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Coffee and Water Contracts

The Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium (GMHEC) members Champlain College, Middlebury College, and Saint Michael’s College, are continuing efforts to obtain cost savings for the three institutions while adding benefits for all. Recently, GMHEC went through a request for proposal for coffee and condiments.  We received four proposals. After reviewing and vetting the proposals through a detailed process, we awarded the contract to W.B. Mason.  This is the same company which was awarded the GMHEC Office Supply contract last year.

The contract gives Middlebury at least 15% savings on coffee and up to 58% on condiments with a 2 year price guarantee.  For example, K-Cups cost only $10.24 per box and renting Keurig coffee machines (K140s and K150s) is free. Using W.B. Mason for both Office Supplies and Coffee/Condiments will simplify ordering for you and streamline the payment process for Accounts Payable.

To order coffee and condiments, please visit the W.B. Mason website. The pricing is reflected on the website. If you do not have a W.B. Mason account yet – please contact Matt Curran who will set you up with an account. Please refrain from ordering coffee and condiments (unless you order for dining) from other vendors such as Crystal Rock, Costco, Walmart, Amazon, etc.

To rent a coffee brewer, contact Jarrod Pulsifer, our W.B. Mason account executive, with information on which brewer you would like, the INDEX to charge it to, and the exact location where it will be (address, room number). It usually takes 3-5 business days to get the brewer installed.

For water coolers, the College is staying with Misty Meadows to support a small, local, family-owned business. If you need a plumbed-in water cooler, W.B. Mason is the vendor of choice though as Misty Meadows does not provide them (and your contact is Jarrod Pulsifer). For Misty Meadows contact information see the Purchasing website.

Please be mindful of the College’s policy that these types of items are only allowable with advance approval from your supervisor per the College’s handbook.

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for Middlebury’s 2016 Health & Welfare Benefit Plan is being held from November 1 – 14, 2015.  All benefits-eligible employees are required to complete the open enrollment process within this time period even if they do not intend to make benefit changes for 2016.

Open enrollment is your opportunity to:

• Continue your current medical, dental, or vision elections into the new year OR add coverage for yourself and/or dependents OR terminate your own or your dependents’ coverage.
• Continue your current voluntary life and/or accidental death and dismemberment coverage for the new year OR increase OR decrease the amount of existing coverage in these plans.
• Enroll in the health care and/or the dependent care flexible spending account(s) for next year. If you do not make an FSA election, you will not be contributing for 2016 even if you participated in 2015.  For Q&A’s on the Health Care FSA rollover click here.

Open Enrollment must be completed, using Banner Web, between November 1 – 14, 2015.  Benefits eligible employees will be able to access the open enrollment module from any computer with internet access.

Getting Started
1. Access the Open Enrollment System:

• Click this link: http://go.middlebury.edu/bannerweb OR
• On the bottom right-hand corner of the Middlebury homepage http://www.middlebury.edu/  click “Quick Links” and then “Banner Web”

2. Enter your Banner Web User ID (your Midd ID number) and your PIN and click “Login”.
3. Click “Employee”, then “Benefits and Deductions”, and then “Open Enrollment”.

2016 Premium Rate Chart

Benefit Refresher Meetings

3 Sessions remaining for this round of benefit refresher meetings.  More Benefit Refresher meetings will be scheduled in 2016 to review other benefit topics.

Do you have questions about your Middlebury College employee benefits?  Has it been a while since your Benefit Orientation? Unsure if Flexible Spending is right for you? Come join your Faculty and Staff colleagues at a Benefits Refresher Open Meeting where we will review highlights of the Medical, Dental & Vision plans, Flexible Spending Accounts and Voluntary Life and AD&D.  We will also leave time for your questions.

Refresher courses will be held on:

  • Monday, November 9th, 1:30-2:30, on-line*
  • Tuesday, November 10th, 4:00-5:00, on-line*  – New session added
  • Wednesday, November 11th, 3:00-4:00, Crest Room, Middlebury Campus

Please register for the course by clicking here so we know how many snacks to bring.  We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

* On-line refresher meetings will be conducted using Adobe Connect.  A link to the meeting will be sent out to enrollees on morning of the session.

Academic Roundtable – Microaggressions, Trigger Warnings, Campus Climate, and the Classroom

Please join us on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, in the Center forTeaching, Learning & Research, LIB 225 at 12:15 PM.

How do recent debates and discussions on campus and in the national press around the topics of microaggressions and trigger warnings impact what happens in our classroom? How do we identify microaggressions that may have made their way into our speech patterns? How do we decide whether or not to issue ‘trigger warnings’ in advance of dealing with potentially difficult topics in our classrooms? Join us for discussion of these important topics. Miguel Fernandez of the Spanish & Portuguese Department and Acting Chief Diversity Officer and Allison Stanger of the Political Science Department will offer some preliminary perspectives to help frame our discussion. You are encouraged to read in advance the following articles that help illuminate the contours of the national debate on these subjects.

The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

What Is the Point of College? By Kwame Anthony Appiah

Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Doreen Bernier via email at dbernier@middlebury.edu by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.