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Midd/MIIS Travelers

travelThe following employees have reported upcoming travel between Midd and MIIS:

From Midd to MIIS From MIIS to MIdd
Dan Stearns, Facilities

Oct 17 – 28

Melissa Sorenson, Digital Learning Commons

Nov 3-8

Mike Moore, Facilities

Oct 17 – 28

Rachel Muradyan, GSTILE

Nov 14-15

LeRoy Graham, Provost’s Office

Week of Oct 17

Kim Downs, SFS

Week of Oct 17

Norm Cushman, Facilities

Oct 24-28

Mike Roy, Library

Oct 24 & 25

Steve Snyder, Language Schools

Nov 8 – 11

Vardit Ringwald, School of Hebrew

Nov 8 – 11

2017 Thanksgiving and December Holiday Schedules

horn-o-plentyThanksgiving Break: Will begin at 5:01 p.m. Wednesday, November 23 and will end at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, November 26 (regular operations resume Sunday, November 27.)



snowmanDecember Break:  Will begin at 5:01 p.m. Friday, December 23 and will end at 11:59 p.m. Monday, January 2 (regular operations resume Tuesday, January 3, 2017)

Open Meetings

cignaIn November, Cigna will hold a series of open meetings (on each campus) in which they will present information on topics such as: how to access services, network coverage, switching mail order prescriptions, technology offerings, etc. Meetings will include ample time for questions from the audience. These group meetings will be offered at:

Middlebury, Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center
Day Date Session 1 Session 2
Tuesday 11/01 8:30 – 10:00 AM 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Thursday 11/03 12:00 – 1:30 PM 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Tuesday 11/08 12:00 – 1:30 PM 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Thursday 11/10 8:30 – 10:00 AM 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Monterey, McCone Boardroom
Day Date Session
Tuesday 11/01 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Thursday 11/03 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Tuesday 11/08 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Thursday 11/10 2:00 – 3:30 PM


Reminder: One on One Meetings
Please keep in mind that representatives from Cigna will be visiting both the Middlebury and Monterey campuses several times through the Fall and Winter months. 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:




Weekly Web Updates – October 17, 2016


Fixes and Tweaks

  • Occasionally, when updating content on our Drupal sites, the front-end Varnish cache was not cleared on save because the script handling that event had Windows-style rather than UNIX-style line endings and silently failed. This was corrected.
  • We dropped SSLv3 support in favor of TLS on Drupal and WordPress sites.
  • Removed a duplicate page title above the breadcrumb on the Sustainability site.

Ongoing Work

  • Adding integration with Google Drive folders for the Course Hub.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS, GO, MediaWiki, and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal and WordPress environments.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Populating mailing lists in the MyEmma email system from Banner.

Sister-to-Sister Halloween Night, Friday, Oct 21, 7-9 p.m., Chellis House

sister-to-sisterSister-to-Sister Halloween Night, Friday October 21, 7-9 p.m.

Middlebury College’s widely popular Sister-to-Sister Program is inviting all middle school girls to Chellis House (56 Hillcrest Road, white house behind Proctor Dining Hall) for a Halloween Night with pumpkin decorating and spooky games. For more information, contact or call 443-5937.

Academic Roundtable: Envisioning Undergraduate Research at Middlebury

ctlr-bannerNovember 8, 2016 @ 12:15 pm in the CTLR suite, Library 225

Undergraduate research is an important academic experience for many students. But imagine if we could provide that experience to all students. Would we want to do that?  Why?  What would it look like?  Join us for a discussion about (re) envisioning undergraduate research. Why is it an important component of a liberal arts education? How do students and faculty benefit?  Can we imagine new models of authentic research experiences and attendant creative and/or scholarly processes that make them more available to more students, using fewer resources? Are there new challenges we face?


Sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research and the Library


Envisioning Distance Collaboration

The Office of Digital Learning, the Digital Learning Commons, and the Academic Cyberinfrastructure Transformation Team (ACTT) will be hosting a community-initiated conversation about remote work and distance collaboration on November 11, 2016 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT. The event will include synchronous collaboration across both campuses and with other remote attendees. For more information, visit the Office of Digital Learning blog, or save your seat for the conversation right away.