Submit A Winter Term Workshop Proposal

DO YOU HAVE A TALENT? WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE IT? SIGN UP TO TEACH A WINTER TERM WORKSHOP IN JANUARY 2015. These non-credit workshops are open to the entire College community during Winter Term. DEADLINE for workshop proposals is midnight on Sunday, October 12th. Contact Maria Farnsworth in Student Activities at x3156 if you have any questions. Proposal forms can be found at: go/wtwproposal.

Students learn the craft of medieval papermaking

Well, to be specific, medieval paper was actually parchment, made from animal hides, rather than trees and literally all of our knowledge of the Middle Ages was preserved on skins made from calves, sheep, or goats. To better understand the chemistry, art, and labor of parchment, Middlebury College’s Special Collections & Archives, together with Professor Eliza Garrison’s Medieval Manuscripts seminar, hosted Jesse Meyer from Pergamena. Watch us scud a goatskin (remove stubborn hair from the skin) and wield a lunarium (a crescent-shaped blade) to remove the fat and flesh. Follow this link to read a longer article about our adventure in medieval life.


More streaming video – trials and new access!

You asked for it, we’re getting it! Many students, faculty, and staff members are asking for access to more streaming video, so the Middlebury Libraries are providing more and more of these options.

New for the sciences, from the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), we now have subscribed access to:

  • Science Education – 1 : a database of video instructions on General Laboratory Techniques, including the centrifuge, spectrophotometers, various aspects of microscopy, and more.
  • Science Education – 2 : video instructions focused on Basic Methods in Cellular and Molecular Biology, including gel electrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction, the Western Blot, and more.
  • JoVE Biology : a peer-reviewed journal of video protocols, procedures and methods.

For History, a trial through November 29th of American History in Video

Of general academic interest:

For the next thirty days, we can do a side-by-side comparison of the Criterion Collection from two different streaming platforms:

Please let us know your preference between these two options by emailing or contacting your library liaison.

In addition, we are now set up for “a la carte” purchasing of any of the films Kanopy has at If you see a film there that you think would be interesting to all campus users, suggest a purchase by email.  Films we have purchased (or have trial access to) can be viewed at Middlebury’s own Kanopy site –

And don’t forget – Digitalia Film Library has films from around the world, as announced a couple of weeks ago.

Do you have other library recommendations? Let us know! or contact your liaison.

Figure Skating Lessons for Children

Registration for the 2014-2015 Middlebury College Figure Skating Club will take place on Thursday, October 2nd, from 4:30-6:00pm at Crossroads Cafe in McCullough. This club is open to children of all faculty and staff (Middlebury College ID holders), from ages 5 through high school.

If you are unable to attend registration, please complete these documents (registration and waiver):

2014-15 Figure Skating Club
2014-2015 Winter Skating Middlebury College Waiver Form

You may send the documents and payment to Barbara Walter at 303 Sunderland Language Center.

If you have questions, please contact Barbara Walter ( or Heather Stafford (

Skating practice will begin on Sunday, October 12th! We look forward to seeing you on the ice!


HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

There are currently 13 faculty positions, 38 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 7 internal job postings on the Middlebury College employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities:

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus), (off campus)

Resources for Hiring Managers from Creative Workforce Solutions

Human Resources is pleased to announce a collaboration which will support diverse recruiting and assist our efforts in creating valued employees.

We are collaborating with Creative Workforce Solutions, which is itself a cooperative effort comprised of many Vermont Human Service offices, and will offer Hiring Managers additional resources for hard to fill positions. Common subsidized services include:

Tours of interested departments- These are an excellent way to introduce candidates to The College. A tour provides real-world understanding of our various environments and necessary skill sets.

Short Term Job Shadows- The length of these job shadows are customizable- from as little as 2-3 hours a week to a full week or 2, job shadows allow supervisors to evaluate candidates directly performing their work duties, while the candidates get hands-on understanding. CWS pays a candidate during these job shadows, and covers candidate liability as well.

Risk Free Trials of New Employees- Perfect for candidates with potential, but in need of additional training. Based on a predetermined length and schedule, these trials are a natural extension of the Job Shadow process. CWS pays a candidate during these trial periods, and covers candidate liability as well. Successful candidates may also participate in additional On the Job Training,which features partial reimbursement to employers, after the trial period.

During these times of challenging recruiting, these CWS programs are a welcome additional resource. Please contact your College Employment Specialist for more information, or send an email to .

The Week’s Headlines

Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Squash Center Earns Highest Honor for Sustainability

Exploring Digital Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

Bill McKibben Wins ‘Alternative Nobel’ Award

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Annual Winter Clothing Closet Accepting Donations!

The time has come to begin collecting donations for the annual Winter Clothing Closet! 
Each year, ISSS and the CRAs team up to organize a clothing drive to benefit international and domestic students in need of warm winter clothes.

What we are looking for: “like new” or “gently used” winter clothing. We are especially in need of coats, jackets, hats, mittens/gloves, sweaters, and footwear.

Where to bring your donations: Collection boxes can be found in the following locations from September 22nd to October 8th:

  • Atwater Commons Office - Allen 153
  • Brainerd Commons Office - Stewart Hall 214
  • Cook Commons Office - Battell North 150
  • Ross Commons Office - Ross Dining Hall 005 (below the fireplace lounge)
  • Wonnacott Commons Office - Battell South 123
  • Proctor and Ross Dining Halls - Inside main entrances
  • Athletics Complex - Inside the squash lobby and inside the fitness center entrance
  • Davis Family Library - Underneath the printer status sign, near the Information Desk
  • McCardell Bicentennial Hall - Near staircase in the Great Hall
  • McCullough Student Center - Near the entrance to Crossroads
  • ISSS Office - Carr Hall by front entrance
  • Sunderland/Dana Auditorium - Main entrance
  • Adirondack House - Under television near the main desk downstairs
  • 118 South Main Street House
  • Service Building / Facilities Services - Inside Facilities Services break room

A big thank you to all offices hosting collection boxes this year and to all of you who are able to contribute!

Please contact Brainerd CRA Angela Santee at or Joani Taylor at

Nia Classes for Employees

Faculty and Staff Nia with Alyson Young

8 Wednesdays, Oct. 1-Dec. 3, 2014

Room 109, Mahaney Center for the Arts 

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.


Breathe new life into your exercise routine and energize your body, mind, and spirit. Nia is a fun and unique, sensory-based movement practice that incorporates techniques from Dance (Jazz, Modern, and Duncan), Martial Arts (Tai Chi, Tai Kwan Do, and Aikido), and Healing Arts (Yoga, Feldenkrais Method, and Alexander Technique). Set to soul stirring music, Nia stimulates the whole body in a holistic and joyful way. This out-of-the-box fitness fusion is like no other practice you’ve tried before. Nia is a comprehensive “dance” cardio-fitness class that engages the whole body, includes mindful movement guidance and somatic education, and empowers people of all shapes and sizes. Nia offers the opportunity to enjoy the process of improving fitness through movement- without pain. Each class is a journey- join us and FEEL fantastic in your body! You deserve it!

* Each class includes warm-up, sustained non-impact aerobic conditioning, strength training, cool down and stretching. All routines employ 52 basic movements and techniques which increase flexibility, agility, mobility, stability, and strength. Classes are taken barefoot and are taught to diverse music, including pop, electronica, jazz, Latin, New Age, Indian and hip hop.


What to bring & wear
Wear clothes you can move comfortably in; Nia is done in bare feet.

Nia is for EVERY BODY and can be adapted to individual needs and abilities, but if you are recovering from a serious illness or injury, please contact Alyson directly to discuss whether this class is a good fit for you:

Class size is limited to 20; register by contacting Barbara McCall( and completing a release form (Barbara can send to you via email).  Bring your check for $64.00 made out to Alyson Young to the first class.


Funding from the Wellness Committee makes it possible to offer these classes at a reduced rate.

For more information about Nia including the history, the company, the founders, ongoing explorations and education, testimonials, and more, visit:

Vermont Women in Higher Education Awards Dinner: all are welcome!

LESS THAN ONE MONTH until the 2014 Fall Dinner hosted by Vermont Women in Higher Education! Register now!Celebrate the three 2014 VWHE award winners, catch up with colleagues from across the state, and enjoy dinner at the Capitol Plaza in downtown Montpelier. This year’s keynote speaker is Peggy R. Williams, co-founder of VWHE.Date: October 15, 2014
Time: 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. – networking
5:15 – 5:30 p.m. – keynote address
5:30 p.m. – dinner
Cost: $432014 VWHE Award Winners

  • Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award:
    Mary Hoppe, Norwich University
  • Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award:
    Megan Doczi, Norwich University
  • Jackie M. Gribbons Leadership Award:
    Beth Mintz, University of Vermont

About the Keynote Speaker
A co-founder of Vermont Women in Higher Education, Peggy R. Williams has a long history of leadership at institutions in both Vermont and New York. She served as the seventh president, and the first woman president, of Ithaca College in New York from 1997 to 2008. Prior to Ithaca, Peggy served as president of Lyndon State College for eight years. In addition, she held positions of Associate Academic Dean, Chair of the Business and Economic Department and Associate Professor at Trinity College. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, an M.Ed. from the University of Vermont and a B.A. from St. Michael’s College of the University of Toronto.

Wednesday October 15, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
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