Chicago Posse 5 Community Supper – Reflection by Arturo Simental

On Sunday, January 17th, my Posse and I (first years from Chicago) participated in a community supper at the Congregational Church. After weeks of planning and some initial preparation the night before in the form of creating a music playlist, grocery shopping, and baking ten dozen brownies, our group was excited to work together serving the Middlebury Community. To make operations smoother, we divided into different roles: dishwashers, cooks, cutters, and servers. We began our day setting up the long meal tables with floral decorations and tableware. Other members of the Middlebury community, friends, and community leaders assisted us.

Our menu consisted of chicken parmesan, two types of pasta, salad, bread, clementine, and chocolate desserts. Preparing the food for 200 community members taught us how to work effectively as a team and be diligent. Knowing each other well through Posse made it quicker to work and be honest about what we needed from each other to serve everyone who expected a good meal. The biggest lesson of the community supper was acknowledging how important it is to engage with community members that aren’t students of Middlebury College. Living in a college campus often blinds us from connecting with Vermont locals and learning about their challenges and hearing their stories. We all learned how hardworking the community members are and we put to rest any preconceived notions we had of the community; we found that there is tremendous diversity in the Vermont experience. Engaging with the community gave us a new understanding of Addison County and opened our eyes to the privileges we have being in Middlebury as students and how beneficial it can be to reach out and have events that give back to community members. After cleaning up and reflecting on our experience the following week, we hope to further our community engagement with locals and demonstrate our leadership as Posse scholars!

Thanks, in part, to the Service Cluster Board Flex Fund for the generous grant to help make purchasing groceries possible, and to the Charter House Coalition and Congregational Church team for welcoming us so warmly.

Which Mac Is Right For You?

Which Mac is the right one to buy?

 

Here are a few questions to ask yourself ~

Will I need a faster Mac with the latest technology or do I use only the basics with my Mac?

If you do a lot of research with many windows open to compare sites for class as well as run software like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro or InDesign for video and photo editing, or even possibly using software for Business Management or Accounting like QuickBooks where more RAM and processing speed is required, then you will want the MacBook Pro over the MacBook or the MacBook Air.  More RAM (which is the temporary memory on a computer) allows for more windows open for doing a lot of research while listening to your music, or streaming movies and certain software requires more RAM for optimal performance.   Mac’s with a faster processor, like the new 13” and 15” Mac with Touch Bar, can process data at faster speeds like compressing audio files, adjusting photos, or converting video files and a faster processor can even boot up your laptop quicker.

What if I only use my laptop for internet access for things like doing a little research for class or watching movies or getting my email?

Unless you want the versatility of the MacBook Pro for future possibilities of career related responsibilities, the MacBook or the MacBook Air might be a good solution.   Priced at lower costs, the MacBook Air is widely one of the favorites here at Middlebury and perfect for the average user due to its light weight of just under 3 pounds.  For an even lighter Mac, the 12” MacBook with Retina Display and more storage is another alternative and it comes in a choice of either Rose, Silver, Gold or Space Gray colors.

I really can’t spend that much for a new Mac but need the faster processing power.

The MacBook Pro 13”128GB with 2.7GHz Dual-core i5 processor or the 15” 256GB with 2.2GHz Quad-core i7 processor are priced at $1199.00 and $1699.00 (respectively) and both offer fast processors and Retina Display.

Below is a comparison sheet of Graphics, RAM, Storage capacity, Weight and Color choice-

Midd/MIIS Travelers

The following employees have reported upcoming travel between Midd and MIIS:

From Midd to MIIS From MIIS to Midd
John Elder, Env. Studies

Mar 4-11

Melissa Hanham, CNS

Feb 27-29

Chris Spencer, Communications and Marketing

Mar 13-18

Jeffrey Lewis, CNS

Feb 27-29

Demetrius Borge, Communications and Marketing

Mar 13-18

Molly Anderson, Food Studies

Mar 21-April 3

Orion Lewis, Political Science

January 29-Feb 10/March

Pam Berenbaum, Sociology/Anthropology

Spring

Amy Collier, Provost’s Office

Feb 15-19

Sheila Cameron, Provost’s Office

Mar 7-16

Kathy Foley, ISSS

April 24-28

Reminder: Closing out your 2016 Flexible Spending Accounts

If you participated in a flexible spending account in 2016 and still have a remaining balance, you have until March 15, 2017 to seek reimbursement for dates of service which occurred in 2016.  While at this point in time you can no longer use your 2016 benefits debit card for claims, you may file your claims by using a paper claim form and submitting it via mail, fax or via electronic upload.  Here is a link to the 2016 CBA FSA claim form: http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/170601/original/CBA_Blue_Flex_Claim_Form.pdf

Here is a link to the site for uploading your 2016 FSA claims: https://secure.cbabluevt.com/electronic-submission.aspx?app=reimbursement

After March 15th, remaining 2016 Health FSA balances, up to a maximum of $500 will be rolled over to your 2017 Health FSA account.  The rollovers are expected to be credited to employees accounts with MyCafeteriaPlan in April.   If an employee participated in the flex spending accounts in 2016, but did not enroll in 2017, any rollover funds available to them will result in a new account being opened for them at MyCafeteriaPlan, and debit cards issued.

Cigna One on One Meetings in Middlebury

cigna

Reminder, representatives from Cigna will continue to visit the Middlebury campus several more times in February through April, 2017. On-site visits are reserved for private, one-one-one meetings between employees and a Cigna representative.  If you have a question about your medical or dental benefits please make an appointment to speak with our local representative at:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4cadac2babf49-cigna3

Relay for Life

You may or may not know what Relay for Life is, but it is an event that takes place annually on campus. This year the event will be taking place on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00pm. Relay for Life celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those we have lost, and gives everyone the chance to fight back against cancer. Special activities, ceremonies, and entertainment make it a fun and moving experience. In past years, we have had several sports teams, social clubs, and social houses make teams for the event and we would love to have you do so with as many faculty and staff as possible! Since teams are required to get community service hours in, we find that Relay is a great way to get involved. You don’t have to attend for the entire day- stopping by for a little while to walk on behalf of the faculty/staff team, and enjoy some music or food is more than enough. We will be having a variety of groups perform throughout the day, like Mischords and Riddim, amazing food catered by several restaurants in town, with activities like henna and face painting. It is a kid-friendly environment and we encourage all families to come!

We are also looking for cancer survivors to participate in our event. Survivors are the most important part of it all, and honoring them is integral to the Relay for Life mission statement. If there are any survivors on campus who are comfortable and available to do so, we would love to have you be a part of our Relay experience and invite you to our survivor dinner. Please contact relayforlife@middlebury.edu or ialonzo@middlebury.edu for more questions.

There are still ways to be a part of Relay without coming to the actual event if you cannot make it. By starting a team, you can fundraise money that still goes to the cause, and let friends and family know so that they can donate to the cause under your team’s name. In fact, the first faculty/staff or admin that registers a team with 6 participants will win a Hibachi Grille that comes in a Relay for Life pull cooler.

If you are interested, you can register at the following link, and let your team members know so that they can join in and donate:

go/relay/

or 

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY17NE?pg=entry&fr_id=81004

Please contact us via email if you have any questions. Thanks so much, and we hope to see you at the event!

All the best,

The Relay for Life Committee

A tribute to Barbara Jordan on her birthday

In celebration of Black History Month, we remember Barbara Jordan’s 1987 Commencement address at Middlebury. She received an Honorary Doctor of Laws and spoke about values in education and those which members of society should agree to live by: Truth, Tolerance, Respect, and Community.

Other photos of the commencement ceremony show Prof. David Rosenberg, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, handing out diplomas. He remembered about her speech, “She shared many historical and philosophical comments on principles and values to guide our commencing graduates. But the biggest applause and laughter came near the end when she quoted from Robert Fulghum’s essay, “All I ever really needed to know I learned in Kindergarten.” It was a good way to acknowledge the critical role parents play at an early and formative stage in the lives of our graduates long before they arrive at Middlebury.”

The former congresswoman showed her Texas pride from the commencement podium with the the University of Texas’s “hook ’em horns” hand symbol. After retiring from politics in 1979, she taught ethics at the University of Texas until her death in 1996.

Born in Houston, Texas exactly 81 years ago, Jordan earned her law degree from Boston University in 1959 and was elected to the Texas Senate in 1966, becoming the first African-American state senator since 1883 and the first black woman to hold the seat. In 1972, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, making her the first woman to represent Texas in the House, and (in the same year) as president pro tempore of the Texas senate, the first black woman in America to preside over a legislative body.

She solidified herself as a household name while serving on the House Judiciary Committee during President Richard Nixon’s impeachment scandal. Delivered the opening remarks to the committee and the nation, she supported the articles of impeachment against the president. In her speech she held up her faith in the Constitution and declared that if her fellow committee members failed to impeach President Nixon,“then perhaps the eighteenth–century Constitution should be abandoned to a twentieth–century paper shredder.”

She extended her rhetorical capabilities to Middlebury College in 1987, undeterred by the multiple sclerosis that would ultimately kill her, delivering the address from a wheelchair.

 

Source: “Jordan, Barbara Charline | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives.” Accessed February 21, 2017. http://history.house.gov/People/Detail/16031.