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Weekly Web Updates – December 5, 2016

We upgraded the servers that run go.middlebury.edu, go.miis.edu, and mediawiki.middlebury.edu. These are now using the Chef server configuration tool to manage settings so that we can ensure proper change management over their setup. The GO service now supports the “https” protocol. Additionally, MediaWiki was upgraded from version 1.26.4 to version 1.28.0 as part of this change.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • When editing a GO shortcut, the “Apply These Changes” button is now on its own line, making it less likely that you will accidentally click the “Delete” button that used to be next to it.
  • Department image banners on the Middlebury Drupal site should now properly link to the department homepage rather than the image file if you have JavaScript enabled.
  • Course Hub term builders can now reorder subpage items in the hub.
  • The iCal feeds for the Dining Menus site now include the start and end time of each meal.
  • The L&ITS wiki now includes icons when linking to an external site. Also, the toclimit classes are in the stylesheet now so that feature will work.
  • Resolved an issue with images not loading in the Moodle Adaptive Quiz module.
  • The WordPress bbPress plugin went missing and was replaced.
  • The Course Catalog  now supports a JSON API to provide course data to the Kurogo mobile application.

Ongoing Work

  • A small redesign of the Middlebury News Room to bring it more inline with the newsletter.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, and GO services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.

Student Supervisor Training

The Student Employment Office is offering another Student Employee Supervisor Training session on Wednesday, December 14th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm in Axinn, room 232. Information will be provided on recruiting, hiring and managing student employees. There will be time after the session for those interested in walking through the EPAF process for hiring students, as well as using PeopleAdmin to post position openings. All student supervisors are encouraged to attend one of these sessions.

Please email seo@middlebury.edu to sign up. Space is limited but more sessions will be offered in the future.

Child Care During 2016 Holiday Party Sign-Up

Staff Council has organized childcare services in Kenyon Lounge during the holiday party for children ages 3-12. Students involved with the MAlt, Middlebury’s Alternative break program, will be babysitting as a fundraiser for their trips that will occur during February break 2017.

Since these are Middlebury College students watching your children, space is limited to 20 children. There will be games and crafts/art supplies in Kenyon Lounge to keep the children occupied.

This service is FREE. The President’s Office is graciously covering the cost of the babysitting, valued at $30 per child for the 3 hours (flat rate).

When: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Where: Kenyon Lounge
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Ages: 3-12

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HOPE Holiday Shop – Deadline Extended!

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Season’s Greetings Middlebury Faculty and Staff!

The holiday season is upon us! Each year H.O.P.E (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects) hosts a Holiday Shop that helps families provide gifts for their children that make the holiday season that much more special. I hope that you and your colleagues will consider helping to sponsor a local child through H.O.P.E’s annual Holiday Gift Shop! Here’s how to participate:

Sign up by visiting go/HOPEholidayshop. You can sign up any time between now and December 12. You can also stop by the Center for Community Engagement to sign up!

By signing up on our online form, you’ll receive suggestions and gift ideas for children of different ages and genders. This year, HOPE is especially looking for donations for older teens, including clothing in large sizes.

You can sign up to participate by yourself, with a friend, as a department or in another type of group collaboration!

We ask that you consider spending a minimum amount of $25 per sign-up. We strongly encourage you to team up with friends and co-workers!

Do NOT wrap gifts.

Gifts must be brought to the Center for Community Engagement at 20 Old Chapel Road (DKE House) between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Emma McDonald at emcdonald@middlebury.edu.

Thank you for your continued support of this wonderful program. H.O.P.E. counts tremendously on Middlebury College’s consistent and generous participation. Take care and thank you for your support and participation!

Thanks,

Emma

Emma McDonald
SerVermont AmeriCorps VISTA
Center for Community Engagement
20 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College Ɩ Middlebury, VT 05753
802.443.5113

Hunting Season Running

It’s been a while since I last posted to this blog – a very busy fall, and a nagging injury which kept me to shorter runs have diminished my ability to blog new runs. And of course, over the last few weeks, the woods have been full of hunters for deer rifle season. I have nothing against hunters – in fact, they are in most ways, the natural allies of trail runners and hikers, as they do a lot of lobbying to maintain public access to private lands. That said, I have had a few scary situations in the woods over hunting season, and as a result I am more than happy to let them have their few short weeks in the late autumn.

That said, as my leg injury recovered, I was eager to get out for a longer run. One of the great things about this time of the year in Vermont, is that there are no tourists around at all (and who can blame them – stick season is one of the low points of the year), and as a result, the roads serving summer tourism are pretty empty. So, country roads in pretty places, which might be busy during the summer, become good places to duplicate at least some of the pleasures of trail running. One of my favorite runs in the deep of winter, when many of the trails are difficult to access on foot, is the loop road around Lake Dunmore. This is a 10 mile loop on mostly paved road, but with the leaves long gone from the trees, it offers many more vistas of the lake itself than can be seen from the road during the summer.

I met up with a bunch of running friends on Sunday afternoon, meeting up at the Waterhouses Marina (with its ample parking) and we set off on a leisurely run around the lake during peak stick season.  The marina, which always seems so busy during our far-too-short Vermont summers was empty, and most of the gear was stashed away for the soon to come snows.

Waterhouses Marina

Waterhouses Marina

We headed south, taking the left turn skirting the less developed southwest shore of the lake, before taking the next left turn onto Rogers Road, past the south shore of the much smaller Fern Lake, before turning back north along VT 53. As a rule, I avoid running on roads which are busy enough to warrant a double yellow line down the middle, but only a handful of cars passed us as our run continued. On our left a series of short access roads led to some of the summer homes that line the lake. Some of these names are descriptive, such as Isthmus Road, which crosses the narrow ridge between Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake. Some are generic, with names like “Indian Trail”. And then there are some, which are probably some sort of inside joke or Easter Egg, such as the private road shown in the picture above, which I snapped as my friends sped off into the distance.

Curious Road Sign

Curious Road Sign

As we got approached the Silver Lake Trail, we made the decision on the spot to add a few hilly miles to the run, with the 3 mile round trip to the shores of this higher altitude lake. While being respectful of hunters, I realized we hadn’t heard a shot all afternoon – not prime time for bagging a buck, so we decided to go for it. As we got higher and higher, we saw slowing increasing snow, but still nowhere nearly enough to impede our running. As expected, the lake level was low, due to the dry summer and the fall drawdown in preparation for spring thaws in a few months.

Early Winter at Silver Lake

Early Winter at Silver Lake

Descending back to Rt 53, we enjoyed the now brilliant sunshine, as the clouds from the start of the run had apparently melted away. I enjoyed a quiet moment, looking at some cottages reflecting in the still water from the Kampersville Beach, before completing my run with a left turn down the homestretch of the West Shore Road.

North Cove Dunmore Reflections

North Cove Dunmore Reflections

As I finished the run, I checked my old faithful Garmin GPS watch which registered at just over 13 miles for this Sunday afternoon jaunt. I usually post the GPS trace on Google Earth when I do these posts, but this time, as I got home to sync up my watch, it no longer turned on, and I realized that its 9 year life-span had come to an end. So – no more GPS traces until I get its replacement. Good thing it is the Christmas season!

Naina Qayyam ’15 Middlebury’s First Schwarzman Scholar! #SchwarzmanScholars

Naina Qayyam ’15 was recently named one of 129 new Schwarzman Scholars! The second class of Schwarzman Scholars is composed of students from 30 countries and 75 universities with 45% from the United States, 20% from China, and 35% from the rest of the world. Schwarzman Scholars is quickly becoming the premier training ground for future […]

Fall Term Middlebury Write-In!

It was a hit last spring, and so we’re doing it again: on Wednesday, December 7, the CTLR, the Writing Center, and the Library are hosting the second Middlebury Write-In! Students can attend at either the Davis Family Library or the Anderson Freeman Resource Center to find a productive, social, and supportive environment designed to help them focus on their writing. There will be food, prizes, and writing and research help on hand to make end-of-term writing less stressful and more fun. The Write-In begins at 8 pm and lasts until 11pm, but students are welcome to come any time!

What: Middlebury Write-In!

When: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 8-11 PM

Where: the Davis Family Library and the Anderson Freeman Resource Center

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