In order that information about Nick does not get lost in the mix of other Midd Blog posts, I have created this page as a repository. Check back here often for new information as it becomes available.
Middlebury College Communications (Updates from Ron Liebowitz, Tim Spears, and Lisa Boudah)
The Middlebury Campus (Student Newspaper)
WCAX-TV (includes video)
Midd Blog Updates
From Feb. 13: There is now a Facebook group for Nick Garza ’11, a Middlebury College student who has been missing since Tuesday, February 5. Vist “<a href=”http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10546046081&ref=nf” mce_href=”http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10546046081&ref=nf”>Middlebury College Student Nick Garza is Missing.</a>” The purpose of this group is to get as many people as possible to see Nick’s picture, especially since the circumstances of his disappearance are puzzling. Please join and invite your friends.
Feb. 14: As of 9:45 a.m., the group is approaching 3200 members. As Max Nardini ’08 suggested, invite all of your friends, even those who do not attend Middlebury. There is hope that Nick is alive and there must be somebody somewhere who has seen him. Let’s put our social networking prowess to good use!
Feb. 14, 11:00 p.m.: A Few Notes
1. Nick’s family has setup a website with information: www.nicholasgarza.org.
2. Missing Person Posters are available in the Middlebury College Crest Room this evening. If you go there and there aren’t any, it could mean that all 500 are gone, or, if it’s during the day, they may have been relocated to the ACE office, across from the ATM in McCullough.
3. The Center for Counseling and Human Relations reminds everyone that they, along with Commons Heads and Deans and the Chaplains, are available for support.
4. Garza family friend Margaret Falcone has set up a fund on the family’s behalf. You can e-mail her at Margaret.Falcone [at] delta.com; checks made out to the Garza Family Fund can be mailed to:
c/o Margaret Falcone
8444 Vista Verde
Albuquerque NM 87120
Feb. 15: There are still missing person posters available in the ACE Office and plenty of area left to cover. You can also download a PDF of the poster to print yourself: Nick Garza Missing Person Poster
I would also like to remind everyone that support systems are in place for you. For Midd students, you have Commons Heads and Deans, the Chaplains, and the Counseling Center. Other college campuses and schools have similar resources. And, of course, you always have your friends and family. As we head into the weekend, please keep this in mind and stay safe.
Feb. 16: Police are investigating the possibility that Nick has been abducted. You can read more on this development at WCAX-TV.
Feb. 16, 9:00 p.m.: It appears that police have completed an extensive search of the campus. Alas, no leads. See WCAX-TV for the full story.
Feb. 18, 12:45 p.m.: Many people have wondered aloud what they can do to help in the search for Nick. While police have asked that community members not participate in the physical search for Nick, there are still numerous ways for you to lend a hand:
1. Hang up Missing Person posters. There are some available at Middlebury College in the Alliance for Civic Engagement, or you can download the electronic version either from Midd Blog or from the site in the links section.
2. Keep inviting people to the “Middlebury Student Nick Garza is Missing” Facebook group. The more people who see Nick’s picture, the better.
3. It seems that the physical search of the campus is over, but you can still help by sticking to sidewalks. If there is evidence in all of that snow, it is best to leave it unharmed.
4. Lend support to the family. You can donate money to the Garza Family Fund (see below), or express hope and sympathy with a card or letter, or even on the Wall of this group. I know that many of Nick’s family and friends check this group frequently.
[Garza family friend Margaret Falcone has set up a fund on the family’s behalf. You can e-mail her at Margaret.Falcone [at] delta.com; checks made out to the Garza Family Fund can be mailed to:
c/o Margaret Falcone
8444 Vista Verde
Albuquerque, NM 87120]
5. And, of course, if you have any information about Nick’s disappearance, or if you see or communicate with him, please contact the Middlebury Police Department at 802-388-3191.
Feb. 22: It’s been over two weeks now, and still no word. Listen to Middlebury student Kevin Redmon describe on VPR the feeling as we all wait for answers.
- Students at Albuquerque Academy folded 1,000 beautiful paper cranes. According to nicholasgarza.org, “Zenbazuru is a Japanese tradition that symbolizes hope, luck, and prosperity. According to legend, anyone who painstakingly folds 1,000 paper cranes will have their heart’s desire.” (You can view a photo of the paper cranes on the website.)
- Kevin Redmon ’09 describes on Vermont Public Radio what it’s like to be a Midd student watching and waiting. You can listen the podcast here.
- Eva Sollberger of the Seven Days Vermont vlog “Stuck in Vermont” visited Middlebury last week to get the student perspective on Nick’s disappearance: