Get Organized, Get Along, And Get Results!

A Workshop delivered by: Porter Knight

Wednesday, April 29th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Crest Room
Light refreshments provided

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The hours in a day are finite yet the demands on your time seem limitless. How can you effectively get your work done when you’re pulled in so many different directions? This workshop will put you back in charge of your day so you can focus on what’s important. You’ll learn:
• The one tool you need to make every day sane
• Six steps to managing flow of paper and data
• The real problem with email and how to conquer it
• Five strategies to counteract the myths of time management
• Three components of a “balanced” schedule

Once you’ve mastered your own productivity, how can you best interact with others? Getting results is what matters. But productive communications is more than getting people to do what you want – it’s a two-way street that requires thought and skill. We’ll teach you strategies to:
• Manage expectations with two magic words
• Hear and be heard every time
• Cope with interruptions
• Say “No” effectively
• Minimize conflict and maintain your cool

Join us for this lively and interactive program. We’ll include time for discussion so that you can plan how best to apply these ideas. You’ll leave with tools you can put in place immediately for a more effective and peaceful work day.

*Though there is some new material, this workshop includes most of the core components that Porter Knight has presented in past years and in other formats, including: GEARS of Organizing, RRRIPP through paper, RRRIDD yourself of email, TrueTime Planning.

*What’s in this session that is also in the Stress, Neuroscience & Productivity session: small reference to brain function, point of the decision, balanced scheduling, and dealing with conflict.

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HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

There are currently 4 faculty positions, 54 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 2 internal job postings on the Middlebury College employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities:http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (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), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

Febe Armanios awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grant

Febe Armanios (History) has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend program in support of her book project, Satellite Ministries: The Rise of Christian Television in the Middle East. The grant provides support for full-time research and writing this summer as she completes work on this long term research effort. Satellite Ministries—the first study of its kind—traces the history of Christian media missions from ca. 1980 to the present, focusing on the tension between channels backed by charismatic and evangelical groups in the United States and Europe and those developed by local Christians in the Middle East.

In addition, Febe has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship from Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program (ILSP) for next fall to work on a new project: Halal Food: A Historical and Legal Exploration.

Sugarin’ Off in the 1940s

It’s early April and the maple sap is starting to flow, which means it’s time for one of Vermont’s most beloved traditions: The Sugaring-Off Party. This recently rediscovered clip from a 16mm film reel in the Middlebury College Archives records one such party held by students in the early 1940s.

Sponsored by the Mountain Club, the annual outing brought sugar-craving undergrads to the college’s own maple grove near the Bread Loaf Inn. Complete with an evaporation hut for processing freshly-tapped sap into syrup, the “sugar camp” boasted 1,100 trees on land bequeathed to the college by Joseph Battell in 1915. Photographs from the 1939 party even made it onto the pages of LIFE Magazine.

Mountain Club Members 1932

Mountain Club Members 1932

After hiking up to the orchard, “Sugarman” Boudreau helped the eager students collected sap and boil it to produce thick maple syrup. Like any good Vermont sugar-makers, the students diligently (and by no means begrudgingly) inspected the results with generous helpings on snow with pickles and doughnuts. Others chose the more exhaustive measure of quality control by vigorously whipping the syrup until it hardened into maple candy.

Anne Saurman of Clearwater, Florida uses an oldtime yoke to carry sugar pails

Anne Saurman of Clearwater, Florida 1948

Join us for Staff and Faculty Skate Night!

Staff Council invites staff, faculty, and their families to Skate Night! Join Staff Council for an evening of roller skating at Skateland in Essex Junction. Cost is $10 per person and includes skate rental. Food is available for purchase at the snack bar.

Saturday, May 2
4:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
$10 per person
Skateland Vermont

If you think you might attend, we would like to get a rough count for staffing at Skateland.

The Week’s Headlines

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

Artist Mark Podwal to Speak at Middlebury

Middlebury Voices in the News: Guggenheim Fellowship, Election Fundamentals, TV Storytelling

Classics Department Celebrates Endowment, Naming

College Mourns Loss of Staff Member

New Summer Course Offers Tour of Vermont Food System

Middlebury Senior Will Use ‘Projects for Peace’ Grant to Spread Design Thinking Among Pakistani Youth

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Judge Bill Sessions ’69 Will Speak on “Passing Judgment” on April 23

JUDGE WILLIAM K. SESSIONS III TO GIVE PUBLIC LECTURE IN MIDDLEBURY SPONSORED BY THE HAWTHORNE CLUB AND THE HENRY SHELDON MUSEUM

Middlebury, VT…How does a judge make a sentence fit the crime or settle a contested public issue?

On April 23, 2015, at 7 pm, Judge William K. Sessions III will speak on the topic Passing Judgment at the inaugural public lecture presented by Middlebury’s Hawthorne Club in conjunction with the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History.  He will offer his own thoughtful answers to those questions.  His presentation will take place at The Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Court (at the corner of Charles Avenue).  Admission is free.  Parking is available at the nearby Middlebury Union High School.

Judge Sessions, a member of the Middleburg College Class of 1969, will reflect on his 20 years on the federal bench, discussing the judicial processes he uses – balancing the merits of a case, the history of relevant laws, and the impact on public policy and community sentiments.  During his judicial career, he has rendered judgment and covered such topics as climate change, campaign finance reform, equal pay for women, buffer zones at abortion clinics, application of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and national sentencing policy.

Judge Sessions was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Vermont by President Bill Clinton in 1995 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  From 2002-2010, he was the Court’s Chief Judge, and has held senior status there since 2013. He was also nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1999 to serve on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which establishes sentencing policy for the federal courts.  In 2009 he was nominated to serve as the Commission’s Chair by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Judge Sessions has lived in Addison County for more than 40 years, serving as a law clerk, an Addison County Public Defender, and in private practice.  He has also been an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School.  In addition, as visitors to the Middlebury Farmers Market are aware, he is a frequent presence selling cheese from Blue Ledge Farm, which is owned by his daughter and son-in-law.

The Hawthorne Club was founded in 1877 to establish closer relations between members of the Middlebury College community and citizens of the town.  It is named for Nathaniel Hawthorne, a national literary hero whose talks at the College made him a local celebrity as well. Historically, Hawthorne Club meetings have featured presentations by members on literary subjects and on relevant topics of interest to speakers and members.  In more recent years outside speakers regularly have been invited to address the group.

In 2014, the Club decided to broaden its horizons by sharing at least one offering a year with the community-at-large in partnership with the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History.  Chartered in 1882, the Sheldon Museum, located at One Park Street, Middlebury, tells the history of the Mid-Lake Champlain region through its rich collections, archives, and innovative exhibitions.

The two organizations chose Judge Sessions – a Middlebury College graduate, local resident, distinguished jurist, and community volunteer – as its inaugural lecturer.  His life epitomizes the values and reflects the missions of each organization.

For more information contact: William F. Brooks, Jr.,   wbrooks@henrysheldonmuseum.org, 802/388-2117

 

The Middlebury College Museum of Art Closed While We Acquire a New Sculpture

The Middlebury College Museum of Art Acquires a New Sculpture

On Friday, May 1, 2015 the Middlebury College Museum of Art will be closed to allow for the installation of an important new sculpture in the Boesky Family Entrance Court created by the contemporary Belgian artist Fred Eerdekens (b.1951). The work, titled Some Need is a wall sculpture comprised of manipulated strips of copper wire that extend outward from the wall. When illuminated by bright light the wire creates shadows that can be read as text. Eerdekens’ work has been described as “the interplay between light, materials and language.” It is simultaneously simple yet artful and the eight phrases that comprise Some Need form a sequence of words that reflect on human actions–-both physical and intellectual.

The Museum will resume regular hours on Saturday, May 2. Please come and enjoy the most recent addition to our permanent collection. If you have questions please call the Museum at 443-2291 or 443-2309.

Scrivener: Software for Writers Workshop

Write Your Thesis with Scrivener
Library Workshop
Wednesday, April 29th
4:30-5:30pm
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library workshopAre you working on a large writing project? Scrivener can help! Scrivener is a software program that breaks down your writing into manageable “chunks,” and brings your research and writing together into a single conceptual workspace.

The library will offer a Scrivener workshop on April 29th at 4:30p.m. Participants will learn how to create a new writing project, how to import existing work, and how to outline, research, and write with Scrivener’s unique features. This workshop is aimed at thesis writers but is open to all members of the College community. For more information on Scrivener and to sign up for the workshop, visit go.middlebury.edu/scrivener.