Reminder: The employee golf tournament was rescheduled for
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
9-hole Captain and Crew (4-person scramble)
Check-in: starting at 3:45 p.m.*
Shotgun start: 4:30 p.m.
Dinner: in Kirk following golf
Open to all faculty and staff.
Retirees are welcome to sign up anytime.
Details regarding team sign-up can be found here.
There was a high level of participation in the recent Staff Council election. Many thanks to all of you who voted. The full slate of Staff Council representatives are listed below, along with the expiration of their term on Staff Council. Wayne Darling, Arabella Holzapfel, and Ken Pierce have been re-elected, and we welcome newcomers Brook Escobedo and Ashley Calkins.
We (Staff Council) will be sponsoring our annual ice cream social on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 from noon-1:00 on the patio of McCullough, so please join us for ice cream and meet your representatives!
Here is the full list of Staff Council, as of July 2012:
District A (primarily Academic Affairs-related offices) – Naomi Neff (term expires 6/13)
District B (College Advancement and Communications) – Cathy Tester (term expires 6/13)
District C (some Student Affairs-related offices) – Wayne Darling (re-elected, term expires 6/14)
District D (more Student Affairs-related offices and international program offices) – Brook Escobedo (newly elected, term expires 6/14)
District E (primarily administrative and business offices) – Valerie Costello (term expires 6/13)
District F (Facilities Services other than Custodial) – Jenn Pottinger (term expires 6/13)
District J (Custodial Services) – Jacqueline Doty (term expries 6/13)
District K (Dining Services) – Ken Pierce (re-elected, term expires 6/14)
District L (LIS) – Arabella Holzapfel (re-elected, term expires 6/14)
Member-at-Large – Ashley Calkins (newly elected, term expires 6/14)
Through June 14th, the Middlebury College community can temporarily use GREENR – a new online resource that offers authoritative content on the development of emerging green technologies and discusses issues on the environment and sustainability. Let us know if you find this resource worthwhile. Send feedback to Rebekah Irwin or your library liaison.Find GREENR and other resources that are currently under review at go/trials.
Available for the first time online – archived issues of National Geographic magazine dating from 1888 (currently ending with 1994). Every photograph. Every map.
Find National Geographic along with other library collections that we are previewing at go/trials.
Spring Employee Golf Tournament
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Nine-hole Captain and Crew (four-person scramble)
Check-in: starting at 3:45 p.m.*
Shotgun start: 4:30 p.m.
Open to all faculty and staff.
Sign your team up now (limited to the first 30 teams)! – $15 per person ($60 per team)
(Please pay registration fee for entire team at sign-up—checks can be made payable to Middlebury College.)
Please contact Valerie Costello, MariAnn Osborne, or Phil Cyr, to register/pay for your team:
- Valerie Costello, firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 5295, Reprographics/FIC
- MariAnn Osborne, email@example.com, ext. 5435, DKE Alumni House
- Phil Cyr, firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 5084, Service Building
- First, second, and third Places (front & back nine)
- Closest to the pin
- Longest drive
- Closest to the line
- 50/50 Raffle: Eight tickets for $5: two winners will be drawn, and 50 percent of proceeds will benefit the Chaplain’s Fund**
* CTO must be used for events during regular work hours
** The Chaplain’s Fund provides monetary support in the form of either a one-time grant or a one-time loan to employees facing an unforeseen financial emergency or crisis. The Chaplain’s Fund committee reviews confidential applications from employees. If approved, funding is provided directly to the employee’s creditors or vendors. Ongoing contributions for this fund are also provided by year-end unused allocations from college employees’ flexible spending accounts. The Chaplain’s Fund has been in existence since 1992 and is just one example of the variety of resources and programs in place to support employees.
Please join us at our Staff Council meeting Wednesday, April 11:
SPECIAL GUESTS Derek Hammel and Patrick Norton of the Pension Advisory Group (PAG) will join us to describe the recent re-formulation of the PAG (which oversees the College’s retirement plans). Derek and Patrick will describe the group’s charge and what they’ve been working on.
The college’s retirement plan affects all employees, so interested faculty members are welcome to join us. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. in the Crest Room. Also on the agenda will be our regular committee reports from Community Council, HR-6, Compensation & Benefits, and others.
Below are highlights of Staff Council’s December 2011 and January 2012 meetings. The complete minutes of these and other recent Staff Council meetings are available on our website at http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/administration/scouncil/minutes/mcsc_minutes/2012minutes.
December: Staff Council reps summarized the district meetings conducted jointly by SC reps and vice presidents; these issues arose in multiple district meetings:
- Increased workload due to reduced staffing has made it necessary to rely on student workers and the challenges for those supervising
- Expectations of exempt high-level managers of non-exempt staff to respond during off-duty hours
- Campus-wide communication
Tim Spears gave a progress report addressing working conditions in high-temperature work areas (dining hall kitchens, for example) on hot days.
Joe Antonioli from LIS demonstrated online classifieds.
January: Reports from committees unveiled issues relating to dorm damage (Community Council), benefits, and the possibility of staff to direct their retirement accounts (HR-6)
A recent furnace failure led to a discussion about adding a statement to the thermal comfort policy that would apply to employees working in offices when the heat is not sufficient on winter days.
We discussed the upcoming launch of online classifieds: go.middlebury.edu/classifieds
We discussed last year’s communications regarding the merit bonuses, and how it can be communicated and implemented more clearly this year.
— Interested staff members are always welcome to join Staff Council during our meetings – the second Wednesday of every month from 9-10:30 a.m., almost always in the Crest Room in McCullough. The next one will be February 8th.
Over the months that MiddPoints changed from its printed version to its current online version, Staff Council and members of the administration heard repeatedly from staff members that the classified advertising was one of the most missed parts of the printed MiddPoints. In collaboration with Human Resources and Communications, Staff Council is pleased to announce that online classified advertising is now available to the Middlebury College community – staff, faculty, and students – at http://sites.middlebury.edu/classifieds
The Web Services group of LIS has designed an online classifieds function using the WordPress platform. You will need to log in with the username and password you use for e-mail to view the classifieds or to post an ad – just go to http://sites.middlebury.edu/classifieds or find it easily at http://portal.middlebury.edu
These are the categories in which ads can be posted:
- Computers & Electronics
- Courses and Training
- Event Tickets
- Everything Else
- Lost & Found
- Care Provider
- Real Estate & Housing
- Sporting Goods
A posted ad will be automatically removed after 30 days. We ask that if your ad is successful before 30 days, you remove the ad yourself. As with all online services provided by Middlebury College, the classified advertising site is governed by the policies stated in the employee and student handbooks.
We thought we would ring-in the new year with a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the work required to bring over 76,000 full-text journals and hundreds of online databases to the Middlebury community. Both the end, and the beginning, of each year are the busiest for those of us maintaining library collections online and off, in print.
Most of our efforts from September into early November go toward making sure our subscriptions, for both print and online journals, continue uninterrupted from one year to the next. Of the nearly 2,000 subscriptions we have, there are always a few that somehow fail to get renewed despite our best efforts. For example, we might discover in March that we have not received any recent issues of Veja, a weekly magazine published in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Occasionally, we can fill the gaps of a lapsed subscription, but not always.
There is usually a mountain of mail awaiting us in the new year: books, newspapers, magazines, and journals from all over the world and bills for these books, newspapers, and magazines from around the world. If we spend the last few days of the previous year ensuring access to our library collections after December 31st, we spend the first few days of the new year digging ourselves out of the mail room, looking for those lost issues from the previous year and for bills to pay.
Especially in the new year, but any other time too, please let us know if you cannot find something online or in print that you know was there before. Our email: email@example.com. Happy new year!