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Reminder From HR About CTO Maximums

The maximum amount of CTO (combined time off) that can be carried into the next fiscal year is capped at 24 days (see table below for maximum hourly equivalents). Any CTO in excess of 24 days will automatically be transferred into your SLR as of June 26, for pay period 13 (6/13-6/26).  Please plan accordingly. In order to avoid confusion and ease planning for employees, the CTO max is now applied to the last full pay period in June.

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. Now is a good time to check your CTO balance in BannerWeb or a recent paycheck stub and plan your CTO use for the next few weeks and the upcoming fiscal year accordingly.

You may also transfer your own CTO at anytime. 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 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

College Counseling Workshop on June 3

The annual “Applying to College” workshop, sponsored by the Admissions Office, has been scheduled for Friday, June 3, 2011 of Reunion Weekend at McCardell Bicentennial Hall.  High school age children of Middlebury alumni, faculty and staff as well as students from Vermont high schools are invited.  This program gives an overview of the general selective college application process and does not focus on Middlebury College.  It runs from 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and covers four areas of the college application process:

  1. choosing a college;
  2. how to visit a college;
  3. how a college admits its class; and
  4. financial aid.

Following the financial aid presentation, individual afternoon appointments can be scheduled with Student Financial Services. Priority will be given to juniors.

In addition, for any students who are interested specifically in Middlebury College, a group information session will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. and campus tours will be offered at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The required registration deadline is Tuesday, May 24, 2011.  Parents are invited to all activities.

To register:  College Counseling Workshop Registration

For a complete schedule:

Questions can be directed to:

Topic and Dates Announced for Next Fall’s Clifford Symposium

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the academic administration, I am happy to announce that the topic of next year’s Nicholas R. Clifford Symposium will be, “Writing and Translating Nations and Cultures:  Words, Images, and Ideas in the Middle East and Beyond.”   The symposium is named after Nicholas Clifford, who taught history at the College from 1966 to 1993 and who in his many years as a member of the faculty and administration cultivated critical inquiry on our campus.

The rising popular protest against established regimes is arguably the most significant story of 2011.  The topic of this year’s symposium seeks to deepen understanding of developments in the Middle East by examining how cultures and national identities are interpreted by the peoples within that region and by those outside of it, with special attention given to an array of expressive forms that facilitate such interpretation.

Timi Mayer and Larry Yarbrough are organizing this symposium, and the preliminary plans point to what will surely be one of the highlights of the 2011-2012 academic year.  We look forward to the symposium, which is scheduled for Thursday, September 22, through Saturday, September 24, 2010.

We also want to thank the other faculty members who submitted topics; we received several strong proposals which made the final decision difficult.



James Ralph

Dean of the Faculty
Rehnquist Professor of American History and Culture
Old Chapel 106

Aline Germain-Rutherford Named Associate VP for Language Schools & Graduate Programs

Dear Colleagues:

Middlebury is very pleased to announce that, starting on June 1, 2011, Aline Germain-Rutherford will join the College year-round, as Associate Vice President for Language Schools and Graduate Programs and Professor of Linguistics. Before joining Middlebury, Aline was associate professor at the University of Ottawa, as well as director of the Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL) at Ottawa and, since 2005, director of the Middlebury French School. She has also acted as director of content development for Middlebury Interactive Languages’ new French online program, MiddWorld Online. Aline’s primary areas of responsibility will include the Doctor of Modern Languages program, development of faculty recruitment and training protocols for the Language Schools, and oversight of the selection process for major scholarship recipients. As a member of the Middlebury faculty Aline will also take a leadership role in further developing the College’s newly launched linguistics program. She will continue as director of the French School for another three years and will remain in her current development role at MiddWorld Online.

The author and co-author of several major textbook series and scholarly articles, Professor Germain-Rutherford is much sought after internationally as a speaker on topics relating to applied linguistics and foreign language pedagogy. She holds a Doctorat, Didactologie/Didactique des langues et des cultures secondes from the Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III, a Diplômes d’études approfondies (D.E.A.), Phonétique expérimentale from the Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, and is also the recipient of the 3M National Teaching Fellow Award, Canada’s most distinguished national award for excellence in teaching and leadership in higher education.

Michael E. Geisler
Vice President for Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and Graduate Programs

Spring 2011 Course Response Forms

Please be aware that course response forms for Spring 2011 will be arriving in your mailboxes this week. Upon receipt, please check to see that you have received forms for the correct course(s) and that you have received the correct number of forms for each course. If you have any questions or if anything is missing, please contact Madeleine Winterfalcon (443-2007 or  Since the forms need to be completed by students during the last week of classes, Madeleine must receive all changes and corrections by Friday, April 29.

Please note: If you are the lead instructor of a team-taught course, you will receive two envelopes for that course. One is for the course and the other is for your individual evaluation.

Also, please take a moment to review the memo(s) included with your forms so that you can remind students about the correct procedure for handling the forms and envelopes. Due to confidentiality issues, it is extremely important that the envelope for each course be sealed before it leaves the classroom.

For faculty teaching in McCardell Bicentennial Hall, please note that there is a drop box in the Armstrong Library where students may deposit course response forms.

Thank you.

Bob Cluss
Dean of Curriculum, Director of the Natural Sciences
McCardell Bicentennial Hall 450

MiddPoints and the “News & Announcements” blog

From now on, content that had been appearing in the monthly issue of MiddPoints will be posted at Middlebury’s “News & Announcements” blog, which will also take on the MiddPoints name, becoming “MiddPoints Weekly.”

Instead of submitting items to Human Resources for MiddPoints, we ask that you now use the blog for any announcements you have for faculty and staff. You can find the blog at go/announcements (if you’re not hooked up to the College network, it’s And you can post your news items at go/announce (, after logging in with your Middlebury user name and password. Items will be approved daily and made public on the blog. Once a week, on Monday mornings, we will e-mail faculty and staff a “digest” version of the content that has been added in the past week. Please note that this new iteration of MiddPoints will not include classified ads.

We hope this shift will make information available in a more timely fashion, while also helping to cut down on all-faculty, all-staff e-mail messages. If you have questions, please send them to Thank you.

Middlebury Stories from Communications: April 14

Here’s a list of some recent stories from the Communications Office, which can be linked to from departmental and office websites, and used when communicating with various external audiences about Middlebury’s programs:

Solar Decathlon “Up-rising” [audio slideshow]

Chris Waddell ’91 To Deliver Commencement Address

Shawn Ryan’s Code [video]

The Politics of Play

Just Like David and Goliath

College Honors Three for Community Service

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

  • Green Laces for Earth Day
  • A Student Symposium Showcase
  • The Spring Issue of Middlebury Magazine

Reminder: Be sure to stop by the Davis Library and check out the Murmur exhibit in the lobby. If you have a Middlebury story you’d like to record for Murmur, contact us at