Everyone has heard of United Way. Have you ever wondered what United Way really does?
Have you thought, “What does United Way have to do with me?” , “How/why would I get involved?”, “Is it going to cost me money?”
Involvement can take many forms; it may be through volunteering, through advocating, or maybe giving. Middlebury College is a large community within the larger community of Addison County; we will talk about the many ways that you can be an integral part of the amazing and hard work going on in the non-profit sector of our community and how to get started.
Please join us on November 22 or 25 in Axinn 100 at noon and find out! We will answer those questions and more. Yes, United Way does have something to do with you and there is a reason for you to be involved!
Bring your lunch. We’ll provide dessert.
More information about United Way of Addison County can be found at their website.
The Annual United Way Days of Caring this year will be Thursday September 26th and Saturday September 28th. Attached you will find the flyer, the sign-up, and waiver forms. See http://www.unitedwayaddisoncounty.org/news/volunteers-needed-days-caring for more information.
Please note that the College has generously agreed that you may volunteer for this without needing to take CT0! This is a great way to contribute to the important work of the United Way, and a fun way to get to learn more about your community.
I’ve just posted the LIS Update August 2013 that describes recent accomplishments, current priorities, and longer-range opportunities and challenges. It is a lengthy, detailed document that captures the many things we are doing to help support the College’s efforts. A broader, higher-level description of our goals for the year and beyond can be found at our recently updated Strategic Directions page and at our Goals for 2013-14 site. I hope it is useful as a way to stay informed about what we are working on. If you have any questions about any of these items, do feel free to reach out to the appropriate group within LIS or to me.
This workshop, led by Anne Knowles (Geography Dept.), will explore principles and practices of spatial thinking, visualization, and research design for working with visual sources and methods in the digital humanities and social sciences. Examples will come from faculty and student research on the geographies of the Holocaust, the battle of Gettysburg, and other projects. We will also brainstorm around participants’ goals and ideas for incorporating spatial and visual approaches into their research and teaching.
If you wish to participate, please email Anne (firstname.lastname@example.org). Maximum 12 participants. Please identify yourself as faculty or staff, as we are aiming for a balance across the range of interests on campus.
Time and place: Friday, April 5, from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. in MBH 319. Be sure to bring paper and drawing implements.
Audrey LaRock from the Language Schools was the winner in this year’s United Way raffle. As April approaches, we are trying to wrap up this year’s College United Way Campaign. You can still make a contribution via the on-line form at https://web.middlebury.edu/forms/unitedway/index.php . To date, 140 individuals or families have pledged nearly $95,000. Last year, 180 individuals or families pledged just over $100,000. We hope to improve on both the amount pledged and the number of faculty and staff participating. If you haven’t yet done so, please consider contributing to this important cause. The United Way plays a critical role in providing resources where they are most needed in Addison County. You can learn more about the United Way of Addison County and how your contribution can make an impact in the community, by looking at their website at http://www.unitedwayaddisoncounty.org/ .
Steve Goodman and his wife Cynthia won this year’s United Way early-bird raffle. There is still time to be entered in the regular raffle, which will take place on February 11th. You will be entered
twice if this is your first time donating to the United Way, or if you
increase your donation. You can find out more about the United Way and
the many ways it helps in our community at
http://www.unitedwayaddisoncounty.org/, and you can donate on-line at
Update on the College’s United Way Campaign
- We had have 134 contributors so far
- 18 are first-time contributors
- 66 have increased their contribution from last year
- 37 met the 125% challenge by increasing their contribution by 25% this year
- We have raised over $89,000 so far, with a goal of hitting $125,000 and to also top last year’s number of contributors, which was 194.
Thank you for considering contributing.
Mike Roy, on behalf of the College United Way Committee
We’ve just posted the LIS Quarterly Update for your reading pleasure. We’ve shrunk it down (it’s a mere 11 pages!) and generally re-organized it to make it easier to skim quickly. As always, I would love to hear more about how we can make this report useful as a communication and planning tool, and also what we can do to make the process of producing it as simple as possible.
We’ve launched a one-question survey on the portal ( http://portal.middlebury.edu ) to help figure out what needs doing in order to improve it. The survey is at go/portaleval. We’re planning to launch a re-design contest that will be informed by what we learn.
We’ve just launched an on-line discussion board at http://go.middlebury.edu/discuss . The goal of this project is to find out whether or not an on-line forum will meet a need on campus that is presently not being met by Facebook, Midd Confessional, and Twitter on the one hand, and MiddNotes, the Campus Events Calendar, and the Portal on the other.
The discussion board is a very simple utility where you can post a topic, respond to a topic, and respond to a response. You can add profile information about yourself, including an image, and links to your on-line persona. We’ve created a thread to discuss the discussion board, and hope that students will take time to let us know whether or not this effort will address some of the gaps they have described in the communication platforms currently on offer at the College.
An FAQ on the details of how the forum works is available for those who want to learn more about how to post.
On Wednesday October 10 from 4 PM to 5 PM EST, Alison Byerly will present lead a webinar on the topic of Evaluating Digital Scholarship. You can join us in Library 145 to watch the webinar together, or sign-up to watch it on your own computer by going to http://www.nitle.org/live/events/146-evaluating-digital-scholarship , where you will also find a full description of the topic.