Elizabeth Haney, an Associate Director in Middlebury’s Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs, was elected as an officer for Region I of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). NCURA Region I offers a wide variety of educational, networking, and professional development programs for research administrators in New England through the volunteer efforts of its members, and with assistance from the NCURA national office. Liz will begin her term as Secretary-Elect on January 1, 2016, and transition to Secretary the following year. She has been an active member of Region I for years and her service to NCURA Region I was recognized in 2014, when she was the recipient of the Outstanding New Professional Award. Congratulations Liz!
For several years the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has helped frame and articulate “best practices” in higher education/community collaboration and learning. In 2006 the Foundation offered the first elective “Community Engagement” classification. That year, Middlebury’s (then) Alliance for Civic Engagement (ACE) applied for and received recognition in the inaugural round on behalf of the College. This past year, in addition to new applications, colleges and universities that were recognized in either 2006 or 2008 needed to reapply in order to be approved for reclassification. On January 7, 2015 the Carnegie Foundation, in collaboration with the New England Research Center for higher Education (NERCHE), awarded Middlebury College and others distinction through the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.
This designation recognizes excellent work by faculty, staff, and students from multiple areas across campus (e.g., academic departments in the Arts, Humanities, Languages, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and other interdisciplinary programs; collaboration with Monterey and Schools Abroad; and offices/programs such as Community Engagement, Privilege & Poverty, the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, MiddCORE, Programs on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts, FoodWorks, Athletics, the Center for Careers & Internships, the Scott Center, CTLR, Orientation, JusTalks, the Commons, and more)—along with dozens of collaborating community partners. Examples of community-connected teaching, learning, and research initiatives; faculty-advised and student-led projects; volunteer efforts; internships; off-campus federal work study commitments; grant opportunities; alternative break trips; and more—demonstrated our alignment with institutional mission and priorities, overall, and the College’s continued commitment to work with and strengthen communities through partnerships, near and far.
From the Carnegie Foundation:
“Your application documented excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement, and it responded to the classification framework with both descriptions and examples of exemplary institutionalized practices of community engagement. The application also documented evidence of community engagement in a coherent and compelling response to the framework’s inquiry.
“Your campus is one of 361 institutions that now hold the Community Engagement Classification. It is heartening to see this level of commitment and activity. Clearly, higher education is making significant strides in finding ways to engage with and contribute to important community agendas. There is much to celebrate.”
“The importance of this elective classification is borne out by the response of so many campuses that have demonstrated their deep engagement with local, regional, national, and global communities,” said John Saltmarsh, Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education. “These are campuses that are improving teaching and learning, producing research that makes a difference in communities, and revitalizing their civic and academic missions.”
“This is the first time that there has been a re-classification process,” noted Amy Driscoll, Consulting Scholar for the Community Engagement Classification, “and we are seeing renewed institutional commitment, advanced curricular and assessment practices, and deeper community partnerships, all sustained through changes in campus leadership, and within the context of a devastating economic recession.”
Middlebury is one of 157 colleges and universities in the country to receive re-classification. This reclassification is valid until 2025.
“We applaud the Carnegie Foundation for recognizing the importance of setting high standards for valuable campus/community collaboration and articulating benchmarks to help guide those of us striving to pursue excellence in our work, while also drawing national attention and recognition,” comments Tiffany Nourse Sargent ’79, Director, Middlebury College Community Engagement. “One of the exciting points to underscore from this extensive self-study is the celebration that community engagement initiatives now generate from multiple points across campus, involving many more academic and co-curricular entities than was the case in 2006. While we in the Community Engagement office continue to serve as the ‘hub’ for campus community engagement initiatives, it is wonderful to see more and more positive connections campus-wide. To all who have contributed, thank you for your time, expertise, dedication, and good will as we work together to provide valuable and impactful learning experiences for our students and nurture strong and healthy communities.”
Here is what a few of Ian’s colleagues have to say about his work:
“Ian is a dedicated Middlebury employee who helps to protect Middlebury’s information assets every day. Ian is always willing to help out and his positive outlook is refreshing!”
“It is a daunting task to build and maintain secure information systems that also allow folks to do their work. Ian Burke listens to the needs of the community, while bringing a wealth of work experience and knowledge to do just that for the College. Congratulations to Ian on the completion of his Master’s degree.”
“This is a monumental accomplishment for Ian. Ian started working on his MA three years ago. He would set his alarm clock for 2:00 AM every morning and would devote the hours of 2:00 AM to 4:00 AM to his studies so as not to impact his family time… Incredible dedication. I am in awe of this accomplishment. “
Please join us in congratulating Ian on his achievement!
We’ve noticed that several departments are doing a great job of using the MiddPoints blog to recognize their employees’ accomplishments. To highlight these postings we have created a new section of the Human Resources website titled “Employee Accomplishments.” Currently we’ve included the following sub-pages in this section:
- 25 Year Club
- Employee Accomplishments
- Faculty Grants
- LIS Monthly Awards
- Staff Recognition Awards
In addition to posting an accomplishment directly to MiddPoints, as indicated in this blog posting from earlier this year, you can submit an accomplishment to be highlighted in MiddPoints by filling out the online form here: http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/hr/recognition/accomplishment-submission-form
We look forward to adding to these pages as additional articles are submitted. If you know of additional links that we should highlight – please tell us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday, April 16, Ben Bruno was miles away from his desk in the International Student and Scholar Services Office pounding the pavement in Boston as one of approximately 22,000 participants in the 116th running of the Boston Marathon. This proved to be one of the hottest Boston marathons on record with temperatures in Boston reaching over 85 degrees and pavement temps of over 100! Ben finished the race in 3 hours and 30 minutes which was slower than he had hoped, but an excellent pace given the weather.
This was Ben’s second marathon. To qualify for the Boston event he ran the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington in May 2011. Ben’s run was more than just a personal accomplishment, it was also a means to raise money for a scholarship fund that his father maintains in memory of his mother, Patricia Ann Bruno. Patricia passed away from ovarian cancer when Ben was 10 years old. Sixteen years ago Ben’s father ran in the Boston Marathon to raise money for the scholarship and Ben was very pleased to be able to follow in his father’s footsteps, literally and figuratively!
The Patricia Ann Bruno Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to a student at Ben’s hometown high school, Goffstown, N.H., High School, who plans to pursue a career in elementary education. Patricia worked as a teacher in the neighboring town of Bedford.
Congratulations to Ben on an outstanding personal accomplishment and philanthropic pursuit!
Brett Millier, Reginald L. Cook Professor of American Literature, became one of our newest members of the 25 year club last spring. In this post Brett answers our questions about her career, fond memories, one place on campus where you can always find “a bit of summer on a chilly spring day” and why she has always found Middlebury worth working hard for. If you have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Brett in person, read on and learn why you should.
What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?
When you get a Ph.D. in English you go where the job is, and though my degree is from Stanford University in California, Middlebury was my first job in academia. Before graduate school I worked for a while at Sports Illustrated magazine, and during graduate school, ran the scoreboard for the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park.
What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?
Assistant Professor (1986), Associate Professor (1992), Full Professor (1997), Reginald L. Cook Professor of American Literature (1997-present). Chair, Department of American Literature and Civilization 1992-2004; Chair, Department of English and American Literatures (2007-present)
Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?
On my very first day in Middlebury (July 1986), I met my husband, Karl Lindholm, when I went to the Dean of Students office (then in Old Chapel) to volunteer to lead a freshman (as it was called then) Orientation reading discussion group. The rest, as they say, is history. It took us a little over four years actually to marry (October 18, 1990, at the chaplain’s house, at 4:15 on a Thursday afternoon!), but it all started on that day.
What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?
My children are happy teenagers at MUHS (Peter, 11thgrade, and Annie, 9th grade), and we are beginning to think about college for them. I greatly enjoy my church community at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, and walk several miles most every day with my dogs. Karl is a happy retired guy, writing and driving teenagers around and having coffee with his friends.
Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?
I learned to cross country ski at Rikert in my first J-term at the college, never having done any kind of skiing or skating or other winter sport. Despite the no-show snow this year, I still love skiing cross country above almost anything—I ski in places where the dogs can come, too! Living in Middlebury and Cornwall has also taught me how to live in a community (we moved around a lot when I was kid), and I am enjoying making long-term connections with people through work, through church, through volunteer work, and other community activities.
What is your fondest memory or experience that you’ve had while working at Middlebury?
I remember walking out of a meeting at 5:30 or so in the winter of, maybe 2001 or 2002, and into a stunning display of the aurora borealis—great flashes of red and white and green swirling in the sky and lasting for almost an hour.
Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?
The market for English professors is not an expanding one, for one thing. Tenure is another. But that said, I know that when I was hired at Middlebury in 1986, this was a very good job—and it is a great job now. I cannot imagine teaching better students, with a more supportive administration, in a more beautiful place, anywhere else. In addition, of course, Middlebury has been a wonderful place in which to raise children.
What are your plans for the next 25 years?
To finish my next book, to teach somewhere abroad in my next sabbatical, to work hard until I retire.
Do you have a favorite place on campus?
The courtyard behind Axinn gathers the sun and shields the wind—and is a little bit of summer on a chilly spring day.
Is there any person on campus (or retiree, former employer) that mentored you, or you feel helped you grow into your job, grow to enjoy your work and your time at the College?
I will always be grateful to former Presidents Olin Robison and John McCardell, for their visions for Middlebury’s future, and for including me in those visions.
If you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at Middlebury, what would it be?
Define your job broadly. We are surrounded by extraordinary people here, of all ages. Put yourself in contact with as many of them as you can.
Is there anything else that you would like to share about your time at Middlebury?
I have always found Middlebury worth working hard for. I feel blessed to be here. How could I not?
We are very pleased to share that Lisa Hoff, Benefits Specialist in Human Resources, was awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal as a Senior Chief Yeoman in the United States Coast Guard Reserve in September 2011.
Lisa received this recognition for her work in New Orleans as a part of the Critical Personnel Resources Unit for the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Deepwater Horizon Spill of National Significance from May 23 to July 21 2010. Her commendation reads:
“During this period, Senior Chief Petty Officer Hoff managed the processing of over 3,000 requests for personnel, requiring over 6,000 Mobilization Readiness Tracking Tool entries. As a result, during her tenure over 2,100 Coast Guard responders were mobilized and deployed. She organized, trained, and managed a staff of 17 enlisted personnel and reduced internal UAC request for forces cycle time from six days to less than 24 hours, resulting in greatly increased lead time for Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM) and Personnel Service Center. She also developed personnel usage reports that provided clarity and fostered unity of effort, impacting decisions at the highest levels of the response. Chief Petty Officer Hoff’s dedication, judgment, and devotion to duty are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.”
Congratulations Lisa on your outstanding contribution to this effort!
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