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From MSA: Planning for College 101

Planning for College 101 | September 11, 2018 | 9:00 AM (PST) & 12:00 PM (PST) |  Register Here.


Higher education is costly, but there are plenty of options for meeting expenses, whether college is about to start or far in the future. Learn about different types of savings and investment accounts and how to set them up. Various education loans, grants and scholarships exist for financing education, and this presentation walks you through the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) process as well as other plausible funding strategies. We’ll help you decide which college funding options match your personal circumstances.


Note:  If you register and cannot attend, a recording of the webinar, along with a copy of the session presentation and handouts, will automatically be sent within 24 hours.



You work hard for your money, but is your money working hard for you?

When it comes to our finances, we always wonder if we are making the right moves, and searching for answers can feel overwhelming.

Middlebury College provides all employees access to financial well-being thru My Secure Advantage (MSA).

MSA helps you make the most of your hard earned dollars!  When it comes to living a financially stress-free life, every decision you make adds up.  Through MSA, employees and their covered dependents can work with a personal Money Coach and utilize website services to make financial stress a thing of the past.

What’s Included

  • 90 days of personalized money coaching with a personal, confidential, unbiased, and guilt free Money Coach.  Coaches don’t sell products or services: their only job is to provide expert guidance and improve your financial life.
  • Guidance on financial topics, goals, challenges, or questions.  Whether you’re getting by, digging out, or saving big, connecting with a Money Coach to discuss options, identify things to consider, and build out a plan can only help

Work with MSA to tackle questions like “Should I be saving more or paying down debt?” “When will I be able to retire, and how much do I need?” “What type of portfolio is best for me?” “How do I balance enjoying life now with saving for the future?” and more.

  • Online tools include videos, calculators, articles, and budgeting software to help you stress less and save more.

Questions?  Learn more about MSA here. To get started, sign up, and schedule your first appointment with a Money Coach call 888-724-2326.

Midd/MIIS Travelers

The following employees have reported upcoming travel between Midd and MIIS:

From Midd to MIIS From MIIS to Midd
Erin Cathey, Advancement

Aug 14-17

Shirley Coly, Advancement

Aug 14-17

Dollie Pope, Advancement

Aug 14-17

Amy Slay, DLINQ

Aug 6-10

Patricia Szasz, GSTILE
Oct 22-25


What do Envisioning Middlebury, financial sustainability, employee engagement, workforce planning and Project Ensemble, have in common? They are all focused on positioning Middlebury for the future.

Our success in positioning the institution for the future will be dependent on the choices we make now – and our discipline to sustain those choices over the long-term. But, before we choose, we must understand our desires because they provide the context for our choices; they frame what we want to achieve or bring forward into our reality.  So, to have the future we want, we not only must make sound choices and demonstrate discipline, but we also must be clear about what we desire.

Defining what we desire

Answering that question “What do we desire?” is the focus of the project teams that are now engaged in the first step of the workforce planning process, which is to define our future state. Before we can determine our workforce needs, we must define what the work is – and that, of course, depends on what we are striving to achieve.  As an institution, we have said we desire to advance in the strategic directions identified through Envisioning Middlebury.  This fall, we will continue to refine our future as we identify specific initiatives to enact our desire.  Simultaneously, through workforce planning, we are asking every department to explore the work required to advance those directions.

For example, independent of our specific focus on place-based experiential learning, generally, what is the body of work we must engage in to support it and what are the outcomes we seek from that work? What are the outcomes we seek from the work we do in pursuit of digital fluency or organizational nimbleness?  The answers to these questions will give us a better sense of where we are heading – and ultimately, help us shape the kind of workforce we will need to get there.

Through discussions about our future state, we give ourselves permission to focus on possibilities. We can open our minds to new ways of thinking, being, and doing and, as a result, create a new sense of meaning and purpose for our work and new ways to measure our success.  By garnering a clear view of our future state, we also can gain focus and guidance to make intentional choices, set priorities, navigate the inevitable obstacles we will encounter along the way, and demonstrate the discipline we will need to stay the course.

Ensuring Middlebury’s future

As we have discussed over the past year, Middlebury cannot continue to operate the way it has been operating. We must work together to become more efficient in order to be more strategic, and more strategic in order to ensure the institution’s future.

We know that times of change can be challenging. You may be feeling nervous and anxious about the future and, indeed, we have some difficult choices to make about every aspect of our organization.  Please know that we are approaching this work with informed decision making in the Middlebury spirit of fairness and compassion.  We hope you will participate in conversations to share your insights about best practices for your department and identify opportunities to contribute to a successful future for Middlebury. Click here for more information in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Thank you for your continued focus and dedication.


-Karen Miller