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Connect to the local community at the 9/17 MiddAction Fair

Dear Faculty and Staff:

You are warmly invited to join us for the annual MiddAction Fair. Whether you’d like to explore opportunities to partner with community organizations regarding your teaching or research, or if you are new to our Middlebury community and would like to make a more personal connection to your new “home,” we welcome you to join us! Details below.

MiddAction Fair
When: Tuesday, September 17, 6–7:30 p.m.
Where: McCardell Bicentennial Hall Great Hall

This is your chance to get involved: Meet representatives from more than 50 local non-profit organizations and student service groups with opportunities to get involved in the community.

The MiddAction Fair will provide you with the opportunity to engage directly in local activism, volunteering, social justice, and service-learning activities in areas such as education, literacy, youth mentoring, environment, emergency services, public health, poverty, hunger, housing, and much more.

Questions? Contact Ashley Calkins, Community Engagement Coordinator,, 802.443.3099

This event is open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

Invitation to 9/11 Staff Council Meeting

Please join us for our monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 11, 2013. Our guest speaker this month is Cheryl Mullins and she is joining us to talk about employee benefits. We look forward to seeing you at our meeting.

Agenda:  Wednesday, September 11th from 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Crest Room
Attendees: Staff Council Representatives, Human Resource, Staff

9:00 a.m. Open meeting and introductions
9:05 a.m. Approval of minutes: August 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

  • Water Bottle initiative update
  • Service Building Parking update
  • Middlebury Magazine Opt Out update

 9:35 a.m. New Business

  • How will the Obama Care plan affect Middlebury College
  • SRC update
  • Concern about inherent inequity of “Exceeds expectations” job ratings.
  • Concern from staff about new hires earning almost same wage as long time employees

10:00 a.m. Cheryl Mullins will speak about benefits

10:30 a.m. Adjournment

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.

Staff Gathering 6/27 – free hors d’oeuvres

Enjoy a relaxing early summer gathering with your colleagues.
Free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar!

Thursday, June 27, 2013 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Crossroads Cafe

Please RSVP in the form on the right-side of Staff Council’s main page:

(If your plans change at the last minute – please feel welcome to come even if you haven’t RSVP’d!)

Treats provided by Middlebury College Staff Council

Join our 6/12 Staff Council Meeting!

Join us Wednesday, June 12th, at 9 am in the Grille Conference Room (behind Crossroads Cafe in McCullough) for the last Staff Council Meeting of this fiscal year. Our special guest will be Patrick Norton, Vice President for Finance, and Treasurer. (Full agenda below)

Also on Wednesday – Staff Council’s annual Ice Cream Social at noon on McCullough Terrace (or Mitchell Green Lounge in case of rain) — Greet our new members, enjoy ice cream and other treats, and maybe get a door prize!

Agenda – June 12, 2013

9:00 Welcome and introductions

9:05 Results of Staff Council election, and welcoming of new Staff Council representatives who are able to attend

9:08 Minutes – May meeting

9:10 Committee Reports:

· Community Council

· HR-6

· Total Compensation Advisory Committee:

· Publicity and Events:

· Safety and Environment:

· Elections:

· Professional development:

· Web prioritization

9:20 Identify “torches to be passed” to new Staff Council members, and other aspects of “Staff Council institutional memory,” including:

  • MCSC email list, access to MCSC folder on Middfiles, others?
  • Keys for ballot box locks and other physical items – who gets them and where should they be kept?
  • Other items

9:50 Farewell to “retiring” SC representatives – Naomi Neff, Cathy Tester, Valerie Costello, and Jackie Doty

10:00 Patrick Norton joins us to give his perspective on activities in the administration

10:30 Adjournment

Staff Members: Vote in the Staff Council Elections!

Staff Council voting for the following Districts; A, B, E, F and J will open for voting at 12:01 am on Tuesday, May 28 and close at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, June 5. Please vote ONLY within your district, using the link that you received in the email from your staff district. To confirm your district check the list below for your name and district.

Eligible Staff

Any questions or concerns, please contact the Election Committee or your Staff Council Representative.

Election Committee:

Valerie Costello, Assistant Graphic Designer, x5295
Naomi Neff, Academic Coordinator, x5565
Jennifer Pottinger, Customer Service Coordinator, x5472
Cathy Tester, Asst. to Associate V.P. College Advancement, x5254

Invitation to Staff: Middlebury College Staff Council and the Board of Trustees Breakfast

 Middlebury College Staff Council and the Middlebury College Board of Trustees invite you to *free* breakfast Friday, May 10th starting at 7:15 a.m.

This is an annual opportunity to meet face-to-face with some of the trustees and share about your work experiences. Break bread or perhaps a few yolks with the Trustees.  Share your ideas and hear their plans.

Friday, May 10 7:15-8:15 a.m.
Ross Dining Hall
Staff members may arrive for the free breakfast anytime between 7:15 – 8:15 a.m.