Royal Patronage in 17th-Century France

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The very same weekend as the “Journées du Patrimoine 2014” (the 2014 edition of French Heritage Days), students enjoyed a sunny walk through Paris led by Xavier Le Person, Professor of Modern History at the Université Paris-Sorbonne-Paris 4, Sciences Po-Paris, and Middlebury College’s School in France. Professor Le Person, who teaches a course at the Madeleine Center on the Grand Siècle (17th-century) in France, led them through historic Paris retracing the rebuilding of the city under the patronage of 17th century French kings and nobles : the walk included stops at the Louvre, the Pont Neuf and the Place Dauphine, amongst other sites.  Two other excursions are organized and offered to students during the course of the semester: one to the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and a second to the Château de Chantilly.September 20th, 2014

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 13 faculty positions, 43 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and  1 internal job posting on the Middlebury College employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

Employee Flu Vaccination Clinic Scheduled for Tuesday, 10/7/14

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The Human Resources office is pleased to once again offer on-site flu vaccinations for employees of Middlebury College. An open clinic will be held on Tuesday, October 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Mitchell Green Lounge. Pre-registration is not required. Given that there are ample supplies of the vaccine this year, we do not anticipate long wait times.

The cost will be $25 per vaccination, payable by check only to “Middlebury College”. Cash, debit cards and/or credit cards will not be accepted. Receipts will be provided should one wish to submit the expense to one’s insurance for partial reimbursement. For your convenience, if insured through the College’s health plan, please bring your CBA Blue membership card for expedited processing of your claim. Please also complete a consent form in advance and bring it with you on October 7.

The clinic will be staffed by Marble Works Pharmacy. See the information statement for details from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the vaccine. Please contact your primary care physician with any questions regarding your ability to receive a vaccine.

Are you suffering from SSDS (Sidebar, Subpage, Drupal Syndrome)?

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NervousIs your department head asking you to update the department’s web page?  Does the thought of adding a sidebar make you call the Helpdesk?  Fear not, join us for a Drupal Intro class.  We’ll cover the basics of Drupal so you’ll be adding links, pictures, and a host of other cool things to your page the very next day.

For you more advanced users who may be struggling with needs beyond the basics (such as converting your forms), join us for a work session or two.  We’ll help you get the job done and you’ll leave with the “know how.”

You’ll find all the upcoming workshop information at go/techworkshops; sign up for the class that fits your needs.  See you on the sidebar… or maybe in a subpage.

The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

Middlebury to Launch Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference in 2015

Technology’s Transformation of Higher Education is Topic of Symposium

Middlebury Welcomes New Faculty

Teammates, Friends Remember John Illig

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Annual Winter Clothing Closet Accepting Donations!

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The time has come to begin collecting donations for the annual Winter Clothing Closet! 
Each year, ISSS and the CRAs team up to organize a clothing drive to benefit international and domestic students in need of warm winter clothes.

What we are looking for: “like new” or “gently used” winter clothing. We are especially in need of coats, jackets, hats, mittens/gloves, sweaters, and footwear.

Where to bring your donations: Collection boxes can be found in the following locations from September 22nd to October 8th:

  • Atwater Commons Office - Allen 153
  • Brainerd Commons Office - Stewart Hall 214
  • Cook Commons Office - Battell North 150
  • Ross Commons Office - Ross Dining Hall 005 (below the fireplace lounge)
  • Wonnacott Commons Office - Battell South 123
  • Proctor and Ross Dining Halls - Inside main entrances
  • Athletics Complex - Inside the squash lobby and inside the fitness center entrance
  • Davis Family Library - Underneath the printer status sign, near the Information Desk
  • McCardell Bicentennial Hall - Near staircase in the Great Hall
  • McCullough Student Center - Near the entrance to Crossroads
  • ISSS Office - Carr Hall by front entrance
  • Sunderland/Dana Auditorium - Main entrance
  • Adirondack House - Under television near the main desk downstairs
  • 118 South Main Street House
  • Service Building / Facilities Services - Inside Facilities Services break room

A big thank you to all offices hosting collection boxes this year and to all of you who are able to contribute!

Questions?
Please contact Brainerd CRA Angela Santee at asantee@middlebury.edu or Joani Taylor at jntaylor@middlebury.edu.

Don’t forget to write your mother, circa 1932

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Our own Professor of Psychology at Middlebury College Barbara Hofer writes about the modern day iConnected Parent, constantly in contact with their College-bound kids through cell phones and Skype…well, the archives recently exposed something of a connected parent, but from over 80 years ago.

Here’s a letter from October 18, 1932. The mother of Charles Edward Stevenson, Jr., Class of 1936, writes to the Director of Admissions (scroll down for the full transcription):


Stevenson 1936

Stevenson 1936b

Dear Sir

I am writing you to find out if Charlie Stevenson is alright and if he is I want to know why he does not write his mother it will be to [sic] weeks Friday since I had any word from him I sent him his laundry and a little pocket money post office money order I am trailing that now to see if he cashed it. I know that boys are dilatory about writing sometimes but I never knew Charley Stevenson to do that before that is why I am worried about him if I do not get a letter from you I am going up there to find out what is going on.

Please answer write away

Very truly yours

Mrs C.E. Stevenson

 

One day later, Mrs. Stevenson received a typescript reply (again, transcribed below to help with the faded ink):

ResponseStevenson

Dear Mrs. Stevenson,

Your letter of October 18th is at hand and I have seen your son this morning and sent you the following telegram: “Your son is well and says has written you today”. I trust that you received the wire promptly so that you have not had to worry longer as to your son’s welfare. He seemed to be in perfect health when I saw him this morning but said that he had been very busy for the last few days. As you know, the fraternity rushing has been going on for the last two weeks and the boys have little spare time, as a rule, during that period. I presume that your son had not realized how long a time has elapsed since he wrote you, but you will doubtless receive his letter right away, if it  has not already reached you.

Very truly yours,

E.J. Wiley