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25 Years @ Midd with John Huddleston

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John Huddleston Portrait 100116 copy (2)In this post we recognize John Huddleston, Fletcher Professor of Studio Art for his 25 years of service to Middlebury.  John’s humor shines through as he shares some of his favorite memories of Middlebury in addition to his take on why hobbies are over-rated. Read on to learn more about John’s creative work, how he came to Middlebury, as well as his story of a poignant life lesson that led to renewal. 

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

Well, after I was paroled…Not! I lived in NYC and San Francisco, working primarily in construction – as a roofer, a carpenter, and a consultant. Much of my consulting work was done on swing stage scaffolds, which hang off the skyscrapers. The views of the city were beautiful (good for my photography) and I always felt a lot safer 50 stories up than down on the streets.

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?

My first child was born in my first semester of teaching here. A very intense and wonderful experience that threw off my lesson plans for a few days. My daughter would enter the college as a student seventeen years later.

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

I find that meditation practice is becoming important in establishing a creative base for art-making and life. I just launched a website for my artwork: johnhuddlestonphoto.com. My wife says I should say I have a very rewarding marriage.

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?

Much of my photographic art is cross-disciplinary so colleagues in Spanish, Physics, History and the Environmental Sciences have been very helpful.

I’ve actually tried to eliminate hobbies as I realize how short life is. My sixth grade beer coaster collection now lays stagnant. Maybe I’ll get back to it in retirement.

CO10-10-11-art-006[1]art.studentsWhat is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?

The moments of real communication about meaningful subjects are most important to me. The imaginative energy on display at the student art shows in Johnson is very fulfilling.

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?

The college and Vermont have been good for my family and work.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

I have several more photography books I would like to have published. And I have a long-term project to die gracefully.

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

Cross-country skiing through the forest at Bread Loaf is right at the top for me.

BIf you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at Middlebury, what would it be?

If you have relocated from a warm climate, find activities to get outside in the winter!

And remember there is a big world outside of the college and Middlebury.

Is there anything else that you would like to share about your time at Middlebury?

While I was preparing for a trip to Mexico, having dreams of Aztec priests cutting out my heart, I was struck down by a heart attack, and shortly thereafter, underwent a triple bypass. As I was wheeled in for the open-heart surgery, strapped to my mobile altar, I looked for obsidian knives in the hands of the masked men. But the glaring light was not the sun over Tenochtitlan and I was not thrown down the temple stairs after the bloodletting. Instead, resurrection, pain, and a long chest scar, fractal-like, a branched connection to the limbs of the forest and to the contours of the constellations, thrust forward, worn like a medal, a purple heart. Evidence of a sacrifice to renew the world, my world, and to assert our shared suffering and joy.

HR Update – This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 1 faculty position, 3 summer Language School faculty positions, 39 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 3 internal job postings on the Middlebury College employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities: go/faculty-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/faculty-jobs (off campus)

Summer Language School Faculty Employment Opportunities: go/ls-faculty-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/ls-faculty-jobs (off campus)

Staff Employment Opportunities:  go/staff-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs  (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

April EFAP News

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Wellness Corp LogoIn this month’s EFAP newsletter you can learn about:

  • Safe driving tips
  • Resources to help you deal with stress
  • The real deal on organic foods

as well as attend a work/life webinar about the normal aging process, and find recipes for garden vegetable crustless quiche and carrot cake. To access the April newsletter please visit: http://go.middlebury.edu/efap-april.

Did you know that you can also sign up to receive the EFAP newsletter via your email address? To do so, click here.

Featured Article: Resources to Help you Deal with Stress

April Work/Life Webinar:  Normal Aging

In this presentation we will look at what to expect as we age and how to cope with the changes. Strategies for positive aging will also be discussed. Teresa Pielage received her degree in Social Work for the University of Cincinnati.  She serves BrownRichards as an Eldercare Specialist with 25 years of experience working with seniors and their families. Tuesday April 16, 2013, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST. Please see the newsletter link above to find out how to register.

HR Update – This Week’s Employment Snapshot

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

There are currently 1 faculty position, 3 summer Language School faculty positions, 40 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 2 internal job postings on the Middlebury College employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities: go/faculty-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/faculty-jobs (off campus)

Summer Language School Faculty Employment Opportunities: go/ls-faculty-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/ls-faculty-jobs (off campus)

Staff Employment Opportunities:  go/staff-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs  (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

CTO Maximums and Transferring Time to SLR

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Throughout the year each employee is responsible for managing his/her CTO amounts within the applicable limits. Remember, if you allow your balance to reach maximum during any pay period except the final one of the fiscal year, your excess accrual does not automatically transfer to SLR – instead you will stop accruing and forfeit the un-accrued CTO time.

Checking Your Leave Balances

In BannerWeb go to Employee > Time Off Current Balances and History. If you are getting close to the CTO max amounts below, transfer some of your CTO to SLR.

CTO Maximum Amounts

Date CTO Maximum in Days CTO Max. in hours for employees w/ scheduled 8 hour days CTO Max. in hours for employees w/ scheduled 7.75 hour days  
As of the last full pay period of June 24 192 186
Any other time 36 288 279

 

Transferring CTO to SLR

You may also transfer your own CTO at any time. When you report your time via BannerWeb, enter the number of hours you wish to transfer on the web time sheet in the row titled “Transfer CTO to SLR.”

CTO to SLR

HR Integration

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In recent years we have taken a number of significant steps in the direction of full integration of the Human Resources offices at the Monterey Institute (MIIS) and Middlebury, including the alignment of health and welfare benefits, pension benefits and plan providers, and the implementation of a market-based compensation system.  We have also coordinated important institutional policies and most recently presented the management training program on MIIS campus.  We are pleased to announce that the final step, to consolidate the entire Human Resources function under one institution-wide management at Middlebury, was effective 3/1/13.

C. Drew Macan, Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Development

 

25 Years @ Midd with Martin Beatty

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beatty2In this post we recognize Martin Beatty, Track Coach and Faculty member in Physical Education for his 25 years of service to Middlebury. Martin shares with us the variety of roles that he has held over the years, his best birthday ever, as well as his tips for balancing work and life outside of Midd when things get hectic. Read on to learn more about why Martin has known since his senior year of high school that Middlebury is right where he wants to be. 

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

I was a Graduate Fellow in History for two years at Trinity College (CT) and was an assistant coach in football, women’s basketball and track and field.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

Head Coach of Indoor and Outdoor track and field, Faculty Head of Cook Commons ’94-’01, Director of Club Sports, Assistant football coach, assistant basketball coach

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?

During the summer after my first year working here, my wife and I drove for six weeks around the country. We knew that enjoying each other on that trip for six weeks meant that we could spend the rest of our lives together.

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

I am at that stage of parenthood that my life revolves around the activities of the kids. It is not easy to keep up with everything, but I enjoy attending what I can.

BHave 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?

For many years, one of my hobbies was running, and our faculty/staff lunchtime basketball games. I enjoyed it for the workout, the love of the game, and the social aspects of playing with other terrific members of the faculty and staff, whom I do not often see day to day. Since being diagnosed with hip arthritis, I’ve had to curtail those activities. Now outside of work and watching my kids’ sports, I really enjoy cycling. This is a fairly new hobby for me. I just splurged on a new bike and am very excited to ride on the rural roads of Addison County. I also enjoy water skiing on Lake Champlain.

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

The memory that sticks out the most is during my first year back working at Middlebury, when I met my future wife on my birthday. That was the best birthday one can have.

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?

The people and the magic of Middlebury College, the Green Mountains, boating on Lake Champlain in the summer. What other place can be better?

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

Wow, what a question. In the immediate future I am excited to finally put an indoor track and field team in a beautiful new regulation indoor track facility and train like we should.  Then maybe retire after another 25 years. Or, maybe not for another 25 years after that.

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

I don’t do it often enough, but my two favorite spots on campus are sitting in an Adirondack chair behind Hadley Barn and facing west toward the mountains, and eating lunch on the deck of the Kirk Center.

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?               

I have had so many mentors and supporters at Middlebury along the way from my student years and into my coaching years that I cannot name only one. During my student years, Kit Wilson and Kirsten Hoving were terrific. As an athlete and when I started coaching there were many: I coached with or for Mickey Heinecken, Bob Smith, Tom Lawson, Gail Smith and Russ Reilly. They were all very supportive and allowed me to grow.

John McCardell and Ann Hanson were wonderful to work with when I was the Faculty Head of Cook Commons.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at Middlebury, what would it be?

One must keep a balance in their life while working at Middlebury. We are all so dedicated to our students that sometimes we neglect ourselves and our lives outside of work. Exercise, explore Vermont, get to know co-workers socially, and also town people outside of the college in order to maintain that balance.

Painter Hall with frost on trees

Painter Hall with frost on trees

Is there anything else that you would like to share about your time at Middlebury?  It is amazing that it has been 25 years.

Time does certainly fly when you are having fun. I am right where I want to be. I’ve had this feeling ever since I first stepped foot out of the car as a high school senior visiting Middlebury on a snowy day in January of 1980. That feeling of belonging has never changed since.