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College Community Chorus celebrates Thanksgiving

One hundred singers will soon take their places on stage in the Robison Concert Hall at the Mahaney Center for the Arts as the Middlebury College Community Chorus presents its annual Thanksgiving concerts. These free, hour-long programs take place in a special performance on Saturday evening, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. and an encore presentation on Sunday afternoon, November 20 at 3:00 p.m.  Please note this year’s change in location from Mead Chapel to the Center for the Arts. All are welcome!

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College students and community members prepare for annual Thanksgiving concert. Photo: Anastasiya Prokhorenko, ’19

This season’s program includes historical works from the European choral tradition alongside breathtaking contemporary works written during the past decade. The songs feature celebratory psalm texts with a Thanksgiving theme, as well as music with words that reflect the changing seasons and a longing for justice and peace, important to so many people at this time.

The choir offers Chandos Anthem No. 9 by Baroque composer George Frederic Handel. Its four choruses – reminiscent of the spirited music found in his Messiah – contain dramatic shifts in textures and harmonies, scored for string orchestra and oboe. The program also includes Mozart’s expressive Ave verum corpus, a traditional text from the Roman Catholic tradition.

The chorus welcomes the change of seasons with music by Zachary J. Moore, one of a new generation of American choral composers. With beautiful melodies, he vividly paints the poem October Song, written by Wisconsin poet laureate Max Garland. In O Notte (O Night), composed earlier this year, distinguished conductor-composer Z. Randall Stroope dramatically scores selected phrases of a Michelangelo poem, “O night, in dreams you carry me,” for choir, piano, solo violin and cello.

Distinguished arranger, composer and conductor Craig Hella Johnson creates a lyrical musical setting the words of Mattie Stepanek’s Psalm of Life, written just before Thanksgiving 2003. Mattie, a published poet and peace advocate, died a month before his 14th birthday from a rare form of muscular dystrophy. From the Hebrew tradition, contemporary composer Allan Naplan sets the text of Al Shlosha D’varim: truth, justice and peace sustain the world. The inspirational words of Mother Teresa, “If we have not peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other,” provide the foundation for an award-winning 2010 work, All Works of Love, by Pacific Northwest composer Joan Szymko.

Conductor Jeff Rehbach notes that this program offers to listeners and performers alike vivid, dramatic, and expressive writing for chorus, piano, and chamber music ensemble. Local teachers who play with the Vermont Symphony, Champlain Philharmonic, and Burlington Civic Symphony orchestras join the chorus for this performance.

Members of the College Community chorus travel for weekly rehearsals from throughout the region, including

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College faculty, staff, and community members prepare for Thanksgiving concert. Photo: Anastasiya Prokhorenko ’19

Cornwall, Weybridge, Middlebury, Ripton, Bristol, Monkton, New Haven, Waltham, Vergennes, North Ferrisburgh, Charlotte, East Middlebury, Salisbury, Leicester, Brandon, Orwell, Shoreham, Randolph, Port Henry, Westport and Moriah. College students hail from New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, West Virginia, Idaho, North Dakota, Florida, Costa Rica, China and Kenya.

Jeff Rehbach is in his seventeenth season as conductor of the College Community Chorus, and Timothy Guiles serves as the ensemble’s remarkable accompanist. The group welcomes without audition all singers who delight in participating in this 150-year-old community tradition, hosted by Middlebury College.

Student Employee Supervisor Training

The Student Employment Office is offering its second Student Employee Supervisor Training session on Monday, November 14th from 3:00 – 4:00 pm in Axinn, room 100. All student supervisors are encouraged to attend one of these sessions.

Information will be provided on recruiting, hiring and managing student employees. There will be time after the session for those interested in walking through the EPAF process for hiring students, as well as using PeopleAdmin to post position openings.

Please email seo@middlebury.edu to sign up.

 

Midd/MIIS Travelers

travelThe following employees have reported upcoming travel between Midd and MIIS:

From Midd to MIIS From MIIS to MIdd
Steve Snyder, Language Schools

Nov 8 – 11

Melissa Sorenson, Digital Learning Commons

Nov 3-8

Vardit Ringwald, School of Hebrew

Nov 8 – 11

Shirley Coly, Office of Advancement

Nov 2-5

 

Liz Robinson, Creativity, Engagement & Careers

Nov 11-15

Rachel Muradyan, GSTILE

Nov 14-15

Robin Gronlund, Communications

Nov 14-18

A Friendly Reminder:

cigna

Open Meetings
Cigna will hold a serious of open meetings (on each campus) in which they will present information on topics such as: how to access services, network coverage, switching mail order prescriptions, technology offerings, etc. Meetings will include ample time for questions from the audience. These group meetings will be offered at:

Middlebury, Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center
Day Date Session 1 Session 2
Thursday 11/03 12:00 – 1:30 PM 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Tuesday 11/08 12:00 – 1:30 PM 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Thursday 11/10 8:30 – 10:00 AM 12:00 – 1:30 PM

 

Monterey, McCone Boardroom
Day Date Session
Thursday 11/03 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Tuesday 11/08 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Thursday 11/10 2:00 – 3:30 PM


One on One Meetings in Middlebury

Please keep in mind that representatives from Cigna will continue to visit Middlebury campus several times through the Fall and Winter months. On-site visits are reserved for private, one-one-one meetings between employees and a Cigna representative.  If you have a question about your medical or dental benefits please make an appointment to speak with our local representative at:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4cadac2babf49-cigna2

 

Open Enrollment

open-eOpen Enrollment for Middlebury’s 2017 Health & Welfare Benefit Plan is being held from November 1 – 14, 2016.  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 2017.

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 health care 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 2017 even if you participated in 2016.  For more information, including Healthcare FSA rollovers, please click here .

Open Enrollment must be completed, using BannerWeb, between November 1 – 14, 2016.  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: (800) 443-2320. You may also email Nancy Lindberg or Franklin Daniel at nlindberg@middlebury.edu or fdaniel@middlebury.edu.

Open Enrollment

open-eOpen Enrollment for Middlebury’s 2017 Health & Welfare Benefit Plan is being held from November 1 – 14, 2016.  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 2017.

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 health care 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 2017 even if you participated in 2016.  For more information, including Healthcare FSA rollovers, please click here .

Open Enrollment must be completed, using BannerWeb, between November 1 – 14, 2016.  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: (800) 443-2320. You may also email Nancy Lindberg or Franklin Daniel at nlindberg@middlebury.edu or fdaniel@middlebury.edu.

IRS Announces 2017 Plan Contribution and Benefit Limits

HR doorOn October 27, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service announced cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items beginning January 1, 2017. See the chart below for further details.

The highlights of limitations that changed from 2016 to 2017 include the following:

  • The 401(a) annual compensation limit applicable to retirement plans increased from $265,000 to $270,000.
  • The elective deferral limit and age 50 catch-up limit remained the same at $18,000 and $6,000, respectively
  • The 415(c) contribution limit applicable to defined contribution retirement plans increased from $53,000 to $54,000.
2017 2016
RETIREMENT PLANS
Annual Compensation Limits For Retirement Program Purposes 270,000 265,000
Elective Deferrals 403(b) – (for under age 50) 18,000 18,000
Catch-up Contributions For 403(b) Plan Participants age 50 and over 6,000 6,000
457(b) Elective Deferrals 18,000 18,000
457(b) Catch Up Contribution (Subject To Age And Other Restrictions) 18,000 18,000
Defined Contribution Limits On Maximum Combined Employee/Employer Contributions To Defined Contributions Plans 54,000 53,000
OTHER
Social Security Taxable Wage Base 127,200 118,500
Medicare Wage Base No Limit No Limit

All figures in US dollars.

Sources: www.irs.gov, www.tiaa.org