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Winter Term Workshops

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Here’s your chance to broaden your horizons and/or develop a new interest! This January is your big opportunity to participate in Winter Term Workshops offered by Student Activities. Be sure to take advantage of this year’s series of non‐credit workshops ‐ open to the entire College community ‐ and make the most of Winter Term.

Check out go/wtw

Guided Meditation

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Feeling a little stressed? Come to Chessy Kelley’s free mid-day guided meditation sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Forest East Lounge, courtesy of the Wellness Committee. Click below for more information:

Guided Meditation

Library hours for the Thanksgiving break

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The Libraries will have reduced hours for the upcoming Thanksgiving break.

Tuesday 11/24: 7:30 am – 8 pm
Wednesday 11/25: 9 am – 5 pm
Thursday-Saturday 11/26-28: CLOSED
Sunday 11/29: 9 am – 1 am

Tuesday 11/24: 7:45 am – 5 pm
Wednesday-Saturday 11/25-28: CLOSED
Sunday 11/29: 4 pm – midnight

As always, complete hours can be found at go/hours/

Child Care During 2015 Holiday Party

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Sign-Up for Child Care during Holiday Party

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 2016.Since these are Middlebury College students watching your children, space is limited to 30 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 12, 2015
Where: Kenyon Lounge
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Ages: 3-12


Weekly Web Updates – November 23, 2015

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We’re in the middle of a couple ongoing projects. First, we’re working with colleagues in CS&N to create “cookbooks” in Chef, a server management tool, that will allow us to define our production and development configuration and keep it in version control. We’re focusing on our cluster of servers that manage Drupal to begin.

Also this week and last, we’ve been working with Acquia on a pair of audits of our Drupal environment. Acquia is a professional services company, founded by the person who created Drupal. These audits should make our sites faster and more stable.


Tweaks and Fixes

  • The global navigation on the MIIS webforms site now matches the regular site.

Article on U.S. Census Bureau questions on race

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This Canadian news site has an interesting article on how and why the U.S. Census Bureau may change the race and ethnicity questions.

Why the U.S. Census Bureau might drop the term ‘race’ in 2020

Turkey on Film: Delicious Dinners in the 16mm Archives

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Thanksgiving Day meals are not complete without a perfectly cooked turkey. In these two clips from 16mm reels the Middlebury College Archives, we see both students and the administration sharing in the enjoyment of Thanksgiving’s most iconic fowl.

First, we join the College’s 10th President, Paul Dwight Moody, as he carves a turkey in the late 1930s or early 1940s. This event may have been part of any number of alumni turkey dinners that Moody attended over his presidential tenure.

Next, we find a student in a 1950 promotional film for the College savoring a chef-prepared turkey meal. The clip goes on to highlight the focused work ethic and “enduring zest” for scientific experimentation exemplified by mid-century Middlebury’s  “ambitious youth”.

Happy Thanksgiving!