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HR UPDATE: THIS WEEK’S EMPLOYMENT SNAPSHOT

There are currently 2 faculty positions, 48 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 3 internal job postings on the Middlebury 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)

25 Years @ Midd with Sandra Carletti

IMG_7003[2]In this post we recognize Sandra Carletti, Professor of Italian and Faculty Head of Atwater Commons, for her 25 years of Service to Middlebury. Sandra shares her favorite places on campus, her interests, and a wonderful “collage of many memories” with us. Read on to learn more about Midd from Ann’s point of view.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?
I was a graduate student at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?
Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, Commons Faculty Head (Atwater)

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?
I had been married for less a than a year, my husband, Kevin, was working in Baltimore, and I was working on my dissertation (while getting used to the freezing Vermont weather)

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?
Being a mother to my children Selina and Max and adjusting to life after my husband passed away …

Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?
Yes, I became interested in gardening, scrapbooking and other crafts after I moved to Vermont, inspired both by colleagues and people in the community …

What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?
I cannot think of one in particular, it’s more like a collage of many memories: working, laughing and having dinner with my wonderful colleagues in the Italian Department; the satisfaction of teaching students who want to learn, inspiring discussions, those perfect moments of walking around campus while being aware of the natural beauty that surrounds us …

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?
This has been the perfect job for me, not much I really wanted to change!

What are your plans for the next 25 years?
Continue to do what I am doing but better, learn new things, travel more.

Do you have a favorite place on campus?
The Library and the organic garden

 

Employee Golf Tournament Results For June 1st 2016

Middlebury College Employee Golf Tournament Results For June 1st 2016

Front 9

1st Place

Bob Preseau

Dean Ouellette

Mike Moser

Mary Stanley

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2nd Place

Liza Sacheli

John Quelch

Amy Buck

Ray Reed

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3nd Place

Rick Carlson

Emina Mahmuljin

Ed Mayer

Steve Goodman

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Nearest To Pin #4

Mike Pixley

Nearest To Pin #7

Justin Maranville

Closest To The Line #2

Shaun Sullivan

Longest Drive #1

Ray Reed

 

Back 9

1st Place

Phil Cyr

Dan Stearns

Shane Lotten

Rick James

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2nd Place

Derrick Cram

Bill Hatch

Donny Dayton

Bernie Andrews

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3nd Place

Bruce Costello

Ray Gale

Jeremiah LaCrosse

Luther Tenny

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Nearest To Pin #12

Bernie Andrews

Nearest To Pin #14

Derrick Cram

Closest To The Line #17

Abby Copeland

Longest Drive #18

Abby Copeland

HR UPDATE: THIS WEEK’S EMPLOYMENT SNAPSHOT

There are currently 1 faculty position, 49 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 1 internal job posting on the Middlebury 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)

25 Years @ Midd with Anne Randlett

anne_clussIn this post we recognize Ann Randlett, a Staff Nurse at The Parton Center for Health and Wellness, for her 25 years of Service to Middlebury. Ann shares some of her interests, both new and old, as well as some fond memories, and kind words. Read on to learn more about Midd from Ann’s point of view.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?
I attended Middlebury, class of ’87, with a degree in BioPsychology (now Neuroscience). I worked with people who suffered from Traumatic Brain Injury for a year, then decided to get my BS in Nursing from the University of San Francisco.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?
Always been a Nurse at Parton!

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?
Just started learning yoga; love the classes sponsored by the college.

Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?
I was Head Nurse at Camp Keewaydin for several years, and the work at the college was great preparation for dealing with 200 boys!

What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?
The college sponsored an amazing financial planning class which was held over the course of a few evenings. It would be great to offer something like that again!

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?
I work with an amazing group of nurses, health care providers, and administrative staff.

 

June EFAP News: Learning for a Lifetime of Development

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FEATURED ARTICLE:

Lifelong Learning

We live in a fast paced world where everything from technology to standard classroom basics is evolving at a swift rate. Staying current not only helps you in your career, but also improves your overall health and wellness.

It used to be assumed that as we age, our ability to understand new concepts diminished. Some studies even reported that learning ability declined around 1% every year after an individual reached 25. New studies have debunked this. What slows down is the speed of learning, only slightly, not the ability to grasp, learn, and implement new concepts.

Young adults may able to memorize information faster or stay focused longer; however, older adults are better at using information along with life experience to problem solve and brainstorm solutions. Think about it, the typical worker today will have six or more “careers” within their lifetime. Such experience is valuable in analyzing current situations and providing solutions based on life experience.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF LEARNING

Many studies are currently recording and reviewing the direct health benefits of lifelong learning. Early studies are showing adults who engage in formal or informal education reap numerous benefits such as emotional balance, a healthy social life, improved memory function, and increased overall happiness. Adults are often afraid to learn new concepts, new software, or new procedures, but research clearly demonstrates that mental stimulation helps adults maintain cognitive functioning.

We understand that we need to feed our body nutritious food and engage in regular exercise for optimal health and wellness; your brain also needs fuel (from healthy foods and nutrients), rest (from adequate sleep), and cognitive stimulation (learning new subjects, playing games, and group engagement). Imagine such stimuli as the fitness club for your brain.

SO HOW DO I STAY MENTALLY STIMULATED?

Take a class. Choose something you have always been interested in, but never had the time to pursue. This may be a collegiate subject such as public speaking, or a fine arts subject such painting with water colors. Many universities offer free or discounted classes, both online and in the classroom. Check their websites. Several Ivy League universities have partnered with organizations to provide such classes. Also several universities allow you to “audit” a class, where you enjoy the class, learn the concepts, but don’t have to “test” for an actual grade. Similarly, search community organizations and businesses for interesting opportunities. Your local hardware store probably schedules several free workshop classes a year, or sign up for that dance class you have always wanted to take.

Play a game. Learning new board games, card games, or playing stimulating smart phone apps engages and challenges your brain. Several games, especially smart phone apps, are scientifically designed to keep your brain mentally fit. Or join a weekly card game group. Many community organizations post these on their websites.

Challenge yourself. Try a new recipe or experiment with an old standby recipe. Tackle that project around the house – research and study how to do it, make your plan, recruit some assistants, and then do it.

Be social.  Actively engaging in relationships and conversations not only stimulates your brain, but also improves your overall happiness. Join a walking club or make a standing commitment with a friend for lunch every week.

Henry Ford voiced some insightful advice on adult learning: “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

SOURCES:

http://education.jhu.edu/PD/newhorizons/lifelonglearning/higher-education/implications/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/media-spotlight/201210/can-lifelong-learning-help-we-age

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For whatever work or life issue is on your mind, or for anything related to daily living that you could use some extra help with, let us be your resource. It’s free, it’s confidential, and it’s available to you, as well as your family and household members.

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From MSA: How to Prepare for a Financial Setback

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If an emergency or life-altering event happened in the next month, could your finances take the hit?  Here’s why you should prepare for emergencies and how you can gain financial peace of mind for whatever the future might bring.

Why should you prepare for the worst?

No one wants to think they’ll lose their job or get in a horrible car accident, but there’s a good chance that you will experience some kind of financial challenge in the near future:  60% of Americans experienced a shocking financial setback in the past year.1

Even a seemingly minor financial setback can have major consequences, if you don’t have the right funds to meet the costs.

Let’s say you get in a car crash, you have a $500 deductible, and you have no emergency savings.  How do you pay for repairs?  If you’re stuck, you’re not alone.  Almost half of Americans (47%) say they wouldn’t even be able to pay for a $400 emergency.2

Many people in this kind of situation might dip into their retirement savings (if they have any and it’s accessible) and end up depriving themselves of income they’ll need in the future.  Or, they might rely on credit cards and find themselves deep in debt when the monthly bill arrives because they now have to pay the expenses plus interest.  Considering an average credit card rate of 16%, that interest rate makes a $500 emergency expense closer to $600.

Bottom line: if you don’t plan ahead for the real possibility of a financial emergency, your response to unforeseen expenses could trigger more financial problems later on in life.

Financial struggles even trigger health problems.  Finances are the number one stressor in America, according to the American Psychological Association, and their studies show that stress leads to both physical and emotional symptoms like irritability, lack of energy and/or motivation, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and indigestion.

How do you prepare?

First off, improving any area of finance starts with understanding your situation, so the first step is reviewing your income, debt, and living expenses to determine how much you can afford to put toward goals like saving for emergencies.

If you’re already in the middle of a financial setback, an assessment is still a good first step because it will give you an idea of where you can cut back or reallocate income to meet your needs.  For instance, continuing with the example of the auto accident, you might decide to watch movies at home and reallocate the sixty dollars your family usually spends at the theater – putting it toward your auto deductible instead while you try to fix your car.

Second, set a goal and start saving!  Now that you’ve taken a serious look at how much money you have coming in and how much you spend, you should have a good idea of how much you can afford to put toward possible financial setbacks.

Not sure about how much to save?  Your initial goal could be as low as $1,000, but the ultimate goal is to build up at least three to six months (or more) of your fixed monthly expenses; that way, if an emergency arises – like the loss of a job – you know you have the funds to continue meeting your daily necessities.

Plan for success!

The more specific you are with your goal and the steps you will take to reach it, the better your chances of success.  Also, including steps for celebrating your progress will not only give you incentive to finish but make the process fun!

For example, instead of saying, “I want to save up for emergencies,” actually take the time to write down specifics.  Consider something like the following:

  • Goal – save up enough to cover six months of my fixed monthly income
  • Action Plan – transfer $150 from each paycheck into a savings account specifically for emergency savings

Most importantly, get an accountability partner who will help you stay on track and make smart decisions as you try to reach your goal(s).  It’s easier to keep going when you have someone cheering you on.

What better accountability partner is there than a Money Coach?  MSA Money Coaches have professional financial experience that will help you put your best foot forward, and they can point you to resources for an easier journey, like budget worksheets for assessing your finances and calculators to assess your progress.

Whether you’re going through a difficult financial time right now or you want to prepare for the possibility of a setback in the future, your Money Coach can help you gain some peace of mind and make a plan for financial stability.  Call 888-724-2326 to get started.

1Financial Security and Mobility.  “Americans’ Financial Security: Perception and Reality.”  pewtrusts.org.  The PEW Charitable Trusts, 5 Mar. 2015.  Web.  19 Aug. 2015.

2Gabler, Neal.  “The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans.”  theatlantic.com.  The Atlantic, May 2016.  Web.  6 May 2016.

HR UPDATE: THIS WEEK’S EMPLOYMENT SNAPSHOT

There are currently 1 faculty position, 51 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 3 internal job postings on the Middlebury 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)