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Housing Info-Sessions

habitat_logo_3-620x400Attention to All Renters:   Addison County Habitat for Humanity is hosting two information sessions to raise awareness about their affordable housing options for first time home buyers in Addison County. To learn more about who might qualify and what housing is available, attend one of the following meetings: Tues., Oct. 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Middlebury Recreation Center on Creek Road or Thurs., Oct. 27 from 6:30-7:30pm at the Vergennes Library. For more information about Habitat go to- addisonhabitat.org


October EFAP News: Coping with Serious or Chronic Conditions


Protecting Our Precious Lives: Cancer Awareness

October 18th 

12-1pm and 3-4pm    EST

11-12pm and 2-3pm  CST

10-11am and 1-3pm  MST

9-10am and 12-1pm  PST

This webinar examines the steps we each have to take toward becoming healthier, with a focus on prevention as the ultimate goal. We’ll round out the session with a discussion of breast, ovarian, prostate and other cancer risk factors to consider; self-care strategies; and what we can do to empower ourselves to make positive lifestyle choices.

REGISTER TODAY! Space is limited

Click on the time you would like to attend above.

Or log on to www.HelloE4.com with your username and password.  Click on “UPCOMING WEBINARS” on the homepage and follow the easy instructions.

Unable to make it to the scheduled webinars? 

We have them archived for your convenience. Visit www.HelloE4.com click on E4 University, then click on Webinars to search by webinar title.  


Coping Strategies:  When You or Your Child has a Chronic Condition

Handling the day to day challenges of a chronic illness can be overwhelming. Often those affected with chronic medical conditions struggle with feelings of anger, hopelessness, or devastating sadness. Loved ones may also find the situation difficult and emotionally ache with similar symptoms.


Usually, the first reaction is why is this happening to me? Or, what did I do to cause or deserve this? Being diagnosed with a chronic condition is scary, and sometimes you had nothing to do with the cause – it could be genetic or you may have been exposed to something that caused the illness. You may go through a plethora of emotions from anger, sadness, confusion, stress, embarrassment, and fear to depression. All of this is normal.

Not only do you need to work with your doctors on the best course for your health, you also need to invest time in supporting yourself. Here are some suggestions:

  • Educate yourself on your condition. Knowledge is power. Learn how to live your best life possible with your condition. If you have questions, make sure you log them and bring them to your next doctor’s appointment. Your doctor is the expert on the condition, but you are the expert on yourself and what is going on with you.
  • Research and implement lifestyle changes that will improve your health. Your life and habits may need to change. You may not be able to control your disease, but you can control your diet and exercise.
  • Be sure to learn and incorporate into your lifestyle evidence based guidelines for managing your chronic illness (for example, if you have diabetes be sure to schedule foot and eye exams every year).
  • Be patient with yourself. Give yourself time to accept the diagnosis, make changes, and embrace the “new you.”
  • Find ways to decrease your stress, ex. walking the dog, scheduling a set lunch with a friend every week, or reading a book. If you are overwhelmed, you may need to temporarily or permanently drop some obligations. Do what you can to lighten your load right now.
  • If you are still struggling, reach out for help. Surround yourself with compassionate people. Find a support group or call E4 Health.


You and your child are probably going through the complete range of emotions. You may even be angry with your spouse, the doctors, or the entire world. That is understandable.

  • Tackle the condition head-on. Research and educate yourself on your child’s condition and share age appropriate information with our child. Kids pick up on more than you think from conversations.
  • Try to manage your stress so you won’t increase our child’s stress. Stress is contagious that way, and your response will influence your child’s reactions.
  • Talk to your child about their feelings and let them ask questions. Their concerns and fears may be completely different from yours. Help your child, as age appropriately as they can, learn how to answer questions about their condition if you aren’t around, for example at school.
  • If you have other children, make time for them. They are probably scared and confused too, or may even feel guilty. In all the chaos, be sure to have some one-on-one time with them.
  • Find your support team. Your child, you, and other family members will need a strong support system. Reach out to support groups for your child’s illness as others who have been down this path may be able to help you. Contact a counselor through E4 Health to help your family through this difficult time.



E4 Health is a free, confidential service that’s available to you as well as your immediate household family members. We are available any time, any day to assist with any work or life issue that matters to you and your family.


For professional counseling and supportive resources, call or log on any time, any day.

e4health administers the College’s EFAP program.  To access their comprehensive web site, with many tools and articles, go to the e4health web site.
Username:  middlebury college
Password:    guest
Or call them at: 800-828-6025
(phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs Open Office Hours for Faculty in October


The Office of Grants & Sponsored Programs is holding Drop In Office Hours at the following times in October

  • Wednesday, October 12, 4:30-5:30 pm, Axinn Winter Garden
  • Wednesday, October 26, 4:30-5:30 pm, McCardell Bicentennial Hall 331 (thru the front entrance, behind the stairs)

At these Drop In Office Hours, Franci Farnsworth and Liz Haney will be available to answer faculty members’ questions about grants at Middlebury, and light snacks will be provided. Come by at any time above.

For those thinking of applying for grant opportunities, we can chat about grant-seeking procedures, writing grant proposals, developing grant budgets, and College policies.

For those with active projects, we can help you to understand the monthly grant budget reports, allowable expenses, and compliance issues.

We’re here to help with anything else you want to ask, and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible!


Academic Roundtables

ctlr-bannerMark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Envisioning Learning Spaces

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – 12:15 – 1:30 pm – LIB 105A

Envisioning Undergraduate Research

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 – 12:15-1:30 pm – Library CTLR Suite

Envisioning the Library

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – 12:15-1:30 pm – Library 105A


Sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research and the Library

TIAA Webinars: New Programs on Retirement Readiness

TIAA plan sponsor webinar lineup offers you even more insights and solutions via live, interactive Q&A’s with experienced subject matter experts. You can register for upcoming titles and/or be able to access topic-specific resources and on-demand presentations after the webinars with TIAA’s resource page: http://tiaa.org/ve .

Here’s a sneak peek at the Fall lineup:


Facilitated Conversations Go Virtual


Envisioning Middlebury committee members engage in a brainstorming exercise.

As part of Envisioning Middlebury, we have been holding facilitated conversations since last spring to capture a wide range of answers to the questions “Who are we and what are our deepest values?” “What does the future look like?” and “Where do we want to go?” One of the first things we learned is that the conversations got more interesting when they included the perspectives of multiple roles, across multiple programs. This fall’s conversations are being held via videoconference, so that faculty, staff and students from the Institute and the College can mix things up, sharing the things that are different from program to program, and the things we have in common.  Facilitator Tobi Marcus is alternating between the two campuses, and is just completing a week in Vermont.  In October, she will be in Monterey, but folks from the Middlebury campus are encouraged to participate.  Participants from both campuses can sign up online.

Also this week, the Envisioning Middlebury Steering Committee and the Envisioning Middlebury Advisory Committee held their kick-off meeting, with most members gathered on the Middlebury campus, and others joining from Monterey, Madrid, and Massachusetts – a definite M-theme there – and New York. You can learn more about these two committees and their work on the Envisioning Middlebury website. Look for them to engage with the community in a variety of ways as they to develop a Vision and Strategic Directions for Middlebury.