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MSA July Newsletter

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Identity Theft – Prevention & Resolution

READ: Great Finances Need Protection
A key aspect of improving financial wellness and maintaining financial success is incorporating an identity theft protection plan….
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READ: Smart Steps for a Victim
It’s not a matter of if but when you become a victim of identity theft. Take a moment to learn these smart steps for protecting yourself…
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WEBINAR: Financial Peace of Mind
On July 28th, come hear about your opportunity to work with a Money Coach to overcome financial stress and achieve your financial dreams.
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REWARDS: Take Action and Win!
You get the chance to win cool prizes, when you engage in the MSA program, work with a Money Coach, and attend webinars.
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HR UPDATE: THIS WEEK’S EMPLOYMENT SNAPSHOT

There are currently 3 faculty positions, 45 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 3 internal job postings on the Middlebury employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities:http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

Self Service Banner Demographic Info

To meet a number of mandatory federal reporting obligations, Human Resources is turning on two new survey pages in Self Service Banner (SSB).   These pages will offer you the opportunity to voluntarily provide your veterans and disability status.  Both surveys allow you to opt out if you do not wish to answer.  Once you have completed these surveys’ you will not be asked to complete them again.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Where to buy cameras, lenses, audivisual etc. equipment – Discount at B&H

Middlebury receives a discount with B&H through its membership with the E&I Cooperative. Most often B&H has the best pricing but it is not our sole vendor so if you find the same product somewhere else for a better price (all inclusive), go for it. Here is a link to a showcase of their products.

For purchases of $10,000 or more:
Contact B&H at (800) 947-8003 extention 7741
Mention that you are purchasing for Middlebury College (even if you are at MIIS), you can also reference the discount number EI2013 which is the E&I Contract we are using. They will give you a quote that includes free shipping. They will give you the discount we receive through E&I and then work on getting you better pricing on top of that.

For purchases below $10,000:
Go to the B&H website via the E&I website. You will receive the discount through our E&I membership – which starts at 0.5% but can get much higher, depending on the product. Free shipping is included.

There are a couple of steps required at this point – once we have e-procurement set up, it will be easier to access the catalogue.

1) Log into the E&I website. If you don’t have a login yet, click on “Not Registered Yet? – use your @middlebury.edu email address (everybody at MIIS does have an email alias with @middlebury.edu)

2) On the right side is a link to “Online Ordering”, click on it.

3) Click on the shopping cart icon next to B&H Photo Video and start shopping.

Here is a visual guide through the process.

Remember if your cart turns to $10,000 or more, don’t click on “Begin Checkout” but instead call the number above to get a quote – you’ll get a better price for your basket when you get the quote.

You can find this information and more contracts at the go/purchasing webpage.

Frank Winkler receives grant from NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute for Collaborative Research

Frank Winkler (Emeritus Professor, Physics) has been awarded funding from the NASA-funded Space Telescope Science Institute for his role in a collaborative research project involving researchers at Curtin University in Australia and Johns Hopkins University. This project entails observations from the Hubble Space Telescope and is titled Diagnosing the super-Eddington accretion/outflow regime using the microquasar MQ1 in M83. The goal of the observations, which come as a follow-up to previous studies from Hubble and from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, is to better understand an unusual black hole in the southern spiral galaxy M83, also known as the southern pinwheel. Previous studies suggest that the black hole provides the energy source for radiation in excess of what simple physics models allow (the “Eddington limit”) , and has done so for thousands of years. The team hopes to learn how this is possible, or else why this interpretation may be incorrect.

Join the Friends of International Students Host Program!

Dear Faculty and Staff-

Our Friends of International Students (FIS) host program recruiting and matching process for the recently admitted Class of 2020 has begun! The Class of 2020 will include more than 70 international students, including some U.S. students who have lived abroad and international exchange students. Please contact us if you’re interested in hosting in the fall and spread the word in our community.

International Student & Scholar Services will hold a series of information meetings about the program  on the second floor of the Service Building. We ask that new hosts attend a meeting so that we can meet them and share more information about the program. If you are an experienced host, we welcome you to join us as your stories and insights are vital to friends who are new to FIS and trying to decide if they would be a good fit for the program.

Here is our upcoming meeting schedule:

  • Thursday, August 4 from 5:15 to 6:30p.m.
  • Monday, August 15 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

To register for a meeting, please email ISSS at isss@middlebury.edu (subject line: FIS Host Program) or call us at 802.443.5858. Feel free to bring your lunch to our afternoon meetings.

You can learn more about the FIS Host Program on our website at: http://www.middlebury.edu/international/isss/fis .

Please share this information with friends and family who do not work at the College.

We invite all who are interested to become a part of this wonderful program!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Weekly Web Updates – July 11, 2016

We have added the Primary Categories plugin to our WordPress sites, which can be used to identify a category as being the “primary” one for a post or page. We also created a custom plugin to enable embeds from the Skedda online booking service.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • All 404 pages on the MIIS Drupal site now use the main MIIS theme.
  • If you edited and saved a banner image on the Middlebury Drupal site, it would disappear. We have updated the code that checks if a page region is empty to correctly identify the field with the image, which changes its name from “body” to “multimedia” after you edit it the first time.
  • We changed the settings of the Dining Menus site to allow editors access to the Drupal pages necessary to add new menu items. This had been removed in a recent server upgrade.
  • Deleting a Moodle or Canvas resource from the Course Hub will now correctly delete the site, even if it has been used in past semesters. Previously, a check to determine whether the resource was used elsewhere prevented this removal.
  • New Canvas users created by the MIIS Course Hub will have their default timezone set to Pacific. Those created by the Middlebury Course Hub will continue to have it set to Eastern. This does not affect any existing Canvas accounts and will not override any preference set by the individual in their Canvas account after it is created.
  • Editors on the Davis Projects for Peace and Davis UWC Scholars sites can now edit any page.