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Employee Accomplishment – Congrats to Ian Burke!

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Ian.Burke2Ian Burke, our Network Security Administrator in Library and Information Services, has just completed his Master of Science degree in Master of Information Assurance through Regis University!

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!

Sharing Employee Accomplishments

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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 hr@middlebury.edu.

Employee Accomplishment

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Ben and his father, Richard, after Ben ran the Boston Marathon on Monday

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!

25 Years @ Midd with Brett Millier

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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?

Skier at Rikert Cross Country Ski Touring Center in Ripton.

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.

Axinn Center

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?

Employee Recognition: Lisa Hoff

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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!

Do you know someone who works at Middlebury that you think should be recognized? Tell us by posting your own MiddPoints article or submitting information via our web form here:

http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/hr/supervisors/accomplishments

HR Update: Share Your Accomplishments!

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At Middlebury we are lucky to have a very talented and dedicated group of employees. (Need a reminder? Check out “Rain or Shine” @ Middlebury Magazine to view the phenomenal work of our Facilities department as they set up for commencement.)  MiddPoints is a great way to recognize the outstanding work and accomplishments of Middlebury employees and we’ve just made it even easier to do so! You can now use the Employee Accomplishment web form found at the link below to send information to HR. We will then put together a posting based on the information that you provide and add it to the MiddPoints blog. (Remember that you can also post accomplishments directly to the blog yourself, if you feel comfortable doing so.)  This is a great way to recognize the hard work of your colleagues or share your own achievement with the Middlebury community simply by filling out a quick and easy form! In addition, you will have the ability to upload a picture to accompany the posting. Please note that you will need to log in to complete the form.

Finally, we’ve also created a go shortcut for this new form titled: go/kudos  (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/kudos.

This week’s employment snapshot:

There are currently 19 faculty positions, 1 summer Language School faculty positions, 12 external job postings and 6 internal job postings on the Middlebury College employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

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

Summer Language School Faculty Opportunities: go/ls-faculty-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/ls-faculty-jobs (off campus)

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