Elizabeth Haney, an Associate Director in Middlebury’s Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs, was elected as an officer for Region I of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). NCURA Region I offers a wide variety of educational, networking, and professional development programs for research administrators in New England through the volunteer efforts of its members, and with assistance from the NCURA national office. Liz will begin her term as Secretary-Elect on January 1, 2016, and transition to Secretary the following year. She has been an active member of Region I for years and her service to NCURA Region I was recognized in 2014, when she was the recipient of the Outstanding New Professional Award. Congratulations Liz!
For several years the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has helped frame and articulate “best practices” in higher education/community collaboration and learning. In 2006 the Foundation offered the first elective “Community Engagement” classification. That year, Middlebury’s (then) Alliance for Civic Engagement (ACE) applied for and received recognition in the inaugural round on behalf of the College. This past year, in addition to new applications, colleges and universities that were recognized in either 2006 or 2008 needed to reapply in order to be approved for reclassification. On January 7, 2015 the Carnegie Foundation, in collaboration with the New England Research Center for higher Education (NERCHE), awarded Middlebury College and others distinction through the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.
This designation recognizes excellent work by faculty, staff, and students from multiple areas across campus (e.g., academic departments in the Arts, Humanities, Languages, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and other interdisciplinary programs; collaboration with Monterey and Schools Abroad; and offices/programs such as Community Engagement, Privilege & Poverty, the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, MiddCORE, Programs on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts, FoodWorks, Athletics, the Center for Careers & Internships, the Scott Center, CTLR, Orientation, JusTalks, the Commons, and more)—along with dozens of collaborating community partners. Examples of community-connected teaching, learning, and research initiatives; faculty-advised and student-led projects; volunteer efforts; internships; off-campus federal work study commitments; grant opportunities; alternative break trips; and more—demonstrated our alignment with institutional mission and priorities, overall, and the College’s continued commitment to work with and strengthen communities through partnerships, near and far.
From the Carnegie Foundation:
“Your application documented excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement, and it responded to the classification framework with both descriptions and examples of exemplary institutionalized practices of community engagement. The application also documented evidence of community engagement in a coherent and compelling response to the framework’s inquiry.
“Your campus is one of 361 institutions that now hold the Community Engagement Classification. It is heartening to see this level of commitment and activity. Clearly, higher education is making significant strides in finding ways to engage with and contribute to important community agendas. There is much to celebrate.”
“The importance of this elective classification is borne out by the response of so many campuses that have demonstrated their deep engagement with local, regional, national, and global communities,” said John Saltmarsh, Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education. “These are campuses that are improving teaching and learning, producing research that makes a difference in communities, and revitalizing their civic and academic missions.”
“This is the first time that there has been a re-classification process,” noted Amy Driscoll, Consulting Scholar for the Community Engagement Classification, “and we are seeing renewed institutional commitment, advanced curricular and assessment practices, and deeper community partnerships, all sustained through changes in campus leadership, and within the context of a devastating economic recession.”
Middlebury is one of 157 colleges and universities in the country to receive re-classification. This reclassification is valid until 2025.
“We applaud the Carnegie Foundation for recognizing the importance of setting high standards for valuable campus/community collaboration and articulating benchmarks to help guide those of us striving to pursue excellence in our work, while also drawing national attention and recognition,” comments Tiffany Nourse Sargent ’79, Director, Middlebury College Community Engagement. “One of the exciting points to underscore from this extensive self-study is the celebration that community engagement initiatives now generate from multiple points across campus, involving many more academic and co-curricular entities than was the case in 2006. While we in the Community Engagement office continue to serve as the ‘hub’ for campus community engagement initiatives, it is wonderful to see more and more positive connections campus-wide. To all who have contributed, thank you for your time, expertise, dedication, and good will as we work together to provide valuable and impactful learning experiences for our students and nurture strong and healthy communities.”
Here is what a few of Ian’s colleagues have to say about his work:
“Ian is a dedicated Middlebury employee who helps to protect Middlebury’s information assets every day. Ian is always willing to help out and his positive outlook is refreshing!”
“It is a daunting task to build and maintain secure information systems that also allow folks to do their work. Ian Burke listens to the needs of the community, while bringing a wealth of work experience and knowledge to do just that for the College. Congratulations to Ian on the completion of his Master’s degree.”
“This is a monumental accomplishment for Ian. Ian started working on his MA three years ago. He would set his alarm clock for 2:00 AM every morning and would devote the hours of 2:00 AM to 4:00 AM to his studies so as not to impact his family time… Incredible dedication. I am in awe of this accomplishment. “
Please join us in congratulating Ian on his achievement!
We’ve noticed that several departments are doing a great job of using the MiddPoints blog to recognize their employees’ accomplishments. To highlight these postings we have created a new section of the Human Resources website titled “Employee Accomplishments.” Currently we’ve included the following sub-pages in this section:
- 25 Year Club
- Employee Accomplishments
- Faculty Grants
- LIS Monthly Awards
- Staff Recognition Awards
In addition to posting an accomplishment directly to MiddPoints, as indicated in this blog posting from earlier this year, you can submit an accomplishment to be highlighted in MiddPoints by filling out the online form here: http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/hr/recognition/accomplishment-submission-form
We look forward to adding to these pages as additional articles are submitted. If you know of additional links that we should highlight – please tell us via e-mail at email@example.com.
On Monday, April 16, Ben Bruno was miles away from his desk in the International Student and Scholar Services Office pounding the pavement in Boston as one of approximately 22,000 participants in the 116th running of the Boston Marathon. This proved to be one of the hottest Boston marathons on record with temperatures in Boston reaching over 85 degrees and pavement temps of over 100! Ben finished the race in 3 hours and 30 minutes which was slower than he had hoped, but an excellent pace given the weather.
This was Ben’s second marathon. To qualify for the Boston event he ran the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington in May 2011. Ben’s run was more than just a personal accomplishment, it was also a means to raise money for a scholarship fund that his father maintains in memory of his mother, Patricia Ann Bruno. Patricia passed away from ovarian cancer when Ben was 10 years old. Sixteen years ago Ben’s father ran in the Boston Marathon to raise money for the scholarship and Ben was very pleased to be able to follow in his father’s footsteps, literally and figuratively!
The Patricia Ann Bruno Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to a student at Ben’s hometown high school, Goffstown, N.H., High School, who plans to pursue a career in elementary education. Patricia worked as a teacher in the neighboring town of Bedford.
Congratulations to Ben on an outstanding personal accomplishment and philanthropic pursuit!
We are very pleased to share that Lisa Hoff, Benefits Specialist in Human Resources, was awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal as a Senior Chief Yeoman in the United States Coast Guard Reserve in September 2011.
Lisa received this recognition for her work in New Orleans as a part of the Critical Personnel Resources Unit for the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Deepwater Horizon Spill of National Significance from May 23 to July 21 2010. Her commendation reads:
“During this period, Senior Chief Petty Officer Hoff managed the processing of over 3,000 requests for personnel, requiring over 6,000 Mobilization Readiness Tracking Tool entries. As a result, during her tenure over 2,100 Coast Guard responders were mobilized and deployed. She organized, trained, and managed a staff of 17 enlisted personnel and reduced internal UAC request for forces cycle time from six days to less than 24 hours, resulting in greatly increased lead time for Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM) and Personnel Service Center. She also developed personnel usage reports that provided clarity and fostered unity of effort, impacting decisions at the highest levels of the response. Chief Petty Officer Hoff’s dedication, judgment, and devotion to duty are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.”
Congratulations Lisa on your outstanding contribution to this effort!
Do you know someone who works at Middlebury that you think should be recognized? Tell us by posting your own MiddPoints article or submitting information via our web form here:
At Middlebury we are lucky to have a very talented and dedicated group of employees. (Need a reminder? Check out “Rain or Shine” @ Middlebury Magazine to view the phenomenal work of our Facilities department as they set up for commencement.) MiddPoints is a great way to recognize the outstanding work and accomplishments of Middlebury employees and we’ve just made it even easier to do so! You can now use the Employee Accomplishment web form found at the link below to send information to HR. We will then put together a posting based on the information that you provide and add it to the MiddPoints blog. (Remember that you can also post accomplishments directly to the blog yourself, if you feel comfortable doing so.) This is a great way to recognize the hard work of your colleagues or share your own achievement with the Middlebury community simply by filling out a quick and easy form! In addition, you will have the ability to upload a picture to accompany the posting. Please note that you will need to log in to complete the form.
Finally, we’ve also created a go shortcut for this new form titled: go/kudos (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/kudos.
This week’s employment snapshot:
There are currently 19 faculty positions, 1 summer Language School faculty positions, 12 external job postings and 6 internal job postings on the Middlebury College employment opportunities web sites.
Employment Quick Links:
Faculty Employment Opportunities: go/faculty-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/faculty-jobs (off campus)
Summer Language School Faculty Opportunities: go/ls-faculty-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/ls-faculty-jobs (off campus)
Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)