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New ideas for campus sustainability: Exploring a Microgrid proposal

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The Campus as an Energy Island: Exploring the Microgrid Option
Wednesday, November 12
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room

On Wednesday, November 12 the College will host a panel to discuss the feasibility and costs/benefits of creating a Middlebury College microgrid as a way for its electrical system to become more resilient to future extreme climate events.

In recent years, rapid changes in energy technology have opened the door for localized power distribution, creating the opportunity for a fundamental shift in our society’s system of electricity production and transmission. In planning for the impacts of climate change, there is a pressing need for both increased grid resilience and the integration of renewable power sources, both of which can be addressed by widespread integration of microgrids.

As an institution with electrical needs and existing infrastructure and capital, Middlebury is ideally sized and suited to help pioneer this important technology. The challenge moving forward is in developing sophisticated control systems that will allow for maximum safety and efficiency, while also maximizing cost-saving potential. The panel will discuss the recent upsurge in microgrids across the country, the technology shifts that have enabled it, and the benefits of grid-organized distributed electricity generation in Vermont.

 

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 17 faculty positions, 43 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and no internal job postings on the Middlebury College employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

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

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

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

The Week’s Headlines

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

The Foreign Student

First-Year Writing Showcased at Ward Prize Ceremony

With Osborne House Move, College and Town Begin Downtown Changes

97 Seconds of Spectacular Fall Beauty: the Road to Bread Loaf

Fall Family Weekend Gives Parents a Window on Life at Middlebury

Quoted this Week: Michael Geisler on Zuckerberg and Language Learning

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

LGBTQ Ally Training for Faculty & Staff

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Social Justice educator and facilitator, Chris Woods, will lead two three-hour trainings that will provide foundational language, terminology, and tools to being an effective ally to LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff.

Wednesday, 11/12 from 1-4pm | McCullough Wilson Hall
Friday, 11/14 from 9am-12pm | McCullough Wilson Hall

Space is limited. Please register for one of the trainings offered at go/allytraining by November 7.

Chris Woods is the program administrator at the New York University LGBTQ Student Center. Chris serves as the Anti-Racism Chair for the Board of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. His research on how LGBTQ students of color and faith make meaning of their multiple intersecting identities, highlights his passion for engaging spirituality in queer spaces. Other passion areas and practical interests include engaging students in conversations about social justice outside of LGBTQ/multicultural  spaces, the experiences of queer survivors of sexual violence, and bi/multiracial identity development, to name a few.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College, Chellis House and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, Center for the Comparative Study of Race & Ethnicity, and Queers & Allies.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Herrera at jherrera@middlebury.edu .

Sister to Sister Summit

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Calling all middle school girls! Bring a friend and come join Sister-to-Sister’s most popular event—the annual summit!

Saturday, November 22, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts, 72 Porter Field Rd., Middlebury, VT 05753

To RSVP, please contact Emily Pedowitz at
(802) 443-5937 OR EPEDOWITZ@MIDDLEBURY.EDU
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Annual Giving Trees! (go/givingtrees)

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Please note: The process is much earlier this year AND we are converting to an e-sign up system! While you’ll need to return gifts to Community Engagement, as usual, you can now sign up to participate online!

Help sponsor a local child whose family cannot afford to buy presents for the holiday season through the Giving Trees program, in collaboration with the local organization H.O.P.E (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects). Each “tree” gives ideas of possible gifts to help you with the selection process. HOPE then invites participating parents to make selections among donated items in a “Holiday Shop” so that they may best match gifts with their own children’s interests.

Here’s how to participate:

• Sign up for an “e-tree” through the Community Engagement office by visiting go/givingtrees beginning Monday, October 27th, 2014. You can sign up any time between October 27th and November 10th.

• You can sponsor a “tree” by yourself, with a friend, as a department or in another type of group collaboration!

• We ask that you consider spending a minimum amount of $50 per “tree” – but please don’t let this discourage you from participating! We strongly encourage you to team up with friends and co-workers to maximize the fun and impact of each Giving Tree!

• Please do NOT wrap gifts (so parents can see what they are), but you are welcome to donate wrapping paper if you wish.

• Gifts must be brought to Community Engagement at 118 South Main Street by Wednesday or Thursday, November 12th or 13th between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please note a few key changes to this year’s Giving Tree program, in collaboration with HOPE, (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects):

• HOPE is creating a “Holiday Store” that will enable parents to come in and make their own selections. To accommodate this approach, the “Giving Trees” will still work as they have, in that you’ll have a child (boy or girl with corresponding ages), etc., but we won’t be matching specific gifts with specific children.

• The store will open at HOPE for parents on Nov. 17th, so we need to collect the gifts before that time (see dates above)!

• Finally, remember that the Community Engagement office is now at 118 South Main St., on the corner of South Main St. and Storrs Ave., behind the Library!

If you have any questions, please e-mail qtennyson@middlebury.edu. As always, take care and thank you for your support and participation.

Quanteshia Tennyson ’14
AmeriCorps VISTA Member / Poverty Initiatives Coordinator
Community Engagement
118 South Main Street
Middlebury College Ɩ Middlebury, VT 05753
802.443.5113

Save the Date: Open Enrollment Nov 1st-14th

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Benefits open enrollment is being conducted electronically again this year.  You will be receiving an e-mail (ooa Oct 31st) detailing our 2015 benefits as well as step-by-step instructions on how to enroll using BannerWeb.  Human Resources will gladly help you through the process; if you have questions please call x2320.

All benefits eligible Faculty and Staff are required to complete Open Enrollment between November 1st & 14th.

Flexible Spending Accounts – it’s not too early to start calculating your 2015 annual election.  Per federal law, this year’s annual limit is $2,500 (plus you may roll up to $500 of unused 2014 Health Care FSA funds into your 2015 account).  If you will have large medical expenses next year (orthodontist work, laser eye surgery, etc.) you should make sure you know how much your out of pocket cost will be for these services before Open Enrollment starts.

For additional information on Flexible Spending Accounts, including a Planning Worksheet visit the Flex Spending webpage.

For Questions and Answers regarding the Health Care FSA rollover click here