an avenue to a healthy lifestyle, among other benefits.  The young girls spend time with each group of college athletes throughout the morning, rotating from group to group. This gives them the opportunity to play and learn several different sports from the athletes who play those sports here at MIDD.

 As you'll see from the pictures, we used both "real" volleyballs and the much lighter supermarket balls so the girls wouldn't get the tell-tale red arms from their first day of volleyball.  (We figured it's much better to let them learn to love the game before they learn that's just part of the deal!)  It was a great day of fun, and most of these girls have never been exposed to volleyball.  Unlike every other state, Vermont is still in an experimental stage with starting HS volleyball teams, so many of these girls have never played it, with no younger feeder programs.  These young girls just love working with the college athletes, and it's a win-win for all involved.  The athletes love working with these young kids, and by reaching out to get involved in the community, their college experience here at MIDD is enriched in many ways.  It was a fun, and successful day for all involved!