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Buy Snow Bowl Passes Before October 31 and Save

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Winter is coming! Time to purchase your Middlebury College Snow Bowl season passes. For faculty and staff, Snow Bowl season passes this year are $175 for an individual and $350 for a family, but you’ll save on the amount of tax you pay by purchasing them before October 31.

Your taxable amount is based on the difference between the general public’s cost and your cost, and because the rate to the public increases significantly after October, you can save by making your purchase before October 31.

During October, passes are on sale in the pro shop at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, or can be purchased by calling ext. 5125. Accepted methods of payment are cash, check, VISA or Mastercard. A Middlebury ID number must be provided to make the purchase. On line purchases can be made any time at www.middleburysnowbowl.com.

Watch Video of August 9 Open Meeting with the President

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President Liebowitz held two open meetings with staff members on August 9 in the McCullough Social Space, at noon and 4 p.m. For those who weren’t able to attend either meeting, we’re posting the video of the noontime session:

Summer Employee Golf Tournament on August 17

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
9-hole Captain and Crew (4-person scramble)
Check-in: starting at 3:45 p.m.*
Shotgun start: 4:30 p.m.

Open to all faculty and staff. (Retirees are welcome to sign up, providing there are still team openings.)

Registration is limited to the first 30 teams; sign up your team now! The registration deadline is the afternoon of Tuesday, August 16. Come and have some fun! The cost is $15 per person, $60 per team.

To register or for more information, please contact Valerie Costello, MariAnn Osborne, or Phil Cyr. Registration fee for entire team due at sign-up—checks can be made payable to Middlebury College.

* Note that CTO must be used for events during regular work hours.

Library Hours, Post-Language Schools

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Starting Monday, August 15, the Davis Family Library and the Armstrong Library will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the rest of the month. Full hours can be found here.

In related news, the Wilson Café will be closed for the rest of the month. The Grille and Midd Express will remain open.

College Presents 2011 Staff Recognition Awards

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A good crowd was on hand Friday, June 10, at the Juice Bar in McCullough for this year’s Staff Recognition Awards ceremony. The recipients for 2011 were Harold “Butch” Atkins, Eric R. Leno, Tiffany Sargent, and Nina Stowe.

Staff Recognition Awards for 2011

From left, Tiffany Sargent, Nina Stowe, Ron Liebowitz, Eric Leno, and Butch Atkins.

President Ron Liebowitz was the master of ceremonies, reading citations for the award winners and presenting each with a framed certificate. Also on hand for this year’s event was Rudolf K. Haerle Jr., professor emeritus of sociology, who endowed the awards as a way to recognize the many members of the Middlebury College staff who contribute to the vitality of the College community and support the College’s academic mission.

The award recipients for 2011 were selected by the 2010 award winners from nominations submitted by members of the faculty and staff, based on employees’ contributions to the College community, and their leadership, stewardship, and community service during their years at Middlebury.

This year’s Staff Recognition Award winners:

  • Harold “Butch” Atkins, ice rink co-manager in Athletics, who has worked at Middlebury for more than 30 years, first at Nelson and now at Kenyon Arena. He is known for the care and precision he brings to the job of maintaining what is recognized as one of the best college rinks in the country, and for his willingness to go the extra mile for student skaters.
  • Eric R. Leno, technical leader-plumbing, in Facilities Services, who has been at the College for 17 years. He was honored for the leadership and mechanical skills he brings to his job at Middlebury, and his dedication to community service, as a volunteer firefighter, a leader in the Whiting schools, and a fundraiser for community organizations.
  • Tiffany Sargent, director, Alliance for Civic Engagement, a member of the Middlebury Class of 1979 who joined the staff in 1985. She was honored for building community service and service learning programs at Middlebury that have become models for volunteerism at colleges around the country, and for being a personal role model for generations of students.
  • Nina Stowe, counter worker barista, in Dining Services, who has been a member of the staff for more than 30 years. Working first in the Crest Room, and then for more than a decade as an original barista and bartender in the Juice Bar, she has always made others feel welcome at Middlebury, and was honored for three decades of dedication and friendship.

Middlebury Stories from the Communications Office

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Here’s a look at some of the projects the Communications Office has been working on recently. Please feel free to share these on your office and department websites to help tell the Middlebury story to your audience.

Middlebury celebrates Commencement
http://www.middlebury.edu/newsroom/archive/2011/node/276643

Rain or shine: Facilities Services sets up for the Big Day [audio slideshow]
http://sites.middlebury.edu/middmag/2011/05/25/rain-or-shine/

College grants tenure to four faculty members
http://www.middlebury.edu/newsroom/node/276532

Fellowship and scholarship winners announced
http://www.middlebury.edu/newsroom/archive/2011/node/276492

The laser harpist [audio slideshow]
http://sites.middlebury.edu/middmag/2011/05/19/the-laser-harp/

A day at the Bike Shop
http://sites.middlebury.edu/middmag/2011/05/10/a-day-at-the-bike-shop/

And here are some of the projects we’re working on right now:

  • Why Middlebury is an official “Tree Campus” [audio slideshow]
  • A video interview with author Martha Ackmann, MA English ’79
  • Scene on campus: the final day
  • Meet the winners of this year’s Student Leadership Awards

Announcing Moodle as Middlebury’s Course Management System

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Dear Colleagues,

Beginning in Fall 2011, Middlebury will be adopting a new course management system, named Moodle, to replace Segue, our current system.

After extensive interviews with faculty and students, surveys, focus groups and a pilot conducted during the spring semester,  we have chosen this system because Moodle’s features best support the sort of teaching and learning that happens on campus. Moodle has been widely adopted by many small, liberal arts colleges and has a proven track record in meeting the needs of institutions like ours.

Moodle includes a number of features that you have requested, including:

  • online assessment
  • a gradebook
  • electronic discussion fora
  • and file uploading and downloading.

During the summer and prior to the beginning of the fall semester, we will hold orientation sessions, training, and work sessions to familiarize you with this new tool. As well, the LIS Digital Media Tutors, working in the Wilson Media Lab, will available throughout the summer to help you develop fall course websites.

For those of you who have used Segue in the past, LIS is working on a solution to most effectively and easily transfer your content from Segue. More information on this particular issue will be forthcoming.

If you have questions, suggestions or concerns, please contact your LIS liaison. (If you don’t know who that is, you can look it up at http://go.middlebury.edu/liaisons/.) Watch your inbox for announcements of training sessions.

Best wishes,

Michael Roy
Dean of Library & Information Services