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Cigna One on One Meetings in Middlebury


Reminder, representatives from Cigna will continue to visit the Middlebury campus several more times in February through April, 2017. On-site visits are reserved for private, one-one-one meetings between employees and a Cigna representative.  If you have a question about your medical or dental benefits please make an appointment to speak with our local representative at:

Relay for Life

You may or may not know what Relay for Life is, but it is an event that takes place annually on campus. This year the event will be taking place on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00pm. Relay for Life celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those we have lost, and gives everyone the chance to fight back against cancer. Special activities, ceremonies, and entertainment make it a fun and moving experience. In past years, we have had several sports teams, social clubs, and social houses make teams for the event and we would love to have you do so with as many faculty and staff as possible! Since teams are required to get community service hours in, we find that Relay is a great way to get involved. You don’t have to attend for the entire day- stopping by for a little while to walk on behalf of the faculty/staff team, and enjoy some music or food is more than enough. We will be having a variety of groups perform throughout the day, like Mischords and Riddim, amazing food catered by several restaurants in town, with activities like henna and face painting. It is a kid-friendly environment and we encourage all families to come!

We are also looking for cancer survivors to participate in our event. Survivors are the most important part of it all, and honoring them is integral to the Relay for Life mission statement. If there are any survivors on campus who are comfortable and available to do so, we would love to have you be a part of our Relay experience and invite you to our survivor dinner. Please contact or for more questions.

There are still ways to be a part of Relay without coming to the actual event if you cannot make it. By starting a team, you can fundraise money that still goes to the cause, and let friends and family know so that they can donate to the cause under your team’s name. In fact, the first faculty/staff or admin that registers a team with 6 participants will win a Hibachi Grille that comes in a Relay for Life pull cooler.

If you are interested, you can register at the following link, and let your team members know so that they can join in and donate:



Please contact us via email if you have any questions. Thanks so much, and we hope to see you at the event!

All the best,

The Relay for Life Committee

A tribute to Barbara Jordan on her birthday

In celebration of Black History Month, we remember Barbara Jordan’s 1987 Commencement address at Middlebury. She received an Honorary Doctor of Laws and spoke about values in education and those which members of society should agree to live by: Truth, Tolerance, Respect, and Community.

Other photos of the commencement ceremony show Prof. David Rosenberg, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, handing out diplomas. He remembered about her speech, “She shared many historical and philosophical comments on principles and values to guide our commencing graduates. But the biggest applause and laughter came near the end when she quoted from Robert Fulghum’s essay, “All I ever really needed to know I learned in Kindergarten.” It was a good way to acknowledge the critical role parents play at an early and formative stage in the lives of our graduates long before they arrive at Middlebury.”

The former congresswoman showed her Texas pride from the commencement podium with the the University of Texas’s “hook ’em horns” hand symbol. After retiring from politics in 1979, she taught ethics at the University of Texas until her death in 1996.

Born in Houston, Texas exactly 81 years ago, Jordan earned her law degree from Boston University in 1959 and was elected to the Texas Senate in 1966, becoming the first African-American state senator since 1883 and the first black woman to hold the seat. In 1972, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, making her the first woman to represent Texas in the House, and (in the same year) as president pro tempore of the Texas senate, the first black woman in America to preside over a legislative body.

She solidified herself as a household name while serving on the House Judiciary Committee during President Richard Nixon’s impeachment scandal. Delivered the opening remarks to the committee and the nation, she supported the articles of impeachment against the president. In her speech she held up her faith in the Constitution and declared that if her fellow committee members failed to impeach President Nixon,“then perhaps the eighteenth–century Constitution should be abandoned to a twentieth–century paper shredder.”

She extended her rhetorical capabilities to Middlebury College in 1987, undeterred by the multiple sclerosis that would ultimately kill her, delivering the address from a wheelchair.


Source: “Jordan, Barbara Charline | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives.” Accessed February 21, 2017.

Blog Post from the Office of Digital Learning: AALAC Digital Language Learning Workshop, School of Spanish Centennial Digital Book, Embodiment and the Digital, and more!

Check out the latest blog post from the Office of Digital Learning:

This Week in ODL

  • AALAC Digital Language Learning Workshop coming to campus in April
  • School of Spanish Centennial Digital Book in Scalar
  • Experience Required by Sean Michael Morris
  • Embodiment and the Digital: Amy Collier’s Talk at MIIS


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Featured image by liz west CC BY 2.0

Weekly Web Updates – February 20, 2017

Our mobile / portal site is now on version 2 of the Kurogo framework, has a different design and some new features like integration with the campus map.

We made several updates to the Course Catalog service. It now supports courses that occur in just part of a term and have customized start/end dates, like PE classes and some off-campus programs. Additionally, we’ve updated the font used to render schedules. Course codes can now include lower-case letters and we’ve added a robots.txt file to the service making it easier for search engines to crawl.

The Appointments+ plugin for WordPress is a significant upgrade from the version we had been running (1.4.4). If you had tried this plugin before and it didn’t meet your needs, the new version may be worth a second look.


Fixes and Tweaks

  • Fixed an issue where a link to a file would break in the Drupal WYSIWYG editor if the child element was also a file. For example, when an embedded image links to a PDF.
  • We’ve updated the Google Calendar content type on our Drupal sites to handle more forms of the remote calendar URL, particularly from
  • The code shown when clicking the HTML button in the WYSIWYG editor on the MIIS Drupal site is now indented.
  • The Commencement Archive has moved to the Special Collections site.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Building out the configuration of our Omeka, and CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Integrating Panopto (streaming videos) and Canvas (LMS).
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.

Academic Roundtable – Fake News, Alternative Facts, and the Toxic Web: Strategies for Understanding and Coping with a Changing Media Universe

Please join us on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 12:15 pm in the CTLR located in the Davis Family Library, Suite 225.

We live now in a world where the traditional media has been supplanted by a much more complicated set of media outlets and platforms. How do we understand this new reality? What sorts of strategies might we use to keep ourselves informed? What sorts of media literacies must we cultivate in ourselves and in our students ?

Join us for a panel discussion led by Amy Collier (Office of Digital Learning), Sue Halpern (EAM), Terry Simpkins (Library), and Jason Mittell (FMMC)

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for lunch by 4 pm on Friday, March 10, 2017.

The Academic Roundtable is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research

and the Library