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New Employees

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In this post we’ll introduce you to two new members of the Middlebury College staff who are working in Facilities Services. Please join us as we welcome Sarah and Frank to campus!

Sarah Washburn was hired as a Custodian in February. Prior to working at Middlebury, Sarah worked as an Office Representative at Addison Family Medicine for seven years. She lives in Orwell and enjoys spending time with her family as well as hunting and fishing.

Frank Beyette joined the Facilities Services team in February as a Heating Plant Operator. Previously he worked at Vermont Marble Power division where he ran thirteen hydro-electric generators and two co-gen electric generators. Frank is married, has two children and lives in Proctor, Vermont. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing and playing golf.

HR Update – This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 3 faculty positions, 3 summer Language School faculty positions, 40 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 1 internal job posting 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)

25 Years @ Midd with Carol Quenneville

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Carol.QIn this post we recognize Carol Quenneville, Vehicle Fleet Coordinator in Facilities Services for her 25 years of service to Middlebury. Carol shares how her career and family have changed (and grown) over the years, as well as some of her favorite activities at Middlebury. Read on to learn more about a dedicated mom and employee, and get the inside scoop on the best place to watch the sun rise on campus.

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

Prior to Middlebury College, a family member and I operated a small Mom and Pop store/gas station in Whiting (it was called Quennevilles’ Store). In that 5 year time span I had my two sons. If they were not with me at the store, they were with their dad on the dairy farms.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

I was hired to work in the Purchasing Department. Along with the purchasing part of the job I was in charge of the College vehicle rental fleet. A few years ago the Purchasing Department restructured and I was transferred to Facilities. The transition consisted of being Vehicle Fleet Coordinator, along with clerical assistance for Custodial, and back up for the Facilities Control Desk.

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?

Raising two young boys and living on a dairy farm were the things in my life at the time that kept me really busy.

View of the surrounding farmland in Addison County

View of the surrounding farm land in Addison County

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

My husband retired from dairy farming. After taking the time to build our new home, he now works at Middlebury College. I am enjoying my expanding family. My oldest son is married and my first granddaughter is due at the end of March. My youngest son is engaged, and we are very happy to welcome his fiancée to our family.

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?

I enjoy the College fitness center. I like to keep active and Middlebury College is a great place to do this, from the athletic facilities, to just walking across the beautiful campus.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

I look forward to retirement within the next 8 to 10 years to have time to enjoy my family and friends.

The Middlebury Panther has one of the best vantage points on campus to watch the sun rise.

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

I have enjoyed many early mornings at the Alumni Stadium while either running the steps or just walking or running the cross country trail and stopping there to see the sunrise.

HR Update – This Week’s Employment Snapshot

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

There are currently 2 faculty positions, 4 summer Language School faculty positions, and 41 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), 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)

New Employees

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In this post we’ll introduce you to two new members of the Middlebury College staff who are working in College Advancement and the Snow Bowl and golf course. Please join us as we welcome Abby and Andrew (back) to campus!

Abby Blum is an ’08.5 graduate of Middlebury College and began working in the College Advancement office in February as the new Assistant Director of Annual Giving. Abby has spent the last four years living in New York, New Hampshire, Montana and Massachusetts working on political campaigns. She shares that she is thrilled to be back in Vermont and working at Middlebury!

Bojanowski.AndrewAndrew Bojanowski has worked at the Snow Bowl and golf course since 2009 but recently transitioned into his new full time role in February. He lives with his wife Margaret and daughter Nova at the Eddy Farm School for Horse and Rider on South Street Extension. A graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources, Andrew also enjoys snowboarding, golfing and gardening.

25 Years @ Midd with Leger Grindon

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Grindon.LegerIn this post we recognize Leger Grindon, Professor of Film and Media Culture for his 25 years of service to Middlebury. Leger shares information about his projects in the past, present and future, his experiences of becoming a part of the Middlebury community, and the role that tennis plays in it all. Continue on to learn how Leger has viewed his time at Middlebury as a father and teacher, as well as his wise words of advice to those new to Middlebury.

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

I was living in New York City and working as the academic coordinator in the Cinema Studies Department at New York University.  I did adjunct, part-time teaching at various colleges around the New York metropolitan area in the evenings.

What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?

Assistant, Associate and Full Professor; Program Director and Department Chair

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?

Adjusting to small town life and the long Vermont winter

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

Since my daughter graduated from Bard College in 2011 and moved to New York City I have been travelling to New York City more often.  I went to the NYC Ballet 3 times last year.  I’ve intensified my exercise program and I’m trying to meditate more frequently.

CO20-5-11-spring-002.tennis.PepinHave 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?

I have played tennis at the college for 25 years with faculty & staff colleagues, students and other players in the community.  I have continued to watch movies both as part of my teaching and scholarship and for recreation 

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

Raising my daughter Blake. 

I was very pleased to earn tenure in 1995.  In 2011 I published two books, Hollywood Romantic Comedy and Knockout:  the Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema.  Both these works were long term projects and it was personally gratifying to complete them & rather surprising that they actually appeared in print at almost the same time even though Knockout was written before Romantic Comedy.

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?

Middlebury College is a fine place to work and an excellent employer.

What are your plans for the next 25 years?

I have a number of articles in the works and I expect to write one more book before I retire.  I have a few options I’m considering and my direction will probably be influenced by what publishers want.

I’d like to work on my backhand and finally be able to hit a serve with pronation.

Film class in Axinn

Film class in Axinn

Do you have a favorite place on campus?

I’m very fond of my office at 214 Axinn; the theater class room in 232 Axinn; the tennis courts in the Nelson arena

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

Cultivate friendships among the faculty and staff outside your particular department or work area.  Use the library, gymnasium and other fabulous facilities the college makes available to us.  Bicycle to campus and around the community wherever the roads are free of ice and the temperature is above freezing.  Attend the film screenings, music programs, the art museum the lectures and fully participate in other activities on campus

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

I am very grateful to have had Middlebury College for an employer.  I love my job.  The students are strong, my colleagues stimulating and supportive, we have a genial staff eager and ready to serve, the administration runs the college very well .  In a world that is sometimes cruel and heartless, I’ve been treated remarkably well.  No doubt I don’t completely deserve my good fortune, but I have tried to serve the college as they have served me, with dedication and respect.  I hope I have contributed in my role to the success of the institution.

March EFAP News

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

  • Eating the right foods for all-day energy
  • Resources and information to help improve your nutrition
  • 12 weeks to a heart-healthy lifestyle

as well as attend a work/life webinar about the college application process, and find recipes for classic light Bolognese lasagna and fudgy mocha-toffee brownies. To access the March newsletter please visit: http://go.middlebury.edu/efap-march.

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: Eating the Right Foods for All-Day Energy

March Work/Life Webinar:  The College Application Process

In this webinar, we will learn about the college application process for both new students and adult learners. Steve Pearson will give us insight into the essay writing process as well and teach us how to stand out from the crowd.  Recently retired, Steve spent thirty years counseling students and parents about the entire college process. During his twenty years at Decatur High School in Decatur, Georgia, he encouraged students to pursue education beyond high school. His extensive experience with the college search and application process, student preparation for SAT and ACT testing, career assessment and related training, recommendation and essay writing, and the exploration of financial resources have each made Steve a valuable resource for students, parents, and associates. Thursday March 7, 2013, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST Please see the newsletter link above to find out how to register.