Arabella Holzapfel

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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.

Retirement Plan Discussion at Next Staff Council Meeting

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Please join us at our Staff Council meeting Wednesday, April 11:

SPECIAL GUESTS Derek Hammel and Patrick Norton of the Pension Advisory Group (PAG) will join us to describe the recent re-formulation of the PAG (which oversees the College’s retirement plans). Derek and Patrick will describe the group’s charge and what they’ve been working on.

The college’s retirement plan affects all employees, so interested faculty members are welcome to join us. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. in the Crest Room. Also on the agenda will be our regular committee reports from Community Council, HR-6, Compensation & Benefits, and others.

Update from Recent Meetings of Staff Council

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Below are highlights of Staff Council’s December 2011 and January 2012 meetings. The complete minutes of these and other recent Staff Council meetings are available on our website at

December: Staff Council reps summarized the district meetings conducted jointly by SC reps and vice presidents; these issues arose in multiple district meetings:

  • Increased workload due to reduced staffing has made it necessary to rely on student workers and the challenges for those supervising
  • Expectations of exempt high-level managers of non-exempt staff to respond during off-duty hours
  • Campus-wide communication

Tim Spears gave a progress report addressing working conditions in high-temperature work areas (dining hall kitchens, for example) on hot days.

Joe Antonioli from LIS demonstrated online classifieds.

January: Reports from committees unveiled issues relating to dorm damage (Community Council), benefits, and the possibility of staff to direct their retirement accounts (HR-6)

A recent furnace failure led to a discussion about adding a statement to the thermal comfort policy that would apply to employees working in offices when the heat is not sufficient on winter days.

We discussed the upcoming launch of online classifieds:

We discussed last year’s communications regarding the merit bonuses, and how it can be communicated and implemented more clearly this year.

— Interested staff members are always welcome to join Staff Council during our meetings – the second Wednesday of every month from 9-10:30 a.m., almost always in the Crest Room in McCullough. The next one will be February 8th.