The Middlebury College Museum of Art Closed While We Acquire a New Sculpture

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The Middlebury College Museum of Art Acquires a New Sculpture

On Friday, May 1, 2015 the Middlebury College Museum of Art will be closed to allow for the installation of an important new sculpture in the Boesky Family Entrance Court created by the contemporary Belgian artist Fred Eerdekens (b.1951). The work, titled Some Need is a wall sculpture comprised of manipulated strips of copper wire that extend outward from the wall. When illuminated by bright light the wire creates shadows that can be read as text. Eerdekens’ work has been described as “the interplay between light, materials and language.” It is simultaneously simple yet artful and the eight phrases that comprise Some Need form a sequence of words that reflect on human actions–-both physical and intellectual.

The Museum will resume regular hours on Saturday, May 2. Please come and enjoy the most recent addition to our permanent collection. If you have questions please call the Museum at 443-2291 or 443-2309.

Scrivener: Software for Writers Workshop

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Write Your Thesis with Scrivener
Library Workshop
Wednesday, April 29th
4:30-5:30pm
Register

library workshopAre you working on a large writing project? Scrivener can help! Scrivener is a software program that breaks down your writing into manageable “chunks,” and brings your research and writing together into a single conceptual workspace.

The library will offer a Scrivener workshop on April 29th at 4:30p.m. Participants will learn how to create a new writing project, how to import existing work, and how to outline, research, and write with Scrivener’s unique features. This workshop is aimed at thesis writers but is open to all members of the College community. For more information on Scrivener and to sign up for the workshop, visit go.middlebury.edu/scrivener.

Middlebury in Prehistoric France !

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Students in Bordeaux and Poitiers spent last Saturday in Périgord first on a walking tour of the medieval and Renaissance quarters of the city of Périgueux, then discovering two of the region’s more important prehistoric sites ; Périgord is often referred to as the cradle of European civilization as it offers a plethora of Paleolithic sites to visit. At Laugerie Basse (http://www.lascaux-dordogne.com/fr/patrimoine-culturel/site-monument-site-archeologique/abri-prehistorique-de-laugerie-basse), our group explored two rockshelters first occupied in 15 000 BC and then at Lascaux II (http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/), they studied the reproductions of the original Lascaux cave paintings which are estimated to be over 17 000 years old! Both of the afternoon visits allowed students to learn in a fun and engaging way more about what life was like for prehistoric man. Photo 11-04-2015 11 34 23 Photo 11-04-2015 14 11 50 Photo 11-04-2015 15 33 22 Photo 11-04-2015 15 34 41

Weekly Web Updates – April 13, 2015

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Multi-File Uploads in Drupal

Thanks to some assistance from our colleagues at Amherst, we’re almost ready to allow multiple files to be uploaded into a File Upload content type in Drupal again. Please try out this feature on our development copy of the site and let us know if you run into any issues. It works just like uploading files does now, except that you can select multiple files when you click the Browse button. We hope to have this feature enabled in production this month.

Files on ‘user’ Pages

Back in 2009-2010, while we were still setting up the Middlebury site and getting used to Drupal, it was possible to upload files to your personal “user” page, rather than your site’s hidden File Uploads page. We’re removing the otherwise unused “user” pages, which aren’t used for anything else and take up a lot of space in the database. There were still about 170 files on those pages, so we moved those files to the appropriate department or office site. If you see a sub-page of your site’s File Uploads page with someone’s name on it, that’s where that came from.

Updates

Known Issues

Tweaks and Fixes

  • The Email share button on thewip.net was not working because we needed to add that domain to the allowed domains list for MIIS’s reCAPTCHA API key. If there are other WordPress domains that desire to use the Email share button aside from middlebury.edu, miis.edu, or thewip.net, please let us know.
  • Images in File Upload nodes where the Link URL field was not blank in the Carousel were hidden. We’ve fixed this so that the images are shown.
  • We have removed photos from the MIIS header, except on the homepage, and constrained the header width to 960px. This is part of an ongoing effort to do some work refreshing elements of that site’s design.

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 4 faculty positions, 49 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)

The Week’s Headlines

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

Middlebury Sets Tuition and Fees for 2015-16 Academic Year

Veteran Political Strategist Donna Brazile to Speak at Mead Chapel

Classics Dept. Named in Honor of Eve Adler; Harvey Mansfield To Deliver 1st Adler Lecture, April 13

Middlebury Mourns the Death of Student Nathan Alexander

Annual Spring Symposium Will Showcase Students’ Creative and Intellectual Work

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Systems Maintenance, Sunday April 12th

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During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, April 12th we have the following activities scheduled:

 

  • Middfiles will be patched to the latest vendor software release
    • Between 7:30am and 9:00am there will be two short service outages, together totaling up to 15 minutes
    • This will include the ORGS directories, user home directories, and all class folders
  • EZProxy will be updated to the latest vendor software release

 

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

 

Regards,

Billy

 

 

Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services