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Job Opportunity for Midd graduates!

Presidential Fellow in Innovation Job Description

The Ron and Jessica Liebowitz Fund for Innovation (FFI) was established to provide support for experimental and unconventional projects which have the potential to create lasting, positive change and strengthen the Middlebury experience. This position reports to the Director of Special Projects in the Office of the Provost and provides full time support to the FFI, which includes assisting in outreach and communications, providing administrative support to the Fund Advisory Board, helping with project management, and long-term planning. Fellows will work with staff from appropriate offices to support these activities. In addition, the fellows may provide part-time support for related projects in other offices.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, click here!

UNE COM Student Reception – Saturday, August 19

Prospective students and current applicants are all invited!

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) Student Reception
Saturday, August 19th

Join current students, alumni, faculty and administrators to:

  • Learn more about UNE COM’s Patient First
  • Participate in a Q&A style group conversation
  • Hear from students why they chose UNE COM and gain insight into the academic/extracurricular experience.
  • Hear from faculty about the curriculum and research opportunities.
  • Hear from members of the Committee on Admissions about the application process.

When:   Saturday, August 19th, 2017
Where:   Hyatt Regency Cambridge, 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Time:   4-5:30 PM, with reception to follow

RSVP  by August 11th  to the UNE COM Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Servies by filling out the Google Survey at the below link. The event registration link will also be available on our website.



Welcome, Mike Lally!

Please welcome Mike Lally, a MuseumWorks intern who is working with Wendy up in Armstrong. Mike is a rising senior, majoring in physics

Mike Lally, ’18, researching instruments

and art history, and he will be working on researching and cataloging items the Antique Scientific Instruments collection, and learning about digital preservation. In the end, we hope to digitize a subset of the collection – including 3-D scanning! – and he will create a new exhibit for the Armstrong lobby area. He has already discovered treasure in the collection, so we will be positing semi-regularly on the exciting find-of-the-week. Stay tuned!

Weekly Web Updates – June 12

WordPress 4.8 features new sidebar widgets for images, videos, audio, and rich text. We’ve added support for these in the past through custom plugins and shortcodes, but it’s now part of the native experience with an improved user interface.


Fixes and Tweaks

  • Applied padding updates to the CCI WordPress homepage.
  • Resolved an issue with the Middlebury TimelineJS Shortcode WordPress plugin which was not allowing timelines with hyphens in their ids.
  • Relocated the editorial style guide to GitHub.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Archiving Moodle.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, 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).

Host an International Student

The Friends of International Students (FIS) host program recruiting and matching process for the recently admitted Class of 2021 has begun! The Class of 2021 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 are 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 throughout the summer on the 2nd 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, you are welcome 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 schedule for the season:

Wednesday, June 21              12:30-1:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 27                   12:30-1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 1                  5:15-6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 22                    12:30-1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept 13              5:15-6:15 p.m.

To register for a meeting, please email ISSS at (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: .

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!

Promoting Student STEM Skills Through Inquiry Instruction: A Hands-on In-depth Workshop on Active Learning

From our colleagues in the sciences, Professors Costanza-Robinson, Bunt, Giddings and Vasiliou:

“With support from the Ada Howe Kent Fund and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research (CTLR), we have organized this workshop on July 7th (Fri). The workshop leader, Gordon Uno, is a renowned educator and leader in promoting active learning. We saw him present at the AAC&U conference Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education last fall in Boston. Gordon managed to be both entertaining and educational while never losing sight of the practical realities of teaching. We were inspired to bring him here for this more detailed, hands-on workshop and share the “Gordon Experience” with other interested colleagues.

Gordon’s training and research are in plant biology, but the workshop topics, examples, and methods span the STEM disciplines. The two sessions (both on Friday) focus on evidence-based, active-learning methods and other high-impact practices appropriate for those just starting out as well as seasoned veterans. On Friday evening there will be a reception and dinner for interested workshop participants (seating for all those interested) to get to know one another and foster the developing active-learning community.

More workshop information and online registration details are available at:

We look forward to seeing you in July!

Molly Costanza-Robinson, Rick Bunt, Lesley-Ann Giddings, and AJ Vasiliou

How to Keep Your College Admission Offer: Start With Digital Literacy

While this article is focused on undergraduate admissions, grad school applicants need to consider this as well. There is some important advice about social media and college admissions, but also good advice for everyone.

“… if you wouldn’t want something you posted to end up on a jumbotron in Times Square, DO NOT POST IT.”

Read the full NYT article by

We have been reading more and more that some medical school admissions committees and employers really look at applicant’s pages and posts, so we are now telling students to assume that all admissions committees look up applicants online. Barbara Fuller, M.P.H., director of admissions at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University says,

“Students on the admissions committee are more tech savvy and actually have been responsible for presenting information on candidates-acquired through internet searches-that changed an acceptance to a rejection. As an applicant, you are responsible for the ‘public face’ that the connected world sees.”

How do you find out what’s out there about you? Do web searches from various browsers and see what comes up. In addition to your social media accounts, you may find links to news articles, petitions you have signed electronically, and comments you have left on websites.

What might negatively influence the admissions committee? Anything illegal, showing poor judgement, or might be controversial can hurt your image.

How to protect yourself: Make all social networking accounts private. Approve all tags or check-ins and delete anything you are not proud of, or that might be misconstrued. It is best to err on the “less is more” idea.

Social media best practices:

  • Make all accounts private
  • Keep pictures, statuses, and comments clean
  • Approve tags and check-ins from friends
  • Always sign out of a public or shared computer
  • Never share your password

*Excerpted from the AAMC Quick Answers to Common Questions About Getting Into Medical School