Grille Closing from August 17th-September 7th 2015

Please note that the Grille will be closing for some maintenance issues on August 17th and will reopen September 7th, 2015. During this time, Midd Express Market will be open for snacks and Grab & Go options. Weather permitting, we are hoping to do some Pop Up Barbeques on the deck outside.

The Week’s Headlines

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

Middlebury Announces Alumni and Family Scholarship Program to the Institute of International Studies at Monterey

The Art of Birds

Modern Love

President Patton Presides at Her First Bread Loaf School of English

Old Chapel: Hello, Middlebury

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Jessica Teets and Orion Lewis awarded grant from Social Science Research and Humanities Council of Canada

Jessica Teets and Orion Lewis (both Political Science) are part of a research team based at the University of Alberta that has received funding from the Social Science Research and Humanities Council of Canada for a project titled Policy Innovation and Institutional Change in China. This study uses an evolutionary approach to analyze how the interaction of policy ideas, individual preferences, and existing institutions in China create incentives for local officials to act as policy entrepreneurs in an authoritarian system. The grant provides travel funds for research in China and other project costs. At least two Middlebury undergraduate students will assist with this research.

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

There are currently 5 faculty positions, 55 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:

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), (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), (off campus)

The Week’s Headlines

Here are the Week’s Headlines from the News Room:

New Middlebury Film Festival Will Include Work of Alumni Filmmakers

Summer Research Showcased at Symposium

Summer Construction Update

Authors and Poets Gather for 90th Session of Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

Middlebury Concludes $535.5 Million Fundraising Campaign

Middlebury College to Sell Stake in Language Education Joint Venture

View past stories by Visiting the News Room page.

Oxford Portuguese Dictionary – new to the library

Current students, faculty, and staff members at Middlebury and at Monterey now have access to Oxford’s newest language dictionary – Portuguese!OLDO_Port

Find thousands of translations from Portuguese into and out of English on the Oxford Dictionaries site, and visit our blog to learn more about Portuguese language and culture.

Grille Closing from August 17th-September 7th 2015

Please note that the Grille will be closing for some maintenance issues on August 17th and will reopen September 7th, 2015. During this time, Midd Express Market will be open for snacks and Grab & Go options. Weather permitting, we are hoping to do some Pop Up Barbeques on the deck outside.

Invitation: FIS Host Program Summer Informational Meetings, August 12 and 20

You’re invited to learn more about the Friends of International Students (FIS) Host Program
at one of our upcoming information meetings.

Dear Faculty and Staff–

International Student & Scholar Services invites you to learn more about our Friends of International Students host program.

• The program provides a terrific opportunity for you to meet people from around the world, and to connect with a student in an individual way.

• It’s a friendship program. Contacts between student and family are arranged on your own terms.

• To date, the Class of 2019 will include more than 70 international students, including some U.S. students who live abroad.

• In September, we also will welcome over 12 international exchange students.

• Most of the students participate in our program, so we will need many new hosts.

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of serving as a host to an international student, please register to attend one of our upcoming information meetings in the Service Building, Second Floor, Room 200.

• Wednesday, August 12, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
• Thursday, August 20, 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Please feel free to bring your lunch to our afternoon meeting.
We hope you will be able to join us. However, if you cannot attend a session and are interested in the program, please let us know.

TO REGISTER: Please contact Carolyn Dahm, ISSS Administrative Coordinator, by email at or by telephone at 443-5858. (Your email reply will go directly to the ISSS office mailbox. In either your email or phone message, please provide your name, email address, and phone number.) Even if you have been a host in the past, please contact us to register for a meeting, both to share your experiences with potential hosts and to learn about the upcoming year of the FIS program!

Please share this information with friends and family who do not work at the College.
We invite all community members who are interested in learning more about the program to attend a meeting.

Please visit our website at: to learn more about the Friends of International Students (FIS) Host Program.

We look forward to seeing you there!

New Survey Tool: Qualtrics

As of July 2015, Middlebury has adopted Qualtrics as its on-line survey platform for faculty, students and staff.

  • Qualtrics is currently considered the industry-leading provider of online survey software.

  • It is already being used by members of Middlebury as well as in other educational institutions for administrative, academic and research purposes. For example, Amherst, Bowdoin, Colby, Hamilton, Pomona, and Wesleyan are among peer institutions that offer site wide access to Qualtrics.

  • It offers powerful features, such as 90 different question types, the ability to add multimedia to surveys and panel management that set it apart from KeySurvey, our current software.

  • Finally, the switch resulted in significant savings for the College.

Our previous survey platform, KeySurvey, will be available until the end of September and users are strongly encouraged to export their surveys and data before September 30th.

To create a Qualtrics account and learn how to transition from KeySurvey to Qualtrics, go to or contact Bill Koulopoulos (

August EFAP News: Caught in the middle?




According to a Pew Research Center study, 1 out of every 8 Americans, age 40-60, is raising a child and caring for a parent. Sandwiched between two generations, these family jugglers are at greater risk for stress, depression and other health problems.

Discovering ways to balance multiple family care responsibilities can help ease the burden emotionally, physically, and financially.

LifeScope can help with:

  • Referrals for child care, special needs, educational programs, etc.
  • Information and referrals for respite care
  • Articles on boomerang kids and parent/child communication
  • Stress management tools
  • Financial consultation around family budgeting, retirement planning, college funding, financial aid, Medicare, etc.

24/7 access to confidential counseling support


Tues, Aug 18th at 12pm ET/9am PT & 2pm ET/11am PT

Join this free webinar to learn coping mechanisms that can help restore work-life balance and support resilience as you juggle personal, professional and family responsibilities. To register, log on to with your institution username and password. In the middle of the homepage, click on ‘Online Seminars’ then “Strategies for Multigenerational Caregiving” to sign up. If you are unable to attend, look for the archived webinar under Online Seminars, approximately 7-10 days after the live presentation.


August Tips for Taking Action

You may also be interested in viewing the following tip sheets, which can be found by logging on to with your institution username and password, and clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

“Affirmations for Parents”- When caregiving demands pull us in multiple directions, it’s important not to lose sight of how we wish to behave, or the relationships we wish to cultivate with our children. Affirmations can help us stay in touch with our parenting values and feelings. This article offers suggestions for affirmations and guidelines for how to use them effectively.

“Respite Care Fact Sheet”- Respite care encompasses a wide variety of services including home-based care as well as adult day care and institutional care. All afford caregivers respite or time off to take care of their other responsibilities. Read this article to learn more about different types of respite care and how to assess programs/providers for quality.

“Sandwich Generation: Caregivers in the Middle”- While the sandwich generation typically refers to those caring for aging parents and children at home, many are finding themselves providing support to their adult children and grandchildren as well. This article offers tips for how to set boundaries, communicate needs, practice self-care and tap into available resources to help ease the squeeze.

The August Calendar, Poster/Webinar Promo, and Spanish Language Poster can also be accessed on the member website by clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

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