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Associate Chaplain Naila Baloch to give keynote address at Vermont Women in Higher Education Fall Dinner on October 11, 2016 at St. Michael’s College

naila1At the 2016 Fall Dinner hosted by Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE) on October 11, 2o16 at St. Michael’s College, Naila Baloch, Associate Chaplain and Muslim Advisor at Middlebury College’s Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, will be the keynote speaker. Naila brings to her work a focus on building strong, inclusive communities, and in her role she facilitates Islamic and interfaith programming and retreats and also advises the Islamic Society of Middlebury College. Naila earned her bachelor’s degree from Williams College, where she studied astrophysics and comparative religion; her master’s in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School, where she specialized in Islamic ministry; and a graduate certificate from the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism in Pope Valley, California, where her focus was on counseling from a spiritual perspective. She started her training at Harvard Divinity School as their first female, Muslim ministry student to prepare for positions of religious service. In 2015, Naila received the Carol A. Moore Scholarship from Vermont Women in Higher Education to continue her training in mental health counseling at the University of Massachusetts. Congratulations Naila!

 

Come to the Vermont Women in Higher Education Fall Dinner, Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at St. Michael’s College–All are welcome!

At the 2016 Fall Dinner hosted by Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE) on October 11, 2o16 at St. Michael’s College, you can enjoy a great meal, catch up with colleagues from across the state, celebrate the three 2016 VWHE award winners, and hear from keynote speaker Naila Baloch, Associate Chaplain and Muslim Advisor at Middlebury College’s Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life. This year’s theme is Strong Women, Strong World.

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Time: 4:30 – 7:00 pm

Location and Parking: St. Michael’s College, Dion Family Student Center (third floor – Roy Event Room). Parking is located at the Ross Sports Center.

Cost: $40 register here

Details: The evening will include networking from 4:30 – 5:30 pm with a cash bar and appetizers, followed by the keynote address and a buffet dinner at 5:30 pm with meat, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free options, as well as coffee, tea and dessert. 2016 VWHE award winners will be recognized at 6:45 pm.

 

Carlos Vélez‐Blasini receives grant from Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

grant-clipartCarlos Vélez‐Blasini (Psychology) has received a grant from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. The grant provides support for a study of the relationship between use of social networking sites, normative beliefs about sex, and relationship quality variables in US adults in and out of stable relationships. The work will provide insights into the impact of social networking on human behaviors and on social norms that can influence these behaviors, as well as help increase understanding of the relationship between use of social networking sites and well-being. Two Middlebury undergraduates will be working with Carlos on this project.

New to the library – EBSCO e-books

Students, faculty, and staff at Middlebury now have access to over 140,000 e-books on the EBSCO e-book platform.

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Ranging from history, religion, and the sciences to poetry, languages, and the arts, these books are available from on-campus or off-campus to multiple simultaneous users.

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Over the next few days, these books will become discoverable in Summon, and can be found in Midcat in a few weeks. Let us know what you think – contact your liaison or eaccess@middlebury.edu

Clifford Symposium at the Library – through October

Clifford Symposium at the LibraryThe libraries are pleased to support the Art and Science of Mindful Engagement during the  Clifford Symposium and beyond. Dip into a few recommended books on display, let a podcast walk you through a guided meditation, and disconnect from daily stressors in the Unplug and Recharge Room. (Or, borrow meditation cushions from the Circulation Desk and use them anywhere in the library!)

All will be available during regular library hours now through mid-October.

Library Book Display (Davis Family Library): Recommendations from faculty, students, and staff for mindfulness and meditation readings. Browse and borrow whatever you like! Located on the main level of the Davis Family Library.

Guided Meditation Station (Davis Family Library): Pick a blue chair, put on the headphones, and hit “play.” A professional will walk you through a short guided meditation exercise. Try it and see how you feel afterward! Located on the main level of the Davis Family Library.

Unplug and Recharge Room (Davis Family Library): Take a break and disconnect from daily stressors. A secluded corner of the library will be screened off to create a temporary Unplug and Recharge Room with meditation cushions and soft lighting. Located on the upper level of the Davis Family Library.

Meditation Cushions  (Davis Family Library and Armstrong Library): Thanks to the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, we are able to offer loaner meditation cushions for the whole school year. Check them out from the Circulation Desk, and use them anywhere in the library for 2 hours.

Library hours at http://go.middlebury.edu/hours.

Midd/MIIS Travelers

travelThe following employees have reported upcoming travel between Midd and MIIS:

From Midd to MIIS   From MIIS to Midd
Orion Lewis, Faculty Amy McGill, Integration
Oct 7 – 11 Sept 26-29
Jessica Teets, Faculty
Oct 7 – 11
Dan Stearns, Facilities
Oct 17 – 28
Mike Moore, Facilities
Oct 17 – 28
LeRoy Graham, Provost’s Office
Week of Oct 17
Kim Downs, SFS
Week of Oct 17
Steve Snyder, Language Schools
Nov 8 – 11
Vardit Ringwald, School of Hebrew
Nov 8 – 11

Let’s make the most of our travel budgets! If you have scheduled an upcoming visit to another campus and would like to share your plans with colleagues, please email your name, department, to/from locations, and travel dates to middpoints@middlebury.edu.

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Openness without penalty: The cornerstone of the creative student/classroom/university, with guest speaker Adam Croom

Adam Croom is the Director of Digital Learning and an instructor in the College of Journalism of Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. In this talk, Adam will narrate how he leverages the technology of the open web to stimulate his students’ learning and personal growth, and to catalyze creativity in his classroom.

Adam’s course project, which started off with a 15-student class, has grown into a university-wide initiative in which more than 3,000 students, faculty, and staff are given space and tools on the open web to write, build, and share. Learn how this project is providing soft infrastructure for teaching, learning, and, ultimately, creating a domain of one’s own.

Please join us Monday, September 26 at 4pm ET / 1pm PT for this important conversation.
Location: Library 105
Watch from anywhere via streaming on MiddCreate, http://middcreate.net, or on go/stream

Dental Plan Summary and Oral Health Integration Plan: Hot off the Press!

cignaBelow please find a link to the the Cigna version of Middlebury’s dental benefit plan summary. As you will see the covered services, both in- and out-of-network, are nearly identical to what we have now with CBA Blue.  However, there is one substantial difference.  On Cigna’s recommendation Middlebury has added an “Oral Health Integration Program” (2nd link).  This is a special, enhanced level of dental benefit for individuals with certain medical conditions, including: heart disease, diabetes, stroke, pregnancy, certain cancers, organ transplants and chronic kidney disease.  If you are interested in learning more about this program – for which there is no extra charge to participants – please read the program description below or make an appointment to see our Cigna representative during a campus visit (see article above for appointment information.)

Cigna Dental Benefit Summary, Middlebury College, 1/1/17

Cigna Dental Oral Health Program

-Human Resources