Arabella Holzapfel

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February 5th – Learning Lunch on Civility – 12:15 in LIB 230

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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!

February 5th (Wednesday of break between J-Term and Spring), at 12:15 in Room 230 of the Davis Family Library.

Employee Art and Craft Display

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Staff Council and the Office of the President are pleased to co-sponsor an event to highlight some of the pursuits that staff and faculty members engage in when they’re away from campus. More details of the event will be coming soon; for now, we would like to hear from employees who have items to exhibit.

Tentatively scheduled for March 15th from 1 to 4 pm, space will be provided, hopefully in the Mahaney Center for the Arts, to display works of art and craft created by Middlebury College employees. While sales of items at the event will not be allowed, exhibitors are welcome to include promotional materials and contact information within their display.

We will provide a table for each exhibitor who signs up. Exhibitors are responsible for providing their own seating and any display needs beyond a 6 to 8-foot banquet table.

To help us plan, if you would like to exhibit your work, please fill out this form or send your name, department, and a brief description of what you’ll be displaying through campus mail to Arabella Holzapfel, Library 132. The “best-by” date for signing up is March 1st.

(Please understand that for a variety of reasons, only employees of Middlebury College will be provided display space – no spouses, family members or friends.)

Pool Party and more – upcoming events from Staff Council

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Staff and faculty members and their families are invited to enjoy a mini-trip to the tropics at the Natatorium on Saturday, January 25th from 1-3 pm. Staff Council will provide tropical decor and refreshments for these two hours during a regularly scheduled open swim time. Come escape the unusual winter for a couple of hours!

Other events in the near future being arranged by Staff Council (details later)

Learning Lunches:

  • February 5th at 12:15, in LIB 230. On Civility, a conversation with James Davis
  • February 24th at 12:15, location tbd, a preview of the Academy Awards with Ali Salem ’16
  • March 11th at 12:15, in Mitchell Green Lounge: What is digital scholarship? with Rebekah Irwin

An exhibit featuring art, craft, and other works of employees (staff and faculty) in early March. Date and location tbd; signup opportunities coming soon!

A bus/van trip to Fenway for a Red Sox game – date and details coming soon!

Fall Harvest Festival – October 19th at the Organic Farm

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Members of the staff, faculty, and their families are invited to

 Celebrate the fall season at

Middlebury College’s own Organic Farm –

Saturday, October 19, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

In addition to pumpkin decorating and (we hope) face-painting, there may be opportunities to plant garlic or spring bulbs if you or your family members would like to join in.

The entrance to the Organic Farm is on Route 125, about a mile West of the driveway to McCardell Bicentennial Hall. This event will go on in most (but not all) weather conditions. If you want to be sure it’s happening, please call Arabella at 802.735.8539, late in the morning or early in the afternoon, of the 19th.  See FallHarvestFestival_poster for more information.


Staff Council meeting Wednesday, October 9th

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Please join us for our monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 9th from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Crest Room in McCullough. Our guest speaker this month is Bill Burger.  Bill is joining us to talk about all the exciting things happening at Communications.

Here’s the full agenda:

9:00 a.m. Open meeting and introductions

9:05 a.m. Approval of minutes from the September 2013 Meeting

9:10 a.m. Committee Reports

  • Community Council
  • HR-6
  • Publicity and Events Committee
  • Safety and Environment Committee
  • Election Committee
  • Staff Development Committee
  • Compensation Committee
  • Web Prioritization Committee

9:30 a.m. Old Business

9:35 a.m. New Business

  • District B Representation Discussion
  • EthicsPoint

10:00 a.m. Bill Burger to speak about the Office of Communications

Staff Council regular meetings are open to all Middlebury College staff members. Staff members should let their supervisors know if there is a particular meeting they wish to attend. Supervisors will seek to find a positive balance between addressing operational needs and support staff requests to attend these meetings.

Employee Golf Tourney – May 30th!

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Reminder: The employee golf tournament was rescheduled for
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
9-hole Captain and Crew (4-person scramble)
Check-in: starting at 3:45 p.m.*
Shotgun start: 4:30 p.m.
Dinner: in Kirk following golf
Open to all faculty and staff.
Retirees are welcome to sign up anytime.

Details regarding team sign-up can be found here.

Staff Council Election Results

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There was a high level of participation in the recent Staff Council election. Many thanks to all of you who voted. The full slate of Staff Council representatives are listed below, along with the expiration of their term on Staff Council. Wayne Darling, Arabella Holzapfel, and Ken Pierce have been re-elected, and we welcome newcomers Brook Escobedo and Ashley Calkins.

We (Staff Council) will be sponsoring our annual ice cream social on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 from noon-1:00 on the patio of McCullough, so please join us for ice cream and meet your representatives!

Here is the full list of Staff Council, as of July 2012:

District A (primarily Academic Affairs-related offices) – Naomi Neff (term expires 6/13)

District B (College Advancement and Communications) – Cathy Tester (term expires 6/13)

District C (some Student Affairs-related offices) – Wayne Darling (re-elected, term expires 6/14)

District D (more Student Affairs-related offices and international program offices) – Brook Escobedo (newly elected, term expires 6/14)

District E (primarily administrative and business offices) – Valerie Costello (term expires 6/13)

District F (Facilities Services other than Custodial) – Jenn Pottinger (term expires 6/13)

District J (Custodial Services) – Jacqueline Doty (term expries 6/13)

District K (Dining Services) – Ken Pierce (re-elected, term expires 6/14)

District L (LIS) – Arabella Holzapfel (re-elected, term expires 6/14)

Member-at-Large – Ashley Calkins (newly elected, term expires 6/14)