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Middlebury Maple Run – Exciting Opportunity to Work on those New Years’ Resolutions

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Trying to figure out how in the world to meet your new year’s goal to get in shape, lose some weight, or try something new?  Or looking for extra motivation and accountability?  The organizers of the Middlebury Maple Run have just the strategy!  New this year – create a two-person, half-marathon relay team of a student paired with a staff or faculty member. You’ll get the same price as an all-student team of $50. Don’t delay – find a student partner today and register here!

Contemporary Issues in the Liberal Arts – Winter Term Series

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Lunch will be served at each event in the Center for Teaching, Learning & Research 12 – 1 pm. Please RSVP using the sign up form at least two days in advance of the event. Thank you.

Monday, January 19, 2015  11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Classroom Discussion Part II: Navigating Controversial Topics

When controversial or difficult topics become central parts of classroom conversations they are likely to engage student’s deeply held preconceptions and convictions and may arouse powerful emotional responses. These exchanges may become heated, but a thoughtful, well‐facilitated discussion can have many benefits as students get the opportunity to learn from their peers and explore new ways of understanding the world. Moreover, the encouragement of mutual respect during the course of disagreement can encourage students to feel more confident as they enter into difficult conversations in the future.


Thursday, January 22, 2015  11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Adventures in Team Teaching Across the Disciplines

What are the benefits and challenges of team teaching across the disciplines?  Andi Lloyd, Chris McGrory Klyza, Tim Spears, and Steve Trombulak will offer perspectives on their own recent experiences with this form of teaching.   Their perspectives will frame a discussion about innovating as teachers and pursuing the full potential of a liberal arts education.


Monday, January 26, 2015  11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pedagogical Challenges in Online Education

Ian Grimmer, a Senior Lecturer in modern European intellectual history and the director of the Integrated Humanities Program at the University of Vermont, will discuss the dramatic shift to online education in UVM’s summer session and some of its many implications for teaching practices in view of the differences in the online environment.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hybrid Learning and the Liberal Arts

Bryan Alexander, writer, futurist and Senior Researcher at the New Media Consortium, will address some of the issues surrounding hybrid learning and its impact on the academy. Before hybrid, we spoke of an opposition between traditional, face-to-face learning and wholly online, or distance education.  We will soon consider learning as existing along a continuum of different levels of technological integration; all will be considered learning.

What powers this transformation?  First, a set of technological innovations, widely adopted: mobile, social, and rich media computing.  Second, the growth of open content and access to scholarly publication.  Third, demographic shifts, as digitally familiar cohorts age into college faculty and administration.

 

See our full schedule here: http://sites.middlebury.edu/ctlrprogramming

Digital Media Bootcamp 2015

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Please sign-up for sessions at http://sites.middlebury.edu/ct/digital-media-bootcamp-2015/

If the session you would like to attend is filled, please contact Joe Antonioli via email jantonio@middlebury.edu

 Online Identity: Your Story to the World @ 1pm

Date: January 19, 2015

Instructor: Joe Antonioli – With every click, post, tweet, checkout, like, search, digg, friend, tag and other activities we have created a record of our time spent interacting with web sites that are viewable from anywhere in the world. What do our web sites and social media activity say about us? This workshop will explore the meaning that others give to our online identities, and present some strategies for managing our identities in the digital space. NOTE: Attendees must be comfortable with having their name searched for.

 

Portfolios Using WordPress @ 2:45pm

Date: January 19, 2015

Instructor: Heather Stafford – WordPress is best known as a blogging platform, however its flexibility and ease of use also makes it a great option to use to display your digital work. Join us as we explore the best way to configure WordPress as a showcase for your expertise. Participants should come prepared with some ideas and materials that they wish to highlight.

 

Moodle and WordPress @ 2:45pm

Date: January 20, 2015

Instructor: Joe Antonioli – Most course sites at Middlebury are built using either Moodle or WordPress, here we will look at the features and benefits of both services.

 

Exploring SecondLife and 3D Virtual Worlds @ 1pm

Date: January 21, 2015

Instructor: Joe Antonioli – Yes, Middlebury has an island. This workshop will introduce participants to 3d virtual spaces, and their place in education.

 

Crafting Digital Narratives with Scalar @ 2:45pm

Date: January 21, 2015

Instructor: Alicia Peaker – From non-linear storytelling to rich, scholarly annotations, this workshop will encourage new ways of thinking about writing in digital environments. Using a web application called Scalar, you will begin to craft a media-rich digital narrative. Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways. (scalar.usc.edu)

 

Adobe Illustrator @ 1pm

Date: January 22, 2015

Instructor: Mack Roark – In this workshop, you will learn to use basic editing tools and some fundamental design concepts. The workshop is taught as though it were a class teaching students to design a poster for a class or seminar. It is the same instruction that participants in the Spring Student Seminar receive.

New online library resources for 2015

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Over November and December of last year, the library purchased access to a number of fascinating library resources:

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library – we now have access to everything in the Gale Virtual Reference Library that was published prior to August 2014.GVRL
  • Alexander Street Drama – loaded with information about theatrical productions and with full-text scripts for many (but not all) plays by a wide breadth of playwrights, Alexander Street Drama includes Black Drama, Asian-American Drama, Latino Drama, and more.asd
  • Kanopy Streaming – members of the Middlebury College Community can now watch films from Kanopy (“Netflix for colleges”). Our access to this uses a “Patron-Driven Acquisitions” model. A film in the collection can be watched by any authorized user (student, faculty, staff member) anywhere, anytime – just click this link. The fourth time a given film is viewed, a purchase will be “triggered” and we will have licensed access to that film for a year. Kanopy
  • American History in Video – a student requested that we trial this collection of newsreels, documentaries and other historical film works. Browse by event, person, place, and more. ASP_AHV
  • National Anti-Slavery Standard – still in pre-publication, this is a database of images and some full-text from the National Anti-Slavery Standard – the official weekly newspaper of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Founded in 1833 by William Lloyd Garrison and Arthur Tappan, the society sought to extend the rights of slaves across the country and implied not only suffrage rights for colored males, but also advocated suffrage for women.NASS
  • London Review of Books – by popular demand, we now have full access to current and past online content of the LRB! LRB
  • CQ Researcher Archive – we now have access to the full archive of CQ Researcher, going back to 1923. We’ve also filled in some gaps in our access to CQ Almanac, and added CQ’s Guides to U.S. Economic Policy, U.S. Environmental Policy, and U.S. Health & Healthcare Policy.
  • Coming Soon – Celebrity Studies, a new journal subscription

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 Department works diligently each year-end to accurately process the thousands of required or requested benefit record changes and then to 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

  • All medical plan participants were mailed new ID cards in December. These new ID cards have information regarding our new pharmacy benefit manager, MagellanRx, including their group and plan number, as well as their customer service phone number. Please confirm that you have received your new ID card. If you did not receive your new ID cards or if you need additional cards (for example, for a child away at college) call CBA Blue customer service (1-888-222-9206).
  •  If you have been utilizing NEMOP for mail-order prescriptions and have not yet made arrangements to transfer your account to MagellanRx please do so by calling Magellan at 1-800-424-0472 to set up an account.
  •  If you made a change to who is covered under your medical or dental plan, your new ID cards should reflect those changes.  If your new ID cards do not list the correct family members please contact Lisa Hoff at x3372.
  •  As was announced in October, the employee portion of the medical & dental premiums did not increase for 2015.       However, any employee who made coverage level (single/2 person/family) changes should see a premium change in the first paycheck of 2015.

Vision Insurance

  • As a reminder our 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.  The premium for the Vision Plan did not increase for 2015.

Voluntary 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 2015. If you made changes or you hit a new age band in 2015, 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

  • 2015 elections for the Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts should be reflected in the first paycheck of 2015. 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 three years old, it will be good through January 31st and a new card will be issued by 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.
  • You have until March 15, 2015 to file claims against your 2014 flexible spending accounts for expenses incurred in 2014. The FSA Claim form and other helpful information on Flexible Spending Accounts can be found at http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/hr/staffandfaculty/benefits/flex. Please visit CBA Blue’s website at http://select.cbabluevt.com/middlebury/ to review your account information.

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 2015. 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

~Franklin Daniel, Benefits Specialist (Retirement Plans & Retiree Medical/Dental) x5755

~Cheryl Mullins, Benefits & Compensation Manager x5542

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 18 faculty positions, 51 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)

Digital Media Bootcamp 2015

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Please sign-up for sessions at http://sites.middlebury.edu/ct/digital-media-bootcamp-2015/

If the session you would like to attend is filled, please contact Joe Antonioli via email jantonio@middlebury.edu

Quicktime, SnapZ Pro, MPEG Streamclip @ 1pm

Date: January 12, 2015

Instructor: Mack Roark – This workshop will teach you the basic functionality of Apple’s Quicktime, how to use SnapZ Pro to do a screen capture of video, and how to use features of MPEG StreamClip to view and convert video clips.

Adobe InDesign @ 2:45pm

Date: January 12, 2015

Instructor: Mack Roark – In this workshop, you will learn basic editing tools and design concepts used in desktop publishing. This program is used widely on campus from the layout of Middlebury Magazine to many publications produced by Reprographics.

Intro to Visual Literacy and Presentations @ 1pm

Date: January 13, 2015

Instructor: Joe Antonioli – We will spend time thinking critically about the images that are presented to us, and use this information to create our own visual media.

Adobe Illustrator @ 2:45pm

Date: January 13, 2015

Instructor: Mack Roark – In this workshop, you will learn to use basic editing tools and some fundamental design concepts. The workshop is taught as though it were a class teaching students to design a poster for a class or seminar. It is the same instruction that participants in the Spring Student Seminar receive.

Copyright, IP and Creative Commons @ 1pm

Date: January 14, 2015

Instructor: Terry Simpkins –

Building Digital Exhibits with Omeka @ 2:45pm

Date: January 14, 2015

Instructor: Alicia Peaker – Create beautiful online exhibits of your art or archival materials with Omeka, an open-source digital archival platform sometimes referred to as “WordPress for museums.” This workshop may also be of interest to faculty who would like to build digital archives or collections in their classes. (omeka.net)

Adobe Photoshop @ 2:45pm

Date: January 15, 2015

Instructor: Mack Roark – You will learn the basic tools, design concepts, and work flow needed to manipulate photos for your personal or project related use. Concepts such as selection, cropping, rotation, repair, scanning photos for use in Photoshop, and others will be covered.

Adobe InDesign @ 1pm

Date: January 15, 2015

Instructor: Mack Roark – In this workshop, you will learn basic editing tools and design concepts used in desktop publishing. This program is used widely on campus from the layout of Middlebury Magazine to many publications produced by Reprographics.