Arabella Holzapfel

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Learning lunches in early 2014

Categories: Learning Lunch

Mark your calendars for some more Learning Lunches that have been scheduled. All begin at 12:15 unless otherwise noted:

  • February 5th – Room 230 of the Davis Family Library: discussion on civility: What is civility, exactly? How can we foster civility in a vibrant college community with wide-ranging opinions, yet make meaningful progress on issues we care about? James Davis, Professor of Religion and author of “In Defense of Civility”, will host an open conversation. Please bring your lunch and join in.
  • March 11th – Mitchell Green Lounge - Digital Scholarship: Middlebury’s Digital Scholarship Working Group is helping faculty and students engage scholarship in new ways through MiddLab. What is MiddLab? What is digital scholarship, anyway? Rebekah Irwin, LIS’s Director of Collections, Archives, and Digital Scholarship, will clue us in! Part of Staff Council’s occasional series of Learning Lunches on Trends in Higher Education.
  • April – date tbd – another bicycle maintenance workshop in the Bike Shop

September 11th incident – Staff Council statement

Categories: Uncategorized

The Middlebury College Staff Council recently sent this email to all Middlebury College staff:

Members of the staff of Middlebury College,

The Middlebury College Staff Council strongly rejects disrespectful behavior in any circumstances. The recent disruption of a solemn memorial display by very few people in no way represents the welcoming social and physical environment of the Middlebury College campus that staff members work hard to help provide. We support President Liebowitz when he said, “the disrespectful methods of the protesters overshadowed anything that might have been learned from the convictions they claimed to promote.” We further support the administration’s disciplinary investigation.

To foster more open dialog on this important matter, we have posted this statement on our blog and welcome your comments there.

Staff Council

We would like to hear what you think! Please comment here or email us at

This blog is transitioning to “as-needed”

Categories: What we do

MCSC now makes general announcements through emails to the representative districts and through the MiddPoints blog.

As occasions arise, we will use this blog as a space for open written dialog.

MCSC blog on hiatus

Categories: What we do

Staff Council is evaluating the usefulness of our blog. Meanwhile, we are not posting regularly. Posts previous to this one are all at least a year old. Please bear that in mind when reading them.

Basic Bicycle Maintenance – next Learning Lunch

Categories: Learning Lunch, What we do


Friday, October 7, 2011


Bike Shop in Adirondack Basement

Back by popular demand!


Whether you have just recently purchased a bicycle or you are just taking your bicycle out of storage for the year, it is useful, fun and economical to know how to do your own bicycle maintenance work.  This Learning Lunch will cover everything from changing flat bicycle tires to adjusting bicycle derailleurs.  Get acquainted with the fundamentals of bicycle maintenance and repair by dissecting a bicycle and learning how to put it back together in working order. Cris DiOrio ‘12, student manager of the bike shop on campus, will share his expertise on all things bike-related!


Please join us and feel free to bring your lunch.  Please post for your colleagues who do not have easy access to email.


Next Learning Lunch – Judaism, July 27th

Categories: Uncategorized

Starting about a year ago, Staff Council followed up on the recommendations of some staff members that Staff Council help employees further develop current interests or stimulate new ones by providing opportunities to benefit from the stellar learning resources available on campus and nearby. One of the ideas proposed was to have a series of talks that would each focus on a different religion.

Staff Council is very pleased that Rabbi Ira Schiffer has agreed to help us kick off this ongoing series by presenting an overview of Judaism.

Please BRING YOUR LUNCH, and join us at noon on July 27th in Warner Hemicycle.

Next Learning Lunch – the “new” Davis Family Library

Categories: Learning Lunch, What we do

Staff Council’s Learning Lunch on June 22nd will be an introduction (or re-introduction) to the Davis Family Library for staff and faculty.

Those of us who work in the Library have been surprised to learn that many staff members are not aware that they can use the Library’s resources just as students and faculty can. We are offering this Learning Lunch not only to help make staff aware of some of these resources, but also showcase what’s new in the Davis Family Library now that the contents of the former Music Library are here. There is also a new search method for finding answers to your research needs, and more!

Please join us as Brenda Ellis shows us what’s new (and not so new) about the Davis Family Library and its resources!

Wednesday, June 22, noon until 1pm
Room 145 of Davis Family Library

A specific example of the new compensation plan

Categories: Administration and policy, What we do

Attached is a spreadsheet that shows how an employee’s salary that is currently at the minimum, midpoint, and maximum of a specific job level – Operations 3 – will change over time. Three scenarios are shown – the current plan, the proposed plan, and the maximum under the proposed plan, but without a cap.
Compensation Example OP3 (4)

This was done in preparation for MCSC’s Executive Committee’s meeting with the Conference Committe of the Board of Trustees. And it relates to this post on Tim Spears’ blog.

Compensation policy change

Categories: Administration and policy

If you haven’t already, please visit Tim Spears’ blog where he has three recent posts explaining the new compensation program:


The plan itself

How it will be implemented

Feel free to comment here or on Tim’s blog if you have questions or concerns.  Also, Tim or Drew Macan in Human Resources welcome feedback in any form.  You can send anonymous, private comments to either of them through campus mail.

Tuition reimbursement – reduced employment period to qualify

Categories: What we do

The following is from Naomi Neff, Representative from District A:

Members of Staff Council wish to extend a big thank you to President Ron Liebowitz for his quick response to our request to look into the waiting period for tuition grants for dependent children of employees. President Liebowitz acknowledged that this was an area that had been identified as one to review and assured us that he would pursue our request. In less than 2 months we were thrilled to receive news that the policy had been amended to the following:

Effective 7/1/11, the dependent children of employees who have worked at the College for at least 4 full-time years will be eligible to receive tuition grants.  Currently, benefits-eligible employees/parents must have worked at the College for at least 10 full-time years to qualify for this program.

We continue to meet with President Liebowitz and he is always looking for areas of interest to staff. The above shows that he really is listening! Any requests or suggestions that staff would like us to bring to his attention, please contact your district representative or post your ideas on this blog.