Human Resources and Student Employment Moving December 1st

The staff of Human Resources and Student Employment will return from the Thanksgiving holiday to new office spaces. Effective December 1st, Student Employment will be located at 161 Adirondack View, also known as Bowker Barn, the former home of Business Services. Meanwhile, the main offices of Human Resources will be relocated to the Marble Works complex, 152 Maple St. click here for directions.

Phone numbers will remain the same for both offices and the on-line directory will be updated with individual staff office numbers December 1st.

Stay tuned for an invitation to an open house- the staff of HR looks forward to welcoming colleagues to our new space!

The Week’s Headlines

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

Bill McKibben Will Speak on The Tower of Babel and The Ivory Tower on Nov. 17

Quoted this Week: Julia Alvarez ’71 on Migrant Justice

Community Chorus Presents Thanksgiving Concert Nov. 23

Middlebury College’s Historic Bread Loaf Campus to Be Conserved in Perpetuity

Middlebury Announces Fiscal 2014 Endowment Results

This Is Not Business As Usual

Middlebury Field Hockey Wins Third Consecutive NESCAC Title

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Winter Term Workshop 2015

Winter Term Workshop 2015

 Here’s your chance to broaden your horizons and/or develop a new interest! This January is your big opportunity to participate in Winter Term Workshops offered by Student Activities. Be sure to take advantage of this year’s series of non‐credit workshops ‐ open to the entire College community ‐ and make the most of Winter Term.

Check out go/wtw

Classroom LIB105 to be renovated and expanded

To meet the high demand for interactive video conferencing spaces on campus the College has decided to fast track a renovation and expansion of the LIB105 classroom. LIB105 will go off-line after this semester and the renovated space will go back online for the Summer Language School session. The room will be enlarged to the east, increasing its size by about 1/3. The finished room will be dividable into two spaces, each with its own entry door. The space will have high end, state of the art video conferencing equipment.

Changes to shelving and seating

The six study carrels on the east wall of 105 will be removed. We will reuse the lockers from these study carrels in carrels located elsewhere in the library.

To open up additional floor space, seven static ranges of shelves will be converted to compact shelving, compressing the collection against the existing compact shelving in the SE corner of the floor. To make the shelving conversion possible, right after classes end in December, the books (specifically, PS 214 – PS 3569 E5) and shelves will be temporarily moved to the Harman Periodicals Reading Area. The temporary shelves will stay in place during January and into February while the new exterior wall of 105 is built and the compact shelving units are installed, then the books will be moved from Harman back onto the new compact shelving. A few of the big blue easy chairs from Harman will be placed between the showcases and book stacks, and the rest will be staged on the upper level of Davis Library. The newspapers and magazines will continue to be accessible. All the books will continue to be available for use except for the short time they’re actually moving from one spot to the other and back. The new compact shelving and the static book stacks on the north side of LIB105 will be accessible throughout the spring semester while the renovation of 105 continues.

Facilities Services will do what it can to minimize noise and dust. This project is quite similar to the expansion of LIB140 a few years ago, which was, overall, quite painless and had little impact on people in the building.

Changes to room scheduling

The LIB105 classroom is currently used as an instruction and computer lab space. In January 2015, when the renovation begins, this will change. Scheduling and events staff are working on policies for the new videoconferencing room and for the LIB140 classroom, which has just been opened to use outside of the Economics Department. The library has given feedback on these proposed policies.

For now, we know:

  • LIB105 will be closed for renovation from January 2015 through the spring term.
  • When LIB105 reopens as a videoconferencing and meeting space, in time for Language Schools, it will be quite different. For one thing, it will no longer have computers! And in terms of scheduling, videoconferencing events will receive priority.
  • Beginning in Janjuary, students looking for a computer lab in the Library will need to use other rooms, including LIB140 and LIB220, the Wilson Media Lab. There are computer labs outside the library too, of course.
  • From January through the end of the spring term, classes that would have been scheduled in LIB105 will need to be scheduled elsewhere.
  • Even after LIB105 reopens in the summer, videoconferencing needs will get higher priority than instruction.

Questions? Post here, or contact your liaison.

We’ll post updates here as often as we can.

The Sister-to-Sister Annual Summit is Approaching!

Calling all middle school girls! Bring a friend and come join Sister-to-Sister’s most popular event—the annual summit!

The summit will be held on Saturday, November 22 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College. The summit is a full day of events beginning at 9:30 am and continuing until 4:30 pm.

The summit will include activities such as cooking, yoga, improvisation, dancing singing, crafts and slam poetry

Sister-to-Sister, an organization run by Middlebury college students and the American Association of University Women brings together middle school girls from Bristol, Middlebury and Vergennes with Middlebury College student mentors.

With the help of “campus supervisors,” mentors develop experiences that encourage girls to try new things outside of the classroom including such activities as art, music, dance, sign language, and yoga. Sister-to-Sister also focuses on discussions of such topics as body image, women in history, relationships, popularity, self-defense, identity and the internet, and self confidence.

So far, this semester we have had an impromptu game day and a Halloween event, in which we carved pumpkins, took pictures for our scavenger hunt, and competed in some cider donut races. We look forward to continuing the fun and games at the summit.

To RSVP and register for the summit, please contact Emily Pedowitz at (802) 443-5937 or EPEDOWITZ@MIDDLEBURY.EDU

You can also stay updated by following us on our website! http://middleburysistertosister.wordpress.com

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

There are currently 17 faculty positions, 40 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and no 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)

The Week’s Headlines

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

Quoted this Week: A Global Climate Movement that Started at Middlebury

Animated Short Wins Awards, Honors

Arts Scene: Q & A with Ron Liebowitz

Middlebury Phi Beta Kappa Chapter Inducts 10 Students

Award-Winning Jupiter String Quartet Returns to Middlebury for a Free Concert Nov. 16

Quoted this Week: How Early Voting Impacts Voter Turnout

Where Is the Palestinian Flag at Israeli Soccer Stadiums?

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

We were greatly shocked with the news…

During a recent visit to the archives by Professor Ellie Gebarowski-Shafer’s Religion 130 class, The Christian Tradition, students plowed through 214 years of Middlebury College missionary history with College Archivist Danielle Rougeau. Amid the pages of 19th century cursive was this diary entry by Mary Martin, wife of a missionary to China and grandmother of Mabel Martin (later Mary Buttolph), Class of 1911. (Mary Martin is pictured below, circa 1865.)

Mary Martin


After the death of her husband and a young son in China, Mary returned to Vermont by way of San Francisco. After 69 days at sea, she writes her last diary entry on May 21, 1965:

We were greatly shocked with the news we heard on our arrival this morning of the assassination of president Lincoln but very glad to learn that the war is over and that slavery is abolished.

Postscript: Lincoln was assassinated on April 15, 1865. News traveled slowly in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Her mention of this news falls smack in the middle of the page below. To learn more about Middlebury missionaries, Mary Martin, or to cut your teeth on some 19th century cursive, visit Special Collections.

Martin.1965

John Emerson awarded funding to develop statistics materials

John Emerson (Mathematics) received a modest grant through the Yale University Provost’s Fund for support of a project  titled Advances in Statistical Software Environments, on which he is working while on academic leave this year. The project grows out of an interest in changing the way statistics is taught,  and  it will develop educational materials and supporting illustrations suited for guiding students in undergraduate courses in using modern statistical computation.

John Schmitt granted funds to attend combinatorics workshop

John Schmitt (Mathematics) received a grant from the NSF-sponsored Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications, located on the campus of the University of Minnesota, to attend a workshop this fall titled Probabilistic and Extremal Combinatorics. While there, he presented a poster highlighting his work with two collaborators, one from the University of Georgia and the other a College alumnus.