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News from the Office of Digital Learning

Updates

Things are happening at the Office of Digital Learning! To keep abreast of what the ODL is up to, we invite you to read the weekly series on our blog called This Week in ODL where you can access updates on the projects, news, and developments underway at our office. We invite you to click here for a complete listing of our weekly updates. And don’t forget to check our frequently-updated Projects page, where you can find information about our many projects.

Blog

The ODL has an active blog with regular readers from both within and beyond Middlebury. We hope to count you among them! To receive blog updates in your inbox, subscribe to our blog by scrolling to the bottom of our website and adding your email address to the subscribers list. While you’re there, we hope you’ll take a minute to check out our latest blog posts:

College Community Chorus in concert Nov. 18-19

The Middlebury College Community Chorus takes to the Robison Concert Hall stage at Middlebury’s Mahaney Center for the Arts for its annual Thanksgiving concert, this year with the theme “Heart and Home.” Performances take place on Saturday evening, November 18, 7:00 pm, and on Sunday afternoon, November 19, 3:00 pm. Admission is free.

College Community Chorus rehearsal

Rehbach leads students and community members in rehearsal in Chorus rehearsal. Photo: Anastasiya Prokhorenko ’19

Conductor Jeff Rehbach notes that through a rich variety of historic and present-day music abounding with vivid writing for chorus and piano, the program evokes our longing for home, our heartfelt desire for peace and hope, as well as our joy in celebration and thanksgiving. Rehbach leads the 100-voice chorus as virtuoso pianist Timothy Guiles accompanies the ensemble.

The group delights in presenting music by Moira Smiley, who grew up in New Haven, Vermont, and now travels across the globe to share her music and songs. Stand in That River encourages us to “Come and stand in that river, current gentle and slow, send your troubles down-water, down on that water flow.”

The chorus reflects on life at home with These Green Hills, Vermont’s state song, in a new arrangement just written this past spring by Maarten van Ryckevorsel. The Road Home, by Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus, uses a tune from The Southern Harmony Songbook (1835) with new words: “There is no such beauty as where you belong; rise up, follow me, I will lead you home.”

The choir remembers those who have been a part of our lives with two works by contemporary American composers, Good Night, Dear Heart by Dan Forrest and Homage by Z. Randall Stroope. The first poignantly sets the words of a classic poem by Robert Richardson that Mark Twain notably placed on the headstone of his daughter who died in her early twenties. The second honors beloved parents and all who shape our lives.

Music wells up in our hearts with a passionate yet sensitive setting of I Dream a World by Langston Hughes, set by African-American composer Rosephanye Powell: “A world I dream, where black or white, whatever race you be, will share the bounties of the earth…and joy, like a pearl, attends the needs of all mankind.” Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo sets the ancient church text Ubi caritas (“Where charity and love are, God is there”) in a breath-taking setting that features solo piano alongside the chorus. Rosephanye Powell sets her newly composed song, I Will Sing, in a toe-tapping gospel style: “When freedom rings, I will sing of the love, of the peace, of the hope, of the joy that fills my heart.”

The program includes settings that depict a heavenly home with music from the 18th and 19th centuries: How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place by Johannes Brahms, and Agnus Dei (Lamb of God, grant eternal rest) by French composer Gabriel Fauré. The group will present Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant us Peace) from the Mass in B minor, one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s final compositions. The choir will also sing Jubilate Deo (O be Joyful) by the German composer Felix Mendelssohn, based on an historic psalm of thanksgiving.

Members of the College Community chorus travel for weekly rehearsals from throughout the region, including Cornwall, Weybridge, Middlebury, Ripton, Goshen, Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven, Waltham, Vergennes, N. Ferrisburgh, Charlotte, East Middlebury, Salisbury, Leicester, Brandon, Randolph, Orwell, and Shoreham. College students hail from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, China, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey, Texas, and California. The group is open without audition to all singers who delight in participating in this 150-year-old community tradition, hosted by Middlebury College. For additional information, check on the web at http://go.middlebury.edu/communitychorus or contact director Jeff Rehbach at 989-7355.

Benefits Refresher Meetings

Human Resources will be holding two open Benefits Refresher meetings covering topics such as: plan basics (deductibles, co-insurance, out-of-pocket maximums, co-pays), network coverage, mail-order prescription benefits, flexible spending accounts, Telehealth option, etc. Meetings will include ample time for questions from the audience. Please join us at one of the following sessions to learn how to make the most of your benefit plans:

Day Date Time Location Or Join Remotely via Zoom
Mon 11/6/17 9:00am to 10:00am EST Wilson Hall, McCullough Zoom Link 1
Wed 11/8/17 2:30pm to 3:30pm EST Wilson Hall, McCullough Zoom Link 2



Reminder:
 Cigna Conference Call Meetings
Employees may schedule a conference call with a Cigna Representative by visiting the link below and choosing a date and time. Please be sure to leave the best phone number where a Cigna Representative can reach you.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4cadac2babf49-cigna4

 

Welcome to Middlebury’s Office of the General Counsel

Visit the new Office of the General Counsel website to learn more about Hannah Ross, how the General Counsel’s office works, important legal facts, how and when to use outside counsel, important resources and more.  Click here to learn more!

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for Middlebury’s 2018 Health & Welfare Benefit Plan is being held from November 1 – 14, 2017.  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 2018.

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 OR apply for new coverage (subject to approval).
• Enroll in the healthcare 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 2018 even if you participated in 2017.  For more information, including Healthcare FSA rollovers, please click here.

Open Enrollment must be completed, using BannerWeb, between November 1 – 14, 2017.  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 “BannerWeb.”

2. Enter your BannerWeb User ID (your Midd ID number) and your PIN and click “Login.”

3. Click “Employee”, then “Benefits and Deductions”, and then “Open Enrollment.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Open Enrollment Hotline: (802) 443-2320. You may also email Nancy Lindberg or Franklin Daniel at nlindberg@middlebury.edu or fdaniel@middlebury.edu.

CHANGE IN PAYROLL DEADLINE FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY (BW24)

CHANGE IN PAYROLL DEADLINE FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY (BW24)

To accommodate for the short workweek during the week of Thanksgiving, the following change has been made to the time entry/time approval deadline:

Pay period BW24 (11/06/17 – 11/19/17)

  • Deadline for submitting/approving time – Friday, 11/17/17 10:00am (time entry and ALL approvals)
  • Paychecks and direct deposits issued and dated – Wednesday, 11/22/17

Please inform all your staff of this change in the payroll schedule

Payroll/Human Resources

Academic Roundtable: Learning Space Design

Please join us on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 12:15 pm in the CTLR located in the Davis Family Library, Suite 225.

Rick Jones, director/founder of Jones Architecture (http://www.jonesarch.com/) will present on his work in the planning and execution of learning space renovations at Dartmouth, MIT, Northeastern and Norwich University. His presentation will reflect on current and future trends in library programming, research spaces and collaborative learning environments.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for lunch by 4 pm on Friday, November 10, 2017.

The Academic Roundtable is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning & Research and the Library.