New Employee

In this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Bijan to campus!

Bijan Samimi has worked in the dining services industry for over 30 years. Bijan supports the community through his efforts with local youth programs and guest speaking engagements. He joins us as Lead PM Cook for Retail Foods.

Reminder: Sign up this week to support HOPE’s Holiday Gift Shop

Season’s Greetings Middlebury Faculty and Staff!

The holiday season is almost upon us! Help sponsor a local child through H.O.P.E’s annual Holiday Gift Shop! Here’s how to participate:

  • Sign up by visiting go/givingtree. You can sign up any time between now and November 25th.
  • Choose an age range and gender of a potential child. You will then receive an “e-tree” from the CE office regarding further instructions and pertinent details about your gift.
  • You can sponsor a “tree” by yourself, with a friend, as a department or in another type of group collaboration!
  • We ask that you consider spending a minimum amount of $25 per tree. We strongly encourage you to team up with friends and co-workers to maximize the fun and impact of each Giving Tree!
  • Do NOT wrap gifts.
  • Gifts must be brought to Community Engagement at 118 South Main Street by & Thurs., December 2nd and 3rd between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Elle Bacon, Thank you for your continued support of this amazing program. H.O.P.E. counts tremendously on Middlebury College’s consistent and generous participation. Take care and thank you for your support and participation!




Letting go of an unhealthy habit isn’t easy. Once you start to associate behaviors like smoking with relaxing, or having ice cream while watching TV, they become part of your daily routine. Your first step is to make a decision to change that routine, and replace unhealthful habits with healthier ones.

LifeScope can help with:

  • Tips on how to quit smoking and other tobacco products
  • Articles on healthy eating and fitness
  • Audio on stress management techniques
  • Video on nicotine addiction

24/7 access to confidential counseling support


Tues, Nov 17th at 12pm ET/9am PT & 2pm ET/11am PT

Using strategies developed by the Mayo Clinic, this webinar will help you discover the unrealistic expectations that could be impacting your ability to stick with positive change. To register, log on to with your organization username and password. In the middle of the homepage, click on ‘Online Seminars’ then “Stick with It.” If you are unable to attend, look for the archived webinar under Online Seminars, approximately 7-10 days after the live presentation.


November Tips for Taking Action

You may also be interested in viewing the following tip sheets, which can be found on the member website:

  • Putting a Stop to Smoky Thinking
  • Deciding to Quit Drinking
  • Gambling Addiction: It’s not Whether You Win or Lose, but How You Play the Game
  • Drug Addiction Treatment Takes Time

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

24/7 Toll-free line: 800-828-6025


Username: Middlebury College

Password: guest

Attend Community Council Monday @ 4:30. This week’s topic: Faculty Stress. All faculty and staff welcome!

We invite all College community members to attend Community Council meetings. Community Council is a group of ~20 students, faculty, staff and administrators that meets weekly to discuss issues facing the college and make recommendations to President Patton. We meet on Mondays from 4:30 – 6:00 PM in the Crest Room, McCullough. The topic this semester is stress as applied across students, faculty and staff; our meeting on 11/16 will be on faculty stress and how to write a recommendation.

If you cannot attend a meeting but would like to submit a statement to be shared and/or obtain the minutes, please contact Staff: be on the lookout as we move towards discussing staff stress this semester – if you have any personal opinions or narratives please feel free to share at our email. For more info: Go/CC


The Week’s Headlines

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

Update on Students Studying at Middlebury School in France

Math Professors Blog about Active Learning

Athletics Hall of Fame Inducts 10 New Members

The King’s Singers: Sensational Six-Part Harmony

Editor Extols the Virtues of Good Reporting

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Teaching Resources & Stories

Teaching at Middlebury WordPress site

Teaching at Middlebury WordPress Site

The  Library and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research have been working together to develop a site where Middlebury College faculty can share different teaching methods that are being used across campus. We will also use this site to collect, organize and share resources that can be used to achieve different learning goals. Examples of stories currently featured on the site include:

  • Ways that faculty are using different annotation methods to provide feedback and emphasize close readings of texts
  • Creating collaborative resources to highlight and contextualize course content and themes

We are pleased to share the start of the Teaching at Middlebury site and look forward to working with all of you  to develop and refine the work that has already been done. It is designed to be a dynamic source of new content, connections and opportunities, so we hope you will engage, return, and share your work as you begin or continue your journey as educators at Middlebury. Please visit the site at

We look forward to featuring your work soon!


HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

There are currently 17 faculty positions, 57 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and  5 internal job postings 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)

College Community Chorus Thanksgiving concert

On Sunday afternoon, November 22, one hundred singers — including Middlebury College students from across the globe and residents from nearly every town in Addison County —  will take their places in the choir pews inside Mead Chapel as the Middlebury College Community Chorus presents its annual Thanksgiving concert. This free, hour-long performance begins at 3:00 p.m. and is open to all.

Middlebury College Community Chorus

photo: Miranda de Beer

The program includes a mix of exciting classical choruses alongside newer works. The choir will offer the magnificent first movement of J. S. Bach’s Magnificat; Felix Mendelssohn’s setting of the Thanksgiving chorale Now Thank We All our God; and the final choruses from G. F. Handel’s Messiah with the thrilling counterpoint of voices singing Blessing and Honor… Amen! Works by contemporary American composer-conductors include an exciting setting of a thanksgiving psalm, Jubilate Deo (Make a joyful noise unto God) by David N. Childs, and the beautiful Pilgrims’ Hymn by Stephen Paulus. The choir presents Soulspeak by Z. Randall Stroope, a brand new song with an inspiring text from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s Ulysses. Also slated is Jeffery Ames’s Let Everything that Hath Breath, an uplifting gospel song with its driving rhythm, as well as a beautiful new arrangement by Craig Courtney of Let There Be Peace on Earth.

Conductor Jeff Rehbach notes that the Chorus is privileged this season to perform two works by members of our local communities. Sally Hoyler, well-known in the community as Ripton town clerk and a long-time member of the Chorus, succumbed to cancer in early 2015. In her memory, the chorus will sing a beautiful, flowing song that she composed several years ago that begins with the lyrical text “Ocean, ocean sing to me the silent music of the soul.” The choir will also premiere a brand-new work, A Blessing for Dear Friends, written by Nathan Wallace-Gusakov. Nate grew up in Bristol and now lives with his family in Lincoln and appears frequently playing banjo with music groups in the area. His composition offers hope for peace and love, light to guide the way, and concludes “may you come home to love” – a fitting sentiment for this Thanksgiving program.

Middlebury College Community Chorus

photo: Miranda de Beer

Members of the College Community chorus travel for weekly rehearsals from throughout the region, including Cornwall, Weybridge, Middlebury, Ripton, Goshen, Bristol, Monkton, New Haven, Waltham, Vergennes, Ferrisburgh, Charlotte, East Middlebury, Salisbury, Leicester, Brandon, Rutland, Orwell, Shoreham, Addison, Port Henry and Moriah. College students hail from Vermont, Maine, New York, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Illinois, Hong Kong and Kenya. Jeff Rehbach is in his sixteenth season as conductor of the College Community Chorus, and Timothy Guiles serves as the ensemble’s remarkable accompanist. The group is open without audition to all singers who delight in participating in this 150-year-old community tradition, hosted by Middlebury College.
For up-to-date information, check on the web at or contact director Jeff Rehbach at 989-7355.



Please read the changes below to the time entry/approvals deadline and pay dates for BW24 (pay date 11/25/15).

The time entry deadline is 4 days earlier for this pay period.

These changes are required to accommodate for the Thanksgiving holiday and are critical to the early payroll processing.

Pay period BW24 (11/09/15 – 11/22/15)

  • Deadline for SUBMITTING AND APPROVING TIME – FRIDAY, 11/20/15 10:00am
  • Paychecks and direct deposits issued and dated – Wednesday, 11/25/15


Please inform all your staff of these changes

Payroll/Human Resources

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