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TIAA Webinars: New Programs on Retirement Readiness

TIAA plan sponsor webinar lineup offers you even more insights and solutions via live, interactive Q&A’s with experienced subject matter experts. You can register for upcoming titles and/or be able to access topic-specific resources and on-demand presentations after the webinars with TIAA’s resource page: .

Here’s a sneak peek at the Fall lineup:


Facilitated Conversations Go Virtual


Envisioning Middlebury committee members engage in a brainstorming exercise.

As part of Envisioning Middlebury, we have been holding facilitated conversations since last spring to capture a wide range of answers to the questions “Who are we and what are our deepest values?” “What does the future look like?” and “Where do we want to go?” One of the first things we learned is that the conversations got more interesting when they included the perspectives of multiple roles, across multiple programs. This fall’s conversations are being held via videoconference, so that faculty, staff and students from the Institute and the College can mix things up, sharing the things that are different from program to program, and the things we have in common.  Facilitator Tobi Marcus is alternating between the two campuses, and is just completing a week in Vermont.  In October, she will be in Monterey, but folks from the Middlebury campus are encouraged to participate.  Participants from both campuses can sign up online.

Also this week, the Envisioning Middlebury Steering Committee and the Envisioning Middlebury Advisory Committee held their kick-off meeting, with most members gathered on the Middlebury campus, and others joining from Monterey, Madrid, and Massachusetts – a definite M-theme there – and New York. You can learn more about these two committees and their work on the Envisioning Middlebury website. Look for them to engage with the community in a variety of ways as they to develop a Vision and Strategic Directions for Middlebury.


Photography Exhibit on Syrian Refugee Crisis Opens at MIIS

syrian-photoA new Global Perspectives Gallery opened this week in the Samson Reading Room at the Institute. Sponsored by the Committee on Art in Public Places, the first exhibit in the new gallery features photographs taken by alumna Sumaya Agha during her work documenting the Syrian Refugee Crisis. More of her work can be seen on the website of Mercy Corps, where she served on the communications team documenting the lives of refugees. Sumaya’s work has also appeared in Huffington Post, BBC Focus on Africa, Forbes Africa,, and The New York Times.

Sumaya gave a gallery talk on September 27, and her work will remain on display in Samson. If you work at, or are visiting the Monterey campus, stop in and view the photos.

The Committee on Art in Public Places came into existence at MIIS last year as a way of adding a visual dimension to what our campus says about who we are, and it has focused on the many ways our students and alumni engage with people, cultures, and environments around the world. It was inspired by, and has sought advice from the Committee on Art in Public Places at Middlebury.

Grant Opportunities for Innovative Ideas! Attend the FFI information session!


Do you have an innovative project or idea? Then come to the Fund for Innovation (FFI) information session Friday, September 30th from 12:15pm-1:30pm in Axinn 229!

The FFI seeks to fund the unconventional and experimental, and projects must somehow tie back into the Middlebury experience. You can find out more about the FFI’s background, mission, and various funded projects on our website:

Any questions? Email Galen Anderson ( or Michael Dola (!

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.


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.



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