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Register Now for Vermont Women in Higher Education’s Annual Conference!

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Would you welcome a break from your daily routine to learn some new skills and network with peers statewide? Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE) has a terrific opportunity for you!  As a woman working in higher education in Vermont, you are automatically a member of VWHE.  There are no annual dues.

The 2015 VWHE Leadership Conference titled “Better Together mentoring for success” is scheduled for March 26-27, at the Killington Grand Hotel in Killington, Vermont.

This year’s conference has a terrific line up of dynamic speakers, engaging workshops and more networking opportunities than ever! The pre-conference draws more and more women every year.  This year’s pre-conference keynote features Kerry Secrest, who will speak on “Building Strong Networks.”  Following Kerry, comedian Josie Leavitt will lead a workshop on “Finding Your Voice with Humor.”  Rounding out the evening will be a “Professional Clothing Swap.” So pull out those good wearables that you no longer use, and trade them in for some exciting new-to-you garments for your closet.  Accessories are welcome too.

The conference keynote speaker will be Bethany Bosch.  You may recognize her as the woman who recently swam solo across the English Channel.

So, mark your calendars and register now at http://www.VWHE.org to take advantage of the $10 discount for early bird signup by March 1.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the conference.  This is a great opportunity to network and recharge your batteries both professionally and personally.  We will wrap up the conference with a terrific raffle that funds the VWHE Scholarship.  Please come prepared to purchase raffle tickets  @ $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets.  Winners will walk away with some awesome prizes courtesy of our generous donors, artisan crafters, and professional service providers both locally and nationwide.  If you have an item you would like to donate to the cause, please call or send me an email to let me know.  A donation receipt will be provided.

If you have not already, please join our Facebook and Linked In pages. (Links below.)




February EFAP News: Financial Fitness

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Learning techniques to manage your money, reduce debt, and save for the future can improve your financial situation and your overall health!

LifeScope offers tools and resources to help you get financially fit:

  • Free telephonic consultation with financial counselors
  • Financial calculators for personal finance, home finance, retirement, investments, and more
  • Library of financial articles and tip sheets
  • Financial forms and tools available for download
  • Resource links to financial  information you need


Tuesday, February 17th
12pm ET/9am PT & 2pm ET/11am PT

Financial fitness is like physical fitness; to be successful you need to commit to regular changes in your life and focus on attainable goals. Join this webinar to learn practical and realistic tips for living within a budget. To register, log on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your institution username and password. In the middle of the homepage, click on ‘Online Seminars’ then “Financial Fitness: Living within a Realistic Budget” to sign up. If you are unable to attend, look for the archived webinar under Online Seminars, approximately 7-10 days after the live presentation.


February Tips for Taking Action
You may also be interested in viewing the following articles, which can be found by logging on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your institution username and password, and clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

“Choosing a Credit Counselor”- If you’re living paycheck to paycheck, are worried about debt collectors or can’t seem to develop a workable budget, you might consider the services of a credit counselor. This article offers guidelines for identifying a reputable credit counseling organization, and a checklist of questions to ask a potential agency or counselor.

“Learn to Pay Less for Loans”- Did you know that your credit score can affect your ability to quality for a low-cost loan, rent an apartment or find a job? Many consumers have errors on their credit reports, but don’t realize how this affects them. This article offers guidance on how to improve your credit history and pay less for loans.

The February Calendar, Poster/Webinar Flyer, and Spanish Poster can also be accessed on the member website by clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

LifeScope is a free, confidential program available to you, your family and household members, to help you balance work, family and personal life.

24/7 Toll-free line: 800-828-6025

Website: www.LifeScopeEAP.com

Username: Middlebury College

Password: guest

Summer Help with Media Projects for your Courses

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Over the course of the summer the library and the digital liberal arts initiative employ, train,  and mentor students as they assist faculty with various digital projects. If you are interested in receiving assistance with a digital project this summer whether curricular or research related, we’d like to hear from you!

If you have any interest in participating, please send an email to hstafford@middlebury.edu  with all the information  you currently have available about the project that you’d like to pursue (for example, a general description or interest in a conversation about an idea). We will use this information to determine the number of students to recruit as well as the technical and academic skill sets needed for the projects. In addition, it will help us match your project with a staff mentor and a student.

Past projects have included:

  • Conversations and planning around innovative ideas you may have for classroom projects, and/or using digital methods in your scholarship and the scholarship of your students.
  • One on one instruction in a variety of software applications, including, but not limited to: image and document creation (including posters and diagrams); audio (podcasting, voiceovers); video (digital stories, other video applications); digitization of audio and video, and social software (blogs, wikis, LMS).
  • Consultations to discuss what is possible, and help you decide what technologies would best suit your needs
  • Development of course web sites in WordPress or Moodle

These projects will be completed during the months of June, July and August. Please be sure to specify in your email message if your timeline is different from this schedule.

I’ll be in touch with you towards the end of the spring semester to set up an initial meeting and connect you with your student tutor. We look forward to hearing from you!

-Heather Stafford, Multimedia/Curricular Technologist


ZUMBA with Lindsey Field House- 3rd floor

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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!

Fridays 11:00-12:00 p.m.
Starting February 20, 2015
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.

Faculty/Staff/ ID holders: once a week (12) classes $72;
Walk-ins welcome. $10

Special Price for Midd students – 12 classes for $60.

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.

Online: http://www.middlebury.edu/arts/boxoffice  Phone:802.443.3168 Or stop by either the Mahaney or McCullough Box Office

Lindsey Hescock – 388-3381 or zumbalindsey@gmail.com
or Missey, mathomps@middlebury.edu or x5258zumba

BodyFit with Nina Vila!

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HIIT Training

Nina Vila, certified in the Egoscue Method, is a Postural Alignment Specialist.
The Egoscue Method brings your posture back into balance with gentle and effective exercises based on strengthening and stretching the deep muscle system of the body, thus returning your body to proper function. You can expect to feel better, have less physical pain, restore your physical self-confidence, increase your daily energy and just feel good again!

Body weight strength training, HIIT (high intensity interval training) and Stretching.
This class will push you to your physical limits with really fun exercises based on body weight conditioning. The class will rev up your metabolism and put you in better shape for all sports or just because you want to get in better shape. It’s a blast!

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Starting February 17
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Studio 109

Once/week for $66* Twice/week for $132*
(once/week students may attend either day)
* $10 OHIC discount for the first 20 faculty/staff to register!

Registration opens Tuesday, February 10 at 10:00 AM!

Register at the Box Offices in McCullough or the Mahaney CFA,
Call xMIDD, or go online at www.middlebury.edu/arts/tickets
Great for strength, flexibility, and conditioning!
Newcomers welcome.

*The first 20 College faculty/staff to register will receive a $10 discount, courtesy of the Optimal Health Initiative. Sorry, this discount is limited to current faculty/staff only; other ID card holders are not eligible.

Classes are open to Middlebury College Students/Faculty/Staff. Registration closes March 6th.
Questions? Nina, ninavccp@gmail.com or 388-7400
or Missey, mathomps@middlebury.edu   or x5258

HR Update: This Week’s Employment Snapshot

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There are currently 19 faculty positions, 45 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 4 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:

Middlebury Voices in the News: Charlie Hebdo, Iran Nuclear, and State of the Union

J-term Scenes: Jewish Humor

Middlebury Inducts Five Into New Athletics Hall of Fame

Students Compete to Produce Public Service Announcements in First MiddHackathon

Feb Celebration Planned for Mid-year Graduates

Middlebury Celebrates New Field House, Hall of Fame

View past stories by visiting the News Room page.