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The Week’s Headlines

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Here are the week’s headlines from the News Room:

College Establishes Endowed Professorship Honoring Frank Winkler

Middlebury Awards Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Languages

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

New Sculpture Being Installed Near Atwater Commons

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On Tuesday, August 19 work began near Coffrin Hall and Le Chateau for the installation of the latest addition to Middlebury’s collection of outdoor public art. The site is being graded and prepared for the arrival of Youbie Obie, a large work in cor-ten steel by alumni artist J. Pindyck Miller ’60. The work will be craned into place this coming Wednesday, August 27, and the project will be completed during the following week with the addition of landscaping and information placards. For more information about the artwork and to follow the installation process as it progresses, please read the latest post on the Museum blog.

Peter Nelson receives NSF funding for international collaboration

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Peter Nelson (Geography) and a colleague at Point Park University have received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled International Rural Gentrification; research teams from the United Kingdom and France are also funded through their own respective national funding agencies. The entire project is part of the Open Research Area funding scheme for international social science research that now involves agencies in four European countries as well as the NSF. The objective of this multi-national collaborative project is to undertake the first in-depth cross-national integrated comparative study of the theory, forms, and dynamics of rural gentrification encompassing France, the UK, and the USA. The US team will compile a comprehensive database of rural gentrification indicators for each of the three countries and then identify a set of communities in the US in which to carry out in-depth case study analysis focusing on the different forms of rural gentrification and the various actors involved in the process. Scholars from the UK and France will do similar case study analyses in their respective countries. In addition to funding all the costs of the research in the US, the grant will also fund trips to Europe to meet with the entire research team; this research will be the focus of Pete’s academic leave in 2015-16. Three undergraduate students will be involved in this research.

Catherine Combelles awarded an NIH R15 research grant

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Catherine Combelles (Biology) has been awarded an R15 research grant through the National Institutes of Health’s AREA (Academic Research Enhancement Award) program. This grant will support work to determine the effects of endocrine-disrupting compounds on the oocyte and the ovarian follicle, the structure that nurtures the developing oocyte. Because the health of adults, neonates, fetuses, and embryos all depend upon normal oocyte development, the findings will help to provide a foundation for improving not only female reproductive but also adult health. The grant funds research at Middlebury, the University of New Hampshire, and Emory University, including supplies and travel to conferences as well as Catherine’s 15-16 academic leave. At least 15 undergraduates will be involved in this research over the next three years.

Susan Burch and Tara Affolter awarded AALAC funding

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Susan Burch (American Studies) and Tara Affolter (Education Studies), with colleagues from Barnard, Haverford, Macalester, Oberlin, Vassar, and Scripps, have been awarded funding from the AALAC consortium (Alliance for the Advancement of Liberal Arts Colleges), the successor to the  Mellon 23 program, for a collaborative workshop that will be held at Barnard in the fall of 2015. The workshop, titled Critical Disability Studies and Universal Design for Learning, will bring together participants from 10 to 13 liberal arts colleges and Columbia University who have varied levels of expertise in these related topics that are so critical to better educating disabled and nondisabled students. Participants will collaborate to pursue four related goals: curricular development, pedagogical development, faculty collaboration with disability support services, and inter-institutional development across and between colleges.

Support the Student-run Farm Stand

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The Middlebury College Organic Farm’s stand will be open on specified days throughout the month of August. They’ll be selling fresh herbs, flowers, and veggies—including cucumbers, zucchinis, greens, onions, potatoes and more.

Check the Office of Sustainability Integration’s facebook page or twitter feed for farm stand announcements.

NEXT FARM STAND DATE:
Thursday August 21, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Courtyard in front of McCullough Student Center

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Employing Students this Academic Term

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Information on Employing Students this Academic Term

This year:

  • Open job postings will be made visible to students on September 1st using PeopleAdmin.

Reminders:

  • All Student employees are limited to working no more than 20 hours per week in on-campus jobs during the academic year, with the exception of full-week recesses.
  • Supervisors are encouraged to hire only financial aid recipients until September 22nd.
  • A payroll authorization form (“green card”) or Electronic Personnel Action Form (“EPAF”) needs to be completed for all students hired for the academic year. Even if you are hiring the student that worked last year – or the student that worked this summer is continuing – a green card or EPAF still needs to be completed and sent to our office.

First Two Weeks of Class

The week before classes begin and during the first two weeks of school, students that receive financial aid will have the chance to apply for posted jobs on campus.  All other students are asked to wait to begin applying until the third week of school (September 22nd).  The intent is to assist students receiving work study to obtain a job that best meets their needs. (Yes, it is okay to ask a student if they receive financial aid.)  If you are rehiring a student that has worked for you previously, or for research purposes, financial aid status is not relevant.

Posting your position on the Web:

Open student positions are posted through PeopleAdmin. For instructions on posting a job go to the SEO webpage and under Supervisor Tool Box, select “Using PeopleAdmin”. (http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/seo/toolbox/postingopenposition)

New student positions can be requested using the “New Student Job Request Form”; also found in the Supervisor Tool Box.  (http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/seo/toolbox/jobrequest)

Blue Employment Cards

Student employees MUST complete an I-9 and W-4 in order to work. The blue employment card indicates that the student employee has completed all required paperwork at the SEO. If your new hire does not have this blue card, chances are they haven’t completed filling these forms out and are NOT eligible to work or be paid until these forms are completed!

For more information go to: http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/seo/toolbox. Feel free to contact SEO at x5377 or seo@middlebury.edu with any questions!