Employing Middlebury Students this Summer

You may be thinking about employing a Middlebury College student to work in your department this summer. What a great opportunity for both you and the student! The student can learn important skills (or enhance those they already have) that they will use throughout their life – customer service, time management, conflict resolution, verbal and written communication skills, and so on.

The Student Employment Office Web page has been updated to reflect this summer’s procedures and policies http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/seo/summer.

Please familiarize yourself with these policies so you are well informed and can provide information to the student(s) you hire.

 

Academic Roundtable, March 10, 2015 – Managing Technology in the Classroom

The Academic Roundtable meets on Tuesdays in the lounge of the CTLR from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
As the number and type of devices students bring to class has proliferated, faculty have had to wrestle with how to manage this new reality of students showing up with phones, tablets, and laptops. In addition, students are impacted by their fellow students. In this session, we’ll hear from faculty who are wrestling with this challenge, as well as from students whose views represent a range of positions.

Faculty discussing their classroom technology policies and practices will include:
Alison Stanger, Political Science
Helen Young, Biology
Student panelists include:
Phil Bohlman ’17
Cate Costley ’15
David Ollin Pesqueira ’17
William Weightman ’17
You may wish to read Clay Shirky’s ” Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away” at

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to dbernier@middlebury.edu by noon, Thursday March 5th

 

 

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

There are currently 19 faculty positions, 47 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)

Workshop Offering: Human Relations Skills – The Dale Carnegie Course

 “Investing in yourself,” Warren Buffet said in an interview on CBS, “is the BEST investment you can make.  I invested in a Dale Carnegie® program years ago and it wasworth a college degree.”

You will be able to:

  • Create a Professional Vision
  • Set and Achieve Your  Goals  
  • Present Your Ideas with Clarity 
  • Enhance Your Leadership Skills
  • Coach and Motivate for Success   
  • Stay Positive in Critical Situations
  • Build Trust and Integrity with Others  
  • Build Relationships across the Organization 

This course qualifies for the Middlebury Continuing Education Benefit*:

If you would like to receive funding to attend:

  1. Please first click here to get more information about the program from Dale Carnegie or register or contact Agnes Cook at agnes_cook@dalecarnegie.com
  2. Then click here to complete and submit a Middlebury Continuing Education Fund Application.
  3. Please also discuss with this your supervisor to get the appropriate approval to attend (if questions arise regarding this please contact Sheila Cameron at scameron@middlebury.edu)

*This Dale Carnegie course is accredited and offers 2.8 CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) and is supported by the Continuing Education Fund Benefit. Participants are required to participate in at least 7 out of the 8 classes to receive CEU credits. Make up classes for all sessions are available in the Dale Carnegie Essex, VT location.

WHEN: Tuesdays, Mar. 17- May 5, 2015 8:30 AM to Noon (8 sessions)

WHERE: 51 Main Street Middlebury, VT

Register by March 6th please

“Joseph Battell: A Centennial Appreciation,” a talk by David Haward Bain, Monday, February 23rd

Joe Battell, ca. 1860 -HSM, Stewart Papers, vol. 9

February 23, 2015 is the centennial of Joseph Battell’s death. Bread Loaf land baron (in his day the largest private landowner in Vermont), environmentalist, crusading newspaperman, Middlebury College alum (Class of 1860), trustee, philanthropist, novelist.

David Haward Bain presents an illustrated “magic lantern” talk on Joseph Battell’s life and works.

When: February 23, 2015, 4:30pm

Where: Abernethy Reading Room, The Axinn Center at Starr Library, Middlebury College

Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, the Environmental Studies Program, Middlebury History Department, and the Stewart-Swift Research Center, Henry Sheldon Museum.

David Haward Bain has taught creative writing and literature at Middlebury College for 28 years, and has been affiliated with the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference for 35 years since his first-book fellowship in 1980. His books include Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad, Bitter Waters: America’s Forgotten Naval Mission to the Dead SeaThe Old Iron Road: An Epic of Rails, Roads, and the Urge to Go West, and Sitting in Darkness: Americans in the Philippines, as well as The College on the Hill: A Browser’s History for the Bicentennial of Middlebury College and Whose Woods These Are: A History of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 1926-1992.

Photo credit: Joseph Battell circa 1860. Courtesy of the Henry Sheldon Museum, Stewart-Swift Research Center

Google Analytics for Higher Education Workshop on March 25, 2015

I’ll be hosting a workshop to discuss how you can use Google Analytics to get information about and improve the Middlebury website. You can sign up for the workshop on Wednesday March 25 from 1:30-2:50pm in MBH 161. Registration is limited to 10 persons to ensure there will be adequate time to answer your individual questions.

If you want to attend either session and don’t already have access to Google Analytics, please submit a Helpdesk ticket for “Software & Web Tools – Goolge Analytics Question” so that I can make sure you’re set up prior to the session.

Description: We can give you access to our Google Analytics reports so that you can look at traffic patterns for your website, but in order to get the most from this tool, you’ll need to do a bit of set up work and understand the basics of the platform. If you do not yet have a Google Analytics account, please indicate this in your sign-up.

What we’ll cover: Google Analytics tips & tricks, what number you should care about, search engine optimization, and getting your account set up.

What we won’t cover: Goals, conversions, AdWords, and on page events.

Format: The workshop will last an hour with additional time for questions and discussion, as needed.

More information about LIS workshops is available at go/lisworkshops.

The Week’s Headlines

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

Run to the Roar

C3 Faculty Share Their Insights on Middlebury – Part 2

Middlebury Among Peace Corps’ 2015 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Call for Midd. Student visual artist nominations!

The Friends of the Middlebury College Museum of Art invite you to nominate a Middlebury College student whose contribution to the visual arts in the community merits distinction. The Friends have made an annual award to a college student for nearly two decades, and recipients have included sculptors, filmmakers, painters, critics for The Campus, Museum volunteers, and founders of the M Gallery. Anyone [barring a relative of the nominee] can make a nomination.

The nomination form is available and can be submitted online – before the Friday, April 3 deadline — at http://museum.middlebury.edu/news/awards/middlebury_college_student_arts_award_nomination_form

The award will be presented on Sunday, May 3, at Kirk Alumni House, at the Friends’ Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner. The recipient and nominee will be guests of the Museum.

Please address any questions to mlane@middlebury.edu.

 

 

Fac/Staff Lunchtime Soccer

We (Peter Kim, Mike Roy, Peter Matthews) are trying to organize regular noon-time pick-up soccer for faculty and staff (like the decades old basketball games in Pepin) in the new Virtue Fieldhouse. At this point, we plan to reserve the Fieldhouse on (at least) Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at noon. (We’ve already enjoyed a couple of 3 v 3 scrimmages!) Peter (Kim) has more than enough soccer balls, pinnies, connies and PUGG goals to accommodate simultaneous games if needed.

If you’re interested, please e-mail Peter Kim (ptkim@middlebury.edy), Mike Roy (mdroy@middlebury.edu) or Peter Matthews (pmatthew@middlebury.edu) with the subject heading “Fac/Staff Lunchtime Soccer” and let us know what days work best for you, and whether you’d like to be added to a regular e-mail distribution list.

Friday links – Feb. 20, 2015

Google and Mattel pull the View-Master into virtual realityGoogle and Mattel pull the View-Master into virtual reality – Let’s recall the iconic View-Master toy that first launched in 1939 — it used small colored film that brought images to 3D life. Now, it’s getting a massive overhaul with the help of Google and its Cardboard VR (virtual reality) viewer.