Modern Tree House Fund Projects

Elizabeth Hackett Robinson '84 Innovation Hub

The David S. Stone ’74 Tree House Fund is one of many initiatives and opportunities housed at Middlebury’s Elizabeth Hackett Robinson ’84 Innovation Hub. Through funding, classes, workshops, and mentoring, as well as dedicated workspaces for ideation and collaboration, the Hub guides and supports students who want to explore and expand their creative ideas. The Tree House Fund is open to all students who are seeking a way to fund their creative projects. They can receive up to $1000 to support the actualization of their idea.

Timeline of Projects


Dinners with Strangers

A student-driven venture to build community within and beyond the Middlebury campus creates opportunity for conversation and connection.

Boat Replica Construction

The discovery and recreation of an old boat bridges history, artistry, and community.

M Gallery Print Fair

A celebration of artwork, togetherness, and student engagement.

Treeline Terrains

Innovative designs connect sustainability, entrepreneurship, and the importance of place-based creativity.


A joint endeavor between the Innovation Hub and the Student Government Association inspires students to develop solutions to complex situations through code and collaboration.

Humans of Middlebury

A student-developed clothing line and subsequent short film aims to demonstrate the influence of Middlebury’s local identity.

Silo Transformation Project

A student-led research and art initiative transforms an old silo into a public art piece honoring Vermont’s heritage.
Heather Neuwirth Lovejoy '08, Director of the Innovation Hub

For questions about Tree House Fund projects or other opportunities at the Elizabeth Hackett Robinson ’84 Innovation Hub, please contact Heather Neuwirth Lovejoy ’08, Director of the Hub, at