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Faculty and Staff: Volunteers for Days of Caring

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Dear Faculty and Staff:

RSVP and the United Way of Addison County is once again gearing up for its Annual Days of Caring event. Every year, they send out hundreds of community volunteers to complete dozens of projects at non-profits throughout Addison County.

This year, the event will be held on Thursday, September 25th and Saturday, September 27th, 2014.

Here are some examples of the projects that are currently available:

  • Bake muffins/ prepare lunch at local child care centers
  • Paint play structures
  • Build a hand railing and picnic tables
  • Mulch/prune/weed/rake gardens
  • Harvest fall crops
  • Dig a sand box/spruce up a playground
  • Rototill a baseball field
  • Plan, execute (and enjoy!) a pizza party
  • Take pictures of volunteers
  • Dust library stacks/process books/read shelves
  • Visit with a senior citizen
  • Sand and varnish children’s chairs and tables
  • Clear a nature trail
  • Erect a fence and repair stadium jumps
  • Help prepare for a silent auction/ file paperwork
  • Wash walls, wood work and/or windows
  • Remove invasive plants at State Parks
  • And MANY more!!

Staff members: Middlebury College offers paid time off for this event; therefore, staff members do not have to use CTO. However, please obtain your supervisor’s approval before registering for the event.

If you would like to participate, click on the following URL to register online.

https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1709823-DHrblMj6S3

Please submit your volunteer registration form online as soon as possible and feel free to contact RSVP staff at 388-7044 or rsvpvcadd@aol.com if you have any questions.

 

 

 

The Week’s Headlines

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

Symposium Will Examine Global Economic Turbulence

New England Review’s New Issue Offers Poetry, Stories, and More

Alumni Return to Middlebury Classrooms

College Installs Cor-ten Steel Sculpture

Technology’s Transformation of Higher Education is Topic of Symposium

Middlebury Welcomes Class of 2018

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.

Apply for a US passport on campus October 2!

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The Vermont Passport Agency will be attending Middlebury’s annual Study Abroad Fair, Thursday, October 2, 2014, from noon- 4 p.m. in the McCardell Bicentennial Hall Great Hall. The Passport Agency will accept applications from Middlebury students, staff, and faculty.

Please bring the following:

1) Citizenship evidence (e.g. birth or naturalization certificate for first-time applicants, or previous U.S. passport for eligible renewal applicants)

2) One passport photo (see examples on http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html )

3) Photo identification (e.g. driver’s license or government ID). Please also bring a front and back photocopy of the ID.

4) Appropriate fees (payable by debit/credit card, check (payable to U.S. Department of State), money order, or cash (exact amount only), see http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html .

5) Download passport application forms on http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html . Complete, but do not sign the form.

 

Questions? See http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html. Questions about the Study Abroad Fair? Contact Stacey Thebodo in International Programs (x5745, sthebodo@middlebury.edu )

College Community Chorus — come join us!

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The Middlebury College Community Chorus announces a new season to prepare a concert to celebrate Thanksgiving, slated for performance at Mead Chapel on the Middlebury College campus on Sunday afternoon, November 23. Regular rehearsals are Sunday and Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Mead Chapel on the Middlebury College campus. Rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 9, at 7:00 p.m. Staff and faculty, as well as students, are welcome to join the chorus through September 23; participants should plan to attend at least one rehearsal each week. Conductor Jeff Rehbach notes, “The Chorus is especially privileged this season to be performing works by great composers of the past, alongside amazing new music by Middlebury composer Sam Guarnaccia. These pieces celebrate and honor the amazing universe in which we live.”

The centerpiece of the program features the Middlebury premiere of selections from an extended work by Guarnaccia, Emergent Universe Oratorio, written just one year ago. It is a powerful and sensitive work, drawing on texts that describe the universe and its creation and transformation. In addition to texts by contemporary writers spoken by a narrator, the performance includes four choruses accompanied by chamber orchestra: EaarthRise Amen by Thomas Berry; Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry; Awakening by Brian Swimme & Mary Evelyn Tucker, creators of the documentary video Journey of the Universe; and To See a World by William Blake.

The Thanksgiving program includes the exuberant chorus The Heavens are Telling from classical composer Franz Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation.” The choir will prepare three choruses with historic texts from the Psalms by George Frederick Handel: As Pants the Hart (from Psalm 42); Put Thy Trust in God (from Psalm 43); In the Voice of Praise and Thanksgiving (from Psalm 26). The Chorus will reprise a work from its past Thanksgiving concerts by contemporary Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus, Hymn for America, that recognizes and gives thanks for the variety and beauty of our country’s landscape. We also give tribute to American folksinger and environmentalist Pete Seeger with a beautiful setting of his song, To My Old Brown Earth.

Jeff Rehbach begins his fifteenth season as director of the community chorus, and Timothy Guiles returns as accompanist. The College Community Chorus welcomes all interested singers to join the ensemble. Numbering nearly 100 singers, the group is open without audition or mandatory fees to all singers who can follow a musical score. Its members travel from throughout the region to participate in this 150-year-old community tradition.

For information, check on the web at go.middlebury.edu/communitychorus or contact director Jeff Rehbach at 989-7355.

Faculty and Staff Locker/Locker Room Information

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Greetings from the Equipment Room.

We have been asked by quite a few faculty and staff members the question, “How do I get a faculty/staff locker in the faculty/staff locker room”? Unfortunately, there is not an easy solution to get more people into an already full space. Historically, we have put people on our “wait list” and issued a locker when or if one became available. Some people have been fortunate enough to actually get into the faculty/staff locker room, but we still have quite a few people that are still waiting!

I have come up with a plan that will allow people who still want their lockers to keep them, and it should allow for access to the locker room for those currently without a locker.
As part of this process we will be changing the fees as well as the timing of the locker renewal process. We will be sending out the locker renewal notice soon. If you currently have a locker and you would like to renew the locker, please do so BEFORE September 30th. If you have a locker in the faculty/staff locker room the fee is going to be $20.00 annually . If you have a locker in the general locker room the fee will stay the same as it has been for years ($10.00). In addition, for those faculty and staff members who are unable to get a locker in the faculty/staff locker room, you may see either Bryan Merrill or Shelley Payne in the Equipment Room and you will be given the access code to the room. There will be a number of lockers we keep empty in each room which may be used as “day lockers”. In other words, you may bring your own lock, and use an open locker while you work out, and then empty the locker and leave it open for the next person when you are done with your workout.

I am sorry that we do not have enough lockers for everyone to have their own locker, but hopefully this is a suitable, if imperfect, solution.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter and as always if you have questions or concerns please contact me.

Best regards,
Bryan

Bryan T. Merrill

Equipment Manager
802-443-2014
802-443-2371 (fax)

Rehearsals Cafe Reopens

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8:30 AM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

Rehearsals Cafe will reopen for beverage service and light fare, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-2:30 PM. The grab-and-go menu will include coffee, tea, espresso drinks, yogurt parfaits, salads, sandwiches, soups, and sushi. Come enjoy a delicious day at the Mahaney Center for the Arts!

Zumba® Fitness with Lindsey!

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Zumba® Fitness with Lindsey!

Treat yourself to an hour of fun,
easy-to-learn dance moves that will make you SWEAT:
Burn 300-1,000 calories in ONE class!
Wednesdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Starting September 17, 2014
Field House, 3rd Floor rehearsal space

This high-energy fitness dance class features salsa, hip hop,
samba, merengue, mambo, pop, cha cha, reggaeton, cumbia,
belly dance, tango, and more.
12 classes for $72
Drop ins welcome $10

The first 15 College faculty/staff to register will receive a $10 discount, courtesy of Wellness at Middlebury. Sorry, this discount is limited to current faculty/staff only; other ID card holders are not eligible.

Register September 8th (10AM) – September 26th ~ online at go/tickets, call xMIDD, or stop by the Box Offices in McCullough or the Mahaney Center for the Arts

Questions? Lindsey Hescock – 388-3381 or zumbalindsey@gmail.com
or Missey, mathomps@middlebury.edu or x5258