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A new semester and a happy new year!

First of all, The Middlebury School in France would like to wish you all a happy and healthy new year!

We are starting off 2017 with 41 newcomers in Paris, 11 in Bordeaux, and 1 in Poitiers, as well as welcoming back our 22 annual students!   Orientation for our second semester students started on January 3rd, and since their arrivals, they have been busy getting settled in, learning their way around Paris, Bordeaux, and Poitiers, and are preparing to start classes. They have also taken the Language Pledge, been getting to know one another, signing up for classes, and learning about their host universities.

We are very excited for the semester ahead and wish all of our students a wonderful, happy, and enriching stay here in France.


Signing the Language Pledge

signing the Language Pledge 

reciting the Language Pledge

From MSA: January Financial Events and Tips to Start the New Year


Dealing With My Credit Cards (January 26th)

Credit cards can be a real pain. Find relief as you learn about and choose a strategy for managing your credit card debt. We’ll talk about communicating with your creditors, strategies for lowering your payments and fitting bills into your budget. We will also review the pros and cons of getting help through credit counseling, debt settlement and bankruptcy. After this presentation, you will be able to decide which strategy is best for you.



5 Money Habits To Quit In The New Year

We always make New Year’s resolutions, and they tend to be things we want to do, like exercise more. And we all know how that works out. Two weeks in, you get derailed. So, give yourself a break and, this year, create a list of resolutions you don’t want to do.To get you started, we’ve made a list of financial habits you’ll be glad to get rid of in the New Year because it’ll help you…


Take Action and Win!

You get the chance to win cool prizes when you engage in the financial wellness program, work with a Money Coach and attend classes.


Middlebury College provides access to website resources, financial events (see below) and 1:1 guidance with a personal Money Coach to help you transform your finances. Learn more at


January EFAP News: Setting Goals in Motion


Vision Boards: Creating the Life You Want

Thursday, January 26th 

12-1pm and 3-4pm EST
11-12pm and 2-3pm 
10-11am and 1-2pm 
9-10am and 12-1pm 

Set goals, dream big, and create a life of purpose. Vision boards are made up of images, affirmations, and quotes to visually display one’s goals, dreams, and desired accomplishments. In this interactive webinar, attendees will be able to write their vision and create a tangible artifact by following a three-step vision board process.

REGISTER TODAY!  Space is limited.

Click on the time you would like to attend above.
Shaping Your Future, One Goal at a Time

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” It’s another way of saying that great things often take time to materialize, and that certainly can be true of goal setting. As you strive to tackle your next major life challenge, keep the following in mind:

Write out your goals. Use clear, specific, positive language. Put these in a place where you will be reminded often. The more you make goal setting and review part of your routine, the more goals you will set, pursue, and meet.

Create a reward system. It is hard for any of us to hold out for rewards until we’ve reached the pinnacle of our pursuit. Think of how you will reward yourself along the way as you reach each of your intermediate goals.

Celebrate intermediate goals. Remember the rewards structure you set for yourself. Intermediate goals have a greater probability of attainment because they are smaller and closer to your original behavior than ultimate goals. It helps to preserve motivation by recognizing the accomplishment of intermediate goals. The motivation can also help you reach outside your comfort zone to excel to the next step in your action plan.

Enlist support. In athletic competition, “crowd support” is invigorating and helps competitors when their physical and mental resources grow thin. Such is the case with personal change. Get the support of others to help maintain your energy, drive and focus. 

Attend the webinar. This month be sure to register and attend the webinar, “Vision Boards: Creating the Life You Want.” Taking advantage of this free learning opportunity can help you can help you explore your aspirations in a fun, interactive, online forum. A full description and registration information is listed in the sidebar to the right. If you’re unable to attend at any of the times, log on to the website at a later time to view the archived presentation. 

PDF files of the monthly newsletter and posters will be available for download

on the 1st of the month by logging onto the website and clicking on

“Monthly Bulletins” on the home page.


Digital Annotation for Learning and Scholarship

From January 23 – February 3, the Office of Digital Learning will offer a special digital learning opportunity: a facilitated online experience called Digital Annotation for Learning and Scholarship. This experience is designed to give teachers, instructional designers and technologists, students, and others an introduction to digital annotation as both a means to greater engagement with digital texts, and an pathway to collaborative scholarly communication.

As a community, we will explore, among other things:

  • Digital reading vs. analog reading
  • Annotation as solution for deeper reading
  • History of annotation both analog and digital
  • Social annotation as a teaching modality, and as scholarly practice

Some of the questions we’ll be asking include:

  • Why collaborative annotation? Why social annotation?
  • What are the theories of annotation and learning? Is there a connection?
  • How are digital collaboration and community building related?

The digital learning opportunity is free and open to anyone interested in online and hybrid learning and teaching, digital collaboration, social networking, and digital scholarship. Pre-registration is required. To learn more, visit the Office of Digital Learning blog, or register to participate here.

Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 Now Available

Since the release of the new Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 suite, there have been many requests to install it on college-owned computers and in the public labs for teaching.  We are pleased to let you know that it is now available.

Current Adobe users will need to remove older application versions from their college computers first, then install the new 2017 versions to maintain compatibility with our labs and other colleagues.  To simplify this upgrade process, self service options are now available for both Mac and Windows college-owned machines.

Here are the upgrade steps for college-owned computers:


  1. Review details about how to use the self service website.
  2. Login at, click Want Software?, then click the link for Install CCUninstaller to remove all older Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
  3. Reboot your computer.
  4. Login again at, click Want Software?, then click the link for Install Adobe Photoshop (Indesign or Illustrator).  Allow at least 15 minutes for the install to begin.


  1. Review details about how to find and use the Self Service utility.
  2. Copy the Plug-ins folder from your computer’s Application folder (e.g., /Applications/Adobe Photoshop CC 2015/Plug-ins/) in advance, as the upgrade process may remove existing ones.
  3. Launch the Service Service utility.
  4. In the search field (top right), type 2017, then press Return to show the new offerings.
  5. Click the Install button to run Adobe CC Uninstall – through 2017.0 to remove all older Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
  6. Reboot your computer.
  7. Launch Self Service once again, then search for 2017.
  8. Click Install to run the application installers you need.

Notes:  Adobe Acrobat DC will need to be re-installed if you had it before; it is available through Self Service as well.

Feel free to contact the Helpdesk during our open hours if you happen to hit any road bumps.

Weekly Web Updates – January 2, 2017


Fixes and Tweaks

  • go/groups will not show class membership information to non-admins.
  • The Drupal Redirector content type has been enabled on
  • An additional view display variant for the fellows tables on was created that doesn’t contain the “Area of Interest” column.
  • The new first and last name fields for student nodes in have been populated.
  • Privacy Policy links have been added to numerous footer themes within
  • The default image displayed in the directory and website profile content has been updated.
  • The Drupal Google Calendar content-type now properly extracts calendar ids from any Google Calender URL (embed-url, iCal url, etc) as well as allowing calendar ids to be entered directly.
  • Added documentation on email re-sending in Webforms.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • A small redesign of the Middlebury News Room to bring it more inline with the newsletter.
  • Building out the configuration of our Omeka, CAS and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, and GO services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.