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Importance of Backing Up!

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Don’t be this guy…

Courtesy of Ahajokes

I cannot begin to tell you how many students I see daily who explain exasperatedly that they wish the importance of backing up along with how easy it is to back up using Middfiles was all part of the Orientation and actively reiterated throughout their years here. This is stated by students who lost data over -

  • issues with their hard drive,
  • or water damage to the computer,
  • or dropping it and causing a delay in using their laptop so it can be fixed.

There is a very easy way to back your important work up which could be your-

  • Midd-term papers
  • Final papers
  • Thesis

You can have access to it any time you need it.  The best part is …it’s free!

Use Middfiles to back up and you can put access to it right on your Dock.  The link below is a portal to instructions and the link to your personal back up space.

http://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/Using_File_Servers_-_Macintosh

When you have created this access to Middfiles don’t forget to click the link Create an Alias for Quick Access… this instructs how to put access to Middfiles right on your Dock.

Remember- Back up, Back up, Back up!

Important Benefits Reminders

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Trouble-free employee benefit plan administration requires a strong partnership between employees and Human Resources.  The Human Resources Dept. works diligently each year-end to accurately process the thousands of required or requested benefit record changes, and then we check and double-check our work.  However, in the end, we also must rely on you, the employee, to do your part in managing your benefits by confirming that you are enrolled in the benefits you intended to elect.  Please carefully review your first paycheck and let us know if you have questions or if anything seems amiss.

Medical/Dental Insurance

  • If you made a change to who is covered under your medical or dental plan, new ID cards were mailed to you in December.  Please confirm that you have received your new ID card(s) if you made a change to who is covered under your medical or dental plan.  If you need additional cards (for example, for a child away at college) call the toll-free customer service number on your ID card (1-888-222-9206). 
  • As was announced in November, the employee portion of the medical & dental premiums did not increase for 2014.  However, any employee who made coverage (single/2 person/family) level changes should see a premium change in the first paycheck of 2014. 

Vision Insurance

  • As a reminder the Vision Plan is with Vision Service Plan (VSP).  No ID card is required (just tell your VSP provider the last 4 digits of your SSN and date of birth). A summary of the Plan and other helpful information is available on-line at http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/hr/staffandfaculty/benefits/vision.  Premium changes for Vision Insurance are effective the first paycheck of 2014. 

Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance

  • Premiums changes related to a change in coverage amount or age-band changes (5 year increments) should be reflected in the first paycheck in 2014.  If you made changes or you hit a new age band in 2013, please confirm that your premium changed. 
  • Requests for new Life coverage or for increases in Life coverage over the guarantee issue amount are not effective until approved by Mutual of Omaha.  An Evidence of Insurability form must be submitted by you to Mutual of Omaha if you have requested this type of change. Mutual of Omaha will notify you directly of approval or denial.  Any premium changes will be made as of the effective date of the approved coverage. 

Flexible Spending Accounts

  • 2014 elections for the Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts should be reflected in the first paycheck of 2014.  Please review your pay stub and confirm that your contribution is correct (divide your total annual election by 26 to calculate your per pay-period election.) 
  • If you are a new Flexible Spending Account plan participant (you were not enrolled in a FSA last year) then FSA Benefits Cards were mailed to your home address in mid-December.  If you had a FSA last year you will not be issued a new card as they are valid for 3 years.  If your card is due to expire in January 2014, it is good through January 31 & a new card will be issued mid-January.The Benefits Card can be used to access funds in your Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account.  Important information about the FSA Benefits Card is available at http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/hr/staffandfaculty/benefits/flex . 

Retirement

  • If you submitted forms prior to the holiday break requesting changes to your Voluntary Retirement Plan or to enroll in the 457b Salary Deferral Supplemental Retirement Plan, your new elections should have been reflected in your first paycheck of 2014.  If you requested changes please confirm that your elections are as expected. 

If you have made a change to who is covered on your medical or dental plan and you have not received your new ID card(s), or if a benefit deduction doesn’t look right to you, or if you have any other questions or concerns about your benefits, please contact Human Resources as soon as possible.  Thanks for doing your part to keep our benefit plans running smoothly!

Your Benefits Team,

~Lisa Hoff, Benefits Specialist (Health/Dental/Vision/Flex Spending) x3372
~Loretta Lee, Benefits Specialist (Retirement Plans & Retiree Medical/Dental) x5468
~Franklin Daniel, Benefits Specialist (Retirement Plans & Retiree Medical/Dental) x5755
~Cheryl Mullins, Benefits & Compensation Manager x5542

Apple Tip- The Kernel Panic

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by Doubleknot.com

We have been bombarded with movies that indicate the possibility of computers running themselves and the world around them like the movie Terminator and then there was The Matrix and then AI. There are rare times with your Mac when you may think there is a “ghost in the machine”.  Your Mac may just restart itself, or spontaneously shut down or become unresponsive (of course, this only happens when you haven’t yet saved important data).  This reaction may indicate a Kernel Panic which is your Mac’s way of signifying that a problem is occurring or “I give up”, hence the shutdown.  The Kernel Panic is not software related; it is from a hardware and/or an external related problem.  There are many variables with hardware/external related issues that could result in the Kernel Panic from defective RAM, corrupt drivers,  hard disk corruption or possibly even  a loose Airport Card.

Software Update  Apple is always stressing the point that often times, issues with your Mac can be avoided simply by updating your software when prompted to.  These software updates may not help you avoid the Kernel Panic, but some do help improve how your Mac deals with issues because they are designed to help alleviate problems by improving your Mac’s tolerance for external issues. Steps to take long before you know there is a problem, for instance- when you get that annoying prompt “Updates Available”.  

So yet again, I jump on the Soapbox and reiterate the importance of performing SOFTWARE UPDATES when necessary.

If you have a Mac with OX S Mavericks or an older operating system like Mountain Lion, Lion or an earlier version, you can get a general idea of what kind of symptoms to look for at the link provided below.  But be forewarned that Apple would now like Mac owner’s to follow the protocol to have a certified Mac Technician or Genius Bar at an Apple Store look at your Mac to determine exactly why the Kernel Panic is happening.  The Troubleshooting instructions found on the link below to determine the source of the Kernel Panic on your Mac is now NOT Recommended by Apple. Simply use this link to determine if a Kernel Panic did occur.

Apple Support

In summary,

        I.            first and foremost- UPDATE SOFTWARE, which in the long run, may help you avoid issues from happening with your Mac.

      II.            A Kernel Panic happens as a result of your computer signifying a problem is occurring which would likely be from external sources not from a software related issue.  

    III.            Last but not least, this also signifies that you need to bring your Mac in to see a specialist, a Certified Apple Technician.

Our Certified Apple Technician to handle all customer Mac issues is Ark Lemal , who can be reached at 802/318-4657 or in the College Bookstore- Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week.

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Apple iPad Workshop

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iPad in Education Workshop

 

 

Please join us as we engage in a conversation and demonstration about the possibilities of iPad in Higher Education with Apple Systems Engineer, Lars Ljungholm on Monday, December 9th.

The Link below will allow you to sign up for a morning 10:00 AM – noon workshop or an afternoon 2:00 – 4:00 PM workshop.

iPad in Education Workshop

Brought to you by LIS and the College Bookstore.

iPad in Education!

Open Enrollment

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Open Enrollment for the 2014 Middlebury College Health & Welfare Benefit Plan is being held from November 1 – 14, 2013.  All benefits-eligible employee are required to complete the open enrollment process within this time period even if they do not intend to make benefit changes for 2014.

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 enrolled for 2014 even if you participated in 2013.

Open Enrollment must be completed, using Banner Web, between November 1 – 14, 2013.  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”.

2014 Premium Rate Chart

Bookstore Winner’s

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The College Bookstore Candy Corn Contest!

The College Bookstore recently had a contest for participants to offer guesses on the number of candy corn we had in a glass jar.

We are pleased to introduce the winner’s of that contest.

Our Winner was Teddy Gold with a count of 450 and the Runner Up was Leah Lavigne with a  count of 460.  Each winner will receive a basket of goodies.

CongratulationsCongratulations!!

 

Fall Family Weekend Attire!

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Athletic Gear!

We are gearing up for our Fall Family Weekend with sports apparel. This weekend, Football will be a big attraction for the 1:30 Football game against Williams on Saturday. Show your support in a classic style Football hat or Football tee like this Russell tee pictured.Football13

 For those Soccer fans who will be attending the 2:00 and 2:30 Saturday (Trinity) and Sunday (Hamilton) games, we have tees and hats available to help support the teams like this hat from Legacy pictured below.

Soccerhat

 

 

You will find Field Hockey sports apparel in the store as well like this one pictured from  Russell brand for watching the 2:00 Saturday game against Trinity and the 1:00 Sunday game against Hamilton.FHtee  

Volleyball is also playing a couple of games this weekend, Friday at 4:00 against Amherst and Saturday at 3:00 against Williams.  Check out the volleyball apparel like this Legacy hat below.

VBhat

 

We also have Hockey, Rugby, LaCrosse, Crew, Swimming and Diving, Baseball, Basketball, Skiing, Squash, Cross County, Track and Field, and Tennis sports apparel available. 

For your convenience we are including a link to our website:

College Bookstore

For the latest styles not up on our website yet, come in and check them out!

Our Fall Family Weekend hours are-

Saturday 9:00-5:00

Sunday 9:00-3:00

Monday – Friday

8:30 am – 5:00 pm