Faculty and Staff Families: Attend the Page One Halloween Party!

Page One Literacy is a Middlebury College student organization that seeks to foster a love of reading and learning in the Middlebury community. We do this by organizing various after school reading programs in local elementary schools, but we also occasionally have fun holiday events and our first one of the year is coming up! We will be having a Halloween-themed craft and reading party at the Swift House Inn (25 Steward Lane, Middlebury) on Sunday, October 26th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We would love it if you and your children would join us! Questions? Contact Anna Dennis ’17.5, atdennis@middlebury.edu .

Oct. 20 – 24: Food [in]Justice in the 21st Century Symposium

Food [in]Justice in the 21st Century Symposium at Middlebury College
October 20 – 24, 2014
Organized by Middlebury students in the Eat Real student group
Schedule of Events

This year’s MCAB fall symposium, hosted by EatReal, focuses on food justice and injustice on local, national, and international scales. Highlighting the social and political implications of food production and consumption, we will also explore how class, gender, and race are intrinsically linked to our present food system. Numerous lectures and workshops will help us to critically examine how policy and activism can address food security and access, creating a more socially just food system for all. For more information, visit go/eatreal.

Tuesday, October 21
Eric Holt-Giménez. Food Regimes and Food Movements: Time for Transformation
Wilson Hall, McCullough
7:30 p.m.
This talk by Eric Holt-Giménez is part of the Food [in]Justice in the 21st Century Symposium, co-hosted by student group EatReal and MCAB, that will focus on access to sustainable and healthy food at a local, national, and global level.  Holt-Giménez is Executive Director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy, a “peoples’ think-and-do tank” dedicated to eliminating the injustices that cause hunger and environmental degradation. Previously, he worked as Latin American Program Manager at the Bank Information Center in Washington, DC, where he monitored the projects and policies of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Tuesday, October 21
Migrant Justice Panel
Axinn Center 100
4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 22
Sistah Vegan aka Dr. A. Breeze Harper. On Ferguson, Thug Kitchen, and Trayvon Martin: Intersections of [Post] Race-Consciousness, Food Justice, and Hip Hop Vegan Ethics
Mead Chapel
7:30 p.m.
Sistah Vegan aka Dr. A. Breeze Harper discusses her new book project that focuses on critical race and black feminist perspective on black male vegan activists using hip hop methodologies to teach about veganism and other intersectional issues such as decolonizing the diet, being ‘race-conscious’, and using gardening to combat the prison to pipeline phenomenon.

Thursday, October 23
Hunger Free Vermont
Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest 103 (The Orchard)
4:30 p.m.

View the poster for a full schedule of events: http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/486769/original/food_injustice_small.pdf

Friday Links – October 17, 2014

Time for a Thesis – From the Senior Admissions Fellows Blog, a self-reflective essay by a History major on the impact of our annual message to seniors about thesis carrel signup and research support. His conclusion is quite nice: “When I think ahead to the books and research, I am not so much nervous as I am excited,” he says.

Practicing Collaborative Digital Pedagogy to Foster Digital Literacies in Humanities Classrooms – This article presents two case studies of classes who employed different techniques to “foster digital literacies in humanities students using distinct approaches for each course.” My key takeaway hinged on one student’s observation: “Through creating an infographic in Easel.ly, I learned that it is very important to develop skills in being able to pick out important information from the vast amounts that you can easily find online.”

How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning – A fight or flight reaction may be useful in some situations, but it is highly detrimental in the classroom. Whether anxiety stems from test taking or from an unstable home environment, the brains of students experiencing high levels of stress look different than those who are not — and those brains behave differently, too. In this article, we’ll take a look at the neural and hormonal responses that underpin a student’s stress response, and make a few suggestions for continuing to teach through the challenges it presents.

Upcoming Battery Will Charge Phones And Electric Cars in Minutes – It takes about an hour to fully charge a cell phone, and the battery lasts about two to three years over 500 charge cycles. However, a new design could reduce charge time to only a few minutes and the battery is expected to last for 10,000 charge cycles over a 20 year lifespan.

FireChat in Hong Kong: How an app tapped its way into the protests
(CNN) — The revolution will not be televised but it will be tweeted, instant messaged or, in the case of Hong Kong, broadcast on mesh networks like FireChat.

 

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

There are currently 16 faculty positions, 42 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 3 internal job postings on the Middlebury College 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)

Monday Lunchtime Bridge Group

Would you like to exercise your brain at lunch time on Mondays?  A group of us play every week in the Davis Family Library staff room from 12-1. We’re looking for more regular players or substitutes. We’re very informal - we don’t keep score and table talk is OK. If you want to learn, you can come watch and then eventually move into playing.    If your bridge skills are rusty, you’ll be in good company. If you have any questions, contact Franci Farnsworth (farnswor@middlebury.edu) or Cynthia Watters (cwatters@middlebury.edu).

The Week’s Headlines

Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Middlebury Voices in the News: Umbrella Revolution, MoMA Exhibition, and Where’s Kim Jong Un?

Faculty Stories: Christal Brown, Dance

Governor Shumlin Appoints Economics Professor Jessica Holmes to Green Mountain Care Board

Middlebury College Student Featured in Hong Kong Protest Coverage

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Blood Drive Thursday the 16th

Atwater Commons is partnering with the Red Cross to host a Blood Drive in McCullough Wilson Hall  (Social Space) on Thursday, October 16th, from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

When: Thursday, October 16th, from 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Where: McCullough Wilson Hall (Social Space).

Walk-ins accepted. Please bring photo ID or donor card.

To register in advance please visit www.redcrossblood.org

Anyone with questions or looking to volunteer may contact David Dolifka (ddolifka@middlebury.edu ) of Atwater Commons.

blood drive

Friday Links – October 10, 2014

How tech is changing the way we think and what we think about – There are a myriad of arguments for and against the increased use of technology in everyday life. Futurists and technophiles encourage its use, sure that technology will welcome a new utopia, while luddites rail against the “destructive” nature of technology use.

The Next Wave of Tech Change | Self-Publishing & Libraries (from Library Journal)

Trust, Privacy, Big Data, and E-book readers “… the Amazon Kindle platform is as much a data ingest tool for providing end-user behavior data to Amazon as it is a sales platform for digital media content,…” … “It seems that counter to this trend, libraries and scholarly publishers are the exception to the rule. Whether our community will remain outliers and whether this status is a good thing or not over the long run, remains to be seen.”

SNOW BOWL SEASON PASS SALE

WINTER IS COMING!

BUY SNOW BOWL PASSES BEFORE NOV. 30 AND SAVE

 

Snow Bowl season passes are $175 for an individual and $350 for a family again this year, and you’ll save on the amount of tax you pay if purchased before Nov. 30. Your taxable amount is based on the difference between the general publics’ cost and your cost, and because the rate to the public increases significantly after Nov., you can save by making your purchase before Nov. 30. During Oct. passes are on sale in the pro shop at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course from 8-5 daily, or can be purchased by calling ext. 5125 or 7669. Accepted methods of payment are cash, check, VISA or Mastercard. YOU MUST BE BENEFITS ELIGIBLE AND PROVIDE MIDDCARD ID number to receive the discount. On line purchases can be made any time at www.middleburysnowbowl.com.

 

Library Hours for Fall break

The Libraries will have reduced hours this weekend for Fall break.

Davis will close at 8 pm on Friday and be open 9-5 Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. On Tuesday, we will open at 9 am and close at the regular 1 am.

Armstrong will close at 5 pm on Friday and be closed Saturday and Sunday. Hours Monday will be 9-5 and Tuesday will be 9-midnight.

Regular hours resume on Wednesday.

See go/hours for the full calendar.