Faculty and Staff Families: Attend the Page One Halloween Party!

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Page One Literacy is a Middlebury College student organization that seeks to foster a love of reading and learning in the Middlebury community. We do this by organizing various after school reading programs in local elementary schools, but we also occasionally have fun holiday events and our first one of the year is coming up! We will be having a Halloween-themed craft and reading party at the Swift House Inn (25 Steward Lane, Middlebury) on Sunday, October 26th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We would love it if you and your children would join us! Questions? Contact Anna Dennis ’17.5, atdennis@middlebury.edu .

Oct. 20 – 24: Food [in]Justice in the 21st Century Symposium

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Food [in]Justice in the 21st Century Symposium at Middlebury College
October 20 – 24, 2014
Organized by Middlebury students in the Eat Real student group
Schedule of Events

This year’s MCAB fall symposium, hosted by EatReal, focuses on food justice and injustice on local, national, and international scales. Highlighting the social and political implications of food production and consumption, we will also explore how class, gender, and race are intrinsically linked to our present food system. Numerous lectures and workshops will help us to critically examine how policy and activism can address food security and access, creating a more socially just food system for all. For more information, visit go/eatreal.

Tuesday, October 21
Eric Holt-Giménez. Food Regimes and Food Movements: Time for Transformation
Wilson Hall, McCullough
7:30 p.m.
This talk by Eric Holt-Giménez is part of the Food [in]Justice in the 21st Century Symposium, co-hosted by student group EatReal and MCAB, that will focus on access to sustainable and healthy food at a local, national, and global level.  Holt-Giménez is Executive Director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy, a “peoples’ think-and-do tank” dedicated to eliminating the injustices that cause hunger and environmental degradation. Previously, he worked as Latin American Program Manager at the Bank Information Center in Washington, DC, where he monitored the projects and policies of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Tuesday, October 21
Migrant Justice Panel
Axinn Center 100
4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 22
Sistah Vegan aka Dr. A. Breeze Harper. On Ferguson, Thug Kitchen, and Trayvon Martin: Intersections of [Post] Race-Consciousness, Food Justice, and Hip Hop Vegan Ethics
Mead Chapel
7:30 p.m.
Sistah Vegan aka Dr. A. Breeze Harper discusses her new book project that focuses on critical race and black feminist perspective on black male vegan activists using hip hop methodologies to teach about veganism and other intersectional issues such as decolonizing the diet, being ‘race-conscious’, and using gardening to combat the prison to pipeline phenomenon.

Thursday, October 23
Hunger Free Vermont
Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest 103 (The Orchard)
4:30 p.m.

View the poster for a full schedule of events: http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/486769/original/food_injustice_small.pdf

Friday Links – October 17, 2014

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Time for a Thesis – From the Senior Admissions Fellows Blog, a self-reflective essay by a History major on the impact of our annual message to seniors about thesis carrel signup and research support. His conclusion is quite nice: “When I think ahead to the books and research, I am not so much nervous as I am excited,” he says.

Practicing Collaborative Digital Pedagogy to Foster Digital Literacies in Humanities Classrooms – This article presents two case studies of classes who employed different techniques to “foster digital literacies in humanities students using distinct approaches for each course.” My key takeaway hinged on one student’s observation: “Through creating an infographic in Easel.ly, I learned that it is very important to develop skills in being able to pick out important information from the vast amounts that you can easily find online.”

How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning – A fight or flight reaction may be useful in some situations, but it is highly detrimental in the classroom. Whether anxiety stems from test taking or from an unstable home environment, the brains of students experiencing high levels of stress look different than those who are not — and those brains behave differently, too. In this article, we’ll take a look at the neural and hormonal responses that underpin a student’s stress response, and make a few suggestions for continuing to teach through the challenges it presents.

Upcoming Battery Will Charge Phones And Electric Cars in Minutes – It takes about an hour to fully charge a cell phone, and the battery lasts about two to three years over 500 charge cycles. However, a new design could reduce charge time to only a few minutes and the battery is expected to last for 10,000 charge cycles over a 20 year lifespan.

FireChat in Hong Kong: How an app tapped its way into the protests
(CNN) — The revolution will not be televised but it will be tweeted, instant messaged or, in the case of Hong Kong, broadcast on mesh networks like FireChat.

 

HAPPENING THIS WEEK! Calling all students! Several Opportunities to get involved in the Middlebury Community!

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Welcome back from Fall Break! Engagement opportunities happening this week are in bold italics!!!!!!!!   Assessing Community Impact How does your community-connected service, learning and research impact the community within which you work?  What is the impact on you?  How do your know when your actions lead to developed capacity or whether they contribute to […]

Considering a possible career in STEM and fossil energy research? Summer Internship opportunity with the U.S. Department of Energy!

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The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math). […]

Interested in the Yiddish language and Jewish culture? Check out this Fellowship program with the Yiddish Book Center!

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There are two exciting opportunities at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Recent graduates and current seniors who know Yiddish and have a strong background in Jewish studies or related fields can apply to the Yiddish Book Center’s Fellowship Program. Fellows spend a year as full-time members of our staff, developing valuable professional skills […]

System and Network Maintenance this Sunday

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During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, Oct 19th between 6 and 10 am we have the following activities planned.

 

  • A patch will be applied to the DNS servers requiring sequential reboots. DNS resolution may see some slow responses for up to 20 minutes
  • Two of our spam filters will be moved between racks in one data center. There’s sufficient redundancy that no impact will be seen
  • One of our database servers and a print server will be rebooted. Printing queues may be unreachable for up to 15 minutes
  • One of our two ISP circuits will be down for 2 hours while the provider performs maintenance

              o   We have sufficient redundant bandwidth. Internet reachability will not be impacted

              o   Point-to-Point VPNs may drop a few packets, twice, during route changes

  • The VSphere interface to our virtualized server environment will be patched and rebooted. Reachability will be down for up to 15 minutes
  • Middfiles will be rebooted and unreachable for up to 15 minutes

 

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

 

Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT  05753

(802) 443-5769