NEW JERSEY, Montclair, July 24, 2007 DDR Global, a leading provider of innovative multicultural marketing, advertising, and translation solutions to corporations worldwide, is proud to announce that its Founder and CEO, Jay Rossi, was invited by Middlebury College’s Dean of Language Schools and Schools Abroad, Michael Geisler, to represent DDR Global as an alumnus and business-owner panelist on the 2007 Language Schools Alumni Career Panel held yesterday at McCardell Bicentennial Hall on the Middlebury College campus.

At the annual event co-sponsored by the Offices of the Dean, Career Services, and Alumni Relations, Mr. Rossi, who obtained his Masters degree in Spanish from Middlebury’s Spanish School in 1994, joined fellow panelists and Language School alumni Edward Gingold, Attorney and Advisor to the Office of the General Counsel at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Leah Gowron, Director of Alumni Relations at the Monterey Institute for International Studies, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Journalist, and Heidi Lynn Whitesell, Germany Team, Office of International Affairs and Policy, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The panelists discussed their respective fields with Middlebury students currently enrolled in the nine-language, world-renowned summer immersion program, and reflected upon the value of a Middlebury education. In addition, panelists gave students strategies for marketing their language proficiency in the global marketplace, and stressed the importance of developing a broad range of skills, in addition to mastering a second language, before entering the job market.

“I felt honored not only to be invited by Dean Geisler but also to find myself in the company of such esteemed colleagues,” said Rossi. “We welcomed the opportunity to share our experience with the students at Middlebury. As experienced professionals and Middlebury alumni, our job descriptions include networking, mentoring, and helping newly-minted graduates jumpstart their careers. I find it rewarding to interact with so many bright people with such diverse backgrounds, skills, and interests. And returning to scenic Middlebury is always a treat.”

The day after the event, Elizabeth Karnes Keefe, Assistant Dean of the Language Schools, sent the panelists this post-mortem: “People have been telling me how inspiring and informative [yesterday’s] panel was. I want you to know how proud we are to have such interesting and accomplished alumni, and how grateful I am to you for coming back and sharing your experiences with the students who will follow in your footsteps.”

About Middlebury College Language Schools
Every summer for the past 92 years, Middlebury has created a unique linguistic environment, one that provides students with unlimited opportunities to speak their target language. Students in Middlebury’s summer Language Schools use their target language exclusively—Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish—in classes, dining halls, dormitories, and co-curricular activities. Middlebury's summer programs are the international standard for excellence in language instruction. Most students gain a year or more of college-level language learning in one intensive summer session. Five of Middlebury’s summer schools—French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish—also offer graduate programs, six weeks in length, leading to the Master of Arts or to Middlebury’s unique Doctor of Modern Languages. A summer at Middlebury can also prepare students for study abroad, by improving language skills, deepening cultural understanding, and strengthening confidence and learning strategies. For more information about Middlebury’s Language Schools, visit

About DDR Global
DDR Global partners with companies looking to globalize. Offering comprehensive, end-to-end services including localization, translation, multicultural marketing, advertising, interactive, and audio, DDR Global’s mission is to facilitate its clients’ ability to conduct business in the global marketplace. DDR Global provides multicultural solutions to corporations including Adobe Systems, AGENCYSACKS, Apple Computer, Apptera, Arnold Worldwide, Bank of America, Charles Schwab, Claris, Documentum, Eddie Bauer, Emusic, Grey Global Group, HP, Humana, iMed Studios, IMM, Intuit, Logitech, Marriott, Mitsubishi, NBILC, NEC, Palm, Philips, Rodgers Townsend, The Pohly Company, RBA, Schwinn, Sony, Vitamin Branding Corporation, WMS Gaming, among others. For more information about DDR Global, visit, or e-mail