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Friday links – Feb. 20, 2015

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Google and Mattel pull the View-Master into virtual realityGoogle and Mattel pull the View-Master into virtual reality – Let’s recall the iconic View-Master toy that first launched in 1939 — it used small colored film that brought images to 3D life. Now, it’s getting a massive overhaul with the help of Google and its Cardboard VR (virtual reality) viewer.

Systems Maintenance Sunday, Feb 22nd

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During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, February 22nd   we have the following activities scheduled:

 

  • Replace two of the four San Volume Controller nodes serving our Storage Area Network
    • There is no service outage planned with this maintenance
    • This work was scheduled for last weekend but was delayed due to time
  • The wireless controllers will be updated
    • During this upgrade all wireless access points on campus will be rebooted, resulting in up to 15 minutes of wireless connectivity downtime throughout the campus, Bread Loaf and the Snowbowl.

 

We appreciate your patience as we continuously strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.

 

Regards,
Billy

 

 

Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

BUS TRIP to Boston

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Beat the winter blues with a BUS TRIP to Boston, MA for the 2015 Flower & Garden Show
Sponsored by Middlebury College Staff Council
Get out of town! Enjoy a day of no driving and take in the sites of Boston, MA

Saturday, March 14th

Bus leaves the Service Building at 6:30AM
(please be on time the bus won’t wait!)

Drop-offs Boston, MA
o Seaport World Trade Center (Flower Show) 10ish

Within walking distance:
New England Aquarium
Quincy Market

 Pick-ups Boston, MA
o Seaport World Trade Center (Flower Show) 5:30PM

$43 per person (bus only-all other tickets on your own)

Reservations are first come first serve, open to all Middlebury College Staff and their guests. Limit 3 reservations (seats) per person.
Reservations go on sale Tuesday, February 24 at 10 AM through the Middlebury Box Office online, by phone 443-3168, or stop in McCullough or Mahaney Center for the Arts. Reservations are non-refundable.
Questions? mathomps@middelbury.edu or x-5258

Have you always wanted to learn more about Chicago? This summer research opportunity at Northwestern University with Engage Chicago may be of interest to you!!

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Engage Chicago is an eight-week summer field study program that gives bright undergraduates from across the nation a chance to live, work, serve and learn together in this remarkable city, amidst a rich history and culture of civic engagement.  The innovative program model deliberately combines academic coursework, placements at top community organizations/civic institutions, and powerful community experiences […]

Addison County Shepherd Internships (apps due 3/1)

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There are 5 amazing paid Addison County Shepherd Internships for this summer!

  • Charter House CoalitionCoordinate the Farm-to-Tabland Community Meals programs, integrating community garden fresh produce into to meal programs, food shelves, and low-income neighborhoods (free room, most meals)
  • Boys and Girls Club of VergennesWork with low-income youth in trailer parks on meal programs, summer learning, drug/alcohol prevention, & arts/life skills activities, and research Addison County poverty via interviews
  • John Graham Homeless ShelterHelp to provide shelter and hope to Addison County’s homeless population and help launch community mentor system
  • Open Door ClinicSupport healthcare, public health, and access and provision of services to special populations, including Vermont migrant farm workers via Spanish fluency
  • WomenSafeProvide crisis intervention, info, and support to abused women and children via 24-hour hotline, especially low-income persons in need of emergency/transitional housing.

Students apply through MOJO; the application deadline is at 11:59 p.m. on Sun., Mar. 1, 2015. Search words include “poverty” and “Addison County.” Community Engagement is listed as the employer, though this individual sites will do their own selecting.

International students are encouraged to apply as Middlebury College pays their stipend. All returning undergraduate students may apply.

Questions? Contact Tiffany Sargent at tiffanys@middlebury.edu

Lizzy and her CCCS Grant

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This January Term I was fortunate to serve as an intern for With the Winds, an environmental conservation expedition, research project, and documentary in the making. With the Winds was founded by Henry Bell ’14 and Grant Bemis (Eckerd ’14). Their ambitions for With the Winds began their senior year of college. When deluged by questions about their post graduation plans, Henry and Grant decided to stop dreaming about making a difference in the world and take concrete action to achieve their dream. They created a Kickstater campaign to raise money for their four-month expedition and ended up surpassing their goal of $18,500 by more than $5,000.

Their work is deeply based in environmental conservation. They had numerous professional backers supporting their undertaking including SEA Semester, Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, The National Marine Fisheries Service’s Apex Predators Program, and the Ocean Conservancy’s Coastal Cleanup. I assisted Henry and Grant in three areas, beach cleanups, collecting water samples, and the shark catch and release program during my duration of the trip.

As a non-science major, initially I was overwhelmed at the amount of quantitative data collection I would be partaking in. Henry and Grant were patient teachers, and made sure that I was doing more than just accruing data that I didn’t understand. Upon arrival to St. Thomas, I helped take a water sample. They explained how micro-plastics (like the tiny beads in your soap or toothpaste) end up in the ocean and travel up the food chain, negatively impacting all levels of organisms in the eco-system. The water samples were collected at various places throughout my trip, and will continue to be collected throughout the rest of their expedition.

The first beach cleanup I participated in was in St. Marteen at Maho Bay Beach. The beach is famous for being located right next to the island’s airport. Tourists are attracted to the adrenaline rush of planes approaching the runway and blowing sun hats, sand, and chairs everywhere. It was almost as fun watching the tourists as it was watching the planes. The boys measured out a manageable distance for us to clean, and we spent the afternoon collecting trash of all shapes and sizes. We then sorted the trash into categories, as what trash ends up where is strongly affected by currents. I learned that some beaches get more right foot flip-flops, where as others accumulate the left foot, all due to currents. We did a series of beach cleanups and some of the more interesting things I found included a cellphone, a computer desktop, a full ironing board, a rug, and a map of France from 1978!

I really enjoyed the shark fishing. We tried to catch sharks during the entire trip, but met with no success. We trolled, or left fishing lines off of the stern of the boat while we were sailing in hopes that we might catch something. We would sit patiently anticipating the click-click-click of the rod, only to get our bait stolen, or to catch some seaweed. Shark fishing definitely tested my patience. Our last night on the boat was my 22nd birthday, and I joked for the entire month that all I wanted for my birthday was a shark. That night we caught close to 5 small sharks. All were too small to actually tag (they must be at least three feet in length), but the experience was definitely exciting. Hopefully Grant and Henry will have more luck with that aspect of the project!

With another Middlebury student, Kerry Daigle ‘15, I worked on a project collecting oral histories from people on the islands. I hoped to better understand the relationship people had with their environment. At first it was difficult to approach a complete stranger and make the meaningful connection necessary to discover people’s (sometimes very personal!) stories. I found that there is definitely an art to starting and holding conversation with someone you don’t know. At school and in our day-to-day lives, it is easy to mask discomfort with an iPhone and allow the screen to disseminate any feelings of awkwardness. Pushing outside of my comfort zones meant being persistent through the unease, and I was definitely rewarded. I heard stories of shipwrecks, adopted dogs, love, unfortunate jobs, and boat troubles. I laughed over croissants and smoothies at not being able to understand thick Turkish accents. I kept watch with a security guard on duty. I sang karaoke in a local dive bar. I ate “the best Chinese in the Caribbean”. With their consent, I took portraits of my new acquaintances, which were an attempt to capture their personality and the stories they were telling. Kerry and I look forward to compiling our work to create a final product for With the Winds.

Some of my goals following my J-term include writing an article summing up my experience, with the goal of being published in MiddMagazine, MiddGeographic or one of the various sailing magazines I found on my trip. With my article I hope to inspire other students and recent graduates not to be afraid of stepping outside of their comfort zones, and not to let practicalities hinder progress. Middlebury has many resources available to students, from grants to advising, and I wish I had taken advantage of them earlier in my Middlebury career.

I am incredibly thankful to the CCS for the grant. As a two-season athlete who worked every summer, I was unable to study abroad. This J-term I finally got to have my own mini study-abroad experience. My comfort zone has been extended in ways I couldn’t have imagined before the trip. Being around Henry and Grant was inspiring. Their passion and dedication proved to me that it is possible to dream big and make things happen. I learned a lot about myself, especially on the days where we spent 12+ hours sailing offshore; on those days I had no choice but to engage in some serious self-reflection. While I definitely wish I could have stayed longer (who wouldn’t want to stay in paradise!?), I am excited to take what I have learned on my travels forward with me.

Thanks to the Middlebury CCS Grant I was able to partake in the adventure of a lifetime. Sailing with With the Winds provided experiential learning opportunity taught me invaluable life lessons that I would not have gained in the classroom setting.

-Lizzy Reid ’15

Learn more about CCS Grants here!  

Kerry and what she did with her CCCS grant!

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Hi Everybody!

With the help of a grant from Community Engagement at Middlebury, I spent J-term on board a 37-foot sailboat in the Caribbean, traveling and conducting environmental research. The expedition was founded by Henry Bell (Middlebury ’14) and his childhood friend, Grant Bemis (Eckerd ’14). I, along with fellow Middlebury student Lizzy Reed, joined Henry and Grant for four weeks out of their four-month voyage. On board we helped them carry out three separate environmental projects: taking water samples to track microplastics for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, beach cleanups as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, and shark catch and release as part of NOAA’s Cooperative Shark Tagging Program.

 

Through this incredible experience, I developed an appreciation for how much work goes into a conservation project like this. I learned that tagging a shark doesn’t just mean going out and getting one your first try, but spending night after night with rods in the water, patiently waiting to find a shark big enough to tag. Additionally, I saw firsthand just how much trash is overtaking the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean, and understand the enormity of the problem. The majority of trash in the area has drifted ashore from countries to the east. Because it originated from external areas, there is no local organization in place to pick it up. Nicer beaches on the islands that are maintained by staff have relatively clear sandy areas, but if you step back into the woody areas you will find it too is covered in trash. Even worse, is that when trash is removed more will drift ashore in the coming days to replace it. Efforts to alleviate this problem must be massive, and our beach cleanup surveys contributed to a valuable initiate to gain insight into what types of trash end up where.

 

In addition to experiencing an eye opening exposure to the need for conservation and the invaluable lessons you learn through life confined to a sailboat, this trip taught me the importance of following through on your dreams. Henry and Grant worked endlessly for the year leading up to the expedition to get their plans arranged, and personally watching their trip fall into place was a huge inspiration. I’ve learned to be honest about the problems I want to tackle in the world, and ambitious in the way I go about contributing to a solution.

 -Kerry Daigle ’15

If you would like to learn more about With the Winds, I encourage you to check out our website (withthewinds.com), instagram (@with_the_winds), facebook page, and twitter (@with_the_winds).

You can also learn more about CCCS grants here!