Reminder: Sign up this week to support HOPE’s Holiday Gift Shop

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Season’s Greetings Middlebury Faculty and Staff!

The holiday season is almost upon us! Help sponsor a local child through H.O.P.E’s annual Holiday Gift Shop! Here’s how to participate:

  • Sign up by visiting go/givingtree. You can sign up any time between now and November 25th.
  • Choose an age range and gender of a potential child. You will then receive an “e-tree” from the CE office regarding further instructions and pertinent details about your gift.
  • You can sponsor a “tree” by yourself, with a friend, as a department or in another type of group collaboration!
  • We ask that you consider spending a minimum amount of $25 per tree. We strongly encourage you to team up with friends and co-workers to maximize the fun and impact of each Giving Tree!
  • Do NOT wrap gifts.
  • Gifts must be brought to Community Engagement at 118 South Main Street by & Thurs., December 2nd and 3rd between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Elle Bacon, Thank you for your continued support of this amazing program. H.O.P.E. counts tremendously on Middlebury College’s consistent and generous participation. Take care and thank you for your support and participation!

Wireless Testing at 700 Exchange Street

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Hello everyone,

As part of an ongoing project to improve our wireless infrastructure at Middlebury, we’ll be testing a new configuration in a limited area (namely, 700 Exchange Street) before we go live across campus. Here’s the plan:

  1. On Friday, Nov 20th, we’ll push a new configuration profile to all College-owned computers that covers both our existing infrastructure and our new one. The only change will be at the login window – if, when logging in, your laptop detects the MiddleburyCollege wireless network, it will attempt to connect first and log you in over the network. We have tested this a few different ways and it should be only a minor change in your experience.
  2. During our regular Sunday morning maintenance period, we will move 700ES over to the new configuration and verify that computers and other wireless devices can connect smoothly both at 700ES and when visiting the main campus where the old configuration is in effect. If there are problems, we will roll back to the current configuration and provide an update in this space.
  3. On Monday the 23rd, the configuration from step 1 should be in place and should allow everyone at 700ES to connect to MiddleburyCollege on their College-issued machines with a minimum of fuss. During this transitional period, we expect that you will need to re-enter your email/username and password once, and possibly again when going from 700ES to the main campus or vice versa. (Personal devices such as phones may prompt you to inspect and accept a new certificate before signing in; this is normal.) If there are any issues, you can contact the Helpdesk as usual. Rick James and Billy Sneed have also volunteered to make themselves available Monday morning to ensure concerns are addressed in a timely fashion.
  4. Once the dust has settled, we will make a second change at 700ES to the wireless networks. This time we will remove MCPSK and Midd-standard, and add the new MiddleburyGuest network. We anticipate that this change will take place on Monday, Nov 30th. At that time we will begin a two-week period of testing by ITS staff and others to ensure that our documentation (currently at go/draftwireless) and infrastructure are both up to standards.
  5. Once any issues that surface during testing are addressed, we will make the same changes on campus, with the goal of having the new infrastructure in place the week before J-term classes start.

Although we have done our best to ensure a smooth transition, it is possible that there will be issues we did not anticipate, which is why we are testing with a small group before the main rollout. Your patience and cooperation during this period is much appreciated. Most importantly, please report any Wireless connectivity problems to the Helpdesk, whether they are a result of technical issues or unclear documentation.

If you have any questions about this project, please ask them here or e-mail

Peace and testing,

~Zach Schuetz
Wireless Project Manager

WorldTeach Colombia: A Perfect Opportunity for December Graduates or Alumni

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Are you graduating in February or looking for an internship with meaning and substance? Check out the year of service teaching program with WorldTeach or their summer internship opportunities. If this is of interest to you, the WorldTeach Colombia program

Criteria for Adoption

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A Learning Management System (LMS) centralizes online activity for a course by providing common classroom management features such as a course calendar, gradebook, and ways to distribute readings and receive assignments. In addition there are expectations for the LMS to be user-friendly, reliable and function on mobile devices. Below are the criteria we will be...

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Global Health Hangout: 11/19 @12:30P in LaForce 121

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Please join the Global Health program this Thursday, November 19, from 12:30-1:20 in LaForce 121 (Seminar Room) to chat with Dr. Nils Daulaire, a physician, global health leader and veteran of HHS, USAID, and WHO.  As a global health expert,

Student Org Profile: Language in Motion

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LiM at MUHS Study Abroad Fair
Language in Motion (LiM) is an educational collaboration that connects Middlebury’s international, study abroad, and upper level language students with local high school and middle school teachers, students, and classrooms. 
“Spending time out of the United States and learning foreign languages have been instrumental in shaping my worldview and my academic path at Middlebury. Participating in the Language in Motion program through the Office of Community Engagement has given me the chance to combine my love for languages and intercultural exchange with my interest in education. LiM facilitates connections between Middlebury College students who have had international experiences, through study abroad, summer programs, gap years, or by virtue of being international students, with secondary school students in Vermont. It gives Middlebury students the chance to make their abroad experiences meaningful in new ways and to reflect on how the insight they have gained through their international experiences can be valuable to the larger Middlebury community. Midd students participating in LiM go through training to plan and give presentations to high school and middle school students in the area on an aspect of their international experience. Topics range from superstitions in Russia to foods of Spain to life in Ethiopia.
In addition to presentations, we just hosted the second annual study abroad fair at Middlebury Union High School to give students access to resources on high school study abroad and gap year opportunities. We are working on exciting new programming for this spring including “language days,” through which we hope to bring high school language classes to Middlebury to experience language tables and the atmosphere of Middlebury language-learning. It has been immensely rewarding for me to get to share my experiences and love for languages with students in the larger Middlebury community through presentations, and to learn more about other cultures in helping other Midd students plan their presentations.”
-Emma McDonald ’16

Student Org Profile: Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring

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Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring is a student organization at Middlebury College with the goal of creating community and connecting people through food and food education. Our student-run group organizes volunteering events and classes with the purpose of teaching people how to cook healthy food for themselves on a budget and to acquire the independence and knowledge that comes with this life skill. The aims of these initiatives are to establish healthy eating and cooking habits and to raise awareness about nutrition and current food issues.
With our amazing college dining on campus, it can be easy to forget about the food security issues in Addison County and Vermont. NOM works to teach healthy cooking and living by going into schools, hosting workshops and through other events with community partners. My work with NOM has shown me the power of sharing food, that eating almost always involves conversation, and has allowed me to branch out beyond the Middlebury campus. – Emily Beneroff ‘16
This organization has given me the opportunity to dive more deeply into my own study of nutrition as I learn alongside the kids participating in cooking and even writing, drawing and mapping activities together. NOM has also raised my awareness of the problem of food insecurity in Addison County. Children are so affected by this issue but they have very little control over it. I like working with the children in the classroom and in after school settings to try to empower them and place some agency around informed food choices in their lives.
One of my favorite memories was at the Sister-to-Sister Summit last year when NOM brought kale and fruit in to make smoothies with the middle school girls. Many of them were excited about strawberry banana but hesitant to try adding kale because it was green and unknown. Seeing myself and some other volunteers blend in the kale and drink it many girls followed our lead. We had one girl in particular that was so enthusiastic about the kale she wanted seconds and proudly told us she couldn’t wait to go home to tell her mom she had tried kale. My favorite part about NOM is the joy of creating and sharing food with students. – Chelsea Colby ’17.5