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Throwback Thursday: Zach Schuetz


Some of the employees working within the libraries once had other roles and separate affiliations with Middlebury. Follow their (r)evolutions on the first Thursday of every month this semester.

Name: Zach Schuetz  

Former Role(s) on Campus: Class of 2011, Japanese Major, Linguistics Minor; Japanese Language School 2009

Current Role on Campus: Senior Technology Specialist; Advisor, Xenia Social House

When was this photo taken? Fall 2008, at the Quidditch World Cup (then hosted in Middlebury.)

What were you doing in this photo?

Just observing, though in other years I competed or performed with the Mountain Ayres for the halftime show.

How have things changed in your life since then? I’ve gained a lot of perspective on what I want out of life and what I’m willing to do to get there. For example, I love teaching, so at the time I was planning to be a college professor. But I’m not that excited about doing original research, so instead I found a position where I still get to teach and answer questions, but in a less formal setting, and without the stress of grad school and adjunct hell.

What hasn’t? I still speak Japanese sometimes, and I still enjoy watching anime, playing tabletop games, and attending events at Xenia. I also wear my wizard hat to work on special occasions.

What’s your favorite thing about your job? The satisfaction of solving a difficult puzzle, helping students and faculty do all the awesome things they do (both in an IT context and at Xenia), and getting to live and work in the wonderful community at Midd.

What is on the horizon? Getting more involved with the community and seeking social and romantic opportunities here and in Burlington. Paying off student loans and saving up for a down payment on a house so I can start to think about settling down.

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iPad for Academics

Louisa Burnham (History), Joe Antonioli (LIS) and Shel Sax (CTLR) shared their experiences with the iPad Wednesday afternoon during a brown-bag lunch presentation and discussion  in Lib 105. They focused mostly on teaching and research, but questions from a very-interested audience reflected both academic and extra-curricular interests (where do YOU go for recipes?).

Here’s what Louisa, Joe and Shel told us about the iPad: Continue reading

TODAY: Pedagogy and Technology Fair

The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research is pleased to begin this year’s Summer Pedagogy Series with a Pedagogy and Technology Fair this morning, Wednesday, May 26th, 10 am – 12 noon, in the Great Hall of McCardell Bicentennial Hall. We invite you to join colleagues at a poster/presentation session as they share their stories and insights about effective and innovative uses of technology. Coffee and pastries will be provided. This fair is co-sponsored by the CTLR and Library and Information Services.

Presenters: Holly Allen, Tom Beyer, Jeff Byers, Bryan Carson, Catherine Combelles, Enrique Garcia, Jeff Howarth, Matt Landis, Tom and Pat Manley, Jason Mittell, James Morrison, Tim Parsons, Hope Tucker, Andy Wentink, Sasha Woolson.

The entire 2010 Summer Pedagogy Series schedule may be found online at 2010 Pedagogy Series.

Microsoft Office 2007 Upgrade now available!

Microsoft Office 2007 Upgrade is now available to all faculty, staff and students on campus.  This online upgrade is easy to complete and should not take more than 5-10 minutes of your time.  The upgrade can be found at MIDDFILES\Software\Office2007.  Double-click the Office2007_upgrade file that is inside the folder.  This will start an automated upgrade of your current Microsoft Office Suite.  This file will upgrade Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook to the 2007 version.

It is recommended that you first prepare for the new Microsoft Office 2007 user interface by visiting the Technology Helpdesk website as a resource to learn more about this upgraded Office version.  You may also visit our Wiki resource link here: https://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/Microsoft_Word_2007_Basic_Usage

NOTE:  If you currently have Microsoft Office Access 2003 you should not run this upgrade.  Please contact the Helpdesk for upgrade assistance.

As always if you have any problems or questions please let us know at the Technology Helpdesk x2200.

James Beauchemin
Technology Support Helpdesk

New Teaching with Technology Case Studies

Carrie Macfarlane has recently added two new posts to the Teaching with Technology blog on case studies she has done with faculty in the Biology department.  The first is on an evolution simulation model developed by Matt Landis for his course on “Ecology and Evolution” (BIOL0140).  The other is on the use of wireless projection by Chris Watters in his class on “Human Nutrition from an Evolutionary Perspective” (BIOL0222).