Weekly Web Updates – May 20, 2019


  • Drupal views 7.x-3.23
  • Drupal video_embed_field 8.x-2.1
  • WordPress akismet plugin 4.1.2
  • WordPress jetpack plugin 7.3.1
  • WordPress ml-slider plugin 3.13.1
  • WordPress osm plugin 5.2.1
  • WordPress post-types-order plugin
  • WordPress regenerate-thumbnails plugin 3.1.1
  • WordPress parabola theme

Fixes and Tweaks

  • We’ve added two new components to our Drupal 8 sites: image gallery and button.
  • Basic Content pages on the Drupal 8 site can now activate a chaptered navigation, which will add a sticky right sidebar to the page letting you jump to each heading.
  • Captions and image credits are now displayed for the Drupal 8 page header images.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.

How to use library databases from off campus

You don’t have to say goodbye! Even when you’re off campus, you can connect to library databases like JSTOR and PsycINFO from the library website:

When you're off campus, you can connect to library databases from the library website.


Links that are on library web pages (a few examples include Research GuidesSummon and the Journals list) will ask you to log in with Midd credentials when you’re not on campus. It’s as easy as that!

Seniors: Here’s how to get alumni access to library databases!

Charles River Associates invites you to a summer networking reception

This is a great economic consulting firm with several alumni. Check out the dates below and hopefully you can attend.

Summer Networking Night
Get a jump start on your fall recruiting and join us for food, refreshments, and an exclusive opportunity to meet some of CRA’s junior and senior consultants. Members of our Boston, Chicago, London, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC offices will offer a behind-the-scenes look into economic, strategy, and litigation consulting. 
We will also host a panel discussion on how to maximize your summer work experience and think about your future career progression.

Register for any of the events here: https://boards.greenhouse.io/craevents

  • Washington, DC is July 10
  • Boston is July 11
  • Chicago is July 16
  • New York is July 17
  • London is July 24
  • San Francisco is July 24

25 Years @ Midd with Dean Mandigo

In this post we recognize Dean Mandigo, an Electrician in Facilities Services, for his 25 years of Service to Middlebury. Dean shares his career path here at the College, some details about his life outside of work, and some fond Middlebury memories. Read on to learn more about Midd from Dean’s point of view.

What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?

I came to the college from Racette Electric in Pittsford VT where I had begun my electrical career. Before that I had been a carpenter and worked general construction. For a short stint while in college I was a formalwear manager at McNeil and Reedy clothing in Rutland. I also worked for a few years at Coca Cola Rutland as warehouse worker, truck driver/delivery person and a salesmen/supervisor.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

General Maintenance worker electrical, electrician B, electrician A

Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?

I had gotten married the previous year and was creating a new life with Kathy my wife and her son Jared. I was also in the state electrical apprenticeship program.

What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)

My daughter Janelle, now a senior at UVM, is and has been an inspiration to me. Social justice is a major part of her life and she has helped me to understand where we are and why our thought process needs to change in society.

Jared and his wife Amber have given us two grandsons.

I have also been a Salisbury firefighter for 16 years.

Being empty-nesters now, Kathy and I enjoy mini vacations away, with family and our dog Maple.

Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?

One day a several years ago a coworker asked if I would join him for a little exercise at the pool. We were both going thru some health issues and I agreed to give it a try. Now we both swim regularly and are both feeling better because of it.

What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?

There are two. The installation of the radio antenna in Mead chapel spire with Chris Ayers. It was a challenge to run the service up thru the belfry around the carillon bells and wires. And maintaining the lighting of the cross country trail around the golf course. Those lights were removed many years ago.

Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?

When I first came to the Electrical shop the college was about to go through a major growth spurt. The Ethernet was just taking off, life safety was jumping forward and the college was going to expand its physical size over the next decade. It was the perfect place to grow, career wise and family.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

My plan is to keep right on working. Maybe retire a little early. Possibly get a small part time job, do some volunteering, travel/camping while Kathy and I enjoy life.

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

My favorite place would be in the top of Mead chapel looking out of the doors in the lantern just below the spire. Even better on a windy day and you can feel it sway!

Is there any person on campus (or retiree, former employer) that mentored you, or you feel helped you grow into your job, grow to enjoy your work and your time at the College?

There have been many people that have influenced me along the way. To name a few, my brothers Dave and Dan, Ernie Racette(Racette Electric). From Midd  Art Thorne, Norm Cushman, George McPhail, Dean Ouellette and Robert Preseau.