Arabella Holzapfel

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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)

Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (GREENR) Trial

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Through June 14th, the Middlebury College community can temporarily use GREENR – a new online resource that offers authoritative content on the development of emerging green technologies and discusses issues on the environment and sustainability. Let us know if you find this resource worthwhile. Send feedback to Rebekah Irwin or your library liaison.

Find GREENR and other resources that are currently under review at go/trials.

National Geographic Online Archive (1888-1994)

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Available for the first time online – archived issues of National Geographic magazine dating from 1888 (currently ending with 1994). Every photograph. Every map.

Let us know if you find this worthwhile. Send feedback to Rebekah Irwin or your library liaison.

Find National Geographic along with other library collections that we are previewing at go/trials.

Spring Employee Golf Tournament May 16

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Spring Employee Golf Tournament

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Nine-hole Captain and Crew (four-person scramble)
Check-in: starting at 3:45 p.m.*
Shotgun start: 4:30 p.m.
Open to all faculty and staff.

Sign your team up now (limited to the first 30 teams)! – $15 per person ($60 per team)

(Please pay registration fee for entire team at sign-up—checks can be made payable to Middlebury College.)

Please contact Valerie Costello, MariAnn Osborne, or Phil Cyr, to register/pay for your team:

  • Valerie Costello,, ext. 5295, Reprographics/FIC
  • MariAnn Osborne,, ext. 5435, DKE Alumni House
  • Phil Cyr,, ext. 5084, Service Building


  • First, second, and third Places (front & back nine)
  • Closest to the pin
  • Longest drive
  • Closest to the line
  • 50/50 Raffle: Eight tickets for $5: two winners will be drawn, and 50 percent of proceeds will benefit the Chaplain’s Fund**

* CTO must be used for events during regular work hours

** The Chaplain’s Fund provides monetary support in the form of either a one-time grant or a one-time loan to employees facing an unforeseen financial emergency or crisis. The Chaplain’s Fund committee reviews confidential applications from employees. If approved, funding is provided directly to the employee’s creditors or vendors. Ongoing contributions for this fund are also provided by year-end unused allocations from college employees’ flexible spending accounts. The Chaplain’s Fund has been in existence since 1992 and is just one example of the variety of resources and programs in place to support employees.